Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21)
celebrates after scoring on a 55-yard touchdown
reception against the Philadelphia Eagles during the
second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa
Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
CLARA, Calif. — Frank Gore caught a career-best 55-yard
touchdown and ran for 119 yards in his first 100-yard game
this year, leading the San Francisco 49ers past
Philadelphia 26-21 on Sunday to hand the Eagles their
delivered a late goal-line stand as they avoided their
first three-game losing streak under fourth-year coach Jim
Harbaugh, containing the league's top passer in Nick Foles.
He threw two incomplete passes from the 1 in the waning
On a day
the 49ers (2-2) gave up big plays on special teams, Gore
came through. Colin Kaepernick also threw a touchdown pass
to Stevie Johnson and Phil Dawson kicked four field goals.
Sproles had a career-best 82-yard punt return for a
touchdown, Malcolm Jenkins ran an interception 53 yards
for a score for the Eagles (3-1). Brad Smith recovered a
blocked punt for a TD.
27, Steelers 24
(AP) — Mike Glennon hit a diving Vincent Jackson for a
5-yard touchdown with 7 seconds remaining to lift Tampa
Bay to a stunning win.
Buccaneers (1-3) lost to Atlanta by six touchdowns a week
ago but bounced back. Glennon passed for 302 yards in his
first start of the season, including a 41-yard
catch-and-run by Louis Murphy that set up Jackson's score.
Roethlisberger passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns,
but Pittsburgh (2-2) couldn't protect a seven-point lead
in the fourth quarter. Antonio Brown caught seven passes
for 131 yards and two scores, and Heath Miller added a
career-high nine grabs.
Steelers committed 13 penalties for 125 yards.
Cowboys' Tony Romo celebrates a touchdown runby
DeMarco Murray during the second half of an NFL
football game against the New Orleans Saints,
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
38, Saints 17
Texas (AP) — Tony Romo threw three touchdowns passes,
two to Terrance Williams, and DeMarco Murray ran for a
pair of scores in another 100-yard game.
Cowboys kept Drew Brees and the Saints scoreless in the
first half after giving up an NFL-record 40 first downs in
a 49-17 blowout loss in New Orleans last year. Brees led
two scoring drives early in the fourth quarter to cut a
31-3 deficit in half before the Cowboys regained control.
(3-1) is tied with Philadelphia for the NFC East lead.
Saints (1-3) couldn't sustain the momentum from their win
against Minnesota and lost to the Cowboys in Texas for the
first time since 1991.
38, Panthers 10
(AP) — Steve Smith punished his former team with seven
catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Smith spent 13
seasons with Carolina before he was released in a
cost-cutting move during the offseason. The 35-year-old
receiver showed the Panthers he can still make the big
play, scoring twice in the second quarter to help put
Baltimore (3-1) in front 21-7 at halftime.
touchdown came when Smith grabbed a pass that deflected
off the right hand of teammate Owen Daniels. He caught the
ball in stride and took it into the end zone to complete a
also scored from 21 yards with a diving reception.
Flacco went 22 of 31 for 327 yards and three touchdowns,
the other a 24-yarder to Torrey Smith.
(2-2) has lost two straight, both in lopsided fashion
against AFC North foes.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) talks to Green Bay
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) while
officials were reviewing a play in the second half
of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in
Chicago. The Packers won 38-17
38, Bears 17
(AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 302 yards and four
touchdowns, and the Packers shook off one of their worst
offensive performances in years.
Packers (2-2) scored on their first six possessions to
build a 38-17 lead. They racked up 358 yards after being
held to 223, their lowest total since 2008, a week earlier
in a 19-7 loss at Detroit.
intercepted Jay Cutler twice in the third quarter to pull
away from the Bears (2-2). That gave Green Bay five
straight wins at Soldier Field, including the NFC title
game four years ago and a playoffs-or-bust finale for both
teams last season.
33, Jaguars 14
(AP) — Philip Rivers threw for 377 yards and three
touchdowns, two to Eddie Royal.
scoring catches of 47 and 43 yards, his second straight
two-touchdown game. The Chargers (3-1) extended their
winning streak to three.
because the Chargers' running game is nonexistent due to
injuries to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, Rivers had
his second three-touchdown game of the season. He went 29
five catches for 105 yards. Keenan Allen had 10 for 135,
both career highs, and Malcom Floyd had a 24-yard
Blake Bortles made his first start for the Jaguars (0-4),
threw one touchdown pass, was intercepted twice and twice
had Jacksonville in the lead in the first half.
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks to pass
during the first half of an NFL football game
against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014,
41, Falcons 28
(AP) — Teddy Bridgewater passed for 317 yards and a key
2-point conversion before leaving with an ankle injury.
The rookie was 19 for 30 with no turnovers and ran five
times for 27 yards and a score in his first career start,
but his last carry was costly. His left foot rolled
underneath him as he was sandwiched by two tacklers at the
Asiata powered his way in on the next play for his third
touchdown, and Bridgewater stayed in to zip a crisp pass
to Rhett Ellison to push the lead to 35-28.
Bridgewater was taken away on a cart for X-rays, Christian
Ponder took over at quarterback for the Vikings (2-1).
Falcons (2-2) lost three starting offensive linemen to
injuries and wound up sticking tight end Levine Toilolo at
right tackle in the fourth quarter.
23, Bills 17
(AP) — J.J. Watt had another highlight-reel play to help
the Texans overcome a tough day offensively. Houston (3-1)
was down by three in the third quarter and Ryan
Fitzpatrick had just thrown a second interception when the
6-foot-5, 289-pound Watt returned an interception 80 yards
to put the Texans up 14-10.
defensive end caught a touchdown pass in Week 2, giving
him more TDs this year than Arian Foster and Andre Johnson
heavy pressure all afternoon, EJ Manuel finished with 225
yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions
for the Bills (2-2). Buffalo was driving late when Darryl
Morris picked him off at the Houston 15 to secure the
RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw two
touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Lions
overcame Calvin Johnson being limited by an ankle injury.
Ross and Eric Ebron caught scoring passes for the Lions,
who are 3-1 for the second straight season. Stafford
finished 24 of 34 for 293 yards.
who was in and out of the game, was clearly impeded by his
injured ankle. He had just two catches for 12 yards.
Golden Tate had a big game, catching eight passes for 116
struggling Geno Smith had two more turnovers as chants of
"We Want Vick!" echoed throughout MetLife
Stadium at times. The Jets, who made it close on Chris
Johnson's 35-yard run with 6:58 left, fell to 1-3 for the
first time in Rex Ryan's six seasons as coach.
Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill looks to pass during the
first half of an NFL football game against the
Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Wembley
Stadium in London.
38, Raiders 14
(AP) — Ryan Tannehill threw for 278 yards and two
touchdowns in the latest international game. Tannehill, in
the middle of a storm all week because his coach declined
to confirm him as the starter, took advantage of a
depleted Oakland defense to snap a two-game losing streak
for the Dolphins (2-2).
Raiders (0-4) scored on their opening drive but struggled
after that. And starting quarterback Derek Carr was
injured in the third quarter, replaced by third-stringer
threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and an
18-yarder to Dion Sims. Lamar Miller rushed for two more
TDs, and cornerback Cortland Finnegan ran back a fumble 50
yards for another.
(AP) — Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes and
Reggie Wayne scored for the first time this season. Indy
(2-2) extended its league-leading streak of consecutive
wins over division foes to nine.
29 of 41 for a season-best 393 yards. Wayne had seven
catches for a season-best 119 yards and scored on a
spectacular spinning 28-yard catch.
(1-3) has lost three straight since an impressive
season-opening win over Kansas City, and this one wasn't
14-0 after one and made it 20-3 with two Adam Vinatieri
field goals. Tennessee closed to 20-10 at halftime, but
Luck's two third-quarter TD passes made it 34-10 and the
Titans never challenged again.