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It took three relative unknowns to wake up the Seattle Seahawks.
J.D. McKissic took the second carry of his career 30 yards for a touchdown and Bobby Wagner scooped up Marcus Smith’s forced fumble and rumbled 21 yards for a score in a 13-second span late in the third quarter, and the Seahawks beat the visiting Indianapolis Colts 46-18 on Sunday night.
Justin Coleman added a 28-yard interception return for a TD in the first half and Seattle overcame a sleepy first 30 minutes from its offense to finally put away the Colts.
McKissic was once cut by Atlanta, but his ability earned him a spot in Seattle. Coleman was deemed expendable by New England and was acquired in a trade just before the season. Smith, who had 1½ sacks, was a 2014 first-round pick who was a bust with Philadelphia.
Their big plays turned boos at halftime, with Seattle trailing 15-10, into cheers in a hurry. Wagner scooped up Smith’s forced fumble against quarterback Jacoby Brissett and dashed for Seattle’s second defensive score and a 32-18 lead.
“It was a terrific night. It just took us a while again. … We finally got going,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said.
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions, but his most important play was a 23-yard run in the third quarter for an 18-15 lead. Adam Vinatieri pulled the Colts even 18-18 as Indianapolis capitalized on Wilson’s second interception. Graham dropped a catchable pass and it was intercepted by Malik Hooker, his third straight game with an interception.
Seattle answered with a 75-yard drive, capped by McKissic’s TD sprint. Wilson added TD passes of 6 yards to Luke Willson and 27 yards to McKissic in the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks outscored the Colts 36-3 after halftime.
“They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We didn’t do a good job of adjusting. That’s on me,” Indy head coach Chuck Pagano said.
Rams 35, Cowboys 30: Todd Gurley scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 53-yard reception, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a career-high seven field goals for visiting Los Angeles (3-1). Gurley finished with 215 total yards, 121 rushing and 94 receiving, as the Rams overcame two first-half touchdowns from Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys (2-2). The Rams’ Jared Goff, the former Cal quarterback, threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He has seven TD passes and one interception this season.
Eagles 26, Chargers 24: Carson Wentz passed for 242 yards, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 136 and Jake Elliott kicked four field goals for visiting Philadelphia (3-1), which had thousands of fans in the Chargers’ temporary stadium in Carson (Los Angeles County). Missing several injured defensive regulars, the Eagles blew most of an early 13-point lead. Rookie Austin Ekeler rushed for a score and Hunter Henry made a one-handed TD catch during a fourth-quarter surge for the Chargers (0-4). But Blount rushed for 88 yards in the fourth quarter, and Philadelphia ran out the clock after Henry’s TD catch with 6:44 left.
Buccaneers 25, Giants 23: Jameis Winston threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired for host Tampa Bay (2-1). Folk redeemed himself after missing two field-goal tries and an extra-point attempt earlier in the day, booting the winner after Winston answered Eli Manning’s second TD pass of the day with an impressive drive that began at his 25. New York (0-4) lost on a last-second field goal for the second straight game. It took a 23-22 lead on Rhett Ellison’s 2-yard TD catch with 3:16 left.
Steelers 26, Ravens 9: Le’Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns to seize first place in the AFC North. Though held to a touchdown over the final 30 minutes, Pittsburgh (3-1) mounted enough of an attack before halftime to earn its first win in Baltimore (2-2) since 2012. Ben Roethlisberger went 18-for-30 for 216 yards and a touchdown. Bell carried the ball 35 times to help the Steelers amass 381 yards on offense. The Ravens looked every bit like the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL, stumbling through a second straight game with one touchdown.
Lions 14, Vikings 7: Anthony Zettel led a ferocious performance by visiting Detroit’s defense with two sacks, four hurries and a fumble recovery, as the Lions (3-1) forced three turnovers while holding Minnesota scoreless in the second half. The Lions turned two fumbles lost by the Vikings in the third quarter into 11 points, taking the lead on Ameer Abdullah’s 1-yard TD run five plays after rookie Dalvin Cook fumbled at the Minnesota 29. The Vikings (2-2) lost more than possession when Cook limped off with an injury to his left knee.
Saints 20, Dolphins 0: In London, Drew Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and New Orleans (2-2) scored all but three of its points in the second half. Michael Thomas had a touchdown reception in the third quarter, Alvin Kamara added one in the fourth and Will Lutz made two of his three field-goal tries for New Orleans. Miami running back Jay Ajayi, who was born in London, had 46 yards on 12 carries.
Jets 23, Jaguars 20: Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime to lift host New York. Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 163 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and rookie Elijah McGuire had a 69-yard score as the Jets (2-2) ran all over Jacksonville (2-2).
Bengals 31, Browns 7: Andy Dalton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half for visiting Cincinnati. Dalton missed on only one of 18 throws in the first half as the Bengals (1-3) built a 21-0 lead. Cleveland (0-4) avoided a shutout with 1:54 left.