Sunday's National Football League Capsules

Oct 19, 2009 - 4:03 AM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.(AP) -- This was the Tom Brady everyone expects to see.

Brady threw six touchdown passes - five in one quarter, an NFL mark - and the New England Patriots sent the hapless Tennessee Titans plummeting to a new low in their winless season with a 59-0 win on a snowy Sunday.

Brady had five TD passes in the second quarter, a record for one period. The six touchdown throws tied Brady's own Patriots record. And the 59-point margin matched the largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Los Angeles Rams' 59-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.

The Patriots (4-2) gained a club-record 619 yards with Brady completing 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards.

The Titans (0-6) took their worst loss since they began play in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, eclipsing the 61-7 setback to Cincinnati in 1989. They won their first 10 games last season.

Vikings 33, Ravens 31=

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brett Favre's 58-yard completion to Sidney Rice set up Ryan Longwell's fourth field goal, and Baltimore's Steve Hauschka missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired, allowing Minnesota to remain undefeated.

Favre threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, but the Vikings (6-0) nearly blew this one when they let the Ravens erase a 17-point deficit with 10 minutes to play.

Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (3-3), who scored twice on drives that totaled just 56 seconds to take a 31-30 lead with 3:37 to play.

But Hauschka pushed his field goal wide left, giving the Ravens their third straight loss.

This was billed as the first true test of the season for the Vikings, who came in having beaten five teams with a combined record of 7-17. One of those victories was a Favre comeback for the ages, when he threw a TD to Greg Lewis in the closing seconds to beat the 49ers.

Saints 48, Giants 27=

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees ended his two-game streak without a touchdown throw by completing 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards and four scores Sunday, and New Orleans easily remained unbeaten, torching the New York Giants' league-leading defense.

The Giants (5-1) came into the game giving up averages of 210.6 yards and 14.2 points. The Saints (5-0) had 34 points and 315 yards by halftime, as Brees threw three TD passes to reach 100 since the Saints signed him as a free agent in 2006.

Eli Manning was 14 of 31 for 178 yards. He lost his cool at least once, yelling at Ahmad Bradshaw and slapping his shoulder pad after the running back's lapse in protection precipitated a rushed throw that Jabari Greer intercepted early in the third quarter, stalling a promising drive.

Panthers 28, Buccaneers 21=

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A week after getting their first win by beating the struggling Washington Redskins, the Panthers got another by rushing for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

DeAngelo Williams gained a season-best 152 yards on 30 carries and scored twice, including the winning TD with 29 seconds left. The 1-yard dive capped a 16-play, 80-yard drive that took more than 8 minutes.

Carolina (2-3) squandered a 21-7 lead, giving up a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter and watching Tampa Bay tie the game on Tanard Jackson's 26-yard interception return.

Once the Panthers took the ball out of Jake Delhomme's hands, Williams and Jonathan Stewart took over.

Texans 28, Bengals 17=

CINCINNATI (AP) - Matt Schaub tied his career high with four TD passes - two to tight end Owen Daniels - and Houston pulled away to deny Cincinnati another chance to win one at the end.

The Bengals (4-2) had won three straight games in the last 22 seconds, pulling off one improbable drive after another because an opponent failed to finish them off. They had one more escape on Sunday - Steve Slaton fumbled with the Texans (3-3) in field-goal range with 6:12 left.

Not that Schaub left them much of a chance. He had his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season, smoothly picking apart a defense that lost its top pass rusher and a starting tackle in the first quarter. Schaub was 28 of 40 for 392 yards, the second-highest total of his career.

Steelers 27, Browns 14=

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes before the Steelers' offense began stopping itself with turnovers, and Pittsburgh benefited from a curious first-down measurement to beat the rival Browns for the 12th time in a row.

Roethlisberger, second in the league in passing and on pace for what would easily be the best statistical season of his career, was 23 of 35 for 417 yards in his second career 400-yard game. He threw for 433 during a 31-20 loss to Denver in 2006. Hines Ward made eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown and Santonio Holmes had five for 104.

The game turned out a lot closer than it was expected to be for much of the second half - the Steelers, two-touchdown favorites, once led only 17-14 - mostly because each team turned it over four times in a sloppily played game in which Pittsburgh outgained Cleveland 543-197.

Raiders 13, Eagles 9=

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Louis Murphy threw two key blocks to spring Zach Miller's 86-yard touchdown catch, Justin Fargas ran for 87 yards and Oakland's defense harassed Donovan McNabb all day.

The result was one of the more shocking ones so far this season as the Raiders (2-4) had lost three straight games by at least 20 points for the first time in franchise history and failed to reach 200 yards of offense the past four, while the Eagles (3-2) were second in the league in points per game.

Defensive coordinator John Marshall kept calling up blitzes in a change of strategy for Oakland and that helped lead to six sacks of McNabb and plenty more pressures. The Eagles abandoned the run early and only had Michael Vick on the field for two plays as they failed to score a touchdown for the first time all season.

Cardinals 27, Seahawks 3=

SEATTLE (AP) - Arizona moved into a tie for the NFC West lead as Warner completed 32 of 41 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

Kurt Warner tied an NFL record for being the fastest to throw for 30,000 yards in a career and Larry Fitzgerald tied his career high with 13 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals (3-2) led 14-0 before Seattle's offense ran its first play 12 minutes into the first quarter.

That was after a 15-play opening drive on which Warner completed all nine throws, and after the Seahawks failed to cover the ensuing pooch kickoff that set up another touchdown.

Arizona's swarming defense held Seattle (2-4), which romped 41-0 over Jacksonville last week, to 128 yards and its fewest points in a home game since 2002.

Bills 16, Jets 13, OT=

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rian Lindell kicked a 47-yard field goal with 2:44 left in overtime, making up for a miss at the end of regulation.

The Bills (2-4) took advantage of Mark Sanchez's fifth interception of the day to snap a three-game losing streak, and send the sputtering Jets (3-3) to their third straight loss.

Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in ably for an injured Trent Edwards, who left early in the second quarter with a head injury, helping the Bills overcome Thomas Jones' Jets franchise-record 210 yards rushing.

Lindell was wide right on a 46-yard attempt into the wind as regulation time expired, sending it to overtime.

Falcons 21, Bears 14=

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's Michael Turner scored the go-ahead touchdown on an otherwise forgettable night, powering over from 5 yards with 3:06 remaining, and the defense held at the end to preserve a victory.

Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (4-1), who matched the best five-game start in franchise history. The Bears (3-2) will surely be moaning about all the mistakes down close that helped end their three-game winning streak: a fumble at the 1, an interception at the 9 and a crucial penalty when they had fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 5 with less than a minute to go.

Packers 26, Lions 0=

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers got sacked five times but still managed to have a big day against Detroit's defense, throwing for 358 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Donald Driver became the franchise's career receptions leader with a first-quarter catch and rookie outside linebacker Clay Matthews III had two sacks as the Packers (3-2) turned in a dominant defensive effort against an undermanned Lions offense.

Detroit (1-5) was without rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson because of injuries - and it showed, as the Lions managed only 79 yards of total offense in the first half. Backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper hurt his hamstring in the third quarter and was replaced by third-stringer Drew Stanton.

But the Lions' loss wasn't nearly as lopsided as it could have been, thanks in large part to continued breakdowns and penalties by the Packers' offensive line.

Chiefs 14, Redskins 6=

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Ryan Succop's four field goals, including the go-ahead 46-yarder with 3:36 to play, plus a last-minute safety were all the Chiefs needed.

They earned rookie coach Todd Haley his first win and Jim Zorn another week of extreme questioning about the future of his job and the Washington franchise.

The Chiefs (1-5) had lost 28 of their last 30 and hadn't won since last November. The win avoided the first 0-6 start in team history.

The Chiefs followed the path paved by the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers, who also ended winless streaks against the Redskins (2-4) this year. Once again, Washington was booed off the field, the only life all afternoon coming when Zorn benched quarterback Jason Campbell at halftime and replaced him with Todd Collins.

Collins immediately led two drives for field goals, but that was the only scoring for the Redskins, who didn't get a touchdown at home for the second time this season.

Jaguars 23, Rams 20, OT=

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Torry Holt had 101 yards receiving in his first game against his former team, Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and Jacksonville won in overtime.

Josh Scobee provided the winner, a 36-yard field goal with 8 minutes to play in the extra frame.

St. Louis (0-6) extended the NFL's longest current losing streak to 16 games. The Rams had two shots at snapping the skid. They took a 17-13 lead with 4:36 remaining on Leonard Little's 36-yard interception return for a score, but couldn't stop the Jaguars (3-3) on the ensuing drive.

St. Louis got near the goal line in the final seconds, but settled for a tying field goal. The Jaguars won the toss, made a few plays and got Scobee in position for the winner.

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