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NFL: Headlines from Week 3

  • NFL: Headlines from Week 3

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After a week that saw half the fixtures decided by just one score, here are the main headlines coming out of Week 3:

Missed it by that much

The Atlanta Falcons preserved their unbeaten start to the season by the skin of their teeth, defeating the Detroit Lions 30-26 in front of a frustrated crowd at Ford Field.

Despite trailing the Falcons 17-3 at one point, Matthew Stafford orchestrated yet another fourth-quarter comeback, finding Golden Tate on a flat into the end-zone for the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining.

However, upon official review, replays showed that Tate's knee was down mere inches before he broke the plane, effectively stopping the comeback dead in its tracks.

Had the Lions pulled this one off, they'd be top of the NFC as one of just two teams yet to taste defeat. Instead, they sit 2-1 as the Minnesota Vikings loom next week.


There's a first time for everything

After 13 years in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers achieved a career-first in Green Bay's 27-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Down 24-17 with 20 seconds remaining, Rodgers, in vintage form, pulled the Packers out from defeat with a perfect pass into the corner of the end-zone for Jordy Nelson to reel in and force overtime.

The Super Bowl 45 MVP didn't let his first time in the extra period faze him whatsoever. In fact, he only needed one minute, tossing a precise pass to Geronimo Allison for a 72-yard gain and allowing Mason Crosby to convert the walk-off field goal from an almost automatic position.

Cincinnati played a near-perfect game. But for all their sacks, pressures and points, they still couldn't keep Rodgers down.

Have a day, Elliott

No, it's not Zeke. Jake Elliott put his name in lights as a 61-yard walk-off field goal helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome the New York Giants 27-24 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The rookie placekicker joined the Eagles just a day removed from their opening weekend win over Washington, after being drafted and cut by the Cincinnati Bengals.

As per the norm in sports, it seemed one man's loss was another's gain as Elliott's two field goals inside the last minute of the fourth quarter made the difference in what was a highly entertaining NFC East divisional matchup.

While Eli Manning did well to reel the Giants back into the match, throwing two touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr., he was unable to prevent his team from falling to 0-3.

As a result, Doug Pederson's team are now soaring in confidence, and will look forward to their match against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4.


Goff is an NFL quarterback

Jared Goff and the NFL got off on the wrong foot last year after being promoted as a starter in Week 11 and given the unwanted job of leading a floundering Jeff Fisher-led failure of a football team. 

Now, after an offseason full of improvement, new weapons and an offensive-minded head coach in Sean McVay, we can finally see why the Los Angeles Rams threw everything they had in order to jump up and take him with the first overall pick. 

A 118.2 passer rating through the first three weeks of the season (817 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT) illustrate the 22-year-old's dramatic improvement. 

Composure in the pocket, the ability to make post-snap progressions, the wherewithal to extend plays; Goff has it all, and it was for all to see as the Rams overcame the San Francisco 49ers 41-39 in an unexpected shootout.
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