Tampa Bay 17, Washington 16
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman threw the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 17-16 win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
Donovan McNabb hit Santana Moss for a six-yard touchdown pass in the final minute, but a botched snap on the extra point with 13 seconds left on the clock allowed Tampa Bay to seal the victory.
Freeman connected on 15-of-25 passes for 266 yards, hitting Kellen Winslow for the 41-yard go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes, then rushing for the two- point conversion. Connor Barth went three-for-three on field goal attempts for Tampa Bay (8-5), which snapped a two-game skid.
LeGarrette Blount rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries and Arrelious Benn caught four passes for 122 yards in the win.
McNabb threw for 228 yards on 22-of-35 passing with two touchdowns and Ryan Torain finished with 172 yards on 24 carries for Washington (5-8), which has dropped three straight. Moss caught seven passes for 82 yards.
San Diego 31, Kansas City 0
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers had two touchdown passes as the San Diego Chargers took a 31-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West battle. With the win, San Diego (7-6) moved to one game back of Kansas City (8-5) for the top spot in the division. San Diego's final three games are against San Francisco, Cincinnati and Denver, all sub-.500 teams, while the Chiefs face St. Louis, Tennessee and Oakland, three teams also with losing records. Rivers finished the contest 18-for-24 with 226 yards, one interception and a lost fumble while Matt Tolbert and Ryan Mathews each had a rushing touchdown as the Chargers won for the fifth time in the last six games. Malcolm Floyd caught both touchdown passes and finished the game with four catches for 51 yards. Brodie Croyle started in place of Matt Cassel, who underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday and was ruled out on Saturday. Croyle was just 7-for-17 with 40 yards to fall to 0-10 as a starter as the Chiefs had a three-game winning streak snapped. Kansas City's offense was stymied all day as it managed just 67 yards, five first downs and the only time it was in San Diego territory was when Tamba Hali recovered a Rivers fumble at the San Diego 37 in the third quarter.
San Francisco 40, Seattle 21
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Smith threw for three touchdowns without an interception as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Seattle Seahawks, 40-21, at Candlestick Park. Smith connected on 17-of-27 passes for 255 yards, and Jeff Reed was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts for San Francisco (5-8), which still remains in the hunt for the NFC West title. Brian Westbrook caught six passes for 87 yards and a score while rushing for 23 yards on nine carries. Vernon Davis accounted for 70 yards and a TD on five catches in the win. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 285 yards with two scores on 27-of-42 passing, but his four interceptions were the deciding factor for Seattle (6-7), which has lost three of four.
Miami 10, NY Jets 6
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Chad Henne found Brandon Marshall for the game's only touchdown in the first quarter, as the Dolphins pulled out a gritty 10-6 win over the New York Jets in rainy conditions at New Meadowlands Stadium. The Dolphins (7-6) were out-gained in yards, 286-131, but took advantage of two Mark Sanchez turnovers in the opening quarter to come away with their third straight road win against their AFC East rival. Henne was a woeful 5-of-18 for 55 yards and lost two fumbles in the win, while Sanchez finished 17-of-44 for 216 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. The Jets (9-4) have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.
Arizona 43, Denver 13
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Kicker Jay Feely made up 25 of Arizona's 43 points, rushing for his first career touchdown run to go with five field goals in the Cardinals' 43-13 win over Denver at University of Phoenix Stadium. Rookie John Skelton made his first career start, throwing for 146 yards on 15-of-37 passes, as the Cardinals (4-9) got their first win against the Broncos while also snapping a seven-game slide. Tim Hightower rushed for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for the victors. Meanwhile, Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville didn't have much of a honeymoon period, losing his first career game as a head coach. Studesville was promoted due to the abrupt end of Josh McDaniels' regime, as he was fired on Monday after suffering three straight losses and posting an 11-17 record in his two seasons at the helm -- the worst record in nearly four decades of any Broncos coach who lasted at least one season. Kyle Orton had a terrible outing, throwing three interceptions while only completing 19- of-41 passes for 166 yards for Denver (3-10). Knowshon Moreno compiled 113 yards from scrimmage and had a rushing touchdown in the loss.
Atlanta 31, Carolina 10
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Michael Turner ran for three touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons continued their quest for the top seed in the NFC with a 31-10 victory over the lowly Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
Turner finished with 112 yards on 28 carries.
Matt Ryan completed 20-of-34 passes for 227 yards with one touchdown in the win, Atlanta's seventh straight since losing at Philadelphia on October 17.
The Falcons (11-2) entered play with a one-game lead over New Orleans in the NFC South. The Saints are currently battling St. Louis.
Atlanta can secure the conference's first playoff spot if Dallas beats the Eagles later Sunday or the Giants lose to Minnesota on Monday.
Jonathan Stewart carried the ball 18 times for 133 yards and Mike Goodson added 70 yards on the ground for the Panthers (1-12).
Carolina rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen connected on 14-of-24 tosses for 107 yards.
Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 7
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley both returned Carson Palmer interceptions for touchdowns to carry the Pittsburgh Steelers over the downtrodden Cincinnati Bengals, 23-7, in a battle between the best and worst of the AFC North at Heinz Field.
The Steelers (10-3) maintained the top spot in the division despite not scoring an offensive TD, as their defense held the bottom-dwelling Bengals to 190 total yards en route to a fourth straight victory.
Cincinnati (2-11) has now lost 10 straight, its longest skid since opening the 1993 campaign 0-10.
Ben Roethlisberger, playing with a bandage around the nose he broke in last week's critical win over Baltimore, connected on 21-of-33 throws for 258 yards, 115 of which going to Hines Ward on eight hookups.
Palmer continued his disastrous season with three interceptions to up his season total to 18, ending with 178 yards and a score on 20-of-32 attempts.
Detroit 7, Green Bay 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Drew Stanton threw for the game's lone touchdown late in the fourth quarter for what proved to be the winning score as Detroit downed Green Bay, 7-3, in a defensive struggle at Ford Field.
Stanton ended the game with 117 yards on 10-of-22 passing with two interceptions for the Lions (3-10), who broke a five-game losing streak. Maurice Morris had 51 yards on 11 carries while Calvin Johnson had one catch for 44 yards in the win.
Meanwhile, the Packers (8-5) lost their All-Pro signal caller Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion during the contest. Rodgers has shined in the series, coming into the game with a 5-0 record, throwing 14 touchdowns and a 105.3 passer rating. Instead, he found himself on the sideline for the entire second half after the injury.
Rodgers scrambled up the middle and was hit from behind by Landon Johnson with 2:43 left in the first half. Matt Flynn replaced Rodgers and completed 15- of-26 passes for 177 yards while getting picked off once for Green Bay, which has lost two of its last three.
Jacksonville 38, Oakland 31
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a 30-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift the AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars to a hard-fought 38-31 win over the Oakland Raiders at EverBank Field.
David Garrard threw for 159 yards on 11-of-22 completions with three touchdowns and one interception, while Jones-Drew rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries for Jacksonville (8-5), which has won five of its last six. Rashad Jennings picked up 109 yards on the ground and ran for a 74-yard score in the victory.
Jacksonville maintained its one-game lead over Indianapolis, which defeated Tennessee on Thursday, for first place in the AFC South.
Jason Campbell completed 21-of-30 throws for 324 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders (6-7), who have dropped three of their last four contests. Darren McFadden rushed 16 times for 123 yards and two scores and also added a 67-yard receiving touchdown in defeat.
Buffalo 13, Cleveland 6
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for the only touchdown of the game in the first half to help the Buffalo Bills earn a 13-6 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Fitzpatrick was 14-of-23 for 142 yards while Fred Jackson had 29 carries for 112 yards for the Bills (3-10), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Rian Lindell kicked two field goals and David Nelson caught a score for the second straight week.
Jake Delhomme, making his third straight start, threw for just 86 yards on 12- for-20 passing and had an interception with a lost fumble for the Browns (5-8), who came into the game riding a two-game winning streak. Peyton Hillis totaled 108 yards on 21 carries, but fumbled the ball three times, losing one.