Colts 17 Ravens 15
The undefeated Indianapolis Colts found yet another way to win a close game, their 19th straight victory.
The 17-15 win secured on former Ravens kicker Matt Stover’s go-ahead field goal gave Indianapolis (10-0), the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 21-game run by the New England Patriots (2006-08). Indy received an inspired performance from the defence and overcame an uncharacteristic three turnovers.
Much to the dismay of the Ravens and their fans, Stover booted the decisive field goal with 7:02 left. Colts linebacker Gary Brackett then intercepted Joe Flacco’s pass at the Indianapolis 13 with 2:42 remaining, and the Colts kept the ball until the closing seconds.
Saints 38 at Buccaneers 7
Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns and the Saints shrugged off a slow start defensively to remain unbeaten.
Steelers 24 at Chiefs 27 OT
Ryan Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal with 8:28 left in overtime after Chris Chambers’ 61-yard catch-and-run, and the Chiefs snapped a team-record 10-game home losing streak.
The Steelers had the ball for almost 19 minutes longer than the Chiefs (3-7) and outgained them 463-206. The Chiefs stayed in it with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 94-yard interception return.
Chargers 32 at Broncos 3
Philip Rivers and a dominant defence led the Chargers into sole possession of first place, drubbing the Broncos, who couldn’t move the ball effectively behind either of their quarterbacks. Simms was just 2-for-4 for 10 yards with two sacks over three series. Orton entered to a standing ovation, but also struggled.
Raiders 20, Bengals 17
Bruce Gradkowski threw a 29-yard tying touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with 33 seconds left and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 33-yard field goal after Andre Caldwell fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
Jets 14 at Patriots 31
Leigh Bodden had three of the four interceptions thrown by Mark Sanchez and the Patriots’ defence allowed just one touchdown and 226 yards. The victory gave them a two-game lead in the AFC East and sent the Jets (4-6) to their sixth loss in seven games.
Seahawks 9 at Vikings 35
Brett Favre completed a career-high 88 per cent of his passes for 213 yards and four touchdown passes and the Vikings delivered their most complete performance of the season.
Browns 37 Lions 38
An ailing Matthew Stafford threw his fifth touchdown pass from one yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson’s extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a thrilling win.
Falcons 31 at Giants 34, OT
Eli Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards and three touchdown passes, including two to Kevin Boss, to help the Giants (6-4) snap a four-game skid coming off their bye week. Manning set up Tynes’ winner when he connected with Mario Manningham for a 29-yard pass.
Cardinals 21 at Rams 13
Kurt Warner spent the second half pacing the sideline after taking a blow to the head, still in uniform but shut down for the day. Warner threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns while building a 21-3 cushion.
Redskins 6 at Cowboys 7
Tony Romo led a single scoring drive, hitting Patrick Crayton for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left to preserve first place in the NFC East.
Shaun Suisham put Washington ahead 6-0 with field goals of 45 and 31 yards. But he missed a 39-yard attempt shortly before halftime and a 50-yarder that would’ve made it 9-0 with 7:06 left. Suisham had been 13 of 13 this season before those misses.
49ers 24 at Packers 30
Aaron Rodgers made San Francisco pay for a draft-day snub in 2005. Rodgers threw touchdowns to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, and Ryan Grant rushed for 129 yards and a score. The Packers (6-4) saw outside linebacker Aaron Kampman injure his left knee and cornerback Al Harris also injured a knee. Rodgers was 32-of-45 for 344 yards, including 274 in the first half as the Packers took a 23-3 lead.
Bills 15 at Jaguars 18
David Garrard’s second game-winning drive in as many weeks gave the Jaguars their first three-game winning streak in nearly two years. Garrard threw a touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker with 56 seconds remaining, spoiling Perry Fewell’s debut as interim coach of the Bills (3-7).
Eagles 24 at Bears 20
Donovan McNabb threw for 244 yards against his hometown team, LeSean McCoy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run following Antonio Dixon’s blocked field goal, and Philadelphia came away with a victory over the struggling Bears.
The Bears were leading 20-17 when Dixon blocked a 48-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 11 minutes left. McNabb then led the Eagles (6-4) on a 62-yard touchdown drive that McCoy capped with a neat 10-yard run.