Five wildest moments from NFL Week 9: Joe Mixon, Justin Fields on the rampage; Tom Brady’s brilliance saves the Bucs

Week 9 of the 2022 NFL regular season was certainly one of the wildest weeks of the year so far. We saw the New York Jets upset the Buffalo Bills as double-digit underdogs, the Jacksonville Jaguars complete just the second 17-plus point comeback in franchise history against the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears provide a high-scoring thriller.

There were highlight plays, exciting sequences, mind-blowing blunders and more, but what were the truly wildest moments from this week’s NFL Sunday? Below we’ll look at just that.

The Chiefs blew a 10-point lead on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. With just two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Commanders were playing defense with their backs to their own end zone on a tied game, but finally stopped Kirk Cousins ​​at the Washington 4-yard line. Greg Joseph stepped in to kick a 22-yard field goal and did so with no problem. Down by three points with 1:52 left in the game, Taylor Heinicke had plenty of time to put together a game-winning layup. But wait. There is a flag on the pitch after the ball has gone through the uprights.

Turns out John Ridgway ran into the protected long-snapper, drawing an unnecessary roughness flag. That penalty gave the Vikings another set of downs and Dalvin Cook ran the clock down from 1:52 to 12 seconds when Joseph returned to kick the game-winning field goal. Terrible way to lose.

With a 16-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got back on track. Despite being 4-5, they now own first place in the NFC South. This win came thanks to some late game heroics from the GOAT.

After the Buccaneers turned the ball over on downs at the Rams’ 6-yard line down three points with 1:57 left, I almost called it quits. The Buccaneers hadn’t scored a touchdown all game and had just two timeouts. It didn’t look good. But after a Rams three-and-out, Brady got one more chance to win the game — taking the ball at the Bucks’ 40-yard line with 44 seconds left and no timeouts.

Brady moved the offense 53 yards down the field in five plays to reach the Rams’ 7-yard line. The Rams were then called for pass interference in the end zone, giving the Bucs possession at the 1-yard line. On the very next play, tight end Cade Otten scored the winning touchdown.

Brady completed 5 of 6 passes for 54 yards and Tampa Bay’s lone touchdown in its winning streak. This comeback marked Brady 55th career fourth quarter/overtime winning game — tied with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.

We didn’t think things could get any worse in Green Bay, but they sure did on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers fell to the weak Detroit Lions 15-9. The Packers lost several starters to injuries like cornerback Eric Stokes, wide receiver Romeo Dubs and running back Aaron Jones, among others, but the real headline was Rodgers’ performance. The reigning NFL MVP completed 23 of 43 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

All three interceptions were caught at the Lions’ 5-yard line — two of them in the end zone. It marked the first time in his career that Rodgers threw multiple interceptions in the red zone in the same game and the fifth time in his career that he threw three interceptions in one contest. It hasn’t happened since 2017.

Don’t look now, but the Packers own the longest active losing streak in the NFL at five games. Even a rapper Lil Wayne has declared the season deadand said the Packers should have ended their relationship with Rodgers before the season.

Is Justin Fields the best quarterback in the 2021 class? It’s too early to tell, but he’s looked great the last few weeks. The Bears have lost five of their last six games, but this offense looks completely different from what it was earlier in the year. Chicago has scored at least 29 points in each of the last three contests, and Fields’ performance Sunday against the Dolphins was something to behold.

Fields completed 17 of 28 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 178 yards and one touchdown. Those 178 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in a regular season game in NFL history. Fields also became the first player in NFL history to throw for three touchdowns and rush for over 140 yards. He also set a franchise record for longest touchdown run by a quarterback with this 61-yard run:

This dude is a ball player and fun to watch.

1. Joe Mixon scores five touchdowns

If you started Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon against the Carolina Panthers in your fantasy league, I’m sure you won your matchup. He ended up finishing with 55.1 points in CBS Sports PPR leagues. Mixon rushed 22 times for 153 yards and four touchdowns and caught four passes for 58 yards and another score – giving him five total touchdowns on the day. He had just three touchdowns this season coming into this week.

Five is the most touchdowns scored by a Bengal in a single game in franchise history. Mixon also became just the third player in the Super Bowl era to record four rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in one game. What might be even crazier is that Mixon scored four of those five touchdowns in the first half. He had more touchdowns in the first half than Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker had completed passes (three)! Just an amazing performance.

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