Rodgers leads Packers; Charles powers Chiefs
The Associated Press | October 14,2013
BALTIMORE — Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby kicked four field goals and the Green Bay Packers held on to beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-17 on Sunday.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 120 yards to fuel the Packers’ first road win of the season. Green Bay (3-2) took a 16-3 lead into the fourth quarter and was up 19-10 with 4 minutes left, but the Ravens (3-3) kept coming back.
After Baltimore closed to 19-17 on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Dallas Clark with 2:04 remaining, Rodgers clinched the victory with a 52-yard completion to Jermichael Finley on a third-and-3.
Rodgers went 17 for 32 for 315 yards.
Despite playing without injured linebacker Clay Matthews, the Packers limited Baltimore to 47 yards rushing and registered five sacks, including three by A.J. Hawk.
The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens had won 13 straight at home against NFC foes.
CHIEFS 24, RAIDERS 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns, the Kansas City defense harassed Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor into throwing three second-half interceptions and the Chiefs remained unbeaten.
After winning just twice last season, Kansas City (6-0) continued the second-best start in franchise history. The Chiefs won their first nine games during the 2003 season.
The Chiefs piled up 10 sacks while ending a three-game skid to the Raiders (2-4), and a six-game losing streak against them at Arrowhead Stadium.
Pryor threw for 216 yards and a touchdown, but his interceptions proved costly.
The first led to Charles’ go-ahead touchdown run, the second led to Ryan Succop’s fourth-quarter field goal, and Husain Abdullah returned the last one for a touchdown to seal the win.
STEELERS 19, JETS 6
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and Pittsburgh won its first game of the season.
The Steelers (1-4) were off to their worst start since 1968, when they lost their first six games during a season in which they finished 2-11-1. Sunday’s victory was also the 600th in franchise history, including the postseason, as Pittsburgh became only the fourth team to reach the milestone.
Pittsburgh was coming off a bye-week break and appeared quite a bit sharper than New York (3-3), which had a short week to prepare after a 30-28 win at Atlanta last Monday night.
Geno Smith was intercepted twice by a Steelers defense that entered the game as the only team in the league without a takeaway.
PANTHERS 35, VIKINGS 10
MINNEAPOLIS — Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Carolina romped past Adrian Peterson and Minnesota.
Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions, but the Vikings (1-4) trailed the whole game and didn’t have much use after halftime for Peterson. The NFL MVP learned Friday that a 2-year-old son of his died in South Dakota of injuries from alleged abuse.
Matt Cassel threw two interceptions, both to Mike Mitchell, and the Panthers (2-3) responded each time with a touchdown.
Whether the team was distracted by the tragedy or not, the Vikings were thoroughly embarrassed on both sides of the ball.
RAMS 38, TEXANS 13
HOUSTON — Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, St. Louis added a score on defense and special teams and the Rams stunned mistake-prone Houston.
The Rams (3-3) were up 24-6 early in the third quarter before rookie Daren Bates returned Keshawn Martin’s fumble on a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Alec Ogletree pushed the lead to 38-6 when he took an interception by T.J. Yates back 98 yards for a touchdown. Yates was in after Matt Schaub sustained an apparent right ankle injury.
Schaub didn’t have a turnover after throwing six interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns in the past three games.
But several other Texans had key gaffes as preseason Super Bowl hopeful Houston (2-4) lost its fourth straight game.
BENGALS 27, BILLS 24 OT
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Mike Nugent hit a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 left in overtime.
Brandon Tate’s 29-yard punt return to the Bills 33 set up the decisive score. Andy Dalton went 26 of 40 for 337 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. He bounced back after a two-game touchdown drought and led the Bengals (4-2) to their first road win of the season.
The Bills (2-4) were led by quarterback Thad Lewis, starting in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns after being promoted off the practice squad last week. Both touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, including a 40-yarder to Marquise Goodwin with 1:08 remaining.
Lewis also scored a touchdown rushing in making only his second career start.
LIONS 31, BROWNS 17
CLEVELAND — Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, rallying Detroit.
The Lions (4-2) outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half, sealing their win when Stafford hooked up with tight end Joseph Fauria with 2:01 left. Fauria caught three TD passes for the Lions, who played like a completely different team in the second half after being dominated up front and trailing 17-7 at the half.
The Browns (3-3) had their chances at a comeback end when quarterback Brandon Weeden’s baffling shovel pass with 4:36 left was intercepted by linebacker DeAndre Levy.
Lions running back Reggie Bush finished with 135 total yards, 121 in the second half.
EAGLES 31, BUCCANEERS 20
TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth, leading Philadelphia over winless Tampa Bay.
Foles finished a long first-quarter scoring drive with a 4-yard run and threw TD passes of 12 and 36 yards to DeSean Jackson.
With the injured Michael Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the Bucs (0-5) for the second time. He was 1-5 as a rookie a year ago, with that victory also coming at Tampa Bay.
SEAHAWKS 20, TITANS 13
SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch ran for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards, Richard Sherman came up with his third interception of the season, and the Seattle Seahawks finally shook the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter for a 20-13 victory.
Seattle (5-1) won its 11th straight at home despite a long list of mistakes that allowed the Titans (3-3) to hang around into the fourth quarter. There was a careless turnover, missed defensive assignments and a comical muffed field goal attempt that led to the Titans’ only touchdown on the final play of the first half.
But the Seahawks made enough plays thanks to Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson and Sherman’s interception to remain on top of the NFC West. Lynch had TD runs of 3 yards and 1 yard.
CARDINALS 32, 49ERS 20
SAN FRANCISCO — If Vernon Davis keeps this up, perhaps the San Francisco 49ers can stop worrying about the passing game until Michael Crabtree returns from injury next month.
Davis caught touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards and finished with a career-best 180 yards receiving, leading the 49ers past the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 on Sunday for their third straight win.
Colin Kaepernick threw for 252 yards and Frank Gore ran for 101 yards on 25 carries.Kendall Hunter ran for a 6-yard touchdown that sealed it for the 49ers (4-2) with 6:35 remaining.
Rookie safety Eric Reid made his team-leading third interception and also recovered a fumble to stop an Arizona drive deep in 49ers territory in the third quarter. San Francisco forced four turnovers for the second straight game.
Arizona (3-3) lost star defensive end Calais Campbell to an apparent right leg injury late in the game.
For the 49ers, this balanced offensive performance was something they have searched for from Week 1.
Kaepernick got back on track after four straight games of fewer than 200 yards passing.
Carson Palmer was 25 of 41 for 298 yards with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, but inconsistent play plagued Arizona’s offense again.
Trailing 22-14 late in the second quarter, Cardinals missed a big opportunity to take some momentum into halftime. Michael Floyd was flagged for offensive pass interference when he pushed Tarell Brown out of the way before making what would have been a 44-yard touchdown catch.
Floyd redeemed himself with a 10-yard touchdown catch midway through the third quarter in which he got by Brown in the left corner of the end zone. But Arizona failed on a 2-point conversion try, leaving the 49ers up 22-20.
The Cardinals’ much-improved defense took a big blow when Campbell was carted off with 4:56 left. He was hurt when his leg buckled beneath him on a tackle of Gore.
Fitzgerald didn’t seem hampered by a tender hamstring when he split two defenders as the 49ers tried for another interception, and his touchdown put Arizona ahead 7-6 late in the first quarter.
Fitzgerald fumbled after a catch late in the third quarter on a hit by Patrick Willis, and Reid recovered. All-Pro linebacker Willis returned for San Francisco after missing two games with a groin injury.
There was some question whether Fitzgerald would play, with the Cardinals gearing up for two games in a five-day stretch; the Seahawks visit the desert Thursday night. But he played in his 96th straight game.
After Fitzgerald scored, San Francisco took charge in a wild sequence.
Kaepernick’s tipped pass intended for Bruce Miller near the goal line was intercepted by Yeremiah Bell. But San Francisco turned that bad break into a go-ahead safety when Corey Lemonier took Palmer down in the end zone for his first career sack, putting the 49ers ahead 8-7.
Two plays after Arizona’s free kick, Kaepernick found Davis for the 61-yard TD.
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