New England 39, Pittsburgh 26
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Tom Brady maintained his mastery of the Steelers, throwing three touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski and scoring once himself, and the Patriots bounced back from an embarrassing 20-point loss by beating the Steelers 39-26 on Sunday night. No NFL team wins more on its home field than Pittsburgh, but no opposing player wins there like Brady, who has won six of seven overall against the Steelers and four of five at Heinz Field. He was 30 of 43 for 350 yards with no sacks or interceptions, and now has 14 career TD throws and three interceptions against the Steelers. The Patriots and AFC East-rival Jets are tied for the conference's top record at 7-2. Pittsburgh (6-3), its normally dominating defense shredded by Brady during its second home-field loss this season, drops back into a first-place tie with Baltimore in the AFC North. The Steelers played most of the game without wide receiver Hines Ward (neck), whose streak of 186 consecutive games with a reception ended. Brady threw only one incompletion during a 70-yard drive on New England's first possession that ended with his 19-yard TD throw to Gronkowski, a rookie who played his high school senior season in Pittsburgh. New England started the second half with a near-identical 78-yard drive that Brady finished off with a 9-yard throw to Gronkowski, making it 17-3 and silencing a partisan crowd of 64,359 that rarely sees a rival quarterback being so effective and efficient. Except Brady, of course. As good as ever against Pittsburgh, he was more emotional than usual -- screaming during huddles, yelling at linemen for penalties -- perhaps reflecting his unhappiness at losing 34-14 the week before at Cleveland. Brady, who has averaged 373 yards in his last three starts against Pittsburgh, found Gronkowski for a third time on a 25-yarder that upped it to 36-18 and emptied out whatever fans hadn't already left. Brady methodically led drive after drive by throwing underneath Pittsburgh's two-deep zone defense. The quick throws -- welcome back, Wes Welker -- confused the Steelers' defense and negated Pittsburgh's oft-successful blitzing schemes. Welker, whose production has been nearly cut in half since last season and reduced even more since Randy Moss' departure, made eight catches for 89 yards. Gronkowski had five for 72 yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 87 yards, the most against Pittsburgh's defense this season. James Sanders effectively ended it with a 32-yard touchdown return of an interception with 8 1/2 minutes remaining on a throw by Roethlisberger that was tipped by Patrick Chung -- though there were three more touchdowns, two by Pittsburgh.
NY Jets 26, Cleveland 20 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 37- yard touchdown in the waning seconds of overtime to lift the New York Jets over Cleveland, 26-20. The contest appeared to be headed for the first tie in the NFL since the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals ended in a 13-all deadlock nearly two years ago, but the Jets received the football on the Browns' 37 after a modest punt return by former Raven Jim Leonhard. On the first play of the series, Sanchez dropped back and found Holmes, who broke free over the middle and raced the remainder of the way down the left sideline for the deciding score. Sanchez finished 27-of-44 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Jets (7-2), who played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 2003 and avoided their first tie since 1988. Holmes ended with 76 yards on five catches and Shonn Greene posted 72 yards on 20 carries for New York, which posted a 23-20 overtime win at Detroit last week. Colt McCoy wound up throwing for 205 yards and a score on 18-of-31 passing for the Browns (3-6), who haven't won an OT contest since a 33-30 decision at Baltimore on November 18, 2006. Peyton Hillis added 82 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Buffalo 14, Detroit 12
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Fred Jackson ran for 133 yards with a score and also caught a pass for a touchdown, as Buffalo reached the win column for the first time this season with a 14-12 triumph over Detroit at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Jackson carried the brunt of the ground game after C.J. Spiller left in the first half with a hamstring injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 12-of-24 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Bills (1-8), whose winless start after eight games was the worst for the franchise since an 0-11 start to the 1984 campaign. The Lions rallied late when they scored with 14 seconds left after Shaun Hill found a wide open Calvin Johnson up the middle from 20 yards out. Detroit, though, failed to convert the two-point attempt and suffered a record 25th straight road loss. Hill, who replaced an injured Matthew Stafford for the sixth time this season, passed for 323 yards on 29-of-50 attempts with a touchdown and an interception. The Lions dropped their second straight game on the heels of last week's overtime loss to the New York Jets. Johnson had 10 catches for 128 yards in defeat as Detroit broke its own mark of 24 straight road losses, set from 2001-03.
Jacksonville 31, Houston 24
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Thomas caught a deflected ball on a Hail Mary pass from David Garrard on the final play of the game to give Jacksonville a 31-24 win over Houston at EverBank Field. Garrard threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-31 passing while Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 100 yards and two scores on 24 carries to lead the Jaguars (5-4) to a second straight victory. Thomas caught eight passes for a career-high 149 yards and Zach Miller caught four passes for 79 yards and a score in the win. Matt Schaub threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-32 passing for the Texans (4-5), who have lost three straight. Andre Johnson caught nine passes for 146 yards and a score while Kevin Walter added six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in defeat. The game was tied at 24-24 and Houston got the ball back with 1:34 remaining at its own 33 after Josh Scobee missed a 43-yard field goal for Jacksonville. However, on the seventh play of the drive Joel Dreessen fumbled after an eight-yard catch and the Jaguars recovered with eight seconds remaining. Garrard connected with Marcedes Lewis for an 11-yard pass that the tight end took out of bounds with three ticks left and after Houston's Antonio Smith was called offside the Jaguars were at midfield with a last chance at the end zone. The pass toward the goal line was knocked down by Houston's Glover Quin, but the ball went directly into the arms of Thomas, who fell into the end zone for the stunning finish. Jacksonville took the game's opening kickoff and after working the ball to the Houston 20 had to settle for a Scobee 38-yard field goal to take an early 3-0 advantage. After taking the resulting kickoff, the Texans fell into a similar situation as they used a 10-play, 69-yard drive to get the ball deep into Jacksonville territory and had to settle for a Neil Rackers 24-yard field goal to even the game at three. The Jaguars got the ball back after a Houston punt at 10:33 in the second and used their potent running game to score the first touchdown. Jones-Drew rushed for eight of the nine plays and capped the drive with a three-yard scoring run to give Jacksonville a 10-7 lead. Houston was forced to punt just after the two-minute warning and the Jags took the ball 55 yards in just 73 seconds, capped by a nine-yard Jones-Drew rushing score, to take a 17-3 advantage heading to the locker room. The Texans took the second-half kickoff and Foster capped a six-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The highlight of the drive was a 60-yard completion from Schaub to Johnson that brought the ball to the Jags' six. Foster punched it in three plays later to make it 17-10. Houston then evened the game at 17 with another 80-yard drive, this time a quick six-play set that was capped with a nine-yard Schaub-to-Johnson connection with 5:10 left in the third. The Jags followed with a lengthy march that ended with a field goal try on the first play of the fourth quarter. After a false start penalty wiped out Scobee's successful 34-yard kick, he missed from 39 yards away to keep the game tied. With 7:47 left in the fourth the Jags faced a 4th-and-1 at their own 43, but instead of punting Garrard took the quarterback keeper up the middle for five yards and a first down. On the next play he connected with Miller for a 52- yard TD strike to restore the Jags' lead at 24-17. The Texans responded with 4:19 remaining when Schaub hit Walter in stride for an 18-yard touchdown. The original call on the field was ruled as a dropped pass but after a challenge the officials decided that Walter released the ball as a secondary action to the catch.
Tampa Bay 31, Carolina 16
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes to help the upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers, 31-16, at Raymond James Stadium. Freeman was 18-of-24 for 241 yards, and rookie LeGarrette Blount added a rushing touchdown for the Buccaneers (6-3), who rebounded from last week's loss at Atlanta to win for the third time in their last four games. Blount finished with 91 yards on 19 carries. Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen started in place of the injured Matt Moore and the rookie out of Notre Dame connected on 16-of-29 tosses for 191 yards. Moore sustained a season-ending torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during last Sunday's 34-3 shellacking by New Orleans. Mike Goodson had 100 yards on 23 carries for the Panthers (1-8). John Kasay kicked a 28- and a 48-yard field goal in the third quarter, the latter coming with 1:02 remaining, to trim Carolina's deficit to 21-16. The Buccaneers marched into the red zone on their next possession, but were forced to settle for a 32-yard Connor Barth field goal. Carolina the punted the ball away, and Cadillac Williams sealed the Tampa Bay win by scampering 45 yards up the middle on a third-and-11 draw to the end zone with 2:42 left in regulation. Williams had converted a lengthy third down earlier in the drive with a 16-yard catch-and-run. Tampa Bay stopped Clausen twice on quarterback sneaks from inside the one-yard line in the waning seconds of the contest. It was an inauspicious start for the Panthers as Goodson fumbled on the game's opening possession. Tampa Bay safety Sean Jones recovered the ball at the Carolina 47, and the Buccaneers converted the turnover into an eight-yard touchdown catch by rookie wide-out Arrelious Benn. Kasay made a 46-yard field goal to put Carolina on the board with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Blount then capped an six-play, 87-yard march with a 17-yard touchdown run, giving the Buccaneers a 14-3 lead. Carolina's offense was facing its first three-and-out on the ensuing series, but Jason Baker's punt bounded off Buccaneers cornerback Elbert Mack. Dante Rosario recovered for the Panthers at the Tampa Bay 46. Then, an 18-yard catch by David Gettis on third down set up a two-yard Josh Vaughan TD run. After the teams traded punts, Freeman finished an eight-play, 65-yard drive by finding Kellen Winslow for a 20-yard touchdown, extending Tampa Bay's lead to 21-10 with 50 seconds left before halftime.
Chicago 27, Minnesota 13
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jay Cutler threw three touchdowns to lead the Chicago Bears over the downtrodden Minnesota Vikings, 27-13, in an NFC North tilt at Soldier Field. Devin Hester caught a touchdown pass and added 147 yards in the return game for the Bears (6-3), who are now tied with the Packers atop the division after their second straight win. Cutler connected with nine different receivers, completing 22-of-35 passes for 237 yards while getting intercepted twice. Brett Favre, fresh off a career-high 446-yard showing in Week 9, was 18-of-31 through the air for just 170 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble for the Vikings (3-6), who have dropped eight straight regular season contests on the road dating back to 2009. Most of Favre's yards came on a 53-yard scoring strike to Percy Harvin, who appeared to suffer a knee injury in the fourth quarter. Minnesota erased a late 14-point deficit against Arizona last week and pulled out a 27-24 overtime win, seemingly saving Brad Childress' head coaching job in the process. By not pulling off a second straight comeback, Childress may be on the hot seat with the Vikings trailing the division leaders by three games. Husain Abdullah came up with his second interception of Cutler in the end zone to keep the Vikings within 20-13 heading to the fourth. Minnesota went three-and-out, however, and a short punt gave the Bears the ball back at their own 45-yard line. On third-and-inches from the Minnesota 19, Kellen Davis was left wide open down the middle of the field thanks to a play-action fake, and Cutler hit the tight end for a 27-13 cushion with 8:37 to play. Harvin was injured on the kickoff return, and to add insult to injury, Lance Briggs picked off Favre on the Vikings' second play from scrimmage. The Bears failed to convert the turnover into points, but Chris Harris sealed the win with a diving interception, Favre's 16th of the year, at the Chicago 20 with 2:27 on the clock. Ryan Longwell's 36-yard field goal accounted for the only points in the first quarter, and the kicker clanged a 39-yard try off the left upright early in the second. Cutler, who was picked off on the previous drive, hit Greg Olsen between three defenders for a 17-yard score with 6:57 left before halftime. The Vikings went back in front when Favre, throwing on the run, led Harvin down the right sideline for a 53-yard TD at the 3:17 mark. Rashied Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 32 yards to the Minnesota 49, and the Bears took advantage of the short field. A pair of third down conversions moved the ball to the 19, where Hester took a short pass over the middle and did the rest, diving over the goal line from the four with 44 seconds showing. Favre lost a fumble just before the break, but the Bears couldn't capitalize as Robbie Gould hooked a 43-yard field goal try wide left to keep it 14-10. Gould made up for it with a 34-yarder early in the second half following a D.J. Moore interception for a seven-point Bears lead. Later in the third, Harvin drew a 42-yard pass interference penalty on Danieal Manning, setting up Longwell's 33-yard field goal with 8:14 showing. Hester gave Chicago great field position for its next two possessions, but the Bears came away with only three points. The return specialist had a 68-yard kickoff prior to Gould's 37-yard kick, then danced down the right sideline for a 42-yard punt return before Cutler's aforementioned pick in the end zone.
Indianapolis 23, Cincinnati 17
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw for 185 yards, and the Indianapolis defense produced five turnovers in a 23-17 decision over Cincinnati at Lucas Oil Field. Manning completed 20-of-36 throws without a touchdown or an interception, seven of which went to tight end Jacob Tamme for 73 yards for the Colts (6-3), who bounced back from a loss at Philadelphia last week to win for a fourth time in their last five games. Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals in the victory for Indianapolis, which turned three of its forced turnovers into 17 points. Carson Palmer connected on 31-of-42 throws for 287 yards and two scores but was intercepted three times for the Bengals (2-7), who have dropped six in a row since winning back-to-back games September 19-26. Jermaine Gresham caught nine passes for 80 yards -- both career-highs -- and a touchdown, while Chad Ochocinco hauled in seven passes for 86 yards and a score, his franchise-best 65th receiving TD. Aaron Francisco intercepted Palmer with just under six minutes to play with the Colts leading 23-10. However, the hosts were forced to punt after picking up one first down, giving the Bengals a chance to fashion a comeback. Palmer found Gresham from 19 yards out for a touchdown that finished off an eight-play, 70-yard drive to pull Cincinnati to within 23-17 with 2:35 to play. The Bengals recovered the ensuing onside kick and benefitted from a 15-yard penalty to Pierre Garcon for removing his helmet. Garcon appeared to have recovered the kick, but lost it on the way to the ground. Starting from the Colts' 40, Palmer hit Gresham on the first play, but the rookie tight end coughed up the ball at the 34, where it was recovered by Indianapolis' Mike Newton. Indy was forced to punt with 53 seconds left, and the Bengals started their final drive at their own 21 -- with no timeouts -- seven seconds later. Robert Mathis recorded a sack on the first play before Dwight Freeney sacked Palmer on the next play, effectively ending the game. Vinatieri's 28-yard field goal capped off a 14-play, 82-yard drive to give the Colts a 3-0 lead with 3:25 left in the first quarter. On the Bengals' second play of the ensuing possession, Kelvin Hayden picked off Palmer and raced untouched 31 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that pushed the hosts' advantage to 10-0 just 57 seconds later. Cedric Benson's fumble on the visitors' next play from scrimmage was recovered by Antonio Johnson at the Bengals 25 to give the Colts a short field with which to work. Indianapolis cashed in seven plays later. Javarris James carried on the final three plays, the last of which resulted in a three-yard TD run that boosted the lead to 17-0 just 41 seconds into the second quarter. Cincinnati finally got on the board just over five minutes into the period on Mike Nugent's 27-yard boot that polished off an eight-play, 55-yard march. On the Bengals' next possession, Ochocinco made a leaping grab in the end zone for a 34-yard score but it was wiped out when he was ruled to have lined up illegally before the snap. However, the Bengals were able to overcome the mistake and move to the Colts' five before Palmer rolled to his left and found Ochocinco, who kept both feet in bounds while making the catch and falling out of the end zone, to cut the deficit to seven 1:06 before the intermission. The Colts used a 17-yard completion to Brandon James and a pass interference call on linebacker Brandon Johnson to move to the Bengals' 25 before a Carlos Dunlap sack resulted in a four-yard loss. Vinatieri then came on to connect on a 47-yard field goal that split the uprights to end the first half with Indianapolis leading, 20-10. Cincinnati advanced into Colts territory on each of its three third-quarter drives, though it couldn't get inside the 40, and was forced to punt all three times. Meanwhile, the hosts didn't advance past their 40, and all three of their drives in period resulted in punts. The Bengals' first possession into the final quarter ended when Indy's Tyjuan Hagler undercut an attempted pass to Greshman at the Cincinnati 45 and was ruled down by contact at the 10-yard line. The Colts had to settle for a 23- yard field goal by Vinatieri that made it 23-10 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Miami 29, Tennessee 17
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen each a threw a touchdown pass after new Miami starting quarterback Chad Pennington left the game early, as the Dolphins notched their first home win of the season with a 29-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Dolphins (5-4) had to employ three quarterbacks, four counting Ronnie Brown taking snaps from the wildcat formation, but still rolled up 404 yards of total offense to win for the first time in four tries at Sun Life Stadium and snap a five-game home skid dating back to last season. Given the starting nod this week in place of a struggling Henne, Pennington's return lasted just two plays. He dropped back to pass on Miami's first offensive play and his right arm hit the back of an offensive lineman as he was being tackled. Pennington, whose 2009 season ended after just three games because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, remained in the game and threw a short pass to Brian Hartline that resulted in a 19-yard gain, but he left the contest before the next play and Henne took over again. Henne, who threw for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception, was hurt in the third quarter and Thigpen replaced him in the fourth. Thigpen added 64 yards passing and a TD toss to tight end Anthony Fasano, who had a career day with five catches for 107 yards. Tennessee also had its own quarterback problems, as Kerry Collins started in place of an injured Vince Young. Collins hurt his calf late in the second quarter and Young, limited in practice this week by an ankle injury, took over in the second half. Collins completed just 9-of-20 passes for 51 yards, while Young threw for 92 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 9-of-18 efficiency. Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards on 17 carries for the Titans (5-4), who lost at San Diego on Halloween before their bye last Sunday. Randy Moss made his debut for the Titans and caught his lone pass for 26 yards with just over 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest. Moss was acquired off waivers from Minnesota during the bye week. The Dolphins took the second half kickoff and marched 75 yards before settling for a 26-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter to snap a 10-10 tie. Young then started behind center for the Titans on their first offensive series of the third quarter and promptly fumbled while being sacked on his third play. The Dolphins recovered at the Tennessee 13 and scored just two plays later when Henne threw a swing pass to Patrick Cobbs, who raced to the right pylon for the touchdown and a 20-10 lead. The Titans answered with a 74-yard drive for a touchdown. Johnson ignited the series with a 30-yard run on the second play and Young converted a pair of third downs with short passes before finishing the 11-play set with a 14-yard strike to a leaping Nate Washington in the end zone. Henne was then hurt on Miami's next offensive play and the Dolphins went to the wildcat offense. A double-reverse pass from receiver Brandon Marshall fell incomplete on the first play, but Ricky Williams followed with runs of 14 and 23 yards to end the third period. The drive stalled at the Tennessee 24 after an incomplete pass by Thigpen and Carpenter booted a 42-yard field goal for a 23-17 lead just 90 seconds into the fourth. The Dolphins got the ball back at their own 15 after a Tennessee punt and Thigpen directed a nine-play march for the game-sealing touchdown. He hit Fasano for 31 yards on the third play and the two hooked up for nine yards on the score with 5:15 remaining. Young was intercepted in the end zone by Reshad Jones with just under 3 1/2 minutes remaining and Miami ran out the remaining time. The Dolphins took advantage of a Bo Scaife fumble on the game's opening possession to score first. After Scaife lost the ball trying to stretch for extra yardage, Miami took over on the Tennessee 31 and needed six plays to find the end zone. Pennington left after the second play and Henne converted a 3rd-and-11 with an 11-yard pass to fullback Lousaka Polite, setting up a first down at the two, and Brown scored on the next play. The Titans followed with an 80-yard drive to tie it. A 33-yard interference penalty against Miami's Vontae Davis, who failed to turn around on a deep pass to Moss, gave Tennessee a first down at the Miami 44 and Johnson followed with a 19-yard run before scoring from 17 yards away on 3rd-and-2. Miami then tried to run a fake punt and Tennessee stopped it short of a first down. The Titans took over at the Miami 28, but managed only a 40-yard field goal from Rob Bironas for a 10-7 lead. The Dolphins tied it early in the second quarter when a 54-yard pass from Henne to Hartline led to a 23-yard Carpenter field goal. Henne tried to go deep again just after the two-minute warning on 3rd-and-1 from the Miami 44, but he overthrew Marshall and Cortland Finnegan made a diving interception inside the Tennessee 20-yard line.
Seattle 36, Arizona 18
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Olindo Mare matched his own franchise record with five field goals and Matt Hasselbeck threw for 333 yards as Seattle claimed a 36-18 victory over Arizona in an NFC West showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium. Hasselbeck completed 22-of-34 throws, with 11 of them going to Mike Williams for 145 yards as the Seahawks (5-4) ended a two-game slide during which they were outscored 74-10. Williams matched a career-high with his 11 grabs, set against Arizona on October 24 and the 145 yards established a career-best. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett each ran for a score while Deon Butler caught a touchdown pass among his four grabs as Seattle moved into sole possession of first place in the division after San Francisco's overtime win over St. Louis. Derek Anderson connected on 23-of-45 throws for 322 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Cardinals (3-6), who lost both meetings with Seattle in a span of four games. Tim Hightower carried 13 times for 39 yards and a score while Early Doucet made six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown for the hosts, who have lost their last two home games and four straight overall.
Dallas 33, NY Giants 20
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Maybe what Dallas needed all along was a coaching change. Jon Kitna showed some flashes of greatness with three touchdown passes, and the Dallas Cowboys put on a dominant road performance in a 33-20 win over the New York Giants at a malfunctioning New Meadowlands Stadium. Kitna completed 13-of-22 passes for 327 yards and was intercepted once for the Cowboys (2-7), who replaced Wade Phillips with Jason Garrett at the head coaching position earlier in the week before snapping a brutal five-game losing streak. Coming off an embarrassing 45-7 loss at the hands of Green Bay last week, the Cowboys' offense and defense looked more in sync on this Sunday to exact some revenge on the Giants (6-3), who beat Dallas three weeks ago and knocked quarterback Tony Romo out for an extended period of time. Dez Bryant was one of Dallas' stars in the win, making several spectacular grabs in a three-reception, 104-yard game, including a score. Felix Jones added a 71-yard touchdown reception, and Miles Austin caught a scoring pass. Eli Manning threw for 373 yards and two touchdowns on 33-of-48 passing and was picked off two times for New York, which saw its NFC East lead trimmed to a half-game over Philadelphia, which hosts the Giants next Sunday. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 73 yards, while Mario Manningham and Kevin Boss each had a TD grab in defeat. The third quarter was marred by two light malfunctions with the stadium; the first delay was brief, but the second lasted for 12 minutes and produced a scary pitch-black scene at the venue. No official reason was given for the blackout.
Denver 49, Kansas City 29
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton threw for a career-high four touchdowns and 296 yards on 22-of-34 efficiency, as Denver cruised to a 49-29 victory over AFC West rival Kansas City at Mile High Stadium. Tim Tebow threw his first career pass for a touchdown and ran one in for Denver (3-6), which was coming off its bye week and broke a four-game skid. Knowshon Moreno had a career-high 106 rushing yards, with 50 receiving yards and a touchdown in the win. Matt Cassel completed 33-of-53 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns for the Chiefs (5-4), while Dwayne Bowe recorded his seventh career game of more than 100 yards receiving by putting up 186 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Jamaal Charles had 121 all-purpose yards and a touchdown catch for Kansas City, which has dropped four of its last six games after starting 3-0 and was coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to Oakland.
San Francisco 23, St. Louis 20 (OT)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Nedney hit a 29-yard field goal with 9:39 left in overtime and Troy Smith threw for a career-high 356 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-28 passing, as the San Francisco 49ers took a 23-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. Frank Gore ran for 87 yards and a score on 22 carries and Michael Crabtree caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown for San Francisco (3-6), which has won the last five meetings in this NFC West rivalry. Sam Bradford threw for 251 yards and one score on 30-of-42 passing, and Steven Jackson rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown for the Rams (4-5), who have lost two of their last three. The 49ers scored a 16-yard touchdown with 2:10 left in the fourth and Rams kicker Josh Brown hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime.