Commanders upend Patriots with third-quarter rally

Sam Howell threw for 325 yards as the Washington Commanders beat the New England Patriots 20-17 on Sunday afternoon in Foxborough, Mass.Howell completed 29 of 45 passes with a touchdown and an interception for Washington (4-5), which won for just the second time in its past seven games.The Commanders fell behind 17-10 with 10:14 remaining in the third quarter when New England’s Chad Ryland made good on a 43-yard field goal.But Washington answered with a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Howell’s 33-yard scoring strike to Jahan Dotson, and Joey Slye later provided what ended up being a game-winning field goal — from 30 yards out — with 1:49 left in the third.The Patriots (2-7) had a chance to tie or take the lead when they got the ball back with 2:07 left in the game, but after working to the Commanders 41, Mac Jones threw a pick.Jones threw for 220 yards with a touchdown and the interception on 24-for-44 passing. Rhamondre Stevenson carried the ball nine times for 87 yards and a score, and Demario Douglas had five receptions for 55 yards.New England was often let down by its defense, which surrendered nine third-down conversions on 17 Washington attempts.After seeing his team fall into a 10-0 hole, Patriots linebacker Jahlani Tavai shifted momentum by punching the ball out of Brian Robinson Jr.’s hands early in the second quarter.

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