Sunday’s NFL report
Patriots 30, Falcons 23
Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns as visiting New England held off a furious Atlanta comeback Sunday night, beating the Falcons to improve to 4-0 for the first time since its near-perfect season in 2007. The Patriots built a 30-13 lead before Atlanta rallied. They had a chance to tie it up in the final minute, but Matt Ryan’s fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining. New England rookie Kenbrell Thompkins finished with six catches for 127 yards – nearly as much as the first three games of his career. Julian Edelman chipped in with 118 yards on seven receptions. Atlanta (1-3) is two games below .500 for the first time since 2007.
Atl—FG Bryant 23
NE—Mulligan 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)
NE—FG Gostkowski 48
Atl—Gonzalez 21 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)
NE—FG Gostkowski 22
NE—Blount 47 run (Gostkowski kick)
Atl—FG Bryant 45
NE—Thompkins 18 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)
NE—FG Gostkowski 49
Atl—Gonzalez 11 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)
Atl—FG Bryant 25
|Total Net Yards||448||457|
|Time of Poss.||30:39||29:21|
RUSHING—New England, Blount 9-64, Ridley 11-53, Bolden 6-17, Brady 5-(minus 2). Atlanta, Rodgers 7-32, Snelling 8-26.
PASSING—New England, Brady 20-31-0-316. Atlanta, Ryan 34-54-1-421.
RECEIVING—New England, Edelman 7-118, Thompkins 6-127, Ridley 2-26, Boyce 1-24, Develin 1-15, Dobson 1-10, Mulligan 1-1, Bolden 1-(minus 5). Atlanta, Gonzalez 12-149, Jones 6-108, Rodgers 6-56, Douglas 5-68, White 3-28, Snelling 1-8, Toilolo 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Chiefs 31, Giants 7
Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score and unbeaten Kansas City plunged visiting New York to 0-4. Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards for the Chiefs (4-0), who under Andy Reid have already doubled their victory total of 2012. The Giants, who trailed only 17-7 after three quarters, are 0-4 for the first time since 1987. Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz on a 69-yard scoring play for New York’s only score. Smith was intercepted twice, the first giveaways by the Chiefs, who also lost a fumble.
KC—McGrath 5 pass from A.Smith (Succop kick)
NYG—Cruz 69 pass from Manning (J.Brown kick)
KC—FG Succop 51
KC—McCluster 89 punt return (Succop kick)
KC—Charles 2 pass from A.Smith (Succop kick)
KC—Bowe 34 pass from A.Smith (Succop kick)
|Total Net Yards||298||390|
|Time of Poss.||24:04||35:56|
RUSHING—N.Y. Giants, Wilson 13-55, Scott 5-26, Manning 2-12, Jacobs 1-5. Kansas City, Charles 18-65, A.Smith 7-37, Davis 1-2, Daniel 2-(minus 2).
PASSING—N.Y. Giants, Manning 18-37-1-217. Kansas City, A.Smith 24-41-2-288.
RECEIVING—N.Y. Giants, Cruz 10-164, Nicks 3-33, Wilson 2-8, Randle 1-7, Jacobs 1-5, Scott 1-0. Kansas City, McGrath 5-64, Charles 5-62, McCluster 5-48, Bowe 4-58, Brock 2-27, Avery 2-23, Sherman 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—N.Y. Giants, J.Brown 44 (WL).
Bills 23, Ravens 20
Buffalo rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso’s second interception of the game with 57 seconds remaining sealed a win over Baltimore in Orchard Park, N.Y. Converted safety Aaron Williams also intercepted Joe Flacco twice, while Fred Jackson had 87 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Bills. Buffalo totaled 203 yards rushing against a stout Ravens defense that had allowed just 224 in its first three games. Flacco threw a career-worst five interceptions, and finished 25 of 50 for 347 yards passing, and two touchdowns.
Buf—FG Carpenter 27
Buf—FG Carpenter 27
Bal—M.Brown 10 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
Buf—Woods 42 pass from Manuel (Carpenter kick)
Buf—Jackson 16 run (Carpenter kick)
Bal—T.Smith 26 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
Buf—FG Carpenter 22
Bal—FG Tucker 35
Bal—FG Tucker 24
|Total Net Yards||345||350|
|Time of Poss.||23:34||36:26|
RUSHING—Baltimore, Rice 5-17, Pierce 4-7. Buffalo, Jackson 16-87, Spiller 23-77, Graham 1-14, Woods 1-13, Choice 3-11, Manuel 11-1.
PASSING—Baltimore, Flacco 25-50-5-347. Buffalo, Manuel 10-22-2-167.
RECEIVING—Baltimore, T.Smith 5-166, Thompson 4-50, Doss 4-47, M.Brown 4-34, Clark 4-34, Dickson 2-12, Leach 1-2, Pierce 1-2. Buffalo, Woods 4-80, Graham 2-32, Chandler 2-28, L.Smith 1-28, Johnson 1-(minus 1).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Cardinals 13, Bucs 10
Carson Palmer threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, then Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining as Arizona rallied to beat Tampa Bay in Tampa, Fla. Patrick Peterson had two interceptions, one setting up the Cardinals’ first TD in six quarters, the other to ruin any chance of rookie Mike Glennon pulling off a comeback in his first NFL start for the winless Bucs. Feely also kicked a 42-yard field goal for the Cardinals, who trailed 10-0 at halftime.
TB—Williams 8 pass from Glennon (Lindell kick)
TB—FG Lindell 50
Ari—FG Feely 42
Ari—Fitzgerald 13 pass from Palmer (Feely kick)
Ari—FG Feely 27
|Total Net Yards||296||253|
|Time of Poss.||25:55||34:05|
RUSHING—Arizona, Ellington 4-29, Mendenhall 12-21, Palmer 4-6. Tampa Bay, Martin 27-45, Goldson 1-22, Demps 1-14, Glennon 2-(minus 1).
PASSING—Arizona, Palmer 21-38-2-248. Tampa Bay, Glennon 24-43-2-193.
RECEIVING—Arizona, Fitzgerald 6-68, Floyd 5-87, Ellington 3-22, Mendenhall 3-13, Housler 1-23, J.Brown 1-19, Dray 1-10, Roberts 1-6. Tampa Bay, Wright 5-41, Ogletree 5-30, Williams 4-38, Martin 3-16, Jackson 2-27, Leonard 2-11, Lorig 1-20, Demps 1-8, James 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Colts 37, Jaguars 3
Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, Trent Richardson ran for a score and visiting Indianapolis became the latest to beat Jacksonville by double digits. The Colts weren’t all that good, especially early in the first half, but they were plenty good against one of the worst teams in the league. Indianapolis led 20-3 at halftime – the Jaguars have been outscored 75-8 in the first half this season – and made it a laugher with consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter.
Jax—FG Scobee 53
Ind—FG Vinatieri 22
Ind—Butler 41 interception return (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—Richardson 1 run (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—FG Vinatieri 46
Ind—Fleener 31 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—Wayne 5 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—FG Vinatieri 28
|Total Net Yards||437||205|
|Time of Poss.||36:38||23:22|
RUSHING—Indianapolis, D.Brown 3-65, Richardson 20-60, Luck 2-26, Hilton 1-3, Havili 3-0. Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 13-23, Gabbert 2-10, Todman 2-4, Forsett 1-3.
PASSING—Indianapolis, Luck 22-36-1-260, Hasselbeck 2-3-0-37. Jacksonville, Gabbert 17-32-3-179.
RECEIVING—Indianapolis, Wayne 5-100, Fleener 5-77, Hilton 5-48, Heyward-Bey 3-33, D.Brown 2-11, Havili 2-1, Jones 1-21, Richardson 1-6. Jacksonville, Shorts 7-61, Sanders 4-59, Harbor 2-39, Forsett 2-10, Ebert 1-5, Jones-Drew 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Browns 17, Bengals 6
Brian Hoyer, the local kid who always dreamed of being Cleveland’s quarterback, threw two touchdown passes in his first start at home to lead the Browns to a win over Cincinnati. Hoyer’s 1-yard TD pass to Chris Ogbonnaya with 4:54 left gave the Browns an 11-point lead and Cleveland turned it over to its vastly improved defense. In his second start in place of injured Brandon Weeden, Hoyer finished 25 of 38 for 269 yards. He threw a 2-yard TD pass in the first half to Jordan Cameron, who had 10 catches for 91 yards. The Bengals couldn’t get anything going on offense and Andy Dalton was intercepted by Buster Skrine with 3:43 left, ending any chance of a comeback.
Cle—Cameron 2 pass from Hoyer (Cundiff kick)
Cin—FG Nugent 25
Cle—FG Cundiff 51
Cin—FG Nugent 43
Cle—Ogbonnaya 1 pass from Hoyer (Cundiff kick)
|Total Net Yards||266||336|
|Time of Poss.||28:51||31:09|
RUSHING—Cincinnati, Bernard 10-37, Green-Ellis 6-13, Dalton 4-13. Cleveland, McGahee 15-46, Ogbonnaya 5-27, Rainey 6-9, Hoyer 4-7.
PASSING—Cincinnati, Dalton 23-42-1-206. Cleveland, Hoyer 25-38-0-269.
RECEIVING—Cincinnati, Green 7-51, Bernard 6-38, Gresham 3-53, Eifert 3-39, Sanu 3-19, Sanzenbacher 1-6. Cleveland, Cameron 10-91, Ogbonnaya 5-21, Gordon 4-71, Bess 2-25, Rainey 2-20, Benjamin 1-39, Barnidge 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Cleveland, Cundiff 37 (WL), 49 (WR).
Lions 40, Bears 32
Reggie Bush’s 37-yard touchdown run helped Detroit score 27 points in the second quarter and he accounted for 173 yards of offense to help the Lions beat visiting Chicago. The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte’s 53-yard TD run gave the Bears 10-6 lead early in the second quarter. Jay Cutler, who had four turnovers, threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to pull Chicago within eight points to make the score look respectable.
Chi—FG Gould 34
Det—FG Akers 23
Det—FG Akers 31
Chi—Forte 53 run (Gould kick)
Det—FG Akers 41
Det—Stafford 1 run (Akers kick)
Det—Johnson 2 pass from Stafford (Akers kick)
Det—Bush 37 run (Akers kick)
Chi—FG Gould 28
Chi—FG Gould 25
Det—Fairley 4 fumble return (Akers kick)
Det—FG Akers 43
Chi—Jeffery 14 pass from Cutler (Jeffery pass from Cutler)
Chi—E.Bennett 10 pass from Cutler (Marshall pass from Cutler)
|Total Net Yards||417||387|
|Time of Poss.||28:11||31:49|
RUSHING—Chicago, Forte 14-95, Jeffery 1-27, Cutler 1-9. Detroit, Bush 18-139, Bell 7-12, Stafford 5-8.
PASSING—Chicago, Cutler 27-47-3-317. Detroit, Stafford 23-35-1-242.
RECEIVING—Chicago, M.Bennett 8-90, Marshall 7-79, Jeffery 5-107, Forte 5-22, E.Bennett 2-19. Detroit, Pettigrew 7-54, Johnson 4-44, Bush 4-34, Bell 4-30, Durham 3-58, Scheffler 1-22.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Vikings 34, Steelers 27
Greg Jennings made two touchdown catches, Adrian Peterson ran for two scores and Minnesota’s defense made a big stop with time running out to preserve a win over Pittsburgh in London for its first victory of the season. Playing at Wembley Stadium, Everson Griffen stripped Ben Roethlisberger on the 6-yard line with 19 seconds left. Kevin Williams recovered to seal the victory. The Steelers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1968.
Min—FG Walsh 54
Min—Jennings 70 pass from Cassel (Walsh kick)
Pit—Bell 8 run (Suisham kick)
Min—Peterson 60 run (Walsh kick)
Pit—FG Suisham 26
Min—FG Walsh 37
Pit—Bell 1 run (Suisham kick)
Min—Peterson 7 run (Walsh kick)
Min—Jennings 16 pass from Cassel (Walsh kick)
Pit—Cotchery 15 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Pit—FG Suisham 28
|Total Net Yards||434||393|
|Time of Poss.||36:27||23:33|
RUSHING—Pittsburgh, Bell 16-57, A.Brown 1-10, Dwyer 2-7, F.Jones 2-3. Minnesota, Peterson 23-140, Cassel 2-5.
PASSING—Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 36-51-1-383. Minnesota, Cassel 16-25-0-248.
RECEIVING—Pittsburgh, A.Brown 12-88, Miller 6-70, Cotchery 5-103, Sanders 4-57, Bell 4-27, Wheaton 3-26, D.Johnson 1-8, F.Jones 1-4. Minnesota, Simpson 7-124, Jennings 3-92, Rudolph 2-6, Patterson 1-9, Gerhart 1-7, Wright 1-6, Carlson 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Minnesota, Walsh 44 (WL).
Titans 38, Jets 13
Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before being taken to the hospital with an injured right hip, and Tennessee beat New York in Nashville, Tenn., for its second straight victory. Locker was hurt early in the third quarter when hit first by Muhammad Wilkerson after throwing an incomplete pass, then popped by Quinton Coples. He grabbed at his hip as he went to the ground and was carted off the field before being loaded into an ambulance. The Titans had no immediate word on the severity of his injury. Alterraun Verner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, Karl Klug sacked Geno Smith and stripped him of the ball for a TD as the Titans turned Smith’s four turnovers into 28 points.
Ten—Walker 1 pass from Locker (Bironas kick)
Ten—FG Bironas 26
NYJ—FG Folk 45
Ten—Washington 4 pass from Locker (Bironas kick)
NYJ—FG Folk 47
Ten—Hunter 16 pass from Locker (Bironas kick)
Ten—Klug fumble recovery in end zone (Bironas kick)
NYJ—Cumberland 34 pass from Smith (Folk kick)
Ten—Washington 77 pass from Fitzpatrick (Bironas kick)
|Total Net Yards||330||322|
|Time of Poss.||29:22||30:38|
RUSHING—N.Y. Jets, Powell 14-66, Bohanon 4-17, Smith 3-7, Green 2-1. Tennessee, Battle 11-42, C.Johnson 15-21, Locker 3-17, Fitzpatrick 2-(minus 2).
PASSING—N.Y. Jets, Smith 23-34-2-289. Tennessee, Locker 18-24-0-149, Fitzpatrick 3-8-0-108.
RECEIVING—N.Y. Jets, Winslow 6-73, Kerley 4-65, Powell 3-42, Gates 3-24, Bohanon 3-17, Cumberland 1-34, Holmes 1-25, Obomanu 1-8, Green 1-1. Tennessee, Wright 5-56, Williams 5-53, Washington 4-105, Walker 3-14, C.Johnson 2-10, Hunter 1-16, Mooney 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Redskins 24, Raiders 14
Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter to help visiting Washington overcome an early 14-point deficit to beat Oakland for its first win of the season. David Amerson returned an interception for another score for the Redskins. The much-maligned Washington defense allowed the Raiders no more points after the first quarter, taking advantage of an offense that was without starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor the entire game and starting running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece for most of it.
Oak—Stewart blocked punt recovery in end zone (Janikowski kick)
Oak—Rivera 18 pass from Flynn (Janikowski kick)
Was—FG Potter 25
Was—Amerson 45 interception return (Potter kick)
Was—Garcon 5 pass from Griffin III (Potter kick)
Was—Helu Jr. 14 run (Potter kick)
|Total Net Yards||339||298|
|Time of Poss.||27:38||32:22|
RUSHING—Washington, Morris 16-71, Helu Jr. 13-41, Griffin III 3-10. Oakland, Jennings 15-45, McFadden 5-29, Jones 1-19, Flynn 3-4, Olawale 1-4, Ford 1-3.
PASSING—Washington, Griffin III 18-31-0-227. Oakland, Flynn 21-32-1-227.
RECEIVING—Washington, Garcon 6-59, Hankerson 4-49, Paulsen 2-46, Helu Jr. 2-43, Paul 2-20, Morgan 1-6, Young 1-4. Oakland, Jennings 8-71, D.Moore 4-66, Rivera 2-44, Streater 2-18, Olawale 1-11, Mastrud 1-8, Butler 1-6, Stewart 1-5, Reece 1-(minus 2).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Oakland, Janikowski 52 (WL).
Chargers 30, Cowboys 21
Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder to Antonio Gates, and San Diego rallied to beat visiting Dallas. The Chargers had blown late leads in their two losses this season. On Sunday, they scored the final 20 points to beat the Cowboys. Rivers short-armed a pass over the middle to Gates, who slid behind linebacker Sean Lee to haul it in and score with 6:54 to go. Lee had intercepted Rivers on a deflected pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead late in the second quarter. Dallas didn’t score again.
SD—Woodhead 26 pass from Rivers (Novak kick)
Dal—Bryant 5 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
SD—FG Novak 36
Dal—Bryant 34 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Dal—Lee 52 interception return (Bailey kick)
SD—FG Novak 42
SD—Woodhead 13 pass from Rivers (Novak kick)
SD—FG Novak 23
SD—Gates 56 pass from Rivers (Novak kick)
|Total Net Yards||317||506|
|Time of Poss.||25:57||34:03|
RUSHING—Dallas, Murray 14-70, Romo 1-15, Dunbar 1-7. San Diego, Mathews 19-62, Woodhead 5-32, McClain 2-11, R.Brown 1-7.
PASSING—Dallas, Romo 27-37-0-244. San Diego, Rivers 35-42-1-401.
RECEIVING—Dallas, Williams 7-71, Bryant 6-81, Witten 5-43, Murray 5-20, Beasley 3-16, Harris 1-13. San Diego, Gates 10-136, V.Brown 7-41, Allen 5-80, Woodhead 5-54, Mathews 4-41, Royal 3-42, Phillips 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Dallas, Bailey 56 (WL).