|Sunday's NFL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:05|
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Charles Woodson returned a fumble 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as the Green Bay Packers rallied to beat the Washington Redskins 17-14 in soggy conditions at Lambeau Field on Sunday.|
Corey Williams stripped Santana Moss on an end-around late in the third quarter. Woodson picked up the ball and ran to the end zone.
Green Bay won despite an off day from the league's top passing offense and Brett Favre, who became the NFL's career interception king with an errant pass picked off by Redskins safety Sean Taylor in the third quarter.
On the Packers' first possession after halftime, Favre's pass hung in the air, and Taylor recovered to make a leaping catch near the sideline.
It was the 278th interception of Favre's career, breaking a tie with George Blanda for the NFL record. The dubious mark comes two weeks after Favre surpassed Dan Marino's career record for touchdown passes and a month after Favre broke John Elway's record for most career victories for a starting quarterback.
Vikings 34, Bears 31
CHICAGO (AP) - Adrian Peterson showed the Bears why he was the first running back taken in this year's draft with an electrifying, record-setting rushing performance and three touchdowns. Still, the Vikings needed a 55-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell on the final play.
After Chicago's Brian Griese hit Devin Hester for an 81-yard TD pass to tie the game with 1:38 left, Peterson came through again. He returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the Bears 38. Then Longwell floated a kick that just cleared the crossbar for his longest pro field goal.
Peterson finished with 224 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored on runs of 67, 73 and 35 yards. He broke Chuck Foreman's club-record of 200 yards rushing set in 1976.
Hester also returned a punt 89 yards for a TD in the first quarter, his third kick return for a score this season after setting an NFL record with six kick return TDs a year ago.
Bucs 13, Titans 10
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tennessee lost Vince Young, then watched the game slip away, too.
Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining won it. Tennessee had a five-game road winning streak halted after the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year limped off the field in the third quarter.
Jeff Garcia threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway less than five minutes after Young left the game. Garcia then led the Bucs (4-2) on the winning drive after the Titans (3-2) tied the score on LenDale White's 2-yard run with 1:17 left.
Tampa Bay, which rebounded from a lopsided loss to Super Bowl champion Indianapolis, has already matched its victory total for last season.
Chiefs 27, Bengals 20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Tony Gonzalez set the NFL record for touchdown catches by a tight end and the Chiefs rolled up an impressive - for them - 354 total yards.
The first sign that things would improve on offense for the Chiefs (3-3) came on their first play from scrimmage. Frustrated Pro Bowler Larry Johnson gained 9 yards, just one short of the team's entire embarrassing rushing total the week before.
Gonzalez, the eight-time Pro Bowler, caught Damon Huard's 3-yard pass in the first quarter and broke Shannon Sharpe's NFL record of 62 touchdown catches for tight ends. Then Gonzalez snared a 26-yard scoring pass from Huard in the fourth period and wound up with 102 yards receiving.
Johnson, who had not scored a touchdown after sitting out all of training camp, got 119 yards on 31 carries against a defense that had been giving up 152 yards on the ground. After his fumble cost the Chiefs a touchdown in the second quarter, he dropped to his knees on the sideline and bowed his head for several minutes. A couple of minutes later, after an interception, Johnson slipped into the end zone on an 8-yard run.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (1-4), but could not make up for a suspect defense further weakened by the loss of linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Rashad Jeanty and the suspension of cornerback Johnathan Joseph. It was the fourth straight loss for the Bengals, who have gone 1-7 since being 8-5 last year and holding a one-game lead in the wild-card chase.
Jaguars 37, Texans 17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - David Garrard threw two touchdown passes and Maurice Jones-Drew had 260 all-purpose yards, as the Jaguars won their fourth straight.
Jacksonville (4-1) got a rare rout against the team that has caused it the most headaches in recent years. Houston, which had won four of the previous six meetings between the AFC South clubs, essentially knocked the Jaguars out of playoff contention in 2004 and 2006.
Houston (3-3) provided a real test, especially since Jacksonville was coming off big road wins at Denver and Kansas City and has a Monday night matchup against Indianapolis up next.
The Jaguars dominated this one, and it could have been worse had they not fumbled three times. The turnovers kept it close until the final quarter.
Jones-Drew had a 7-yard TD run early in the fourth period, making it 23-9. Paul Spicer sacked Matt Schaub on the ensuing possession, causing a fumble that Daryl Smith picked up and ran 77 yards to seal it.
Ravens 22, Rams 3
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Ravens forced Rams QB Gus Frerotte into six turnovers and Matt Stover kicked five field goals. Willis McGahee had a 6-yard touchdown run for the Ravens, who built a 13-0 lead at halftime and coasted. It was the first time this season Baltimore (4-2) won by more than seven points.
Kyle Boller went 17-for-29 for 185 yards as a replacement for an injured Steve McNair. Boller was operating behind an offensive line that started three rookies because of injuries to Jonathan Ogden, Mike Flynn and Adam Terry.
Playing a second straight week in place of an injured Marc Bulger, Frerotte threw a career-high five interceptions and lost a fumble. He left with just over a minute left after being hit hard on an incomplete pass.
Baltimore converted the turnovers into 12 points, and that was more than enough to beat a St. Louis team that has been outscored 159-73 this season. The last time the Rams started 0-6 was in 1962, when the franchise was in Los Angeles.
Eagles 16, Jets 9
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Donovan McNabb threw for 278 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis. Brian Westbrook ran for 120 yards, and David Akers kicked three field goals as the Eagles (2-3) improved to 8-0 all-time against the Jets (1-5). The Eagles are 9-0 in games after the bye under coach Andy Reid.
After having a week off following their loss to the Giants in which McNabb was sacked 12 times, the Eagles protected their quarterback and allowed three sacks.
McNabb finished 22-of-35, and Curtis caught five passes for 121 yards.
The Jets, wearing the navy and blue uniforms of their previous incarnation, the New York Titans, had a chance to tie it late, but Sheldon Brown knocked away Chad Pennington's pass in the end zone intended for Laveranues Coles.
Browns 41, Dolphins 31.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns handed the Dolphins a franchise-record ninth consecutive loss. The Browns (3-3) scored on three of their first four possessions to go up 17-3 before Leigh Bodden intercepted Cleo Lemon's pass. Derek Anderson turned it into a 24-yard touchdown throw to Braylon Edwards on the next play.
After the Dolphins (0-6) pulled within 27-24 in the third quarter, Anderson threw his second and third TD passes of the game to Edwards to put it out of reach.
The Dolphins, who lost their last three of 2006, snapped the team mark of eight consecutive defeats set during the 1967 season. Cam Cameron remained winless as an NFL head coach. It was also the sixth road loss in a row for the Dolphins.
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