Steelers Remain in First Place after Ravens, Browns Losses
Despite a disappointing 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Steelers still remain in first place, as the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens both blew big leads and lost. With the only divisional win, the Steelers have the tiebreaker to be in the No. 1 spot. The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Dallas Cowboys and dropped to 0-2.
The Browns got stunned by the New York Jets, as they blew a 13-point lead with two minutes left. Nick Chubb rushed for his third touchdown to make it 30-17, but kicker Cade York missed the extra point. Joe Flacco answered with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis, and the Jets proceeded with an onside kick recovery. Flacco completed to Garrett Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown with 22 seconds left to play. Greg Zuerlein followed with an extra point to put the Jets up 31-30. On the final drive, Jacoby Brissett got picked off by Ashtyn Davis and the Jets pulled off a remarkable victory.
The Ravens led the Dolphins 35-14 with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but Miami rallied and scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Baltimore, 42-38. Tua Tagovailoa started the comeback with a 2-yard touchdown pass to River Cracraft. Then, on the next two possessions, Tagovailoa connected with Tyreek Hill for 48-yard and 60-yard touchdowns to tie the game at 35-35. Justin Tucker responded with a 51-yard field goal to put the Ravens up 38-35. Tagovailoa then led a 6-play, 68-yard game-winning drive that was capped by a 7-yard touchdown reception by Jaylen Waddle. Jackson threw a Hail Mary intended for Rashod Bateman but it fell short.
The Ravens-Dolphins game had a combined 1,020 yards of offense. The Ravens out-gained the Dolphins, 547-473. The quarterbacks had banner days. Tagovailoa completed 36 of 50 passes (72.0%) for 469 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. A quarterback rating of 124.1. Jackson was 21 of 29 (72.4%) for 318 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, which was good for a 142.6 quarterback rating. Jackson also rushed for 119 yards on nine carries and a touchdown, which went for 79 yards.
According to Greg Harvey, Hill and Waddle were the first teammates to have 150+ receiving yards, 10+ receptions, two-plus receiving touchdowns in the same game in NFL history.
The Cowboys, who were led by backup quarterback Cooper Rush, upset the Bengals, 20-17. After trailing at halftime 17-3, the Bengals came back, and Joe Burrow completed a 5-yard touchdown to Tee Higgins and converted the two-point conversion to Tyler Boyd to tie the game at 17-17 with 3:45 remaining. After trading possessions, Rush led the Cowboys on a game-winning drive by setting up Brett Maher with a 50-yard field goal.
The Steelers will play the Browns on Thursday night in Cleveland. The Ravens play at New England in Week 3, while the Bengals travel to the Meadowlands to face the Jets.