All the major news and top highlights from Week 9 in the NFL

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 9

We’re now barreling into the second half of the season.

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This Sunday looked a little different than last week. Deshaun Watson, who has been so electric in his rookie year for the Texans, is out for the rest of the season. Brock Osweiler is starting for the Broncos. Jay Ajayi plays for the Eagles now, and Jimmy Garoppolo is with the 49ers (though he did not play this week).

And now that it’s November, the playoff picture has started to, at least ever so slightly, take shape.

The Eagles destroyed the Broncos to improve their NFL-best record to 8-1. They’re torching the NFL with a “college offense” right now. If you want to know what happened but don’t have much time, good news: here’s a two-minute recap.

The Cowboys stayed alive in the playoff race with a big 28-17 win over the Chiefs, while Washington got back in the win column with a thrilling last-minute victory over the Seahawks.

The Raiders closed out the day’s action with a 27-24 win over the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.

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

News

A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey were both ejected after this HUGE fight.

Jameis Winston instigated a big fight between the Bucs and Saints from the sideline.

Eli Manning became the seventh quarterback to eclipse 50,000 career passing yards.

Cam Newton compared the Panthers to the Titanic. Let that … sink in.

Tony Romo’s insight into the Cowboys made for his best day in the booth so far.

Carlos Hyde and two others were ejected after a fight broke out in the Cardinals-49ers game.

Ben McAdoo had no words to describe his halftime speech. Literally no words.

The Dolphins’ field conditions were terrible after Virginia Tech-Miami played on it the night before.

Three Dolphins players got Adam Gase to relax a team rule about kneeling during national anthem.

Highlights

Jameis Winston tried to motivate the Bucs before Saints game by eating a W … with his hand.

Jaguars WR Keelan Cole used one hand to catch a trash pass from Blake Bortles.

Brock Osweiler needed just six passes to throw an interception in his first start back with the Broncos.

The Rams turned third-and-33 into a TD against the Giants’ totally uninterested defense.

The Saints tried to trick the Bucs by hiding a man on a kickoff. It failed spectacularly.

Cam Newton literally dunked on the Falcons with this touchdown dive.

Jay Ajayi’s first TD with the Eagles was a perfect example of why they traded for him.

This adorable Saints baby was furious Ted Ginn tried to give him a football.

Ron Rivera says “don’t do that” after Cam Newton screams about going for it on fourth down.

The Texans’ inability to touch a downed T.Y. Hilton led to an 80-yard touchdown pass.

Julio Jones dropped this wide-open TD pass in heartbreaking fashion against the Panthers.

This Matt Ryan GIF sums up the current state of the Falcons.

Falcons fans thought the team had another timeout because FOX forgot to change the display.

The Texans’ comeback bid with Tom Savage ends with a disastrous last play in a loss to the Colts.

The Cowboys welcome Tony Romo back to AT&T Stadium with a heartfelt tribute video.

Mike Nugent banks in a PAT off the upright for the Cowboys with a loud BOOM.

Tyreek Hill scored on a Hail Mary play that actually wasn’t a Hail Mary at all.

Here’s how the Cowboys let the Chiefs score that inexplicable TD to end the first half.

Blair Walsh missed three field goals for the Seahawks in the first half against Washington.

The Chiefs celebrated Travis Kelce’s TD by pretending to have a potato sack race.

Washington intercepted the Seahawks’ 2-point conversion and returned it 83 yards … for 0 points.

Alex Smith finally threw his first interception of the season (reminder: it’s Week 9).

Andy Reid got blasted by his own running back and barely hit the turf.

Here’s why Josh Doctson’s catch against the Seahawks wasn’t ruled a TD.

The Raiders handed the Dolphins an onside kick with this idiotic formation.

Raiders TE Lee Smith told the ref “I was just kiddin’ around” after unnecessary roughness penalty.

Raiders WR Johnny Holton celebrated a TD by riding an imaginary dolphin.

Raiders OT Marshall Newhouse picked up a fumble and ran. It was glorious.

Injuries

Jameis Winston left with a shoulder injury at the end of the first half. Ryan Fitzpatrick came in to replace him.

Dez Bryant injured his ankle against the Chiefs.

Week 9 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Carolina Panthers 20, Atlanta Falcons 17

Indianapolis Colts 20, Houston Texans 14

Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Cincinnati Bengals 7

New Orleans Saints 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

Los Angeles Rams 51, New York Giants 17

Philadelphia Eagles 51, Denver Broncos 23

Tennessee Titans 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Washington 17, Seattle Seahawks 14

Arizona Cardinals 20, San Francisco 49ers 10

Dallas Cowboys 28, Kansas City Chiefs 17

Oakland Raiders 27, Miami Dolphins 24

Before the games

We’ve now reached November and the NFL season is picking up in urgency as it heads into the second half. Week 9 features plenty of action as teams try to make their mark in the playoff race.

Perhaps the most important game of the early afternoon is an NFC South matchup between the Panthers and Falcons. The defending NFC champs have struggled to find an identity on offense, stumbling to a 4-3 start. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 5-3 but traded away Kelvin Benjamin, so it’ll be interesting to see how the offense adjusts without him.

Following Deshaun Watson’s devastating ACL tear in practice, the Jaguars and Titans are the new favorites to battle for the AFC South crown. Jacksonville hosts the Bengals, while Tennessee is taking on the Ravens. Both teams are 4-3, but the Titans own the head-to-head tiebreaker after beating the Jaguars in Week 2.

Broncos vs. Eagles looked like a lot more interesting game a month ago, but Denver is on a three-game losing streak and benched Trevor Siemian for Brock Osweiler. Meanwhile, Philly is flying high at 7-1 and Carson Wentz has emerged as an MVP contender. It would be surprising if the Eagles don’t improve to 8-1 this week.

Ezekiel Elliott’s legal battle continues after he got granted a stay on his suspension, playing at least one more week as the Cowboys host the Chiefs. KC stopped a two-game slide and is well in control of the AFC West at 6-2. The 4-3 Cowboys can probably forget about the division race, but they’ll stay in the Wild Card picture for as long as they have Elliott.

Washington vs. Seattle is mostly a battle of attrition. Washington will be without Jordan Reed, Trent Williams, and Jamison Crowder. The Seahawks have ruled out Earl Thomas, who pulled his hamstring late in last week’s thriller against the Texans. Other than that, it’s been a great week for the Seahawks, who moved to first place in the NFC West and shored up their offensive line with the Duane Brown trade.