Titans' Young retains winning touch

Monday, November 30, 2009
Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt (18) celebrates with wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins after catching a 10-yard touchdown pass in the final moments Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 20-17. (George Walker IV ~ The Tennessean)

Vince Young hit a leaping Kenny Britt for a 10-yard touchdown as time expired Sunday as the Tennessee Titans rallied for their fifth straight win, a 20-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.

Young won his ninth straight start and improved to 23-11 in his career by driving the Titans 99 yards in the final 2:37. He converted three fourth downs on the drive, two to Britt. He threw for a career-high 387 yards in outdueling Matt Leinart in their first meeting as professionals.

The Titans (5-6) have not lost since Young replaced Kerry Collins as the starter. They are the first team to win five in a row after starting 0-6.

Arizona (7-4) snapped a three-game winning streak.

Colts 35, Texans 27

Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and the Colts rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to clinch the AFC South.

It was their 20th straight regular-season victory. Indianapolis (11-0) is one win shy of the New England Patriots' NFL-record 21-game run from 2006 to 2008. The Colts can tie the record if they beat Tennessee at home this weekend.

Chargers 43, Chiefs 14

The Chargers turned four turnovers into touchdowns, including a 40-yard fumble return for a score by safety Paul Oliver, and ran their winning streak to six games.

LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns and moved into 10th on the NFL's career rushing list. Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Gates as the Chargers improved to 8-3.

Vikings 36, Bears 10

Brett Favre passed for a season-high 392 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings intercepted Jay Cutler twice.

The Vikings (10-1) outgained the Bears by a whopping 537 yards to 169 and breezed to their fifth straight win.

49ers 20, Jaguars 3

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw short touchdown passes to Frank Gore and Vernon Davis in the kind of mistake-free day San Francisco coach Mike Singletary has sought for weeks.

Smith threw for 232 yards with no interceptions and no sacks in his best game since taking over as starter in late October. Joe Nedney kicked field goals of 46 and 27 yards for San Francisco (5-6), which snapped the Jaguars' three-game winning streak.

Bengals 16, Browns 7

Newcomer Larry Johnson rushed for 107 yards in Cincinnati's conservative approach, and the Bengals completed their first division sweep.

The Bengals (8-3) went 6-0 in the division with a retooled run-first offense and a stout defense that has carried them into first place. They rushed for 210 yards, with Johnson -- signed less than two weeks ago as insurance -- subbing for Cedric Benson, out for the second straight week with an injured hip.

Eagles 27, Redskins 24

David Akers kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining as the Eagles rallied.

Akers made all four of his field goals, extending his streak to 16. Asante Samuel had two interceptions and Donovan McNabb threw for 260 yards and one TD.

Falcons 20, Buccaneers 17

Chris Redman threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White with 23 seconds remaining, and the Falcons pulled out a victory after losing offensive stars Matt Ryan and Michael Turner to injuries.

Redman took over after Ryan injured his right big toe on Atlanta's first series. The Falcons lost Turner in the third quarter. He apparently reinjured his right ankle, a problem that kept him out of the previous game.

Bills 31, Dolphins 14

A 56-yard field goal by Rian Lindell and a 51-yard touchdown catch by Terrell Owens in the final minutes propelled the Bills, who scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. The win was the first for interim coach Perry Fewell, who replaced the fired Dick Jauron two games ago.

Jets 17, Panthers 6

Darrelle Revis got the Jets' defense in the end zone for the first time this season. Revis returned one of the Jets' four interceptions 67 yards for a touchdown.

Ravens 20, Steelers 17, OT

Ravens rookie Paul Kruger intercepted Steelers third-string quarterback Dennis Dixon in overtime to set up a 29-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff with 6:42 left in the extra session.

Dixon started because Ben Roethlisberger was sidelined with a concussion and backup Charlie Batch had a broken left wrist. Dixon had thrown only one pass in two seasons before getting the nod against the Ravens.

-- The Associated Press

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