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Colts take advantage of Pats' gamble, win 35-34

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bill Belichick's stunning gamble failed, and Peyton Manning took advantage by throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left that rallied the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts over the New England Patriots 35-34 on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Manning's toss to Reggie Wayne completed the Colts' comeback from a 17-point deficit. A decision by Belichick put them in position. The Patriots coach decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 from their own 28 with 2:08 to go. The pass to Kevin Faulk came up short.

Bengals 18, Steelers 12

The Bengals smothered Ben Roethlisberger and the Super Bowl champions by holding them to four field goals as they took control of the AFC North.

Shayne Graham kicked four field goals in the second half even as the Bengals (7-2) failed to convert opportunity after opportunity to take control. Bernard Scott's 96-yard kickoff return in the first quarter proved pivotal for the Bengals.

The Bengals swept the Steelers (6-3) for the first time since 1998.

Dolphins 25, Bucs 23

Chad Henne directed a 77-yard scoring drive in the final 1:10, and Dan Carpenter kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10 seconds left.

Henne spoiled the Bucs' comeback led by Josh Freeman, who rallied his team in the fourth quarter for the second time in two NFL starts. The rookie shook off an awful first half and led his team to a pair of late touchdowns.

Panthers 28, Falcons 19

Jake Delhomme went turnover-free for the third straight game, finding Steve Smith for two touchdowns.

The Panthers (4-5) built a 21-10 halftime lead, but the win wasn't sealed until Richard Marshall picked off Matt Ryan, setting up Jonathan Stewart's 45-yard touchdown run.

Vikings 27, Lions 10

Brett Favre passed for a season-high 344 yards, 201 to Sidney Rice, and Detroit lost for the 31st time in 33 games.

The Lions (1-8) joined the Houston Oilers, from Nov. 21, 1982 through Nov. 4, 1984, as the only NFL teams to lose 31 games in a 33-game stretch.

Adrian Peterson carried 18 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (8-1).

Redskins 27, Broncos 17

The Washington Redskins broke the 17-point barrier for the first time this season and ended a four-game losing skid.

The Broncos (6-3) lost their third straight and had to play the second half with Chris Simms at quarterback after Kyle Orton left with an ankle injury.

Jason Campbell completed 17 of 26 passes for 193 yards for the Redskins (3-6).

Titans 41, Bills 17

The Titans' Chris Johnson ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught nine passes for 100 more.

The Titans (3-6) are on a roll since opening the season 0-6, and they can thank Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher and the league's first back to top 1,000 yards this season.

Jaguars 24, Jets 22

Josh Scobee kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired after the Jaguars passed up a touchdown in order to drain the clock.

With the Jaguars facing second-and-6 from the 10, Maurice Jones-Drew took a handoff up the middle and went to a knee at the 1 to give Jacksonville first and goal with just over a minute left. New York had no timeouts left.

David Garrard knelt the ball twice, giving Scobee the opportunity to kick the game winner for the Jaguars (5-4).

Chargers 31, Eagles 23

LaDainian Tomlinson scored twice to continue his climb up the career rushing and scoring lists, and San Diego (6-3) pulled into a tie atop the AFC West.

Tomlinson gained a season-high 96 yards on 24 carries to pass Thurman Thomas and Franco Harris and move into 12th place all-time with 12,145 yards. His two touchdowns gave him 146 and moved him past Marcus Allen and into third place on the all-time list.

Donovan McNabb threw for a season-high 450 yardsfor Philadelphia (4-5).

Chiefs 16, Raiders 10

Jamaal Charles scored on a 44-yard run for Kansas City's first rushing touchdown of the season and the Chiefs (2-7) used an interception to win their seventh straight game in Oakland.

Ryan Succop kicked three field goals for Kansas City.

The Raiders (2-7) scored a touchdown on their opening drive, then managed just three points and 202 yards the rest of the way.

Cardinals 31, Seahawks 20

Rookie Beanie Wells had second-half touchdown runs of 10 and 13 yards as Arizona rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit for its second home win in five tries.

Kurt Warner completed 29 of 38 for 340 yards and threw two touchdowns as the Cardinals (6-3) stayed two games up on San Francisco in the NFC West. Warner also became the 29th player in NFL history to throw 200 touchdown passes.

Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 123 yards for the Seahawks (3-6).

Packers 17, Cowboys 7

Charles Woodson helped Green Bay's defense finally play up to its potential against a big-time opponent, forcing two fumbles and picking off a pass by Tony Romo on the goal line.

The Packers (5-4) sacked Romo five times and held him to 251 yards passing. Dallas also lost starting right tackle Marc Colombo to a broken left leg.

-- The Associated Press


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