Published October 08, 2013
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Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Ryan was about to add another fourth- quarter comeback to his resume, but Geno Smith answered with a two-minute drill well beyond his years as the New York Jets stole a surprising 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Nick Folk's 43-yard field goal as time expired. Ryan guided the Falcons on a pair of fourth-quarter scores to erase a 27-14 deficit, the second coming on a 3-yard pass to Levine Toilolo after a defensive holding penalty kept the drive alive with two minutes remaining. Smith was undeterred, completing three straight passes for 34 total yards and scrambling for eight more to reach Atlanta's 38-yard line. A tough run by Bilal Powell on 3rd-and-3 set up Folk's game-winner. Smith, responsible for 11 turnovers over the first four games, played mistake-free and threw three touchdown passes while completing 16-of-20 passes for 199 yards in the first road victory of his young career. Jeff Cumberland had three receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown for New York (3-2), which was coming off an ugly 38-13 loss at Tennessee. Atlanta (1-4), meanwhile, has dropped three in a row for the first time since 2007 -- the year before Ryan took over under center.
(Sunday, October 6th)
Final Score: New Orleans 26, Chicago 18
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Hartley booted four field goals and Drew Brees threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints remained perfect with a 26-18 decision over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Brees was an efficient 29-of-35 with two touchdowns to Pierre Thomas for the Saints (5-0), who received 10 receptions for 135 yards from Jimmy Graham. Thomas ended up with 55 yards on nine grabs, but was limited to 36 rushing yards on 19 carries. New Orleans has won 13 straight regular-season games under head coach Sean Payton dating back to 2011, before his year-long suspension was served. Alshon Jeffery led the way with a franchise-record 218 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches for the Bears (3-2), who look to snap a two- game slide when they host the winless Giants this coming Thursday. Jay Cutler finished 24-of-33 for 358 yards and had another scoring pass to Brandon Marshall, while Matt Forte totaled 55 yards on 12 carries in defeat.
Final Score: Cincinnati 13, New England 6
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - BenJarvus Green-Ellis was no stranger to the end zone during his four seasons with New England. Now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, the running back scored the lone touchdown in Sunday's 13-6 win over the previously unbeaten Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium. Green- Ellis ran straight ahead from a yard out on fourth down with 9:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. The touchdown capped a 14-play, 93-yard drive and put the Bengals up 13-3. New England and the Tom Brady-led offense reached the red zone for the first time in the game on its next possession. Brady connected with Aaron Dobson on a crossing pattern and the rookie wide receiver broke two tackles before recovering his own fumble at the Cincinnati 17. Brady, who had his remarkable consecutive games streak with a touchdown pass snapped at 52, narrowly extended the run with a 16-yard completion to a returning Danny Amendola. Three failed attempts from the 1-yard line resulted in New England settling for a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 6:28 to play. Cincinnati looked to run the ball and chew up the remaining time, but New England defensive back Devin McCourty forced a fumble by rookie running back Giovani Bernard. Linebacker Jerod Mayo recovered at the Cincinnati 46, but the Patriots' offense failed to get a first down. The New England defense then forced a three-and-out, but Bengals cornerback Adam Jones secured the win by intercepting Brady at the Cincinnati 3. Andy Dalton completed 20-of-27 passes for 212 yards with one interception for Cincinnati (3-2), which featured a defensive unit that held Brady to under 200 yards passing. Green-Ellis, who totaled 29 touchdowns on the ground as a Patriot from 2008-11, finished with 67 yards on 19 carries.
Final Score: Green Bay 22, Detroit 9
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers had one touchdown pass and Mason Crosby connected on five field goals as the Green Bay Packers took a 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Rodgers went 20-for-30 for 274 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown strike to James Jones for the Packers (2-2), who were coming off their bye week after dropping a game to Cincinnati. Jones finished the game with four catches for 127 yards, while Eddie Lacy had 23 carries for 99 yards for Green Bay, which ran its winning streak at home against the Lions to 23 straight games. Matthew Stafford was 25-for-40 for 262 yards and a touchdown for the Lions (3-2), who were coming off wins against Washington and Chicago.
Final Score: Indianapolis 34, Seattle 28
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to another fourth-quarter comeback and helped hand the Seattle Seahawks their first loss, 34-28, in a back-and-forth tussle at Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck threw for 229 yards with two touchdown passes and guided a 14-play, 86-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended with Donald Brown barreling in for a go-ahead score. Russell Wilson, taken 74 picks after Luck was selected first overall in the 2012 draft, had a chance to keep the Seahawks from falling into the loss column but was picked off by Darius Butler as time wound down to seal Indianapolis' (4-1) third straight win. Luck's favorite target was T.Y. Hilton, who hauled in five passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns despite being covered by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman for a good portion of the Week 5 showdown. Wilson threw for 210 yards and two scores and added 102 yards on the ground to match Marshawn Lynch's rushing total. Seattle (4-1), which saw its nine-game regular season winning streak come to an end, continually settled for field goals after moving the ball into Indianapolis territory. Steven Hauschka kicked four of them and had another blocked and returned for a touchdown by Delano Howell.
Final Score: Baltimore 26, Miami 23
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining to give Baltimore the lead and Miami rookie Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard attempt in the final minute, as the Ravens held on for a 26-23 victory over the Dolphins on a sun-baked day at Sun Life Stadium. Baltimore trailed 13-6 at the intermission, but scored 17 straight points for a 23-13 lead early in the fourth. Sturgis pulled Miami within a touchdown with a 48-yard field goal with 9:38 remaining and the Dolphin defense tied the game just 95 seconds later. Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan hit Joe Flacco's arm as he went to throw and Reshad Jones picked off the floater before racing 25 yards untouched to the end zone. After a trade of punts left Baltimore with excellent field position at its own 40, Ray Rice ran twice for 12 yards and Flacco hit Torrey Smith for 14. Two more Rice carries followed by a Bernard Pierce plunge set it up for Tucker, who calmly drilled his fourth field goal to give the Ravens the lead. The Dolphins quickly faced 4th-and-10, but Ryan Tannehill found Brandon Gibson behind the Baltimore defense for a 46-yard pickup. After a spike to stop the clock, Tannehill was sacked and misfired on a third-down pass to bring on Sturgis, who pulled his attempt wide left. It was his first miss of the year. Flacco completed 19-of-32 passes for 269 yards and Rice finished with 74 yards on 27 carries with a pair of touchdowns for the Ravens (3-2), who were coming off a 23-20 loss at Buffalo and won on the road for the first time in three tries this season. Rice added six catches for 28 yards and Smith also had six catches for 121 in Baltimore's fourth straight win, including the postseason, over Miami. Tannehill connected on 21-of-40 throws for 307 yards with a touchdown, but had little help from a struggling offensive line. He was sacked six times and the line helped pave the way for a meager 22 yards rushing. Mike Wallace caught seven passes for 105 yards, but only had one catch in the second half, as Miami (3-2) has followed a 3-0 start with consecutive losses.
Final Score: Philadelphia 36, NY Giants 21
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Foles threw a pair of fourth- quarter touchdown passes in relief of an injured Michael Vick, and the Philadelphia Eagles capitalized on more turnover woes from the mistake-prone New York Giants to come through with a 36-21 victory at MetLife Stadium. Foles finished with 197 yards on 16-of-25 passing after taking over for Vick, who pulled his left hamstring late in the second quarter on a 13-yard scramble. DeSean Jackson hauled in one of the fill-in's scoring tosses as part of a 7- catch, 132-yard effort, while Alex Henery went 5-for-5 on field goals to help Philadelphia (2-3) halt a three-game losing streak. New York, on the other hand, fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1987 after committing four turnovers that were converted into 17 Eagles' points. The Giants now have a league-high 20 giveaways through five games, including 12 Eli Manning interceptions after the struggling quarterback was picked off three times in the fourth quarter. The injury-riddled Giants also saw another key player go down, with running back David Wilson exiting in the first quarter with a neck injury. Manning did accumulate 334 yards despite completing just 24-of-52 attempts and hit Rueben Randle for a pair of touchdowns in the second half. Hakeem Nicks racked up 142 yards on nine catches in the setback, while Randle put up 96 yards on six grabs. Prior to departing, Vick rushed for a team-best 79 yards on seven scrambles and went 6-for-14 for 105 yards through the air.
Final Score: St. Louis 34, Jacksonville 20
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Bradford tossed three touchdown passes to lead the St. Louis Rams to a 34-20 victory over the winless Jacksonville Jaguars at Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. Bradford completed 19-of-34 passes for 222 yards for St. Louis (2-3), which snapped a three-game losing skid thanks to a 10-day break following their 35-11 home loss to San Francisco. Austin Pettis hauled in four passes for 49 yards and a pair of scores, while rookie Zac Stacy, making his first NFL start, rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne each threw a touchdown pass for Jacksonville (0-5), which has dropped 10 in a row since beating Tennessee in Week 12 last season. Gabbert started and went 9-for-19 for 181 yards and two interceptions, but left the game with a left hamstring injury early in the third quarter. Henne finished up 7-of-13 for 89 yards. Justin Blackmon, who returned from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, had five receptions for a game-best 136 yards and a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew gained 70 yards on the ground.
Final Score: Kansas City 26, Tennessee 17
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Five games, five wins for the Kansas City Chiefs. A season after tying the worst record in franchise history, the Chiefs are off to their best start in a decade. Who saw that coming? Jamaal Charles scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 26-17 on Sunday. The Chiefs (5-0) coughed up a 13-0 first-half lead -- built in part by Marcus Cooper's touchdown on a muffed punt -- but scored 13 unanswered points to end the game, keeping coach Andy Reid unbeaten with his new team. Charles rushed for 108 yards and Alex Smith passed for 245. Charles' go-ahead touchdown came after a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Tennessee linebacker Moise Fokou, who hit Smith as he was running out of bounds on a third-down play. The Chiefs then intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick on two straight drives -- Cooper had one -- turning the picks into field goals by Ryan Succop, who kicked four in the game. Fitzpatrick started for Jake Locker, who will miss a few weeks with a sprained hip. The former Bills starter passed for 247 yards and one touchdown -- Chris Johnson's slashing 49-yard catch-and-run. Fitzpatrick also rushed for a score that gave the Titans (3-2) a 17-13 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, but they never scored again. The Chiefs, after going 2-14 last season, are 5-0 for the first time since they started 9-0 in 2003.
Final Score: Arizona 22, Carolina 6
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Rashard Mendenhall and Jim Dray scored the game's only touchdowns as the Arizona Cardinals held the Carolina Panthers out of the end zone in 22-6 victory. The Cardinals (3-2) survived three Carson Palmer interceptions with a dominant defensive effort that was highlighted by four forced turnovers, seven sacks and a safety. Daryl Washington, in his first game back from a four-week suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, finished with nine tackles, two sacks and an interception in Arizona's second straight win. Palmer threw for just 175 yards with a touchdown on 19-of-28 passing, while Cam Newton completed 21-of-39 throws for 308 yards for the Panthers (1-3), who were coming off a bye week following a 38-0 thrashing of the New York Giants. Newton did not resemble the quarterback that threw for 422 yards and totaled three touchdowns in his pro debut at University of Phoenix Stadium two years ago. He was pressured throughout and threw three interceptions while losing a fumble.
Final Score: Denver 51, Dallas 48
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Prater's 28-yard field goal as time expired gave the Denver Broncos a 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a Texas shootout at AT&T Stadium. The Broncos (5-0) had tied the game on a 1-yard touchdown run from Knowshon Moreno with 2:39 to play and Dallas (2-3) got the ball back at their own 20 with all three timeouts. On the second play, though, Tony Romo was picked off by Danny Trevathan and Denver got the ball back at the Dallas 24. After a 13-yard catch by Demaryius Thomas took the ball to the Dallas 11, Denver faced a 3rd-and-1 at the 2 and Moreno's 1-yard run gave the Broncos a fresh set of downs and caused the Cowboys to burn their final timeout. Manning then snapped the ball three times, losing nine yards but running the clock down to two seconds before calling a timeout. Prater then booted the field goal for the win.
Final Score: San Francisco 34, Houston 3
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston, we have a problem. Matt Schaub became the first quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger to throw a pick-six in four straight games, as the Texans suffered a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Schaub became the topic of debate in Houston following last week's overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. With 2:40 left in regulation, Richard Sherman picked off Schaub and raced 58 yards the other way to tie the game at 20. On Sunday, Schaub completed just 19- of-35 passes for 173 yards and three interceptions. Schaub has thrown six picks during Houston's three-game losing streak. T.J. Yates took over in the fourth quarter and connected on 3-of-5 passes for 15 yards for the Texans (2-3). San Francisco cornerback Tramaine Brock had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. Defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie had the other interception. Colin Kaepernick completed 6-of-15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers (3-2), who have won two in a row. Frank Gore carried the ball 17 times for 81 yards and a score, while Vernon Davis caught three passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: Oakland 27, San Diego 17
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrelle Pryor threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the Oakland Raiders' 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. Pryor, who missed last week's 24-14 loss to Washington with a concussion, completed 18-of-23 passes for the Raiders (2-3), who snapped a two-game skid. He also carried the ball 11 times for 31 yards. Denarius Moore caught five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown for Oakland, which saw Rod Streater catch three passes for 56 yards and a score. Rashad Jennings, filling in for an injured Darren McFadden, carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards. Philip Rivers connected on 36-of-49 passes for 411 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Chargers (2-3), who turned the ball over five times. Keenan Allen hauled in six passes for 115 yards and a score, while Vincent Brown caught eight passes for 117 yards.
(Thursday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Cleveland 37, Buffalo 24
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The wind was taken out of the sails of FirstEnergy Stadium when the homegrown Brian Hoyer exited early on. Travis Benjamin made sure to put all the energy back in it and the much- maligned Brandon Weeden helped rally his team back. Benjamin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown among his team record 179 punt-return yards in Cleveland's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills, giving the Browns their third straight triumph and best start in 12 years. So much for needing Trent Richardson. The former third-string quarterback and native of suburban Cleveland, Hoyer, who filled in for an injured Weeden and engineered back-to-back victories, exited early in the first quarter with a knee injury. Hoyer was hurt while sliding at the end of a scramble. He broke free along the right sideline and picked up a first down, but was hit from behind by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and his legs bent awkwardly underneath him. Weeden missed the previous two tilts with a sprained thumb. Last year's first-round pick entered initially to a chorus of boos and finished 13-of-24 for 197 yards and a touchdown. Josh Gordon hauled in four receptions for 86 yards and a score, while Willis McGahee ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on 26 rushes for Cleveland (3-2), which last began 3-2 in 2001 when the Browns fizzled out and finished 7-9. T.J. Ward returned an interception 44 yards for a score with 1:44 left to seal the outcome. The injury bug bit Buffalo (2-3) as well. Rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel also left with a knee injury. With the game tied 17-17 midway through the third quarter and the Bills facing a 3rd-and-8 at the Cleveland 27-yard line, Manuel eluded pressure and escaped along the left sideline for a 14-yard gain. He was hit in the right knee by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson as he was going out of bounds. Manuel immediately clutched at his knee, but walked off the field under his own power. Fred Jackson plunged in from a yard out for his second rushing score of the night four plays following Manuel's departure to give Buffalo a 24-17 cushion, but the Bills were outscored 20-0 the rest of the way.