Dolphins ambush Patriots for 38-13 victory

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ronnie Brown and the lowly Miami Dolphins ended the Patriots' record winning streak at 21 and made New England's defense look as shaky as its Tom Brady-less offense Sunday.

Brown scored a team record four touchdowns rushing and threw for another -- with four of the scores coming on direct snaps to the running back -- as Miami stunned New England 38-13.

The loss ended the Patriots' NFL mark that began after a 21-0 loss to the Dolphins on Dec. 10, 2006 in which Brady was sacked four times. It also ended New England's chance for a second straight unbeaten regular season.

The Dolphins, who lost their first 13 games last year and finished 1-15, won for just the second time in 22 games. It was the first victory for first-year coach Tony Sparano.

Brown gained 113 yards on 17 carries and the Dolphins outgained the Patriots 461 yards to 216.

Bills 24, Raiders 23

The Bills overcame a sloppy start to produce a second straight fourth-quarter comeback victory.

Rian Lindell hit a 38-yard field goal as the clock ran out. Trent Edwards engineered three scoring drives in the final quarter, helping the Bills twice overcome 9-point deficits in the last 8 minutes.

Edwards finished 24-of-39 for 279 yards and a touchdown a week after he rallied the Bills to a 20-16 win at Jacksonville. The Bills are off to their first 3-0 start since 1992.

Giants 26, Bengals 23, OT

The Giants (3-0) are off to their best start since 2000. John Carney kicked a 22-yard field goal with 8:39 left in the extra session.

The play that set up the winning kick was a 31-yard pass from Eli Manning to Amani Toomer down the left sideline on a third-and-10 from the Bengals' 38.

Carney kicked four field goals for New York.

The Bengals (0-3) drove 71 yards and got a 21-yard field goal from Shayne Graham on the final play of regulation.

Buccaneers 27, Bears 24, OT

Brian Griese set up Matt Bryant's winning 21-yard field goal in overtime with a 38-yard pass to Antonio Bryant.

After blowing a 14-point lead in a 20-17 loss at Carolina last week, the Bears (1-2) couldn't protect a 24-14 advantage in the fourth quarter.

The Buccaneers (2-1) got a 35-yard field goal from Bryant with 3:11 left, and Griese orchestrated a 79-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:49, hitting Jerramy Stevens with a 1-yard pass in the closing seconds of regulation.

Jaguars 23, Colts 21

Jose Scobee made a 51-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to lift Jacksonville (1-2) to victory.

Scobee had kicked a 21-yarder for a 20-14 lead with 2:33 left, but Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning needed just 1:26 to take the Colts 77 yards before giving the ball to Joseph Addai for a 2-yard TD run.

Indianapolis is 1-2, both losses coming in their brand new home stadium.

Broncos 34, Saints 32

Martin Gramatica's 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:55 remaining was wide right, and the Broncos escaped with victory and improved to 3-0.

The Saints' Drew Brees completed 39 of 48 passes for 421 yards and a touchdown, and Reggie Bush piled up 178 all-purpose yards and two TDs.

The Saints (1-2) never led, but they made a game of it after falling behind 21-3 early in the second quarter.

Brandon Marshall led the Broncos with six receptions for 155 yards.

Eagles 15, Steelers 6

Brian Westbrook limped off the field in the first half. Donovan McNabb missed part of the third quarter. With their best player sidelined and star quarterback hurting, the Eagles (2-1) did it with defense.

A swarming defense had nine sacks, forced a safety and forced three turnovers by the Steelers (2-1).

49ers 31, Lions 13

Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown, and Mike Martz's new offense methodically chewed up his former team's defense.

Isaac Bruce and Delanie Walker caught TD passes from J.T. O'Sullivan, and Allen Rossum scored a 1-yard for San Francisco, which is 2-1 for the second straight season.

Ravens 28, Browns 10

Baltimore turned two of Derek Anderson's interceptions into touchdowns during a 50-second span of the third quarter.

Ed Reed returned one of the interceptions 32 yards for a score, and Le'Ron McClain scored his first two NFL touchdowns on a pair of 1-yard runs -- both during a 21-point third quarter that turned a 3-point halftime deficit into a 28-10 lead.

The Ravens (2-0) were forced to take last week off when Hurricane Ike postponed their game at Houston.

The Browns (0-3) have scored only two touchdowns in their three defeats.

Vikings 20, Panthers 10

Antoine Winfield's sack of Jake Delhomme and subsequent 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown right before halftime spurred the Vikings (1-2), handing the Panthers (2-1) their first defeat.

Titans 31, Texans 12

LenDale White ran for two touchdowns, Kerry Collins threw for another and Tennessee improved to 3-0 for only the third time in franchise history.

The Titans last won their first three games in 1999 -- their first season in their current stadium -- and in 1991 while still in Houston and playing as the Oilers. They have beaten the team that replaced them in Houston seven straight times and 11 of the 13 games.

The Texans fell to 0-2.

Redskins 24, Cardinals 17

Carlos Rogers returned a tipped interception to Arizona's 15-yard line. Two plays later, Santana Moss took a receiver screen for a 17-yard touchdown that gave the Redskins (2-1) victory.

Jason Campbell completed 23 of 31 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception this season, and the Redskins' no-turnover day kept Warner and the Cardinals in poor field position throughout the game.

The Cardinals (2-1) had been looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 1974.

Falcons 38, Chiefs 14

Michael Turner ran for three touchdowns and the Falcons (2-1) scored the first 24 points, giving the Chiefs their 12th straight loss.

Turner had scoring runs of 4, 1 and 2 yards, his first game with three touchdowns rushing, while leading the Falcons with 104 yards on the ground.

Tyler Thigpen, the third starting quarterback in three weeks for Kansas City (0-3), threw three interceptions in his first career start.

Cowboys 27, Packers 16

Dallas leaned on its defense and running game -- then unleashed little-known wide receiver Miles Austin to put away Green Bay (2-1).

Marion Barber ran for a career-high 142 yards and a touchdown, and rookie Felix Jones added a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Austin, a backup, sealed the win with a 52-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Dallas (3-0) joined the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants as the NFC's only undefeated teams.

-- AP

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