Lions end losing streak at 19

The Detroit Lions’ losing run is over. Matthew Stafford threw an early 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson and the two connected to draw a key penalty that set up a TD in the fourth quarter as the Lions ended a 19-game losing streak.

Detroit Lion Jason Hunter

Detroit Lion Jason Hunter

Redskins 19 at Lions 14

The Detroit Lions’ losing run is over.

Matthew Stafford threw an early 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson and the two connected to draw a key penalty that set up a TD in the fourth quarter as the Lions ended a 19-game losing streak.

They beat the Redskins 19-14. Detroit (1-2) had not won since Dec. 23, 2007 and their skid matched the second longest in NFL history.

Washington (1-2) pulled within five points on Jason Campbell’s second touchdown pass with 2:36 left in the game, but couldn’t prevent the Lions from picking up a first down that ran time off the clock and cost it three timeouts.

49ers 24 at Vikings 27

Brett Favre threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone with two seconds left to lift Minnesota to a 27-24 victory over the stunned San Francisco 49ers, keeping the Vikings unbeaten.

Favre completed six passes during the final drive and finished 24-for-46 for 301 yards, two scores and his first interception.

Chiefs 14 at Eagles 34

The Eagles didn’t need much from Michael Vick to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. They didn’t need anything from Donovan McNabb or Brian Westbrook.

Kevin Kolb threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns, LeSean McCoy had 84 yards rushing and one TD, and DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek each had 100-plus yards receiving and one score for Philadelphia (2-1).

Titans 17 at Jets 24

David Harris had an interception and a big sack on consecutive drives, and Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Jets stayed undefeated by holding on for a victory over the Titans.

Sanchez became the first rookie quarterback to start a season with wins in his first three games, and helped the Jets to their fourth 3-0 start in franchise history.

Packers 36 at Rams 17

Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and the Packers sent the Rams to their 13th straight loss.

Rodgers was 13-for-23 for 269 yards. The Rams (0-3) have lost 30 of 35 since the start of the 2007 season.

Browns 3 at Ravens 34

Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 342 yards, Willis McGahee scored two more touchdowns, and the Ravens cruised to a victory over the Browns.

After Baltimore (3-0) held the Browns to 78 yards while building a 20-0 halftime lead, Cleveland coach Eric Mangini pulled quarterback Brady Quinn in favour of Derek Anderson. The switch did nothing to turn around the fortune of a team that has been outscored 95-29 this season.

Jaguars 31 at Texans 24

Maurice Jones-Drew had his first 100-yard game of the season and scored three touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to a victory over the mistake-prone Houston Texans on Sunday.

Jones-Drew finished with 119 yards rushing.

Giants 24 at Buccaneers 0

Eli Manning threw for two touchdowns and Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw led a resurgence of a strong ground attack that was absent the previous two weeks, helping the Giants (3-0) remain unbeaten with a rout of the winless Bucs (0-3).

Tampa Bay was outgained 397 yards to 86 and did not have a first down until late in the third quarter.

Falcons 10 at Patriots 26

The New England Patriots finally got their offence rolling with a balanced attack as Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and Fred Taylor ran for 105 in a win over the Falcons.

But the Patriots (2-1) had plenty of trouble in the red zone where they settled for four field goals by Stephen Gostkowski.

Broncos 23 at Raiders 3

All that off-season disfunction in Denver is a thing of the past. Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton have the Broncos off to a 3-0 start.

Orton threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, and rookie Knowshon Moreno ran for 90 yards and a score to lead the Broncos to a victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

Dolphins 13 at Chargers 23

Philip Rivers had his usual big plays and a nifty little one that helped the Chargers end a seven-game losing streak against Miami.

Rivers scored on a five-yard scramble late in the third quarter to highlight a victory over the winless Dolphins, who lost quarterback Chad Pennington to a shoulder injury early in the second half.

Saints 27 at Bills 7

Will Smith had an interception and a sack to help New Orleans shut down Buffalo.

Pierre Thomas finished with 126 yards rushing, while scoring on 34- and 19-yard runs for the Saints. The Bills offence sputtered, and Terrell Owens was held without a catch, to end a 185-game streak that had been second longest among active players.

Steelers 20 at Bengals 23

Carson Palmer threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds left, completing a nearly perfect drive that gave the Bengals a victory and ended the Steelers’ nearly decade-long domination in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh (1-2) had won its last eight games on Cincinnati’s home field. The last time the Bengals beat them at Paul Brown Stadium was 2001, when Chad Ochocinco was a rookie who rarely started and still went by the name of Johnson.

Bears 25 at Seahawks 19

Jay Cutler pumped his fists. He hugged his linemen. And he raised both arms triumphantly — all inside the final two minutes.

Exactly the scenes the Bears envisioned when they traded a king’s ransom to Denver to get him.

Cutler’s miserable Chicago debut two weeks ago became forgotten when he completed all three of his passes on Sunday’s decisive drive. The third was for 36 yards to Devin Hester with 1:52 remaining, rallying the Bears to a victory over the Seahawks..

Colts 31 at Cardinals 10

Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, three in the second quarter, to power Indianapolis.

Manning completed 24-of-35 for 379 yards with one interception. The Colts’ quarterback had four TD passes in a game for the 18th time, moving him ahead of Johnny Unitas into third on the NFL career list, behind Dan Marino’s 21 and Brett Favre’s 20.

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