Bengals 13, Patriots 6
Tom Brady’s streak of touchdown passes ended in a driving rain against a defense that’s gotten good at shutting down some of the league’s best.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game’s only touchdown, and the host Cincinnati Bengals ended Brady’s long TD streak on Sunday in a victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.
The Bengals (3-2) sacked Brady four times and kept New England (4-1) out of the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.
Brady had one final chance when New England got the ball back with 1:48 left in a driving rain. His desperation pass was picked off by Adam “Pacman” Jones inside the 5-yard line with 16 seconds left to clinch it.
Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees. The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009. The Bengals came into the game looking to establish an identity. They got one: Masters of shutting down the league’s best quarterbacks.
Two weeks earlier at Paul Brown Stadium, they stymied Aaron Rodgers in a 34-30 win over Green Bay, overcoming four turnovers by Cincinnati’s offense.
Brady never got into a rhythm against Cincinnati’s unrelenting pass rush. He finished 18 of 38 for 197 yards with one interception and a paltry passer rating of 52.2. It didn’t help that a storm moved in just before the start of New England’s final drive.
Broncos 51, Cowboys 48
Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to keep the visiting Broncos unbeaten with a victory over the Cowboys.
Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver (5-0).
Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas (2-3), but he was intercepted by Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater’s winning kick.
The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS.
Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns’ 58-48 win in 2004.
Ravens 26, Dolphins 23
Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Baltimore Ravens ahead with 1:42 left, and they withstood a frantic comeback bid by the host Miami Dolphins to win.
Ryan Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth down to keep Miami’s hopes alive, but Caleb Sturgis then missed a 57-yard field goal attempt wide left with 33 seconds to go.
The Ravens (3-2) bounced back from a loss last week at Buffalo and won on the road for the first time this season. The Dolphins (3-2) lost their second game in a row.
Baltimore moved 34 yards to set up Tucker’s game-winning field goal, his fourth of the day. The Ravens ran for a season-high 133 yards, and Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards.
Saints 26, Bears 18
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record with another 100-yard game and the visiting New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears to remain unbeaten.
Brees was 29 of 35 for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals as New Orleans (5-0) picked up its first win in Chicago since a 31-10 victory on Oct. 8, 2000.
Graham continued his torrid start for the Saints (5-0), catching 10 balls for 135 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game — matching an NFL record for a tight end. Tony Gonzalez was the first to accomplish the streak in 2000, and Graham matched it in 2011.
Jay Cutler threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago (3-2), which has lost two in a row.
Packers 22, Lions 9
James Jones caught a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers, and the host Packers defense contained the undermanned Detroit Lions for a win.
Mason Crosby kicked five field goals. The Packers’ offense struggled to get into the end zone until Rodgers found Jones on an 83-yard completion down the left sideline for a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter.
It provided enough of a cushion for a defense that had the luxury of facing the Lions minus star receiver Calvin Johnson, out with a knee injury. Penalties also bogged down Detroit.
The Packers extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over the Lions to 23.
Colts 34, Seahawks 28
Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the visiting Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks (4-1) lost their first regular-season game since Nov. 25.
Delano Howell scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field goal for Indy (4-1).
Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16 of 29 for 229 yards, beating Russell Wilson in the first matchup between last season’s NFL rookie of the year runner-ups.
Indy trailed 12-0 early, took the lead after Howell’s return, then rallied again to take the lead for good on Brown’s fourth-quarter TD run. The Colts sealed it with a 2-point conversion pass and a late field goal.
Wilson finished 15 of 31 for 210 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and ran 13 times for 102 yards.
Chiefs 26, Titans 17
Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Kansas City Chiefs kept up their perfect start after rallying to beat the host Tennessee Titans.
The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons.
The Titans (3-2) couldn’t have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Jake Locker sidelined with his sprained right hip. He missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half.
Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and they intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 48-yarder.
Eagles 36, Giants 21
Nick Foles threw for two touchdowns and led four scoring drives after taking over for an injured Michael Vick late in the second quarter, and Philadelphia kept the host Giants winless.
Foles threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 25 yards to Brent Celek and 5 yards to DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by forcing three interceptions by Eli Manning in the fourth quarter.
Vick left the game with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter. LeSean McCoy added a 1-yard touchdown run and Alex Henery kicked five field goals for the Eagles, who gained 439 yards in total offense.
David Wilson scored on a 5-yard run for the Giants (0-5) and Manning threw two touchdowns to Rueben Randle in the third quarter.
Rams 34, Jaguars 20
Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano’s 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the St. Louis Rams’ defense in a victory that kept the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars winless.
Austin Pettis’ 31-yard TD catch with 5:45 to go was his second of the day and put the Rams (2-3) up by two scores. St. Louis, which had trailed by double digits in every game, established control with a 17-point second quarter after Jacksonville (0-5) had a pair of early leads.
Cardinals 22, Panthers 6
Arizona sacked Cam Newton seven times, once for a safety, and intercepted him on three occasions to overcome a sluggish offensive performance, and the host Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers.
Daryl Washington, back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, had two sacks and an interception for Arizona (3-2).
Calais Campbell had two sacks, one for Arizona’s first regular-season safety in nine years, the other forcing a game-clinching fumble. Karlos Dansby also had two sacks and an interception. Carolina (1-3), playing for the first time since a 38-0 victory over the New York Giants two weeks ago, managed only Graham Gano’s field goals of 22 and 51 yards.
Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for a touchdown but was intercepted three times.
49ers 34, Texans 3
Tramaine Brock intercepted Matt Schaub’s first pass of the night and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, Schaub threw three interceptions in all before the embattled quarterback got replaced in the fourth, and the host San Francisco 49ers pounded the Houston Texans.
Colin Kaepernick threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score in his second straight impressive prime-time game. The 49ers (3-2) are right back in the NFC West race with Seattle after the Seahawks (4-1) lost at Indianapolis. Each team has beaten the Texans (2-3) and lost to the Colts, and Seattle still must visit San Francisco on Dec. 8.
Anthony Dixon added a 2-yard touchdown run for the NFC champions, while Brock had a second interception and nearly a third.