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Sunday, 25 November 2007 13:04
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 ST. LOUIS (AP) -Rams backup quarterback Gus Frerotte fumbled the snap on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left Sunday, allowing the Seahawks to hold on for a 24-19 victory.
Frerotte picked up the loose ball but was tackled at the 5, ending a last-ditch drive and the Rams' modest two-game winning streak after an 0-8 start.
Seattle (7-4) won its third straight by rallying for 17 unanswered second-half points.
The Rams (2-9) had one last chance when Josh Brown missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with 2:44 to go. The Rams took over at their 42 and drove to the 4 with just over a minute to play.
Frerotte, playing after starter Marc Bulger left with a concussion in the first quarter, missed a wide-open Isaac Bruce on first down, then threw a 2-yard pass to Drew Bennett. On third down, Steven Jackson ran to the 1, setting up the doomed final play.
The Seahawks went ahead for the first time with 5:57 to play on Leonard Weaver's 4-yard run.
Seattle rookie Josh Wilson returned a first-quarter kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.
Bucs 19, Redskins 13
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Ronde Barber became Tampa Bay's all-time interceptions leader with 3:40 remaining and Brian Kelly picked off Jason Campbell's throw in the end zone with 17 seconds left.
The turnovers were the fifth and sixth forced by Tampa Bay's defense, which also recovered four fumbles to set up a touchdown and three field goals in the first half.
Tampa Bay (7-4) played most of the day without quarterback Jeff Garcia, who injured his back on the first play and remained on the sideline until Washington pulled within a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Campbell led the Redskins' comeback from a 19-3 halftime deficit. A week after setting career highs for attempts (54), completions (33) and yards (346) in a close loss to Dallas, the second-year pro was 30-of-49 for 301 yards.
Barber's 32nd career interception stopped one Washington threat at the Tampa 31. The Redskins (5-6) had marched from their 7 to the Bucs 16 before Kelly broke in front of Santana Moss in the closing seconds.
The Bucs, who built their halftime lead on Earnest Graham's 1-yard touchdown run and four field goals by Matt Bryant, held on despite being outgained 316-15 and not making a first down in the second half.
Jaguars 36, Bills 14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 104 yards and a touchdown and Josh Scobee kicked five field goals. It was Jacksonville's third consecutive victory and kept the team in the thick of the AFC playoff picture.
The Jaguars (8-3) probably need to beat Indianapolis next week to have a shot at the AFC South title.
The Bills (5-6) were hoping to rebound from a 56-10 drubbing against New England. Instead, they got another beating. This one helped the Patriots clinch the AFC East.
David Garrard hooked up with Reggie Williams for a 59-yard score that put Jacksonville ahead 29-14 with 2:39 remaining, then Maurice Jones-Drew added a 17-yard scoring run with 1:43 to play. Garrard was 23-of-37 for a career-high 296 yards and broke a team record for passes without an interception. He has thrown 201 passes without a pick.
Browns 27, Texans 17
CLEVELAND (AP) - Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis rushed for 134 yards and a TD and Kellen Winslow had 10 catches as the Browns improved their playoff profile.
With their fifth straight victory at home and fifth in six games overall, the Browns (7-4) stayed within striking distance of first-place Pittsburgh in the AFC North and among the wild-card contenders.
The Browns' three previous games had all been decided by three points, two in OT. Last week, they needed an unforgettable, 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation by Phil Dawson to slip past Baltimore.
But when Lewis barreled in from the 1with 5:48 left, the Browns led 27-10 and were far enough ahead that a late touchdown by the Texans (5-6) meant nothing.
Houston's Matt Schaub finished 22-of-36 for 256 yards and two TDs. But he was picked off twice.
Oakland 20, Kansas City 17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Fargas and LaMont Jordan each rushed for a touchdown and the defense came up with a big stop on fourth down, snapping a 17-game losing streak in the division for Oakland.
Oakland hadn't beaten anybody in its division since a 25-24 squeaker over Denver on Nov. 28, 2004, the longest ongoing streak of divisional futility in the NFL.
Fargas had 139 yards on 22 carries for the Raiders (3-8), who also snapped a six-game skid overall and a nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs.
Kansas City (4-7) got a huge day from rookie Kolby Smith, who rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns after languishing on the third team behind Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes all season. But Smith failed on fourth-and-1 from the Raiders 23 when he slammed over left guard and lost a yard.
The Raiders took over on their 24 with 4:22 to go and the Chiefs never touched the ball again.
Vikings 41, Giants 17
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With older brother Peyton watching in the stands, Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith and Chad Greenway picked off passes by Eli Manning and returned them for touchdowns.
Sharper scored on a 20-yard return, Smith rumbled 93 yards and Greenway followed from 37 yards just a few plays later. The Vikings set a team single-game record for interception returns for touchdowns.
The Vikings (5-6) nearly had a fourth return in handing the Giants (7-4) their second loss in the last three games. Smith returned a second-quarter interception 19 yards to the Giants 8, setting up a touchdown run by Chester Taylor.
The Giants were off-balance from the start. Tarvaris Jackson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice just 41 seconds after the opening kickoff in helping Minnesota win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Ryan Longwell added two field goals.
The loss dropped the Giants (7-4) three games behind Dallas in the NFC East with five games to play.
Bengals 35, Titans 6
CINCINNATI (AP) - Chad Johnson had a career-high 12 catches, set the Cincinnati record for career receptions, and scored three touchdowns against the fast-fading Titans.
After emerging as one of the NFL's first-half surprises, Tennessee (6-5) has lost three in a row to slip back into the pack. The offense has been sloppy and the defense, without standout tackle Albert Haynesworth, has suddenly lost its ability to stop anybody, giving up 28, 34 and 35 points during the slide.
It was the same story in Cincinnati.
One week after Carson Palmer threw a career-high four interceptions, the Bengals (4-7) had a breakout game behind Johnson, who had gone into a shell and a funk for the past month.
Johnson piled up 103 yards and his first touchdowns since a 51-45 loss in Cleveland on Sept. 16. Johnson eclipsed Carl Pickens' club mark with his 531st career reception in the second quarter. His next catch was a 10-yard touchdown that broke the long drought and left the 65,489 fans wondering how he would celebrate.
He ran through the end zone, commandeered a television camera, peered into the viewfinder and swung it toward the field, drawing a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration. The penalty was assessed on the kickoff, helping the Titans drive to Rob Bironas' 23-yard field goal.
Johnson also had a 2-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter and a 3-yard score in the fourth.
Saints 31, Panthers 6
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Drew Brees shook off a slow start to throw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and run for another score as the Saints stayed competitive in the NFC South race.
Marques Colston caught seven passes for 93 yards and a TD for the Saints (5-6), who snapped a two-game losing streak. They remained two games behind division-leading Tampa Bay heading to Sunday's home game against the Buccaneers.
The Panthers (4-7) lost their fourth straight game, dropped to 0-5 at home and were booed again by their fans after another mistake-filled performance that led David Carr to be benched early in the fourth quarter.
Carr, getting the start after 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde was a late scratch with a sore back, threw seven straight incompletions to start the game. He wasn't much better after that, finishing 10-of-22 for 95 yards and two interceptions. He was replaced by rookie Matt Moore after his second pick.
Not that the Panthers had any running game, either. DeShaun Foster rushed nine times for minus-5 yards and lost a fumble.
 

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