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Final Score: Indianapolis 17, Baltimore 15

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - An interception of Joe Flacco by Colts linebacker Gary Brackett snuffed out a deep Ravens drive late in the fourth quarter, as Indianapolis remained unbeaten by outlasting Baltimore, 17-15, at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (5-5), who had moved the ball consistently on Indianapolis (10-0) for much of the day but had to settle for five Billy Cundiff field goals, moved within range of a sixth Cundiff field goal when Flacco led them to the Colts' 14-yard line with 2:49 to play. But on a 3rd- and-7 play, Brackett stepped in front of Flacco's short pass attempt to running back Ray Rice, and a subsequent first-down by the Colts, coupled with some questionable end-of-game management by the Ravens, helped Indy move to 10-0 for the second time in four seasons. The Colts have won 19 consecutive regular-season games since a loss at Tennessee last October 27, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind the Patriots' 21-game run from 2006-08. The win marked the seventh consecutive time, including playoffs, that the Colts have won in their former home of Baltimore. Peyton Manning completed 22-of-31 passes for 299 yards and a first-quarter touchdown to keep Indianapolis unbeaten, but also threw a pair of interceptions and finished with fewer than 300 yards for just the second time this season. Joe Flacco was 23-of-35 for 256 yards and the key interception, with six of the completions for 104 yards coming in the second half to wideout Derrick Mason, who starred with nine catches for 142 yards on the day.

Final Score: Dallas 7, Washington 6

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo hit Patrick Crayton with a 10-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, lifting the Cowboys to a listless 7-6 victory over NFC East rival Washington. Washington led for most of the game but failed to cross the goal line on offense, instead settling for a pair of Shaun Suisham field goals in four attempts. His last miss from 50 yards preceded Dallas' game-winning drive. Romo finished with 158 yards with an interception on 15-of-27 throws, while Marion Barber ended with 99 yards on 20 carries for the division-leading Cowboys (7-3), who got back in the win column after last week's 17-7 loss to Green Bay snapped a four-game winning streak. Jason Campbell was 24-of-37 for 256 yards but threw a critical pick just after the two-minute warning for Washington (3-7), which was trying to build off a 27-17 victory over Denver last week. Rock Cartwright led the Redskins in rushing and receiving, totaling 140 yards from scrimmage after taking over for Ladell Betts, who started in place of Clinton Portis (concussion) but suffered a knee injury early in the game.

Final Score: Detroit 38, Cleveland 37

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew on the last play of the game as the Detroit Lions took a thrilling 38-37 win over the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. A defensive pass interference penalty on Cleveland in the end zone occurred with no time on the clock and placed the ball at the one. Stafford took the snap and fired a pass that Pettigrew caught in the end zone and Jason Hanson's extra point gave Detroit the win. Stafford finished the game 26-for-43 with 422 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He became the first rookie quarterback to throw five touchdowns in a game in the history of the NFL. Calvin Johnson had seven catches for 161 yards and a score, Kevin Smith finished the game with four receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown while Pettigrew had six catches for 72 yards along with the touchdown for the Lions (2-8), who snapped a six-game losing streak. Brady Quinn had three first-quarter touchdown passes and finished the game with four on 21-of-33 passing with 304 yards while Mohamed Massaquoi finished the game with five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown for the Browns (1-9), who have dropped their past five games. Chansi Stuckey, Joshua Cribbs and Michael Gaines each caught a score for Cleveland, which came into the game averaging just 8.7 points per contest. Jamal Lewis had 75 yards on 24 carries and converted a two-point conversion.

Final Score: Green Bay 30, San Francisco 24

Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, as the Green Bay Packers withstood a late push by San Francisco and held on for a 30-24 win at Lambeau Field. Rodgers was 32-of-45 passing, while Ryan Grant had 129 yards and a score on 21 carries for the Packers (6-4), who have won two straight after dropping consecutive games to Minnesota and Tampa Bay earlier this month. The 49ers' offense overcame a horrendous first half, during which Alex Smith was 3-of-7 passing for just five yards. He finished with 227 yards on 16-of-33 efficiency and three touchdowns, but his lone interception led to a quick score for Green Bay. Rookie Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore each caught a touchdown pass for the 49ers (4-6), who have lost five of their last six. San Francisco recorded just one first down in the first half and went into the break down by 20 points, but mounted a comeback.

Final Score: Jacksonville 18, Buffalo 15

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Sims-Walker's three-yard TD catch in the final minute of regulation lifted Jacksonville over Buffalo, 18-15, at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. David Garrard finished 21-of-30 for 215 yards and the key touchdown throw for the Jaguars (6-4), who have won three straight games. Sims-Walker finished with 91 yards and the score on eight catches while Maurice Jones-Drew was limited to 66 yards rushing on 25 attempts but scored once. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 18-of-31 for 297 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bills (3-7), who have dropped three in a row and could not produce a win in Perry Fewell's head-coaching debut. Fewell was named to the post Tuesday after the Bills fired Dick Jauron. The loss spoiled Terrell Owens' best game with Buffalo, as he racked up 197 yards and one score on nine catches, including a career-best 98-yard touchdown reception.

Final Score: Kansas City 27, Pittsburgh 24 (OT)

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ryan Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime, as the Kansas City Chiefs erased a 10-point halftime deficit to stun the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-24, at Arrowhead Stadium. The game-winning boot was set up by a 61-yard passing play between Matt Cassel and Chris Chambers on third down. Cassel finished 15-of-30 through the air for 248 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs (3-7), who snapped a 10-game losing streak at home. Jamaal Charles opened the scoring with a kickoff return and his two-yard grab drew Kansas City even with 4:54 to play in fourth quarter. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 32-of-42 passes for 398 yards with three touchdowns, but was picked off twice before exiting the game in the extra session after being struck in the head by the knee of Derrick Johnson. Rashard Mendenhall had 80 yards on 21 carries for the Steelers (6-4), who have lost two straight.

Final Score: Minnesota 35, Seattle 9

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brett Favre completed 22-of-25 passes for 213 yards and four scores, as the Minnesota Vikings routed the Seattle Seahawks, 35-9, at the Metrodome. Favre played only three quarters, as the Vikings (9-1) held a 28-3 lead going into the final frame on their way to a blowout victory. Tarvaris Jackson was under center the rest of the way and completed 6-of-8 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Sidney Rice had six catches for 89 yards and two TDs, while Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Berrian also had a scoring reception each for Minnesota, which has won three in a row. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 231 yards and was picked off once on 19-of-26 passing for the Seahawks (3-7), who have dropped four of five. Nate Burleson caught six passes for 100 yards, but the Seattle running game was nearly non-existent. With leading rusher Julius Jones out because of a bruised lung, Justin Forsett totaled a team-high nine yards on nine carries. Forsett did run for the team's lone touchdown and caught eight passes for 80 yards.

Final Score: NY Giants 34, Atlanta 31 (OT)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Lawrence Tynes kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime to lift the New York Giants to a 34-31 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Meadowlands. Eli Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards with three touchdowns and directed the winning drive on the only overtime possession, as the Giants (6-4) came off their bye week and snapped a four-game losing streak. Matt Ryan tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Jason Snelling ran for a pair of scores for Atlanta (5-5), which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force the extra period. The Falcons still lost their second straight game and have dropped four of their last five.

Final Score: New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 7

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Mike Bell scored twice on the ground, as New Orleans kept its undefeated season intact with a convincing 38-7 road victory over division-rival Tampa Bay. Brees failed to post his normally gaudy numbers, but didn't have to after throwing his third TD pass 4 1/2 minutes into the third for a 24-7 lead. He ended 19-of-29 for 187 yards. The offense turned to the running game in the second half with Bell totaling 75 yards on 13 carries and Pierre Thomas racking up 92 yards on 11 touches for the Saints (10-0), who furthered their own team record to start a season and won for the sixth straight time on the road. New Orleans still has company in the realm of unbeatens as Indianapolis survived a tough test from Baltimore to win 17-15 and run its record to 10-0. Robert Meachem caught two passes, both for touchdowns, finding the end zone for a third straight week while tight end David Thomas was also on the receiving end of a score amid a four-catch, 66-yard performance. Marques Colston topped the receiving corps with 74 yards on five grabs. Josh Freeman looked like a rookie quarterback Sunday, turning the ball over a total of four times with three picks. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 126 yards with an 18-yard scoring strike to Michael Clayton. Kellen Winslow had a team-high five receptions for 29 yards for the Buccaneers (1-9), who gained just 219 yards of total offense. Cadillac Williams led an ineffective ground game, rushing 11 times for 32 yards.

Final Score: Arizona 21, St. Louis 13

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Kurt Warner threw for a pair of touchdowns before the leaving the game late in the second quarter, as the Arizona Cardinals continued their strong play on the road with a 21-13 win over the lowly St. Louis Rams. Warner completed 15-of-19 passes for 203 yards before exiting after taking a blow to the head. Matt Leinart took over and connected on 10-of-14 passes for 74 yards for the Cardinals (7-3), who have started the season with five straight road wins for the first time since 1948. Beanie Wells rushed for a score and 74 yards on 14 carries for Arizona, which has won three in a row overall. Tim Hightower rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries. Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 103 yards and a TD, while Larry Fitzgerald hauled in eight passes for 87 yards and a score for the victors. Steven Jackson carried the ball 24 times for 116 yards and a score for the Rams (1-9), who have lost two in a row since beating the Lions for their lone win this season. Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth straight season, becoming the first back in team history to accomplish the feat. Marc Bulger completed 19-of-37 passes for 215 yards and an interception. Donnie Avery hauled in four passes for 65 yards for St. Louis, which hasn't won at home since Week 7 of last season -- a 34-14 win over Dallas.

Final Score: San Diego 32, Denver 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - LaDainian Tomlinson and Mike Tolbert scored rushing touchdowns and Nate Kaeding kicked four field goals, as San Diego downed Denver, 32-3, to win its fifth straight game and overtake the Broncos for first place in the AFC West. The Chargers offense was less than spectacular with Philip Rivers throwing for 145 yards and a touchdown on 17- of-22 attempts, although, the ground game carried much of the load in the second half after a 20-3 lead was built up in the third quarter. Of the 348 yards produced, 203 were of the rushing variety with Tomlinson accounting for 73 and Tolbert 58 as the Chargers (7-3) avenged a Week 6 loss to Denver that seemed to dampen their hopes of a fourth consecutive division title. Heading in the other direction are the Broncos (6-4), who have lost each of their four games since beating San Diego, 34-23, to begin the season 6-0 for a seemingly comfortable division lead. Denver's quarterback situation took center stage early on as Chris Simms made his first start in over three years for the injured Kyle Orton but proved ineffective. Orton, who severely sprained his left ankle in last week's loss to Washington, was summoned late in the second quarter and limped his way through the rest of the game, completing 15-of-29 passes for 171 yards with an interception. Simms was just 2-of-4 for 10 yards, but lost a fumble in the red zone on Denver's opening drive.

Final Score: New England 31, NY Jets 14

Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw for 310 yards and a touchdown on 28-of-41 completions as New England humbled the New York Jets, 31-14, in an AFC East clash at Gillette Stadium. Wes Welker had 15 receptions for 192 yards for the Patriots (7-3), who exacted revenge for a 16-9 defeat at the Meadowlands in Week 2 and shook off the memory of last Sunday's 35-34 defeat in Indianapolis. Laurence Maroney gained 77 yards on 22 carries and reached the end zone twice, while Randy Moss added a TD reception. New England's defense produced five turnovers, with Leigh Bodden recording a trio of interceptions, including one for a score, in the victory. Mark Sanchez turned in his worst start in his brief pro career, completing just 8-of-21 passes for 136 yards, one touchdown and four picks. He was also sacked twice and lost a fumble in the setback for the Jets (4-6), who stumbled to their sixth loss in seven games. Jerricho Cotchery posted three catches for 84 yards and a TD, and Thomas Jones racked up 103 yards on 21 carries.

Final Score: Oakland 20, Cincinnati 17

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Sebastian Janikowski kicked a game-winning field goal with 15 seconds to play after the Bengals fumbled on a kickoff return, lifting Oakland to a stunning 20-17 win over Cincinnati. The 33-yard field goal was set up by an Andre Caldwell fumble on the kickoff following a game-tying touchdown throw by Bruce Gradkowski. The 29-yard scoring strike to Louis Murphy, which came with just 33 seconds to play, was one of two on the day for Gradkowski, who was named Oakland's starter in place of former No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell. Gradkowski finished the game 17-of-34 for 183 yards, with one interception, as the Raiders (3-7) snapped a three-game slide. The quarterback came up big down the stretch, as two plays before his TD pass to Murphy, he converted a 4th-and-10 with a 16-yard pass to Chaz Schilens. The loss snapped a three-game streak for Cincinnati (7-3), which had a chance to further its lead in the AFC North, as second-place Pittsburgh fell to 6-4 with an overtime loss to Kansas City earlier Sunday. The Bengals, who fumbled five times and lost three, got 119 yards on 21 carries from Bernard Scott, who was filling in for an injured Cedric Benson (hip). Carson Palmer threw for 207 yards on 14-of-22 passing and ran for both of Cincinnati's touchdowns in the setback.

Final Score: Philadelphia 24, Chicago 20

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Rookie LeSean McCoy rushed for 99 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter after the Eagles capitalized on a blocked field goal to pick up a much-needed 24-20 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. McCoy was filling in for an injured Brian Westbrook, who missed his fourth game of the year. Donovan McNabb completed 23-of-32 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception for Philadelphia (6-4), which snapped a two-game skid. DeSean Jackson hauled in eight passes for 107 yards and a score for the victors. Jay Cutler connected on 24-of-43 passes for 171 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Bears (4-6), who have dropped three straight games. Kahlil Bell rushed the ball four times for 81 yards. Kellen Davis had a TD catch in defeat.

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