NFL Sunday roundup
New England 30, Baltimore 31
Baltimore, MD - Playing with a heavy heart, Torrey Smith helped the Baltimore Ravens exact a bit of revenge. After losing his brother earlier on Sunday, Smith had six receptions for 127 yards with two scores, and undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker made a game- winning 27-yard field goal in the Ravens' 31-30 win over the New England Patriots in a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game. Smith's 19-year-old brother Tevin died in a motorcycle accident in northern Virginia.Joe Flacco threw for 382 yards on 28-of-39 efficiency with three touchdowns and an interception, while Ray Rice carried the ball 20 times for 101 yards and a score for Baltimore (2-1), which lost the AFC Championship to New England after former kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard chip shot that would've forced overtime.
Chicago 23, St. Louis 6
Chicago, IL - The Chicago Bears' defense held the St. Louis Rams without a touchdown and scored one of their own on Sunday en route to a 23-6 victory at Soldier Field. Major Wright came up with the 45-yard interception return for a touchdown, while Michael Bush added a 3-yard scoring run and Robbie Gould kicked three field goals for the Bears (2-1), who have won their last four meetings against the Rams. Jay Cutler finished 17-of-31 passing for 183 yards with an interception for Chicago, which played without Matt Forte because of an ankle injury. Bush rushed for 55 yards on 18 carries, while Brandon Marshall added five catches for 71 yards. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford struggled in the setback, completing just 18-of-35 passes for 152 yards with a pair of interceptions, as the Rams managed just 160 yards of total offense. Stephen Jackson carried the ball 11 times for 29 yards and Danny Amendola hauled in five passes for 66 yards for St. Louis (1-2), which has dropped 11 of its last 12 road games.
Buffalo 24, Cleveland 14
Cleveland, OH - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Cleveland Browns, 24-14, to earn their first road victory since Week 1 of last season. Fitzpatrick threw for 208 yards on 22-of-35 efficiency, connecting seven times with Stevie Johnson, whose touchdown catch in the fourth quarter accounted for the game's final margin. T.J. Graham and C.J. Spiller also caught touchdown passes to help the Bills (2-1) end their eight-game road skid. After strong performances last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson regressed on Sunday. Weeden threw for a touchdown late in the third, but his two interceptions in the fourth quarter doomed the Browns, who fell to 0-3 for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Richardson ran for a score, but only managed 27 yards on 12 carries. He also caught six passes for 24 yards.
Dallas 16, Tampa Bay 10
Arlington, TX - Dan Bailey made three field goals and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, in a defensive battle. Tony Romo completed 25-of-39 passes for 283 yards and an interception for the Cowboys (2-1), who bounced back from a 27-7 loss to Seattle last week. DeMarco Murray carried the ball 18 times for 38 yards and a score. Miles Austin caught five passes for 107 yards. Josh Freeman connected on just 10- of-28 passes for 110 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Buccaneers (1-2), who have lost two in a row since starting the season with a win over the Panthers. Doug Martin carried the ball 19 times for 53 yards in defeat.
Jacksonville 22, Indianapolis 17
Indianapolis, IN - Cecil Shorts hauled in the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert with 45 seconds remaining and the Jacksonville Jaguars stunned the Indianapolis Colts, 22-17, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Starting from the 20 after the Jags allowed a go-ahead 37-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri, Gabbert took a quick three-step drop and fired it right on Shorts' numbers. The second-year wideout blew past the Colts defense all the way to the end zone for the lead. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. The Colts got the ball back on their own 38 with 35 seconds to go and no timeouts. On the third play of the drive, Andrew Luck hit T.Y. Hilton for 36 yards to the Jacksonville 26. Luck then spiked the ball with seven seconds left for one last play, but his heave to the end zone was batted down, sealing the win for the Jaguars. Maurice-Jones Drew ran for 177 yards on 28 carries and his 63rd career rushing touchdown, which pushed him past Fred Taylor for the franchise record. It was his fifth career game with 150-or-more yards. Gabbert finished with 155 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-21 passing for the Jags (1-2), who avoided starting 0-3 for the first time since 2003. Luck threw for 313 yards on 22-of-46 passing, two touchdowns and one interception for the Colts (1-2).
NY Jets 23, Miami 20 (OT)
Miami, FL - Nick Folk got a second chance and made it count, kicking a 33-yard field goal in overtime to lift the New York Jets to a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. After Miami's Dan Carpenter missed from 48 yards, the Jets drove from their own 38 to the Miami 15 with their second possession of the extra period. Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes with a 38-yard pass on the second play to put the Jets in field goal range. Following a pair of Shonn Greene carries, the Jets set up for Folk's kick. The Dolphins blocked the attempt, but had called timeout just before the snap to give Folk a second chance and he knocked it straight through to give the Jets (2-1) the victory. Sanchez completed 21-of-45 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions for the Jets, while Holmes finished with nine catches for 147 yards. Ryan Tannehill threw for 196 yards on just 16-of-36 passing with a costly interception for Miami (1-2), which was coming off a 35-13 home win over Oakland last week. Daniel Thomas and Jorvorskie Lane each ran for a score for the Dolphins, who racked up 185 yards on the ground.
Minnesota 24, San Francisco 13
Minneapolis, MN - Christian Ponder threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kyle Rudolph and also ran for a score on Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings outplayed the San Francisco 49ers en route to a 24-13 victory. Ponder went 21-of-35 for 198 yards while Rudolph finished with 36 yards on five catches for the Vikings (2-1), who were coming off a last-second loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. Percy Harvin had nine receptions for 89 yards in Sunday's win while Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards on 25 carries. Alex Smith completed 24-of-35 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the 49ers (2-1), who were aiming for their first 3-0 start since 1998. Vernon Davis had five catches for 53 yards and a score in the setback and Frank Gore rushed for 63 yards with a fumble on 12 carries.
Kansas City 27, New Orleans 24 (OT)
New Orleans, LA - Ryan Succop kicked the last of his six field goals with 6:27 remaining in overtime to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. Jamaal Charles finished with 233 yards, including a franchise-record 91-yard touchdown run, on 33 carries for the Chiefs (1-2), who scored the game's final 21 points. Matt Cassel threw for 248 yards and one interception while completing 26-of-44 passes. Drew Brees had 240 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-36 passing for New Orleans, which is off to its first 0-3 start since dropping four straight games to begin the 2007 season.
Tennessee 44, Detroit 41 (OT)
Nashville, TN - Rob Bironas kicked a field goal in overtime to give Tennessee the lead and the Titans stopped Detroit on fourth down for a 44-41 win over the Lions in a game that saw just about everything. After watching a 14-point lead evaporate in the final minute of play, including a Hail Mary on the final play of regulation that tied the game for the Lions, the Titans started overtime with the ball and were able to get a 26-yard field goal from Bironas with 10:36 left. The drive was helped by several penalties on Detroit, including a defensive holding on a third down and a personal foul for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a pass that was ruled incomplete. The Lions, led by Shaun Hill as Matthew Stafford left late in the game with a pulled muscle in his right leg, came back down the field and a 26-yard catch by Calvin Johnson got the ball into Tennessee territory. Facing a 4th-and-inches at the Tennessee 7, Detroit opted to go for it. Hill quickly snapped the ball and pushed forward, but he didn't get far enough and the Titans got the win.
Cincinnati 38, Washington 31
Landover, MD - Andy Dalton passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns, A.J. Green hauled in nine balls for 183 yards and a score, and the Cincinnati Bengals barely held off the Washington Redskins, 38-31, at FedEx Field. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 17 times for 38 yards with a score and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu threw a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for the Bengals (2-1), who have won two straight after a season- opening loss to Baltimore. Robert Griffin III, after a slow first half, went 21-of-34 for 221 yards and a touchdown for Washington (1-2), which has dropped two straight. He also ran for a team-high 85 yards and a score.
Arizona 27, Philadelphia 6
Glendale, AZ - Kevin Kolb came back to haunt his former team, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, as the Arizona Cardinals took down the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-6. The Cardinals, who scored 24 points in the first half on Sunday, are 3-0 for the first time since 1974, when the franchise was still based in St. Louis. Kolb, who completed 17-of-24 passes, was traded from the Eagles to Arizona in August of 2011, but his tenure with the Cardinals has mostly been marred by injuries and inconsistent play. The sixth-year pro was edged out for the starting job by the lesser- credentialed John Skelton during this year's preseason, though an ankle sprain the latter suffered in the team's Week 1 matchup with Seattle pressed Kolb back into duty. The Eagles and Cardinals squared off in Philadelphia last season, but Kolb missed the game with a sprained toe. Ryan Williams carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards for Arizona, which has won 10 of its last 12 games dating back to the midway point of last season. Larry Fitzgerald hauled in nine passes for 114 yards and a score. Michael Vick completed 17-of-37 passes for 217 yards for the Eagles (2-1), who became the first team in NFL history to begin a season with two one-point wins. LeSean McCoy carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards for Philadelphia, which had won six in a row dating back to last season. Damaris Johnson caught five passes for 84 yards.
Atlanta 27, San Diego 3
San Diego, CA - Matt Ryan threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons dominated the San Diego Chargers, 27-3, at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. Ryan completed 30-of-40 passes with one interception, and Michael Turner carried the ball 14 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Tony Gonzalez had a big day through the air with nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2004 season. Defensively, Thomas DeCloud recovered a fumble and recorded two interceptions in the victory. Philip Rivers threw for 173 yards on 21-of-38 passing with two interceptions, while Jackie Battle ran for 55 yards on just three carries for the Chargers (2-1), who thumped Tennessee last week. Ryan Matthews saw his first action of the season since suffering a broken collar bone in the preseason and ran for 44 yards on 10 carries in the losing effort. Malcom Floyd led the receiving corps with three catches for 52 yards.
Houston 31, Denver 25
Denver, CO - Matt Schaub threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday, as the Houston Texans held off the Denver Broncos, 31-25, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Schaub was an efficient 17- of-30 passing with an interception and Arian Foster rushed for 105 yards on 25 carries, helping the Texans (3-0) open the season with three straight wins for the first time in franchise history. Foster added a 3-yard touchdown catch, while Kevin Walter, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels each added a scoring reception in the victory. Peyton Manning went 27-of-52 for 325 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter scores, but the Broncos (1-2) saw their late charge fall short as they lost for the second consecutive week. Eric Decker hauled in seven passes for 123 yards, while Brandon Stokley added six catches for 73 yards and a score in the setback.
Oakland 34, Pittsburgh 31
Oakland, CA - Sebastian Janikowski drilled a 43-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Oakland Raiders over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-31, on Sunday. Janikowski also connected on a game-tying 32-yard kick in the fourth quarter for Oakland, which earned its first victory under new head coach Dennis Allen. Carson Palmer went 23-for-33 through the air for 209 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Darren McFadden had 113 yards and a score on 18 carries for the Raiders (1-2). Ben Roethlisberger completed 36-of-49 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns for Pittsburgh (1-2). Mike Wallace paced all receivers with 123 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions in the loss.