Sunday’s NFL Capsules
Sunday, November 21, 2010
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Nailbiting, racing hearts and stunning comebacks.
They’re all in the playbook lately for the New York Jets.
Santonio Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with 10 seconds left, lifting the Jets to an unlikely 30-27 comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
“I want to apologize to all the Jets fans for affecting the heart a little bit,” coach Rex Ryan said. “But we’ll take the win.”
Especially since it appeared the Jets were on their way to a heartbreaking loss.
“We don’t think we’re ever out of it at all,” tight end Dustin Keller said. “We tick ourselves off when we put ourselves in those situations, but we know that we’re always capable of coming back in any game in any situation.”
They’ve certainly proven that during the last three weeks with consecutive overtime wins on the road and now a victory that appeared improbable.
After blowing a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Jets trailed 27-23 with less than a minute left. But Sanchez completed two passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and then had a pretty 42-yard toss to Braylon Edwards with 16 seconds remaining. Edwards was knocked out of bounds by Eugene Wilson, stopping the clock and giving the Jets a chance to win.
On the next play, Sanchez coolly found Holmes streaking into the left corner of the end zone for the winning score, sending the New Meadowlands Stadium crowd into a frenzy.
“We’re cutting it awfully close,” Sanchez said. “I don’t think anybody has any fingernails left if they’re a Jets fan.”
Patriots 31, Colts 28
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady barely outdueled Peyton Manning in their annual meeting, leading New England over Indianapolis.
The teams met for the eighth straight season, and Brady guided the Patriots to a 31-14 lead before four-time MVP Manning led a spirited comeback. But Manning was intercepted in the final moments for the third time.
Brady tied another QB icon for an NFL mark. Brady has won 25 straight regular-season home starts, equaling Brett Favre’s record when he was with Green Bay.
Steelers 35, Raiders 3
PITTSBURGH — James Harrison caused two turnovers Ben Roethlisberger turned into touchdown passes and the Steelers went on to rout the Raiders.
Harrison led a defense that drove Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell from the game, and finished with five tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. He was also called for a penalty for slamming Campbell to the turf as the quarterback was throwing a pass.
With less than two minutes to go in the first half, Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour was ejected for an openhanded punch to Roethlisberger’s face as he was celebrating a TD pass.
Redskins 19, Titans 16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal with 8:17 left in overtime to lift Washington.
Titans quarterback Vince Young left the game with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, and was replaced by rookie Rusty Smith.
The win came on a day when at least seven Redskins went to the sideline with injuries, including Clinton Portis with a re-injured groin.
Former Jefferson City Jay and Missouri Tiger Justin Gage had one catch for 23 yards for the Titans, who lost their third straight game.
Packers 31, Vikings 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes to Greg Jennings, and Green Bay beat Brett Favre and Minnesota for the second time this season.
Tramon Williams intercepted Favre to stop a long Vikings drive, and Rodgers took the Packers the other way for a touchdown to James Jones in the final minute of the first half to give the visitors a 17-3 lead.
Cowboys 35, Lions 19
ARLINGTON, Texas — Bryan McCann grabbed a batted-down punt and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown, Miles Austin had two short touchdown catches and 38-year-old Jon Kitna had a career-long 29-yard TD run for Dallas.
Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett won his home debut and improved to 2-0 since taking over for Wade Phillips.
The Lions lost their 26th straight on the road, extending a woeful NFL record that began in 2007, when Kitna was their quarterback.
Ravens 37, Panthers 13
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and a touchdown, Baltimore’s defense returned consecutive interceptions for TDs in the fourth quarter, and the Ravens beat Brian St. Pierre and the Panthers.
The Ravens finally rattled Carolina’s quarterback to break open a surprisingly close game. With Baltimore leading 23-13, Ed Reed picked off St. Pierre, then pitched it to Dawan Landry for a touchdown. On the next play, St. Pierre was intercepted by Ray Lewis, who rumbled 24 yards for a score.
It wiped out a potential storybook performance by St. Pierre, signed by Carolina a little over a week ago. He threw an 88-yard TD pass to David Gettis to get the Panthers within a touchdown.
Bills 49, Bengals 31
CINCINNATI — Ryan Fitzpatrick matched his career high with four touchdown passes during Buffalo’s biggest comeback in 13 years, and the Bills won their second straight game after losing eight in a row to start the season.
The Bengals appeared to be in control after Johnathan Joseph’s interception return put them ahead 28-7 in the second quarter.
Buffalo took advantage of Cincinnati’s depleted secondary — Joseph and safety Chris Crocker went out late in the first half — for its biggest comeback since it overcame a 26-0 deficit and topped the Colts 37-35 on Sept. 21, 1997, according to STATS LLC.
Jaguars 24, Browns 20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maurice Jones-Drew followed a 75-yard reception with a 1-yard touchdown dive with 1:16 left as Jacksonville overcame six turnovers.
Cleveland had a final chance to win this one, but Sean Considine tipped Colt McCoy’s pass to Mike Bell at the goal line. The pass bounced off Bell’s chest and landed in Considine’s arms.
Buccaneers 21, 49ers 0
SAN FRANCISCO — Josh Freeman threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Tampa Bay got its first win at Candlestick Park since 1980 and only second ever.
Ronde Barber made his 40th career interception in the fourth quarter, most in Tampa Bay franchise history, to help clinch it. He also became the first player in NFL history to record 40 interceptions and 25 sacks in a career.
The Niners were shut out at home for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 9, 1977.
Former Jefferson City Jay and Missouri Tiger Justin Smith had three tackles for the 49ers.
Saints 34, Seahawks 16
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees became the Saints’ all-time completions leader, throwing for four touchdowns.
Brees was 29-of-42 for 382 yards and completed his 1,850th pass as a Saint in the second quarter to break a record held by Archie Manning since 1982.
Matt Hasselbeck was 32-of-44 for 366 yards, the most yards allowed by New Orleans’ top-ranked passing defense this season, but Seattle had trouble getting in the end zone.
Eagles 27, Giants 17
PHILADELPHIA — LeSean McCoy ran 50 yards for the go-ahead score on a fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter, and Philadelphia rallied to beat the New York Giants 27-17 after blowing a 13-point lead.
Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes to bring New York back from a 16-3 deficit. But he lost a fumble after running for a first down on fourth-and-6 with 2:51 left, and the Eagles recovered.