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NFL Rewind: Injuries to Beckham Jr., Watt mar the day

Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina all were winners in significant games on Sunday to go 4-1 but injuries to two of the National Football League’s biggest names made bigger news.

New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a broken left ankle in his team’s fifth straight loss, and Houston Texans defensive star J.J. Watt left his team’s game against Kansas City. The Chiefs rolled to their fifth win to stay undefeated.

Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a win at home against Arizona while Green Bay and Carolina won on the road, at Dallas and at Detroit, respectively.

Dallas (2-3) and, surprisingly, Pittsburgh (3-2) continued to struggle.

A capsule look at Sunday’s Week Five games:

Game of the day

Packers 35, Cowboys 31

The scoop: It appeared that Dax Prescott had won the game for Dallas with his 11-yard touchdown run with 1:13 to play, but that left enough time for Aaron Rodgers to lead Green Bay to a drive that ended with a 12-yard pass to Davante Adams for the winning Td with 11 seconds left. Prescott passed for three touchdowns and Rodgers threw for two. Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys ran 29 times for 116 yards.

Why the Packers won: The difference in the game turned out to be the 21-yard interception return by Damarious Randall that put Green Bay in front 28-24 in the fourth quarter.

Show stoppers

Chiefs 42, Texans 34

The scoop: Harrison Butker kicked three field goals and Alex Smith passed to running back Charcandrick West for two touchdowns for a 23-7 halftime lead. Watt went out with a fracture in his left leg in the first half. Deshaun Watson led Houston’s second-half rally with three touchdown passes, but Smith threw his third TD pass of the game and Tyreek Hill returned a punt 82 yards for a TD.

Why the Chiefs won: They dominated the first half, rolling up 19 first downs. After a Texans scored, KC drove 75 yards in 1:15 to score with 41 seconds left in the half.

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Chargers 27, Giants 22

The scoop: The big news was the Giants losing receiving star Odell Beckham Jr. with a broken left ankle late in the loss. The Giants dropped their third in a row after holding the lead in the fourth quarter. Philip Rivers passed 10 yards to Melvin Gordon for 5 yards and the winning touchdown with 2:58 left. Then Tre Boston ended the Giants’ last possession with an interception. Rivers passed for three touchdowns, two to Gordon. Eli Manning’s 48-yard bomb to Beckham gave New York a 22-17 lead with 13:31 left, but it did not hold up. Manning also passed 29 yards to Roger Lewis for a score.

Why the Chargers won: They found a team almost as inept as they are. The winning touchdown came after Melvin Ingram recoved a fumble by Manning of the Giants at the New York 11 with 3:46 left, one play after the Beckham injury.
Jaguars 30, Steelers 9

The scoop: Jacksonville returned two Ben Roethlisberger passes for touchdowns in the third quarter and picked off five in all. Telvin Smith (28 yards) and Barry Church (51) each had a pick-6 for Jacksonville. Smith’s last scoring interception return before that was for 26 yards against the Bills in London in 2015. Roethlisberger completed 33 of 55 passes for 312 yards. LeVeon Bell ran for 47 yards and Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 157 but neither got to the end zone.

Why the Jaguars won: Blake Bortles passed for only 95 yards but the Jaguars ran for 231 and averaged 6.2 per carry. Bortles attempted only 14 passes, just one in the second half.
Eagles 34, Cardinals 7:

The scoop: Wentz passed for three touchdowns in the first quarter and was 21 for 30 for 304 yards. Wentz passed 59 yards to Torrey Smith and finished off the Cards with a 72-yarder to Nelson Agholor in the third quarter.

Why the Eagles won: They scored on their first three possessions, one coming after a 76-yard punt return by Kenjon Barner and took the Cardinals out of their running game. Arizona rushed for only 31 yards in 14 attempts.
Seahawks 16, Rams 10

The scoop: L.A. led 10-0 before Russell Wilson passed 4 yards to Jimmie Graham for the Seattle touchdown. Blair Walsh tied it with a 48-yard field goal on the last play of the first two half and kicked good from 49 and 35 for the only second half scoring.

Why the Seahawks won: They were outgained, 228-54, in the second half but the Rams turned the ball over three times and Greg Zuerlein missed a 35-yard field goal try.
Trailers
Panthers 27, Lions 24

The scoop: Carolina nearly blew a 27-10 lead but was able to run off the final 3:22 after Matthew Stafford passed 20 yards to tight end Darren Fells to make it a 3-point game. Cam Newton (26 of 33, 355 yards) passed for all three Carolina touchdowns. He didn’t say which "routes" were called, however. The Panthers had only 28 yards rushing in 28 attempts.

Why the Panthers won: The Lions could not stop them the first 36 minutes of the game when Carolina drove 61, 75, 73 and 75 for scores.
Colts 26, 49ers 23 (OT)

The scoop: Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 1:38 left in overtime to win it. The Colts had seen a 23-9 lead erased in the last 8 minutes of regulartion. The Niners tied the game on two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Brian Hoyer. One to Kyle Kuszczyk , the other to rookie tight end George Kittle.

Why the Colts won: Jacoby Brissett passed for 314 yards and the Indy defense limited the Niners to 66 yards rushing.
Dolphins 16, Titans 10

The scoop: Jay Cutler passed 6 yards to Jarvis landry with 10:33 left to snap a 10-10 tie. The other Miami touchdown came on a 38-yard fumble return by safety Reshad Jones onn a play was similar to the one that resulted in a touchdown by Tra’Davious White of the Bills at Atlanta last Sunday.

Why the Dolphins won: Matt Cassel of the Titans completed 21 passes but for only 141 yards and a 6.7 average. The longest gained 17 yards.
Ravens 30, Raiders 17

The scoop: Baltimore took a 21-`3 lead in the first 18:03 and the Raiders with E.J. Manuel at the helm could not catch up. Joe Flacco of the Ravens completed 19 of 26 for 222 yards but no touchdowns. Manuel was 13 for 26 for 159 yards, but was sacked three times. He passed for one touchdown and was not intercepted.

Why the Ravens won: Without Derek Carr the Raiders have little offense.
Dog of the day
Jets, 17, Browns 14

The scoop: Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 57-yard field goal in the first quarter and Josh McCown passed for both New York touchdowns. Kevin Hogan of the Browns passed for two scores.

Why the Jets won: They stopped the Browns on downs, then drove 97 yards for a 17-7 lead. Their other touchdowns came after an interception put them at the Cleveland 12.

News wire services contributed to this report.

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