Houston, Dallas and Tampa Bay made it pay off by earning victories Sunday. Jacksonville, Cleveland and Carolina all blew leads to lose in OT.
Andre Johnson caught a screen pass from Matt Schaub and ran 48 yards for the winning touchdown with 2:01 left in the extra session of Houston’s 43-37 victory over Jacksonville.
Schaub threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards passing, second most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 against Kansas City.
Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.
“When I caught the ball, and I saw how open I was, I was looking around like, `Where are the defenders at?’” Johnson said after the 43-37 win. “I took off running, I kept looking. I thought the cornerback would come from the outside, but he wasn’t there. It was just the safety, so I was just saying to myself, `I can’t let him tackle me.’”
Dallas needed Dan Bailey’s 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds to go in regulation to tie it, then he made a 38-yarder for the 23-20 win over the Browns with 6:07 remaining. The Cowboys rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit.
“Had it all the way,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, smiling, as he walked into the postgame locker room.
Nor did the Buccaneers look like winners until they actually won.
Josh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap a comeback. It was Freeman’s third touchdown pass of the game in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 victory over the Panthers.
“When we got to overtime we stepped into the huddle and everybody was ready to go and we started talking like, `Hey let’s just execute one play at a time and do our jobs and try to get out of this thing with a touchdown,’” Freeman said.
Also Sunday, it was Atlanta 23, Arizona 19; New England 59, Indianapolis 24; Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 10; Denver 30, San Diego 23; New Orleans 38, Oakland 17; Green Bay 24, Detroit 20; Washington 31, Philadelphia 6; the New York Jets 27, St. Louis 13; and Cincinnati 28, Kansas City 6.
On Thursday, it was Buffalo over Miami 19-14.