Cleveland 13, Miami 10
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Phil Dawson kicked the game-winning field goal with time running out, following a late interception of Chad Henne, to lift the Cleveland Browns to a 13-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins. With just over a minute remaining, the Dolphins were deep in their own territory and not having much success. The game seemed destined for overtime, but Henne's pass was blocked and bounced to Browns defensive back Mike Adams. Adams returned the ball to the two-yard line, and after Cleveland knelt the ball three times to run the clock down, Dawson kicked a 23-yard try through the uprights to give the Browns (5-7) their second consecutive win. Jake Delhomme, starting his second game in a row in place of injured rookie Colt McCoy, completed 24-of-34 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown to Benjamin Watson. The tight end finished with 10 catches for 100 yards. Henne passed for 174 yards and a score on 16-of-32 efficiency, but was intercepted three times as the Dolphins (6-6) fell to 1-5 at home this season. They played without wideout Brandon Marshall, who was inactive with a hamstring injury. Dan Carpenter set a Miami franchise record by kicking a 60-yard field goal, though had a 41-yard attempt blocked on the game's opening drive. The struggling offenses then engaged in a series of possessions that ended in punts. Of the teams' 14 first-half drives, eight ended in a punt and two ended with a Henne interception. His second pick came when he threw off-the-mark to Davone Bess and Abram Elam came down with the ball. Elam returned the pick 18 yards to the Miami 28, and the Browns reached the 14 before Dawson kicked a 32-yard try with 1:43 left. The Dolphins got on the board thanks to Carpenter's 60-yarder, which had just enough distance to get past the crossbar with two seconds on the clock. Cleveland's only touchdown drive occurred late in the third quarter, when the Browns went 94 yards in six plays. The biggest gain was Delhomme's 37-yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi, while Delhomme found Watson for a three-yard touchdown with 1:16 remaining. Miami countered with its own TD drive, an 11-play, 80-drive progression. Henne finished it nearly five minutes into the final quarter with an 11-yard pass to tight end Anthony Fasano.
Minnesota 38, Buffalo 14
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Tarvaris Jackson took over for an injured Brett Favre early in the first quarter and threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns, as the Minnesota Vikings routed the Buffalo Bills, 38-14, at the Metrodome. Favre suffered a shoulder injury when he was hit from behind by Arthur Moats on his first passing attempt -- an interception by Drayton Florence. The 41- year old, who started his 297th consecutive regular-season game, was helped to the sidelines and did not return. Jackson completed 15-of-22 passes, but threw three interceptions. Adrian Peterson, who was questionable with an ankle injury, rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings (5-7), who earned a 17-13 victory at Washington last week in interim head coach Leslie Frazier's debut. Minnesota has won three of its last five. Sidney Rice caught five passes for 105 yards and two scores in the victory. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 158 yards on 15-of-25 efficiency with one touchdown and one interception for Buffalo (2-10), which dropped a 19-16 overtime decision to Pittsburgh last weekend and has split its last four games. Florence had two interceptions -- one returned for a 40-yard touchdown -- and David Nelson had a 12-yard TD reception in defeat. After Favre was knocked out of the game, Jackson, who failed to help the Vikings put points on the board in his initial set, was picked off on a pass intended for Greg Camarillo by Florence, who returned it for the score to give Buffalo a 7-0 lead with 4:34 left in the first quarter. Minnesota got the points right back when Jackson heaved a 31-yard pass for Rice, who wrestled the ball away from the defender, but was ruled out of bounds. A replay overruled the initial call, giving the Vikings the touchdown. Leodis McKelvin fumbled on the ensuing kickoff which led to a Peterson two- yard rushing score that capped a brief four-play, 14-yard drive to make it a 14-7 game early in the second. The Vikings got the ball back a short time later and again it was Peterson finding the end zone on a short run four minutes into the second quarter. Starting at his own 40, Jackson picked up a first down on a 13-yard scramble that was coupled with an unnecessary roughness penalty to move it to the Buffalo 15. Peterson went up the middle for a three-yard score two plays later. It quickly became 28-7 when Antoine Winfield's interception and 41-yard return put Minnesota in business at the Buffalo five-yard line. After a one-yard loss on a Toby Gerhart run, Rice made a diving catch on a six-yard touchdown pass. Ryan Longwell tacked on a 38-yard field goal as time expired for a 31-7 game at the intermission. After a scoreless third quarter, Fitzpatrick was sacked and fumbled on the first play of the fourth, giving the Vikings the ball at the Buffalo 43. Peterson then took it the distance on the next play for his third score of the contest. Buffalo tried answering on its next offensive try, but Fitzpatrick again turned the ball over on a fumble at the Minnesota one-yard line. Nelson's 12-yard touchdown catch got the Bills within 38-14 with 4:43 to play.
Chicago 24, Detroit 20
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Manumaleuna caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bears rallied for a 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Jay Cutler went 21-for-26 with 234 yards and one touchdown while Matt Forte and Chester Taylor each ran for a score for the Bears (9-3), who have taken five straight and remain a game ahead of Green Bay for the top spot in the NFC North. The Packers the 49ers on Sunday to keep pace in the division. Earl Bennett caught seven passes for 104 yards as Chicago improved to 5-1 on the road this season. Drew Stanton, making the start courtesy of injuries to Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill, had 178 yards and a score on 16-of-24 passing and added a rushing touchdown for the Lions (2-10), who have dropped five straight. Calvin Johnson caught three passes for 66 yards and a score in the loss. Trailing by three points, Chicago started the winning drive at its own 40 after stopping Detroit on a 4th-and-1 with under 12 minutes to play. The first play saw Cutler hit Forte for 20 yards and a 12-yard catch by Bennett on 3rd-and-4 moved the ball to the Detroit 22. Cutler then scrambled for eight yards and a questionable unnecessary roughness call on Ndamukong Suh gave Chicago a 1st-and-goal at the seven. Cutler found Manumaleuna near the goal line and he took it in for a 24-20 lead with 8:39 left. Stefan Logan ripped off a 60-yard return near midfield, and though the Lions managed one first down, Stanton was sacked for nine yards and a punt followed on 4th-and-16. The Bears got the ball back with 5:17 to play and picked up four first downs in order to kill off the rest of the clock. After an exchange of punts to start the game, the Lions went ahead on a three- yard touchdown run by Stanton with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in the first. Detroit had a short field to work with as Chicago had to punt deep in its own territory and Logan returned it 19 yards to the Chicago 38. Chicago responded with a long drive of its own to tie the game. The 13 plays covered 76 yards and was capped when Taylor went around the left end untouched from a yard out with three seconds left in the opening frame. A defensive pass interference call on Detroit in the end zone set up the score. Detroit came right back to take a 10-7 lead on a 50-yard field goal from Dave Rayner with 9:31 left in the first half. The Bears answered right back to take the lead. Facing a 3rd-and-1 at the Detroit 47, Bennett caught a short pass and took it 33 yards down to the Detroit 14. The next play saw Forte take a pitch out to the left and race into the end zone for a 14-10 game with 4:40 left in the half. Detroit later got the ball back at its own nine-yard line. The first play saw Jahvid Best take a handoff into the pile, but he kept on his feet, bounced out to the right and raced 45 yards. The next snap saw Johnson take a short pass and stiff arm two tacklers on his way into the end zone on a 46-yard score to give the Lions a 17-14 edge heading into the break. Chicago started the second half with the ball, but Cutler fumbled on the second play and Detroit recovered at Chicago's nine. However, the Lions were unable to move the ball and Rayner booted a 25-yard field goal for a 20-14 lead. After the Bears pinned the Lions deep, Detroit had to punt from its own end zone and Devin Hester nearly broke free, but was tripped up by the punter after a 30-yard return to the Detroit 31. Chicago went in reverse thanks to two penalties and a sack, but a 54-yard field goal just inside the right post from Robbie Gould made it 20-17 with 2:40 left in the third.
New Orleans 34, Cincinnati 30
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Drew Brees' game-winning touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 31 seconds left in regulation gave the New Orleans Saints a 34-30 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Brees threw for 313 yards on 24-of-29 passing with two touchdowns and an interception for the Saints (9-3), who extended their winning streak to five. Chris Ivory rushed for 117 yards with two scores on 15 carries and Colston caught three passes for 65 yards, including the game-winner. Robert Meachem caught three passes for 106 yards and a score, and Reggie Bush rushed had 26 yards on five carries in the victory. Carson Palmer threw for 249 yards with a touchdown on 23-of-33 passing, and Cedric Benson rushed for 49 yards with two scores on 19 carries for the Bengals (2-10), who have dropped nine straight. Terrell Owens caught six passes for 47 yards and a score, and Chad Ochocinco had 96 yards on five receptions in defeat.
Green Bay 34, San Francisco 16
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 34-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Rodgers used three completions of 48 yards or more to help the Packers (8-4) remain one game behind the Bears in the NFC North. Chicago beat Detroit on Sunday. Greg Jennings caught a 57-yard touchdown pass among six receptions for 122 yards and two scores, while Donald Driver had four catches for 73 yards and a score, including an incredible 61-yard TD that featured several missed tackles. Troy Smith completed only 10-of-25 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the 49ers (4-8), who fell 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis and Seattle in the NFC West. Vernon Davis caught a 66-yard touchdown pass and finished with 126 yards on four catches in defeat. The Packers held a one-point lead at halftime and extended their advantage on the first drive of the second half. With a 2nd-and-16 from the GB 39, Rodgers hit Driver on a throw to the right side about 25 yards downfield. Driver dodged several defenders in a spectacular run after the catch; one 49er nearly jumped on Driver's back, but Driver ducked and waited for him to pass by, then he dragged two defenders into the end zone from about five yards away to complete the 61-yard touchdown for a 21-13 lead. San Francisco answered with a 23-yard Jeff Reed field goal, but Rodgers threw a perfect pass in between two defenders to Jennings for a 48-yard gain to the SF 3. Three plays later, Jennings caught a one-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-16 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third. After a failed 49ers drive, Mason Crosby drilled a 43-yard field goal for a 15-point lead with just under 14 minutes to play in the game. Crosby's 24-yard make with a bit over three minutes left increased the margin to 34-16 and accounted for the final score. Reed capped San Francisco's opening drive with a 44-yard field goal before Crosby attempted to tie the game with a 29-yard try at the other end. Crosby, however, hit the left upright to keep the 49ers ahead. It became 6-0 in the early moments of the second quarter when Reed hit a 26- yard field goal, though the Packers' offense finally got going with a big play. With seven minutes left until halftime, Green Bay faced a 3rd-and-1 from its own 43. Rodgers drew the defense offsides, affording him an opportunity to throw deep; he hit Jennings in stride down the left sideline, and Jennings raced into the end zone for a 7-6 lead. San Francisco went three-and-out on its next series, and the Packers extended their lead. Starting from midfield, Rodgers directed a six-play drive that ended on John Kuhn's one-yard touchdown run. On the play before, Brandon Jackson took a short screen pass 37 yards to set up the score for a 14-6 lead with just under two minutes left. On the second play from scrimmage of the ensuing 49ers drive, Smith found Davis on a crossing pattern to the right, and Davis avoided a safety en route to his 66-yard touchdown and 14-13 halftime score.
Jacksonville 17, Tennessee 6
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 186 yards on 31 carries, while David Garrard and Rashad Jennings added scores on the ground as Jacksonville gutted out a 17-6 victory over Tennessee at LP Field. Garrard finished 14-of-19 for 126 yards for the Jaguars (7-5), who rose atop the AFC South standings by a half-game. Indianapolis, which is 6-5, hosts Dallas later Sunday. Jennings ended with 44 yards on 10 carries. Kerry Collins threw for 169 yards but was intercepted twice and completed only 14-of-32 passes for the Titans (5-7), who suffered their fifth straight defeat. Chris Johnson was held to 53 yards on 13 carries, and Tennessee's lone scores came on two Rob Bironas second-half field goals. On the Titans' first drive of the second half, Collins hit Bo Scaife square in the chest near the goal line on 3rd-and-10 from the Jaguars 19, but the tight end let it bounce off his body. Bironas had to make a 37-yarder and Tennessee was finally on the board with 5:58 left in the period. Josh Scobee had a 49-yarder blocked on the Jags' next series, but on the change of possession the Titans only countered with a Bironas 30-yard make early in the fourth. The Jaguars almost assumed a 20-6 edge with 7:47 remaining, but Scobee's 48- yard try hit the right post and bounced back into play. Tennessee then faced a 4th-and-3 from its own 45 and didn't convert. Though Jennings was stuffed on a 4th-and-2 deep in Tennessee territory on Jacksonville's next series, Collins was picked off by William Middleton at the visitors' 34 with 2:47 to play. Jones-Drew broke off a 37 yard run on 2nd-and-9 to the Titans' 28, then Garrard took a knee three times to run off the remaining seconds. Jennings' 11-yard run to paydirt gave the Jags a 7-0 advantage for the lone score of the first quarter, then Garrard called his own number on a four-yard score with 5:38 left in the second quarter. Scobee then connected on a 26-yarder on the final play of the half for a 17-0 Jacksonville lead.
New York Giants 31, Washington 7
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns to become a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in his career and Brandon Jacobs added 103 yards and a pair of scores on eight totes as the New York Giants grinded out a 31-7 win over Washington at New Meadowlands Stadium. Bradshaw pushed his season total to 1,013 yards to become the eighth back in team history to reach the plateau for the Giants (8-4), who retained their share of the lead, along with Philadelphia, in the NFC East. Eli Manning completed 15-of-25 throws for 161 yards for the hosts, who took advantage of six turnovers and four sacks to beat their division rivals for a fifth straight meeting. Donovan McNabb threw for 296 yards on 26-of-44 efficiency with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Redskins (5-7), who have lost two in a row and four of their last five. New York moved 59 yards on seven plays on the game's first series to take a 7-0 lead on Jacobs' eight-yard scoring run up the middle just 3 1/2 minutes in. Jacobs had a 39-yard run earlier in the march to lead the Giants to their first opening drive TD this season. Following a Washington punt, the Giants put together another seven-play, 59- yard drive that was capped by Bradshaw's four-yard scoring run over the right side. After their previous second quarter drive ended with a London Fletcher interception in the end zone, the Giants recovered an Anthony Armstrong fumble -- upheld after review -- with 4:19 left in the first half. The hosts cashed in on the turnover, driving 39 yards in five plays to take a 21-0 advantage on Bradshaw's 10-yard scoring jaunt with 1:55 left before the break. New York recovered a McNabb fumble halfway through the third quarter and needed only three plays to increase the margin to 28-0 just shy of a minute later. On first down from the Redskins' 28, Jacobs shed a tackle inside the 20 and covered the rest of the distance untouched for his second TD of the day. Washington finally got on the board on the ensuing possession, as McNabb fired a 33-yard strike to a wide open Armstrong in the end zone with 4:35 to go in the quarter. Former Redskins wide receiver Devin Thomas partially blocked a Hunter Smith punt that led to a 28-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal that increased the margin to 31-7 with nine minutes to go in the game.
Kansas City 10, Denver 6
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Cassel's pass to Leonard Pope in the back of the end zone late in the first quarter proved to be the game's only touchdown, as the Kansas City Chiefs shut down the Denver Broncos, 10-6, to remain atop the AFC West. Cassel completed 17-of-31 passes for 196 yards, and the Chiefs (8-4) narrowly avoided looking ahead to their matchup at second-place San Diego next week. Jamaal Charles rushed for 116 yards on 21 carries for Kansas City, while Knowshon Moreno led the Broncos (3-9) with 161 yards on 23 carries. Kyle Orton had a horrific day behind center, connecting on a paltry 9-of-28 throws for a season-low 117 yards in the loss, Denver's seventh in its past eight games.
Oakland 28, San Diego 13
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Campbell threw for a score and ran one in as the Oakland Raiders took a 28-13 win over the San Diego Chargers in an AFC West battle. Oakland (6-6) and San Diego (6-6) now sit even at two games behind Kansas City for first place in the division. San Diego hosts the Chiefs next Sunday while Oakland plays at AFC South-leading Jacksonville. Campbell finished the game 10-for-16 with 117 yards and added 37 yards on seven carries as the Raiders snapped a two-game slide. Darren McFadden scored on the ground and totaled 97 yards on 19 carries while catching three balls for 30 yards. Michael Bush ran the ball 23 times for 95 yards and a score. Philip Rivers was 23-for-39 for 280 yards, one touchdown and one interception as the Chargers had a four-game winning streak snapped. Antonio Gates caught six passes for 73 yards and a score. The Chargers' run of 18 straight December victories, which tied an NFL record for most victories in any month, was snapped. The Miami Dolphins had won 18 straight in Novembers from 1970-74. Down by 15 points in the fourth quarter, the Chargers cut into their deficit with a six-play, 80-yard drive that was capped on a Rivers pass to a wide open Gates from four yards out to make it a 21-13 game with 9:59 to play. Oakland, though, came right back and put the game away. The drive looked to be a three-and-out as San Diego stuffed Oakland on third down, but a defensive holding call gave the Raiders a fresh start. A 37-yard reception by Louis Murphy on a play-action fake from Campbell set the Raiders up at the Chargers' nine. McFadden then bulled his way into the end zone around the left side from seven yards out for a 28-13 advantage with 4:35 to play. San Diego got close to midfield but couldn't convert a 4th-and-10, and Oakland killed the rest of the clock. The Raiders were forced to punt on their first touch, but Darren Sproles muffed the catch and Oakland recovered at the San Diego 18. Four plays later on 4th-and-1 at the nine, Campbell faked the handoff to the right and rolled into the end zone untouched for a 7-0 lead with 8:35 left in the first. Rivers was picked off by Michael Huff on San Diego's ensuing possession to give Oakland the ball back at the Chargers 41. It was 14-0 for the visitors as Campbell lofted a pass to the right corner of the end zone where Jacoby Ford came down with it on a four-yard score with 30 seconds left in the first. The Chargers responded on their next touch with a 39-yard field goal from Nate Kaeding to make it a 14-3 game with 11:05 left in the half. The Raiders got into the end zone again on their following possession as Bush broke two tackles on a run up the middle for a seven-yard score for a 21-3 lead with 4:07 to go. The 11-play, 80-yard drive featured a nine-yard run from Campbell on 3rd-and-8 two plays before the score. San Diego tried a 50-yard field goal attempt from Kaeding on their final possession of the first half, but it fell short. On their second drive of the second half, San Diego got a 33-yard field goal from Kaeding to make it a 21-6 game with 44 seconds left in the quarter.
St. Louis 19, Arizona 6
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Steven Jackson scored a touchdown and Josh Brown kicked four field goals as the St. Louis Rams topped the Arizona Cardinals, 19-6, at University of Phoenix Stadium. Brown went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and Jackson rushed for 102 yards on 28 carries for the Rams (6-6), who have won two straight. Sam Bradford threw for 187 yards on 18-of-29 passing and Brandon Gibson caught six passes for 54 yards in the win. Tim Hightower rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries for the Cardinals (3-9), who have dropped seven straight. Arizona used three quarterbacks in the game. An ineffective Derek Anderson completed just 7-of-20 pass attempts for 93 yards and an interception and was replaced by rookie Max Hall in the final minutes of the third quarter. Hall left the game after suffering a left shoulder injury when he was thrown to the ground on the Cardinals' first series of the fourth quarter. He remained on the ground following the play, then was taken to the sideline and replaced by rookie John Skelton. Hall was 1-for-3 for 10 yards and an interception and Skelton went 3-for-6 for 45 yards. Arizona opened the scoring on a 45-yard Jay Feely field goal early in the first quarter, and after the Rams punted on their opening drive, Feely connected on another kick from 41 yards for an early 6-0 lead. The Rams responded with a field goal, but Arizona was called for a 12 men on the field penalty that gave St. Louis a new set of downs. The Rams worked the ball down to the Cardinals' 10-yard line, then settled for a Brown 28-yarder in the final minute of the first. Brown added a 52-yarder with 10 1/2 minutes left in the second to tie the game at 6-6. The Cardinals were charging in the final minutes of the half, but Anderson was picked off by Craig Dahl at the Rams' 10. St. Louis turned the pick into another Brown field goal to take a 9-6 lead into the locker room. Jackson scored the game's only touchdown when he capped a 10-play, 85 yard drive with a 27-yard run midway through the third. The Cardinals took over after a St. Louis punt at 3:54, and Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt inserted Hall for Anderson. Hall's first series didn't end well as he was sacked on the first play, threw an incomplete pass on the second and was picked off by Bradley Fletcher on the third. The Rams had the ball at the end of the third quarter and added Brown's final field goal to open up the fourth, accounting for the final margin. On the following drive, Hall suffered the shoulder injury on a 1st-and-10 at the Cardinals' 31 when he was sacked for a six-yard loss. After remaining on the ground for a few moments he was helped from the field and Skelton finished the game for Arizona.
Dallas 38, Indianapolis 35 (OT)
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - David Buehler's 38-yard field goal with under eight minutes left in overtime sent Dallas over Indianapolis, 38-35, at Lucas Oil Stadium. On the Colts' second series of overtime, Sean Lee gathered in a tipped Peyton Manning pass for his second pick of the day, and returned it 13 yards to the Indy 36. Six plays later, Buehler was lined up for a 38-yarder but was quickly iced with a timeout. He calmly booted the game-winner just inside the right goalpost to give Dallas its third road win of the season. "He's made big kicks for us. I have a tremendous amount of trust in him," said Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett of his kicker. "We were going to give him every opportunity once we got into field goal range to win the game for us." Jon Kitna finished 18-of-26 for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (4-8), who moved to 3-1 under Garrett. Tashard Choice posted a season-high 100 yards and a score on 19 carries and Jason Witten caught a key TD pass late in regulation. Dallas also returned a pair of Manning throws for scores, with Orlando Scandrick going 40 yards for a touchdown before leaving with a concussion, and Lee taking one back 31 yards. Manning was 36-of-48 for 365 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted four times for the second straight week for the Colts (6-6), who fell a full game behind Jacksonville in the AFC South. "I know he threw for over 350 yards and obviously we made some turnovers in this situation," said Colts head coach Jim Caldwell of his quarterback's struggle on Sunday. Reggie Wayne led all receivers with 14 catches for a season-best 200 yards and a score, Pierre Garcon ended with 56 yards and a TD reception on eight grabs and Javarris James rushed for a pair of scores in defeat. Dallas converted its first drive of the contest into seven points as Choice eluded several tacklers and changed direction more than once en route to a 20- yard touchdown run. Buehler finished off the Cowboys' next series with a 30-yard field goal, then Manning was picked off by Scandrick who raced virtually untouched to the end zone for a 17-0 score less than a minute into the second quarter. Indy finally got on track with 5:57 left in the half as Manning connected with Garcon in the back of the end zone for a 13-yard TD to complete an 86- yard, 15-play drive. Buehler missed a 48-yard try with two seconds left in the half but it was still a 10-point margin for the visitors. Manning found Wayne for a 34-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the second half and the home team got within three, but Dallas responded on a Buehler 46-yard make with 5:47 left in the third for a 20-14 game. Lee then found a Manning pass in the middle of the field and just made it inside the right pylon to give the Cowboys a 27-14 edge, but the Colts rallied to close within 27-21 on the first play of the fourth on a one-yard TD plunge from James. Dallas went three-and-out on its next series, and Indianapolis moved ahead 28-27 when Taj Smith blocked Mat McBriar's punt and managed to fall on it in the end zone. "Taj did a nice job. He's shown that through the years and in practice," Caldwell said of that unexpected special-teams score. "Did a nice job of obviously causing the fumble." Unbowed, the Cowboys marched down the field but couldn't reach the end zone with 1st-and-goal from the one. A delay-of-game penalty pushed Buehler's 19- yard try to 24 yards, but on the attempt, the Colts were called for an unsportsmanlike conduct/leverage penalty and Dallas had 1st-and-goal again from the three. Kitna found Witten inside the left pylon on third down and Dallas went up 35-28 with 2:38 to play when Roy Williams hauled in the conversion pass. "You get challenged every week in the NFL, and really get challenged every play," Garrett said of his team's resilience. "When you come to this place, against this football team and that quarterback and those rushers, it was going to be an all-day sucker for us. It was going to be a great challenge." Back came the Colts to tie with 29 seconds remaining when James scored from the two. Two plays prior, Wayne made a diving reception for 17 yards to the Dallas seven that was upheld by review. "Losing period is tough. If we could have found a way to win this game, then it's not as sour," Wayne admitted. "It's not just him, it's all of us together. We just have to stick together as a team."
Seattle 31, Carolina 14
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Marshawn Lynch scored a career-high three touchdowns, including two during a 21-point third quarter, as the Seahawks erased a double-digit deficit in a 31-14 victory over the hapless Carolina Panthers. Lynch ran 21 times for 83 yards for the Seahawks (6-6), who kept pace atop the NFC West with the St. Louis Rams, a 19-6 winner over the Cardinals on Sunday. Seattle allowed the first 14 points of this contest before roaring back with 31 unanswered points to win going away. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 229 yards on 17-of-30 efficiency and was intercepted twice, while Justin Forsett ran six times for 60 yards. Cameron Morrah led the receiving corps with three catches for 69 yards. Jonathan Stewart ran for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (1-11), who remain the lone one-win team in the NFL after their sixth straight loss. Jimmy Clausen threw for 169 yards with an interception on 18-of-34 throws in defeat. "We started off well offensively and defensively, [but] they made adjustments and the pressure was to much for us," stated Panthers head coach John Fox. Seattle trailed, 14-3, at halftime, but stormed ahead in the third quarter. The Seahawks began their first drive of the second half at the four-yard line after a muffed kickoff, but drove the length of the field in nine plays. Hasselbeck hit Morrah for a 26-yard gain to get near midfield, and Forsett's 31-yard run two plays later brought Seattle to the Carolina 9 after a horsecollar tackle penalty. On 3rd-and-goal from the one, Lynch ran into the end zone for a 14-10 contest. The Panthers' ensuing series ended up giving the Seahawks the lead. On 3rd- and-1 from the Carolina 27, Lofa Tatupu stepped in front of a Clausen pass, snatched the ball and sprinted 26 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 9 1/2 minutes left. Carolina was unable to muster much offense when it got the ball back again and punted to Leon Washington. Washington found daylight up the middle and appeared headed for a touchdown when punter Jeff Baker tripped him up at the two-yard line. Lynch scored two plays later for a 24-14 game. The Panthers, who had just 88 yards of offense in the second half, gained only four first downs in the last 30 minutes. Lynch's 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter capped off the scoring, and Clausen's last-minute drive to the Seattle 6 ended in a fourth-down incompletion. "The difference between the first and second half was all about attitude," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "This game was a big day for our football team. We talked about making a shift." The visitors started quickly, moving 61 yards in 10 plays. Mike Goodson finished the series with a six-yard scoring run to give Carolina an early 7-0 lead. The Panthers doubled their lead early in the second with a 10-play, 79-yard march to the end zone. The key play was Clausen's 39-yard completion to Steve Smith, and Stewart scored from three yards away for a 14-point advantage. Seattle didn't get on the board until the final minute of the first half on Olindo Mare's 24-yard field goal.
Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 24
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, as the Atlanta Falcons rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-24, in a pivotal NFC South showdown from Raymond James Stadium. Ryan was 18-of-36 for 205 yards with two touchdowns. He also overcame a pair of interceptions that led to scores for Tampa Bay. Michael Turner had 88 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for the Falcons (10-2), who maintained their one-game lead in both the conference and division standings. Atlanta, which erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, has won six games in a row since losing at Philadelphia on October 17. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman completed 19-of-38 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, but his final attempt was picked off by Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes, derailing a potential go-ahead drive late in regulation. Grimes had an interception overturned earlier in the contest. "We've got to figure out a way to win these games. We made mistakes across the board at the end," said Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris. The Buccaneers (7-5) dropped to 0-5 against teams with winning records. Tampa Bay got the ball to begin the second half and Connor Barth made a 33- yard field goal to give the Buccaneers a 17-14 lead. Grimes grabbed a Freeman pass on the Buccaneers' next possession and returned the ball to the Tampa Bay 23-yard line. The play was challenged by the Bucs and overturned after the official ruled it an incompletion. Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann was then called for a late hit on third down, giving Tampa Bay a first down at their 40. The Bucs marched to the Atlanta 41 before punting the ball away. In the fourth quarter, Ryan had a throw picked off by Tampa Bay safety Corey Lynch. Atlanta challenged that it was an incomplete pass, but the play was upheld. Four plays later, Freeman handed off to Earnest Graham and he found John Gilmore in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown, extending Tampa Bay's lead to 24-14. Atlanta's Eric Weems returned the ensuing kickoff, dodging several would-be tacklers along the sideline, a club-record 102 yards for a touchdown, which stood following a challenge by the Bucs to determine if Weems stepped out of bounds. The Falcons got the ball back after a punt and Ryan orchestrated a 10-play, 67-yard drive to recapture the lead. Facing a 3rd-and-20 from his own 23, Ryan hooked up with Roddy White for a 25- yard gain. Consecutive runs by Turner set up a 3rd-and-1 from the Tampa Bay 43. Ryan's pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez hit the turf, but defensive pass interference moved the chains. Another personal foul against Tampa Bay gave Atlanta a first down at the 16. Ryan completed a short toss to Ovie Mughelli before Jenkins' TD catch. Freeman guided the Buccaneers to the Atlanta 27, but he was intercepted by Grimes on the first play following the two-minute warning. "Sometimes you've got to find a way to win a game when you're not at your best," said Atlanta head coach Mike Smith. "We obviously didn't play our best ballgame today. We were down by 10 points with about 10 minutes to go, but we talk all the time about being resilient and that somebody has to step up and make a play. The play today was the play of our kickoff return team. It was a great individual effort by Eric Weems, but there was also very good blocking that sprung him for the touchdown." Turner's five-yard touchdown run staked Atlanta to a 7-0 lead, but a six-yard dash to the end zone by Tampa Bay rookie running back LeGarrette Blount tied the game with 25 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Facing a 3rd-and-10 from the Tamp Bay 17, Ryan threw a swing pass to Mughelli, who turned the corner and scored to put the visitors back on top. Ryan was picked off by Sean Jones on Atlanta's next possession inside the two- minute warning, and the Buccaneers converted the turnover into a one-yard TD pass from Freeman to rookie wideout Mike Williams with 15 seconds left before halftime.