Houston (USA), Dec. 2 – The Baltimore Ravens expanded their winning march to eight games and were responsible for stopping one of the strongest teams in the league, the San Francisco 49ers.
While the Texans in Houston marked the surprise of the Sunday day of Week 13 of the National Football League (NFL) by stopping another leading team, the New England Patriots and their stellar quarterback Tom Brady.
The young passer Lamar Jackson sent a score and directed the Ravens to their eighth consecutive victory, a franchise mark, beating the 49ers 20-17.
Jackson ran 101 yards and kicker Justin Tucker scored a 49-yard field goal that broke the tie when regulation time expired.
The combination of torrential rain, strong wind and the solid defense of the 49ers were obstacles for Jackson, who completed only 14 of 23 passes for 105 yards and lost a loose ball.
Baltimore (10-2) improved to 16-3 with Jackson starting and 12-0 when he runs for at least 70 yards. In addition, Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to have four 100-yard games on the ground in one season.
The 49ers (10-2) are now tied with the New Orleans Saints with the best mark of the National Conference (NFC).
Another young quarterback Deshaun Watson sent for three touchdown passes and scored one with the Texans, who defeated the Patriots 28-22.
In duel of leading teams, with their victory, the Texans are secured in the first place of the South Division of the American Conference (AFC) by having an 8-4 mark.
Texans coach and former Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien won his first victory in six attempts against New England head coach Bill Belichick.
It was just Houston’s second victory over the Patriots and the first since January 3, 2010.
While the Patriots had only their second defeat in the championship and put their mark at 10-2.
In the individual section, the open receiver, the Spanish rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside achieved his first score in the league, although his team from the Philadelphia Eagles lost 31-37 against the Miami Dolphins.
While another wide receiver, DeVante Parker had two spectacular touchdown receptions and kicker Jason Sanders also had an acrobatic scoring catch that allowed the Dolphins to come from behind and claim victory.
The Philadelphia team went to rest with the advantage after the score that got Arcega-Whiteside, who received a 15-yard pass from quarterback Carson Wentz.
The scoring of Arcega-Whiteside, which was his first professional, crowned a series of 12 plays and a 75-yard gain after 4:34 minutes of possession.
The 22-year-old Spanish player became the target of two Wentz shipments, crowning one of them with his score.
Arcega-Whiteside concluded the match by having season numbers of five receptions for 86 yards with one score.
The Dolphins (3-9) won for the third time in their last five games, but are now without options to qualify for the playoffs.
The Eagles (5-7) lost their third consecutive game and the opportunity to tie with the Dallas Cowboys at the top of the Eastern Division of the National Conference (NFC).
Field Marshal Patrick Mahomes threw for one score and ran for one more and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 40-9.
With their victory, the Chiefs take control of the AFC West Division.
The Kansas City team can secure a fourth consecutive division title with a victory over the New England Patriots and a Raiders defeat against the Tennessee Titans next weekend, in what will be the fourteenth in the league.
Stellar Aaron Rodgers made four touchdown shipments in a snow-covered field and the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants at home 13-31.
The Packers recovered the form after a shameful defeat by 29 points against the 49ers and improved their mark to 9-3 so far this season.
Rodgers managed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards, without interceptions on a slippery and snowy playing field as was the “MetLife”.
In other results, rookie free agent Devlin Hodges, as quarterback, was responsible for directing the Pisttsburgh Steelers attack and threw for 212 yards and a touchdown that allowed his team to beat the Browns by 20-13 Cleveland
Another passer Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns and the Los Angeles Rams won a 7-34 visitor victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Kick Brandon McManus scored a 53-yard field goal when regulation time expired and the Denver Broncos beat the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20.
Rookie quarterback Drew Lock’s Denver victory for Denver came a month after rookie Brandon Allen also beat the Browns.
With those two wins, the Broncos become the first team in league history to have two starting quarterbacks that win in their NFL debut in the same season.
Defensive Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards to the touchdown zone with 5:00 minutes remaining in regulation and the Titans defeated the Indianapolis Colts at home 17-31.
Quarterback Andy Dalton returned from a three-week absence and threw a touchdown pass in the Cincinnati Bengals victory 22-6 over the New York Jets, the first they have achieved so far this season.
Runner Derrius Guice advanced 129 yards on the ground and made two touchdowns with which he led the Washington Redskins to a surprise victory of visitors (21-29) against the Carolina Panthers.
Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 268 yards and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also won the Jacksonville Jaguars at home 11-28.