Falcons top Packers in NFC showdown
ATLANTA -- Matt Bryant kicked a 47-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining to lead the NFC-leading Atlanta Falcons over the Green Bay Packers, 20-17, on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
The Falcons (9-2) have their longest winning streak since 1998 and assured themselves of a third straight winning season. Of course, they have much higher aspirations sitting atop the conference standings with five weeks to go.
Aaron Rodgers guided Green Bay (7-4) on a 90-yard drive to tie the game with 56 seconds remaining. He converted a pair of fourth-down passes, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that made it 17-all.
• Chargers 36, Colts 14 -- San Diego's defense gave Peyton Manning another night to forget.
The Chargers picked off Manning four times, returning two for scores, in a 36-14 win Sunday that handed Indianapolis its most lopsided home loss since the four-time MVP has been the team's starting quarterback. The last time the Colts lost by this much at home was Sept. 14, 1997, when Seattle won 31-3.
San Diego (6-5) won its fourth straight and kept pace in the AFC West race, one game behind Kansas City.
• Texans 20, Titans 0 -- In Houston, Anndre Johnson finally had enough from Cortland Finnegan, sparking a fistfight that led to both players being ejected and could end up in further discipline from the NFL.
Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards and caught nine passes for the Texans (5-6), who posted their first shutout since 2004 by blanking the Titans (5-6).
• Vikings 17, Redskins 13 -- In Landover, Md., Brett Favre was perfect on two scoring drives, and Minnesota (4-7) won Leslie Frazier's NFL head coaching debut by beating Washington (5-6).
Favre went 3 for 3 on the Vikings' opening possession, which ended with Peterson's 5-yard touchdown run. The 41-year-old quarterback was 5 for 5 on the first drive of the second half, capped by a 5-yard TD from rookie Toby Gerhart.
• Giants 24, Jaguars 20 -- In East Rutherford, N.J., Eli Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss with 3:15 to play, and the Giants (7-4) rallied to snap a two-game losing streak and end the Jaguars' three-game winning streak.
Manning also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, Lawrence Tynes kicked three field goals, and the defense came up with three consecutive sacks and a late turnover with 1:25 to go as the Giants (7-4) rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to top Jacksonville (6-5).
• Dolphins 33, Raiders 17 -- In Oakland, Calif., Chad Henne returned from a benching and injury to throw for 307 yards and two scores, and Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals for Miami (6-5) in a win over the Raiders (5-6).
Oakland's Bruce Gradkowski (Seton-La Salle) got the nod ahead of Jason Campbell at quarterback, but threw two interceptions.
• Bears 31, Eagles 26 -- In Chicago, Jay Cutler tied a career high with four touchdown passes, and Chicago (8-3) took sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
Michael Vick and the Eagles (7-4) had won three straight, but were unable to break off big plays against one of the league's stingiest defenses and fell into a tie with the Giants for the NFC East lead.
• Chiefs 42, Seahawks 24 -- In Seattle, Matt Cassel threw three touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles rushed for 173 yards, and Kansas City (7-4) remained atop the AFC West.
Facing Pete Carroll, his former coach at Southern California, Cassel threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
Seattle (5-6) has lost four of five.
• Rams 36, Broncos 33 -- In Denver, rookie Sam Bradford threw for three touchdowns and had his first 300-yard game as St. Louis (5-6) escaped with a rare road win, which came just over a day after the NFL fined the Broncos and their coach for a videotaping scandal.
The Rams had a seemingly safe 33-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Broncos (3-8) pulled within three points on Brandon Lloyd's TD catch from Kyle Orton with 2:35 remaining.Additional Information:
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• Adrian Peterson injured his right ankle in the first half of the Minnesota Vikings' 17-13 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday and did not return. Peterson said his ankle 'got rolled up' when he was tackled on a 1-yard carry late in the second quarter. Neither Peterson nor interim coach Leslie Frazier would speculate on the running back's prospects for next week's game against Buffalo.
• Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would like to see the NFL adopt the college replay system on scoring plays. In college, all plays are eligible for video review by replay officials. In the NFL, coaches have two challenges they can use per game, except in the last two minutes of each half when only the officials can determine if a play needs to be reviewed. Dungy would like to see the process taken out of coaches' hands on scoring plays, regardless of when in the game.
• Tennessee Titans wide receiver Randy Moss caught three receptions against Houston to reach 952 for his career and pass Andre Reed for eighth all-time.
• Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson became the first player to have 60 receptions in each of his first eight seasons with nine catches against Tennessee. Houston coach Gary Kubiak awarded Johnson the game ball for the accomplishment.
• Michael Vick threw his first interception in four years in Philadelphia's 31-26 loss to Chicago. The Eagles' quarterback had gone 238 passes without one when he was picked off by Chicago's Chris Harris late in the first half against the Bears. Vick previous interception was on Dec. 24, 2006, when he threw one for Atlanta against Carolina.
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