Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Brandon Gibson's 13-yard touchdown catch with 48 seconds remaining lifted the St. Louis Rams over the Buffalo Bills, 15-12. Gibson ended with six catches for 100 yards for the Rams (6-6-1), who have won three in a row for the first time since 2006. Sam Bradford completed 19-of-39 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and an interception for St. Louis, which scored all 15 of its points in the second half. Steven Jackson carried the ball 19 times for 64 yards and a score for the victors. Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on 25-of-32 passes for 247 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bills (5-8), who have lost two of three.
Final Score: Carolina 30, Atlanta 20
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and broke off a 72-yard TD scamper in the Carolina Panthers' 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Newton was 23-of-35 for 287 yards and added a career- high 116 yards rushing on nine carries for the Panthers (4-9), who snapped a five-game losing streak to Atlanta. Steve Smith hauled in seven balls for 109 yards in the triumph. The Falcons (11-2), meanwhile, will have to wait at least another week to clinch a first-round playoff bye. Matt Ryan tallied 302 of his 342 yards in the second half and finished 34-of-49 with two scores and an interception for Atlanta, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Roddy White caught nine passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in the setback.
Final Score: Dallas 20, Cincinnati 19
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Dallas Cowboys trailed the Cincinnati Bengals by nine midway through the fourth quarter, then rallied to steal a 20-19 decision on Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal as time expired. The win came a day after Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad, was killed in a one-car accident with teammate Josh Price-Brent identified as the driver and subsequently arrested on intoxication manslaughter charges. With the win, Dallas (7-6) and the Washington Redskins can both pull even atop the NFC East with a Giants loss against the Saints on Sunday. The Bengals (7-6) outgained the Cowboys, 336-288, but only scored one touchdown on Andy Dalton's short toss to Andrew Hawkins. Tony Romo finished with 268 yards on 25-of-43 attempts, while his counterpart, Dalton, completed 20-of-33 passes for 206 yards. Each quarterback threw an interception.
Final Score: Cleveland 30, Kansas City 7
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson rushed for a pair of touchdowns on Sunday, as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-7, at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Richardson finished with 42 yards on 18 carries, while Brandon Weeden was an efficient 17-of-30 passing with 217 yards for the Browns (5-8), who have won three straight games. Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn, who spent his first three NFL seasons in Cleveland after the Browns selected him with the 22nd overall pick in 2007, struggled against his former club, throwing for just 159 yards with an interception on 10-of-21 passing. Jamaal Charles was the lone bright spot for the visitors, rushing for 165 yards and a score on 18 carries for the Chiefs (2-11), who snapped a six-game skid last weekend with an emotional 27-21 victory over Carolina less than 24 hours after linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then traveled to the team's facility and killed himself.
Final Score: Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 23
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of fourth- quarter field goals to lift the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts (9-4) rallied from a 13- point halftime deficit for their third straight victory to improve their playoff chances. Indianapolis has won seven of its last eight and is still within striking distance of first-place Houston in the AFC South. Andrew Luck had a subpar day, but still came away with a win. The rookie completed just 16-of-34 passes for 196 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions for the Colts, who have won five straight at home and improved to 6-1 at Lucas Oil Stadium this season. Vick Ballard ran for 94 yards on 19 carries in the victory, while Reggie Wayne caught six passes for 64 yards with a touchdown and moved into 10th place on the all-time receptions list. Jake Locker threw for 262 yards on 22-of-35 passing with a touchdown and a pair of costly second-half interceptions in defeat. Tennessee (4-9) has dropped three in a row since its bye week and fell to 0-5 within the division.
Final Score: NY Jets 17, Jacksonville 10
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell each had rushing scores and the New York Jets held on for a 17-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Greene rushed for 77 yards on 20 carries while Powell amassed 78 yards on 19 rushes for New York (6-7), which was coming off a 7-6 win over Arizona and has strung together consecutive victories for the first time all season. Mark Sanchez fumbled in the first half and connected on 12-of-19 throws overall for just 111 yards, but completed a 37-yard strike late in the contest to force Jacksonville to use all three of its timeouts. Chad Henne led the Jaguars (2-11) into Jets territory on their final possession, but was intercepted by Ellis Lankster to seal the win for New York. Henne passed for 185 yards, but completed just 21-of-43 throws and was picked off twice in Jacksonville's ninth loss in 10 games. Montell Owens ran for the Jaguars' only touchdown, finishing with 91 yards on 14 carries in defeat.
Final Score: Minnesota 21, Chicago 14
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adrian Peterson had a pair of first-quarter touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings handed the Chicago Bears a 21-14 loss at Mall of America Stadium. Peterson finished the game with 154 yards on 31 carries while Christian Ponder was just 11-for-17 with 91 yards and an interception for the Vikings (7-6), who kept their playoff hopes alive by snapping a two-game losing streak. Brandon Marshall caught 10 passes for 160 yards and a score while Jay Cutler threw for 260 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-44 passing for the Bears (8-5), but Cutler was picked off as Chicago fell for the fourth time in the last five weeks and now sit a half-game behind Green Bay for first place in the NFC North.
Final Score: San Diego 34, Pittsburgh 24
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers tossed a trio of touchdown passes on Sunday, as the San Diego Chargers spoiled the return of Ben Roethlisberger with a 34-24 triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Rivers completed 21-of-41 passes for 200 yards, while Danario Alexander hauled in seven passes for 88 yards and a pair of scores for the Chargers (5-8), who snapped a four-game skid to avoid locking up their first losing season on the six-season watch of coach Norv Turner. The Chargers also added a defensive touchdown in the victory, their first ever regular-season win in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger missed the last three games due to a sprained right shoulder and an accompanying rib injury, but managed to throw for 285 yards and three scores with one interception on 22-of-42 passing. Mike Wallace finished with seven catches for 112 yards and two scores for the Steelers (7-6), who were coming off a 23-20 triumph over rival Baltimore last weekend.
Final Score: Philadelphia 23, Tampa Bay 21
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Nick Foles found Jeremy Maclin for a 1-yard touchdown as time expired to lift the Philadelphia Eagles past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-21, on Sunday. Philadelphia (4-9) snapped an eight-game losing streak -- the longest since Andy Reid took over as head coach in 1999 -- with the win. Foles finished the game 32-for-51 passing for a career-high 381 yards. The Bucs (6-7) lost their third straight to fall further behind in the NFC playoff race despite Doug Martin carrying the ball 28 times for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: Washington 31, Baltimore 28 (OT)
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Kirk Cousins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter before running in the game-tying 2-point conversion, and the Redskins later came through with a thrilling 31-28 overtime triumph over the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. Richard Crawford, another member of Washington's 2012 draft class, had a pivotal 64-yard punt return in overtime to set up Kai Forbath's third field goal of the afternoon -- a 34-yard kick 3:23 into the extra session. Robert Griffin III completed 15-of-26 throws for 246 yards and a touchdown before being forced out by a right leg injury on the eventual tying drive, while fellow rookie Alfred Morris rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries to help the resurgent Redskins (7-6) to their fourth consecutive win. Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes -- two of which went to Anquan Boldin -- and Ray Rice put up 121 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts for Baltimore (9-4). Still, the Ravens suffered their second straight defeat following a four-game win streak and missed out on a chance to secure a playoff spot.
Thursday, December 6th
Final Score: Denver 26, Oakland 13
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Led by a resurgent Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos are on a roll. And now the AFC West champs are eyeing a potential first-round bye following their eighth straight win. Manning tallied his 5,000th career completion and threw for 310 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 26-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Manning joined Brett Favre (6,400) as the only NFL quarterbacks with 5,000-plus completions. Manning, who completed 26-of-36 passes, has tossed 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions during his torrid eight-game stretch for Denver (10-3), which is in the midst of its longest winning streak since the 1998 squad began the year 13-0. Knowshon Moreno finished with 119 yards rushing and a score on a career-high 32 carries, while Eric Decker recorded eight receptions for 88 yards in the win. Oakland, meanwhile, is headed in the complete opposite direction. Carson Palmer had 273 yards through the air on 19-of-30 efficiency with two scores and an interception for the Raiders (3-10), who suffered their sixth straight defeat. Raiders head coach and former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen returned to the sidelines Thursday following the death of his father, Grady Allen. The former NFL linebacker was originally hospitalized last week with heart problems and passed away at the age of 66 on Tuesday. Darren McFadden returned after missing the previous four games with an injured ankle and finished with 52 yards on the ground -- 36 coming on the first play of the second half -- on 11 totes. He added a touchdown reception.