Sunday's NFL results - Week 4

Monday, October 4, 2004

Patriots 31, Bills 17

Quarterback Tom Brady and defensive end Richard Seymour combined to secure the New England's record-tying 18th straight victory, 31-17 over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Brady put the Patriots ahead for good with a 2-yard scoring pass to tight end Daniel Graham four minutes into the fourth quarter. The Patriots' defense did the rest. With New England ahead 24-17, the victory was clinched when Seymour picked up quarterback Drew Bledsoe's fumble and ran it 68 yards for a touchdown with 2:44 remaining.

It's now been 53 weeks since the Patriots lost, a 20-17 defeat at Washington on Sept. 28, 2003. New England has won 15 straight regular-season games, including three to start this season, and three straight in the playoffs, including last February's Super Bowl.

Brady went 17-for-30 for 298 yards and two touchdowns.

Cardinals 34, Saints 10

Emmitt Smith earned another NFL record with his 77th 100-yard rushing game, and threw the first pass of his 15-year pro career. It went for a touchdown. The NFL's career rushing leader had his best game since leaving Dallas two years ago, gaining 127 yards in 21 carries. It gave Dennis Green his first victory as Cardinals coach.

Smith, six months past his 35th birthday, tied Walter Payton's record of 77 games with 100 yards. It was his first 100-yard game since Thanksgiving 2002, when he did it for Dallas against Washington.

Jets 17, Dolphins 9

The Jets came up with four turnovers by quarterback Jay Fiedler in the second half, including an interception returned 66 yards for a touchdown by Donnie Abraham, to improve to 3-0 for only the third time in franchise history. New York also won its first three games in 1966 and 2000.

The Dolphins fell to 0-4 for the first time since their expansion season in 1966.

New York's Curtis Martin topped 100 yards rushing for the third game in a row, moving into 10th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list. He totaled 110 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown, and became the 11th NFL player to rush for 12,000 yards. He has 12,094, passing Thurman Thomas, who has 12,074.

Colts 24, Jaguars 17

Peyton Manning was 13-for-13 for 162 yards on three touchdown drives to lead the Colts.

Jacksonville (3-1) played a fourth consecutive close game -- it won the first three by a combined seven points, but couldn't pull this one out.

Steelers 28, Bengals 17

Ben Roethlisberger, showing uncommon poise for a rookie not expected to play this season, twice rallied the Steelers and Duce Staley ran for 123 yards.

Roethlisberger went 17-of-25 for 174 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. The Steelers are 3-1 for the second time in four seasons and are 2-0 since Roethlisberger became the starter when Tommy Maddox injured his right elbow.

Giants 14, Packers 7

Tiki Barber ran for a 52-yard touchdown and 182 yards in all, Kurt Warner threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey, and Packers quarterback Brett Favre was knocked from the game with a head injury.

The Giants improved to 3-1 despite a series of missed opportunities, including three errant field goal attempts by Steve Christie.

Eagles 19, Bears 9

David Akers kicked four field goals, and Donovan McNabb threw for 222 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles picked apart the injury-riddled Bears.

Terrell Owens caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Brian Westbrook ran for 115 yards and caught nine passes for 63 yards as the Eagles improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1993.

Falcons 27, Panthers 10

The Panthers held Michael Vick o to 148 yards passing and 35 yards rushing, but it didn't matter. The Falcons still found a way to win, moving to 4-0 to match the best start in franchise history.

Warrick Dunn had a 38-yard touchdown run and Kevin Mathis returned an interception 35 yards for another score. The Falcons last opened the season 4-0 in 1986.

Texans 30, Raiders 17

The Texans won back-to-back games for the first time in 36 games. Houston's defense forced new Raiders starting quarterback Kerry Collins into five turnovers, including each of his last four drives.

Chargers 38, Titans 17

Drew Brees, who's had a tenuous grip on his job since last season, threw for three touchdowns, including a 58-yarder to Reche Caldwell midway through the fourth quarter. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 147 yards and one touchdown for the Chargers (2-2).

The Titans played without quarterback Steve McNair, who was reduced to being the emergency third quarterback after bruising his sternum in a loss to Jacksonville last week. Billy Volek threw for 278 yards and two TDs.

Browns 17, Redskins 13

Lee Suggs, who missed Cleveland's first three games with a neck injury, rushed for 82 yards and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Garcia went 14-of-21 for 195 yards and a TD for the Browns, who didn't secure the win until Washington's Laveranues Coles fumbled with two minutes left.

Broncos 16, Bucs 13

Jake Plummer threw a 5-yard TD pass to Patrick Hape and Jason Elam kicked three field goals for the Broncos.

The Buccaneers are winless on the season.

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