Patriots 38 Chargers 14
With Camera-Gate behind them, the Patriots crushed the Chargers on Sunday night, carving up the San Diego defense for 423 yards of offense.
Tom Brady continued to look towards new target Randy Moss, who caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Adalius Thomas had an interception return for a touchdown.
Broncos 23 Raiders 20 (OT)
Jason Elam kicked the game-winner for the second week in a row as a key Broncos timeout nullified a Sebastian Janikowski field goal that would have won it for the Raiders.
The Raiders rushed the field after Janikowski nailed a 52-yard field goal at 11:13 of overtime but the officials ruled Denver called a timeout just before the snap. On the retry, Janikowski's kick hit the left upright.
The Raiders had come back from a 14-point halftime deficit to take a 20-17 thanks to a pair of Denver QB Jay Cutler miscuses that led to a safety and interception return for a touchdown.
Bears 20 Chiefs 10
The Chiefs had a chance to beat the Bears, but failed to capitalize on several opportunities.
While Chicago's offense struggled for a second straight, Devin Hester proved the punch with a 73-yard punt return for a score and also set up a field goal with another return.
Rex Grossman threw two interceptions and was sacked three times.
Ravens 20 Jets 13
Ray Lewis picked off the potential tying score in the end zone with 1:04 left to foil a Kellen Clemens' led comeback by the Jets and preserve the Ravens 20-13 win.
Clemens, named the starter for injured Jets QB Chad Pennington, was picked off twice and outdone by Kyle Boller who threw for 185 yards and two TDs subbing for banged up Baltimore starter Steve McNair.
The Ravens led 17-3 after three quarters before Clemens passed for 176 yards and marched the Jets down to the Baltimore seven-yard line before Lewis foiled the rally.
Cardinals 23 Seahawks 20
The Cardinals blew another big lead Sunday, but unlike last season's heart-breaking loss to the Bears, they recovered in time to beat the Seahawks.
Matt Leinart threw for nearly 300 yards and Edgerrin James rushed for more than 100 yards, but it was Neil Rackers' third field goal of the night with one second left that completed Arizona's comeback.
The Seahawks, who got a touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbek and a TD run from Shaun Alexander, trailed 17-0 before scoring 20 unanswered points. Rakers would erase that advantage.
Cowboys 37 Dolphins 20
This time, Tony Romo had plenty of help from his friends on the defensive side of the ball, and instead of a shootout the Cowboys rolled to an easy win.
Romo passed for two touchdowns, but it was the defense that shined, intercepting Dolphins quarterback Trent Green four times in a 37-20 win.
The Dolphins (0-2) finished with five turnovers, and managed just 61 yards rushing. Marion Barber rushed for 89 yards and scored twice on the ground for the Cowboys (2-0).
Lions 20 Vikings 17 (OT)
A sloppy game came to a sloppy end Sunday in Detroit.
After the Vikings and Lions struggled through four turnover-filled quarters, Detroit kicker Jason Hanson lined up for a potential game-winning 48-yard field goal in the final minute. The kick, though, hooked wide. On the ensuing drive, Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell hit the upright on his shot to win the game from 52 yards.
The game went to overtime, where the Vikings won the toss. Quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who replaced an injured Tarvaris Jackson earlier in the drive, fumbled a third-down snap (the 10th total turnover of the game). The Lions capitalized on the good field position, and Hanson made good on his second attempt, a game winner from 37 yards out.
Texans 34 Panthers 21
Visiting Houston fell behind early, but rallied to stun Carolina 34-21 and start the season 2-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, the Texans exploded for 31 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
Houston's Matt Schaub continued to impress at quarterback, throwing a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Andre Johnson and completing16-of-21 passes for 179 yards before intermission.
Steve Smith caught three touchdown passes for the Panthers (1-1).
Browns 51 Bengals 45
Cleveland found a cure for its struggling offense Sunday -- a dose of the Bengals' porous defense.
Cincinnati could not contain new starting quarterback Derek Anderson, who threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns as the Browns escaped with a wild 51-45 win to snap a five-game losing streak.
Jamal Lewis tacked on 216 rushing yards, and the Browns held off a furious last-minute march by the Bengals, who got six TD passes from Carson Palmer. Palmer threw two TDs each to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson, who surpassed Issac Curtis to become the team' s all-time leader in receiving yardage.
The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns in a game that featured five lead changes in the second quarter alone.
Colts 22 Titans 20
Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans have run out of magic, at least against the Indianapolis Colts.
Peyton Manning threw for 312 yards and a touchdown, and the Colts held off Tennessee for a 22-20 victory Sunday when the Titans couldn't pull off a final-drive comeback.
Young managed 184 yards and a touchdown. The Titans had the ball back with in the final minute, but couldn't get into field goal range.
Bucs 31 Saints 14
At 35, Joey Galloway isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Just ask the bewildered New Orleans Saints, who never seem to be able to catch up with Tampa Bay's speedy receiver.
Galloway caught four passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, tormenting the Saints for the sixth straight game between the NFC South rivals and leading the Buccaneers to a 31-14 victory Sunday.
The Saints (0-2) were embarrassed for the second consecutive week and have been outscored 72-24 after having one of the NFL's most explosive offenses and reaching the NFC championship game last season.
49ers 17 Rams 16
It was the kind of simple catch Dante Hall has made many times, camped under a punt, his arm waving for a fair catch.
This time, late in the fourth quarter Sunday, he dropped it. Marcus Hudson recovered for San Francisco, setting up the winning field goal in the 49ers' 17-16 win over St. Louis.
The Rams' Jeff Wilkins missed a 56-yard field goal try with 59 seconds to play, the ball falling about a yard short of the goal post.
49ers running back Frank Gore, playing just days after the death of his mother, finished with 81 yards and two touchdowns.
Steelers 26 Bills 3
Emotion, heart and enthusiasm took the Buffalo Bills a long way. Unfortunately for them, their offense couldn't help.
Willie Parker ran for a touchdown and 126 yards and Ben Roethlisberger threw for a score as the Pittsburgh Steelers controlled the clock and the tempo while pulling away from Buffalo for a lopsided victory.
It was the Bills' first game since tight end Kevin Everett badly injured his spinal cord.
The Bills, wearing T-shirts under their jerseys in honor of Everett that will be sold for charity, stood up physically to the favored Steelers for much of a game.
Packers 35 Giants 13
While the status of Eli Manning's right shoulder was the story heading into the game, Brett Favre quickly claimed the spotlight.
Favre hit his first 14 passes of the second half and threw three touchdown passes to rally the Packers to a 35-13 victory over the Giants. With the win, Favre became the winningest quarterback in NFL history.
The victory was the 149th of Favre's 17-year career and gave him one more than Hall of Famer John Elway.
Jaguars 13 Falcons 7
While it wasn't pretty, the Jaguars did what it took to get a much-needed 13-7 win against the Falcons.
The defense sacked Joey Harrington seven times and held Atlanta under 100 yards rushing.
David Garrard finished 17-of-25 for 272 yards and scrambled five times for 20 yards.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Patriots 38 Chargers 14