December 7, 2009 at 9:32 AM CST - Updated June 21 at 8:54 AM
NFL Game Capsules
(Sunday, December 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 34, Atlanta 7
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michael Vick had a successful return to Atlanta and Sheldon Brown highlighted Philadelphia's stout defensive showing by taking an interception back for a touchdown, as the Eagles dominated the injury- riddled Falcons, 34-7, at the Georgia Dome. Vick, who was welcomed back with mixed emotions from the crowd, rushed for a score early in the third quarter and added a touchdown pass to Brent Celek in mop-up duty, as Philadelphia (8-4) rolled to its third consecutive victory. Donovan McNabb completed 14- of-25 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown pass to Leonard Weaver, who had 100 yards from scrimmage in the blowout. Chris Redman couldn't rekindle the magic of last week's come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay, throwing two interceptions in the club's third loss in four games. Redman was 23-of-44 for 235 yards, 104 of which went to Roddy White during his nine-catch performance. White's two-yard touchdown grab from Redman as time expired spoiled the Eagles' shutout bid.
Final Score: Carolina 16, Tampa Bay 6
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Jonathan Stewart rushed for 120 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown and John Kasay kicked three field goals, as the Carolina Panthers earned a 16-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South Division matchup at Bank of America Stadium. Matt Moore started in place of Jake Delhomme and threw for 161 yards on 14-of-20 passes with an interception for the Panthers (5-7), who had lost to Miami and the New York Jets the last two weeks. Carolina has split its last six games overall. Kasay's first field goal was the 400th of his career. Rookie Josh Freeman finished 23-of-44 for 321 yards but had five costly picks for Tampa Bay (1-11), which has dropped four straight after claiming its only win of the season, a 38-28 decision over Green Bay. Connor Barth accounted for the only offense with a pair of field goals.
Final Score: Chicago 17, St. Louis 9
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jay Cutler threw for 143 yards and a score, as the Chicago Bears snapped a four-game slide with a 17-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field. Cutler completed 8-of-17 passes and did not have an interception -- only the third game this season in which he has not had at least one pick. Matt Forte ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for Chicago (5-7), which had not won since November 1 against Cleveland. Steven Jackson ran for 112 yards for the Rams (1-11), who have dropped their last four since beating Detroit on November 1. Kyle Boller was 17-of-32 with 113 yards and an interception, as St. Louis was stopped on a potential game- tying drive in the final minutes. Josh Brown kicked three field goals in the setback.
Final Score: Cincinnati 23, Detroit 13
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Carson Palmer went 17-for-29 with 220 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as the Cincinnati Bengals took a 23-13 win over the Detroit Lions. Chad Ochocinco had nine catches for 137 yards and a score while Cedric Benson, who missed the past two games with a hip injury, had 36 carries for 110 yards for the Bengals (9-3), who have won five of six. Jonathan Fanene had an interception return for a touchdown for Cincinnati, which has a 2 1/2-game lead over Baltimore for first place in the AFC North. The Ravens play Monday night against Green Bay. Matthew Stafford went 11- for-26 with 143 yards, one score and two interceptions while Calvin Johnson had six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown for the Lions (2-10), who have dropped their past two games. Kevin Smith had 16 carries for 75 yards and a score in the loss.
Final Score: Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 17
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw for 270 yards and a touchdown and Joseph Addai ran in two scores, as the Indianapolis Colts remained undefeated on the season with a 27-17 victory over the AFC-South rival Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts (12-0) tied an NFL record with their 21st consecutive regular-season win, matching the mark set by the 2006-08 New England Patriots. Indy will look to surpass the Pats' mark next Sunday against Denver. Manning was an efficient 24-of-37 passing while Addai ran 21 times for 79 yards. Pierre Garcon totaled a career-high 136 yards on six receptions. Vince Young completed 24-of-43 passes for 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Titans (5-7), who saw their improbable five-game win streak come to an end. Chris Johnson racked up 113 rushing yards on 27 carries but failed to find the end zone.
Final Score: Jacksonville 23, Houston 18
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - David Garrard threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, as the Jacksonville Jaguars held off the Houston Texans, 23-18, to stay in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. Josh Scobee kicked three field goals, and the Jaguars (7-5) came up with three interceptions to help secure their fourth win in the last five games. The fourth loss in row for Houston (5-7) likely dropped the Texans out of the playoff picture. Matt Schaub completed 19-of-27 passes for 207 yards and a score, with one interception, but missed part of the first half with a shoulder injury suffered on Houston's first play from scrimmage. Rex Grossman was 3-of-9 for 33 yards with a pick before Schaub returned in the second quarter. Chris Brown ran for a score, but was also intercepted on a halfback pass attempt with the Texans deep in Jaguars territory in the fourth quarter.
Final Score: Denver 44, Kansas City 13
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes and rookie Knowshon Moreno added a pair of scores on the ground, as the Denver Broncos crushed the Kansas City Chiefs, 44-13, at Arrowhead Stadium. Orton was 15-of-25 through the air, but fumbled twice and was intercepted once. Correll Buckhalter rushed for 113 yards on 12 carries, while Moreno totaled 86 yards. Brandon Marshall had 94 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions for the Broncos (8-4), who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game slide. Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel connected on 10-of-29 attempts for just 84 yards and two picks before he was benched in the fourth quarter. Jamaal Charles had 56 yards on 18 carries and scored the lone touchdown for the Chiefs (3-9), who have dropped their last two games by a combined score of 87-27.
Final Score: Miami 22, New England 21
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dan Carpenter kicked a 41-yard field goal with 62 seconds remaining to give Miami the lead and Channing Crowder intercepted Tom Brady moments later, as the Dolphins tightened the AFC East race with a 22-21 victory over the New England Patriots at Land Shark Stadium. Chad Henne threw for 335 yards with two touchdowns for the Dolphins (6-6), who rallied from a 14-0 first-half deficit and bounced back with a strong effort after last week's ugly loss in Buffalo. Brady completed 19-of-29 passes for 352 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions for New England (7-5), which has lost two in a row and three of its last four. The Patriots were coming off a 38-17 loss at New Orleans on Monday night and now lead the division by just one game over Miami and the New York Jets.
Final Score: Oakland 27, Pittsburgh 24
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Louis Murphy's second touchdown reception of the game, an 11-yard grab with nine seconds remaining, capped a frantic fourth quarter and lifted the Oakland Raiders to a stunning 27-24 victory over the slumping Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. There were five lead changes in the final quarter, with Murphy's game-winner being the last. Bruce Gradkowski, who attended Seton-La Salle high school in Pittsburgh, completed 20-of-33 passes for a career-high 308 yards and finished with three touchdowns for the Raiders (4-8), who have won two of their last three games. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, back in the lineup after sitting out last week because of headaches caused by a concussion, threw for 278 yards on 18- of-24 efficiency with two touchdowns and one costly interception in the end zone. Rashard Mendenhall had 103 yards and one score on 20 carries for Pittsburgh (6-6), which has lost four in a row and fell three games behind Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North Division.
Final Score: New Orleans 33, Washington 30 (OT)
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Garrett Hartley's 18-yard field goal 6:29 into overtime gave New Orleans a 33-30 come-from-behind win over Washington, as the Saints remained undefeated and clinched the NFC South. New Orleans (12-0) had already clinched the division before winning, as Atlanta was blown out by Philadelphia on Sunday, but a score late in regulation coupled with the overtime field goal enabled the team to remain unbeaten along with Indianapolis. Drew Brees went 35-for-49 with 419 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Robert Meachem had eight catches for 142 yards and one touchdown. Meachem also scored on a fumble return. Jason Campbell went 30-for-42 with a career-high 367 yards along with three touchdowns and one interceptions, while Devin Thomas had seven catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins (3-9), who blew a fourth-quarter lead for the third straight game to coincide with a three-game losing streak.
Final Score: San Diego 30, Cleveland 23
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers completed 18-of-25 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns, as the San Diego Chargers won their seventh straight game with a 30-23 victory over the Cleveland Browns. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 64 yards and a score on 20 carries to become the fastest player to score 150 career touchdowns. Tomlinson reached 150 in his 137th game, passing Emmitt Smith, who accomplished the feat in 160 games. Tomlinson also jumped two spots on the NFL's career rushing list. He passed Marshall Faulk (12,279) for ninth place and then surpassed Jim Brown (12,312) for eighth place on the list. Tomlinson now has 12,321 career rushing yards. Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles each had a receiving touchdown for the Chargers (9-3), who extended their winning streak to 15 games in the month of December. Antonio Gates caught eight passes for 167 yards for San Diego, which leads the AFC West by one game over Denver. Brady Quinn connected on 25-of-45 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns for the Browns (1-11), who have dropped seven straight and 17 of their last 18 games dating back to last season.
Final Score: NY Giants 31, Dallas 24
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes to help the New York Giants defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 31-24, and tighten the NFC East standings. The loss drops the Cowboys (8-4) into a tie with Philadelphia for division supremacy. New York sits a game back at 7-5, and hosts the Eagles next Sunday. Manning totaled 241 yards through the air, but completed just 11-of-25 attempts and was picked off once in the end zone. Brandon Jacobs had a 74-yard touchdown reception and added another score on the ground for the Giants, who came in having dropped five of their last six games. Tony Romo set a Dallas team record with 41 completions and threw for a career- high 392 yards with three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to send the Cowboys to a third straight win. Jason Witten had a personal-best 156 yards on 14 receptions, while Roy Williams caught a pair of touchdowns.
Final Score: Seattle 20, San Francisco 17
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Olindo Mare's 30-yard field goal as time expired gave the Seattle Seahawks a 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Matt Hasselbeck went 25-for-34 with 198 yards and two scores while Justin Forsett and Deion Branch each caught a score for the Seahawks (5-7), who have won two straight. Nate Burleson had five catches for 54 yards and had a big punt return to set up the game-winning field goal. Alex Smith went 27-for-45 with 310 yards and two scores while Vernon Davis finished the game with six catches for 111 yards and a score for the 49ers (5-7), who have dropped two of their last three. Josh Morgan had six catches for 56 yards and a score.
Final Score: Arizona 30, Minnesota 17
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Kurt Warner threw for three touchdowns and the Cardinals picked off Brett Favre twice in a 30-17 victory over the Vikings to deal Minnesota its second loss of the season. Warner did not play last week against the Titans in a 20-17 defeat. He left a Week 11 win over the Rams late in the second quarter after taking a blow to the head. Matt Leinart started versus Tennessee, but Warner returned Sunday night and connected on 22-of-32 passes for 285 yards as the Cardinals (8-4) grabbed a three-game lead on the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West. Arizona plays at San Francisco next Monday night with a chance to clinch the division title. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 143 yards with a touchdown, while Anquan Boldin added seven receptions for 98 yards and a pair of scores for Arizona, which won for the fourth time in five games. Favre completed 30- of-45 passes for 275 yards with two TDs for the Vikings (10-2), who had a four-game win streak broken but still hold a healthy lead over Green Bay (7-4) in the NFC North. The Vikings' first loss came October 25 at Pittsburgh in a 27-17 final. That was the only other time Minnesota failed to score at least 27 points. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, who came into the week third in the NFL in rushing with 1,084 yards, was limited to just 19 on 13 carries.