LOS ANGELES -- The New Orleans Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first defeat of the NFL season on Sunday, thwarting the Rams' second-half rally in a 45-35 triumph in the Superdome.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw four touchdowns, connecting with Michael Thomas for a 72-yard TD with less than four minutes remaining that put New Orleans up 45-35.
It was the Saints' first touchdown of the second half, and came after the Rams had roared back from 21 points down to knot the score at 35-35 early in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing Los Angeles drive, Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw three straight incompletions and the Saints got the ball back, eventually converting a fourth-and-one play that sealed the win.
Overall Goff connected on 28-of-40 passing attempts for 391 yards and three touchdowns. But his first-half interception helped set up one of five Saints touchdowns before halftime.
It was 35-17 at the break. After the Rams tied things up on Goff's 41-yard scoring pass to Cooper Kupp and a two-point conversion, the Saints took a 38-35 lead on Wil Lutz's 45-yard field goal with 6:23 to play.
"We knew what we were up against," Thomas, who caught 12 passes for 211 yards, said of the powerful young Rams team. "They were playing excellent. They're playing great team football. We knew we had to execute at a high level, do our jobs and the team that made the fewest mistakes would win the game."
Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs' star second-year quarterback, enjoyed another big day, tying Andrew Luck's NFL record by throwing for 300 yards for the eighth straight game in a single season as the Chiefs beat the Browns in Cleveland 37-21.
Mahomes completed 23-of-32 passes for 375 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and the Kansas City offense was right there with him.
Kareem Hunt ran for two touchdowns and caught a TD pass as the Chiefs improved to 8-1.
The Browns, playing their first game since head coach Hue Jackson was sacked, were down 37-21 in the final five minutes when quarterback Baker Mayfield threw an interception -- quashing any hopes they harbored of a comeback.
Stout defense lifted the Chicago Bears to a 41-9 victory over the Bills in Buffalo.
Chicago's defense forced four bills turnovers and scored two touchdowns, intercepting third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman three times. That included a pick-six by outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Adrian Amos and Kyle Fuller also intercepted Peterman, who was forced into action because Josh Allen (sprained elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) were unable to play.
The Pittsburgh Steelers notched their fourth straight win, downing the Ravens 23-16 in Baltimore.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and James Corner, who had 56 receive yards and rushed for 107 yards against the top-ranked defense in the NFL.
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