NFL: NFL 1 p.m. game summary, November 20, 2022
The Los Angeles Rams lost 27-20 to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth straight loss. Upon his return to action, Matthew Stafford again left the game due to a possible concussion.
Stafford missed the game between the Rams (3-7) and the Arizona Cardinals last week due to a concussion suffered Nov. 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Things had started well for Stafford and the Rams. Trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, Stafford joined Tutu Atwell on 62 yards for the major. The young wide receiver collected his first touchdown in the NFL.
The Saints (4-7) responded early in the second quarter. Juwan Johnson found the end zone on an eight-yard play to restore the lead to his side.
Despite losing star receiver Cooper Kupp for an extended period, Stafford didn’t seem bothered. He orchestrated an 11-play, 87-yard streak late in the second quarter that ended with an Allen Robinson II touchdown to allow the Rams to retreat to the locker room with a four-point lead.
After a Jarvis Landry touchdown, his first with the Saints, Stafford’s game ended faster than expected. Victim of a quarterback sack at the hands of Demario Davis and Tanoh Kpassanon, the veteran quarterback did not return to the game. Unlike his last injury in the game against the Bucs, Stafford did not enter the NFL’s concussion protocol. He remained under the observation of team doctors.
With second Rams quarterback John Wolford inactive due to injury, Bryce Perkins took over from Stafford. Perkins completed just five of 10 passes for 64 yards.
Andy Dalton had a strong game with 260 passing yards and three touchdowns, including a 53-yard pass to rookie receiver Chris Olave. The Saints’ first-round pick in the last draft finished the game with five receptions and 102 yards.
The unconvincing Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles were unconvincing, but they did enough to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 17-16.
The Philly squad suffered their first loss of the campaign on Monday against the Washington Commanders and they were hoping to bounce back from a team that posted four wins this season.
The Colts took the lead in the first quarter on a run from Jonathan Taylor. The running back finished the game with 84 yards.
Nothing was working offensively for the Eagles until the fourth quarter. Jalen Hurts spotted Quez Watkins for the touchdown. With less than two minutes to go and down 16-10, the Eagles absolutely had to convert the first play on a fourth down in Colts territory.
The quarterback made up the missing yards on the ground and then found his way to the end zone to help his team take the lead on the conversion of a point. The defense held off Matt Ryan and Philly posted their ninth win this season in 10 games.
The Commanders leave nothing to the Texans
The Washington Commanders showed confidence in a 23-10 victory over the Houston Texans.
Winners ahead of the Eagles, the Commanders continued on this path Sunday with 20 unanswered points in the first two quarters.
The defense set the tone when Davis Mills’ pass was intercepted by Kendall Fuller who brought the ball back into the end zone for six points. Curtis Samuel added to his team’s lead in the second quarter by scoring a touchdown with a 10-yard run.
The Commanders controlled the game with the ground game afterwards. Antonio Gibson finished the game with 72 yards while Brian Robinson had 57 yards on the ground.
In the fourth quarter, Benjamin St-Juste closely watched Brandin Cooks to prevent him from catching a pass and the ball fell back into the hands of teammate Darrick Forrest for the interceptions.
For the Texans, quarterback Davis Mills finished with the best yardage on land with just 10 yards. Dameon Pierce was limited to eight yards on 10 carries. Mills scored his team’s only touchdown with a run, but he had a tough passing encounter.
He completed 19 of 33 passes for 169 yards and had two interceptions.
Patterson makes history in Falcons win
Cordarrelle Patterson set a new NFL record with the ninth touchdown on a kickoff return and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Chicago Bears 27-24.
In the second quarter, Patterson turned the ball over 103 yards to singlehandedly lead in NFL history with nine touchdowns. He previously shared the brand with Leon Washington.
Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard field goal gave the Falcons the lead (5-6) with less than two minutes remaining and the Falcons managed to defeat the Bears (3-8) despite another strong game from Justin Fields.
Fields rushed for 85 yards and a rushing touchdown, but the Bears suffered their fourth straight loss. Chicago has lost six of its last seven meetings. Fields also joined Darnell Mooney for a touchdown.
The former Ohio State star has thrown and rushed for a touchdown in five straight games, tying Kyler Murray’s mark for the longest such streak since 1967.
The Bears had a chance to at least tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but the young quarterback’s pass to David Montgomery was intercepted by Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins.
Marcus Mariota ran and threw for touchdowns for Atlanta, which is just half a game behind the NFC South’s leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady’s Buccs were enjoying a week off.
The Giants surprised and dominated by the Lions
Jamaal Williams scored a career-high three touchdowns and the Detroit Lions upset the New York Giants 31-18 on Sunday, posting their first three-game winning streak since November 2017.
Highly criticized so far this season, the Lions defense (4-6) has limited Saquon Barkley to just 22 rushing yards on 15 carries. Barkley had averaged 103 rushing yards per game since the start of the season.
On a cold day in New Jersey, the Giants (7-3) suffered three turnovers. The second overall pick of the last draft Aidan Hutchinson had an interception in addition to recovering a fly ball by Isaiah Hodgins.
Daniel Jones scored a rushing touchdown and had 341 passing yards. Trailing 31-12 in the fourth quarter, Jones threw the ball wildly and had most of his yards when the game meant nothing.
Williams became the first running back since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 to register at least two touchdowns in five of his team’s first 10 games. That year, Tomlinson had set an NFL record with 31 touchdowns.
Ravens edge Panthers in 4th quarter
Lamar Jackson scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Baltimore Ravens created three late turnovers to defeat the Carolina Panthers 13-3.
Justin Tucker had two field goals, including one that broke a 3-3 tie with 8:27 remaining.
Marcus Peters then forced a turnover from Shi Smith, giving the ball to Baltimore at the Carolina 31 line.
The Ravens (7-3) took advantage of that short field, putting the finishing touch with Jackson’s middle finger with 7:16 to go.
Marlon Humphrey, who recovered Smith’s fumble, eventually added an interception, as did Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Ravens have now played all of their 10 games with at least a 10-point lead or more in one quarter or the other.
Jackson was the victim of an interception before halftime, and the score remained at 0-0 until Tucker scored for the first time, on the last play of the half.
Baker Mayfield, a familiar rival for the Ravens from his years in Cleveland, had 196 yards through the air for the Panthers (3-8), while D’Onta Foreman was limited to 24 rushing yards on 11 litters.
Carolina hasn’t always won on home turf in 2022, going 0-5 on the road.
Since John Harbaugh has coached the Ravens, they have won 12 of their 15 games coming back from a bye week.
This is the best record of the NFL during this fifteen years, tied with Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers.