Texans dominant, Cards & Falcons eke out wins: NFL roundup
Patriots score 6 straight 2nd half TDs to rout Buffalo
The NFL's three unbeaten teams heading into Sunday remained that way after their games were played, but in different fashion.
Atlanta won on a touchdown with seconds left in the fourth quarter against Carolina, while Arizona needed a late fourth quarter touchdown and a field goal in overtime to prevail over Miami.
Houston had no such worries, dominating Tennessee all day long.
Texans 38,Titans 14
HOUSTON — Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw two TD passes in the Houston Texans' 38-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Arian Foster had a touchdown run for the Texans (4-0), who continued the best start in club history.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker left in the first quarter and did not return after hurting his left, non-throwing shoulder on a hit by Glover Quin. Locker hurt the same shoulder in the season opener against New England.
Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in relief of Locker for the Titans (1-3). Chris Johnson carried 25 times for 141 yards, more than tripling his rushing total through the first three games.
Falcons 30, Panthers 28
ATLANTA — Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with five seconds remaining and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, rallying past the Carolina Panthers 30-28.
The Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they reached the NFC championship game. Despite taking a career-high seven sacks, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta. Bryant added three field goals.
The Panthers (1-3) nearly clinched it on Cam Newton's run with just over a minute remaining, but he fumbled the ball while trying to dive for the necessary yardage. Carolina recovered and wound up punting, downing the ball at the Atlanta 1. But Ryan immediately got the Falcons out of the hole, throwing a 59-yard pass to Roddy White.
Four plays later, Bryant won it.
Cardinals 24, Dolphins 21 (OT)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jay Feely kicked a 46-yard field goal 6:31 into overtime to keep the Arizona Cardinals unbeaten with a wild victory over the Dolphins.
The Cardinals (4-0) forced overtime when Kevin Kolb threw a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Andre Roberts with 22 seconds to play in regulation.
Two big defensive plays set up the final two Arizona scores. First, Daryl Washington sacked rookie Ryan Tannehill, whose fumble was recovered by Vonnie Holliday at the Arizona 49 and the Cardinals moved downfield to score.
The winning field goal came after Tannehill was hit by Paris Lenon as he threw and Kerry Rhodes came up with an interception.
Tannehill threw for 431 yards. Brian Hartline set a Dolphins record with 253 yards receiving on 12 catches, while on defence Cameron Wake finished with 4 ½ sacks after failing to record any in the first three games.
Eagles 19, Giants 17
PHILADELPHIA — Lawrence Tynes missed two field-goal tries from 54 yards with 15 seconds left in the Sunday night affair to allow the Eagles to hold on at home.
Tynes missed wide left, but the Eagles had called time-out to ice him. He was short on his second attempt.
With LeSean McCoy leading the way on the ground, Michael Vick guided the Eagles (3-1) to another comeback.
Alex Henery kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:49 left and the Eagles overcame two pass interference penalties on New York's final drive.
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (2-2) have struggled against Philadelphia, losing eight of the last nine meetings. McCoy had 121 of his 123 yards rushing in the second half. The All-Pro had six carries for 2 yards at halftime.
Patriots 52, Bills 28
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Tom Brady led New England on six consecutive second-half touchdown drives and the Patriots rolled to a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Brady finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three scores, and also scored on a 4-yard run in helping the Patriots (2-2) avoid their first three-game losing streak in 10 years. Stevan Ridley scored two touchdowns rushing. New England scored 35 straight points and finished with 580 total yards in overcoming a 21-7 third-quarter deficit.
The Patriots forced six turnovers, including four interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick passes, and three sacks.
Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 39 for 350 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Scott Chandler.
The Bills (2-2) dropped to 1-17 in their last 18 games against New England.
Niners 34, Jets 0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown, and San Francisco ran for more than 200 yards.
Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick — on a wildcat-style option — all ran for scores as the 49ers (3-1) bounced back from a loss at Minnesota. Rather than head back to the West Coast, coach Jim Harbaugh chose to have his team stay in eastern Ohio — and it apparently helped.
The Jets (2-2) lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to what appeared to be a serious foot injury. It was the first time New York was shut out since losing 9-0 to Green Bay in 2010, and the Jets' biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989.
Packers 28, Saints 27
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter, and the Green Bay Packers shook off a week's worth of controversy after their loss in Seattle with a rally to beat the Saints.
With Packers fans howling about what appeared to be yet another bad call — this time by the regular officials, not the replacements — Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with just under three minutes remaining, costing the Saints a shot at the lead.
Rodgers threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the Packers (2-2).
Drew Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns for the winless Saints (0-4). Brees has thrown at least one touchdown in 47 straight regular-season games, tying the NFL's all-time mark set by Johnny Unitas.
Vikings 20, Lions 13
DETROIT — Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Sherels scored on a punt return early in the third, helping the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 20-13.
NFC North-leading Minnesota (3-1) matched the number of wins it had last season. The Vikings also snapped an 11-game losing streak within the division.
The Lions (1-3) have lost three straight, surpassing the longest skid by last year's playoff team.
Detroit has struggled with poor coverage on special teams.
The Lions are the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and a punt return for TDs in consecutive games, according to STATS LLC. They gave up scores on a kickoff and punt in last week's 44-41 loss in overtime at Tennessee.
Bengals 27, Jaguars 10
JACKSONVILLE — Andy Dalton threw two touchdowns passes and ran for a score for Cincinnati's third consecutive win.
Dalton and A.J. Green burned Jacksonville several times, including once to set up a second-quarter touchdown and again for a fourth-quarter score.
The Bengals (3-1) finished with six sacks, putting constant pressure on Blaine Gabbert and overcoming all those defensive injuries. Cincinnati played without starting cornerbacks Nate Clemens and Leon Hall as well as backups Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick.
The Jaguars (1-3) failed to take advantage.
Gabbert completed 23 of 34 passes for 186 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He was clearly outplayed by Dalton, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards.
Chargers 37, Chiefs 20
KANSAS CITY — Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the San Diego Chargers capitalized on six turnovers by the Kansas City Chiefs in a 37-20 victory.
Five of the Chiefs' turnovers came in the first half, when San Diego (3-1) raced to a 27-6 lead. The Chargers coasted the rest of the way to sole possession of first place in the AFC West.
Matt Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (1-3), but he also had three first-half interceptions. Jamaal Charles, who followed his big game last week at New Orleans with touchdowns rushing and receiving, fumbled twice.
San Diego running back Jackie Battle had a pair of scores against his former team. Dwayne Bowe had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City.
Broncos 37, Raiders 6
DENVER — Peyton Manning finished with 338 yards and three touchdown passes Sunday.
Manning opened the game by leading the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown drive — their first opening-quarter touchdown of the season — and Denver never trailed.
The Broncos (2-2) beat the Raiders (1-3) at home for the first time since 2007.
Willis McGahee ran for 112 yards for his 32nd-career 100-yard game.
The Broncos held Darren McFadden to 34 yards on 13 carries and Carson Palmer, who led Oakland to a comeback win last week over Pittsburgh, never got on track. He finished 19 for 34 for 202 yards.
Rams 19, Seahawks 13
ST. LOUIS — Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a 58-yarder and a club record 60-yarder, to help the St. Louis Rams to a 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Special teams led the way for the Rams (2-2), with a fake field goal turning into a 2-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola to put St. Louis ahead 10-7 late in the first half.
The loss came six days after Seattle (2-2) beat Green Bay on a botched call by replacement officials on a final-play touchdown pass into the end zone. Regular officials were back this weekend.
Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score to cap the game's first possession.
The Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute to go.
Redskins 24, Buccaneers 22
TAMPA, Fla. — Billy Cundiff redeemed himself for a poor day kicking, booting a 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give the Washington Redskins a road victory.
Cundiff missed three earlier attempts, including a 31-yarder that wound have put the Redskins (2-2) up by two scores early in the fourth quarter. He also missed twice in the first half, but was on the money after Robert Griffin III marched his team into position for the winning score.
Tampa Bay (1-3) wiped out an 18-point deficit to go ahead 22-21 on Connor Barth's third field goal, a 47-yarder with 1:42 remaining.
But Griffin wasn't finished. He completed three straight passes to move the Redskins from their own 20 to the 41, then ran for 15 yards to the 26. Two plays, Cundiff kicked the winner.