Cliff Lee pitched eight innings of three- hit ball, and Shane Victorino hit a three-run homer to cap a torrid offensive night for the Phillies, who dealt the Dodgers an 11-0 drubbing in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Lee (2-0) was brilliant in his start, striking out 10 and walking none to get the win, which gives Philadelphia a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday night back at Citizens Bank Park. In three starts this postseason, Lee has allowed only two earned runs in 24 1/3 innings for a 0.74 ERA. The left-hander has also struck out 20 and walked only three. The Phillies scored six runs off Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) in the first two innings. Kuroda lasted only 1 1/3 frames before being pulled. Victorino finished with two hits and two walks, while Jayson Werth hit a two- run homer and Ryan Howard hit a two-run triple for Philadelphia. Carlos Ruiz continued his hot postseason, going 2-for-3 with a walk and run batted in. Manny Ramirez had two hits for the Dodgers, who had only one runner reach second base the entire game.
In a battle of unbeaten NFC teams from the Superdome, New Orleans took an emphatic 48-27 win over the New York Giants. Drew Brees threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-30 passing to lead the Saints to the victory and their first 5-0 start since 1993. New York fell to 5-1.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings stayed in the ranks of the unbeatens with a 33-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings moved to 6-0, but only after watching a seemingly comfortable 17-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate. Baltimore led, 31-30, after Ray Rice scored on a 33-yard touchdown run with 3:37 remaining, but Ryan Longwell connected on a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining to give the Vikings the victory. The Ravens had one last shot for the win, but Steven Hauschka pulled a 44-yard attempt left of the upright as time expired.
In an afternoon game at snowy Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady recorded an NFL record with five touchdown passes in the second quarter as the New England Patriots set several franchise marks in a 59-0 rout of the winless Tennessee Titans. Brady finished the game 29-for-34 with 380 yards and six touchdowns, which tied his own franchise record. The five touchdown passes in the second quarter were the most by any player in a quarter since 1950, while the margin of victory was the largest in the league since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, matching the Los Angeles Rams' 59-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.
In the Sunday night game, Matt Ryan threw for two scores and orchestrated the game-winning drive late in the fourth, capped by a Michael Turner touchdown run, as Atlanta held on for a 21-14 win against the Chicago Bears at the Georgia Dome. Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White each secured a TD pass for the Falcons (4-1), who produced a second straight win following their only loss of the season, September 27 to New England. Jay Cutler completed 27-of-43 passes for 300 yards and two scores, but contributed two interceptions to what was a sloppy game on both sides for the better part of 50 minutes that featured five turnovers. Greg Olsen and Johnny Knox hauled in TD passes for the Bears (3-2), who were coming off a bye week and had won three straight since a season- opening loss to Green Bay.
Monday night's Week 6 finale takes place at Qualcomm Stadium where the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos will be squaring off in an early season AFC West heavyweight battle. The surprising Broncos sit atop the division at 5-0 and are coming off their most impressive moment of the year thus far, after rallying from a 17-7 halftime deficit to defeat the visiting New England Patriots, 20-17, in overtime last Sunday. San Diego, at 2-2, is in danger of losing significant ground in the division and is coming off a much-needed bye week. The team has been ravaged by injuries on both sides of the ball this season and was a 38-28 loser at Pittsburgh two weeks ago.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the rest of the season after tearing his pectoral muscle in Sunday's 27-3 setback to the Arizona Cardinals. Tatupu appeared to suffer the injury while tackling Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald late in the first half. Tatupu walked off the field holding his chest with his left arm limp.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom, who was tied for the NFL lead with eight sacks this season, tore his right Achilles and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Odom suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 28-17 loss to the Texans. Odom was chasing Houston quarterback Matt Schaub during a 12-yard scoring pass to tight end Owen Daniels with under a minute left in the quarter when he was hurt. Odom also blocked Kris Brown's 28-yard field goal attempt on Houston's first drive of the game. The Bengals also lost starting defensive tackle Domata Peko to a left knee injury in the first quarter. The team is awaiting results of an MRI exam.
Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn will no longer have playcalling duties, it was decided after the team's 14-6 loss to Kansas City on Sunday. The decision was made after Zorn met with Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' executive vice president of football operations, after the loss. Cerrato thought Zorn had too many responsibilities as head coach, and Zorn agreed with the decision. The team is expected to decide on a new playcaller Monday. The Redskins' offense has struggled this season, averaging just 13.2 points per game -- the fourth-worst amount in the NFL.
Southeastern Conference foes Florida and Alabama hold the top two spots in the first Bowl Championship Series standings released this season. The 6-0 Gators hold the top spot with a BCS average of .9886, though nearly saw their national championship hopes take a big hit Saturday. Florida got a 27-yard field goal from Caleb Sturgis with nine seconds left to take a 23-20 win over Arkansas. Meanwhile, Alabama is ranked second with an average of .9526. The Crimson Tide moved to 7-0 with a 20-6 defeat of South Carolina on Saturday. Texas (6-0) is ranked third following a 16-13 win Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry game against the Sooners, while Boise State (6-0) is the highest-ranked team not from a BCS conference, as the Broncos sit fourth. Cincinnati (6-0) is fifth with an average of .7870. Iowa (7-0), Southern California (5-1), Texas Christian (6-0), LSU (5-1) and Miami-Florida (5-1) round out the top-10.
Alabama jumped ahead of Florida into the No. 1 spot in the latest Associated Press college football poll. Thanks to a 20-6 win over then No. 22 South Carolina, the Crimson Tide (7-0) garnered 39 first-place votes for 1,447 points to move into the top spot of the poll. The Gators (6-0) remained undefeated on the season, but only after the close win over Arkansas. Florida received 20 first-place votes and 1,434 points, and dropped out of the top spot for the first time since Week 15 of last season. It's Alabama's first time in the top spot since Week 14 of last season. Texas (6-0) retained its third spot and remained undefeated on the season, but also needed a fourth-quarter field goal to take a 16-13 win over Oklahoma. USC (5-1) jumped two spots into No. 4 thanks to a 34-27 win over Notre Dame while Cincinnati (6-0) moved up three spots into the fifth spot thanks to a 34-17 win over South Florida on Thursday. Boise State dropped a spot as the team took a 28-21 win over Tulsa on Wednesday. Iowa is in seventh, followed by Miami-Florida, LSU and TCU to round out the top-10.
Connecticut Huskies starting cornerback Jasper Howard died Sunday morning after an on-campus stabbing. A Hartford newspaper learned through UConn police that the incident occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m. near the student union in the center of campus. A fire alarm was pulled during a school-sponsored dance and an altercation followed outside the building in which two people were stabbed. Both were taken to Windham Community Memorial Hospital. An emergency alert on the university's web site stated that the perpetrator is still at large, and police are actively investigating the incident. Howard, 20, played in UConn's 38-25 win over Louisville on Saturday.
Sixth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko defeated top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Sunday in the final of the $5.25 million Shanghai ATP Masters. Davydenko posted a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over Nadal for his fourth title of the year and 18th of his career. Davydenko, who collected a $616,500 first-place prize, notched his third win in seven career matches against the world's No. 2 ranked player. Nadal, a six-time major champion, fell to 36-11 lifetime in finals.