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Sunday, 21 October 2007 14:29
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 HOUSTON (AP) -Rob Bironas made an NFL-record eight field goals, with a 29-yarder as time expired the winner in the Tennessee Titans' wild 38-36 victory over the Houston Texans.
Bironas also connected from 52, 43, 25, 21, 30, 29 and 28 yards to break the previous record of seven field goals held by four players. His 26 points also established a mark for a kicker in one game.
The kick foiled a spirited comeback by the Texans (3-4), who scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sage Rosenfels to Andre' Davis to take a 36-35 lead with 57 seconds remaining.
The Titans (4-2) faced a third-and-10 at their 37 when Kerry Collins found Roydell Williams on a 46-yard pass that set up the winning kick.
Houston starter Matt Schaub missed big chunks of the first half and the entire second half with ankle and hip injuries. Rosenfels accounted for four of Houston's six turnovers, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.
But his touchdown passes of 6 yards to Kevin Walter and 7 to Jeb Putzier got Houston close. The Texans recovered an onside kick that set up Davis' touchdown.
Patriots 49, Dolphins 28
MIAMI (AP) - Tom Brady was flawless, even returning to the game to throw a team-record sixth touchdown pass. Brady's TD total exceeded his career high of five, set last week against Dallas.
Brady now has 27 TD passes after seven games. The NFL record is 49 set by Peyton Manning in 2004. If Brady maintains his current pace over 16 games, he would finish with 61.
Brady completed his first 11 passes for 220 yards and four scores, including throws of 35 and 50 yards to Randy Moss. His other touchdown passes covered 14 and 16 yards to Wes Welker, 30 to Donte Stallworth and 2 to Kyle Brady.
Willie Andrews returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to help the Patriots lead 42-7 at the half.
The Patriots improved to 7-0 for the first time in their 48-year history, while the drubbing was the biggest downer yet for the Dolphins, who fell to 0-7 for the first time in their 41 seasons.
Miami lost its 10th consecutive game, extending a franchise record, and lost running back Ronnie Brown to a knee injury in the third quarter. He came in leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage.
Bears 19, Eagles 16
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Desperately needing a victory to stay in the NFC hunt, Chicago's Brian Griese connected with Muhsin Muhammad for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 9 seconds left.
The Bears didn't even need Devin Hester to bail them out of jam with an explosive return. Instead, the final, thrilling drive was all Griese.
The Bears (3-4) were pinned on the 3-yard line with 1:57 left. Griese completed a series of short passes over the middle. And Hester, the dynamic kick returner shut down on special teams by the Eagles (2-4), had a 21-yard catch that brought Chicago to the 15. Then Muhammad made his winning catch in the back of the end zone.
Before that, Robbie Gould kicked four field goals for the Bears and David Akers made three for Philadelphia.
Cowboys 24, Vikings 14
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Chris Canty swatted a potential go-ahead field goal by Minnesota and Pat Watkins returned it 68 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.
Dallas bounced back from a lopsided home loss to New England and guaranteed itself at least two more weeks atop the NFC because of an upcoming bye. During the time off, the Cowboys can savor being 6-1 for the first time since 1995 (their last Super Bowl season) and having beaten the Vikings for the first since 1996.
Minnesota (2-4) lost for the third time in four games. Rookie Adrian Peterson followed his record-setting, 224-yard performance last week with only 63 this time.
Vikings coach Brad Childress may have done the most to slow the NFL rushing leader, giving him only eight carries after the opening drive, during which Peterson ran four times for 27 yards, including a nifty 20-yarder for a touchdown.
His final carry was a fumble near his end zone early in the fourth quarter. Dallas recovered at the 22 and wound up kicking a field goal for a 10-point lead that stood up.
Tony Romo was 31-of-39 for 277 yards, with a touchdown and a fumble.
Chiefs 12, Raiders 10
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Larry Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs beat the Raiders for the ninth straight time, winning in Priest Holmes' return from a two-year absence.
Holmes, Kansas City's career leader in yards rushing and touchdowns, was activated this week for the first time since suffering a neck injury on a vicious hit from San Diego's Shawne Merriman on Oct. 30, 2005.
Holmes entered the game on the third play of Kansas City's third drive. He caught a screen pass from Damon Huard, but was tackled by Nnamdi Asomugha for a 6-yard loss. Holmes had no other catches and rushed four times for 9 yards, gaining a key first down with under 3 minutes left and Kansas City (4-3) protecting a 12-10 lead.
It was another nail-biting finish for Kansas City against Oakland (2-4). Eight of the wins during the Chiefs' streak have been by seven points or fewer. It's the longest streak a team has had against the Raiders, who have also lost 17 straight division games.
Seahawks 33, Rams 6
SEATTLE (AP) - Nate Burleson returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a game-changing touchdown and the sputtering Seahawks (4-3) pulled away from winless St. Louis (0-7), sending the Rams to their worst start in their 70 years in the NFL.
Seattle (4-3) led 10-3 at the half, even though St. Louis had just 41 total yards. Matt Hasselbeck, the only constant in a skittish offense this season, was feeling the sting of a rib cage hit by Claude Wroten.
Then Burleson took the second-half kickoff, ran through a tackle near midfield and shook off Jonathan Wade at about the 20 for his first career kickoff score. Seattle took off from there.
Last November in the Rams' previous visit, Burleson's 90-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was a go-ahead score in a 24-22 win. Seattle has defeated its division rival five consecutive times.
Pro Bowl quarterback Marc Bulger, playing for the first time in three weeks with sore ribs, was sacked seven times, four by Darryl Tapp. Bulger fumbled three times, lost two, and finished 21-of-40 for 225 yards passing with three interceptions.
Bengals 38, Jets 31
CINCINNATI (AP) - Kenny Watson ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the best performance of his career, and the Bengals (2-4) turned the Jets' second-half meltdown into their first victory in five games.
Watson led the way, playing like a star instead of Rudi Johnson's fill-in. The seventh-year runner with a half-dozen career starts scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards in the second half, finishing off a Jets team that couldn't hold a 13-point lead or get out of its own way.
New York (1-6) has already matched its loss total from last season, when coach Eric Mangini was dubbed the ``Mangenius'' for taking a previously 4-12 team to the playoffs.
There's been nothing brilliant about their play this year.
Chad Pennington, the main target of New York fans' wrath, put the Jets ahead with touchdown passes of 57 and 36 yards to Laveranues Coles, showing he can still make a big play. He couldn't make any meaningful ones in a horrid second half, though as the Jets were done in by two costly pass interference penalties, a shanked punt, a personal foul for punching a downed runner, a botched snap and Johnathan Joseph's 42-yard interception return for a touchdown that made it 38-23 with 37 seconds left.
Giants 33, 49ers 15
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Osi Umenyiora scored on a 75-yard fumble return and the New York defense helped account for 24 points as the Giants won their fifth straight.
The dynamic four-end defensive line of the Giants (5-2) had a field day against the NFL's worst offense. New York forced four turnovers by the 49ers (2-4), sacked Trent Dilfer six times and made him play with his head on a swivel while Alex Smith rested his ailing shoulder on the sideline.
Michael Strahan had his biggest sack performance since 2003 with 2 1/2 against his former defensive coordinator and current 49ers coach Mike Nolan.
Eli Manning threw touchdown passes to Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey, and Brandon Jacobs ran for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Giants.
Redskins 21, Cardinals 19
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - In a game marred by bad penalties and boneheaded mistakes, the Redskins (4-2) had the only thing resembling a normal scoring drive. But they finished the day with only 160 total yards and survived a 55-yard field goal attempt by Neil Rackers that was barely wide left with 2 seconds remaining.
Rackers' attempt was set up when the Cardinals recovered an onside kick following a touchdown and a failed 2-point conversion.
There were a combined 15 penalties for 128 yards, a blocked punt by the Cardinals and a blocked extra point by the Redskins.
And three of the game's six touchdowns were the product of interceptions.
Clinton Portis had a pair of short touchdown runs for the Redskins.
Kurt Warner, who started despite a torn elbow ligament that made it awkward to hand off, wasn't behind center for the Cardinals (3-4) when they got within 21-19. Tim Rattay entered for the play and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Pope.
Needing a 2-point conversion, the Cardinals snapped the ball directly to receiver Anquan Boldin in shotgun formation. Boldin scrambled to the right, and with nowhere to run, threw feebly toward Larry Fitzgerald. Safety LaRon Landry broke up the pass.
Lions 23, Buccaneers 16
DETROIT (AP) - The Lions scored touchdowns after Jeff Garcia's two fumbles, including wide receiver Calvin Johnson's 32-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, to beat their former teammate.
Detroit (4-2) pulled within a game of idle Green Bay in the NFC North, while Tampa Bay (4-3) lost a chance to move past idle Carolina in the NFC South.
Garcia, who played in Detroit for one forgettable season two years ago, didn't have a turnover in his first six games with the Bucs. Perhaps pressing against one of his former teams, he botched a handoff in Detroit territory in the first quarter. He also mishandled a snap on a first-and-goal when the Bucs were 1 yard from pulling within two points early in the fourth period.
Garcia finished 37-of-45 for a season-high 316 yards with two TDs and kept his streak alive without an interception, dating to last season when he was playing for Philadelphia.
Johnson, the No. 2 pick in the draft, broke a few tackles on an end-around to give the Lions a 23-7 lead with 6:28 left.
Saints 22, Falcons 16
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Reggie Bush's power running with a short pass gave New Orleans (2-4) a 4-yard touchdown to win it. Bush spun free and overpowered three Falcons and dived across the goal line on a crucial third-and-goal screen pass.
Bush threw the ball into the second deck of the Louisiana Superdome after the score. While fans chanted his name in celebration, Bush took a handoff on a 2-point conversion, raced to the sideline and dived past the pylon.
Bush finished with only 54 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving on a difficult day during which New Orleans' offense often sputtered. He also had several good gains called back on holding penalties.
Atlanta (1-6) lost more than a game. Its newest starting quarterback, Byron Leftwich, left with an injured right ankle after Saints defensive end Will Smith brought him down on a long incompletion early in the third quarter.
Bills 19, Ravens 14
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Making good on an opportunity to secure the starting job, rookie quarterback Trent Edwards went 11-of-21 for 153 yards and engineered five scoring drives for Buffalo (2-4).
Rian Lindell hit four field goals, including a 41-yarder, and Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Willis McGahee made his mark, overcoming a slow start and a booing crowd, by scoring on a 46-yard run in his first game back since the Bills traded him to Baltimore (4-3) in March. But it wasn't enough for a popgun Ravens attack that featured three rookie offensive linemen and was minus starting QB Steve McNair and tight end Todd Heap.
Boller went 21-of-36 for 191 yards in making his second straight start in place of McNair, who's nursing a sore back and groin injury.
 

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