NFL Week 5 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Browns push Austin Ekeler into end zone for game-winning TD

Written by on October 10, 2021

It’s the fifth Sunday of the 2021 NFL season and we’re keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 5 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we’re here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.

Schedule

Thursday

Rams 26, Seahawks 17 (Recap)

Sunday 

Falcons 27, Jets 20 in London (Recap)
Steelers 27, Broncos 19 (Recap)
Vikings 19, Lions 17 (Recap)
Packers 25, Bengals 22 (OT) (Recap)
Buccaneers 45, Dolphins 17 (Recap)
Patriots 25, Texans 22 (Recap)
Saints 33, Washington 22 (Recap)
Eagles 21, Panthers 18 (Recap)
Titans 37, Jaguars 19 (Recap)
Bears 20, Raiders 9 (Recap)
Chargers 47, Browns 42 (Recap)
Cowboys 44, Giants 20 (Recap)
Cardinals 17, 49ers 10 (Recap)
Bills at Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET (Preview)

Monday

Colts at Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ET (Preview)

Ekeler pushed into end zone for go-ahead score

The Chargers could have taken a couple of kneels and attempted a game-winning chip-shot field goal in the final seconds against the Browns. Instead, they decided to hand the ball off, and the Browns, knowing a short field goal should be automatic, pushed Austin Ekeler into the end zone to conserve some time for a potential game-winning drive. It was the right call, but trailing, 47-42, with 1:26 to go, Cleveland came up short in one of the best games of the NFL season thus far. 

Kareem Hunt slips to the outside for improbable TD

At the time Kareem Hunt took the handoff at the 14-yard line, he had a 4% chance of scoring, per Next Gen Stats. He found the end zone anyway to put the Browns ahead again.

The Giants drafted Toney 20th overall this past April to be a dynamic offensive weapon, and after barely contributing the first three games, he’s starting to assert himself. After hauling in six receptions for 78 yards in Week 4 against the Saints, Toney has been even better against the Cowboys, amassing 160 yards on eight catches. Here’s his latest impressive grab:

Kellen Moore totally confuses Giants D for TD

Kellen Moore is the architect of the Cowboys’ high-flying offense, and he dialed up a beautiful play call on 2nd-and-goal midway through the third quarter. Dak Prescott faked the jet sweep handoff to Tony Pollard running left, then faked a toss to Ezekiel Elliott going right, then scanned the middle of the field and FINALLY turned back right to hit a wide-open Elliott on a swing pass for the four-yard score. I imagine Moore on the sideline celebrating similarly to Elliott as he approached the end zone.

Fullback shows his hops

Fullbacks aren’t supposed to hurdle defenders, but Kyle Juszczyk isn’t any ordinary fullback. Instead of attempting to run over a defender early in the third quarter, he went with the aerial approach to pick up a few more yards.

Rondale Moore somehow keeps feet inbounds

DeAndre Hopkins commands most of the attention from defenses among Arizona pass catchers, but second-round rookie Rondale Moore has made some unbelievable plays for the Cardinals so far this season. He impossibly got both feet inbounds on this 26-yard reception.

Coach Matt Nagy announced earlier this week that Justin Fields, the No. 11 pick in this year’s draft, will be the starter moving forward. On Sunday, he threw his first-career touchdown pass, fitting the ball into a tight window to Jesper Horsted for the two-yard score against the Raiders.

Justin Herbert loves to target Mike Williams down the field, and the two connected again early in the second quarter against the Browns on Sunday. Williams simply ran past everyone and Herbert hit him in stride down the middle for the 72-yard score. 

Crosby finally hits a FG!

Twenty-seven. That’s how many field goals veteran Mason Crosby had hit in a row when he lined up for another with about two minutes to play Sunday against the Bengals. But then his 36-yarder went wide left, and he missed his next two as well, both of which would have won the Packers the game. The team did not waver from Crosby, though, sending him out for a 49-yard attempt with less than two minutes to play in overtime. And on his seventh try of the game, Crosby’s kick sailed through the uprights to lift Green Bay to its fourth win of the season.

Vikings convert on game-winning field goal as time expires

Greg Joseph from 54 yards out! The Vikings kicker hit the game-winning field goal as time expired to avoid a huge upset from the Lions. 

Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos have had a tough day out in the “Steel City,” but things opened up for them a bit in the fourth quarter. “Teddy Two Gloves” found Sutton streaking down the sideline for six to bring the Broncos within striking distance. 

Joe Mixon jukes out Packers on way to score

The Bengals are giving the Packers a game! Mixon dropped a defender to his knees with this juke on his way to a touchdown. 

Patriots tie Texans late in Houston!

It looked like the Patriots were about to get blown out by the Texans this week, but Mac Jones and Co. have mounted a comeback. Down 22-9, New England scored 13 unanswered points to tie the game halfway through the fourth quarter. 

Reddick failed to record a sack for the first game all season last week against the Cowboys, but he made up for it this week. The star pass-rusher recorded sacks on back-to-back plays! The Eagles offensive line is really struggling. 

Big Ben hooks up with Chase Claypool for six

Roethlisberger is having a good day, and it looks like he’s going to will the Steelers back into the win column. Check out this throw to Claypool that resulted in a touchdown. He identified the soft spot in the zone between the safeties and fit the throw in. 

Ja’Marr Chase insane catch

Chase had a couple of big highlights this afternoon, but this was a pretty wild play. After bobbling the ball on a slant route, the rookie kept his eyes on it and hauled in what would have been a drop. He’s going to be a special player. 

Texans flea flicker!

What is going on in Houston today?! Davis Mills has looked incredible, and he threw his third touchdown of the game on this flea flicker. Perfect execution. 

Chase has been incredible through his first four NFL regular-season games. He caught four touchdowns in four weeks, and recorded another long score against the Packers on Sunday. He’s a home-run threat that is just going to get better. 

Jameis Winston Hail Mary!

Winston is one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL, and he couldn’t have placed this Hail Mary in a better spot. Credit to Marquez Callaway for coming down with it as well. 

With Dalvin Cook out for the Vikings, in came Alexander Mattison. He’s actually a bit of an underrated back, and would have made for a good fantasy start this week. He recorded 45 yards on the ground and 28 yards in the receiving game to go along with this touchdown in the first half. 

The Buccaneers started off slow on Sunday, but they are now rolling. Antonio Brown caught two touchdowns in the second quarter to go up double digits. This offense is back on the same page after a subpar showing in New England. 

It looked like the Patriots were about to take the lead from the Texans, but Harris fumbled possession right before he crossed the goal line! Houston recovered, but man, check out how close this play was.

Derrick Henry trucks his own fullback on way to TD

Henry recorded career touchdown No. 60 in the second quarter against the Jaguars, and had to blast through his own fullback to do so! Check out the second angle on this touchdown:

Davis Mills throws his second TD of first half 

The Patriots were probably one of the most popular survivor pool picks this week, but they are down early! Davis Mills has thrown two touchdowns in the first half, including this incredible catch-and-run made by Chris Moore

Sam Darnold has had a great start to his Panthers career, but he’s going to have to show he can maintain a certain level of success. He had a bad throw in the first quarter against the Eagles, which Slay picked off to give Philly excellent field position. 

We have gotten good Jameis and bad Jameis so far this Sunday. On the Saints’ first possession, he threw a bad interception. On the Saints’ second possession, Winston hit Deonte Harris for a 72-yard touchdown. Check out how far Winston threw this ball:

I heard a rumor that Ben Roethlisberger was washed up and couldn’t throw deep anymore. He looked pretty good on the Steelers’ first drive against the Broncos. 

Titans scoop-and-score

The NFL world is wondering how the Titans will bounce back after their embarrassing loss to the Jets last week. They didn’t wait long to score, as star safety Kevin Byard pulled off a scoop-and-score three plays into the game. Credit to the rookie Elijah Molden for laying the lumber.

Rain expected for Bills-Chiefs in K.C.

The weather landscape appears to be rather friendly for Week 5, with little out there to affect things in any of the day games … but that’s not the case for the AFC Championship Game rematch between the Chiefs and Bills on Sunday night.

According to weather.com, scattered thunderstorms will begin around 5 p.m. local time in Kansas City, with the chance for rain steadily building throughout the night. When the game kicks off at 7:20 p.m. CT (8:20 p.m. ET), there’s a 77% chance of rain, and that climbs to an 86% chance an hour later. Those percentages enter the 90s by the time the game reaches the second half.

Fireworks are still expected in the battle between high-powered offenses (the total was at 56.5 as of noon ET, via Caesars Sportsbook). We’ll soon see if the expected wet conditions put a damper on things for Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and the rest of the Bills and Chiefs.

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