Hull City are now level on points with the Premier League leaders, but Manchester United missed the chance to move up the table.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher put United ahead after 22 minutes in the match against Everton.
But a second-half header by Marouane Fellaini at Goodison Park in Liverpool gave Everton a deserved point, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, in a later match Hull City scored a 3-0 away win over West Brom.
All the goals came in the second half, from Kamil Zayatte, Geovanni and Marlon King.
Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbro
Everton 1-1 Man Utd
Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle
West Brom 0-3 Hull City
The club, who are in the Premier League for the first time ever this season, are now level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool.
Elsewhere, in Saturday's other early kick-off Sunderland beat Newcastle.
The 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light ended Sunderland's 28-year wait for a home win over their north-east rivals.
Djibril Cisse put Sunderland ahead early on, but a powerful header from Shola Ameobi put Joe Kinnear's men level before the break.
But Kieran Richardson crashed home a free kick in the second half, making Sunderland the Tyne-Wear derby winners.