November 24, 2017 / 1:24 AM / 22 days ago

Highlights of Thursday's National Football League games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday’s National Football League games:

Los Angeles Chargers 28, Dallas 6

The Los Angeles defense gobbled up the Dallas Cowboys and Philip Rivers did the rest as the Chargers claimed a 28-6 victory at AT&T Stadium on Thursday.

Rivers passed for 434 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a 27-yarder to Tyrell Williams that gave Los Angeles a 16-0 lead late in the third quarter.

Dallas broke a 10-quarter drought without a touchdown early in the fourth when running back Rod Smith powered two yards for a score. Smith’s touchdown capped a nine-play, 81-yard march.

But Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw incomplete on the two-point conversion attempt and the Chargers maintained a 16-6 lead.

Dallas’ offensive woes continued midway through the fourth quarter when Los Angeles cornerback Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen burned the Dallas defense as he caught 11 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chargers (5-6).

Minnesota 30, Detroit 23

Case Keenum threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Rudolph and ran for another, and the Minnesota Vikings extended their winning streak to seven games with a 30-23 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field.

Keenum completed 21 of 30 passes for 282 yards. Latavius Murray gained 84 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown for Minnesota. Everson Griffen led the defense with two sacks.

Nov 23, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) runs the ball during the third quarter against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (23) at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota (9-2) opened up a three-game lead in the NFC North with five games remaining.

Matthew Stafford passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once for Detroit (6-5), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

Stafford suffered an apparent right ankle injury while throwing a 43-yard scoring pass to Marvin Jones early in the fourth but didn’t miss a snap. Jones caught six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington 20, New York Giants 10

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Kirk Cousins fired a 14-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Josh Doctson with 3:31 left in the game, and the Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-10 at FedEx Field.

After a defensive holding penalty wiped out a third-down sack, Washington was given new life on the decisive drive at the New York 48.

Cousins soon hit Jamison Crowder for 17 yards to the 16-yard line, and two plays later, he found Doctson in the corner of the end zone.

Crowder finished with seven catches for a season-high 141 yards and a touchdown, and Washington running back Samaje Perine carried 24 times for 100 yards.

Nick Rose added a 33-yard field goal with 1:49 remaining.

The win capped a banner Thanksgiving for the Redskins (5-6), as two of the teams ahead of them in the NFC wild-card race -- Detroit and Dallas -- lost.

Cousins was 19-of-31 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and a pick-six.

The Giants (2-9) netted 170 total yards and only 39 in the second half. Eli Manning was 13-of-27 for 113 yards and one interception.

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