After a week full of blowout wins and impressive season-defining performances, here are the main headlines coming out of Week 7:
Game of the season
This was probably the best game you will see this season – unless someone else wants to make a 25-point comeback to win the Super Bowl.
With their season virtually on the line, the Oakland Raiders defeated AFC West rivals Kansas City 31-30 in a nail-biter that went right down to the wire.
In a match that featured seven lead changes, Derek Carr (29/52, 417 yards, 3 TD) overturned a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter with two drives of 67 and 85 yards respectively.
The latter drive reached its conclusion three plays after time expired. Yes, you read that right.
After Michael Crabtree’s touchdown reception with three seconds remaining was flagged for offensive pass interference, Carr’s two incomplete passes to tight-end Jared Cook and wideout Cordarrelle Patterson were both flagged for defensive holding.
With one last lifeline, Carr rolled out to his left to find Crabtree near the pylon for a touchdown that was then converted with Giorgio Tavecchio’s game-winning extra point.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
The Raiders are now 3-4 for the season and will need nothing less than a win from here on in if they are to make the playoffs.
Super Bowl rematch falls flat
This was the week every Falcons fan had marked in their calendar. The week they would get some measure of revenge over New England after their fourth-quarter collapse in the Super Bowl last season.
If the Atlanta Falcons wanted this win as bad as their off-season chatter suggested, they sure didn’t play like it.
Tom Brady (21/29, 249 yards, 2 TD) and the Patriots dismantled their opponents 23-7 in what was an impressive performance for Matt Patricia’s much-maligned defence.
On a foggy night in Foxborough, the Patriots improved to 5-2 for the season, and are now tied with Pittsburgh and Kansas City at the top of the AFC.
For the Falcons, their offence, minus last season’s offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, is a hot mess, and quarterback Matt Ryan (7 TD, 6 INT on the season) is struggling to replicate his MVP form from 2016.
After starting the season 3-0, Atlanta have now lost their last three games in a row and sit third in an NFC South division that has not had two teams make the playoffs since the 2013 season.
Back to reality
After their unexpected win over the Denver Broncos last week, there was room for optimism in New York when Seattle came to town.
Despite being outplayed for much of the first half, the Giants somehow managed to head into half-time with a slender lead after Eli Manning found tight-end and primary receiver Evan Engram in the end-zone early in the second quarter.
But after Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin on a 22-yard pass midway through the third quarter, the Giants could not find a response.
The Seahawks defence dominated a depleted Giants offence to the tune of just 177 yards, as Wilson threw three touchdown passes to guide his team to a 24-7 win at MetLife Stadium.
With the win, Pete Carroll’s men are now 4-2 for the season, and are riding a three-game winning streak that could likely become four as they head back home for a tough test against the Texans next week.