NFL week 9 round-up

It took half a season, but the Los Angeles Rams finally got their first loss when they were beaten 35-45 by the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana.

In a clash that could determine the number one seed in the NFC, Drew Brees threw for four TDs and a total of 346 yards against one of the best defenses in the league. Jared Goff on the other hand threw a total of 391 yards, with three TDs and one INT that proved key in his team’s loss.

LA are currently on top of the NFC with an 8-1 balance, with New Orleans in second with a 7-1 record.

Up next for LA is a home game against the Seahawks before they travel to Mexico for their clash with the Chiefs. The Saints will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals next week before they host the defending Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles.

The other highlight of the week was the clash between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, their first since the 2010 season. Once again Brady’s Patriots came out on top with a 31-17 win on Sunday night in Foxborough.

The Patriots (7-2) are currently second in the AFC behind the Kansas City Chiefs (8-1). The Packers (3-4-1) are third in the NFC North and sit two games down on the second wild card spot in the NFC.

The San Francisco 49ers took the finals “Battle of the Bay” against the Oakland Raiders with a comfortable 34-3 victory in their Thursday night clash at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers QB Nick Mullens made his first career start, throwing a total of 262 yards and earning his team three TDs.

The Raiders continued their terrible season with another loss, leaving them bottom of the AFC with a 1-7 record and well outside playoff contention in John Gruden’s first season as a head coach.

The 49ers are only slightly better at 2-7, but their season has been marred by some key injuries including Jimmy Garoppolo’s thorn ACL in week three against the Chiefs.

Other results from week nine are:

Washington Redskins (5-3) 14 Atlanta Falcons (4-4) 38

Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) 24 Detroit Lions (3-5) 9

Baltimore Ravens (4-5) 16 Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) 23

Cleveland Browns (2-6-1) 21 Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) 37

Miami Dolphins (5-4) 13 New York Jets (3-6) 6

Buffalo Bills (2-7) 9 Chicago Bears (5-3) 41

Carolina Panthers (6-2) 42 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) 28

Seattle Seahawks (4-4) 17 Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) 25

Denver Broncos (3-6) 17 Houston Texans (6-3) 19

Dallas Cowboys (3-5) 14 Tennessee Titans (4-4) 28

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