Dolphins rally past Bills
Monday, November 26, 2001
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Miami quarterback Jay Fiedler threw three touchdown passes, including a 32-yarder to Chris Chambers with 48 seconds remaining, as the Dolphins overcame a late 10-point deficit and beat the Buffalo Bills 34-27 Sunday.
The Dolphins (7-3) overcame a 27-17 deficit in the final eight minutes, helped in part when Patrick Surtain recovered Nate Clements' fumble on a kickoff return, setting up the winning score.
Fiedler went 18-for-31 for 262 yards and no interceptions. He was especially poised when it mattered most. On the game-winning drive, he waited patiently in the pocket and lofted a perfect touch pass to Chambers, who was covered by Buffalo's Ken Irvin along the left sideline.
Chambers caught the ball at the 1 and fell backward into the end zone. Chambers, who finished with 101 yards receiving, also had a 22-yard touchdown catch.
The Bills (1-9) have lost five straight overall and eight in a row at home, matching their longest home losing streak since 1983-84.
REDSKINS 13, EAGLES 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Washington could go from worst to first -- in the same season.
Ki-Jana Carter scored his first touchdown in two years, and the Redskins shut down Donovan McNabb and the Eagles.
The Redskins are the first team in NFL history to win five straight games after starting the season 0-5. They moved within one game of the first-place Eagles in the NFC East.
Philadelphia (6-4) had won three straight, including its last two by a total of 64 points. But the Eagles went three-and-out on their first five possessions and punted on the first seven.
Washington held the Eagles to 186 yards and seven first downs.
Redskins quarterback Tony Banks completed 12 of 18 passes for 96 yards, and Stephen Davis ran for 79 yards despite a sore back.
McNabb was 15-of-27 for 92 yards.
STEELERS 34, TITANS 24
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kordell Stewart threw for two touchdowns and ran 48 yards for another score as Pittsburgh won for the first time in five trips to Tennessee.
Stewart tossed touchdown passes of 4 yards to Plaxico Burress and 25 yards to Amos Zereoue. Stewart's TD run gave Pittsburgh its first lead -- 17-14 in the third quarter.
He was 19-of-31 for 254 yards passing and ran eight times for 54 yards for the Steelers (8-2), off to their best start since opening 9-2 in 1983. The Titans dropped to 4-6.
The Titans blew a 14-10 halftime lead and lost their second straight home game despite limiting Jerome Bettis to 73 yards -- nearly 30 below his average.
49ERS 40, COLTS 21
INDIANAPOLIS -- San Francisco scored 23 points off turnovers, Garrison Hearst ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns, and Jeff Garcia threw for two scores to lead the 49ers (8-2).
It was the third consecutive loss for the Colts (4-6) -- their fourth straight at home -- and this one was of their own making.
Peyton Manning threw three second-half interceptions, and the 49ers turned each of those gifts into a touchdown. He was 31-of-51 for 370 yards and one touchdown but threw a career-high four interceptions and was pulled in the final two minutes.
Garcia completed 14 of 22 passes for 179 yards and the two touchdowns, Terrell Owens caught six passes for 103 yards and a TD, and Hearst averaged 8.8 yards on his 12 carries.
RAIDERS 28, GIANTS 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Oakland's Rich Gannon threw two of his three touchdown passes to Tim Brown and set up another TD with a 20-yard pass to Jerry Rice.
The loss was the second straight and fifth in seven games for the Giants (5-6).
Zack Crockett had a 1-yard touchdown run, Charlie Garner scored on a 21-yard screen pass, and Brown scored on catches of 46 and 19 yards as the Raiders (8-2) opened a three-game lead in the AFC West. Oakland has won seven of its last eight games.
Gannon, the NFL's top-rated quarterback, was 13-of-20 for 221 yards in a game played in heavy rain during the second half.
Tiki Barber provided most of the Giants' offense, rushing for a season-high 124 yards, including a 12-yard third-quarter TD run. Morten Andersen added a 47-yard field goal.
RAVENS 24, JAGUARS 21
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Elvis Grbac drove Baltimore 74 yards in the final 90 seconds, and Shannon Sharpe made a beautiful, foot-dragging catch in the back of the end zone for the winning points.
Sharpe criticized Grbac last week after the quarterback's five-turnover performance in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Grbac threw for 259 yards, helping the Ravens (7-4) stay 1 1/2 games behind AFC Central-leading Pittsburgh.
It ruined quite a comeback by the Jaguars (3-7), who used the no-huddle offense to rally from 17-0 down for a 21-17 lead on Stacey Mack's 3-yard run with 1:32 remaining.
FALCONS 10, PANTHERS 7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Atlanta stopped Carolina 6 inches from the goal line early in the game, then held the Panthers an inch short on a key fourth-down stop with under 2:00 to play.
The Panthers (1-10) have lost 10 straight games.
In a game of little offense, Atlanta (6-4) got just enough from fullback Bob Christian, a 39-yard field goal from Jay Feely, and more than enough defense to improve to 4-1 on the road. The Falcons beat the Panthers for the fourth straight time.
Christian, whose previous career best was 102 total yards in last week's win over Green Bay, combined for 122 against Carolina. He ran for 78 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and caught five catches for 44 yards.
BROWNS 18, BENGALS 0
CLEVELAND -- Phil Dawson kicked four field goals and Cleveland got its first shutout since returning to the league.
The Browns (6-4) forced seven turnovers, five on interceptions, and got just enough offense to handle the Bengals (4-6).
Corey Dillon came in averaging 144 yards in five games against Cleveland, but was shut down Sunday, gaining just 63 yards on 20 carries and forced quarterback Jon Kitna to try to beat them.
Kitna, though, was awful. And his backup, Scott Mitchell, wasn't much better as the Browns got their first shutout since Sept. 18, 1994.
CHIEFS 19, SEAHAWKS 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trent Green, who came in with the most interceptions (16) and lowest quarterback rating (62.6) in the league, was 16-of-26 for 256 yards and did not get picked off.
Seattle (5-5), which had won two in a row, lost in Kansas City for the 10th time in 12 games. The Chiefs (3-7) won for just the first time in five outings in noisy Arrowhead Stadium.
Priest Holmes gained 120 yards on 26 carries.
Seattle's Shaun Alexander, ranked fourth in the NFL with 851 yards rushing, managed only 43 yards on 13 carries.
PATRIOTS 34, SAINTS 17
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in New England's first game since coach Bill Belichick made him the starter for the rest of the season.
Antowain Smith ran 111 yards on 24 carries for New England, the third time in four games he's gained at least 100. He also scored on a screen play.
The Patriots (6-5) are 6-3 under Brady since Drew Bledsoe was hospitalized with bleeding in his chest after a hit by Mo Lewis of the New York Jets. Bledsoe has been healthy enough to play the last two games.
Brady completed 19 of 27 passes for 258 yards.
CARDINALS 20, CHARGERS 17
SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Bill Gramatica's 42-yard field goal with 1 second left helped Arizona overcome Doug Flutie's two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
Gramatica is Tampa Bay kicker Martin Gramatica's younger brother.
San Diego's kicker, fourth-year veteran Wade Richey, made just one of three short attempts in the first half and was booed the remainder of the game -- even when he lined up for the extra point kicks in the fourth quarter.
Arizona (4-6) won consecutive games for the first time this year.
San Diego (5-6) lost its fourth straight game and for the sixth time in eight games since its 3-0 start.
Flutie finished 33-of-44 for 308 yards with no interceptions.
Arizona's Jake Plummer was 19-of-31 for 241 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.
BEARS 13, VIKINGS 6
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago's defense held Minnesota often-potent offense without a touchdown. It was the first time in 98 regular-season games the Vikings did not get into the end zone. The last time the Vikings went without a TD was last January -- a 41-0 defeat to the New York Giants in the NFC championship.
Daunte Culpepper, held without a TD pass for the first time this season, completed 26 of 46 passes for 204 yards and an interception.
The division-leading Bears improved to 8-2 for the first time since 1991 as the Vikings (4-6) fell four games back. Chicago last swept Minnesota in 1995, the only year the Vikings haven't made the playoffs in coach Dennis Green's 10 seasons.
-- From wire reports