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|Sunday, 16 November 2008 13:02|
Cincinnati's Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field goal with 7 seconds left in overtime, falling to the ground as the ball sailed a few inches wide to the right. It was a fitting way to end a game played like the very definition of a tie. Despite all the shanked punts and trick plays, this one went nowhere.
It was the first tied game in the NFL since Nov. 10, 2002, when the Falcons and Steelers finished 34-34 with Michael Vick and Tommy Maddox matching each other pass for pass. In this one, the teams matched each other gaffe for gaffe.
The Eagles (5-4-1) have yet to win a close game this season, going 0-4 with a tie in games decided by less than a touchdown. McNabb had a big hand in this one, matching his career high with three interceptions and setting up 10 of Cincinnati's points.
but only the Bengals (1-8-1) got close enough to try a field goal.Considering what went on the previous three hours, no one was surprised when Graham, 6-for-6 this season from 40-49 yards away, sliced it just outside the right upright for the second tie in franchise history.
The Eagles' defense had eight sacks.
Giants 30, Ravens 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Not even Ray Lewis and the Ravens' league-best rushing defense could avoid becoming the Giants' latest victims. Bruising Brandon Jacobs pounded his way into the end zone on a pair of 1-yard runs and the Giants' league-leading running attack ran for 207 yards - New York's third straight 200-yard game.
Aaron Ross iced the game by returning one of his two interceptions 50 yards for a third-quarter touchdown as the Giants (9-1) won their fifth straight game overall, and sixth straight at home.
Lawrence Tynes added a short field goal after a 77-yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw for the final score. Tynes got the nod over veteran John Carney, who was inactive on the windy day despite leading the league with 90 points.
The Ravens (6-4) came in allowing an average of 65.4 yards and had won four straight. The only good news was they extended their streak of not allowing an individual 100-yard rusher to 29 games. Bradshaw finished with 96 yards on nine carries.
Panthers 31, Lions 22
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The one-two punch of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart dazzled with a record setting day on the ground for Carolina. Stewart rushed for a career-high 130 yards and a touchdown, Williams added 120 yards and two more scores.
The Panthers (8-2) won their fourth straight game by setting a team record with 264 yards rushing in the first time two of their backs rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. Carolina surpassed last year's win total and stayed atop the NFC South.
Daunte Culpepper, returning to the scene of his career-changing knee injury three years ago, got the Lions (0-10) within 24-22 on his 1-yard plunge with 6:05 left. Culpepper called his own number again on the 2-point conversion try, but was stopped short of the goal line as Jon Beason grabbed his facemask.
No penalty was called, and the Lions quickly folded to keep their chances of becoming the league's first winless team over 16 games.
Rookie Kevin Smith rushed for a career high 112 yards, while Culpepper threw for 207 yards and a touchdown.
Bucs 19, Vikings 13
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Garcia threw for 255 yards without an interception and scrambled for two first downs on a time-consuming go-ahead field goal drive in the fourth quarter.
Garcia completed 23 of 30 passes. He moved the Bucs 69 yards in 13 plays, burning nearly 9 minutes off the clock to take a 16-13 lead on Matt Bryant's third field goal.
Minnesota fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, Tampa Bay (7-3) recovered and Bryant added his fourth field goal for a six-point lead with 3:30 to go. The Vikings (5-5) had two opportunities to put together a winning drive, but turned the ball over on downs with 2:24 left and lost a fumble on their final possession.
Bryant had field goals of 39, 26, 29 and 26 yards, and B.J. Askew scored the Bucs' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Adrian Peterson ran for 85 yards on 19 carries through three quarters, but his bid for a fifth consecutive 100-yard game fell short when the Vikings ran just eight plays - none runs by the NFL's leading rusher - in the fourth quarter.
Broncos 24, Falcons 20
ATLANTA (AP) - Jay Cutler threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Graham with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, handing the Falcons their first loss of the season at home.
Michael Turner scored on a 28-yard run to put Atlanta ahead 20-17 with just under 11 minutes left, but the Broncos (6-4) pulled out their second straight road victory. Atlanta (6-4) had won its first four games at the Georgia Dome and four of five overall.
all three of their projected starters at linebacker. Spencer Larsen started at both middle linebacker and fullback, the first player in team history to pull off that double.
He also opened the game on special teams.
The Denver defense loaded up on the line and held Turner to 81 yards on 25 carries. Rookie QB Ryan finally showed his age, throwing his first interception at home, and his final bid at rallying the Falcons slipped through the hands of top receiver Roddy White in the end zone.
Ryan completed 20 of 33 passes for 250 yards, and White had five receptions for 102 yards - his fifth 100-yard game of the season. But he couldn't pull in the one that really mattered.
Colts 33, Texans 27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning spent one half deciphering the Houston defense. He spent the final two quarters cutting it up.
The two-time league MVP led Indianapolis on four straight scoring drives in the second half, wiping out two Houston leads. Indy (6-4) won its third straight, a season best, as it stayed near the top of the muddled mass battling for the AFC's two wild-card spots.
For Manning, it seemed like old times. He took advantage of every opportunity, finished 30-of-46 for 320 yards with two touchdowns, and magnificently mixed the run and pass in the second half when Houston (3-7) couldn't keep up with the Colts.
Joseph Addai ran for 105 yards and one TD, his first 100-yard day since November 2007. Marvin Harrison caught nine passes for 77 yards and another score and Indy produced a season-high 474 yards in offense.
Houston's defense was flummoxed as it wasted Steve Slaton's big day. Slaton ran 14 times for 156 yards, a franchise record for a rookie, and scored on a 71-yard run, the longest in team history. But the Texans still lost their third straight.
Packers 37, Bears 3
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Ryan Grant finally hit his stride, rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown.
The win boosts the playoff hopes of the Packers (5-5), now tied atop the NFC North with the Bears and Vikings by one game in the NFC North standings. It also was the Packers' first home victory over the Bears since Lovie Smith took over as Chicago's coach.
Kyle Orton started at quarterback for the Bears after sitting out last Sunday's game with a sprained right ankle. But Orton was outplayed by Aaron Rodgers, who completed 23 of 30 passes for 227 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Orton was 13-of-26 for 138 yards, completing only two passes to a wide receiver against the Packers' strong secondary. Orton appeared to take a shot in the leg from Aaron Kampman in the first quarter and was limping at times throughout the game.
Orton fumbled with the Bears trailing 27-3 in the fourth quarter, and defensive end Jason Hunter returned the ball 54 yards for a touchdown - the Packers' ninth return touchdown and seventh defensive touchdown of the season - a franchise record.
Dolphins 17, Raiders 15
ins earned their fourth consecutive victory. The Dolphins have been good closers all season, outscoring opponents 59-39 in the fourth quarter.
Johnnie Lee Higgins scored on a 93-yard punt with 4:30 left to give the Raiders their first lead, but Miami shook off the stunning score. Chad Pennington moved the Dolphins downfield in 10 plays, completing a 7-yard pass on fourth-and-5 to Ted Ginn Jr. to keep the drive alive.
With the win, the Dolphins (6-4) set up a showdown at home next Sunday against AFC East rival New England. Both teams trail the division-leading New York Jets by one game.
Oakland (2-8) lost its fourth in a row, and Tom Cable fell to 1-5 as interim coach. The Raiders generated only two field goals on offense, and scored two points when Jay Richardson sacked Chad Pennington for a safety.
Saints 30, Chiefs 20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Drew Brees, directing the NFL's top-ranked offense, threw for 266 yards and one touchdown against the league's worst defense.
Lance Moore had eight catches for 102 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown strike. It was the first victory in five road games for the Saints (5-5), who haven't played in their own stadium since Oct. 12 and had to count a win in London over San Diego as a home game.
Tyler Thigpen's second touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe brought the Chiefs (1-9) within seven points with 13:54 left. But Brees led the Saints on a time-consuming, 12-play drive capped by Garrett Hartley's third field goal, a 35-yarder, to make it a 10-point game.
A moment later, Thigpen was intercepted by Usama Young, ending a string of 161 straight passes without a pick. The former seventh-round draft pick, making his fifth start, was 19-of-38 for 235 yards and two TDs. He was also sacked four times, including twice by defensive end Jeff Charleston.
Running back Larry Johnson, who had been benched three games by the Chiefs and suspended one by the league, had 67 yards on 19 carries. Johnson also fumbled twice. But the Chiefs, who have only one victory in their last 19 games and were missing four injured starters on defense, recovered both.