Colts extend winning streak to 19

Monday, November 23, 2009

The undefeated Indianapolis Colts found yet another way to win a close game, their 19th straight victory.

The 17-15 win secured on former Ravens kicker Matt Stover's go-ahead field goal gave Indianapolis (10-0), the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 21-game run by the New England Patriots (2006 to 2008).

Much to the dismay of the Ravens and their fans, Stover booted the decisive field goal with 7:02 left. Colts linebacker Gary Brackett then intercepted Joe Flacco's pass at the Indianapolis 13 with 2:42 remaining, and the Colts kept the ball until the closing seconds.

Eagles 24, Bears 20

Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles found a way to pull out a close win. They also hurt the Chicago Bears in the process.

McNabb threw for 244 yards against his hometown team, LeSean McCoy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run following Antonio Dixon's block of a field goal attempt, and Philadelphia came away with a 24-20 victory over struggling Chicago on Sunday night after back-to-back close losses.

The Bears were leading 20-17 when Dixon blocked a 48-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 11 minutes left. McNabb then led the Eagles (6-4) on a 62-yard touchdown drive that McCoy capped with a neat 10-yard run, sending Chicago to its fifth loss in six games and delivering another big hit to its playoff hopes. Saints 38, Buccaneers 7

Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns and the Saints (10-0) shrugged off a slow start defensively to remain unbeaten.

Tampa Bay (1-9) drove 95 yards for a touchdown on its first possession.

Chiefs 27, Steelers 24, OT

Ryan Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal with 8:28 left in overtime after Chris Chambers' 61-yard catch-and-run, and the Chiefs snapped a team-record 10-game home losing streak.

Chargers 32, Broncos 3

Philip Rivers and a dominant defense led the Chargers into sole possession of first place, drubbing the Broncos.

The Chargers (7-3) have won five straight and the Broncos (6-4) have dropped four in a row.

Raiders 20, Bengals 17

Bruce Gradkowski threw a 29-yard tying touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with 33 seconds left and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 33-yard field goal after Andre Caldwell fumbled the ensuing kickoff.

The Bengals (7-3) have lost all 10 of their games in Oakland, including one playoff game.

Patriots 31, Jets 14

The defense Bill Belichick didn't want to put on the field a week ago kept the offense of the Jets off it.

Leigh Bodden had three of the four interceptions thrown by Mark Sanchez and the Patriots' defense allowed just one touchdown and 226 yards.

Vikings 35, Seahawks 9

Brett Favre completed a career-high 88 percent of his passes for 213 yards and threw four touchdown passes.

Favre completed 22 of his 25 throws for the Vikings (9-1). He threw touchdown passes to Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Berrian in a 21-point second quarter.

Lions 38, Browns 37

Matthew Stafford threw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson's extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a thrilling win.

Detroit was given the untimed play because safety Hank Poteat was called for pass interference in the end zone when Stafford heaved a desperation attempt.

Brady Quinn threw four TDs, surpassing his previous career total, and helped Cleveland score a franchise-record 24 points in the first quarter.

Giants 34, Falcons 31, OT

Lawrence Tynes kicked a 36-yard field goal 3:54 into overtime to make up for an earlier miss after the Giants' top-ranked defense blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter.

Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards and three touchdown passes.

Cowboys 7, Redskins 6

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo hit Patrick Crayton for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left to preserve first place in the NFC East.

Shaun Suisham put Washington ahead 6-0 with field goals of 45 and 31 yards. But he missed a 39-yard attempt shortly before halftime and a 50-yarder that would've made it 9-0 with 7:06 left. Suisham had been 13 of 13 this season before those misses.

Packers 30, 49ers 24

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw touchdowns to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, and Ryan Grant rushed for 129 yards and a score.

Rodgers was 32 of 45 for 344 yards, including 274 in the first half as the Packers took a 23-3 lead.

Jaguars 18, Bills 15

David Garrard's second game-winning drive in as many weeks gave the Jaguars their first three-game winning streak in nearly two years. Garrard threw a touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker with 56 seconds remaining, spoiling Perry Fewell's debut as interim coach of the Bills (3-7).

-- The Associated Press

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