NFL LONDON: Jets and Falcons clash at Tottenham Hotspur stadium
PA Bradley Collyer
Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts scored his first NFL touchdown as the Atlanta Falcons secured their second win of the season by beating the New York Jets 27-20 in London.
The NFL returned to the London for the first time in two years and Pitts produced a breakout game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he had nine catches in all for 119 yards.
The Falcons made a fast start despite temporarily losing running back Cordarrelle Patterson for a concussion check early in the first quarter.
Patterson was cleared to return, while South Korean kicker Younghoe Koo landed a 31-yard field goal before Pitts’ touchdown, after he escaped Jets defensive lineman John Franklin-Meyers, put Falcons 10-0 up.
Fellow tight end Hayden Hurst brought in Matt Ryan’s 17-yard touchdown pass – the quarterback’s eighth touchdown pass in two games – to extend the Falcons’ advantage to 17-0 early in the second quarter.
Rookie Jets quarterback Zach Wilson threw an interception to Jaylinn Hawkins but Hurst fumbled the ball back two plays later and Matt Ammendola’s 31-yard field goal finally got the Jets on the board – but Koo extended the Falcons’ lead to 20-3 with a 52-yard field goal with the last play of the first half.
The Falcons’ first-half superiority was reflected in the fact they had made a total of 251 yards compared to the Jets’ 80 but the second half was a different story.
The Jets hit back early in the third quarter with their opening touchdown of the match when Ty Johnson rushed in from a yard out, though Ammendola’s attempt at the extra point struck an upright to leave the score at 20-9.
Johnson’s first touchdown of the season had been set up by fellow running back Tevin Coleman, who returned a kick from his own six-yard line deep into the Falcons’ half.
The Jets hauled themselves right back in it with just under seven minutes to play when running back Mike Carter’s two-yard rush secured them their second touchdown.
The two-point conversion attempt was successful via Wilson’s pass to Jamison Crowder and with the Jets now trailing 20-17, the momentum appeared to have shifted.
But the Falcons hit straight back and running back Mike Davis was shoved over for a three-yard touchdown, with Koo’s extra point making it 27-17 with just over two minutes left to play.
Ammendola made a 49-yard field goal in the closing moments but the Falcons triumphed 27-20.
NFL Results from Sunday
Away from London, Tom Brady closed in on his 600th NFL touchdown pass as he led the Tampa Buccaneers to a 45-17 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins.
The 44-year-old threw five touchdowns and the Super Bowl champions scored six in total as they improved their season record to 4-1.
Brady, the NFL’s record holder, has 596 career touchdowns after throwing two apiece to Antonio Brown and Mike Evans and one to Giovani Bernard on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers moved his way up to fifth in the list as his Green Bay Packers edged to a rollercoaster 25-22 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 37-year-old threw two touchdown passes to take his career tally to 422 and move above the retired Philip Rivers.
But the game ended in drama as, with the score tied at 22-22, both teams missed field goals in the closing stages of the fourth quarter and at the start of overtime.
Eventually, Packers kicker Mason Crosby found his range as he slotted over from 49 yards with two minutes remaining to move Green Bay to 4-1.
Ben Roethlisberger – eighth on the quarterback passing list with 402 – silenced some of his critics as he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-19 triumph over the Denver Broncos.
The 39-year-old had struggled as the Steelers lost three straight games but threw touchdowns to Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool to see off Denver.
The Jacksonville Jaguars slipped to 0-5 after a bad week ended with a 37-19 defeat at home to the Tennessee Titans.
Head coach Urban Meyer was warned by franchise owner Shad Khan he needed to “regain our trust and respect” after a video of the 57-year-old at a bar went viral following their last defeat.
And Meyer watched his side fail to deal with Titans star running back Derrick Henry, who rushed for three touchdowns.
The winless Detroit Lions lost to a last-second field goal for the second time this season as Greg Joseph’s 54-yard effort secured a 19-17 success for the Minnesota Vikings.
The New England Patriots also won thanks to a last-gasp field goal as they saw off the Houston Texans 25-22.
Jameis Winston threw a 49-yard ‘Hail Mary’ to Marquez Callaway during the New Orleans Saints’ 33-22 victory over the Washington Football Team, while the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 21-18.
In the first of the season’s two London games, rookie tight end Kyle Pitts caught his first NFL touchdown pass to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Jets 27-20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Sunday’s late results were led by Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills avenging last season’s AFC Conference Championship defeat to Kansas City by downing the Chiefs 38-20.
Elsewhere, the Arizona Cardinals kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 17-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys demolished the New York Giants 44-20, the Chicago Bears ground out a 20-9 win over the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Cleveland Browns in thrilling fashion, 47-42.
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