Cleveland 30, New Orleans 17
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - David Bowens returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Phil Dawson kicked three field goals to lead Cleveland past New Orleans, 30-17, at the Superdome. Colt McCoy completed 9-of-16 passes for 74 yards and Peyton Hillis carried 16 times for 69 yards and a touchdown for the Browns (2-5), who ended a two-game losing streak. The Browns gained only 210 yards, 68 of which came on a key fake punt by Reggie Hodges. Drew Brees was forced to throw 56 times with his team trailing throughout most of the game and connected on 37 passes for 356 yards and a pair of scores while being intercepted a career-high tying four times for the Saints (4-3), who have dropped two out of three. Chris Ivory ran 15 times for 48 yards and Marques Colston hauled in 10 passes for 112 yards and a TD in defeat.
Washington 17, Chicago 14
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - DeAngelo Hall had four interceptions, including one that he returned 92 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown, to help the Washington Redskins take a 17-14 win over the Chicago Bears. Donovan McNabb went 17-for-32 with 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while Ryan Torain had 125 yards on 21 carries for the Redskins (4-3), who have won three of their last four games. Santana Moss finished the game with five receptions for 63 yards and a score. Jay Cutler had a tough contest as he was picked off four times, fumbled the ball once and was sacked four times. He finished the game 26-for-40 with 281 yards and a score for the Bears (4-3), who have dropped their past two games heading into their bye week.
Green Bay 28, Minnesota 24 Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Brett Favre threw three interceptions in the second half, including one that was returned for a touchdown, as his Minnesota Vikings fell to the Green Bay Packers, 28-24, in a thriller from historic Lambeau Field. The game almost ended with Favre bringing the Vikings back against his former team. Multiple penalties set up Minnesota with a 1st-and-30 from the Green Bay 35. Favre dropped back and threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone for Percy Harvin, who caught the pass for an apparent touchdown. The booth quickly reviewed the play, and it was determined that Harvin had one foot out of bounds, and the original call was reversed. A 15-yard pass to Adrian Peterson and two incomplete passes sealed the fate of the Vikings (2-4), who have lost two of three. The story of the game was about Favre making his return to Green Bay, where he played for 16 seasons before parting ways with the organization prior to the 2008 campaign. Favre's return to Lambeau last November resulted in the Vikings winning by a 38-26 count. Making his 119th start at Lambeau Field, Favre completed 16-of-29 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. Favre set an NFL record for the most starts by a quarterback at a single venue, topping Denver great John Elway, who started 118 games at Mile High Stadium.
Atlanta 39, Cincinnati 32
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Michael Turner all had big days, as the Atlanta Falcons weathered a big second half by the Cincinnati Bengals to take a 39-32 victory. Ryan completed 24-of-33 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Ryan's efforts mostly went to White, who caught 11 balls for 201 yards and two scores. Turner carried the ball 23 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons (5-2), who rebounded from last week's loss in Philadelphia. Carson Palmer was 36-of-50 for 412 yards and three touchdowns for the Bengals (2-4), who recorded 29 points in the second half -- 22 in the third quarter -- but fell to their third consecutive loss.
Carolina 23, San Francisco 20
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - David Gettis hauled in a touchdown pass with 1:53 left before John Kasay kicked a 37-yard field goal with 39 seconds on the clock, lifting the Carolina Panthers to their first win of the season, 23-20 over the San Francisco 49ers. Carolina got the ball back after Gettis' touchdown thanks to an interception by Richard Marshall. The cornerback picked off a pass from David Carr, who entered the game after 49ers quarterback Alex Smith suffered a sprained shoulder early in the third quarter. Kasay's kick completed the improbable comeback for the Panthers (1-5), who had scored just two points in the fourth quarter all season. Matt Moore passed for a career-high 308 yards and two scores -- both to Gettis -- on 28-of-41 passing, with one interception. Gettis ended with eight catches for 125 yards, while Brandon LaFell had six catches for 91 yards. Gettis and LaFell, both rookies, recorded career highs in receiving yards. Carr completed just 5-of-13 passes for 67 yards, though Smith was just 9-of-19 for 129 yards and a score before suffering his injury. Frank Gore carried 19 times for 102 yards for San Francisco (1-6), which had won its first game of the season last week against Oakland.
Kansas City 42, Jacksonville 20
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Thomas Jones rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs downed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-20, at Arrowhead Stadium. Matt Cassel played mistake-free and completed 13- of-18 passes for 193 yards with two touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, as the Chiefs (4-2) snapped a two-game skid behind a ground game that amassed 236 yards. Bowe ended with 81 yards on three receptions. Todd Bouman, in his first start since January 1, 2006, was solid for the Jaguars (3-4) with 222 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-34 throws but threw two interceptions, one that Derrick Johnson returned for a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew had 121 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in defeat. Bouman was signed during the week after starting quarterback David Garrard (concussion) and backup Trent Edwards (thumb) went down with injuries in Monday's ugly 30-3 home loss to Tennessee.
Pittsburgh 23, Miami 22
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jeff Reed converted an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 remaining in regulation to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23-22 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Reed's go-ahead kick followed a complicated ruling on a Ben Roethlisberger fumble that enabled the Steelers to retain possession. Roethlisberger completed 19-of-27 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns for Pittsburgh (5-1), which has won five straight against Miami. Chad Henne threw for 257 yards and a touchdown on 23-of-36 efficiency for the Dolphins (3-3), who have lost all three games at home. Dan Carpenter made all five of his field goal attempts, the last one -- a 40-yarder -- gave the Dolphins a 22-20 lead with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay 18, St. Louis 17
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman hit Carnell Williams with a one-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came back to shock the St. Louis Rams, 18-17, at Raymond James Stadium. Freeman completed 23-of-40 passes for 212 yards and the game-winning touchdown for Tampa Bay (4-2), which recovered after suffering a 31-6 loss to New Orleans last Sunday. The Buccaneers have won two of three since their bye week. Williams caught eight passes for 34 yards while Connor Barth kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder. Trailing 17-12 with just under five minutes to play, the Bucs began the winning march on their own 19-yard line. Freeman quickly moved the offense into Rams territory with a 16-yard pass to Mike Williams. Then facing a 4th-and-3 from the 30 and 1:12 left on the clock, the quarterback found Kellen Winslow for a nine-yard connection. A 20-yard pass to Mike Williams on 3rd-and-10 moved the ball to the one with 20 seconds remaining. Out of a time out, Freeman rolled right and spotted Carnell Williams in the end zone for the score. The two-point conversion failed. Sam Bradford threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-26 efficiency for the Rams (3-4), who have dropped five straight on the road, with their last win coming on November 1, 2009 at Detroit. Steven Jackson ran for 110 yards on 22 carries and passed Hall-of- Famer Eric Dickerson (7,235) as the top rusher on the Rams' all-time list.
Tennessee 37, Philadelphia 19
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Kenny Britt's career day of 225 yards and three touchdowns on seven receptions helped the Tennessee Titans pull off a 37-19 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Kerry Collins, starting in place of an injured Vince Young, threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and finished with 276 yards on 17-of-31 throws for Tennessee (5-2), winners of three straight overall and 12 in a row against the NFC. Chris Johnson was held to 66 yards on 24 carries, but it was the Titans' defense that came up big, forcing four turnovers and allowing just one first down in a fourth quarter they won, 27-3. Kevin Kolb completed just 26-of-48 throws for 231 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, one of which Cortland Finnegan returned for a score to end a miserable final quarter for the Eagles (4-3), who were vying for a three-game winning streak. David Akers, who missed three field goals in a win over Atlanta last week, made all four of his attempts in the loss.
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