NFL roundup: Inept tie for Eagles, Cincy
CINCINNATI ó Donovan McNabb fumbled and threw three interceptions in regulation, and nearly had another pass picked off in overtime Sunday as the Eagles and Bengals played to a 13-13 tie, the NFL’s first in six years.
Cincinnati’s Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field goal with 7 seconds left in overtime, falling to the ground as the ball sailed a few inches wide to the right. It was a fitting way to end a game played like the very definition of a tie. Despite all the shanked punts and trick plays, this one went nowhere.
It was the first tied game in the NFL since Nov. 10, 2002, when the Falcons and Steelers finished 34-34 with Michael Vick and Tommy Maddox matching each other pass for pass. In this one, the teams matched each other gaffe for gaffe.
Cowboys 14, Redskins 10
LANDOVER, Md. ó Tony Romo celebrated the go-ahead touchdown pass by bouncing up and down like a little kid and patting teammates on the back with his left hand, carefully avoiding any further damage to his heavily wrapped right pinkie.
A few minutes later, Terence Newman celebrated a fourth-down stop by running around with both arms outstretched, like a child imitating an airplane.
Romo and Newman were back Sunday night, and so are the Dallas Cowboys, who put themselves firmly back into the NFC playoff race with a 14-10 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Romo, returning after missing three games with a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, overcame a pair of first-half interceptions to complete 19 of 27 passes for 198 yards.
Titans 24, Jaguars 14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó Kerry Collins threw three touchdown passes, Albert Haynesworth dominated defensively again and the Titans improved to 10-0. Tennessee overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit, got solid play from third-string cornerback Chris Carr and extended its franchise-record winning streak in the regular season to 13. The Titans also won their seventh consecutive regular-season road game.
The Jaguars (4-6) lost for the fourth time in six games, fell six games behind AFC South leader Tennessee and probably ended any chance they had of returning to the postseason.
Steelers 11, Chargers 10PITTSBURGH ó The only thing perfect on a snowy, frigid day when the weather and the offenses were equally awful was San Diego’s regular-season record in Pittsburgh.
Make it 0-13, losing the first 11-10 final in NFL history.
Ben Roethlisberger stayed away from the mistakes that cost the Steelers their previous two home games, Willie Parker ran for 115 yards and Jeff Reed’s third field goal won it ó a 32-yarder with 11 seconds remaining.
Cardinals 26, Seahawks 20
SEATTLE ó Kurt Warner completed 32 of 44 passes for 395 yards ó his franchise-record fourth straight 300-yard game ó and J.J. Arrington scored a career-high two touchdowns. The 37-year-old veteran completed 19 of his first 21 passes, while Anquan Boldin, who had 13 catches for a career-best 186 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald ó 10 receptions, 151 yards ó roamed free all day in Arizona’s first win at Seattle since 2002.
Giants 30, Ravens 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Not even Ray Lewis and the Ravens’ league-best rushing defense could avoid becoming the Giants’ latest victims. Bruising Brandon Jacobs pounded his way into the end zone on a pair of 1-yard runs and the Giants’ league-leading running attack ran for 207 yards ó New York’s third straight 200-yard game.
Aaron Ross iced the game by returning one of his two interceptions 50 yards for a third-quarter touchdown as the Giants (9-1) won their fifth straight game overall, and sixth straight at home.
Bucs 19, Vikings 13TAMPA, Fla. ó Jeff Garcia threw for 255 yards without an interception and scrambled for two first downs on a time-consuming go-ahead field goal drive in the fourth quarter.
Garcia completed 23 of 30 passes. He moved the Bucs 69 yards in 13 plays, burning nearly 9 minutes off the clock to take a 16-13 lead on Matt Bryant’s third field goal.
Minnesota fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, Tampa Bay (7-3) recovered and Bryant added his fourth field goal for a six-point lead with 3:30 to go.
Broncos 24, Falcons 20ATLANTA ó Jay Cutler threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Graham with 51/2 minutes remaining, handing the Falcons their first loss of the season at home.
Michael Turner scored on a 28-yard run to put Atlanta ahead 20-17 with just under 11 minutes left, but the Broncos (6-4) pulled out their second straight road victory. Atlanta (6-4) had won its first four games at the Georgia Dome and four of five overall.
Colts 33, Texans 27
INDIANAPOLIS ó Peyton Manning spent one half deciphering the Houston defense. He spent the final two quarters cutting it up.
The two-time league MVP led Indianapolis on four straight scoring drives in the second half, wiping out two Houston leads. Indy (6-4) won its third straight, a season best, as it stayed near the top of the muddled mass battling for the AFC’s two wild-card spots.
For Manning, it seemed like old times. He took advantage of every opportunity, finished 30-of-46 for 320 yards with two touchdowns, and magnificently mixed the run and pass in the second half when Houston (3-7) couldn’t keep up with the Colts.
Packers 37, Bears 3
GREEN BAY, Wis.ó Ryan Grant finally hit his stride, rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown.
The win boosts the playoff hopes of the Packers (5-5), now tied atop the NFC North with the Bears and Vikings by one game in the NFC North standings. It also was the Packers’ first home victory over the Bears since Lovie Smith took over as Chicago’s coach.
Dolphins 17, Raiders 15MIAMI ó Dan Carpenter nailed a 38-yard field goal with 38 seconds left to cap a 61-yard drive, and the Dolphins earned their fourth consecutive victory. The Dolphins have been good closers all season, outscoring opponents 59-39 in the fourth quarter.
Johnnie Lee Higgins scored on a 93-yard punt with 4:30 left to give the Raiders their first lead, but Miami shook off the stunning score.
Saints 30, Chiefs 20KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Drew Brees, directing the NFL’s top-ranked offense, threw for 266 yards and one touchdown against the league’s worst defense.
49ers 35, Rams 16
SAN FRANCISCO ó Shaun Hill threw two touchdown passes and Frank Gore rushed for another score during San Francisco’s 28-point second quarter, and the 49ers snapped their six-game losing streak with interim coach Mike Singletary’s first victory.