Patriots edge Eagles, keep heading for records

Updated: 27 November 2007 10:59 IST

Patriots beat the Eagles 31-28 on Sunday night to run their record to 11-0.

Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Asante Samuel returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and had a second pick to shut off a late Philadelphia drive as the Patriots beat the Eagles 31-28 on Sunday night to run their record to 11-0.

It was only the second truly competitive game of the season for New England, which trailed 28-24 midway the fourth period.

Laurence Maroney's 4-yard run at the end of a 69-yard drive put the Patriots ahead of the 22-point underdog to stay.

Then Samuel's second interception finished the job. James Sanders added one in the final seconds, dropping Philadelphia to 5-6.

A.J. Feeley, a career backup replacing the injured Donovan McNabb at quarterback, outplayed Tom Brady for most of the game. But Wes Welker took advantage of the blanket coverage on Randy Moss to catch a career-high 13 passes for 149 yards.

Seahawks 24, Rams 19

At St. Louis, Rams backup quarterback Gus Frerotte fumbled the snap on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left.

Frerotte picked up the loose ball but was tackled at the 5, ending a last-ditch drive and the Rams' modest two-game winning streak after an 0-8 start.

Seattle (7-4) won its third straight by rallying for 17 unanswered second-half points.

Bears 37, Broncos 34

In Chicago, Robbie Gould kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Chicago (5-6) gave their flickering National Football League playoff hopes a boost.

After scoring two touchdowns in the final 5:17 of regulation, the Bears won the coin toss before the start of overtime. They drove from their 24 to the Denver 18 and Gould delivered the winner.

Chargers 32, Ravens 14

In San Diego, LaDainian Tomlinson reached another milestone and the Chargers got a much-needed win. Tomlinson had a quiet day until his 36-yard run early in the third quarter pushed the reigning league MVP past 10,000 career yards rushing, making him the 23rd player in NFL history to reach the milestone and the third in less than a month.

The Chargers (6-5) won for the fifth time in seven games following their shocking 1-3 start.

49ers 37, Cardinals 31, OT

In Glendale, Arizona, Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was hit by Ronald Fields and fumbled in the Arizona end zone, and Tully Banta-Cain recovered for a touchdown that ended the 49ers' eight-game losing streak.

Neil Rackers, whose 19-yard field goal as regulation ended forced the overtime, missed a 32-yarder on the Cardinals' previous possesion that would have given Arizona the victory.

Bucs 19, Redskins 13

In Tampa, Florida, Ronde Barber became Tampa Bay's all-time interceptions leader with 3:40 remaining and Brian Kelly picked off Jason Campbell's throw in the end zone with 17 seconds left.

The turnovers were the fifth and sixth forced by Tampa Bay's defense, which also recovered four fumbles to set up a touchdown and three field goals in the first half.

Tampa Bay (7-4) played most of the day without quarterback Jeff Garcia, who injured his back on the first play and remained on the sideline until Washington pulled within a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Jaguars 36, Bills 14

In Jacksonville, Florida, Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 104 yards and a touchdown and Josh Scobee kicked five field goals. It was Jacksonville's third consecutive victory and kept the team in the thick of the AFC playoff picture.

The Jaguars (8-3) probably need to beat Indianapolis next week to have a shot at the AFC South division title.

Browns 27, Texans 17

In Cleveland, Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis rushed for 134 yards and a TD and Kellen Winslow had 10 catches as the Browns improved their playoff profile.

With their fifth straight victory at home and fifth in six games overall, the Browns (7-4) stayed within striking distance of first-place Pittsburgh in the AFC North and among the wild-card contenders.

Oakland 20, Kansas City 17

In Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Fargas and LaMont Jordan each rushed for a touchdown and the defense held on a fourth down with under five minutes to go, snapping a 17-game losing streak in the division for Oakland.

Oakland hadn't beaten anybody in its division since a 25-24 squeaker over Denver on Nov. 28, 2004, the longest ongoing streak of divisional futility in the NFL.

Fargas had 139 yards on 22 carries for the Raiders (3-8), who also snapped a six-game skid overall and a nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs.

Vikings 41, Giants 17

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, With older brother Peyton watching in the stands, Eli Manning threw three interceptions, which Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith and Chad Greenway returned for touchdowns.

Sharper scored on a 20-yard return, Smith rumbled 93 yards and Greenway followed from 37 yards just a few plays later. The Vikings set a team single-game record for interception returns for touchdowns.

Bengals 35, Titans 6

In Cincinnati, Chad Johnson had a career-high 12 catches, set the Cincinnati record for career receptions, and scored three touchdowns against the fast-fading Titans.

After emerging as one of the NFL's first-half surprises, Tennessee (6-5) has lost three in a row to slip back into the pack. The offense has been sloppy and the defense, without standout tackle Albert Haynesworth, has suddenly lost its ability to stop anybody, giving up 28, 34 and 35 points during the slide.

Saints 31, Panthers 6

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Drew Brees shook off a slow start to throw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and run for another score as the Saints stayed competitive in the NFC South race.

Marques Colston caught seven passes for 93 yards and a TD for the Saints (5-6), who snapped a two-game losing streak. They remained two games behind division-leading Tampa Bay heading to Sunday's home game against the Buccaneers.

The Panthers (4-7) lost their fourth straight game, dropped to 0-5 at home and were jeered again by their fans after another mistake-filled performance that led David Carr to be benched early in the fourth quarter.

Topics : Football
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