- Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds
remaining and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, rallying
past the Carolina Panthers 30-28 on Sunday.
Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they
reached the NFC championship game. Despite taking a career-high
seven sacks, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta.
Bryant added three field goals.
Panthers (1-3) nearly clinched it on Cam Newton's run with just
over a minute remaining, but he fumbled the ball while trying to
dive for the necessary yardage. Carolina recovered and wound up
punting, downing the ball at the Atlanta 1. But Ryan immediately
got the Falcons out of the hole, throwing a 59-yard pass to
plays later, Bryant won it.
38, TITANS 14
- Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for
touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw two TD passes.
Foster had a touchdown run for the Texans (4-0), who are off to
the best start in club history.
quarterback Jake Locker left in the first quarter and did not
return after hurting his left, non-throwing shoulder on a hit by
Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in relief of Locker for
the Titans (1-3). Chris Johnson carried 25 times for 141 yards,
more than tripling his rushing total through the first three
24, DOLPHINS 21, OT
Ariz. - Jay Feely kicked a 46-yard field goal 6:31 into overtime
to keep Arizona unbeaten.
Cardinals (4-0) forced overtime when Kevin Kolb threw a 15-yard
touchdown pass on fourth down to Andre Roberts with 22 seconds
to play in regulation.
big defensive plays set up the final two Arizona scores. First,
Daryl Washington sacked rookie Ryan Tannehill, whose fumble was
recovered by Vonnie Holliday at the Arizona 49 and the Cardinals
moved downfield to score.
winning field goal came after Tannehill was hit by Paris Lenon
as he threw and Kerry Rhodes came up with an interception.
threw for 431 yards. Brian Hartline set a Dolphins record with
253 yards receiving on 12 catches.
34, JETS 0
RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for
a touchdown, and San Francisco ran for more than 200 yards.
Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick —
on a wildcat-style option — all ran for scores as the 49ers
(3-1) bounced back from a loss at Minnesota. Rather than head
back to the West Coast, coach Jim Harbaugh chose to have his
team stay in eastern Ohio — and it apparently helped.
Jets (2-2) lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to what
appeared to be a serious foot injury. It was the first time New
York was shut out since losing 9-0 to Green Bay in 2010, and the
Jets' biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in
37, RAIDERS 6
- Peyton Manning finished with 338 yards and three touchdown
opened the game by leading the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown
drive — their first opening-quarter touchdown of the season
— and Denver never trailed.
Broncos (2-2) beat the Raiders (1-3) at home for the first time
McGahee ran for 112 yards for his 32nd-career 100-yard game.
Broncos held Darren McFadden to 34 yards on 13 carries and
Carson Palmer, who led Oakland to a comeback win last week over
Pittsburgh, never got on track. He finished 19 for 34 for 202
20, LIONS 13
- Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a
touchdown and Marcus Sherels scored on a punt return early in
the third for Minnesota.
(3-1), in first place in the NFC North, matched the number of
wins it had last season. The Vikings also snapped an 11-game
losing streak in the division.
Lions (1-3) have lost three straight.
are the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and
a punt return for TDs in consecutive games, according to STATS
LLC. They gave up scores on a kickoff and punt in last week's
44-41 loss in overtime at Tennessee.
LOUIS - Rookie Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including
a 58-yarder and a club record 60-yarder, and the Rams also used
a fake field goal to score their only TD of the game.
Rams 2-2) went ahead 10-7 late in the first half when a fake
field goal attempt turned into a 2-yard touchdown pass from
punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola.
Seahawks (2-2) lost six days after beating Green Bay when a
botched call by replacement officials on the final play gave
them the winning touchdown. Regular officials were back this
Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an
18-yard score on the game's first possession.
Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley
Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute
52, BILLS 28
PARK, N.Y. - Tom Brady led New England on six consecutive
second-half touchdown drives.
finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three scores, and also
scored on a 4-yard run in helping the Patriots (2-2) avoid their
first three-game losing streak in 10 years. Stevan Ridley scored
two touchdowns rushing. New England scored 35 straight points
and finished with 580 total yards in overcoming a 21-7
Patriots forced six turnovers, including four interceptions of
Ryan Fitzpatrick passes, and three sacks.
finished 22 of 39 for 350 yards and four touchdowns, including
two to tight end Scott Chandler.
Bills (2-2) dropped to 1-17 in their last 18 games against New
37, CHIEFS 20
CITY, Mo. - Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two
touchdowns, and San Diego capitalized on six turnovers.
of the Chiefs' turnovers came in the first half, when San Diego
(3-1) raced to a 27-6 lead.
Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City
(1-3), but he also had three first-half interceptions. Jamaal
Charles, who followed his big game last week at New Orleans with
touchdowns rushing and receiving, fumbled twice.
28, SAINTS 27
BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy
Nelson in the fourth quarter, and Green Bay shook off a week's
worth of controversy with a rally.
Packers fans howling about what appeared to be yet another bad
call — this time by the regular officials, not the
replacements — Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal
attempt with just under three minutes remaining, costing the
Saints a shot at the lead.
threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for
the Packers (2-2).
Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns for the winless
Saints (0-4). Brees has thrown at least one touchdown in 47
straight regular-season games, tying the NFL's all-time mark set
by Johnny Unitas.
24, BUCCANEERS 22
Fla. - Billy Cundiff redeemed himself for a poor day kicking,
booting a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining.
missed three earlier attempts, including a 31-yarder that wound
have put the Redskins (2-2) up by two scores early in the fourth
quarter. He also missed twice in the first half, but was on the
money after Robert Griffin III marched his team into position
for the winning score.
Bay (1-3) wiped out an 18-point deficit to go ahead 22-21 on
Connor Barth's third field goal, a 47-yarder with 1:42
27, JAGUARS 10
Fla. - Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a
and A.J. Green burned Jacksonville several times, including once
to set up a second-quarter touchdown and again for a
Bengals (3-1) finished with six sacks, putting constant pressure
on Blaine Gabbert and overcoming all those defensive injuries.
Cincinnati played without starting cornerbacks Nate Clements and
Leon Hall as well as backups Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick.
Jaguars (1-3) failed to take advantage.
completed 23 of 34 passes for 186 yards, with a touchdown and an
interception. Dalton completed 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards.
Regular refs' return helps Packers
pick up pace
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The regular officials'
return to the NFL could boost the Green Bay Packers' offense
in a small but important way.
The regular refs are able to
spot the ball and keep play moving in a more timely fashion
than the replacements were, allowing the Packers to use a
fast-paced tempo that can get Aaron Rodgers in rhythm and
unsettle opposing defenses.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks with an official after
getting poked in the eye during the second half of an NFL
football game against the New Orleans Saints.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy went into the season wanting
to use a lot of no-huddle. But it simply wasn't as effective
when replacement officials were spending extra time getting
things sorted out between plays.
With the regular refs back, the Packers were able to
dictate their preferred faster pace in Sunday's 28-27
victory over New Orleans.
"I thought their communication did make a big difference,
clearly," McCarthy said. "The professionalism of the
officials, the communication, the management of the game —
it was definitely a totally different atmosphere.
"I think that was very evident if you paid attention to
how fast the offenses were playing, and the management of
the game was able to keep up. It was great to have that part
back for us and great to have them back."
McCarthy added: "But let's not be foolish here — there's
going to be calls every week that not everybody agrees
Certainly, the regular officials' return didn't spare the
Packers from some controversial calls Sunday — most notably
an apparent fumble on a late kickoff return by the Saints'
Darren Sproles, who was ruled down by contact.
The Saints kept the ball and were in position to kick a
go-ahead field goal. But after a pair of penalties, Garrett
Hartley missed a 48-yard attempt and the Packers held on for
"When you start having consecutive losses, you can't help
but having that thinking of, 'Here we go again' at times,"
Rodgers said. "Unfortunately, there was a little bit of that
tonight with some of the calls, but we were able to overcome
it. I think it says a lot about the character of this team.
This was an important win for us."
|A fan holds up a sign
welcoming back the regular officials, inside Lambeau field.
Refereeing complaints aside, the Packers could be much
better off on offense in the long term with the regular
officials in place.
The Packers had only four offensive touchdowns in their
first three games and hadn't scored in the first quarter all
year — some of which was likely a function of playing three
tough defenses: San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.
That all changed against the Saints' struggling defense
"The offense (was) playing more the way we're accustomed
to playing here the last couple years," Rodgers said. "Felt
good to get back on track. Felt good to score in the first
half and first quarter. ... It was important for us to start
The Packers scored on their second possession and put up
a season-high 28 points. Rodgers had his best game of the
season, throwing for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an
"You get back to Week 1, we were in a no-huddle offense
the first series — I think the game was stopped three times.
... I'm not making an excuse," McCarthy said, "but my point
is I wasn't worried about scoring points in the first
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said he saw the
Saints' defense getting tired when the Packers went
"If we keep that going, we can run the table here,"
Finley enjoys the fast-paced offense so much that he
suggested the Packers use it all the time.
"With the receiving corps we've got, why not do it?" he
said. "With the quarterback we've got, why not do it?"