Week 6 of the NFL season is almost behind us. Here are a few story lines from the weekend.
Patriots win in thrilling comeback
New England Patriots (5-1) quarterback Tom Brady threw a 17-yard pass to wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds left to give the Patriots a 30-27 comeback victory over the New Orleans Saints (5-1) at Gilllette Stadium.
For most of the fourth quarter, it appeared that the Saints were on their way to victory.
Brady’s deep pass intended for Julian Edelman was interecepted by cornerback Keenan Lewis with 2:24 left in the game, and Saints players on the sidelines appeared to already celebrating.
But New Orleans went three-and-out and punted back to the Patriots with 1:20 left.
Given the chance to bring the team back from the brink of defeat, Brady delivered on a night when the Boston Red Sox also rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Adrian Peterson plays days after the death of his son
Adrian Peterson rushed for 62 yards in the Minnesota Vikings’ 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers (2-3), two days after the death of his 2-year-old son.
Peterson, the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player, said he never thought about not playing in the game, which dropped the Vikings to 1-4.
“I was set on it,” Peterson said (via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press). “I just look at things, and I don’t ask people to understand my mind-set and how I think. Anything bad, I try to take good from it. That’s the way I approach life in all situations.”
Peterson’s son died Friday after suffering injuries Wednesday when he was allegedly assaulted by Joseph Patterson, who was dating the boy’s mother. Patterson, 27, is being held on $750,000 bond in connection with the incident.
Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray suffer injuries
The Dallas Cowboys (3-3) defeated the Washington Redskins 31-16, who dropped to 1-4, but lost both defensive end DeMarcus Ware and running back DeMarco Murray to injuries.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Murray and Ware are “unlikely to play” against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Ware missed the second half of the game with a right quad strain, while Murray left in the second quarter with a knee injury that Head Coach Jason Garrett said was a sprained MCL.
Both players are awaiting their MRI results (via the team’s Web site.)