Archive for Monday, October 13, 2008

Roundup: Arizona stuns Cowboys, 30-24

Texans, Falcons, Rams, Vikes win in final seconds

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) scores the winning touchdown on a three-yard run. The Texans beat the Dolphins, 29-28, on Sunday in Houston for their first victory of the season.

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) scores the winning touchdown on a three-yard run. The Texans beat the Dolphins, 29-28, on Sunday in Houston for their first victory of the season.

October 13, 2008

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Glendale, Ariz. - Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar's punt, and Monty Beisel scooped up the ball and scored from three yards out to give Arizona a 30-24 overtime victory over Dallas.

Morey rushed untouched off the left side of the Dallas line to block the kick. Beisel, a backup linebacker, picked up the ball and bowled over the goal line.

McBriar had to be carted off the field in the din of a crowd that included the usual large portion of Dallas fans.

The stunning play by two of Arizona's most unheralded players brought a conclusion to a game loaded with confusion, controversy and clutch performances.

Dallas scored 10 points in the final two minutes of regulation, sending the game into overtime when Nick Folk's 52-yard field goal barely cleared the crossbar as the fourth quarter ended.

Folk was in field-goal range only because a five-yard offside penalty was called against injured Arizona linebacker Travis LaBoy as he tried to limp off the field.

The Cardinals won their sixth consecutive home contest.

Rams 19, Redskins 17

Landover, Md. - Josh Brown kicked a 49-yard field goal on the last play of the game, ending the Rams' eight-game losing streak over two seasons.

Jim Haslett was a winner in his St. Louis head-coaching debut.

The Redskins (4-2) overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit and appeared set to win their fifth straight game when Clinton Portis' two-yard run with 3:47 left gave Washington a 17-16 lead. But Marc Bulger hit Donnie Avery down the right sideline for a 43-yard gain on third-and-13 to move into field goal range.

Eagles 40, 49ers 26

San Francisco - Donovan McNabb passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns without his top two receivers and his best running back, and the Eagles' aggressive defenders forced three turnovers during a 23-point fourth quarter.

Donald Strickland returned a blocked field goal 41 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half for the 49ers (2-4), who went ahead, 26-17, in the third quarter. They couldn't sustain that momentum in their third straight loss against a Philadelphia defense that repeatedly made stunning plays in the final minutes of the game.

Packers 27, Seahawks 17

Seattle - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay's ailing quarterback, ran for a touchdown, then threw two scoring passes in the second half perhaps to save the Packers' season.

Seattle paid for having to start No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye. It looked inept on offense while dropping to 1-4 - the equal of the St. Louis Rams at the bottom of the NFC West the Seahawks have ruled the last four seasons. Seattle was last 1-4 in 2002, its most recent losing season.

Jaguars 24, Broncos 17

Denver - Playing their best all-around game of the season, the Jaguars got superb performances from quarterback David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew, plus three takeaways by their defense.

Garrard completed 25 of 34 passes for 276 yards, one TD and no INT's, and Jones-Drew rumbled for 125 yards and two TDs on 22 carries.

The Jaguars (3-3) also won at Invesco Field last year, thanks to a franchise-record 18-play, 80-yard drive. This time, they wasted no time in sending the Broncos (4-2) to their first home loss since last Oct. 29 against Green Bay.

Texans 29, Dolphins 28

Houston - Matt Schaub threw interceptions on Houston's first two possessions, but ran for a three-yard touchdown with three seconds left. The Dolphins (2-3) had knocked down consecutive passes in the end zone before Schaub ran for the score. The two-point conversion failed, but Houston had enough points.

That drive was kept alive when Andre Johnson caught a 23-yard pass on fourth-and-10.

Houston (1-4) earned its first victory in dramatic fashion a week after blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in a 31-27 loss to the Colts.

Falcons 22, Bears 20

Atlanta - Jason Elam made the most of his second chance, kicking a 48-yard field goal on the final play.

After Kyle Orton hit Rashied Davis on a 17-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining to give Chicago a 20-19 lead, Bears kicker Robbie Gould pooched kicked the ensuing kickoff. Atlanta's Harry Douglas managed a 10-yard return to the Falcons' 44.

Rookie Matt Ryan calmly threw a 26-yard pass to Michael Jenkins along the left sideline with one second left to set up Elam's game-winning kick.

Vikings 12, Lions 10

Minneapolis - A questionable pass interference penalty on Leigh Bodden put Minnesota's woeful offense in position for a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell with 9 seconds to go.

Detroit (0-5) outplayed the Vikings for the entire game, but the Vikings (3-3) got a boost from a call by field judge Mike Weir. Trailing, 10-9, in the final three minutes, Gus Frerotte threw deep down the sideline for Aundrae Allison, and the ball fell incomplete. But Weir whistled cornerback Bodden for pass interference despite what appeared to be minimal contact.

Bodden was livid, but the 42-yard penalty gave the Vikings the ball at the Detroit 26. Longwell converted five plays later.

Buccaneers 27, Panthers 3

Tampa, Fla. - Jeff Garcia longed for another chance to show he's the right quarterback for the Buccaneers. The three-time Pro Bowl selection got it Sunday and delivered exactly what the Bucs were looking.

He completed a high percentage of passes, managed the offense and - most of all - protected the football.

Garcia, starting for the first time since the season opener because Brian Griese is injured, threw for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Colts 31, Ravens 3

Indianapolis - Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison, a third to Reggie Wayne, and the Colts sputtering offense finally got itself righted, against the Ravens' top-ranked defense.

The Colts (3-2) played with the precision, efficiency and passion coach Tony Dungy had been seeking, and they delivered their best overall performance in months.

Indy lost Pro Bowl running back Joseph Addai (hamstring) in the first quarter and third-string running back Mike Hart (knee) in the second quarter.

Saints 34, Raiders 3

New Orleans - Drew Brees put on a clinic JaMarcus Russell would be wise to study. Connecting on 87 percent of his throws, Brees passed for 320 yards and three scores.

Oakland's Tom Cable spent his NFL head coaching debut watching in frustration as Russell completed only 13 of 35 passes for 159 yards, while throwing an interception and fumbling.

Jets 26, Bengals 14

East Rutherford, N.J. - Thomas Jones ran for two touchdowns, including a one-yarder late in the game, and caught a pass from Brett Favre for a score.

The Jets (3-2) improved to 3-0 in games immediately following a bye under coach Eric Mangini, but this one was far from easy. With New York holding a 20-14 lead late in the game, the Jets needed a 10-play, 41-yard drive by Favre that ate up the clock and sealed the victory over the Bengals (0-6).

Chargers 30, Patriots 10

San Diego - Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers solved their Patriots problem and perhaps saved their season.

Rivers threw three touchdown passes and San Diego's defense stuffed quarterback Matt Cassel on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.

It was a measure of payback against a team that had beaten the Chargers three straight times, including in the playoffs the last two seasons.

Rivers threw touchdown passes of 49 yards to Malcom Floyd, four yards to Vincent Jackson and 1 yard to Antonio Gates. It was the fourth time this season that Rivers threw three TD passes. Rivers completed 18 of 27 passes for 306 yards.

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