NFL Recaps: Lutz kicks Saints to eighth straight win

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November 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm.

Nov 19, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the NFL game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo Credit: Scott Clause/Daily Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

Nov 19, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the NFL game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo Credit: Scott Clause/Daily Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

NEW ORLEANS — Wil Lutz kicked a 28-yard field in overtime, climaxing a furious fourth-quarter rally from a 15-point deficit with 5:58 remaining, to lift the New Orleans Saints to their eighth consecutive victory, 34-31, over the Washington Redskins Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (8-2) trailed 31-16 to the Redskins (4-6) when Kirk Cousins completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.

But Drew Brees led back-to-back touchdown drives of 75 and 83 yards, throwing 3 yards to tight end Josh Hill and 18 yards to rookie running back Alvin Kamara for touchdowns to draw the Saints within 31-29 with 1:05 left.

Kamara then converted the tying 2-point conversion by taking a pitch around left end.

Vikings 24, Rams 7

MINNEAPOLIS — Latavius Murray ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Minnesota’s defense held down Los Angeles’ top-scoring offense.

Case Keenum was 27-of-38 passing for 280 yards and a touchdown against his former team, and Adam Thielen added six catches for 123 yards and a 65-yard touchdown reception for Minnesota (8-2). The Vikings, who entered the game with the league’s fifth-best defense in terms of yards and points allowed, held Los Angeles (7-3) to 261 total yards, an average of 4.7 per play, and a season low in points.

Rams running back Todd Gurley had five carries for 20 yards and a touchdown on the first possession of the game, but was held to 17 yards on 10 carries the rest of the way. Los Angeles was 3 of 11 on third down.

Texans 31, Cardinals 21

HOUSTON — Jadeveon Clowney led a timely defensive stand and Houston overcame two first-half turnovers in a win over Arizona at NRG Stadium.

Clowney was a menace throughout, but his fourth-down gap-stuffing on Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson midway through the fourth quarter resulted in a turnover on downs. It enabled the Texans (4-6) to seize control on the ensuing snap when rookie running back D’Onta Foreman dashed 34 yards for a touchdown and a two-score lead with 6:19 remaining.

The Cardinals (4-6) dropped consecutive games for the first time this season despite a decent showing from third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

Jaguars 19, Browns 7

CLEVELAND — Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette slugged his way to 111 rushing yards and the Jaguars defense played tough as usual to beat Cleveland and take over sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

The weather and two strong defenses made the 60-minute tug-of-war before a sparse crowd predictable. The Browns (0-10) harassed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles throughout and the game, and the Jaguars (7-3) did the same to Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Kizer’s second interception of the game, picked by Jacksonville cornerback A.J. Bouye, led to Josh Lambo kicking a 39-yard field goal with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter to give Jacksonville a 13-7 lead.

Giants 12, Chiefs 9 (OT)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Aldrick Rosas delivered the game-winning 23-yard field goal to give New York a thrilling overtime victory over Kansas City at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants (2-8) took a 6-3 halftime lead over the Chiefs (6-4). They also tried some rare trickery on their first drive, which included a fake punt that saw running back Shane Vereen’s pass intended for tight end Evan Engram picked off by safety Daniel Sorensen.

After the Chiefs failed to convert on the Giants’ turnover, New York defensive tackle Damon Harrison picked off Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith’s shovel pass intended for tight end Travis Kelce at the Chiefs’ 26-yard line.

Ravens 23, Packers 0

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Baltimore’s defense bent here and there, but never got close to breaking in beating Green Bay.

It was the first time the Packers (5-5) were shut out since 2006, when they were blanked by the Bears and Patriots in head coach Mike McCarthy’s first season. That game against New England came exactly 11 years earlier.

The Ravens (5-5) started the game by forcing three consecutive turnovers. In the second half, they got a pair of fourth-down stops and forced two more turnovers.

Lions 27, Bears 24

CHICAGO — Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and Detroit outlasted Chicago for a win at Soldier Field.

A go-ahead, 52-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater with 1:35 remaining proved to be the difference for the Lions. Detroit (6-4) won its third consecutive game and improved to 4-1 on the road.

Bears (3-7) running back Jordan Howard rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in the loss. A late comeback bid fell short as kicker Connor Barth missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt with three seconds to go.

Buccaneers 30, Dolphins 20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Patrick Murray drilled a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds left and Tampa Bay (4-6) ended up with a win over Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.

Miami (4-6) attempted two laterals and a handoff on the kickoff after Murray’s field goal. Tampa Bay’s Adarius Glanton recovered a fumble on the handoff in the end zone for the final margin.

The game was originally scheduled as the season opener for both teams on Sept. 10, but the league postponed it to Week 11 in preparation for Hurricane Irma as the storm was tracking through the Caribbean.