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NFL: Week 3 roundup

Associated Press

Bengals 34, Packers 30

Terence Newman returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown with 3:47 left, rallying host Cincinnati to victory over Green Bay in a game that came down to who made the final flub.

Each team had four turnovers, leading to wild momentum swings. The last one came on a goofy play.

The Packers (1-2) went on fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 30. Rookie Johnathan Franklin fumbled at the line and safety Reggie Nelson picked it up and started running.

Aaron Rodgers stripped the ball from Nelson, but Newman scooped it up and went the final 58 yards.

Cincinnati (2-1) clinched it by batting down Rodgers’ fourth-down pass at its 20-yard line with 1:21 left.

Colts 27, 49ers 7

Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a 6-yard touchdown while facing college coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time, and Indianapolis defeated host San Francisco.

Trent Richardson scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first carry in his Colts debut after being acquired on Wednesday from the Browns. He was drafted two spots behind top pick Luck at No. 3 last year.

Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard TD run in the final minutes, and Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals before missing a 51-yarder early in the fourth.

It was Colin Kaepernick’s first home loss at Candlestick Park as a starter.

Ravens 30, Texans 9

Daryl Smith scored on a 37-yard interception return, Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and host Baltimore smothered Houston’s offense.

The Ravens (2-1) won despite playing without running back Ray Rice for the first time since 2008. On the inactive list with a strained left hip flexor, Rice was replaced by Bernard Pierce, who ran for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Houston (2-1) led 6-3 before Smith picked off Matt Schaub’s pass and took it into the end zone with 2:39 left in the first half.

Less than two minutes later, Doss eluded several tacklers during his first career punt return for a touchdown.

Baltimore defense did the rest. The Ravens have not allowed a touchdown in eight quarters since their season-opening 49-27 defeat in Denver. Schaub went 25-for-35 for 194 yards and an interception.

Cowboys 31, Rams 7

DeMarco Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown, Tony Romo threw for three scores and host Dallas beat St. Louis.

Murray’s first 100-yard game in more than a year came against the team he torched for a franchise-record 253 yards as a rookie two years ago. He went 14 yards on Dallas’ first offensive play, then 36 more to start the second drive as the Cowboys went ahead 10-0 in the first quarter.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, Murray’s old teammate at Oklahoma, didn’t have nearly as much room to operate. He was sacked six times to end a four-game streak without one dating to last season.

Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Kenbrell Thompkins, finally getting in sync with his rookie receivers and leading host New England to a win over Tampa Bay.

Thompkins, an undrafted free agent, scored on plays of 16 and 5 yards, while Aaron Dobson, a second-round draft pick, finished with seven catches for 52 yards for the Patriots (3-0).

The Patriots led 17-3 at halftime as the Buccaneers (0-3) wasted several opportunities.

They turned the ball over twice on downs, Rian Lindell missed a 38-yard field goal attempt before making a 30-yarder and Josh Freeman threw an interception to former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib with 11 seconds left in the first half.

Three plays later, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Saints 31, Cardinals 7

Drew Brees passed for three scores and scrambled for New Orleans’ first touchdown rushing of the season, leading host New Orleans to victory over Arizona.

Brees was 29-of-46 for 342 yards, with two TD strikes to tight end Jimmy Graham and the other to Robert Meachem.

Brees was intercepted once by none other than New Orleans native and former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu. That play ended a scoring threat, but only delayed the inevitable on a day when Arizona’s short-handed defense was little match for the prolific passing attack of the Saints (3-0).

Arizona (1-2) had no answer for Graham, who caught nine passes for 134 yards.

Panthers 38, Giants 0

Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Carolina’s defense sacked Eli Manning seven times as host Carolina handed Tom Coughlin his worst defeat as coach for New York. It was the largest margin of victory in Panthers history, and might help save coach Ron Rivera’s job following a 0-2 start.

The Panthers allowed Newton to run out of the read option, which helped open up an offense that had been mostly stagnant in losses to Seattle and Buffalo.

Newton had 223 yards passing and threw two touchdowns passes to Brandon LaFell and one to Ted Ginn Jr. He ran for 45 yards and his first TD of the season.

Titans 20, Chargers 17

Jake Locker threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left and host Tennessee rallied to beat San Diego.

Locker ended the slide by completing seven passes to six different receivers for 94 yards on the game-winning drive.

He finished with 299 yards passing and also ran for 68 yards.

The Chargers’ final play featured a handful of laterals and even a kick of the ball trying to keep it alive before the game ended.

San Diego (1-2) led most of the game despite having three starters out because of injuries and losing a fourth to an injured foot in the first half.

Lions 27, Redskins 20

Detroit took advantage of two fourth-quarter bobbles, including one by Robert Griffin III, in a win over host Washington. Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards, and Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson both had 100 yards receiving for the Lions.

The score was tied at 17 when Griffin fumbled at the end of a scramble. The Lions recovered and kicked the go-ahead field goal on their next drive.

The Redskins (0-3) then had a touchdown pass overturned when video replay showed that Aldrick Robinson lost control of the ball.

Dolphins 27, Falcons 23

Ryan Tannehill lobbed a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dion Sims with 38 seconds left, and unbeaten host Miami rallied past Atlanta.

The score capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive after Atlanta’s Matt Bryant missed a 35-yard field-goal attempt with 4:46 left. Jimmy Wilson intercepted Matt Ryan to seal the victory.

Miami quickly fell behind 10-0 and trailed much of the game, but improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2002. The Falcons fell to 1-2.

Tannehill led the comeback and finished 24-for-35 for 236 yards and two scores. He overcame five sacks and two turnovers.

Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17

Russell Wilson matched his career high with four touchdown passes — two each to Sidney Rice and Zach Miller — and host Seattle dominated as expected in a win over Jacksonville.

Seattle improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006, beginning a stretch of four straight games against the AFC South.

Wilson connected with Miller twice in the first 16 minutes on TDs of 1 yard and 4 yards. He hit Rice for an 11-yard TD late in the first half and found him again on a 23-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

Wilson checked out with 3:54 left in the third quarter and finished 14 of 21 for 202 yards.

Jets 27, Bills 20

Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 69-yarder to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter, and host New York overcame a team-record 20 penalties to hang on and beat Buffalo in an ugly game.

Smith slightly outplayed EJ Manuel in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft in April. But this one was tough to watch at times with the barrage of penalties. The Jets (2-1) rolled up 168 yards in penalty yardage, and nearly gave it away against the Bills (1-2).

Bears 40, Steelers 23

Chicago’s defense forced five turnovers and scored twice, and the Bears beat host Pittsburgh to remain unbeaten.

Major Wright returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Julius Peppers picked up Ben Roethlisberger’s fumble and raced 42 yards for a score in the fourth quarter as the Bears (3-0) held off a late rally.

Roethlisberger completed 26 of 41 passes for 406 yards, and threw two touchdowns to Antonio Brown, but the Steelers fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1986, thanks to an avalanche of mistakes.

Jay Cutler passed for 159 yards and threw a 17-yard touchdown strike to Earl Bennett with just under 6 minutes remaining to give the Bears breathing room after the Steelers trimmed a 21-point deficit to four.




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