NFL Sunday: Backups lead wins after Garoppolo, Lamar Jackson injuries 

by Jacob Fuller

Rob Issa, FISM News


Injuries to quarterbacks and backups getting the job done overshadowed exciting action across the NFL in Week 13.

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending foot injury, perhaps derailing the San Francisco 49ers’ championship hopes. Lamar Jackson sustained a knee injury that could sideline him for weeks, a major blow for the Baltimore Ravens.

49ers 33 – Dolphins 17

Despite Garoppolo’s injury in the first quarter, the 49ers breezed past the Miami Dolphins 33-17 on Sunday. Rookie Brock Purdy threw two touchdown passes to help San Francisco snap Miami’s five-game winning streak.

Tua Tagovailoa threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sherfield on the opening play from scrimmage but also had two interceptions. Tagovailoa injured his knee but remained in the game.

The 49ers (8-4) lead the NFC West and the Dolphins (8-4) fell to second behind Buffalo in the AFC East.

Ravens 10 – Broncos 9

Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson and led a 91-yard drive, capping it with a 2-yard TD run with 28 seconds remaining to give Baltimore a 10-9 win over the Denver Broncos.

Jackson was injured in the first quarter. Russell Wilson’s struggles continued in first season with the Broncos (3-9).

Denver’s Brandon McManus was up short on a 63-yard field goal as time expired.

The Ravens (8-4) lead the AFC North but don’t know how long Jackson will be out.

Bengals 27 – Chiefs 24

In Cincinnati, Joe Burrow tossed two TD passes and ran for another score, helping the Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game.

Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs (9-3) still lead the AFC West but fell behind the Bills in the race for the No. 1 seed. The Chiefs were leading 24-20 when Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt stripped Travis Kelce after a catch and recovered the fumble. Burrow then threw an 8-yard TD pass to Chris Evans for the go-ahead score.

Harrison Butker missed a 55-yard field-goal that would’ve tied it in the final minutes and the Bengals (8-4) held on for their eighth win in 10 games since starting 0-2.

Giants 20 – Commanders 20

In East Rutherford, N.J., Taylor Heinicke threw two TD passes for Washington and the Commanders rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to tie the New York Giants 20-20.

Graham Gano was short on a 58-yard field goal attempt on the last play of overtime that would’ve won it for the Giants (7-4-1).

The Commanders (7-5-1) have lost just once in eight games after a 1-4 start.

Vikings 27 – Jets 22

In Minneapolis, Camryn Bynum intercepted Mike White’s pass at the 1-yard line with 10 seconds left to seal the Minnesota Vikings’ 27-22 victory over the New York Jets.

White threw for 369 yards in his second start this season for the Jets (7-5). His pass from the 1 was incomplete with under two minutes left but the Jets got the ball back and drive to Minnesota’s 19.

Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison rushed for first-half touchdowns and Justin Jefferson had a TD catch for the NFC North-leading Vikings (10-2).

Browns 27 – Texans 14

In Houston, Deshaun Watson looked rusty in his return to the NFL following an 11-game suspension but Cleveland’s defense scored two TDs in a 27-14 win over the Houston Texans.

Watson hadn’t played in 700 days following accusations of sexual harassment and assault from more than 20 women. He declined to express remorse after the game, saying he’s been advised not to address the matter.

Eagles 35 – Titans 10

In Philadelphia, Jalen Hurts threw for 380 yards and three TDs and ran for a score to help the Eagles beat the Tennessee Titans 35-10.

The Eagles are 11-2 for the fourth time in franchise history. A.J. Brown caught two of Hurts’ TD passes against his former team.

The Titans (7-5) have lost two in a row but have a cushion in the AFC South.

Packers 28 – Bears 19

In Chicago, Aaron Rodgers rallied the Green Bay Packers to a 28-19 win over the Bears. Rodgers led the Packers to 18 points in the fourth quarter and improved to 25-5 against the Bears.

Seahawks 27 – Rams 23

In Inglewood, Calif., Geno Smith threw an 8-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf with 36 seconds to play to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 27-23 comeback win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith passed for a career-high 367 yards and threw three TD passes to help the Seahawks (7-5) snap a two-game losing streak. The Rams are 3-9 after winning the Super Bowl last season.

Raiders 27 – Chargers 20

In Las Vegas, Derek Carr and Davante Adams connected for two long TD passes, Josh Jacobs ran for 144 yards and one score and the Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-20 for their third straight win.

Lions 40 – Jaguars 14

In Detroit, Jared Goff threw for 340 yards and two TDs, Jamaal Williams ran for his 14th TD this season and the Lions routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-14.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence briefly left the game with a knee injury.

Falcons 19 – Steelers 16

In Atlanta, Matthew Wright kicked four field goals and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Falcons 19-16.

Kenny Pickett threw a TD pass to help the Steelers win two straight games for the first time this season.

Cowboys 54 – Colts 19

In Dallas, the Cowboys scored 33 points in the fourth quarter and ran away with a 54-19 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Dak Prescott had three TD passes, Tony Pollard ran for two scores and the Cowboys moved to 9-3.