|Sunday's NFL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 23 September 2007 14:06|
The 57-yard completion to Greg Jennings, with just over two minutes remaining, tied Marino's all-time NFL record for career TD passes and rallied the Packers past the San Diego Chargers for a 31-24 victory Sunday.
Favre's 38th career fourth-quarter comeback came one series after the Chargers' defense stopped Favre and the undefeated Packers (3-0) cold on fourth-and-goal.
It spoiled a breakout game for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who started 15-for-15 to tie Dan Fouts' franchise record for consecutive completions. Rivers drove the Chargers to take the lead in the third quarter.
Favre finished 28-of-35 for 369 yards and three touchdowns.
The Chargers (1-2) have lost as many games as they did in the entire regular season last year.
Eagles 56, Lions 21
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Donovan McNabb threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, Kevin Curtis had 221 yards receiving and three scores and the Eagles earned their first win. In a stunning offensive display, the Eagles (1-2) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and had a franchise-record 42 points in the first half. It was their most points scored since a 56-17 victory at the Chicago Cardinals in 1953.
Brian Westbrook had 110 yards rushing, 111 more receiving, and scored three TDs before leaving in the third quarter with injured ribs.
The Lions (2-1) failed to earn their first 3-0 start in 27 years.
Ravens 26, Cardinals 23
BALTIMORE (AP) - Kurt Warner orchestrated a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback, only to be outdone by another backup quarterback.
Kyle Boller moved the Ravens into position for Matt Stover's winning 46-yard field goal as time expired.
The Ravens (2-1) led 20-3 at halftime and 23-6 entering the fourth quarter, but struggled in the final 15 minutes for the second straight game. Warner rallied the Cardinals (1-2) to a tie at 23 with 1:50 left.
That left it up to Boller, who replaced an ailing Steve McNair in the fourth quarter. Starting at the Baltimore 20, Boller went 5-for-5 for 32 yards, and the Ravens benefited from a questionable personal foul call on safety Adrian Wilson to get into position for Stover's kick.
Colts 30, Texans 24
HOUSTON (AP) - Joseph Addai ran for two touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri added three field goals to lead the Colts (3-0) past the injury-ravaged and mistake-prone Texans.
Houston (2-1) entered the game without star receiver Andre Johnson, who sprained his knee last week, and lost running back Ahman Green to a knee injury on the first series of the second quarter. Backup Ron Dayne was inactive because of bruised ribs, so the Texans had to rely on third-stringer Samkon Gado for the rest of the game.
Steelers 37, 49ers 16
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Tomlin's record after three games as Steelers coach is the same as Bill Cowher's was in 1992. Perfect.
Pittsburgh played nearly error-free for the third week in a row, with Allen Rossum returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Willie Parker running for 133 yards in a defense-driven victory.
The Steelers shut down the 49ers the same way they did the Browns (34-7) and the Bills (26-3) the last two weeks, allowing no big plays and repeatedly coming up with key third-down stops.
The 49ers (2-1) had won their last three road games.
Jets 31, Dolphins 28
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Chad Pennington left no question whether his injured right ankle was completely healed. Showing no ill effects from the injury that sidelined him last week, Pennington threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as he consistently moved the offense.
Leon Washington returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score, and Thomas Jones had his first big game for the Jets (1-2) by rushing for 110 yards on 25 carries.
At 0-3, Cam Cameron is off to the worst start for a first-year Miami coach since George Wilson dropped his opening five games with the AFL expansion team in 1966.
Patriots 38, Bills 7
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady and Randy Moss team up for touchdowns as if they've played together all their lives.
Brady threw two of his four scoring passes to his new deep threat, and the Patriots (3-0) rolled to their third straight rout.
They've combined for five touchdowns and 403 yards, as Moss became the first receiver in NFL history to gain at least 100 yards receiving in each of his first three games with a new team. Moss, obtained from Oakland in a draft-day trade, finished the day with five catches for 115 yards.
The Bills (0-3) lost quarterback J.P. Losman to a knee injury when he was sacked and lost a fumble on his third play.
Buccaneers 24, Rams 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hard-hitting safety Jermaine Phillips and reserve cornerback Phillip Buchanon intercepted passes as the revamped Bucs throttled St. Louis' struggling offense.
ead at the half.
St. Louis (0-3) remained winless despite finally getting Steven Jackson involved in an offense that's suddenly found it difficult to score. The fourth-year running back had 115 yards on 30 carries and caught four passes for 18 yards.
Chiefs 13, Vikings 10
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Damon Huard, giving up on getting any production from Larry Johnson, hit rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass. The Chiefs (1-2) beat Minnesota (1-2) to avoid what would have been just their second 0-3 start in 27 years.
Johnson, still chipping away rust following his 25-day holdout and dogged by a defense focused on him, was held to 42 yards on 24 carries. At one point in the third quarter, the two-time Pro Bowler lost yardage on three consecutive carries against a Minnesota defense stacking eight and sometimes nine men in the box.
So the Chiefs turned to Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez and Bowe, their first-round draft pick last April, to fuel their only sustained drive of the day. The 12-play, 84-yard march ended when Bowe beat Cedric Griffin in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard catch.
Jacksonville 23, Denver 14
DENVER (AP) - Fred Taylor rushed for 84 yards as the Jaguars (2-1) controlled the clock for nearly 39 minutes in shutting down the league's top tailback and its most prolific offense.
Denver's Travis Henry ran just 11 times for 35 yards. The Broncos (2-1), who piled up 911 yards in their first two games, managed just 265. The Broncos had no choice but to go to the air in the fourth quarter, and Sammy Knight sealed the win with his first interception for Jacksonville in the closing minutes.
Trailing 20-14, the Broncos decided to go for it on fourth-and-5 from their own 9 with 4:20 remaining. Tight end Daniel Graham dropped a potential first down pass and then spiked it in frustration, giving the Jaguars the ball at the 4. John Carney's third short field goal, this one from 18 yards, provided the final margin.
Seahawks 24, Bengals 21
SEATTLE (AP) - Nate Burleson caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck with 1 minute remaining to rescue sputtering Seattle.
Glenn Holt then got hit with a flying shoulder from Lance Laury while returning the ensuing kickoff. Deon Grant recovered the fumble with 54 seconds remaining to seal the win for Seattle (2-1).
Kenny Watson, subbing for ineffective and then injured Rudi Johnson, ran 8 yards with 2:42 left to rally the Bengals to a 21-17 lead. T.J. Houshmandzadeh tied his career high with 12 catches and had 141 yards receiving with a touchdown for the Bengals (1-2), who lost for the 31st time in 43 trips to the West Coast.
The Seahawks began the ensuing drive at their 40, and Hasselbeck's 15-yard pass to Burleson put Seattle in Cincinnati territory. On fourth-and-1 with 1:41 to go, Shaun Alexander - who finished with 100 yards on 21 carries - ran 14 yards off tackle to the 22 to set up the go-ahead score.
Raiders 26, Browns 24
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A week after a late timeout wiped out Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning kick for Oakland, first-year coach Lane Kiffin successfully used the same strategy to help the Raiders win when Tommy Kelly blocked Phil Dawson's last-second field goal attempt.
The Browns (1-2) drove from their own 9 to the Oakland 23 in the final 1:04 without a timeout to set up Dawson's 40-yard try. Right before the snap, Kiffin called timeout just as Denver coach Mike Shanahan did to him a week ago in the Broncos' overtime win.
Like Janikowski a week ago, Dawson split the uprights with the kick that did not count. His attempt when it did was low and blocked by Kelly, setting off a midfield celebration by the Raiders following their first win since last Oct. 29 against Pittsburgh.
LaMont Jordan for 121 yards and a go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter after Daunte Culpepper relieved an injured Josh McCown to lead the Raiders (1-2). McCown threw a 41-yard TD pass to Ronald Curry in the first half and Janikowski made all four field goal attempts.
Panthers 27, Falcons 20
ATLANTA (AP) - The Carolina Panthers overcame a 361-yard, two-touchdown performance by Joey Harrington and an injury to Jake Delhomme, taking control after Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall lost his cool.
DeShaun Foster rushed 122 yards and scored a couple of TDs, but Carolina (2-1) may have lost its quarterback for a while. Delhomme injured his throwing arm in the third quarter and didn't return.
Atlanta (0-3) went ahead 17-10 on Harrington's second TD pass, a 13-yarder to Alge Crumpler early in the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage after the Falcons' go-ahead touchdown, Delhomme went deep down the sideline for Smith. Clearly beaten, Hall dragged down Smith for a 37-yard interference penalty. On the next play, Hall gave Smith a shove to the upper chest, drawing a 15-yard personal foul. Then, after Delhomme was sacked, Hall drew an unsportsmanlike penalty for continuing to jabber at Smith.
Delhomme took advantage with a tying 5-yard scoring pass to Jeff King. Hall even appeared to get into it with his own coach, Bobby Petrino, before being dragged away by a couple of teammates.
Giants 24, Redskins 17
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - A Giants defense that had allowed 80 points in its first two games allowed only 83 yards after halftime, and stopped Washington on four plays from first-and-goal at the 1 in the final minute.
New York (1-2) scored the game's final 21 points and rallied from a two-touchdown deficit.
Plaxico Burress, who had three drops and no catches in the first half, had five receptions for 86 yards in the second for the Giants - including a 33-yard catch-and-run in which he put a move on Carlos Rogers before outrunning Sean Taylor to the end zone.
The Redskins (2-1) drove for a chance to tie in the final minutes. A 27-yard punt return by Antwaan Randle El put the ball at New York's 35 with 2:19 to play. Jason Campbell kept the drive alive with a 15-yard pass to Santana Moss on fourth-and-8, and a 20-yard strike to Randle El put the ball at the 1. But the Redskins couldn't finish the job.
Reuben Droughns scored on a pair of 1-yard runs - New York's first rushing touchdowns of the season - and Mathias Kiwanuka had a pair of sacks - doubling the defense's output for the year. Eli Manning completed 21 of 26 passes for 232 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.