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NFL roundup: Jackson's punt return pushes Eagles past Giants

Philadelphia 38, NY Giants 31

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Eagles have found several ways to deal the New York Giants heartbreaking defeats over the years, and they added another one to the list on Sunday. There was "The Fumble" in 1978, and there was Brian Westbrook's punt return in 2003. On Sunday, with these teams tied for the NFC East lead, it was the electric DeSean Jackson, whose 65-yard punt return on the game's final play lifted Philadelphia to a 38-31 victory over New York in one of the most memorable games in the NFL this season. It was much more than just Jackson's return, though. The Eagles (10-4) trailed 24-3 at halftime and by 31-10 with 8:17 to play, but Michael Vick spearheaded a remarkable comeback to once again make his case for league MVP. Vick led three touchdown drives totaling 220 yards in only 4:39 of time to tie the game, and he resembled the Vick of old, totaling a season-high 130 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown. He also threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns while leading Philadelphia to 344 second-half yards. The Eagles now have a one-game lead over the Giants (9-5) in the division and hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their two victories over New York this season. Eli Manning threw for 289 yards and tied a career-high with four touchdown passes, but New York scored only seven second-half points to have their three-game win streak snapped. Mario Manningham had two touchdown catches and finished with 113 yards on eight receptions, but it wasn't enough to help the Giants avoid their sixth straight loss -- including playoffs -- to their bitter divisional rival.

New England 31, Green Bay 27

Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - In the end, inexperience cost him. Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, but indecision in the final minute allowed New England to come away with a 31-27 victory over the Packers. Flynn was playing in place of Aaron Rodgers, who sat because of a concussion suffered last week, and looked like a veteran quarterback at times. He completed 24-of-37 throws and had the Packers deep in Patriots territory with a little more than a minute to play. But a failure to quickly call a play with time winding down left Flynn scrambling, and Tully Banta-Cain sacked him from behind to force a fumble and end the game. Tom Brady passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Aaron Hernandez in the fourth quarter, to help the Patriots (12-2) earn a sixth consecutive victory. The Packers (8-6) suffered a second straight defeat and fell further behind Chicago in the NFC North race.

Dallas 33, Washington 30

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - David Buehler's 39-yard field goal in the final minute of the game led the Dallas Cowboys to a 33-30 win over the Washington Redskins in an NFC East battle at Cowboys Stadium. Jon Kitna had two touchdowns passes and finished the game with 305 yards on 25-of-37 passing for the Cowboys (5-9), who rebounded from a loss to Philadelphia last week to win for the fourth time in six games under head coach Jason Garrett. Jason Witten had 10 catches for 140 yards and a score, Miles Austin caught a touchdown and Buehler went 4-for-5 on field goal attempts with three extra points. Rex Grossman was 25-for-43 with 322 yards along with four touchdowns and two interceptions as the Redskins (5-9) rallied from a 20-point deficit, but fell for the fourth straight week. Santana Moss finished the game with eight catches for 72 yards and two scores. Grossman started the game as head coach Mike Shanahan announced on Friday that he was benching regular starter Donovan McNabb for the rest of the season.

Atlanta 34, Seattle 18

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-35 passes as Atlanta used a third-quarter surge to rout Seattle, 34-18, at Qwest Field. Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Jason Snelling all caught a TD pass for the Falcons (12-2), who clinched a playoff spot prior to the contest due to the Giants' disheartening loss to the Eagles, and extended their lead in the NFC South to two games over New Orleans, which lost to Baltimore earlier Sunday. Michael Turner added 82 yards on 25 carries and Jonathan Babineaux recorded a defensive touchdown for Atlanta, which reeled off their eighth straight victory -- their most in one season since taking the final nine games of the 1998 campaign. Matt Hasselbeck didn't last three quarters, and threw for 71 yards and two interceptions on 10-of-17 passing. Charlie Whitehurst finished the game 8- of-16 for 83 yards and ran for a score for the Seahawks (6-8), who suffered their fourth loss in five games but remained tied atop the NFC West after the Rams lost to Kansas City earlier in the day. Marshawn Lynch posted 60 yards and a TD on 12 carries while Mike Williams had 66 yards on eight receptions in defeat.

Oakland 39, Denver 23

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Raiders scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to edge the Denver Broncos 39-23 at Oakland Coliseum. Jason Campbell threw for 238 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-26 passing with two interceptions and Darren McFadden rushed for 119 yards on 20 carries for the Raiders (7-7), who swept the season series with Denver. Sebastian Janikowski converted three field goals for the victors. Tim Tebow, in his first NFL start, completed just 8-of-16 passes for 138 yards and a score, but led the Broncos in rushing with 78 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Brandon Lloyd caught four passes for 79 yards and a score for Denver (3-11), which has dropped five straight. Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in the loss.

NY Jets 22, Pittsburgh 17

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez scrambled for a game-tying touchdown and the New York Jets scored 12 unanswered points to snap a two-game losing streak with a 22-17 win over Pittsburgh. The Jets defense bent, but didn't break as Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a drive in the final 2:08 of the game. Roethlisberger threw incomplete into the end zone on a 10-yard pass after time expired. Pittsburgh took a 17-10 lead on the first series of the second half, but Sanchez scored on a bootleg to tie the game and the Jets (10-4) moved ahead in the fourth quarter on Nick Folk's 34- yard field goal and a safety. The Steelers (10-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped, dropping their first game since a loss to New England on November 14. Roethlisberger ran 22 yards for a first down and completed passes of 29 yards to Emmanuel Sanders, 18 yards to Mike Wallace and 16 yards to Antonio Brown to take the Steelers from their own 8-yard line to the New York 10. But his throw to tight end Matt Spaeth in the left side of the end zone with zeroes on the clock wasn't close to being completed.

Carolina 19, Arizona 12

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Jimmy Clausen won his first game and John Kasay kicked four field goals as the Carolina Panthers took a 19-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Clausen, the 48th pick in this year's draft out of Notre Dame, went 13-for-19 with 141 yards and a touchdown pass to help the Panthers (2-12) snap a seven-game losing streak. Jonathan Stewart ran for 137 yards on 27 carries, while Jeff King caught the touchdown pass. John Skelton threw for 196 yards on 17-of-33 passing with an interception as the Cardinals (4-10) failed to build on last week's 43-13 dismantling of Denver and lost for the eighth time in nine games. Steven Breaston scored the lone Arizona touchdown when he recovered a Tim Hightower fumble in the end zone late in the game.

Cincinnati 19, Cleveland 17

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cedric Benson rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as the Cincinnati Bengals snapped a franchise-long 10-game losing streak after edging the Cleveland Browns, 19-17, at Paul Brown Stadium. Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards on 14-of-23 completions for Cincinnati (3-11), which hadn't won since a 20-7 decision at Carolina on September 26. Clint Stitser kicked four field goals and Andre Caldwell caught four passes for 89 yards in the victory. Colt McCoy completed 19-of-25 throws for 243 yards with two touchdowns for the Browns (5-9), who have dropped four of their last six contests. Brian Robiskie and Robert Royal each caught TD passes in defeat.

Indianapolis 34, Jacksonville 24

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Donald Brown rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown and Peyton Manning and the Colts showed why the AFC South still goes through Indianapolis with a 34-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Manning threw for 229 yards with two touchdowns passes to Austin Collie, and the defense held Jacksonville's stout running attack to a mere 67 yards. Indianapolis (8-6) spoiled the Jaguars' chance to clinch the division, and now its the Colts who control their own postseason fate. David Garrard, dealing with a hamstring injury that limited him at practice this week, had 294 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Jacksonville (8-6), which had won five of six coming in. Mike Thomas returned a punt for a touchdown but also lost a key fumble in the defeat.

Buffalo 17, Miami 14

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes to help the Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins, 17-14, at Sun Life Stadium. Fitzpatrick connected on 16-of-26 tosses for 223 yards with one interception. Steve Johnson had 69 yards and a touchdown on six receptions for the Bills (4-10). Chad Henne completed 33-of-45 passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Dolphins (7-7), who were officially eliminated from playoff contention while falling to 1-6 at home. Miami's Dan Carpenter missed four field goals, including a 48-yarder that could have tied the game with under two minutes left in regulation.

Kansas City 27, St. Louis 13

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Cassel completed 15-of-29 for 184 yards and a touchdown in his return to the lineup to guide Kansas City to a 27-13 triumph over St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome. Thomas Jones carried 22 times for 62 yards and a touchdown and became the 25th back in league history to eclipse the 10,000-yard rushing plateau. Jamal Charles ran 11 times for 126 yards and a score for the Chiefs (9-5), who maintained their one-game lead over San Diego in the AFC West. Sam Bradford connected on 21-of-43 throws for 181 yards and joined Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan as the only rookies in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in their rookie campaign as the Rams (6-8) temporarily fell a half-game behind Seattle for the lead in the NFC West. Steven Jackson carried 19 times for 67 yards and a score for St. Louis, which lost a 34th straight game when trailing at the half.

Detroit 23, Tampa Bay 20 (OT)

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dave Rayner drilled a 34-yard field goal with 9:51 left in overtime, and the Detroit Lions snapped their NFL-record 26-game road losing streak with a 23-20 win over Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium. The Lions' overtime push came mostly on the ground as Maurice Morris rushed four times for 35 yards and ended the game with 109 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Drew Stanton was solid in his fourth career start for the Lions (4-10), completing 23-of-37 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. He also conducted a 58-yard game-tying drive at the end of regulation, with Rayner's 28-yard field goal tying the game as time expired. The Lions were able to build off a rare NFC North victory over Green Bay last Sunday and have now won back-to-back games for the first time since 2007 when they started the season 6-2. Josh Freeman looked to have completed his sixth fourth quarter comeback by charging the Buccaneers (8-6) down the field for a Connor Barth 26-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the game. But Detroit came back and the Bucs' loss put them on the outside looking in at the final NFC wild card playoff spot. Freeman was 21-of-32 for 251 yards and a touchdown, while LeGarrette Blount rushed for 110 yards and a TD on 15 attempts.

Tennessee 31, Houston 17

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Kerry Collins passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans snapped a six-game losing streak with a 31-17 victory over the Houston Texans. Collins threw touchdown passes to Nate Washington and Justin Gage in the first quarter and Chris Johnson scored on an 11-yard run to give the Titans a 21-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. Johnson rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries, while Kenny Britt caught six passes for 128 yards to help Tennessee (6-8) to its first win since October 24 over Philadelphia. Matt Schaub was 35-of-53 for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Texans (5-9), who fell to 1-7 in their last eight games. Arian Foster rushed 11 times for just 15 yards in the loss.

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