Chiefs sign veteran CB Darrelle Revis

The Chiefs announced Wednesday they signed free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis.

We have signed free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis.


— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 22, 2017

Revis, 32, has been a free agent the entire season after he was released by the Jets in February. According to, the deal is for two years, but there is no guaranteed money for 2018. He will play for the minimun in 2017.

The former Patriots and Jets first-team All-Pro was one of the best corners in the league for the better part of a decade before he started to lose a step in recent years. After making Pro Football Focus’ First-Team at cornerback in 2014, Revis ranked 20th in 2015 and fell to 26th in 2016.

However, Revis started his career with Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton when he was with the Jets in 2006. Revis played two seasons under Sutton when he was the defensive coordinator and another four seasons when Sutton was the team’s senior defensive assistant and assistant head coach.

“We’re excited to add Darrelle to the roster,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He has experience and familiarity with Bob Sutton’s defense, he’s a team guy and we feel like a player of his caliber can help our football team.”

Dwight Freeney snapped up by Lions day after being cut by Seahawks

The Lions claimed defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers on Wednesday, the day after he was released by the Seahawks, ESPN reports.

Freeney is a seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time First Team All-Pro. He’s also 37, but his three sacks in four games this season with Seattle indicates he can still play. Freeney played an average of 28 snaps over his first three games with the Seahawks but just 17 in Seattle’s loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

The Lions have 21 sacks so far this season, tied for 20th in the NFL. Freeney has 125 1/2 sacks in his 16 years in the league, 17th on the all-time list and second to the Panthers’ Julius Peppers among active players.

Freeney will be reunited in Detroit with Lions coach Jim Caldwell. Freeney played for Caldwell while with the Colts from 2002-10; Caldwell was an assistant in Indianapolis from 2002-08 and head coach there from 2009-11. In fact, as coach of Wake Forest, Caldwell recruited Freeney, but Freeney decided to go to Syracuse, ProFootballTalk notes.

At 6-4, the Lions are in the NFC playoff mix. They host the 8-2 Vikings on Thanksgiving Day in a key NFC North contest, although it would be surprising to see Freeney on the field the day after being signed.

Chiefs ‘ready to get back on track’ against Bills

The Chiefs were the last NFL team to lose this season, running off five straight victories to begin the year.

They have since dropped four of five, including two straight, but hope to right the ship Sunday against the visiting Bills.

“This team is ready to get back to work and get back on track,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Wednesday. “That’s where I am at. I think this team realizes we can’t talk our way out of this. You just have to go do it and that is the only remedy. I think we are anxious to do that. We know we are capable of playing a lot better than we have and looking forward to going out there and doing that.”

Smith, who is usually one of the NFL’s better caretakers when it comes to ball security, went eight games without an interception. He’s been picked off three times in the last two weeks and threw two interceptions in last Sunday’s 12-9 overtime loss to the lowly Giants.

“You just have to turn back to your fundamentals a little bit,” Smith said. “Doing the little things. Trusting what you are seeing, having good feet.

“To me, I think that is how you play your way out of this. Turn your focus on to the little things of your job. Going out there and executing them, focus on those details. Certainly, there is a lot of noise and chatter out there. None of us are totally immune to that. I think you have to shrug that off because it is only weighing down on you and inhibits you as you go forward. You have to move forward and focus on the next challenge, the next opponent. What are the things you need to do to go out there and play? And then usually those are all your details.”

The Chiefs (6-4) still hold a two-game lead in the AFC West and are facing a Bills team that is also in a losing skid. Buffalo (5-5) has lost three in a row, including last Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Chargers. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not start that game as Bills coach Sean McDermott chose to go with rookie Nathan Peterman, who then threw five interceptions in the first half as the Chargers built a 37-7 halftime lead.

Taylor is once again the Bills starter and Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said Taylor presents a challenge.

“Anytime you have a quarterback who can extend plays and make plays and do the things he does it makes it really difficult because it stresses the defense,” Sutton said. “There’s the play and then there’s the play within the play. Sometimes he makes that play within the play pretty effective. A lot of times when he takes off scrambling, he scrambles more than any quarterback in our league, he’s a dangerous guy.”

The Chiefs offense can help the defense and Smith by establishing the run against the Bills, who have allowed 638 rushing yards during their three-game losing streak. Kansas City has the NFL’s 10th-ranked rushing offense led by rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who is second in the NFL with 873 yards. But Hunt hasn’t had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 5 and has been held under 50 yards three times over the last five games.

“The margin between winning and losing in the NFL is small because of the parity in the league you have to bring your A-game every week and be prepared,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I have to make sure that we’re doing that. We’re lucky enough where we have another game and that’s what we’re going to focus on and fix the problems.

“It’s small things. It’s one thing here or there that’s off and you have to have everybody dancing the same dance. The best way to do that is to go back to your fundamentals and what you believe in and put a little more focus on it. Whether you’re a coach or a player it’s the same deal.”

Here’s everything that happened Sunday in NFL’s Week 10

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 10

The playoff races has started to heat up this week.

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On paper, this wasn’t the most exciting week in the NFL. The only game between teams with winning records was a matchup between the Bills and Saints — and for a while, that was the only blowout of the day.

But just as we hoped, things got a little weird.

The Steelers looked lifeless for most of their game against the Colts, but they were able to come back and win on a last-second field goal. The Lions were on the verge of getting upset by the Browns until the fourth quarter rolled around. Detroit pulled away for the win.

But the wackiest game was the Jaguars’ overtime win against the Chargers. The ending was filled with turnovers and dumb penalties.

And the 49ers got their first win of the season! The Giants, who fell to 1-8, somehow look worse every week. The same could be said for the Broncos, who rolled over against the Patriots on Sunday night.

Here’s all the big news and highlights from Sunday.


Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank took their feud to the next level and avoided each other before the Cowboys-Falcons game.

The Jerry Jones vs. Arthur Blank dispute was impossible to ignore during the Falcons-Cowboys game.

Martellus Bennett went from getting cut by the Packers to active for the Patriots in just four days.


Teddy Bridgewater wiped tears of joy before his first game back in Vikings gear since 2015.

Washington WR Maurice Harris gave us a catch of the year candidate.

Ryan Fitzpatrick loves his Rubik’s Cube.

Brett Hundley burned a timeout for no reason against the Bears.

The Jaguars torched the Chargers on 56-yard TD with this masterfully executed fake punt.

Stefon Diggs was penalized for doing his best Antonio Brown impression: celebrating a TD by leaping onto the goalpost for a hug.

Vontaze Burfict got ejected, and then walked off field making the Johnny Manziel money sign.

The Bears had first-and-goal, but a terrible John Fox challenge turned it into a Packers touchback.

The Vikings celebrated Adam Thielen’s TD with a game of leapfrog.

The Browns ran a QB sneak 15 seconds before halftime with no timeouts. It was as dumb as it sounds.

Steelers punter Jordan Berry turned on the jets to stop the Colts’ 2-point play after a blocked XP.

Kirk Cousins scored a touchdown, the refs did nothing, and things got weird.

The Chargers couldn’t even run out the clock without fumbling.

Watch a naked Bills fan storms the field — and gets tackled.

Adam Thielen is rewarding the Vikings’ patience with another monster performance.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead jokingly added himself to the inactives list after punting zero times against the Bills.

JuJu Smith-Schuster and Le’Veon Bell tried to re-enact the A.J. Green-Jalen Ramsey fight during a TD celebration.

The Cowboys don’t miss anyone as much as they miss LT Tyron Smith.

Kyle Shanahan got a three-cup Gatorade bath after the 49ers’ first win.

Dion Lewis got some help from a Broncos player on a 103-yard kick return TD.

Brock Osweiler nailed some poor guy on the Broncos’ sideline in the head with a football.

The Patriots scored a touchdown when the Broncos only had 10 men on the field to stop it.

Dion Lewis took his touchdown celebration right into our living rooms.

The Broncos set up Patriots TDs with both too many and too few players on the field.


The Packers can’t catch a break. Rookie RB Aaron Jones is out with a knee injury, and Ty Montgomery, who took his place, didn’t return with a rib injury.

Browns LB Jamie Collins intercepted Matthew Stafford, but then immediately left the game with a knee injury. He did not return.

Washington RB Rob Kelley did not return against the Vikings with an ankle injury.

DeShone Kizer left after taking a big shot to the ribs against the Lions. Cody Kessler took over at QB, but Kizer eventually returned.

Steelers corner Joe Haden fractured his fibula against the Colts.

Devonta Freeman didn’t return against the Cowboys after leaving with a head injury.

Jacoby Brissett enters concussion protocol after the game against the Steelers.

Texans receiver Will Fuller left the game against the Rams with a ribs injury and did not return.

Week 10 scores and schedules (all times Eastern)

New Orleans Saints 47, Buffalo Bills 10

Green Bay Packers 23, Chicago Bears 16

Detroit Lions 38, Cleveland Browns 24

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Indianapolis Colts 17

Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Los Angeles Chargers 17 (OT)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15, New York Jets 10

Tennessee Titans 24, Cincinnati Bengals 20

Minnesota Vikings 38, Washington 30

Los Angeles Rams 33, Houston Texans 7

Atlanta Falcons 27, Dallas Cowboys 7

San Francisco 49ers 31, New York Giants 21

New England Patriots 41, Denver Broncos 16

The top stories from Sunday’s action

Before the games

We’re well on our way into the second half of the NFL season. For the most part, we’re still trying to sort out the contenders and pretenders, but every game picks up a sense of urgency as the playoff races heat up in earnest.

To be honest, the early afternoon schedule doesn’t have a lot of compelling matchups, with Saints vs. Bills being the only game where both teams have a winning record. The Saints are cooking with six straight wins, thanks to an improved defense and the emergence of rookie running back Alvin Kamara. The Bills made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin, who should make his Buffalo debut this week. We’ll see if he can boost a struggling pass offense.

The other early game to watch pits the Vikings against Washington, which picked up a big win against the Seahawks last week but still has a ton of injury concerns. The Vikings officially shut down Sam Bradford for the season and Teddy Bridgewater is activated, but they’re still not in a rush to get him back on the field with Case Keenum exceeding expectations. In the meantime, Minnesota will look to consolidate its grip on the NFC North.

The late afternoon is defined by missed opportunities. Texans vs. Rams looked like a great matchup two weeks ago, but Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice and Tom Savage was predictably terrible in last week’s loss to the Colts. The Rams are flying high at 6-2 under Sean McVay and it would be surprising if they didn’t roll a hobbled Texans team here.

Another late afternoon game pits the Falcons against the Cowboys, who finally, officially don’t have Ezekiel Elliott after his six-game suspension started this week. The offense now belongs to Dak Prescott, who looks like he should be up to the challenge.

Finally, the Broncos continue their quarterback crisis against the Patriots on SNF. Brock Osweiler is getting another start despite last week’s poor performance, while Trevor Siemian is glued to the bench and Paxton Lynch is still recovering from a shoulder injury. Even with a great defense, it’s hard to see Denver keeping pace with Tom Brady on primetime.

Catch up with all the Week 11 NFL action from Sunday

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 11

The playoff races are in full force as the holiday season approaches.

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Mid-November in the NFL means two things: the byes are coming to an end, and playoff implications are starting to ramp up.

The day got off to a slow start, but things quickly picked up. The Saints were trailing by 15 points late in the fourth quarter against Washington. But they fought their way back to win it 34-31 in overtime.

The Bears were poised to take their game against the Lions to overtime. Mitchell Trubisky led the Bears on a touchdown drive to tie things up, and the Lions answered with a field goal. Trubisky got the Bears in field goal range, but Connor Barth’s kick went wide right, and the Bears lost 27-24.

The Ravens’ defense pulled off their second shutout of the season, handing the Packers a 23-0 loss in Lambeau Field. It happened exactly 11 years to the day after Green Bay’s last shutout loss at home.

The Giants took the Chiefs to overtime and pulled off the 12-9 win. And the Browns somehow made it through an entire game without a single penalty for the first time since 1962, but they still lost to the Jaguars 19-7.

In the late afternoon, we got two scores we have never seen before in the NFL: the Patriots’ 33-8 win over the Raiders, and the Chargers’ 54-24 victory against the Bills.

It was a strange day for coaching challenges, too. Here are the good, the bad, and missed opportunities.

An NFC East rivalry matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys capped off the night. Dallas held a slight lead at halftime, and then Philly lit it up in the second half for a 37-9 win.

Catch up with all the big news and best highlights from Sunday in Week 11:


Before the Raiders-Patriots game, the NFL announced it will play games in Mexico through the 2021 season.

Marshawn Lynch sits during the U.S. anthem, stands for Mexico anthem prior to the Raiders’ game vs. Patriots.

LeBron James believes that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL.

Jerry Jones is threatening the Cowboys offensive line to play better or else.

The Bills have no choice but to go back to Tyrod Taylor (who should’ve never been benched in the first place).


The Giants decided RB Shane Vereen should throw a pass in the red zone. He threw an interception.

Look at Giants 350-pound DT Damon Harrison gloriously rumbling after his first career interception.

Mike Zimmer’s world came crashing down when he realized just how bad his challenge was.

Case Keenum pulled off a beautiful throw even after being hit in the head, twice.

The Texans celebrated Lamar Miller TD by running a 4x100m relay race in the end zone against Cardinals.

Packers players keep turning invisible thanks to CBS’ down and distance marker.

Blake Bortles just threw a pass behind his own head.

Mike Wallace somehow caught this TD pass, then did the Lambeau Leap in Green Bay.

The only thing less amused than this Packers fan is the dead fox on his head.

This acrobatic play by Jags WR Dede Westbrook was somehow ruled no catch by the officials.

Terrell Suggs ended the Packers’ comeback hopes with a clutch sack, then danced it out.

It looked like Packers lineman Mike Daniels peed himself, but he denied it

Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions in his first start. No surprise that the Bills turned back to Tyrod Taylor in the second half.

Dre Kirkpatrick would have had a 100-yard pick-six if a ghost hadn’t caused him to fumble.

Stephen Gostkowski’s 62-yard field goal in Mexico City would have been good from 70.

Tony Romo knew the Raiders were going to blow it on this play against the Patriots.

Raiders WR Johnny Horton wasn’t ejected for slapping Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones in the helmet. Here’s why.

Brock Osweiler’s “God damn it, no!” is the funniest pre-snap adjustment.

Eagles emergency kicker Kamu Grugier-Hill was pretty good at kickoffs … for a linebacker.


Marshon Lattimore, the Saints’ star rookie CB, injured his ankle against Washington.

Jay Cutler left to be evaluated for concussion vs. Buccaneers and did not return. Matt Moore came in to replace him.

Washington’s leading rusher, Chris Thompson, was carted off with a leg injury against the Saints. His season is over.

Texans RB D’Onta Foreman injured his Achilles on a touchdown run against the Cardinals. He could miss the rest of the season.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott left the game against the Cowboys and was ruled out with a concussion.

Week 11 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Detroit Lions 27, Chicago Bears 24

Jacksonville Jaguars 19, Cleveland Browns 7

Baltimore Ravens 23, Green Bay Packers 0

Houston Texans 31, Arizona Cardinals 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Miami Dolphins 20

Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 7

New Orleans Saints 34, Washington 31 (OT)

New York Giants 12, Kansas City Chiefs 9 (OT)

Los Angeles Chargers 54, Buffalo Bills 24

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Denver Broncos 17

New England Patriots 33, Oakland Raiders 8 (Mexico City)

Philadelphia Eagles 37, Dallas Cowboys 9

Before the games

With Thanksgiving just a week away, the NFL season reaches its final stretch run. The playoff races are well underway and nearly every game from here on out is critical as teams try to punch their ticket.

The biggest game of Week 11 happens in the early time slot when the 7-2 Vikings face the 7-2 Rams. Not many people would’ve predicted in August that this would be an important matchup, but it’s been that kind of season so far. Case Keenum is getting another start, but it might only be a matter of time before we see Teddy Bridgewater back on the field. Meanwhile, the Rams are riding an explosive offense and strong defense to one of the league’s best records.

Bucs vs. Dolphins was originally scheduled for Week 1, but Hurricane Irma forced the NFL to reschedule it here. As a result, both teams are playing 16 straight weeks with no bye, and it’s starting to show. The Bucs have vastly disappointed at 3-6 while losing Jameis Winston to a shoulder injury, and the Dolphins are on a three-game losing streak.

In the late afternoon, Patriots vs. Raiders is the national game to watch for. This looked like a lot more interesting matchup a few months ago, but the 4-5 Raiders have underachieved while the Patriots’ defense improved and Tom Brady is doing his thing with a 7-2 record. While this could still be an entertaining game, the stakes are much lower with the Raiders fading out of the playoff picture.

Finally, we have an NFC East grudge match on Sunday night with the Cowboys hosting the Eagles. Philly is coming off a bye week at 8-1 and can essentially dust off the division race with a win here. Dallas badly missed Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, and Sean Lee in last week’s 27-7 loss to the Falcons. Elliott is still serving his suspension, Lee is out several weeks with a hamstring injury, and Smith is questionable to return. Things could get ugly here again.

Jay Cutler out with concussion vs. Buccaneers, replaced by Matt Moore

Jay Cutler out with concussion vs. Buccaneers, replaced by Matt Moore

The Dolphins will again turn to Matt Moore.

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Jay Cutler stayed in the locker room after halftime and didn’t come out for the second half to be evaluated for a concussion, the Miami Dolphins announced. That means the team will turn to Matt Moore to try to come back from a 20-7 deficit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The quarterback was ruled out for the remainder of the game later in the third quarter.

Moore, 33, has been a long time backup for the Dolphins, and was called in to duty earlier in the year when Cutler suffered a rib injury. He started one game for Miami but struggled, finishing with just 176 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 40-0 loss to the Ravens.

What does this mean for the Dolphins? The team is already No. 32 in the NFL in scoring and Cutler finished the first half with three interceptions, so it doesn’t seem like things could get much worse. However, Moore’s previous time at the helm suggests it might, and the Dolphins definitely shouldn’t be optimistic that a comeback is coming.

Browns finish a game with 0 penalties for the 1st time in 55 years, but still fall to 0-10

Browns finish a game with 0 penalties for the 1st time in 55 years, but still fall to 0-10

The Browns are still winless, but at least there’s a moral victory to take from another loss.

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The Cleveland Browns couldn’t find enough offense to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and get in the win column, but the team had an impressive stat anyway by avoiding penalties altogether Sunday.

The last time the Browns finished a game with zero penalties was nearly 55 years to the day when the team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 38-14, on Nov. 18, 1962. In that game Jim Brown ran for 79 yards and four touchdowns, but the Browns didn’t find nearly as much offensive success against the Jaguars.

DeShone Kizer passed for 179 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions, and two back-breaking fumbles in the final minutes. The rushing attack of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson combined for only 28 yards rushing.

But the Jaguars didn’t score nearly enough to comfortably run away with the game. Blake Bortles passed for just 154 yards, and even though Leonard Fournette became the first running back to top 100 yards against Cleveland, the rookie running back never broke free for a big touchdown.

Ultimately, the Browns are 0-10 now, so it’s hard to take too many moral victories from another loss, but a disciplined, penalty-free game that was competitive against a good team like the Jaguars isn’t the worst result.

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick would have had a 100-yard pick-6 if a ghost hadn’t caused him to fumble

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick would have had a 100-yard pick-6 if a ghost hadn’t caused him to fumble

That’s the only possible explanation.

The Bengals almost had a 100-yard pick-six against the Broncos. But cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick fumbled it, then recovered it at the 1-yard line.

Kirkpatrick intercepted the ball in the end zone and ran it all the way back to nearly score.

Nobody’s going to catch him. And none of the Broncos players are even close enough to get a hand on the ball. But the ball looks like it took on a life of its own and just jumped right out of his hands.

Is Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium haunted? Because the only plausible explanation here is that a ghost forced this fumble.

Kirkpatrick lost the ball around the Broncos 15-yard line. At least he made up some ground with the recovery, which put the Bengals in an easy spot to score.

Kirkpatrick was winded after the return, and for good reason. He also made NFL history with the play.

Dre Kirkpatrick’s 100-yard INT return is the longest in NFL history to not result in a TD. Previous long was Julius Peppers for 97 yards in 2004 … also against Denver.#Broncos

— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) November 19, 2017

The Bengals did score three plays later on a 1-yard pass from Andy Dalton to tight end Tyler Kroft. Randy Bullock’s PAT attempt was no good, so the Bengals took a 6-0 lead.

Stephen Gostkowski’s booming 62-yard field goal would have been good from 70

Stephen Gostkowski’s 62-yard field goal in Mexico City would have been good from 70

Gostkowski hit a new career-high mark with this one.

Stephen Gostkowski set a new career high on Sunday against the Raiders. He booted in a 62-yard field goal during Sunday’s game in Mexico City.

Gostkowski nailed this one like it was nothing. He had so much air under it that it would have easily been good from even farther.

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The altitude likely helped here. This game is being played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which is 7,380 feet above sea level. That’s 2,100 feet higher than Denver’s Mile High Stadium. That thin air makes it easier for the ball to travel farther.

Gostkowski’s previous personal best was a 58-yarder in Week 4 of this season against the Panthers. It’s also a new high mark for the Patriots.

#SG3‘s out here breaking his own team records.

Gostkowski caps off the half with a 62-yard FG, besting his previous long of 58 (vs. CAR this season).

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 19, 2017

The field goal gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead over the Raiders going into the half.

Saints overcome 15-point deficit late in the 4th quarter to stun Washington in OT

Saints overcome 15-point deficit late in the 4th quarter to stun Washington in OT

Drew Brees saved the Saints again.

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The New Orleans Saints looked toast down 15 late in the fourth quarter, but Drew Brees orchestrated two touchdown drives in the final minutes to lead the team back against Washington and get a 34-31 win in overtime.

By the end of the game, there were 991 total yards between the two offenses — the most for any game so far during the 2017 season. It was a surprising amount given up by a Saints defense that was dominant over the last month.

We haven’t seen a comeback like that in over six years.

The @Saints are the 1st team to win a game after trailing by 15+ points with less than 3 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter since 2011 (Denver vs. Miami, Oct 23)

— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) November 19, 2017

With the win, the Saints improved to 8-2 and stayed ahead in the competitive NFC South and near the top of the jockeying for position in the conference. Washington fell to 4-6 and will need a miraculous run to salvage a frustrating season.

Here’s how the thrilling victory for the Saints went down:

Washington was cruising to a huge win

It was a big day for Kirk Cousins, and it looked like he hammered the final nail in the Saints’ coffin when he led a six-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle. The score gave Washington a 31-16 lead with less than six minutes to play.

Prior to the end of the game, the Washington defense was holding the usually potent Saints offense in check. Brees had no touchdowns and an interception, and New Orleans turned to kicker Wil Lutz for three field goals.

The Saints came to life

With the pressure on, Brees did what he does. First it was an eight-play, 75-yard drive that finished with a 3-yard touchdown to Josh Hill. Then, after forcing a quick punt after three consecutive Samaje Perine runs, Brees led the Saints down the field on a four-play, 87-yard drive.

After an illegal use of hands penalty negated an interception on the first play of that drive, the next four plays went as follows:

  1. Brees to Mike Thomas for 17 yards
  2. Brees to Ted Ginn for 18 yards
  3. Brees to Coby Fleener for 29 yards
  4. Brees to Alvin Kamara for an 18-yard touchdown

After a successful two-point conversion tied the game up, the Saints’ defense was forced to stop Washington from scoring with about a minute to work with.

New Orleans finally got big defensive plays and iced it

Washington immediately responded to the game-tying touchdown by driving into New Orleans territory. An ill-timed intentional grounding on a miscommunication between Cousins and his receivers backed up the offense, but the Saints got to overtime thanks to a huge sack in the final seconds that forced a fumble and ran out the rest of the clock.

Then in overtime, Washington got the ball first, and the Saints defense came up huge again when Cameron Jordan got a sack.

With all the momentum on the side of New Orleans, it fed Mark Ingram who ran through an exhausted Washington defense for 20 yards and 31 yards on consecutive plays. It set up Lutz for a 28-yard game winner and an incredible win for the Saints.