Published October 14, 2014
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Colin Kaepernick passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns as the San Francisco 49ers overcame an early deficit to rally past the St. Louis Rams, 31-17, in an NFC West showdown on Monday night. The second best passing effort of Kaepernick's career overshadowed a rocky start, as the Rams jumped out to a 14-0 lead. San Francisco scored 24 straight points after that, however, thanks in large part to a momentum-shifting touchdown at the end of the first half. Trailing 14-3 less than 30 seconds before halftime, Brandon Lloyd put a double move on Janoris Jenkins and turned up the left sideline. Kaepernick hit him in stride, and the speedy receiver turned on the jets and sprinted to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown. Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree also caught TD passes for the 49ers (4-2), who have won three straight following a two-game slide. Kaepernick improved to 4-0 in his career on Monday Night Football. Austin Davis completed 21- of-42 passes for 236 yards, a touchdown and an interception for St. Louis (1-4).
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
Final Score: New England 37, Buffalo 22
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Bills played their first game under new ownership Sunday, but the New England Patriots continue to own the Bills on the field. Tom Brady was 27-of-37 for 361 yards and threw four touchdown passes, including a pair to Brandon LaFell in the fourth quarter that sealed the visiting Patriots' 37-22 win. The Patriots (4-2) beat the Bills for the 21st time in the last 22 meetings and their latest triumph gave them sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Kyle Orton completed 24-of-38 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Buffalo (3-3), which has lost three of four after opening the season 2-0. Terry Pegula and wife Kim were unanimously approved as new owners of the Bills earlier in the week.
Final Score: Cincinnati 37, Carolina 37 (OT)
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Nugent and Graham Gano each kicked field goals in overtime, but Nugent missed a potential game-winner as the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers played to a 37-37 tie. Nugent opened the extra session with a 42-yard kick, and his counterpart Gano knotted the score with a 36-yarder on Carolina's possession. Cincinnati took over with just over two minutes to play in OT, and Andy Dalton's 24-yard completion to James Wright near the right sideline set up Nugent's attempt with four seconds to play, which was pushed wide right as the clock hit zero. Gano forced overtime with a 44-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. Dalton completed 34-of-44 passes for 323 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions for the Bengals, who were coming off a humbling loss to the Patriots in New England. Giovani Bernard shook off a shoulder injury to ran for 137 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati (3-1-1) had its 11-game regular- season home win streak come to an end. Cam Newton had his best effort for the season for Carolina (3-2-1), compiling 391 total yards -- 284 passing and 107 rushing -- with three total touchdowns. Newton, who has battled injuries, only had 42 rush yards for the season entering Sunday.
Final Score: Cleveland 31, Pittsburgh 10
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Tate rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cleveland Browns past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-10, on Sunday. Brian Hoyer completed 8-of-17 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown, Jordan Cameron hauled in three catches for 102 yards and a touchdown and Isaiah Crowell ran for 77 yards and a score on 11 carries for the Browns (3-2), who ended a string of four straight losses to the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger, who entered the game with an 18-1 record as a starter against Cleveland, was held to 228 yards on 21-of-42 passing with a touchdown and interception for Pittsburgh (3-3), which gave up 31 straight points after the first quarter. Le'Veon Bell rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries, Antonio Brown caught a game-high 118 yards on seven catches and Lance Moore caught a 26-yard score in the loss.
Final Score: Green Bay 27, Miami 24
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers engineered a game-winning drive, faking a spike on one key completion and throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining to lift the Green Bay Packers to a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Andrew Quarless' touchdown catch capped a 60-yard drive and came after Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill led three straight second-half touchdown drives for the lead before the Dolphins were forced to punt on their fourth possession. Rodgers beat his old offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin, who helped develop the Packers quarterback but is now in his third year as coach of the Dolphins. Green Bay (4-2) rallied for its third straight win and Miami (2-3) came out of a bye week with a near- upset.
Final Score: Detroit 17, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Led by a stout defense that had eight sacks and three interceptions, the Detroit Lions overcame continued kicking problems to take a 17-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Stafford was a pedestrian 19-for-33 for 185 yards and one touchdown while Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown for the Lions (4-2), who bounced back from last week's three-point loss at home to Buffalo. That loss was due in large part to three missed field goals from Alex Henery, which led the Lions to release him and bring in their third kicker of the season in Matt Prater. Playing for the first time since serving a four-game suspension and being cut by the Broncos, Prater made a 52-yard field goal but missed two more attempts. Detroit kickers have now missed 10 field goals on the season. Detroit won the game despite missing two star offensive weapons in wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, both of whom sat out with ankle injuries. Teddy Bridgewater returned to action after missing last week with a sprained ankle, but was harassed all day by the Detroit defense and finished the game 23-for-37 for 188 yards and three interceptions for the Vikings (2-4), who have dropped their past two games.
Final Score: Denver 31, NY Jets 17
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning had a far better showing than his last trip to MetLife Stadium. Although it took him a little while to get going. Manning tossed three touchdown passes, inching him closer to Brett Favre's all-time record, and the Denver Broncos held off the New York Jets 31-17 on Sunday afternoon. Manning's previous game in East Rutherford began with an errant snap that resulted into a safety. It never got better for the Broncos as they were trounced 43-8 by Seattle in the Super Bowl last February. Manning was intercepted twice, finishing 34-of-49 for 280 yards and a touchdown. It was a different story Sunday. Despite being sacked twice and hurried countless other times in the first one-and-a-half quarters, Manning still ended 22-of-33 for 237 yards. Demaryius Thomas had 10 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown, while Julius Thomas caught four passes for 51 yards and two scores for Denver (4-1), which has won two straight since its Week 3 loss at Seattle. Ronnie Hillman, filling in for an injured Montee Ball, carried the ball 24 times for 100 yards in the triumph. Geno Smith completed 23-of-43 passes for 190 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rookie second-round tight end Jace Amaro hauled in 10 balls for 68 yards and a score for the Jets (1-5), who have dropped five straight since a Week 1 win against Oakland.
Final Score: Baltimore 48, Tampa Bay 17
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Flacco threw for career-high five touchdowns in a near-flawless performance that propelled the Baltimore Ravens to a 48-17 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Flacco ended each of Baltimore's first five possessions with scoring strikes as the Ravens (4-2) roared out to a 38-0 halftime lead. The Super Bowl XLVII MVP finished the day with 306 yards and no interceptions on a 21-of-29 completion rate. Torrey Smith caught two of Flacco's touchdown passes and Steve Smith had another while amassing 110 yards on five receptions. Justin Forsett added 111 yards on the ground on just 14 carries for a Baltimore offense that bounced back strongly from last week's sluggish performance in a loss at Indianapolis. Mike Glennon put up a personal-best 314 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-44 passing for Tampa Bay (1-5), though most of the damage came with the outcome already decided in the second half. The second-year quarterback was intercepted once and sacked five times while under heavy pressure for much of the game. Louis Murphy had seven catches totaling 72 yards and a touchdown in the lopsided defeat, with Mike Evans recording four receptions for 55 yards and garnering Glennon's other TD pass.
Final Score: Tennessee 16, Jacksonville 14
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Succop connected on three field goals and the Tennessee special-teams unit came up with a game-saving field-goal block in the final seconds, as the Titans escaped with a 16-14 decision over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6 action. With Jake Locker inactive due to a thumb injury, Charlie Whitehurst finished 17-of-28 for 233 yards for the Titans (2-4), who did just enough to put an end to a four-game losing skid since a season-opening win at Kansas City. Bishop Sankey totaled 61 yards on 18 carries, Justin Hunter added 77 yards on three catches and Jackie Battle's rushing score accounted for the hosts' lone touchdown. Blake Bortles threw for 336 yards and a late score to Clay Harbor on 32-of-46 attempts for the Jaguars (0-6), who have dropped the first six games of a season for the second consecutive year. Cecil Shorts led all receivers with 103 yards and 10 receptions, with Storm Johnson adding another TD on the ground.
Final Score: San Diego 31, Oakland 28
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Branden Oliver's 1-yard touchdown run put San Diego ahead, and an interception by Jason Verrett sealed the outcome in a 31-28 Chargers victory over the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West Week 6 clash. Philip Rivers ended up with 313 yards and three TDs on 22-of-34 passing for the Chargers (5-1), winners in five straight after losing at Arizona to begin the year. Oliver racked up 101 yards on 26 carries, Malcom Floyd totaled 103 yards and a score on five catches, while Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates added a scoring reception apiece. Derek Carr threw for a career-best four touchdowns and 282 yards on 18-of-34 attempts for the Raiders (0-5), who played their first game under interim head coach Tony Sparano, who took over after Dennis Allen was fired on Sept. 29. The Raiders have now lost 11 consecutive games dating back to last season. Andre Holmes clocked in with 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just four catches, Darren McFadden totaled 80 yards on 14 carries, with James Jones and Brice Butler adding a TD grab each in defeat.
Final Score: Arizona 30, Washington 20
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes in his return, helping the Arizona Cardinals post a 30-20 victory over the struggling Washington Redskins. Palmer, sidelined for the past three games with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, completed 28-of-44 passes for 250 yards. Larry Fitzgerald had 98 yards and a touchdown on six receptions as the Cardinals (4-1) beat the Redskins for the first time since Nov. 5, 2000, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the series. Washington (1-5) committed four turnovers in the fourth quarter, including three interceptions by Kirk Cousins.
Final Score: Chicago 27, Atlanta 13
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Forte rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chicago Bears to a 27-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Jay Cutler completed 26-of-38 passes for 381 yards and a touchdown, while Forte also added 77 yards on 10 catches for the Bears (3-3), who snapped a two-game skid. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall totaled 136 and 113 receiving yards, respectively, and Josh Morgan had a receiving touchdown in the win. Matt Ryan threw for 271 yards on 19-of-37 passing with a touchdown and an interception and Antone Smith had a 41-yard receiving score for Atlanta (2-4), which lost its third straight game.
Final Score: Dallas 30, Seattle 23
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarco Murray made history on Sunday, and the Dallas Cowboys did the impossible by going into CenturyLink Field and handing the Seattle Seahawks a 30-23 defeat for just the second time at home during the Russell Wilson era. Murray joined Jim Brown as the only running backs in NFL history to surpass 100 rushing yards in six straight games to start the season. His go-ahead touchdown run with 3:16 to play gave the Cowboys the lead, Seattle turned the ball over on downs and Dan Bailey kicked a 31-yard field goal to make it a seven-point game. The Seahawks got the ball back with just over a minute left, but Wilson was picked off by Rolando McClain to confirm the outcome. Murray carried 29 times for 115 yards, leading Dallas (5-1) to its fifth straight win following a Week 1 setback against San Francisco. The Cowboys last won five in a row in 2007. Tony Romo threw for 250 yards and found each of his tight ends, Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar, for a touchdown apiece.
Final Score: Philadelphia 27, NY Giants 0
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - LeSean McCoy got back on track and the Philadelphia Eagles finally put it all together in a 27-0 rout of the New York Giants on Sunday night. It was Philadelphia's first shutout win since Dec. 1, 1996 against the Giants. McCoy, who won the NFL rushing title last year with 1,607 yards, had been limited to 273 yards on the ground entering Week 6. But the Pittsburgh product exploded for 149 yards on 22 carries on Sunday. Nick Foles completed 21-of-34 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Eagles (5-1), who are tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys came away with an impressive 30-23 win over the Seahawks in Seattle earlier Sunday. Philadelphia's defense sacked Eli Manning six times, with linebacker Connor Barwin accounting for half of those sacks. The Eagles, who wore all-black uniforms for the first time, ended with eight sacks overall. It was a painful loss for the Giants, who watched star wide receiver Victor Cruz suffer a torn patellar tendon in his right knee in the third quarter. Additionally, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left the game with back spasms.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
Final Score: Indianapolis 33, Houston 28
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton lit up the Texans secondary and the Indianapolis Colts held off a Houston comeback to earn a 33-28 victory in a matchup of the top two teams in the AFC South. Thursday games this season had been decided by an average of 29 points, and it appeared another blowout was on tap when the Colts jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Houston, though, fought back and pulled within 33-28 when the incomparable J.J. Watt returned a botched shotgun snap 45 yards for a touchdown. The Texans had two possessions inside five minutes remaining and both times lost fumbles, and the Colts (4-2) survived to win their fourth straight game. Luck threw for 370 yards with touchdown passes to Ahmad Bradshaw, Coby Fleener and Hilton, who finished with nine receptions for 223 yards, one shy of the franchise's single-game record. Arian Foster gained 141 yards from scrimmage and ran for two touchdowns for Houston (3-3), which has dropped three of its last four. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, but both lost critical fumbles down the stretch.