Sunday’s NFL Capsules
Monday, November 29, 2010
HOUSTON (AP) — Andre Johnson finally had enough from Cortland Finnegan, sparking a fistfight that led to both players being ejected and could end up in further discipline from the NFL.
The Texans snapped a four-game losing streak while Johnson and Finnegan were ejected for their fight in the fourth quarter of a 20-0 Houston win over Tennessee on Sunday.
Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards and caught nine passes for the Texans (5-6), who posted their first shutout since 2004.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Finnegan set it off by pushing up Johnson’s face mask at the line of scrimmage. Johnson ripped off Finnegan’s helmet and landed at least two punches to Finnegan’s head and neck. Finnegan tore off Johnson’s helmet before players and referees intervened.
The game was halted for more than five minutes as officials sorted out the chaos. Johnson received a standing ovation as security guards escorted him off the field. Finnegan taunted booing fans as he exited out the opposite tunnel.
The incident came at the end of a tumultuous week for the Titans (5-6), who’ve lost four in a row.
Houston cornerback Glover Quin set a franchise record with three interceptions off Titans rookie quarterback Rusty Smith, who struggled in his first career start in replacing the injured Vince Young.
Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was on the sideline calling plays after he was diagnosed with cancer this week. He’s due to start chemotherapy Monday.
Steelers 19, Bills 16 OT
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Shaun Suisham kicked a 41-yard field goal with 2:14 left in overtime to lift the Steelers.
Buffalo (2-9) blew an opportunity to win it with 10:30 left in overtime. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson got in behind the Steelers secondary but dropped a 40-yard pass on the run, while he was 2 yards into the end zone.
The Bills overcame a 13-point first-half deficit and forced overtime with 2 seconds left in regulation when Rian Lindell hit a 49-yard field goal.
Rashard Mendenhall had 151 yards rushing and scored a 1-yard touchdown, while Suisham hit all four field-goal attempts, including a 48-yarder in a game the Steelers (8-3) never trailed. The decisive field goal capped a 13-play, 58-yard drive in a game both teams had chances to win.
Falcons 20, Packers 17
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Bryant kicked a 47-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining to give the NFC-leading Falcons their fifth straight win.
The Falcons (9-2) have their longest winning streak since 1998 and assured themselves of a third straight winning season. Of course, they have much higher aspirations sitting atop the conference standings with five weeks to go.
Aaron Rodgers guided Green Bay (7-4) on a 90-yard drive to tie the game with 56 seconds remaining. He converted a pair of fourth-down passes, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that made it 17-all.
But Eric Weems broke loose on the kickoff return and was dragged down by Matt Wilhelm with a flagrant facemask tackle. The Falcons took over at the Green Bay 49, Matt Ryan completed four straight short passes and Bryant made the winning kick.
Vikings 17, Redskins 13
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Brett Favre was perfect on two scoring drives, and Minnesota won Leslie Frazier’s NFL head coaching debut despite Adrian Peterson’s early injury.
Favre went 3 for 3 on the Vikings’ opening possession, which ended with Peterson’s 5-yard touchdown run. The 41-year-old quarterback was 5 for 5 on the first drive of the second half, capped by a 5-yard TD from rookie Toby Gerhart, who took over after Peterson left in the second quarter with a bad right ankle.
Favre scrambled for a first down on third-and-8 right before the two-minute warning, then hugged several teammates. Minnesota (4-7) ended its nine-game road losing streak, less than a week after firing coach Brad Childress and promoting Frazier.
Washington is 5-6.
Giants 24, Jaguars 20
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss with 3:15 to play and the Giants rallied to snap a two-game losing streak and end the Jaguars’ three-game winning streak.
Manning also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, Lawrence Tynes kicked three field goals and the defense came up with three consecutive sacks and a late turnover with 1:25 to go as the Giants (7-4) rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit.
David Garrard and Rashad Jennings ran for touchdowns and Josh Scobee kicked two field goal as the Jaguars (6-5) lost for only the third time in eight games.
Browns 24, Panthers 23
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Kasay missed a 42-yard field goal that grazed the left upright as time expired, allowing the Browns to escape and give ex-Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme a little satisfaction.
Kasay had a chance to win it for the Panthers (1-10) after rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen drove them to Cleveland’s 25, completing a beautiful sideline pass to Brandon LaFell with five seconds left.
After the play was reviewed, Kasay pulled his kick just wide to the left, ending another tight game for coach Eric Mangini and the Browns (4-7), who led 21-7 at halftime.
Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns, and Delhomme passed for 245 yards in his first start at home for the Browns, who signed him in March after he was released by Carolina.
Chargers 36, Colts 14
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — San Diego intercepted Peyton Manning four times, returning two for scores, and Mike Tolbert scored on a 3-yard run as the Chargers beat Indianapolis.
The Chargers (6-5) won their fourth straight and remained one game behind Kansas City in the AFC West race.
Indianapolis (6-5) lost for the second straight week — and for only the second time in its past 21 home games — but is still tied with Jacksonville atop the AFC South.
This was no typical night for the Colts.
Manning finished 31 of 48 for 285 yards with two TDs but was picked off four times for the third time in his career. He has thrown seven interceptions in two weeks for the first time in his 13-year career.
Kevin Burnett returned Manning’s first pick 29 yards for a score. Eric Weddle matched that with a 41-yard return in the third quarter that broke open the game. And the Chargers shut out Indy for the final 30 minutes.
Philip Rivers was 19 of 23 for 185 yards with no touchdowns and, most important, no interceptions. Tolbert rushed 26 times for 103 yards and scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter to seal the victory that put San Diego above the .500 mark for the first time all season.
Dolphins 33, Raiders 17
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chad Henne returned from a benching and injury to throw for 307 yards and two scores, and Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals for Miami.
Davone Bess had 111 yards receiving in his first game as a pro in his hometown, and Ricky Williams ran for 95 yards and a score for the Dolphins (6-5), who won for the fifth time in six road games to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Raiders (5-6) returned home following a 35-3 beating in Pittsburgh and put together another dud. Fan favorite Bruce Gradkowski got the nod ahead of Jason Campbell at quarterback, but threw two interceptions.
Bears 31, Eagles 26
CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Cutler tied a career high with four touchdown passes and Chicago took sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
The win was the Bears (8-3) fourth straight and put them a game ahead of Green Bay.
Michael Vick and the Eagles (7-4) had won three straight, but were unable to break off big plays against one of the league’s stingiest defenses and fell into a tie with the Giants for the NFC East lead.
Vick threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw his first interception of the year when he got picked off by Chris Harris in the end zone late in the first half, stopping a potential go-ahead scoring drive.
Chiefs 42, Seahawks 24
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Cassel threw three touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles rushed for 173 yards and Kansas City remained atop the AFC West.
Facing Pete Carroll, his former coach at Southern California, Cassel threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Bowe extended his streak of games with at least one touchdown reception to seven straight. The pair connected on TDs of 7, 36 and 9 yards for Kansas City (7-4).
Charles added a 3-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Backup defensive tackle Shaun Smith had a 1-yard TD plunge in the first half.
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice. Seattle (5-6) has lost four of five.
Ravens 17, Buccaneers 10
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, and Baltimore won a franchise record-tying eighth straight game at home.
Flacco connected with Todd Heap for a 65-yard score and hit Derrick Mason for a 10-yard touchdown during a three-minute span of the second quarter to stake Baltimore to a 17-3 halftime lead. Flacco now has 53 career TD passes, surpassing Vinny Testaverde (51) for most in Ravens history.
Flacco completed 25 of 35 passes for 289 yards and had a 76-yard touchdown throw to Ray Rice called back because of a block in the back by Anquan Boldin.
Baltimore (8-3) improved to 5-0 at home this season and remained tied atop with the AFC North with Pittsburgh. The Ravens host the Steelers next Sunday night.
Tampa Bay (7-4) still has not beaten a team with a winning record.
Rams 36, Broncos 33
DENVER (AP) — Rookie Sam Bradford threw for three touchdowns and had his first 300-yard game as St. Louis escaped with a rare road win, which came just over a day after the NFL fined the Broncos and their coach for a videotaping scandal.
There was more than a smattering of boos when Broncos embattled coach Josh McDaniels was introduced before the game.
There were also signs in the crowd calling for his firing following the latest embarrassment that also resulted in the firing of the video operations director who broke NFL rules by taping a San Francisco practice in London last month.
The Rams had a seemingly safe 33-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Broncos (3-8) pulled within three points on Brandon Lloyd’s TD catch from Kyle Orton with 2:35 remaining.
The Rams (5-6) held on and now share first place in the NFC West with Seattle, which lost to Kansas City.
Bradford was 22 of 37 for 308 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in his first road win as a pro.