NFL Week 5: Top moments you might have missed

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New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston threw an incredible hail Mary touchdown against Washington during week 5 of the NFL season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston threw an incredible hail Mary touchdown against Washington during week 5 of the NFL season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

From London to Los Angeles, there was action aplenty during Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season.

An Aussie punter basically broke the internet, the league’s kickers had a collective meltdown and Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills announced themselves as the team to beat in the AFC with a thumping win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Following a frenetic weekend of thrills and spills across two different continents, here’s some of the other classy, chaotic and comical moments that you might’ve of missed:

Falcons get creative in London

The Atlanta Falcons kicked off Sunday’s slate of games against the New York Jets in London, but were forced to get innovative after they realised a key piece of equipment was missing.

For whatever reason, the Falcons’ kicking net didn’t make the trip across the pond with the team, leaving them to come up with a creative solution involving a pair of step ladders and a soccer net borrowed from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The temporary apparatus seemed to work well enough for Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo, who was a perfect 5/5 on the day as the Falcons won 27-20.

Browns deliberately carry opposition player in for touchdown

Desperate times call for desperate measures and nothing screams desperation more than carrying an opposition running-back into your own end zone in an effort to deliberately give up a touchdown.

However, this is exactly what the Cleveland Browns’ defence did while leading 42-41 with 1:31 left in their game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The ploy to purposely concede points stopped the Chargers from running down the game clock before kicking a game-winning field goal and gave the Browns one last chance to possess the ball in the hope of regaining the lead.

The plan didn’t work though, with the Chargers’ defence hanging tough to secure a 47-42 victory.

Chiefs play ‘who’s the quarterback?’

The Kansas City Chiefs got creative to set up a Patrick Mahomes touchdown pass for Byron Pringle during their clash with the Buffalo Bills.

Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill both lined up under centre as Chiefs players feigned confusion about the play call, before Mahomes took the snap, wheeled out and delivered to perfect throw to Pringle.

Winston’s Hail Mary heave

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston delivered the first Hail Mary pass of the 2021 season during the Saints’ 33-22 win over the Washington Football Team.

With time expiring at the end of the first half, Winston heaved the ball toward the end zone from his own 45-yard line, before Marquez Callaway reeled in the unlikely catch.

Bengals kicker celebrates missed field-goal

It was an historically rough week for kickers right across the NFL, but nothing epitomised their struggles more than Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson mistakenly celebrating a missed game-winner against the Green Bay Packers.

McPherson turned his gaze away from the uprights to begin celebrating, only for the ball to drift wide at the last moment.

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