The Vikings and the Bills played to what might have been the N.F.L.’s best finish so far this season, with Minnesota claiming yet another late comeback victory thanks in part to an unreal catch by Justin Jefferson to keep a fourth-quarter drive alive.

Elsewhere, two wobbling franchises have come alive in the regular season’s second half as Tom Brady had the full force of his receiving corps ready to play and Justin Fields continued to make sense of when to use his wheels.

It’s rare that a Week 10 game feels like a season opener, but given Tampa Bay’s injury woes until now, that’s just what the Buccaneers’ 21-16 win over a streaking Seahawks team looked like.

The Tampa Bay receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones make an elite unit, in theory, but they’ve fought injuries and have rarely played two games in a row together this season. (Evans was also placed on suspension for one game in September.

With a reshuffled offense, the offense was having trouble finding stability. Tom Brady was making quick throws and averaging 5.9 net yards per attempt. Without go-to targets, Brady threw even more; he attempted at least 40 passes per game in the teams’ previous seven contests, in which the Buccaneers went 2-5.

Sunday’s win in Germany was the third straight game in which all three receivers appeared, and the results showed that the Buccaneers can still make good on their preseason promise. Tampa Bay’s bizarre playcalls are to be admired. Leonard Fournette interception on a pass to Brady out of a wildcat formation; over the rest of the game, the Buccaneers’ passing offense found a perfect balance between Brady’s envelope-pushing and his receivers stepping up to make plays.

Six different receivers accounted for at least 10.8 yards each catch, with Brady throwing to deeper targets. The top three receivers stretched Seattle’s defense down the field, which also created room for layups — an advantage that allowed Jones to thrive as he caught three of five targets, including a 31-yard touchdown score.

These are the types of “easy” touchdowns just did not exist in Tampa Bay’s constrained passing offense for the season’s first nine weeks. Jones was unable to play in four games because of a knee injury.

But with Evans, Godwin and Jones all available, Brady had a remarkably efficient stat line — 22 of 29 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns, albeit with an interception — that felt like a call back to the offense that won the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

After Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Lions, the Bears dropped to 3-7 on the season but Chicago seems anything but distressed by where the franchise is heading.

In the 2021 draft, the team traded up to pick Justin Fields at No. He was drafted at 11th overall. In his second season, Fields is becoming a special talent. Fields is on a historic run of two games. He broke the regular-season record for most rushing yards set by a quarterback (178) against Miami and followed that up against Detroit, where he ran 147 yards.

These totals are due to Fields making quicker decisions and an increase of designed quarterback runs over the last month. It is this period that the Chicago front offices has been able to prepare for the future.

Against the Lions, Fields had a hand in all four of the Bears’ touchdowns, throwing for two scores and running in two more. Fields’s day as a passer — 12 of 20, for 167 yards — was mostly impressive, save for a pick-6 by Jeff Okudah that saw the Lions tie the game at 24-24 early in the fourth quarter.

Fields, who was both a scrambler, and a designed runner in the sprint, looked like the best athlete on field. That’s something the Bears need to be proud of.

Fields’s scramble touchdown right before halftime jump-started the Bears’ offense, and tied the score at 10-10, but it was his fourth-quarter score that made clear how special a talent Fields is. On the possession that followed Okudah’s interception return, the Bears turned to Fields on a designed run on third-and-2 from Chicago’s 33-yard line.

The call was “arc read,” A version of zone reading in which the tight end crosses the formation to block the quarterback on the perimeter. The Lions’ flat defender had to respect the tight end as he moved out to the edge as if running a flat route on a rollout, giving Fields the crease inside to take off for a 67-yard touchdown.

Cairo Santos, the kicker, missed the extra point. The Lions won the game with a touchdown. But Fields has emerged as one of the league’s best rushing threats and an improving passer who can build chemistry with receiver Chase Claypool, whom Chicago acquired from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.

Ryan Poles, Bears General Manager, has been clearing cap space in advance of this off-season. Fields should be at a new level as soon as help arrives for 2023.

Giants 24, Texans 16.

Vikings 33, Bills 30 (overtime)

Titans 17, Broncos 10

Steelers 20, Saints ten

Browns 17, Dolphins 39

Kansas City 27, Jaguars 17.

Lions 31, Bears 31

Buccaneers 21, Seahawks 16,