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It took a fluke play for the two-touchdown underdog to pull off the stunner. The Rams got one at the perfect time in the first half.
The Redskins (4-2) overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit and appeared set to win their fifth straight game when Clinton Portis' 2-yard run with 3:47 left gave Washington a 17-16 lead. But Marc Bulger hit Donnie Avery down the right sideline for a 43-yard gain on third-and-13 to move into field goal territory.
goal of the game.
Two weeks ago, the Rams (1-4) looked like a team in need of a massive federal bailout. Instead, they fired coach Scott Linehan, reinstalled Bulger as the starting quarterback and used their bye week to get out of the dumps.
Texans 29, Dolphins 28
HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Schaub threw interceptions on Houston's first two possessions, but ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 3 seconds left. The Dolphins (2-3) had knocked down consecutive passes in the end zone before Schaub ran for the score. The 2-point conversion failed, but Houston had enough points.
That drive was kept alive when Andre Johnson caught a 23-yard pass on fourth-and-10.
Houston (1-4) got its first win in dramatic fashion a week after blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in a 31-27 loss to the Colts.
Ronnie Brown's 6-yard run with less than 2 minutes remaining gave Miami the lead. Chad Pennington was intercepted by Eugene Wilson moments earlier, but Wilson fumbled on the return and Miami recovered, giving the Dolphins a new set of downs to set up Brown's score.
Falcons 22, Bears 20
ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Elam made the most of his second chance, kicking a 48-yard field goal on the final play.
ad for the first time when Kyle Orton hit Rashied Davis on a 17-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining. Robbie Gould booted through the extra point that gave Chicago a 20-19 lead.
But the surprising Falcons, coming off an upset of the Packers in Green Bay, weren't done. With many fans heading for the exits, Gould pooched the ensuing kickoff, and Harry Douglas managed a 10-yard return to the Atlanta 44.
Rookie Matt Ryan calmly threw a 26-yard pass to Michael Jenkins along the left sideline with 1 second left. After a short delay to allow officials to confirm the replay that Jenkins' catch was good, Elam made the winning kick.
The Falcons erupted in a playoff-like celebration near the middle of the field. Rookie coach Mike Smith lifted Ryan in the air. Elam was swarmed over by his teammates, having atoned for his miss with his fifth field goal of the game.
Six games into what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, Atlanta already has matched its win total from a forgettable 2007 season.
Vikings 12, Lions 10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A questionable pass interference penalty on Leigh Bodden put Minnesota's woeful offense in position for a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell with 9 seconds to go.
tte threw deep down the sideline for Aundrae Allison, and the ball fell incomplete. But Weir whistled cornerback Bodden for pass interference despite what appeared to be minimal contact.
Bodden was livid, but the 42-yard penalty gave the Vikings the ball at the Detroit 26. Longwell converted five plays later.
Frerotte finished with 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but the Vikings were so bad offensively against one of the worst teams in the league that thousands chanted ``Fire Childress!'' throughout the second half at coach Brad Childress.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 111 yards, but lost two fumbles. Bernard Berrian had five catches for 131 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown that cut Detroit's lead to 10-9 in the third quarter.
Making the first start of his career, Dan Orlovsky threw for 150 yards and a touchdown for Detroit, which lost for the 11th time in a row in the Metrodome. His blunder in the first quarter when he ran out of bounds in the end zone for a safety ultimately cost the Lions.
Buccaneers 27, Panthers 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Garcia longed for another chance to show he's the right quarterback for the Buccaneers. The three-time Pro Bowl selection got it Sunday and delivered exactly what the Bucs were looking.
He completed a high percentage of passes, managed the offense and - most of all - protected the football.
t time since the season opener because Brian Griese is injured, threw for 173 yards and a touchdown. Warrick Dunn had his most productive day running the ball since rejoining the Bucs with 115 yards on 22 carries.
The victory, Tampa Bay's first at home against the division rival Panthers since 2002, gave the Bucs (4-2) a share of first place in the NFC South with Carolina (4-2).
Rookie Geno Hayes blocked a punt and returned it 22 yards for Tampa Bay's first touchdown. The defense did its job, too, intercepting Bucs nemesis Jake Delhomme three times, setting up a touchdown and stopping two other promising drives.
Eds: Colts 31, Ravens 3
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison, a third to Reggie Wayne, and the Colts sputtering offense finally got itself righted, against the Ravens' top-ranked defense.
The Colts (3-2) played with the precision, efficiency and passion coach Tony Dungy had been seeking, and they delivered their best overall performance in months.
Harrison caught two TD passes in a game for the first time since Dec. 24, 2006. Indy did that even after losing Pro Bowl running back Joseph Addai (hamstring) in the first quarter and third-string running back Mike Hart (knee) in the second quarter.
e numbers could have been even better had the Colts not shut things down late.
Baltimore (2-3) was simply overwhelmed. Rookie QB Joe Flacco had three interceptions, lost a fumble, was sacked four times and botched a handoff that Ray Rice fell on.
Saints 34, Raiders 3
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees put on a clinic JaMarcus Russell would be wise to study. Connecting on 87 percent of his throws, Brees passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns.
Oakland's Tom Cable spent his NFL head coaching debut watching in frustration as Russell completed only 13 of 35 passes for 159 yards, while throwing an interception and fumbling.
Reggie Bush scored two TDs on a 3-yard run and 15-yard reception. His 21-yard reception in the first quarter gave him 200 catches through the first 34 games of his young career, tying him with Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin as the quickest NFL players to reach 200 receptions.
Oakland (1-4), which finished with 226 total yards, had a tough time running as well. After holding Minnesota's Adrian Peterson to 1.5 yards per carry a week ago, the Saints (3-3) were able to contain the Raiders' trio of Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush, who combined for only 74 yards.
Jets 26, Bengals 14
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Thomas Jones ran for two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder late in the game, and caught a pass from Brett Favre for a score.
(3-2) improved to 3-0 in games immediately following a bye under coach Eric Mangini, but this one was far from easy. With New York holding a 20-14 lead late in the game, the Jets needed a 10-play, 41-yard drive by Favre that ate up the clock and sealed the victory over the Bengals (0-6).
Facing third-and-4 from the Bengals 7, Favre hit Chris Baker for 6 yards. Jones followed with a 1-yard rumble into the end zone with 2:22 left.
Favre, coming off a six-touchdown performance in a 56-35 victory over Arizona, wasn't nearly as explosive. He finished 25-for-33 for 189 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Jones had his first career three-TD game for the Jets, wearing their navy and gold throwback New York Titans uniforms for the second straight game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing for the injured Carson Palmer, couldn't get much going for the Bengals. He was 20-of-33 for 152 yards as Cincinnati dropped to 0-6 for the third time since 2000.