FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Coming off one of his worst games, Tom Brady threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left, giving the New England Patriots a wild 30-27 win and knocking the New Orleans Saints from the unbeaten ranks.
It capped a 70-yard drive with no timeouts after getting the ball with 1:08 to go. It was the 37th game in which Brady led the Patriots to victory from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie.
The Saints had taken a 24-23 lead with 3:29 remaining on Drew Brees’ 34-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, but couldn’t put away New England.
The Patriots survived an interception by Keenan Lewis on their first snap after Garrett Hartley’s 39-yard field goal made it 27-23.
Brady started the winning drive with completions of 23 yards to Julian Edelman, 15 to Austin Collie and 6 to Aaron Dobson. But he threw two incompletions before connecting with Collie for a 9-yard gain on fourth down and a first down at the 17.
That’s when Brady found Thompkins for the winning touchdown in the left side of the end zone.
New England continued the strong defense it’s played all year by holding star tight end Jimmy Graham without a catch for the first time in 46 games, dating back to the middle of his rookie season in 2010. He limped off the field after Kyle Arrington intercepted a pass intended for him, but returned.
New England improved on offense with Stevan Ridley running for two touchdowns for a 17-7 halftime lead.
SAN FRANCISCO — Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards and finished with a career-best 180 yards receiving, leading the 49ers past the Cardinals.
Colin Kaepernick threw for 252 yards and Frank Gore ran for 101 yards on 25 carries.
DENVER — Peyton Manning threw for two scores and Knowshon Moreno ran for three to lead the Broncos to a tougher-than-expected victory over the winless Jaguars.
Manning finished 28 for 42 for 295 yards, but lost two fumbles and threw a pick-6 — a 59-yard interception return by Paul Posluszny that pulled the Jaguars within 14-12 at halftime.
HOUSTON — Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, St. Louis added a score on defense and special teams and the Rams stunned the Texans.
The Rams were up 24-6 early in the third quarter before rookie Daren Bates returned Keshawn Martin’s fumble on a kickoff return for a touchdown.
MINNEAPOLIS — Cam Newton threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Panthers romped past Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.
Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions, but the Vikings trailed the whole game.
BALTIMORE — Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby kicked four field goals and the Packers held on to beat the Ravens.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 120 yards to fuel the Packers’ first road win of the season.
CLEVELAND — Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, rallying the Lions to a win over the Browns.
The Lions outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half. Detroit tight end Joseph Fauria caught three TD passes.
TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth, leading the Eagles to a victory over the winless Buccaneers.
Foles finished a long first-quarter scoring drive with a 4-run and threw TD passes of 12 and 36 yards to DeSean Jackson.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns, the Kansas City defense harassed Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor into throwing three second-half interceptions and the Chiefs remained unbeaten.
The Chiefs piled up 10 sacks while ending a three-game skid to the Raiders, and a six-game losing streak against them at Arrowhead Stadium.
Bills 24 (OT)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Mike Nugent hit a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 left in overtime to lift the Bengals over the Bills.
Brandon Tate’s 29-yard punt return to the Bills 33 set up the decisive score. Andy Dalton went 26 of 40 for 337 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and the Steelers won their first game of the season.
Geno Smith was intercepted twice by a Steelers defense that entered the game as the only team in the league without a takeaway.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dwayne Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and set up another score with a 90-yard kickoff return as the Cowboys handed Robert Griffin III his first loss in his home state with a victory against the Redskins.
Tony Romo had just 170 yards passing.