The Newsroom recaps round six of the US National Football League (NFL).
The 49ers win despite late scare
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 25-20 to break a four-game losing streak last Sunday at Levi Stadium. The 49ers were comfortable for most of the match as they were up 16-6 at the break. Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne had a quiet game and made his third error in six games. Quinton Patton scored his first touchdown of his NFL career for 49ers while Colin Kaepernick led the team with 16 completions off 27 attempts for 340 yards. Kaepernick also threw a 76-yard pass for Torrey Smith to score a remarkable touchdown against his former team. The Ravens fought back in the fourth quarter to get within five points but Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco couldn’t complete a desperate pass in the dying moments to snatch the victory.
Next week the 49ers take on Seattle Seahawks; the Ravens face the Arizona Cardinals.
Detroit snap five-game losing streak in thriller
The Detroit Lions came away with a miraculous victory, defeating the Chicago Bears 37-34 in overtime at Chicago. The Lions were in front 21-13 at half-time. Quarterback Matthew Stafford paved the way as he completed 27 passes of 42 attempts for 405 yards, throwing four touchdowns. The Bears hit back with 18 points in the fourth quarter to level and take the game into overtime. With only two minutes and 29 seconds remaining, Matt Prater kicked a 27-yard field goal to earn the win for the Lions. Detroit’s win came at a cost as they lost their star rookie Zach Zenner for the season with a rib and lung injury.
Next week Detroit take on the Minnesota Vikings; the Bears have a bye.
Packers get the job done against Chargers
The Green Bay Packers held on to defeat the San Diego Chargers 27-20 to go six straight in San Diego. At half-time the Packers were leading 20-10. The Chargers didn’t relent and took the Packers to the limit, scoring 10 points in the last two quarters. Philip Rivers, the quarterback for the Chargers, had a marvelous day throwing his near best career figures. He completed 43 passes of 65 attempts for 503 yards. Reigning 2014 MVP Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers achieved his duties, completing a respectable 16 passes of 29 attempts for 255 yards. Packers running back James Starks provided the fans with something to remember, an exhilarating 65-yard run for a touchdown. Starks scored another touchdown shortly after and only had to run five yards off a well-constructed power play.
Green Bay will have a bye next week; the Chargers face the Oakland Raiders.
Other scores to wrap up the round:
New Orleans Saints def Atlanta Falcons 31-21
Cincinnati Bengals def Buffalo Bills 34-21
Denver Broncos def Cleveland Browns 26-23
Houston Texans def Jacksonville Jaguars 31-20
Minnesota Vikings def Kansas City Chiefs 16-10
New York Jets def Washington Redskins 34-20
Pittsburgh Steelers def Arizona Cardinals 25-13
Miami Dolphins def Tennessee Titans 38-10
Carolina Panthers def Seattle Seahawks 27-23
New England Patriots def Indianapolis Colts 34-27
Philadelphia Eagles def New York Giants 27-7
Report by Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Quinton Patton (11) celebrating with fans from San Francisco 49ers Facebook page.