Monday, October 14, 2013
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Patriots knock Saints from ranks of the unbeaten FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left gave the New England Patriots a wild 30-27 win and knocked the New Orleans Saints from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday. It capped a 70-yard drive in which the Patriots marched downfield with no timeouts after getting the ball with 1:08 to go. The Saints (5-1) had taken a 24-23 lead with 3:29 remaining on Drew Brees’ 34-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, but couldn’t put away New England. The Patriots (5-1) survived an interception by Keenan Lewis on their first snap after Garrett Hartley’s 39-yard field goal made it 27-23. PACKERS 19, RAVENS 17 BALTIMORE — Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby kicked four field goals and Green Bay held on to beat Baltimore. Eddie Lacy rushed for 120 yards to fuel the Packers’ first road win of the season. Green Bay (3-2) took a 16-3 lead into the fourth quarter and was up 19-10 with 4 minutes left, but the Ravens (3-3) kept coming back. After Baltimore closed to 19-17 on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Dallas Clark with 2:04 remaining, Rodgers clinched the victory with a 52-yard completion to Jermichael Finley on a third-and-3 BRONCOS 35, JAGUARS 19 DENVER (AP) —
AP PHOTO New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) tries to elude New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) as Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer (76) blocks in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.
Peyton Manning threw for two scores and Knowshon Moreno ran for three to lead Denver to a tougher-than-expected victory over winless Jacksonville. The Broncos (6-0) came in as 27-point favorites, and much of the pregame hype centered on whether they’d cover the spread and when Manning would come out of the game. Neither happened. Manning finished 28 for 42 for 295 yards, but lost two fumbles and threw a pick-6 — a 59-yard interception return by Paul Posluszny that pulled the Jaguars (0-6) within 14-12 at halftime. CHIEFS 24, RAIDERS 7 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns, the Kansas City defense
harassed Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor into throwing three second-half interceptions and the Chiefs remained unbeaten. After winning just twice last season, Kansas City (6-0) continued the second-best start in franchise history. The Chiefs won their first nine games during the 2003 season. The Chiefs piled up 10 sacks while ending a three-game skid to the Raiders (2-4), and a six-game losing streak against them at Arrowhead Stadium. Pryor threw for 216 yards and a touchdown, but his interceptions proved costly. STEELERS 19, JETS 6 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass
to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and Pittsburgh won its first game of the season. The Steelers (1-4) were off to their worst start since 1968, when they lost their first six games during a season in which they finished 2-11-1. Sunday’s victory was also the 600th in franchise history, including the postseason, as Pittsburgh became only the fourth team to reach the milestone. PANTHERS 35, VIKINGS 10 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Carolina romped past Adrian Peterson and Minnesota. Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three
receptions, but the Vikings (1-4) trailed the whole game and didn’t have much use after halftime for Peterson. The NFL MVP learned Friday that a 2-year-old son of his died in South Dakota of injuries from alleged abuse. 49ERS 32, CARDINALS 20 SAN FRANCISCO — Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards and finished with a career-best 180 yards receiving, leading San Francisco to its third straight victory. Colin Kaepernick threw for 252 yards and Frank Gore ran for 101 yards on 25 carries. Kendall Hunter ran for a 6-yard touchdown that sealed it for the 49ers (4-2) with 6:35 remaining. RAMS 38, TEXANS 13 HOUSTON — Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, St. Louis added a score on defense and special teams and the Rams stunned mistake-prone Houston. The Rams (3-3) were up 24-6 early in the third quarter before rookie Daren Bates returned Keshawn Martin’s fumble on a kickoff return for a touchdown. Alec Ogletree pushed the lead to 38-6 when he took an interception by T.J. Yates back 98 yards for a touchdown. Yates was in after Matt Schaub sustained an apparent right ankle injury. Schaub didn’t have a turnover after throwing six interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns in the past three games. SEAHAWKS 20,
TITANS 13 S E AT T L E — Marshawn Lynch ran for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards, Richard Sherman came up with his third interception of the season, and Seattle finally shook Tennessee in the fourth quarter. Seattle (5-1) won its 11th straight at home despite a long list of mistakes that allowed the Titans (3-3) to hang around into the fourth. There was a careless turnover, missed defensive assignments and a comical muffed field goal attempt that led to the Titans’ only touchdown on the final play of the first half. But the Seahawks made enough plays thanks to Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson and Sherman’s interception to remain on top of the NFC West. Lynch had TD runs of 3 yards and 1 yard. EAGLES 31, BUCCANEERS 20 TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth, leading Philadelphia over winless Tampa Bay. Foles finished a long first-quarter scoring drive with a 4-yard run and threw TD passes of 12 and 36 yards to DeSean Jackson. With the injured Michael Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the Bucs (0-5) for the second time. He was 1-5 as a rookie a year ago, with that victory also coming at Tampa Bay.
Browns From page 11 backers, had a 39-yard run in the third and caught an 18-yard TD pass. “He’s not a dual threat or triple threat, he’s a quadruple threat,” Fauria said of Bush. “He does everything.” Stafford finished 25 of 43 for 248 yards. He completed eight passes to Durham, who took over as Detroit’s primary target with superstar Calvin Johnson not himself because of a balky right knee. Johnson, who missed last week’s loss at Green Bay, had just three catches for 25 yards, but the Browns were forced to keep a watchful eye on “Megatron” at all times. Weeden, making his first start since Week 2, finished 26 of 43 for 292 yards, but will be remembered for his ill-advised pass when Cleveland was driving for a possible tying touchdown. Trailing 24-17 and at Detroit’s 44 with a first down, Weeden was pressured by defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who had his hand around the quarterback’s left ankle. But instead of throwing the ball away or taking a sack, Weeden tried to pitch the ball over fullback Chris Ogbonnaya’s head but it was picked off by Levy. It was another poor decision by Weeden, the second-year QB thrust back into the lineup after Brian Hoyer sustained a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 3. “Anytime you try underhand stuff bad things happen,” Weeden said. Stafford, on the other hand, made all the right moves in the second half. He was 15 of 21 for 165 yards and the three TDs in the final 30 minutes. At halftime, Lions coaches had their say and Durham said starting Stephen Tulloch addressed the team.
“He got up in front of us and said a few words that he needed to say like a team leader would,” Durham said. “I think it got us fired up and ready to go for the second half.” So what did Tulloch say? “Team stuff,” Durham said. It was certainly team stuff by the Lions in the second half as their defense stiffened. The Browns, who had piled up 115 yards rushing in the first, were limited to 6 total yards and no first downs in the third quarter. Cleveland gained 145 total yards after halftime, 72 after the Lions built a 14-point lead. Fauria’s 23-yard TD in the fourth period gave the Lions a 21-17 lead. Fauria got behind linebacker Craig Robertson and made a leaping catch in traffic before celebrating with a dunk over the goal post. Fauria has seven receptions this season, four for TDs. “First of all, he’s tall,” Schwartz said of Fauria, an undrafted free agent from UCLA. “But there are a lot of tall guys who aren’t good football players.” Weeden threw two short TD passes and Billy Cundiff kicked a 40-yard field goal as the Browns, using a balanced attack, scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to build their halftime lead. NOTES: Stafford has 13 games with at least three TD passes, breaking Bobby Layne’s team record. … Lions CB Rashean Mathis left in the first half with a groin injury and didn’t return. … Weeden threw an interception in the first half, his first in 111 attempts. … Cleveland was trying to AP PHOTO win four in a row for just the second Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya (25) avoids Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley on a pass catch in the time since 1999. third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland.
Chances From page 11 his doubters by going 26 of 40 for 337 yards and three touchdowns. “It shows what we can do on offense,” Dalton said. “Hopefully, there will be some positive stuff written about us.” The three touchdowns — an 18-yarder to A.J. Green, a 20-yard shovel pass to Giovani Bernard and a 10-yarder to Marvin Jones — matched Dalton’s career best for a road game. And his 337 yards passing were the third most of his career. Nugent was relieved to have a second chance, too. “I feel like I put us in overtime in a bad way, obviously,” Nugent said. “I just hit it terrible. I think I was lucky that we could get back in a position to win.” He got help from Brandon Tate, whose 29-yard punt return to the Bills 33 set up the decisive score. Cincinnati (4-2) improved to 16-11-1 in overtime games, and snapped a six-game losing streak at Orchard Park, dating to 1985. The Bills (2-4) lost despite a gutty
outing from quarterback Thad Lewis, who started in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns in only his second career start, and after being promoted from the practice squad last week. “I think I did OK. But it’s never good when you don’t come out with that ‘W,’” Lewis said. “You’ve got to be confident in this league. If I was nervous in any way, shape, form or fashion, the Bengals would’ve ate us up.” Lewis, who also scored on a 3-yard run, showed no signs of wavering after he lost a fumble to open the third quarter that led to Jones’ touchdown. And Lewis didn’t seem bothered by ending the game playing on a sore right ankle. Lewis said he was diagnosed with a sprained foot, and expects to play next week at Miami. If he can’t, the Bills would have to turn to another practice squad player, Dennis Dixon, who was signed Tuesday.
Buffalo has only one other quarterback on its roster, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, who struggled filling in for Manuel in a 37-24 loss at Cleveland. The young and rebuilding Bills have remained competitive. Their four losses have been decided by a combined 25 points. “We’ve lost a lot of close games, and that hurts,” center Eric Wood said. “It stings that we’re so close, and we could be on the other end of some of these games. You wish you could go back and change something, but you can’t.” Lewis produced a near-stunning comeback in rallying the Bills from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit. The comeback began five minutes into the fourth quarter, when Lewis found tight end Scott Chandler for a 22-yard touchdown pass on fourthand-8. His next touchdown pass was equally impressive. After hitting Chandler for a 25-yard gain over the middle, Lewis connected with Goodwin
on the run in the end zone, a step ahead of cornerback Terence Newman. It was an unlikely performance by a relative unknown at quarterback against a defense that ended Tom Brady’s consecutive-game touchdown streak at 52 in 13-6 win over New England last weekend. In its three previous wins this season, Cincinnati’s defense limited Brady, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger to a combined 64 of 118 for 692 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions. “It ain’t always pretty, but I’ll take a win any day of the week,” Newman said. NOTES: Bills WR Stevie Johnson (back injury) did not play. … After managing just 22 catches for 199 yards and a TD in his past four games, Green finished with six catches for 103 yards and a score. … Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap had one of the team’s five sacks, and forced a fumble.