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Texans pick off Russell Wilson, Broncos for fourth win in five games to move above .500

Texans safety Jimmie Ward celebrated with coach DeMeco Ryans after his interception sealed a win over the Broncos.Sam Hodde/Getty

Nico Collins had a career-high 191 yards receiving and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Jimmie Ward intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone with nine seconds left to help the Texans hold on in Houston for a 22-17 win Sunday over the Broncos.

Ward leapt in front of intended receiver Lucas Krull to secure the fourth victory in five games for Houston (7-5) and snap a five-game winning streak for Denver (6-6).

Wilson was intercepted a season-high three times, all of them after halftime. Derek Stingley Jr. had the first two picks for the Texans. The Broncos had forced 15 turnovers in their winning streak but did not have a takeaway Sunday.


Houston rookie C.J. Stroud threw for 274 yards to end a streak of four games with at least 300 yards passing.

Texans star rookie receiver Tank Dell was carted off the field in the first half with what a source told The Associated press is a broken left fibula. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the severity of the injury, said the injury will end Dell’s season.

Texans rookie defensive end Will Anderson Jr. had the best game of his young career. The former Alabama star had two sacks, four quarterback hits, deflected one of the balls that Stingley intercepted, and deflected a punt.

Wilson threw for 186 yards with a touchdown in Denver’s first loss since Oct. 12.

Early in the fourth quarter, Wilson’s 41-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy got Denver to the 1, and the QB ran for the touchdown on the next play to cut Houston’s lead to 22-17. The Broncos got a stop and were driving on the ensuing possession when Stingley hopped in front of a pass intended for Courtland Sutton to give Houston the ball back.


Packers 27, Packers 19 — Jordan Love connected with Christian Watson on two of his three touchdown passes and Green Bay (6-6) won its third straight game, beating Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City (8-4). The Packers scored touchdowns on three of their first four drives and never trailed, and the defense made two big stops in the last 5½ minutes. Green Bay knocked down Mahomes’s pass into the end zone on the game’s final play. The Packers improved their December record to 16-0 under coach Matt LaFleur. Love went 25 of 36 for 267 yards. Mahomes was 21 of 31 for 210 yards with a TD pass and an interception. Isiah Pacheco rushed for 110 yards and a TD for the Chiefs before getting ejected for punching Keisean Nixon during a scuffle on the game’s final series.

Lions 33, Saints 28 — Sam LaPorta had career highs of nine catches for 140 yards, including an early touchdown and a crucial first-down snag in the final minutes, and visiting Detroit (9-3) defeated reeling New Orleans (5-7) to post its best record through 12 games since 1962. The Saints lost quarterback Derek Carr in the fourth quarter to back, shoulder, and head injuries. Carr was hurt on a penalized hit by Bruce Irvin, who drove the weight of his body into the QB. Jared Goff was 16-of-25 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions, who raced to a three-touchdown lead and then held off a valiant comeback bid by the Saints, who pulled as close as 24-21 late in the third. Carr (17 of 22, 226 yards, TD, INT) was replaced by Jameis Winston.


Falcons 13, Jets 8 — Desmond Ridder threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt and Atlanta (6-6) took over sole possession of first place in the NFC South by slogging its way to an ugly win over punchless New York in a dreary, rainy East Rutherford, N.J. The Falcons have back-to-back wins for the first time since opening the season with victories over Carolina and Green Bay. Atlanta entered tied atop the division with New Orleans. The Jets got an early safety but couldn’t get anything going — again — on offense in losing their fifth straight game. New York even pulled quarterback Tim Boyle (14 of 25, 148 yards, INT) and replaced him with Trevor Siemian (5 of 13, 66 yards). Greg Zuerlein’s two field goals provided the bulk of the Jets’ points.

Colts 31, Titans 28 — Gardner Minshew threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman with 2:31 left in overtime and Indianapolis (7-5) beat Tennessee (4-8) in Nashville for its fourth straight victory. The Colts had to score a touchdown after Nick Folk made a 46-yard field goal with 4:19 left in overtime to put the Titans ahead. Tennessee lost its first true home game this season and has yet to win consecutive games overall. The Titans not only blew a 17-7 lead, but Folk missed his first extra point this season with 5:26 left in regulation that could have put Tennessee up, 26-25. Special teams helped the Colts score 10 points off a block and a fumble recovery. Titans backup QB Ryan Tannehill filled in at punter after Ryan Stonehouse was hurt on his fumble.


Rams 36, Browns 19 — Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes, Puka Nacua became the first Rams rookie wide receiver to reach 1,000 yards in a season, and Los Angeles (6-6) extended its winning streak to three by beating Cleveland (7-5) in Inglewood, Calif. The Rams have won three straight for the first time since winning Super Bowl LVI. Since returning from a thumb injury, Stafford has eight TD passes and two interceptions in those three victories. Stafford (22 of 37, 279 yards) connected with Nacua, Demarcus Robinson, and Cooper Kupp for scores. Joe Flacco, who became the Browns’ fourth starting QB, was 23 of 44 for 254 yards with two TDs and an interception. Cleveland lost receiver Amari Cooper to a concussion in the second quarter.

Buccaneers 21, Panthers 18 — Mike Evans scored on a 75-yard reception and joined Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history to string together 10 consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus yards receiving while helping Tampa Bay (5-7) keep Carolina (1-11) down in Tampa. Evans had seven receptions for 162 yards, increasing his season totals to 61 catches for 1,012 yards and 10 TDs. Rice set the record of 11 straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving from 1986-96. The Buccaneers won for only the second time in the past eight games, climbing into a tie for second in the weak NFC South. Carolina’s final chance at a win in interim coach Chris Tabor’s debut ended when Bryce Young threw an interception with just over two minutes remaining.