With the Broncos knocking off the undefeated Patriots in overtime, the Ravens' "kick-six" that crushed the Browns and the Packers' Hail Mary to down the Lions, the last week has produced three prime-time games that ended with a bang. Here are the five best prime-time finishes of the season:
Broncos 31, Chiefs 24 in Week 2: Kansas City was leading Denver by a touchdown with 2:15 to play on Thursday Night Football. After Peyton Manning led a 10-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game, the Chiefs were trying to run out the clock to force overtime. Instead, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles fumbled and Bradley Roby ran it back 21 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left as the Broncos won their seventh straight vs. Kansas City.
Ravens 23, Steelers 20 (OT) in Week 4: Justin Tucker booted a 42-yard field in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime, where he kicked a 52-yarder to win it. Josh Scobee, who was signed after injuries to Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley, missed two field goals within the last 2:24 of regulation. Instead of trusting Scobee in overtime, Mike Tomlin chose to have Michael Vick attempt a pass to Antonio Brown on fourth-and-1, and the pass sailed out of bounds. Tomlin also chose the pass over running Le’Veon Bell, which some found interesting. Scobee was released that week.
Broncos 30, Patriots 24 (OT) in Week 12: Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler, making just his second start of his career, looked set to beat undefeated New England in regulation, until Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field and Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 47-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. After the Patriots went three-and-out in overtime, C.J. Anderson scored from 48 yards out, giving the Broncos a walk-off win and the Patriots their first loss of the season.
Ravens 33, Browns 27 in Week 12: After the Browns picked off a pass from Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub with less than a minute to go in the game, they looked set to pick up win No. 3 on the season. But it wasn't meant to be. Travis Coons lined up for a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal, but it was blocked by the Ravens' Brent Urban and picked up by Will Hill who returned it 64 yards for a touchdown as time expired, giving the Ravens a wild, walk-off "kick-six" win.
Packers 27, Lions 23 in Week 13: Detroit looked set to beat Green Bay for the second time this season, until Aaron Rodgers launched a 61-yard Hail Mary throw that Richard Rodgers leaped and caught in the end zone as time expired in the fourth quarter. The Packers got the ball at their own 21-yard line with just 23 seconds left in the game, but a face-mask penalty on Lions defensive end Devin Taylor gave the Packers an untimed play in which the Hail Mary was tried.
Patriots 28, Steelers 21 in Week 1: The season-opening game was in prime time and while the outcome never seemed in doubt, it was not without controversy. The Steelers’ coach-to-coach headset communications suddenly went haywire and picked up the Patriots’ radio broadcast. It was the first game since the Deflategate decision, so all eyes were on making sure everything was above board. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin complained about the frequency of such occurrences in Foxborough.
Seahawks 13, Lions 10 in Week 4: With the Lions closing in on a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the officials incorrectly gave Seattle possession after a Calvin Johnson fumble was batted out of the end zone by Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright on Monday Night Football. The Lions trailed 13-10 with 1:51 left when Johnson lunged for the end zone from the 1 yard line, but Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of his hands just short of the goal line. Wright then knocked the ball out of the back of the end zone, which is illegal.
Steelers 24, Chargers 20 in Week 5: The controversial ending didn’t alter the outcome as the San Diego clock operator erred and let 18 seconds run off during a dead ball. The incident occurred after a touchback as the Steelers gained possession for their game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. Le’Veon Bell saved the matter from blowing into a full-fledged controversy as he scored as time expired.