Titans win to remain perfect

Monday, November 10, 2008
DAVID BANKS ~ Associated Press
Titans wide receiver Justin Gage falls into the end zone for a touchdown during Sunday's game in Chicago.

CHICAGO -- Kerry Collins threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 on Sunday to remain undefeated despite rushing for just 20 yards.

That was just one more than their franchise-low, a stunning performance for a team that was third in the league entering the game. Even so, the Titans (9-0) set a franchise record with their 12th straight regular-season win thanks to Collins and a defense that shut down Rex Grossman and the Bears.

Collins was 30 of 41 and did not throw an interception. Brandon Jones caught eight passes for 82 yards, and Bo Scaife had 10 for 78 with a touchdown.

Colts 24, Steelers 20

PITTSBURGH -- Peyton Manning took advantage of Ben Roethlisberger's second costly interception to find Dominic Rhodes out of the backfield on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 3:04 remaining for Indianapolis' only lead.

Manning also hit Reggie Wayne on a 65-yard touchdown pass play on a tipped ball and Dallas Clark on a 2-yard scoring pass seconds before halftime following an interception by Roethlisberger to end the Colts' 40-year losing streak in Pittsburgh.

Chargers 20, Chiefs 19

SAN DIEGO -- Clinton Hart knocked down Tyler Thigpen's 2-point conversion pass with 23 seconds left and the Chargers held on to beat the scrappy Chiefs.

The Chiefs pulled within one on Thigpen's 3-yard pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez. The Chiefs (1-9) went for the win, but Thigpen's pass to Gonzalez was deflected by Hart to cornerback Quentin Jammer, who made the interception while on the ground.

Coincidentally, San Diego lost to Denver 39-38 in Week 2 when the Broncos made a last-minute 2-point conversion.

Panthers 17, Raiders 6

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Even the worst game of Jake Delhomme's career proved to be enough to beat the lowly Raiders. Delhomme threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive before matching his career-worst performance with four interceptions.

DeAngelo Williams ran for 140 yards and scored on a 69-yard run for the only touchdown after the opening drive for the Panthers (7-2). But against a Raiders team that hasn't reached the end zone in nine quarters, that was more than enough to keep Carolina in first place in the NFC South.

Vikings 28, Packers 27

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ending the Vikings' five-game losing streak to the Packers, Adrian Peterson rushed for 192 yards and reached across the end zone with 2:22 left for the winning TD.

Mason Crosby's 52-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds was just wide, helping the Vikings (5-4) pull into a first-place tie with the Chicago Bears. Green Bay (4-5) is one game back in the NFC North.

Peterson did his damage on 30 carries, including a 29-yard scamper to give Minnesota the lead and help the Vikings overcome three interceptions by Gus Frerotte that the Packers turned into 17 points.

Dolphins 21, Seahawks 19

The Dolphins' sizable bag of tricks saved them on a day the offense sputtered, and they withstood a frantic rally by injury-riddled Seattle to secure a winning record.

Surprising Miami (5-4) won its third in a row and remained in the thick of the AFC East race. After going 1-15 last season, the Dolphins are above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.

The Dolphins' wildcat formation, shut out in the past three games, produced scores on a 51-yard run by Ricky Williams and a 16-yard run by Ronnie Brown. Ted Ginn Jr. scored his first touchdown this season when he made a fingertip catch in the end zone of a 39-yard pass from Chad Pennington on a flea-flicker.

Falcons 34, Saints 20

ATLANTA -- Drew Brees, the NFL's most prolific passer, threw a season-high three interceptions, the last returned 95 yards for a touchdown by Chevis Jackson.

Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (6-3), who won for the fourth time in five games to remain in the thick of the playoff race. The Saints (4-5) again failed to put together their first winning streak of the season.

Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 16-yard touchdown on the Falcons' second possession, then broke it open with a short pass to Jerious Norwood that the speedy running back took for a 67-yard TD for a 27-6 lead.

Patriots 20, Bills 10

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots rookie runner BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his best game as a pro, Matt Cassel had a solid one and the free-falling Bills had another bad one.

Add a dominating performance by New England's defense, and Buffalo's hopes in the tight AFC East race suffered a serious blow.

Green-Ellis, an undrafted rookie from Mississippi playing because three running backs are hurt, rushed for 105 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 1-yard run, his fourth straight game with a touchdown.

Jaguars 38, Lions 14

DETROIT -- Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a career-high three touchdowns in the second quarter alone after Detroit took the lead and David Garrard threw two touchdown passes in the second half.

Fred Taylor ran for 80 yards after having 25 yards rushing or fewer in the previous five games. Jones-Drew finished with 70 yards rushing after combining for just 62 in the last two losses.

The Jaguars (4-5) snapped a two-game losing streak, including a setback to winless Cincinnati last week when they ran for just 68 yards.

Ravens 41, Texans 13

HOUSTON -- Rookie Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Ray Lewis had a pair of interceptions to lead the Ravens to their fourth straight win. The Ravens (6-3) have scored at least 27 points in a team-record four consecutive games.

Flacco was 15 of 23 for 185 yards and threw touchdowns to Yamon Figurs and Todd Heap, keeping his composure despite being under heavy pressure most of the day.

Giants 36, Eagles 31

PHILADELPHIA -- If there was any doubt the New York Giants rule the NFC East, the Super Bowl champions erased it.

Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes, Brandon Jacobs had two TD runs and the Giants held on to beat the Eagles and further distance themselves from the pack in the NFL's toughest division.

The Eagles had the ball at their own 45 with 1:55 left, but Brian Westbrook was stopped on fourth-and-1.

The Giants (8-1) are two games ahead of the Washington Redskins and three in front of the Eagles (5-4) and Dallas Cowboys. New York is 3-0 against its division rivals, but has only one other win against an opponent with a winning record.

-- The Associated Press

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