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 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -Ronnie Brown and the lowly Miami Dolphins ended the Patriots' record winning streak at 21 and made New England's defense look as shaky as its Tom Brady-less offense Sunday.
Brown scored a team record four touchdowns rushing and threw for another - with four of the scores coming on direct snaps to the running back - as Miami stunned New England 38-13.
The loss ended the Patriots' NFL mark that began after a 21-0 loss to the Dolphins on Dec. 10, 2006 in which Brady was sacked four times. It also ended New England's chance for a second straight unbeaten regular season.
The Dolphins, who lost their first 13 games last year and finished 1-15, won for just the second time in 22 games. It was the first victory for first-year coach Tony Sparano, and it was a stunner.
lay in their other two games.
And New England didn't have the injured Brady to lead a winning comeback as he's done 28 times in the fourth quarter.
Brown gained 113 yards on 17 carries and the Dolphins outgained the Patriots 461 yards to 216.
Bills 24, Raiders 23
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Bills overcame a sloppy start to produce a second straight fourth-quarter comeback victory.
Rian Lindell hit a 38-yard field goal as the clock ran out. Trent Edwards engineered three scoring drives in the final quarter, helping the Bills twice overcome 9-point deficits in the last 8 minutes.
Edwards finished 24-of-39 for 279 yards and a touchdown a week after he rallied the Bills to a 20-16 win at Jacksonville. That the victory came against the hard-luck and dysfunctional Raiders (1-2) didn't matter for a Bills team off to its first 3-0 start since 1992.
The defeat spells trouble for Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, who is on the hot seat after Oakland opened the season with a 41-14 loss to Denver. Kiffin got a reprieve after a 23-8 win at Kansas City last weekend.
Kiffin waited a split second too late to call timeout in an attempt to freeze Lindell before the Bills snapped the ball. Kiffin was spotted on the sideline attempting to call timeout and then watching Lindell's kick split the uprights.
6, Bengals 23, OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Giants (3-0) are off to their best start since 2000. John Carney kicked a 22-yard field goal with 8:39 left in the extra session.
The play that set up the winning kick was a 31-yard pass from Eli Manning to Amani Toomer down the left sideline on a third-and-10 from the Bengals 38. It was difficult to tell whether Toomer got both feet in bounds. The Giants hustled to the line of scrimmage and handed the ball to Derrick Ward for a 3-yard run to the Bengals 4, precluding a video review.
The NFL official in the press box conceivably could have seen that the play was OK, and opted to let it stand.
Carney kicked four field goals for New York. Brandon Jacobs scored on 1-yard run and Manning, who was 26-of-43 for 289 yards, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss to seemingly give New York a 23-20 victory with 1:50 to play.
However, the Bengals (0-3) drove 71 yards and got a 21-yard field goal from Shayne Graham on the final play of regulation.
There were three scores in the final 4:39. A 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer to T.J. Housmandzadeh gave Cincinnati a 20-16 lead. Then the Giants went 68 yards in nine plays to retake the lead.
But Palmer drove the Bengals again to set up Graham's tying field goal.
Buccaneers 27, Bears 24, OT
AP) - Brian Griese set up Matt Bryant's winning 21-yard field goal in overtime with a 38-yard pass to Antonio Bryant.
After blowing a 14-point lead in a 20-17 loss at Carolina last week, the Bears (1-2) couldn't protect a 24-14 advantage in the fourth quarter.
The Buccaneers got a 35-yard field goal from Bryant with 3:11 left, and Griese orchestrated a 79-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:49, hitting Jerramy Stevens with a 1-yard pass in the closing seconds of regulation.
After Tampa Bay (2-1) punted in overtime, Rashied Davis dropped a third-down pass at the Buccaneers 35. Tampa Bay then took over at its 7 and had third-and-9 at the 8 when Griese hit Stevens with a 2-yard pass.
There was a pileup and Charles Tillman jumped in late, leading to an unnecessary roughness penalty that gave the Buccaneers a first down at the 24. Tampa Bay was at the Chicago 44 when Antonio Bryant beat Nathan Vasher for a 38-yard pass that set up the winning field goal.
Traded by the Bears in the offseason, Griese refused to take shots at his former team during the week. The veteran threw a whopping 67 passes, completing 38 for 407 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in his second straight start.
Vikings 20, Panthers 10
return for a touchdown right before halftime spurred the Vikings, handing the Panthers their first defeat.
Replacing Tarvaris Jackson after a pair of woeful games by the offense, Gus Frerotte might have helped save the season for Minnesota (1-2) by completing 16 of 28 passes for 204 yards, with a touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe. The 37-year-old wasn't very sharp in the first half, but he made some crisp throws down the stretch to keep the Vikings in front.
Steve Smith gave Delhomme the downfield threat he missed during his two-game suspension for punching teammate Ken Lucas, but his first three receptions and 60 yards all came in the first 17 minutes - until a 10-yard grab late in the fourth quarter. Delhomme finished 17-for-29 for 191 yards, but he was never in rhythm.
Jared Allen and Kevin Williams each sacked him to end a desperation drive shortly before the 2-minute warning. The swarming Minnesota defense held Carolina to 49 yards rushing, and the Panthers were flagged 12 times for 67 yards.
Titans 31, Texans 12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - LenDale White ran for two touchdowns, Kerry Collins threw for another and Tennessee rolled to improve to 3-0 for only the third time in franchise history.
still in Houston and playing as the Oilers. They have beaten the team that replaced them in Houston seven straight times and 11 of the 13 games in this series.
The Texans (0-2) wanted to provide an emotional boost to their hometown, where most people remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ike hit. The hurricane forced the postponement of the Texans' home opener.
But the Texans scored only 12 points despite getting inside the Tennessee 14 six times. The Tennessee defense sacked Matt Schaub three times, Michael Griffin had two interceptions and Cortland Finnegan sealed the victory by returning Schaub's third pick 99 yards for a TD, a franchise record.
Collins started his second straight game with Vince Young watching and the 14-year veteran threw for 189 yards, making him the 15th NFL quarterback with at least 35,000 yards passing in his career.
Houston rookie Steve Slaton scored his first pro TD on a 6-yard run and had nine carries for 104 yards in the first half with 50 coming on one carry. He finished with 117.
Redskins 24, Cardinals 17
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Carlos Rogers returned a tipped interception to Arizona's 15-yard line. Two plays later, Santana Moss took a receiver screen for a 17-yard touchdown that gave the Redskins victory.
ards with two touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception this season, and the Redskins' no-turnover day kept Warner and the Cardinals in poor field position throughout the game.
Clinton Portis ran 21 times for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Redskins (2-1), who have won two straight since coach Jim Zorn lost his debut game.
The Cardinals (2-1) had been looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 1974. But they committed their first turnovers of the season and ended a 10-game streak in which they scored 20 or more points.
Warner completed 16 of 30 passes for 192 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 109 yards and one touchdown.
Falcons 38, Chiefs 14
ATLANTA (AP) - Michael Turner ran for three touchdowns and the Falcons scored the first 24 points, giving the Chiefs their 12th straight loss.
Turner had scoring runs of 4, 1 and 2 yards, his first game with three touchdowns rushing, while leading the Falcons with 104 yards on the ground. Jerious Norwood added 75 yards rushing.
Turner's 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter gave Atlanta (2-1) a 24-0 lead.
as returned 10 yards for a touchdown with 1:01 left in the game.
Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said during the week he would turn to veteran Damon Huard if Thigpen struggled. Thigpen played the full game and was 14-for-36 passing for 128 yards with one touchdown.
 

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