Australian punter Arryn Siposs was credited with stopping what would have been a touchdown as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Minnesota Vikings.
Meanwhile, a sickening collision marred the Buffalo Bills’ 41-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans when an ambulance was brought to the center of the field just before halftime.
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AUSSI STAR SAVE THE DAY BEFORE PHILLY
The Philadelphia Eagles have Aussie gambler Arryn Siposs to thank, as his touchdown-saving tackle kept the Minnesota Vikings at bay en route to Philly’s 24-7 win.
The Eagles, who led 24-7 in the third quarter with just over three minutes left on the clock, attempted a 41-yard field goal.
However, the attempt was blocked and Siposs, holding the ball for Eagles tipper Jake Elliott, made a frenzied sprint to Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd after picking up the pigskin.
Boyd was on course for a touchdown and had an open field to run into.
But Siposs managed to wrap his arms around Boyd’s legs and bring him to the ground.
It was a move that garnered much praise from NFL fans, as it prevented an easy touchdown for the Vikings.
Still, such a tackle was nothing new for Siposs, who made 28 appearances for St Kilda in the AFL from 2011 to 2015.
It was an enjoyable day out for the Eagles as QB Jalen Hurts threw the ball 333 yards and one touchdown from 26 passes completed.
Four of Philadelphia’s WRs clocked in 69 yards or more, highlighting the air raid on the Vikings.
The Eagles’ defense was also number one, beating Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins three times en route to victory.
BILLS WIN MISSING BY HORROR INJURIES
Josh Allen threw four touchdowns while the Buffalo Bills maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 41-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday.
Bills quarterback Allen was at his best in an emphatic win for Buffalo, finishing with 317 passing yards on 26-of-38 completions.
The win made it two wins out of two for Buffalo, who opened the season with a 31-10 thrashing of reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams earlier this month.
But Monday’s win was tinged with concern following a first-half injury of cornerback Dane Jackson, who was taken off the field before being taken to hospital with a neck injury.
Jackson was involved in a sickening accidental collision with teammate Tremaine Edmunds just before half time.
Jackson’s head was violently flipped back during the impact. The bills later revealed that Jackson was being evaluated in the hospital but reported that the defensive back had full movement in his limbs.
Previously, the Bills took the lead with the opening drive of the game, with Allen finding fullback Reggie Gilliam with a short pass to finish a 14-play 75-yard scoring drive.
The Titans responded with a touchdown of their own when the declining Derrick Henry flew over from close range at the end of the first quarter.
But the Bills then took over and went up 10-7 with a 49-yard Tyler Bass field goal before Allen then connected with Stefon Diggs with a four-yard touchdown reception to make it 17-7 after the extra point.
The Allen-Diggs axis delivered another touchdown early in the third quarter, with Allen launching a 46-yard strike to find the Bills receiver for his second touchdown of the night.
Another field goal from Bass extended Buffalo’s lead to 27-7 midway through the third quarter before Allen and Diggs recombined for their third touchdown to make it 34-7.
Linebacker Matt Milano chose Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a 43-yard pick six to complete the score.