Buccaneers overcome Packers as Baker Mayfield throws four touchdowns in NFL action.

Baker Mayfield had an outstanding game, throwing for 381 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Mayfield completed 22 of 28 passes and connected with Mike Evans, Rachaad White, Ko Kieft, and David Moore for touchdown passes. This win helps the Buccaneers (7-7) keep up with New Orleans (7-7) at the top of the NFC North. Mayfield’s passer rating was a perfect 158.3.

Chris Godwin had an impressive performance as well, making 10 catches for 155 yards for the Bucs. Unfortunately, Green Bay (6-8) suffered their second consecutive loss, significantly damaging their playoff hopes. Jordan Love had a solid game, completing 29 of 39 passes for 284 yards and throwing touchdown passes to Tucker Kraft and Jayden Reed.

This was the third consecutive season that Mayfield played against the Packers at Lambeau Field in December, representing a different team each time. In 2021, he threw four interceptions in Cleveland’s 24-22 Christmas Day loss to the Packers, and last year, he was the starter for the Rams when they lost 24-12.

Eddy Pineiro sealed the game for the Carolina Panthers, kicking a 23-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 9-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons in a rainy match. The loss dealt a significant blow to Atlanta’s playoff hopes, as they now need assistance to make it to the postseason. Bryce Young threw for 167 yards and Chuba Hubbard ran for 87 yards, helping Carolina (2-12) end their six-game losing streak.

The Falcons were leading 7-6 and driving for more points when Desmond Ridder’s pass was intercepted by Xavier Woods at the Carolina 5. Despite struggling throughout the game, Young led the Panthers on a 17-play, 90-yard drive that took up 7 minutes and 35 seconds. In the final seconds, interim coach Chris Tabor made a bold decision, having Young take a knee on three consecutive plays before sending Pineiro onto the field for the game-winning kick.

Derek Carr had a strong performance, passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 24-6 victory over the New York Giants. Carr bounced back from recent struggles at home and completed 23 of 28 passes without any turnovers. He achieved this without his top receiver, Chris Olave, who was sidelined due to an ankle injury.

Keith Kirkwood, Juwan Johnson, and Jimmy Graham were the beneficiaries of Carr’s scoring passes, each catching a touchdown. The win keeps the Saints (7-7) tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the top of the NFC South. This game marked the end of a successful run for Tommy DeVito, an undrafted rookie who led the Giants to a three-game winning streak before this loss.

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