Tom Brady did it again for the Atlanta Falcons.
This time, he didn’t even need to work overtime.
Collecting Tampa Bay from a 17-point deficit, Brady recreated the miracle of Super Bowl by leading the Pirates in five straight strikes in the second half Sunday to win the stunning 31-27 Falcons.
The stakes weren’t nearly as great and the deficit wasn’t exactly daunting, but Brady’s final blow for Atlanta pushed Bucs (9-5) to the brink of their first playoff game since 2007.
It certainly didn’t look like it when Atlanta raced to 17-0 by the first half, or when the Falcons (4-10) regained their margin to 24-7 after Brady finally led the Bucs to relegation on first possession in the second half.
It turns out the 43-year-old was warming up.
He definitely had a lot of experience to fall back on when it came to breaking the Atlanta heart.
At the 2017 Super Bowl, Brady led the best comeback in tournament history, rallying New England from a 28-3 late in the third quarter to a 34-28 overtime win that secured his fifth out of six title with the Patriots.
Now, it looks like he will get another chance with his new team. The Bucs was nearing completion of the Wild Cards berth, which is what Brady had in mind as he left snowy Massachusetts bound for sunny Florida.
Brady capped his most recent rally with a 46-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 6:19 remaining. The oldest player in the league finished 31 by 45 for 390 yards and two TDs.
Tampa Bay scored on five straight possessions after four first-half touchdowns and a field goal.
Seattle Seahawks 15-20 Washington Soccer Team
Russell Wilson and Seahawks built a major lead, and Seattle’s surprising opportunistic defense held out on Sunday to defeat Washington 20-15 and clinch a place in the supplement.
Wilson threw for the touchdown, Carlos Hyde ran 50 yards for a score, and Seahawks (10-4) snatched Washington midfielder Dwayne Haskins twice. Shaquill Griffin and DJ Reed both received an objection because the worst-passing defense in the league played hard until the fourth quarter.
After Haskins’ comeback from 20-3 was not successful, Washington (6-8) cut their victories by four points with Alex Smith knocked out due to a calf injury. Haskins finished 38 on 55 for 295 yards, a TD pass and interceptions.
Wilson threw a 121-yard run and a 10-yard TD Corridor to Jacob Hollister and ran for 52 on six carts. Hyde’s TD’s 50-yard run was Seattle’s longest play this season.
New England Patriots 12-22 Miami Dolphin
Rising midfielder Tua Tagovailoa ran for a pair of relegations in the fourth quarter as the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots 22-12 on Sunday.
Tagoviloa passed 145 yards (one interception), keeping Miami (9-5) on track for its first extension pier since 2016. The Dolphins team guarantees a playoff with their last two games of the regular season.
It was New England (6-8) led by Nick Falk, who set up four field goals. The quarterback Cam Newton passed 209 yards.
However, a series of 19 consecutive seasons was cut short for the Patriots to win.
In addition, the Patriots lost corner-back Stephon Gilmour – the NFL’s best defensive player – to a knee injury in the second quarter. No longer.
New York Jets 23-20 Rams Los Angeles
Sam Darnold threw 207 yards back home and the New York Jets scored their first win of the season by beating the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 Sunday in Englewood, California.
The Jets Rams’ defense kept only three points and 97 yards in the first half, and 303 yards in the game, to avoid becoming the first team to come out without a win in a single season since the Cleveland Browns in 2017.
The Rams (9-5) were more than favorites and needed to win to be eligible for the playoffs. Midfielder Jared Geoff threw Rams at 209 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while rookie Cam Akers overcame an ankle injury in the first half to lunge 63 yards on 15 cart.
Houston Texas 20-27 Indianapolis Colts
Zach Pascal scored his second goal in less than two minutes of play, and the Indianapolis Colts maintained South Asia’s lead with a 27-20 win over visiting Houston Texas on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts (10-4) remained tied to the top of the division with the Tennessee Titans by handing him in the clutch after Texas (4-10) scored the result at 20 – all with Kiki Coty receiving 9 yards with 7:25 to play.
Pascal capped a 12-game run, 75 yards with a five-yard grab with a 1:47 leave, but the decisive play came when Philip Rivers found TY Hilton to take a 41-yard profit to the Houston streak by three yards.
Pascal totaled five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers passed for 228 yards.
Detroit Lions 46-25 Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannhill made it through three touchdowns and pushed into two more as the Tennessee Titans beat the Detroit Lions 46-25 in Nashville on Sunday.
Tannhill completed 21 of 27 passes for 273 yards and pushed 21 yards on three carts. Derek Henry sprinted 147 yards and scored one result 24 times as the Giants (10-4) remained in first place in the AFC Premier League with Indianapolis. Corey Davis caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
D’Andre Swift darted 67 yards and landed two on 15 wagons, Matthew Stafford passed 252 yards and the Lions landed (5-9). Marvin Jones III took 10 passes for 112 yards and landings.
Jacksonville Jaguars 14-40 Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens had little difficulty getting one step closer to their third straight trip to the knockout stages with their 40-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
The Ravens (9-5) were never late to Jaguar (1-13), which had the longest losing streak in its history against Baltimore, which won its third game in a row.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed 243 yards and three touchdowns and darted 35 yards and another point. JK Dobbins finished with 14 stands for 64 yards and downs, marking his fourth successive franchise record in which he found the finish zone.
Chicago Bears 33-27 Minnesota Vikings
David Montgomery sprinted for 146 yards from career level and two touchdowns, and Mitchell Tropesky suffered a short drop and 236 yards off attack as the visiting Chicago Bears kept their NFC match hopes alive with their 33-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings 33-27 on Sunday afternoon.
Chicago won (7-7) for the second consecutive week following a six-game slippage to pull through one half-match the Arizona Cardinals into last place for the NFC card. The Vikings, who rose after the season 1-5 began, slipped to 6-8 as their playoff aspirations took a big hit two weeks before the end of the regular season.
Minnesota, trailing 30-27, had a chance to capitalize on Cameron Dantzler’s interception of Tropesky in the finish area before 2:57 but turned the ball over after it fell.
San Francisco 49ers 33-41 Dallas Cowboys
Andy Dalton ran 209 yards and landed twice and the Dallas Cowboys scored 24 points in Sunday’s 41-33 victory over the San Francisco 49th team in Arlington, Texas.
The Cowboys (5-9) won consecutive matches for the first time this year. The 49 players (5-9) have made four turnovers and have lost three consecutive games and six of their last seven matches.
Nick Mullins completed 21 of 36 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns for San Francisco but threw two expensive interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Donovan Wilson intercepted the first goal, creating a 46-yard field goal for Greg Zorlin that put Dallas 27-24 with 10:12 to play.
After two plays after Anthony Brown scored the second choice, Tony Pollard cut 40 yards to lead 34-24 with 2:27 remaining.
Philadelphia Eagles 26-33 Arizona Cardinals
Keller Murray threw his career 406 yards, DeAndre Hopkins received 169 yards and excellent catches, and the Arizona Cardinals improved their position in the knockout race by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 33-26 on Sunday.
Arizona (6-8) won their second game in a row as they try to reach the post-season for the first time since 2015. The Cardinal is third in their league behind Rams and Seahawks and is currently the No. 7 and final seed. In the NFC qualifiers.
Al-Nsour trailed (4-9-1) 16-0 in the first quarter but tied the game at 26 in the third quarter after midfielder Galen Hurts ran seven yards.
Arizona responded with its illuminated landing gear topped by Hopkins’ stunning 20-yard landing gear. Cornerback Michael Jacquet was playing tough defense in the play, but Hopkins wrestled the ball away and grabbed with one hand as it fell behind the pylon in the finish zone.
Murray completed 27 of 36 passes, with three touchdowns and one interception.
Kansas City Chiefs 32-29 New Orleans Saints
Patrick Mahomes delivered three passes to touch the field and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs won their ninth straight game by beating New Orleans Saints 32-29 Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome.
Mahomes completed 26 out of 47 for 254 yards as the Chiefs improved their NFL’s best record to 13-1.
Drew Press returned from a four-match absence due to rib and lung injuries to complete 15 of 34 passes for 234 yards with three touchdowns and interceptions as the Saints (10-4) lost their second in a row after nine games in a row.
He led the Chiefs in the first half, but Brees threw a touchdown pass from 24 yards to Latavius Murray in their first possession in the third quarter to give the Saints their only lead on 15-14.