The AFC is in the spotlight in Week 6 with two games that pit playoff contenders against each other.
Sunday ended with a rematch of the AFC Championship when the Indianapolis Colts hosted the New England Patriots nine months after the Patriots cruised to a 45-7 victory to advance to the Super Bowl. Despite the high-profile "revenge game" and the fact that both teams currently lead their divisions, not many expected it to be close. The Colts gave the Pats a good fight, but New England ultimately avenged DeflateGate, 34-27.
It's the other top AFC matchup that had experts split, as the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals traveled to face the Buffalo Bills. Andy Dalton has been nothing short of excellent so far in 2015 and with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Buffalo, he picked up right where he left off last week against the Seattle Seahawks. The Bills, who have seesawed between excellent showings and collapses, couldn't stop the surging Bengals.
The NFC isn't without a big game, though. While the Atlanta Falcons were dealt their first loss of the season on Thursday, all eyes were on the Carolina Panthers, who were trying to stay undefeated when they faced the Seattle Seahawks. Winning at CenturyLink Field is tough and although the Seahawks are 2-3, those three losses came on the road and the two wins were in Seattle.
Cam Newton has led the Panthers to a 4-0 record, but none of the four teams that they have disposed of have a winning record. The Panthers managed to pull out the win though, winning in the final minutes.
Two early games headed to overtime, including a wild matchup between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns. Somehow, despite Peyton Manning throwing three picks, the Broncos survived and moved to 6-0. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions also went to an extra period. Jim Caldwell's seat is getting awfully warm in Detroit, and a loss to drop the Bears may have been perceived as unforgivable for the coach. The Lions managed to pull out their first win of the season, however, when Matt Prater booted the game-winning field goal through with two minutes left in overtime.
In the second slate of games, the one that drew almost all television coverage nationwide was a matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers. Philip Rivers set career bests in passing yards, completions and attempts, but the Chargers still fell to the Packers, 27-20.
Below, we've got all of the Week 6 games, with scores updated throughout the day.
Final scores so far for Sunday:
Saints 31, Falcons 21 (Thursday)
Vikings 16, Chiefs 10
Bengals 34, Bills 21
Steelers 25, Cardinals 13
Lions 37, Bears 34 (OT)
Jets, 34, Washington 20
Panthers 27, Seahawks 23
49ers 25, Ravens 20
Packers 27, Chargers 20
Patriots 34, Colts 27 (RECAP)
Another week, another example of the NFL not knowing what a touchdown is. Golden Tate isn't complaining.
The refs might have blown a fourth-down call against the Chiefs.
The Dolphins scored a nifty end-around touchdown and dominated in their interim head coach's first game.
Matt Forte recovered his own fumble in highly entertaining fashion.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Marvin Jones!
Fines be damned, Cam Heyward continued to pay tribute to his late father.
Way to use your head, DeAndre Hopkins.
We tried to figure out what happened at the end of regulation between the Broncos and Browns.
Peyton Manning is Jekyll and Hyde right now.
The Lions won in part because of Megatron's mega-catch in OT.
Aaron Rodgers reached 30,000 career passing yards.
The Panthers stunned the Seahawks with a huge go-ahead touchdown late.
San Francisco's field is so terrible it tried to eat Justin Tucker's foot.
Steve Smith wasn't supposed to play on Sunday, but it's a good thing that he did.
Seahawks flea flicker!
The Colts ran one of the worst trick plays in NFL history.
Mike Vick left the game against the Cardinals twice: first for an "eye" injury and then with a hamstring injury.
After scoring a touchdown against the Bengals, Sammy Watkins left the game with a sprained ankle.
Jeremy Maclin had to be evaluated for a concussion and exited the game against the Vikings.
Melvin Gordon left early against the Packers with foot injury, but returned to the game in the second quarter.