NFL Game Capsules
(Sunday, November 29th)
Final Score: Atlanta 20, Tampa Bay 17
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Chris Redman took over for an injured Matt Ryan and orchestrated a late touchdown drive to help the Atlanta Falcons take a 20-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan left the game in the first quarter with a right big toe injury and Redman stepped in, throwing two scores on 23-of-41 passing with 243 yards for the Falcons (6-5), who had dropped four of five coming into the game. Tony Gonzalez had nine catches for 83 yards, while Jerious Norwood and Roddy White each caught a score. White's go-ahead TD came with 23 seconds to play, helping Atlanta improve to 5-0 at home this season. Falcons running back Michael Turner, who had just 33 yards on 12 carries, aggravated a right ankle injury that had caused him to miss last week's game and had his status as doubtful for Sunday's contest. He suffered the injury in the third quarter and did not return. Josh Freeman was 20-for-29 with 250 yards and two scores for Tampa Bay. Antonio Bryant and Cadillac Williams each caught a touchdown for the Buccaneers (1-10), who have dropped their last three games.
Final Score: Buffalo 31, Miami 14
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Rian Lindell kicked a career-long 56-yard field goal to put Buffalo on top late in the fourth quarter and Ryan Fitzpatrick sealed the victory with a lengthy touchdown pass to Terrell Owens, as the Bills defeated Miami, 31-14, at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Fitzpatrick also ran for a score while completing 17-of-26 attempts for 246 yards with one interception. Owens had 96 yards on five receptions, and Fred Jackson had two rushing touchdowns for the Bills (4-7), who recorded 24 points in the final 15 minutes to snap a three-game skid. The win was the first for Perry Fewell as interim head coach. The former defensive coordinator replaced the fired Dick Jauron earlier this month. Chad Henne was intercepted on the Dolphins' final three drives following the go-ahead boot by Lindell with 3:35 remaining. Henne ended with 175 yards and one touchdown on 17-of-31 efficiency for Miami (5-6), who were looking to extend its winning streak to three games. Ricky Williams rushed for 115 yards and a score on 27 carries in defeat.
Final Score: Cincinnati 16, Cleveland 7
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Carson Palmer completed 13-of-24 passes for 110 yards and a score, as the Cincinnati Bengals bounced back from a bad loss last week to defeat the Cleveland Browns, 16-7, in Week 12 action at Paul Brown Stadium. Larry Johnson carried the ball 22 times for 107 yards while rookie Bernard Scott rushed for 87 yards on 18 carries for the Bengals (8-3), who gave up 10 points in the final minute last Sunday on the way to a 20-17 loss to the Raiders. J.P. Foschi caught two passes for 11 yards and a TD for Cincinnati, which wrapped up a perfect 6-0 mark in AFC North play this season. The Bengals were without starting running back Cedric Benson (hip) for a second straight game, and were also missing linebacker Keith Rivers (calf) for a third consecutive contest. Brady Quinn connected on 15- of-34 passes for 100 yards for the Browns (1-10), who have lost six in a row since their lone win of the season against the Bills on October 11. Quinn also rushed for a score. Jamal Lewis carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards in defeat.
Final Score: Indianapolis 35, Houston 27
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning tossed three touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts rallied from a poor first half to take a 35-27 win over the Houston Texans and move a step closer to clinching the AFC South. The Colts (11-0) will clinch the division for the sixth time in the past seven years if Jacksonville loses to San Francisco later Sunday. Manning went 27-for-35 with 244 yards and two interceptions while Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne each caught a score for Indianapolis, which has won 20 straight regular season contests. The Colts are now one away from tying New England's record of 21 straight regular season wins. Joseph Addai finished the contest with 69 yards on 15 carries and Chad Simpson had a late rushing touchdown for the Colts, who have won six straight against Houston. Matt Schaub was 31-for-42 with 284 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Texans (5-6), who have dropped three straight and took a big blow to their playoff hopes. Steve Slaton had 57 yards on 10 carries while Vonta Leach and Jacoby Jones each caught a score and Chris Brown ran one in.
Final Score: NY Jets 17, Carolina 6
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Darrelle Revis picked off Jake Delhomme twice and returned one 67 yards for a touchdown, sparking the Jets to a 17-6 victory over Carolina. Thomas Jones finished with 75 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries for New York (5-6), which halted a three-game slide. Mark Sanchez was 13-of-17 for 154 yards with an interception in the win. The Jets held the powerful Panthers running game to 75 yards. Delhomme's four interceptions doomed the Panthers (4-7), who have dropped three of their last four games. The QB completed just 14-of-34 passes for 130 yards, while DeAngelo Williams gained a mere 40 yards on 16 carries in defeat.
Final Score: Philadelphia 27, Washington 24
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - David Akers made four field goals, the last a 32-yarder with 1:48 remaining in regulation to give the Eagles a 27-24 comeback victory over NFC East rival Washington. Eldra Buckley scored on a one-yard touchdown run to pull Philadelphia (7-4) within 24-22 midway though the fourth. Donovan McNabb's shovel pass to LeSean McCoy on the two-point conversion tied the game, and the Eagles defense denied the Redskins (3-8) on their final two possessions to steal a second straight win. McNabb threw for 260 yards with an interception and a touchdown to DeSean Jackson, while McCoy ended with 76 yards on 17 carries for the victors. Jason Campbell tossed two touchdowns and finished with 231 yards on 22-of-37 attempts for the Redskins, who were coming off a 7-6 loss to Dallas. Campbell was also picked off twice by Asante Samuel.
Final Score: Seattle 27, St. Louis 17
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Justin Forsett rushed for 130 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns, as the Seattle Seahawks downed the St. Louis Rams, 27-17, in an NFC West matchup at the Edward Jones Dome. Matt Hasselbeck completed 14-of-25 throws for 102 yards, while Josh Wilson returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown for Seattle (4-7), which was hammered 35-9 at Minnesota last Sunday. The Seahawks had lost four of five coming into the contest. Olindo Mare added two field goals. Running back Julius Jones missed the game with a lung contusion for Seattle. Kyle Boller threw for 282 yards on 28-of-46 passes with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Rams (1-10), who have dropped three straight with their lone win coming at Detroit on November 1. Donnie Avery had four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Brown kicked a 55-yard field goal. Steven Jackson, who was nursing a back injury, rushed for 89 yards on 23 handles and a touchdown.
Final Score: San Diego 43, Kansas City 14
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers tossed two scores to help the San Diego Chargers to a 43-14 rout over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West battle. Rivers went 21-for-28 with 317 yards for the Chargers (8-3), who have won six straight and maintained their one-game lead over Denver for first place in the AFC West. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two scores while Antonio Gates had seven catches for 118 yards and two scores in the win. Matt Cassel was 19-for-31 with 178 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one fumble for the Chiefs (3-8), who were coming off a 27-24 win in overtime over Pittsburgh and had won their previous two. Jamaal Charles had 14 carries for 93 yards and a score in the loss.
Final Score: San Francisco 20, Jacksonville 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Smith completed 27-of-41 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns, while the San Francisco defense caused two turnovers and recorded six sacks in a 20-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12 action at Candlestick Park. Vernon Davis caught six passes for 69 yards and a score for the 49ers (5-6), who bounced back from a 30-24 loss to Packers last Sunday. Frank Gore caught seven passes for 14 yards and a TD. Gore led the ground attack with just 33 yards on 16 carries for San Francisco, which won despite being outgained 357-284. David Garrard connected on 25-of-36 passes for 307 yards and fumbled twice for the Jaguars (6-5), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Maurice Jones- Drew carried the ball 15 times for 75 yards to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground for the season for the first time in his career. Josh Scobee made just 1-of-3 field goals for Jacksonville, which went a miserable 0-for-4 in the red zone.
Final Score: Minnesota 36, Chicago 10
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brett Favre had another terrific performance, throwing three touchdowns passes, as the Minnesota Vikings rolled over the Chicago Bears, 36-10, at the Metrodome. Favre ended with 392 yards on 32-of-48 attempts for the Vikings, who are 10-1 for the first time since 1998. Despite some ball security issues, Adrian Peterson rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. The dangerous running back fumbled twice, losing the ball once. Rookie Percy Harvin made six grabs for 101 yards and one score in Minnesota's fourth straight victory, while Sidney Rice caught six passes for 89 yards. Jay Cutler completed 18-of-23 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bears (4-7), who have lost four games in a row.
Final Score: Tennessee 20, Arizona 17
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Vince Young led Tennessee on a 99-yard game- winning drive, which he capped with a 10-yard touchdown throw to Kenny Britt as time expired, to lift the Titans to a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. As a result, the Titans (5-6) became the first team ever to win five in a row after beginning the season with six consecutive defeats. Young has been at the center of Tennessee's resurgence, as he got his first start of the season on November 1 and helped the Titans to their first win. Neither he nor the Titans have lost since. Young completed 27-of-43 passes for a career- high 387 yards. The rookie Britt finished with seven catches for 128 yards, while Chris Johnson ran for 154 yards on 18 carries, including an 85-yard touchdown run for the Titans, who finished with 532 total yards. Matt Leinart got the start for Arizona (7-4) after Kurt Warner was inactive because of a blow to the head suffered last week, and completed 21-of-31 throws for 220 yards. Tim Hightower had a rushing score for the Cardinals, who had won three in a row, while LaRod Stephens-Howling recorded a 99-yard kickoff return for a score.
Final Score: Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17 (OT)
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Rookie linebacker Paul Kruger intercepted a Dennis Dixon pass and returned it into Pittsburgh territory less than five minutes into overtime, and Billy Cundiff made the Steelers pay by kicking a 29-yard field goal six plays later, as the Baltimore Ravens escaped with a 20-17 victory in a critical AFC North matchup from M&T Bank Stadium. Dixon was pressed into service when starter Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) and top backup Charlie Batch (wrist) were ruled out earlier in the week, and acquitted himself reasonably well. Dixon completed 12-of-26 passes for 145 yards, a touchdown, and just the one turnover, keeping the Steelers (6-5) in the contest throughout. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, who was 23-of-35 for 289 yards and a touchdown, was sacked a total of five times.