NFL roundup: Manning, Broncos hold off Chiefs
Broncos 17, Chiefs 9
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Peyton Manning was wooed by the Chiefs early in the offseason, after the four-time MVP had been cut loose by Indianapolis and before he signed a five-year deal with Denver.
On Sunday, he showed exactly why Kansas City was after him.
Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Broncos (8-3) down the field in the final minutes when the Chiefs (1-10) were frantically trying to get a stop, setting up a field goal that sealed a victory and their sixth consecutive win.
It allowed Manning to break a tie with his boss and Broncos vice president John Elway with his 149th win as a starting quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre (186) for most in NFL history.
Jamaal Charles ran for 107 yards for the Chiefs.
Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21
MIAMI – Ryan Tannehill moved the Dolphins 65 yards in six plays to set up a 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter at the final gun, and Miami rallied to beat Russell Wilson and Seattle.
Carpenter hit the winning kick on his 27th birthday, and Miami (5-6) broke a three-game losing streak. The Seahawks (6-5), unbeaten at home this year, lost for the fifth time in six road games.
Browns 20, Steelers 14
CLEVELAND – Chris Rainey’s fumble with 2:25 left – Pittsburgh’s seventh turnover – was recovered by Cleveland’s Phil Taylor, and the Browns handed their hated rivals a potentially devastating loss.
Charlie Batch, forced to start at quarterback for Pittsburgh because of injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, was picked off three times, and the Steelers (6-5) lost five fumbles, the last on a final-play lateral to help the Browns (3-8) beat Pittsburgh for just the second time in 18 games.
Falcons 24, Buccaneers 23
TAMPA, Fla. – Atlanta stumbled into a hole, only to find a way to escape again.
Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two critical turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to rally the Falcons (10-1) to a victory over Tampa Bay (6-5).
Michael Turner’s 3-yard TD run put Atlanta ahead for good with 7:55 left. Connor Barth missed a 56-yard goal for Tampa Bay in the closing minutes, and the Bucs’ four-game winning streak ended when Josh Freeman’s desperation pass fell incomplete in the end zone with no time remaining.
Colts 20, Bills 13
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton made history Sunday.
Indianapolis’ other emerging rookie star returned a punt 75 yards for one touchdown and caught an 8-yard pass from Andrew Luck in the third quarter to lead the Colts (7-4) past Buffalo (4-7).
The win strengthened Indy’s playoff position, Andrew Luck joined the 3,000-yard club, Reggie Wayne moved up two spots on the NFL’s career receptions list and Hilton became the first player in franchise history to score on a receiving touchdown and a kick return in the same game.
Bengals 34, Raiders 10
CINCINNATI – Carson Palmer had a horrid homecoming.
Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, taking advantage of Oakland’s dreadful defense, and Cincinnati (6-5) showed its former franchise quarterback that it has moved on without him, beating the Raiders (3-8).
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 129 yards and a touchdown against the NFL’s most generous defense.
Jaguars 24, Titans 19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chad Henne provided another spark for the NFL’s worst offense, this one in a winning effort.
Making his first start in more than 13 months, Henne threw two touchdown passes, and Jacksonville (2-9) beat Tennessee (4-7).
Ravens 16, Chargers 13 (OT)
SAN DIEGO – Baltimore converted a fourth-and-29 on a dazzling catch-and-run by Ray Rice, forced overtime and then beat San Diego (4-7) on Justin Tucker’s 38-yard field goal with 1:07 left.
Baltimore (9-2) took a firmer grip on the AFC North, increasing its lead to three games over Pittsburgh, which lost to Cleveland, and Cincinnati, which beat Oakland. The Ravens won their fourth straight.
Rams 31, Cardinals 17
GLENDALE, Ariz. – No NFL rookie since 1960 and no Rams rookie ever accomplished what cornerback Janoris Jenkins did Sunday.
The second-round draft pick with off-the-field issues through his college career returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and St. Louis (4-6-1) dominated the second half to hand Arizona (4-7) its seventh loss in a row
49ers 31, Saints 21
NEW ORLEANS – Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco (8-2-1) ended a three-game winning streak by New Orleans (5-6).
Colin Kaepernick was solid in his second career start at quarterback for the 49ers while Alex Smith watched from the sideline. Kaepernick passed for 231 yards, including a short touchdown to Frank Gore. He also ran for a 7-yard score. He threw his first career interception, but it was inconsequential.
– The Associated Press
Brees finished with 267 yards and three TDs. After rushing for 140 yards or more in each of its previous three games, New Orleans managed only 59 yards against San Francisco (8-2-1).