Archive for Monday, October 15, 2007

Pats too tough for Cowboys

QB goes wild again as New England beats Dallas

October 15, 2007


New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss reacts on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in their showdown. New England won, 48-27, Sunday in Irving, Texas.

New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss reacts on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in their showdown. New England won, 48-27, Sunday in Irving, Texas.

— Tom Brady threw a career-high five touchdown passes, with Donte Stallworth taking the final one 69 yards to break open a tight game in the fourth quarter as the New England Patriots won, 48-27, on Sunday in a rare battle of teams with 5-0 records.

The Patriots (6-0) started strong and finished stronger, their sixth straight blowout victory and their highest point total this season. New England also gave up its most points of the season and trailed in the second half for the first time this year.

Brady was sacked three times, as many as he'd been all season.

Experience in big games had to be part of the difference. Consider what the Patriots did on their final five drives after the Cowboys went ahead 24-21 early in the third quarter: touchdown, field goal, touchdown, field goal, touchdown.

Brady went 31-of-46 for 388 yards. His five TDs tied a franchise record and gave him an NFL mark with at least three in each of the first six games of the season. He has an NFL-best 21 this year; the league record is 49 by Peyton Manning.

Chargers 28, Raiders 14

San Diego - LaDainian Tomlinson matched his career high with four touchdowns, rushing for 198 yards on 24 carries and leading the Chargers to their eighth straight victory over the Raiders (2-3).

Tomlinson scored on runs of 3, 27, 13 and 41 yards to vault past John Riggins for fifth on the all-time TDs rushing list with 106.

L.T. scored for the final time with 2:43 left, much to the delight of the Raiders-hating crowd. It was a simple off-tackle play that Tomlinson broke to the outside. After racing into the end zone, he dropped the ball and raised both arms in the air.

It was the third time the reigning NFL MVP rushed for four touchdowns in a game and the fifth time overall he has scored four times. It was the first time he scored four TDs at home.

The defending AFC West champion Chargers (3-3) rebounded to .500 after their early-season, three-game losing streak. The Chargers pulled into a tie atop the division with Kansas City.

Panthers 25, Cardinals 10

Glendale, Ariz. - Vinny Testaverde hit Steve Smith for a 65-yard touchdown pass, and DeAngelo Williams ran for 121 yards and a touchdown in a game featuring third-string quarterbacks. John Kasay hit four field goals for Carolina.

Testaverde, 43, threw a touchdown pass for the 21st straight season, extending his own NFL record. He signed with Carolina earlier this week when first-stringer Jake Delhomme went on injured reserve and backup David Carr hurt his back.

Williams helped ice the game with a late 75-yard run, and he scored on a 13-yard run for the Panthers (4-2), who are 4-0 on the road this year.

Tim Rattay was rushed into action for Arizona (3-3) when starter Kurt Warner sprained his left elbow in the first quarter.

Packers 17, Redskins 14

Green Bay, Wis. - Charles Woodson returned a fumble 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in soggy conditions at Lambeau Field.

Corey Williams stripped Santana Moss on an end-around late in the third quarter. Woodson picked up the ball and ran to the end zone.

Green Bay won despite an off day from the league's top passing offense and Brett Favre, who became the NFL's career interception king with an errant pass picked off by Redskins safety Sean Taylor in the third quarter.

On the Packers' first possession after halftime, Favre's pass hung in the air, and Taylor recovered to make a leaping catch near the sideline.

It was the 278th interception of Favre's career, breaking a tie with George Blanda for the NFL record. The dubious mark comes two weeks after Favre surpassed Dan Marino's career record for touchdown passes and a month after Favre broke John Elway's record for most career victories for a starting quarterback.

Vikings 34, Bears 31

Chicago - Adrian Peterson showed the Bears why he was the first running back taken in this year's draft with an electrifying, record-setting rushing performance and three touchdowns. Still, the Vikings needed a 55-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell on the final play.

After Chicago's Brian Griese hit Devin Hester for an 81-yard TD pass to tie the game with 1:38 left, Peterson came through again. He returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the Bears 38. Then Longwell floated a kick that just cleared the crossbar for his longest pro field goal.

Peterson finished with 224 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored on runs of 67, 73 and 35 yards. He broke Chuck Foreman's club-record of 200 yards rushing set in 1976.

Hester also returned a punt 89 yards for a TD in the first quarter, his third kick return for a score this season after setting an NFL record with six kick-return TDs a year ago.

Bucs 13, Titans 10

Tampa, Fla. - Tennessee lost Vince Young, then watched the game slip away, too.

Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining won it. Tennessee had a five-game road winning streak halted after the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year limped off the field in the third quarter.

Jeff Garcia threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway less than five minutes after Young left the game. Garcia then led the Bucs (4-2) on the winning drive after the Titans (3-2) tied the score on LenDale White's two-yard run with 1:17 left.

Tampa Bay, which rebounded from a lopsided loss to Super Bowl champion Indianapolis, already has matched its victory total for last season.

Jaguars 37, Texans 17

Jacksonville, Fla. - David Garrard threw two touchdown passes, and Maurice Jones-Drew had 260 all-purpose yards as the Jaguars won their fourth straight.

Jacksonville (4-1) got a rare rout against the team that has caused it the most headaches in recent years. Houston, which had won four of the previous six meetings between the clubs, essentially knocked the Jaguars out of playoff contention in 2004 and 2006.

Houston (3-3) provided a real test, especially since Jacksonville was coming off big road victories at Denver and Kansas City and has a Monday night matchup against Indianapolis up next.

The Jaguars dominated this one, and it could have been worse had they not fumbled three times. The turnovers kept it close until the final quarter.

Jones-Drew had a seven-yard TD run early in the fourth period, making it 23-9. Paul Spicer sacked Matt Schaub on the ensuing possession, causing a fumble that Daryl Smith picked up and ran 77 yards to seal it.

Ravens 22, Rams 3

Baltimore - The Ravens forced Rams QB Gus Frerotte into six turnovers, and Matt Stover kicked five field goals. Willis McGahee had a six-yard touchdown run for the Ravens. It was the first time this season Baltimore (4-2) won by more than seven points.

Kyle Boller went 17-for-29 for 185 yards as a replacement for an injured Steve McNair. Boller was operating behind an offensive line that started three rookies because of injuries to Jonathan Ogden, Mike Flynn and Adam Terry.

Playing again in place of an injured Marc Bulger, Frerotte threw a career-high five interceptions and lost a fumble. He left with just over a minute left after being hit hard on an incomplete pass.

Baltimore converted the turnovers into 12 points, and that was more than enough to beat a St. Louis team that has been outscored 159-73 this season. The last time the Rams started 0-6 was in 1962, when the franchise was in Los Angeles.

Eagles 16, Jets 9

East Rutherford, N.J. - Donovan McNabb threw for 278 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis. Brian Westbrook ran for 120 yards, and David Akers kicked three field goals as the Eagles (2-3) improved to 8-0 all-time against the Jets (1-5). The Eagles are 9-0 in games after the bye under coach Andy Reid.

After having a week off following their loss to the Giants in which McNabb was sacked 12 times, the Eagles protected their quarterback and allowed three sacks.

McNabb finished 22-of-35, and Curtis caught five passes for 121 yards.

Browns 41, Dolphins 31

Cleveland - The Browns handed the Dolphins a franchise-record ninth consecutive loss.

The Browns (3-3) scored on three of their first four possessions to go up 17-3 before Leigh Bodden intercepted Cleo Lemon's pass. Derek Anderson turned it into a 24-yard touchdown throw to Braylon Edwards on the next play.

After the Dolphins (0-6) pulled within 27-24 in the third quarter, Anderson threw his second and third TD passes of the game to Edwards to put it out of reach.

Saints 28, Seahawks 17

Seattle - Reggie Bush gained 141 yards, Drew Brees threw for 246, and receiver David Patten had eight catches for 113 yards, lifting the Saints to their first victory.

It was a breakout day for New Orleans (1-4), which hadn't scored more than 14 points in four dispiriting losses that brought back chilling memories of the 'Aints of days past.

In this one, the Saints had three touchdowns by the middle of the second quarter.

Now, it's the Seahawks (3-3) who must go directly back to the drawing board after a second straight pathetic effort - this coming a week after a 21-0 loss at Pittsburgh.


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