NFL week 10 recap – Lions and Steelers tie, Cam Newton returns to Carolina

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


The second half of the 2021 NFL season rolled on with several exciting matchups on Sunday. Week 10 saw two teams tie for the first time in the 2021 season. Meanwhile, a former MVP quarterback returned to his original team, while another former MVP returned to MVP form.

In the early window of Sunday’s games, the winless Detroit Lions traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the 5-3 Steelers in a rainy clash at Heinz Field. The rain had a big impact, as neither team could get much footing on offense. The teams battled to a 16-16 tie at the end of regulation.

Both clubs squandered multiple chances in overtime to seal the win. Lions kicker Ryan Santoso shanked a 48-yard attempt to win the game, after he’d already missed an extra point earlier in the contest. The Steelers gave up the ball multiple times in the extra frame, including a devastating fumble in Detroit territory with only seconds to play in overtime to end the game in a tie.

Pittsburgh now sits at 5-3-1, while Detroit, who has lost every game this season, was able to make its record look slightly better by improving to 0-8-1.

Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers roared to life as they upset the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals 34-10 after having lost 5 of their previous 6 games. Quarterback Cam Newton scored two touchdowns on his first two plays back with the team after signing with Carolina earlier this week. Newton, the former MVP who was with the Panthers from 2011-2019 before being released by the team, screamed “I’m back” after he barreled into the end zone on a 2-yard run in the 1st quarter.

Newton added a 2-yard TD pass on the next drive giving the Panthers a 14-0 lead as they cruised to victory, improving to 5-5 on the year.

In the nightcap between two fierce AFC West rivals, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 5 TDs and over 400 yards in a decisive victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for the former MVP. The Chiefs [6-4] took over first place in a very competitive division where all four teams sit within a game of each other.

Week 10 ends tonight with another divisional matchup between the LA Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.