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Gano lifts the Panthers past the Giants at the last possible second
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Monday, October 8, 2018 – Print Edition, Page B12


PANTHERS 33, GIANTS 31 CHARLOTTE, N.C. Graham Gano connected on a career-long 63yard field goal with one second remaining to lift the Carolina Panthers to a wild 33-31 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. Gano's winning kick, tied for second longest in league history, came after the Giants erased a 14point deficit. Eli Manning hooked up with Saquon Barkley on a 15yard touchdown pass down the right sideline - the rookie made a long dive into the end zone -to put the Giants in front 31-30 with 1:08 remaining. Gano's previous career long was 59 yards. He was 4 for 4 on field goal attempts and has made 35 in a row at home dating back to 2016. It's the second year in a row the Giants (1-4) have been beaten by a monster field goal at the end. In the third game last season, Jake Elliott of the Eagles kicked a 61-yarder for a 27-24 win.

BROWNS 12, RAVENS 9 (OT) CLEVELAND Rookie Greg Joseph's 37-yard field goal - a knuckleball - barely cleared the crossbar with two seconds left in overtime. After rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield drove the Browns (22-1) into position, Joseph, signed after Week 2 following Zane Gonzalez's release, lined his kick through the uprights to give Cleveland its first AFC North win in 19 tries. As Browns fans celebrated just the team's second win in two seasons, Joseph was mobbed by his teammates following Cleveland's third OT game in five weeks. Mayfield passed for 342 yards and threw a 19-yard TD pass in his first start at home. He completed a key third-down pass for 39 yards to Derrick Willies on Cleveland's winning drive.

CHIEFS 30, JAGUARS 14 KANSAS CITY The Chiefs' beleaguered defence forced Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles into five turnovers, including a pick-six by defensive tackle Chris Jones, and Kansas City merely had to supplement with the NFL's highest-scoring offence. Patrick Mahomes threw for 313 yards and ran for a touchdown, though he also threw his first two picks of the season. Kareem Hunt added 87 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Chiefs (5-0) marched all over the league's topranked defence at soggy Arrowhead Stadium. Tyreek Hill, frequently matched up with the Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey in an entertaining one-on-one affair, had four catches for 61 yards in a game that grew testy on both sides. Jones was ejected in the second half after he dropped an elbow on a Jaguars lineman while both were on the ground following an extra point attempt. Pass rusher Dee Ford joined him in the locker room later in the half when he was whistled for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Hunt was flagged for head-butting linebacker Telvin Smith Jr. earlier in the game. Jacksonville (3-2) trailed 20-0 at halftime.

LIONS 31, PACKERS 23 DETROIT Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount ran for two scores. Detroit (2-3) earned a win it desperately needed under firstyear coach Matt Patricia, going into its bye week. Green Bay (2-2-1) could not overcome uncharacteristic mistakes by veteran kicker Mason Crosby and two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who lost two fumbles for just the third time in his 14-year career. Crosby missed a career-high four field goals in one game and botched an extra point to boot.

JETS 34, BRONCOS 16 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Isaiah Crowell ran for a franchise-record 219 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown, and Sam Darnold threw two TD passes to Robby Anderson, including a 76-yarder.

Darnold also had a TD toss to Terrelle Pryor that sealed the game late in the fourth quarter for the Jets (2-3). The rookie quarterback finished 10 of 22 for 198 yards and the three scores with an interception to help New York to its first win since the season opener. Crowell needed just 15 carries to break the team record of 210 yards rushing set by Thomas Jones in 2009 against Buffalo.

New York finished with 323 yards rushing and 512 overall yards.

442 Passing yards for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on 32 completions, including three touchdowns, in 52 attempts in Green Bay's 31-23 loss to Detroit

219 Rushing yards for Jets RB Isaiah Crowell on 15 carries including a TD in New York's 34-16 win over Denver

140 Receiving yards for Packers WR Davante Adams on nine cathces and one touchdown in Green Bay's loss

STEELERS 41, FALCONS 17 PITTSBURGH Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on two second-half touchdowns and the Steelers pulled away from the Falcons. Roethlisberger finished 19 of 29 for 250 yards and three scores, including a nineyard strike to Brown in the third quarter and a 47-yard dart to the All-Pro wide receiver early in the fourth as Pittsburgh (2-2-1) put together its most complete performance of the season. Brown caught six passes for 101 yards.

His two touchdowns gave him 64 in his career, moving him past Hall of Famer John Stallworth and into second place on the franchise's all-time TD reception list. James Conner ran for 110 yards and two scores and added 75 yards receiving for Pittsburgh, which improved to 7-0-1 all-time against the Falcons (1-4) at home.

TITANS 13, BILLS 12 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. Stephen Hauschka hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired. Buffalo's defence forced three turnovers, and LeSean McCoy broke from a September slump with a season-best 85 yards rushing. McCoy sparked the decisive drive with a 13-yard catch on third-and-three. And backup running back Chris Ivory had a nine-yard run in getting the Bills across midfield. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen scored on a 14-yard touchdown run but was held in check as a passer. He finished 10 of 19 for 82 yards and an interception.

CHARGERS 26, RAIDERS 10 CARSON, CALIF. Philip Rivers threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Los Angeles Chargers to a victory over the Oakland Raiders. It is the 59th 300-yard passing game of Rivers' 15-year career and his eighth against the Raiders. He completed 22 of 27 passes and had a passer rating of 143.4. Melvin Gordon had 120 yards from scrimmage (58 rushing, 62 receiving). His one-yard run during the second quarter gave Los Angeles (3-2) a 17-3 lead at halftime. Derek Carr was 24 of 38 for 268 yards for the Raiders (1-4). He accounted for Oakland's lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard pass to Jordy Nelson which brought the Raiders within 27-10. Oakland's Marshawn Lynch came into the game fourth in the league in rushing but was held to 31 yards on nine carries.

VIKINGS 23, EAGLES 21 PHILADELPHIA Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, Linval Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia's offence again struggled as the defending Super Bowl champions fell to 2-3. Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 rout over Case Keenum and Minnesota's top-ranked defence in the title game on his way to earning MVP honours against New England. The Vikings (2-2-1) got an excellent performance from Cousins, who completed 30 of 37 passes, to avoid falling further behind in the NFC North.

CARDINALS 28, 49ERS 18 SANTA CLARA, CALIF. Josh Rosen threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Christian Kirk on Arizona's first play from scrimmage and the Cardinals used five takeaways to get their first win by beating the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals (1-4) were unable to do much more on offence the rest of the way, with their only other scores coming on Josh Bynes's fumble return for a TD and David Johnson TD runs on two short drives after turnovers by the 49ers (1-4). But that proved enough against a San Francisco offence that did little after an opening drive score behind backup quarterback C.J. Beathard.

RAMS 33, SEAHAWKS 31 SEATTLE Todd Gurley rushed for three touchdowns, Jared Goff passed for 321 yards and a score , and the Los Angeles Rams remained unbeaten by holding off the Seattle Seahawks. Playing without their top two receivers because of concussions suffered late in the first half, the Rams leaned heavily on Goff, Gurley and wide receiver Robert Woods to escape Seattle and improve to 5-0. Gurley scored on a two-yard run in the first quarter, and added TDs of two and five yards in the second half. Gurley's third rushing TD on the second play of the fourth quarter pulled the Rams within 31-30. But new kicker Cairo Santos hooked the extra point attempt and Seattle maintained a one-point lead. Santos atoned for the miss with a 39-yard field goal with 6:05 remaining to give the Rams a 33-31 lead, capping a 61yard drive that took 4 1/2 minutes. That still left time for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, but Seattle (2-3) made a pair of critical mistakes after moving into position to win. Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for 44 yards on the second play of the drive to the Rams 32-yard line. But a pair of penalties backed up the Seahawks to the Rams 45. Facing third-and-23, Wilson was pressured from the pocket by Cory Littleton and Seattle punted with 3:38 left. It never got the ball back.

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is tackled by Christian Jones of the Lions in Detroit on Sunday.

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