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Chargers kicker Kris Brown (3) watches the flight of his last-minute 50-yard field-goal attempt. The ball bounced off the right upright and wide, giving New England the victory in San Diego. ((Harry How/Getty Images))

New San Diego kicker Kris Brown missed a 50-yard field goal attempt with 23 seconds left and the visiting New England Patriots escaped with a 23-20 win over the blundering Chargers on Sunday.

Brown lined up to try a 45-yarder that would have forced overtime, but guard Louis Vasquez was whistled for a false start. Moved back five yards, Brown's attempt was long enough but bounced off the right upright. Brown was signed last week because Nate Kaeding has an injured groin.

Leading by three with two minutes left, New England gambled on fourth-and-1 from its 49 and BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stuffed for a one-yard loss by Antwan Applewhite. Coach Bill Belichick had challenged the spot of the previous play and lost, costing him his final timeout. San Diego then moved to the 27.

New England (5-1) pulled into a tie with the idle New York Jets atop the AFC East.

The Chargers fell to 2-5.

Raiders 59 @ Broncos 14

Behind Darren McFadden's four touchdowns, the Oakland Raiders scored the most points in their 50-year history with a 59-14 thrashing of the demoralized Denver Broncos.

The Raiders (3-4) won for the third straight time at Invesco Field, fuelled by a 38-point outburst in the first 22 minutes, including touchdowns eight seconds apart to kick-start the rout that recalled so many of the lopsided scores between these former AFL teams in the 1960s.

The Raiders kept the Broncos (2-5) guessing until announcing shortly before kickoff that backup Jason Campbell would start at quarterback despite a sore knee in place of Bruce Gradkowski (sore shoulder).

It didn't seem to bother him one bit, and McFadden certainly showed no ill effects of a recent hamstring injury in scoring on a pair of four-yard runs and a 19-yard reception in the first half and on a 57-yard run in the second.

Cardinals 10 @ Seahawks 22

Olindo Mare kicked five field goals, Matt Hasselbeck threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams, and the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of five Arizona turnovers in a 22-10 win over the Cardinals.

Seattle took over first place in the mediocre NFC West despite an unimpressive performance when many opportunities to score were wasted. Four times in the second half, Seattle had possession inside the Arizona 20 and settled for a four-pack of Mare field goals.

Arizona rookie quarterback Max Hall didn't make it through the third quarter, getting knocked out with what the Cardinals called a "blow to the head" on what looked like a clean hit. He wasn't doing well before leaving with a passer rating of 13.5.

Derek Anderson led a pair of scoring drives, but the Cardinals couldn't get closer.

Steelers 23 @ Dolphins 22

An officiating mistake negated a late fumble at the goal line by Ben Roethlisberger, and the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked the game-winning field goal on the next play.

Jeff Reed made an 18-yarder with 2:30 left, and the Steelers escaped with a 23-22 win.

One play earlier, with Pittsburgh trailing 20-19 and facing third-and-goal at the 2, Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived across the goal line on a quarterback draw. The play was ruled a touchdown as both teams scrambled for the loose ball in the end zone.

After a replay review, referee Gene Steratore announced that Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring.

But Steratore said his crew had no clear evidence as to which team  recovered the ball, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Reed to kick the winner.

The Dolphins then lost the ball on downs, gaining only four yards in four plays.

Bills 34 @ Ravens 37 (OT)

Billy Cundiff kicked a 38-yard field goal with 10:57 left in overtime after Ray Lewis stripped the ball from tight end Shawn Nelson, and the Baltimore Ravens squeezed past the winless Buffalo Bills 37-34.

Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes for the Ravens, who survived an uncharacteristic performance by a defence that was shredded for 505 yards.

Baltimore (5-2) trailed 24-10 late in the first half before scoring 24 straight points to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick then threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans with 5:46 left, and the Bills (0-6) forced overtime on a 50-yard field goal by Rian Lindell with four seconds left in regulation.

Browns 30 @ Saints 17

David Bowens returned two of Drew Brees's four interceptions for  touchdowns and the Browns took a stunning 30-17 victory over the defending champion New Orleans Saints.

Rookie Colt McCoy passed for only 74 yards but got his first win as an NFL starter — a desperately needed one for the struggling Browns (2-5). Peyton Hillis rushed for a four-yard score for Cleveland's only offensive touchdown.

Scott Fujita and Sheldon Brown also had interceptions for Cleveland. Brees was sacked three times, once by Fujita, a defensive leader for the Saints last season.

The Saints (4-3) trailed all game and got no closer in the second half than 20-10 on Brees' 11-yard pass to David Thomas early in the fourth quarter.

Redskins 17 @ Bears 14

DeAngelo Hall tied an NFL record with four interceptions, running one back 92 yards for a touchdown, and the Washington Redskins sacked Jay Cutler four times while forcing five turnovers in a 17-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Hall tied a record held by 18 others and became the first to pick off four passes since Deltha O'Neal did it with Denver in 2001.

His one-handed interception and TD return late in the third quarter were made for the highlight reel and put the Redskins ahead for good, sending Chicago (4-3) to its third loss in four games.

Eagles 19 @ Titans 37

Kerry Collins threw three touchdowns to Kenny Britt, who had the best game of his career two days after being involved in a bar fight, and the Tennessee Titans scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 37-19.

Britt had the best receiving game in the NFL this season.

He caught touchdown passes of 26, 80 and 16 yards and finished with seven receptions for 225 yards — all career highs for the second-year player on a day when he didn't start as punishment for his role in the fight.

The Titans (5-2) won their NFL-best 12th straight over the NFC with Collins making his first start in a year.

The Eagles (4-3) blew a 19-10 lead despite sacking Collins three times and forcing him into three turnovers.

Bengals 32 @ Falcons 39

Roddy White had a spectacular day for Atlanta, catching 11 passes for 201 yards and leading the host Falcons to a wild 39-32 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Falcons (5-2) squandered a 24-3 halftime lead, falling behind when Cincinnati (2-4) took advantage of two turnovers and ripped off 22-straight points in the third quarter.

White put the Falcons ahead to stay with his second touchdown, an 11-yard reception early in the fourth. He then made a leaping catch on the two-point conversion to make it 32-25.

After Cedric Benson's fumble, Michael Turner scored on a three-yard run for a two-touchdown lead. Chad Ochocinco gave the Bengals a chance with a late eight-yard TD catch, but the Falcons recovered the onside kick.

Forty Niners 20 @ Panthers 23

Richard Marshall intercepted backup David Carr with just over a minute left, and John Kasay then kicked a 37-yard field goal with 39 seconds remaining to give the Carolina Panthers their first win, 23-20 over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Panthers (1-5) tied it when rookie David Gettis, who had dropped a touchdown pass earlier in the fourth quarter on fourth down, made a diving 23-yard TD grab with 1:53 left.

With Alex Smith out after spraining his left shoulder, Carr threw into double coverage and Marshall picked it off at the Carolina 43.

Matt Moore then found Brandon LaFell for 35 yards to set up Kasay's winner.

San Francisco (1-6) had taken a 20-13 lead on Ray McDonald's 31-yard interception return early in the fourth.

Rams 17 @ Buccaneers 18

Josh Freeman led another Tampa Bay fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Cadillac Williams with 10 seconds remaining to give the Buccaneers an 18-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Connor Barth kicked four field goals for the Bucs (4-2), who trailed 17-3 before battling back to surpass their win total for last season.

Sam Bradford threw two short touchdown passes and Steven Jackson

became the Rams' all-time leading rusher before things unraveled for St. Louis (3-4). Jackson finished with 110 yards on 22 carries, hiking his career total to 7,324.

Freeman, who's in his second pro season, has led fourth-quarter rallies in five of seven career victories.

Jaguars 20 @ Chiefs 42

Derrick Johnson returned an interception for a score and Matt Cassel threw two touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe leading Kansas City to a 42-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chiefs (4-2), with the most productive rushing attack in the league coming in, ran for 236 yards and three TDs while overcoming several penalties.

Jacksonville's Todd Bouman, who hadn't thrown a touchdown pass in

the regular season since 2005, was signed this week after David Garrard sustained a concussion and backup Trent Edwards hurt his thumb in a loss on Monday night to Tennessee.

Still, the Jaguars (3-4) trailed by only one point late in the third when Bouman made a mistake.

Under pressure, he stepped up and threw an ill-advised pass to Johnson, who made a juggling interception and ran 15 yards for a touchdown that put KC on top 28-20 with 5:13 left in the third.