NFL: New England Patriots recover onside kick in dramatic win over Cleveland Browns
Last Updated: 09/12/13 12:06pm
Tom Brady: Threw two touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter
The New England Patriots scored two touchdowns in the final 61 seconds to defeat the Cleveland Browns 27-26 at Gillette Stadium.
The Browns led by 12 point in the closing stages but Tom Brady dramatically turned things around with touchdown passes to Julien Edelman and Danny Amendola, with the Patriots recovering an onside kick in between the two scores.
Cleveland built a big lead as Jason Campbell threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns, with in-form wideout Josh Gordon notching 151 receiving yards and a score.
Sunday's NFL results:
Vikings 26-29 Ravens
Chiefs 45-10 Redskins
Bills 6-27 Buccaneers
Dolphins 34-28 Steelers
Lions 20-34 Eagles
Raiders 27-37 Jets
Browns 26-27 Patriots
Falcons 21-22 Packers
Titans 28-51 Broncos
Rams 10-30 Cardinals
Giants 14-37 Chargers
Seahawks 17-19 49ers
Panthers 13-31 Saints
Brady finished with 418 passing yards and two touchdowns, but it was not all good news for New England as star tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field, with reports in the US media suggesting he had suffered a torn ACL.
Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes and Matt Prater kicked the longest field goal in NFL history as the Denver Broncos eased to a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
In temperatures of -10 Celcius, Prater launched the ball from 64 yards to beat the previous record, held jointly by a number of players, by a single yard.
Along with his four TD passes, Manning completed a franchise-record 39 passes from 59 attempts for a total of 397 yards to help the Broncos confirm their play-off spot. Tennessee's defeat means the Indianapolis Colts have clinched the AFC South title and with it a play-off spot.
The Kansas City Chiefs moved a step closer to securing a play-off spot as they thrashed the struggling Washington Redskins 45-10 at FedEx Field.
The Chiefs, who had lost their previous three games, scored 38 points before half-time after scoring on both a punt and kick return thanks to Dexter McCluster and Quintin Demps respectively.
The Minnesota Vikings lost Adrian Peterson to injury and were then edged out 29-26 by the Baltimore Ravens, who retained their hold on the final AFC wildcard spot.
Marlon Brown caught the winning touchdown after a crazy finish which saw the lead change hands six times in the fourth quarter.
The Miami Dolphins are hot on their heels in the wildcard race, however, as they recorded a 34-28 win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who saw a miracle lateral touchdown play chalked off with time expired when Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds.
The Cincinnati Bengals stayed two games clear of Baltimore at the top of the AFC North after they comfortably beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-28. Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill both caught two touchdown passes in a losing effort.
The Green Bay Packers kept their slim hopes of reaching the play-offs alive as they battled to a 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.
The New York Jets are still in the hunt for one of the AFC wildcards after they defeated the Oakland Raiders 37-27. Quarterback Geno Smith ended his wretched recent run by throwing for 219 yards and a touchdown while running for 50 yards and another score.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed the Buffalo Bills 27-6 as the latter's quarterback EJ Manuel threw four interceptions, while the Eagles saw off the Lions in a Philadelphia blizzard.
The San Diego Chargers beat the New York Giants 37-14 and the Arizona Cardinals were 30-10 winners over the St Louis Rams.