NFL Game Wraps: Week 6

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Falcons fans took a wild late-game ride in the Georgia Dome

Matt Bryant's 55-yard field goal with one tick left on the game clock lifted Atlanta past upset-minded Oakland 23-20, preserving the Falcons' unblemished record as they head into their bye week.

Atlanta took a 20-13 lead with 2:40 left when Asante Samuel returned a Carson Palmer interception 79 yards for a TD. Palmer responded by leading the Raiders on an eight-play, 80-yard game-tying drive, capped by Darren McFadden's 2-yard TD run with 40 seconds left in regulation.

That was just enough time for Matt Ryan and Bryant to pull off another fourth-quarter victory. Ryan completed four passes to set up the winning kick, helping people forget his three interceptions earlier in the game that helped keep the Raiders in it to the end.

The Falcons extend the best start in franchise history to 6-0. The Raiders are 1-4.


Antrel Rolle intercepted two passes by Alex Smith, Prince Amukamara (ah-moo-kuh-mahr-uh) picked off another and the Giants shut down San Francisco in a 26-3 victory over the 49ers in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.

After outscoring the Bills and Jets by a combined 79-3 the last two weeks, the 4-2 49ers met their match again with Eli Manning and New York's top team.

Manning threw for 193 yards and one touchdown, Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards and a score and the 4-2 Giants rode a dominant defense and four field goals by Lawrence Tynes to hand outspoken 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh the most lopsided loss of his tenure.


Jairus Byrd's second interception of the game set up Rian Lindell's 25-yard field goal 3:50 into overtime that gave the Buffalo Bills a 19-16 victory over Arizona.

The loss ended Arizona's eight-game home winning streak and left the 4-2 Cardinals in a first place tie with San Francisco and Seattle in the NFC West.

Byrd picked off a pass from John Skelton, who had replaced the injured Kevin Kolb (kahb), and returned it 29 yards to the Arizona 6 to set up the winning kick.

Arizona's Jay Feely kicked a franchise-record 61-yard field goal with 1:09 left in regulation to tie it 16-16, but his 38-yard attempt to win it as the fourth quarter ended careened off the left upright.

The Cardinals lost their second in a row after a 4-0 start. The 3-3 Bills won after allowing 1,201 yards and 97 points in their previous two games.


Russell Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and Seattle rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun New England 24-23.

The matchup between the Patriots' No. 1 ranked offense and Seattle's No. 1 defense instead turned in to a starring performance for Wilson -- and a shocking rally.

Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on fourth down for a 10-yard TD to get the Seahawks' within 23-17. After a pair of holds by Seattle's defense, Wilson found Rice open on a double move. Steven Hauschka's extra point gave Seattle the lead.

Tom Brady and the Patriots were then stopped on fourth down at their 28 when Wes Welker came up 2 yards short, and the 4-2 Seahawks were able to celebrate the unlikely comeback. New England fell to 3-3.


Robert Griffin III ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard scamper with 2:43 to play, and the Washington Redskins snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a 38-26 win over Minnesota.

One week after he left the game early with his first NFL concussion, Griffin also completed 17 of 22 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The 3-3 Redskins feasted on a Minnesota team that had not allowed more than 23 points in a game this season. The Vikings are 4-2.

Christian Ponder completed 35 of 52 passes for 352 yards for Minnesota.


AFC North leader Baltimore hung on to beat Dallas 31-29.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw a 4-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant with 32 seconds left but couldn't connect with Bryant on what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion.

Dallas recovered the ensuing onside kick and moved into Ravens' territory, but Dan Bailey's 51-yard field goal sailed wide left with six seconds on the clock.

Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return, Ray Rice scored two touchdowns and Joe Flacco (FLA'-koh) threw for a score while helping Baltimore to its fourth straight win and fifth in six games this season.

Baltimore won despite giving up a franchise record 227 yards on the ground and 481 yards of total offense. The Cowboys held the ball for more than 40 minutes, but it wasn't enough for them to avoid their third loss in five games.

The Ravens' 14-gameregular-season home winning streak is the longest current run in the league.


Detroit rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia 26-23 in overtime. Jason Hanson's 45-yard field goal sealed the Lions' second win in five games. He booted a 19-yarder to force OT

The Lions sacked Michael Vick on the first two plays of the extra quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started their game-winning drive at midfield.

Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass and ran for a TD while leading Detroit to 17 fourth-quarter points.

The Eagles second straight loss drops them to 3-3 headed into their bye week.


Shonn Greene took the pressure off much-maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez, rushing for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns in the New York Jets' 35-9 victory over visiting Indianapolis.

Sanchez threw the ball just 18 times, completing 11 for 82 yards and two scores as the Jets improve to 3-2.

It was a rough day for the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finished 22 of 44 for 280 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble as Indianapolis dips to 2-3.


St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher lost to the team that courted him in January, when he chose the Rams job instead.

Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes and the Miami Dolphins withstood a late rally by St. Louis in a 17-14 victory.

The Rams faced a fourth-and-7 at the Miami 49-yard line with 30 seconds left, and rather than go for a first down, Fisher sent out rookie Greg Zuerlein to try a 66-yard field goal, which missed wide left.

Zuerlein made two field goals to improve to 15 for 15 this season, but then missed three times in a row, including from 48 and 32 yards in the first half.

The Rams outgained the Dolphins 461 yards to 209.

Both teams are 3-3.


Josh Freeman came up big in Tampa Bay's 38-10 win over Kansas City, and so did the Buccaneers' defense. Freeman threw for a season-high 328 yards and three touchdowns. The Bucs limited NFL rushing leader Jamaal Charles to just 40 yards on 12 carries and intercepted Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn twice. Ronde Barber returned one of the picks 78 yards for a TD to help Tampa Bay snap a three-game losing streak that followed a 2-0 start. It's Barber's eighth career pick-six.

Quinn was making his first start in nearly three years in place of an injured Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl).

The Chiefs scored their only touchdown early in the fourth quarter on Edgar Jones' 11-yard fumble return on a play that began with Shaun Draughn blocking a punt into the end zone. Kansas City falls to 1-5.


Rookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes and the Cleveland Browns beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 34-24 to snap a franchise record-tying 11-game losing streak that dated to last season.

Cornerback Sheldon Brown returned an Andy Dalton interception 19 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Browns, who outscored the Bengals 27-10 in the second half. Montario Hardesty filled in for injured rookie Trent Richardson and scored on a 1-yard plunge.

It's the first win in nine tries against an AFC North opponent for second-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur, whose team sits at 1-5 on the season. The victory also closed Randy Lerner's tenure as Cleveland's majority owner on a positive note. His sale to Jimmy Haslam III for $1 billion is expected to be approved by the league Tuesday.

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