NFL roundup: Week 12

Monday, November 28, 2005

Sunday's results

Seahawks 24, Giants 21

The Seattle Seahawks survived a huge challenge Sunday -- barely.

Giants kicker Jay Feely missed three field goals, including two in overtime, and Seattle's Josh Brown hit a 36-yarder as the conference-leading Seahawks outlasted New York 24-21.

Feely failed on the final play of regulation from 40 yards, then couldn't hit from 54 and 45 yards in the extra session. Seattle used a 38-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to D.J. Hackett to get close for Brown.

Shaun Alexander rushed 31 times for 110 yards, 94 after halftime, and former Giant Joe Jurevicius had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns -- all before the frantic, seesaw finish.

"That was something, wasn't it?" Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said, sighing.

The Giants, led by quarterback Eli Manning's career day, fell to 7-4 instead of being 8-3 for the first time since their 2000 Super Bowl season. They are tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East and host the Cowboys next Sunday.

The Seahawks (9-2) won their seventh straight. They have the best record in the NFC and need one win or a St. Louis loss to clinch their second consecutive NFC West title.

Bears 13, Buccaneeers 10

Alex Brown sacked Chris Simms to force a fumble that set up Chicago's only touchdown, and the Bears kept Tampa Bay out of the end zone until the fourth quarter.

The Bears (8-3) still needed some help to ensure their first seven-game winning streak since 1986, prevailing after Matt Bryant missed a potential tying 29-yard field goal attempt for the Bucs (7-4) with 2:47 to go.

Kyle Orton threw for 134 yards and a TD and Robbie Gould kicked field goals of 25 and 36 yards for the Bears, who have their longest winning streak since the season after Chicago won its only Super Bowl title.

A week after sacking Jake Delhomme eight times and forcing two turnovers in a victory over Carolina, the Bears sacked Simms four times and used his fumble at his 1 to take an early lead on Orton's 1-yard TD pass to John Gilmore.

Brown finished with two sacks and his third forced fumble in two weeks. He also batted down three passes in the backfield and broke up a pass downfield. Adewale Ogunleye also had two sacks.

Jaguars 24, Cardinals 17

On a day when they lost starting quarterback Byron Leftwich with a broken ankle, the Jaguars (8-3) won their fourth straight as Derrick Wimbush returned a kick 91 yards for a touchdown, and backup quarterback David Garrard ran 16 yards for a score.

Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers' string of 31 consecutive field goals, tied for third-longest in NFL history, came to an end on the first series of the windy afternoon when his 43-yard attempt was wide left.

Chiefs 26, Patriots 16

Larry Johnson tore through New England's injury-tattered defense for 119 yards and a touchdown and safety Greg Wesley had three of the Chiefs' four interceptions.

Two of Wesley's interceptions set up field goals by Lawrence Tynes, who tied an NFL record with four 3-pointers in one period for the Chiefs (7-4).

Brady finished 22-of-40 for 228 yards for the Patriots (6-5).

Johnson, who had a franchise-record 211 yards rushing against Houston the previous week, has 462 yards in three games since Priest Holmes went on injured reserve with a spinal injury. He had a 1-yard TD plunge in the first quarter and also caught five passes for 53 yards, including a 30-yard gain on a screen pass.

Panthers 13, Bills 9

Jake Delhomme threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to third-string tight end Michael Gaines with 2:16 left to put the Panthers (8-3) on top in the NFC North.

It was the only touchdown of a game dominated by defense and field goals.

The last chance for the Bills (4-7) ended when Chris Gamble intercepted J.P. Losman's throw to Roscoe Parrish in the left flat in the final minute. Parrish appeared to slip on the play, and Losman's pass was underthrown.

Delhomme finished 20-of-27 for 191 yards, bouncing back after he had thrown four interceptions in his previous two games.

Vikings 24, Browns 12

Brad Johnson threw three touchdown passes to Marcus Robinson, each of them set up by Cleveland turnovers, and the Vikings (6-5) won their fourth straight.

Rookie C.J. Mosley and Keith Newman both forced fumbles by Trent Dilfer with sacks, leading to Robinson's first two scores. The Browns fell to 4-7.

Eagles 19, Packers 14

Without Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens, David Akers made four field goals and quarterback Mike McMahon played an efficient, error-free game to help the Eagles (5-6) snap a four-game losing streak.

Samkon Gado ran for 111 yards and one touchdown for the Packers (2-9), who are assured of their first losing season since Brett Favre took over as starter in 1992.

Chargers 23, Redskins 17, OT

LaDainian Tomlinson's 41-yard touchdown run in overtime carried the Chargers to a critical comeback victory.

Tomlinson broke free on the second play of the extra period. He finished with 184 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, including a 32-yard run that tied the game with 3:29 left in regulation.

The Chargers (7-4) recovered from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to win their fourth straight and remain two games behind Denver in the AFC West.

The Redskins (5-6) suffered their third straight loss and sixth in eight games.

Bengals 42, Ravens 29

Carson Palmer took advantage of Baltimore turnovers by throwing three touchdown passes as the Bengals (8-3) jumped to a 34-0 lead.

Kyle Boller threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, helping Cincinnati move a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Steelers play Monday night in Indianapolis.

The Bengals and Steelers will then meet in Pittsburgh a week later with the division lead on the line.

The Ravens (3-8) kept the division knotted by upsetting Pittsburgh a week earlier. Their depleted defense didn't have a chance against a Bengals offense that's on a roll -- 79 points in the last two games.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught nine passes for 147 yards, and Chad Johnson had a 54-yard touchdown catch.

Titans 33, 49ers 22

Steve McNair took advantage of a soft San Francisco pass defense to throw for 343 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter, including two within 80 seconds, and the Titans (3-8) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Chris Brown, who hasn't rushed for 100 yards in a game this season, caught three passes for 105 yards and a TD. Rob Bironas also kicked a career-high four field goals. Kyle Vanden Bosch had two sacks, and the Titans (3-8) forced four turnovers in winning for the first time since Oct. 16.

Dolphins 33, Raiders 21

Jason Taylor had three of Miami's seven sacks, including a key safety, Gus Frerotte threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ricky Williams broke open for a 34-yard touchdown run with 3:50 to play, and Vonnie Holliday also had three sacks to give Miami (4-7) its sixth straight regular-season victory over the Raiders (4-7).

Saints 21, Jets 19

Aaron Brooks threw three TD passes and New Orleans broke a six-game losing streak in its second visit to East Rutherford this season.

The Saints (3-8) lost their "home" opener here against the Giants after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and ruined the Superdome.

Brooks made sure they came out with the victory this time, handing the Jets a sixth straight loss of their own. He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson with 8:32 remaining for the winning score, and finished 17-of-23 for 181 yards.

Mike Nugent made a career-high four field goals for the Jets (2-9), but his 53-yard attempt with 15 seconds left came up short.

-- From wire reports

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