NFL Game Capsules - Week 6

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San Diego, CA ( - The San Diego Chargers didn't allow Andrew Luck the opportunity for another fourth-quarter comeback. Their offense played keep away. Nick Novak's fourth field goal of the game, a 50-yarder with 1:55 remaining, helped seal the outcome in the Chargers' 19-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Of San Diego's five scoring drives, four had double-digit plays, including a 17 and 15-play trek. Third-round rookie Keenan Allen had a career-high nine receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (3-3), who controlled the time of possession battle, 38:31-21:29. Philip Rivers was 22-of-33 for 237 yards and a touchdown in the triumph. San Diego, which came in with the NFL's 21st (91.2 YPG) ranked rush attack, totaled 147 yards on the ground. Ryan Mathews had 102 yards on 22 carries. Luck completed 18-of-30 passes for 202 yards with an interception for Indianapolis (4-2), which welcomes Peyton Manning back to town Sunday night as the Colts host the Denver Broncos. Reggie Wayne became the ninth NFL receiver to tally 1,000 career receptions in defeat. He caught five passes for 88 yards.

(Sunday, October 13th)

Final Score: Green Bay 19, Baltimore 17

Baltimore, MD ( - The Green Bay Packers overcame a slightly off day from Aaron Rodgers and the departures of several key players to deliver a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Playing without top receiver Randall Cobb for all of the second half and fellow wideout James Jones for virtually the entire game, Rodgers completed a pedestrian 17-of-32 passes for 315 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Plenty of his teammates stepped up, however, to help Green Bay (3-2) record its second straight win following its bye week and deal the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (3-3) only their fourth loss in their last 30 home games. Jordy Nelson caught a 64-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and finished with 113 yards on four receptions, rookie Eddie Lacy rushed for a career-high 120 yards on 23 carries and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals in the triumph.

Final Score: Cincinnati 27, Buffalo 24 (OT)

Orchard Park, NY ( - Mike Nugent kicked a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 remaining in overtime to lift the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Nugent missed a field goal late in the third quarter that could have given the Bengals a 17-point lead. Behind quarterback Thad Lewis, recently promoted from the practice squad to start for injured rookie EJ Manuel, the Bills rallied to force overtime. Lewis, making his second career NFL start, threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the latter a 40-yard downfield strike to rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin with 68 seconds remaining. The Bengals got the ball to begin overtime and marched into Buffalo territory before a 30-yard Kevin Huber punt pinned the Bills at the 7-yard line. No magic this time by Lewis as the Bills went three-and-out. Brandon Tate returned Brian Moorman's punt 29 yards to the Buffalo 33. After three consecutive running plays, Nugent nailed the game-winning kick.

Final Score: Detroit 31, Cleveland 17

Cleveland, OH ( - Matthew Stafford had four touchdown passes, three of them to Joseph Fauria, as the Detroit Lions used a dominating second half for a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Stafford was 25-for-43 for 248 yards with an interception, while Fauria's three catches all went for scores and totaled 34 yards for the Lions (4-2), who bounced back from last week's loss to Green Bay to remain tied with Chicago for first place in the NFC North. Reggie Bush had 17 carries for 78 yards along with five catches for 57 yards and a score. Calvin Johnson, who sat out last week with a knee injury and was a game-time decision on Sunday, had just three catches for 25 yards in the win. Brandon Weeden was 26- for-43 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Browns (3-3), who had won three straight after dropping the first two games of the season. Josh Gordon caught seven passes for 126 yards.

Final Score: St. Louis 38, Houston 13

Houston, TX ( - Three of Sam Bradford's 12 completions went for touchdowns and the Rams defense stood tall as St. Louis upset the Houston Texans, 38-13, from Reliant Stadium. Bradford connected on 12-of-16 for 117 yards and three scores to three different receivers. Brian Quick, Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey all found the end zone on their only catch while Zac Stacy ran for 79 yards in his second career start. St. Louis (3-3) has won back-to-back games on the heels of a three-game losing skid while Houston (2-4) has dropped four straight after starting the season 2-0. The Texans have been outscored 72-16 over the past two weeks. Matt Schaub, who threw a pick-six in four straight games entering Sunday, protected the ball but failed to ignite Houston's offense. Schaub completed 15-of-21 passes for 186 yards before exiting late in the third quarter with a right ankle injury.

Final Score: Kansas City 24, Oakland 7

Kansas City, MO ( - Fans at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium set a world record for loudest outdoor arena on Sunday. They had a lot to cheer about. Jamaal Charles had two short touchdown runs and the Chiefs harassed Terrelle Pryor for 10 sacks and three interceptions in a 24-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders that kept Kansas City's best start in a decade alive. Charles rushed for 78 yards and Alex Smith passed for 128, but Kansas City's defense starred in this latest win. All three Pryor picks led to Kansas City points, including Husain Abdullah's 44-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Pryor had a 39-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore, but also faced a 3rd-and-48 play at one point in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs (6-0) snapped a six-game home losing streak to the Raiders and have won their first six games of the season for the first time since going 9-0 in 2003.

Final Score: Carolina 35, Minnesota 10

Minneapolis, MN ( - Cam Newton passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns, while scoring another on the ground, as the Carolina Panthers pasted the Minnesota Vikings, 35-10, on Sunday. Newton was good on 20 of his 26 passes and totaled 30 yards on nine totes for the Panthers (2-3), who have won two of their last three. Brandon LaFell led all receivers with 107 yards and posted a TD catch among his four receptions, Steve Smith also notched a scoring grab and Mike Tolbert reached the end zone twice on a pass and rush. Matt Cassel completed 32-of-44 passes for 241 yards, one touchdown and two picks for the Vikings (1-4), who failed to keep momentum from last week's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adrian Peterson, playing less than 48 hours after the death of one of his children, ended with 62 yards on 10 carries and three catches for 21 yards.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 19, NY Jets 6

East Rutherford, NJ ( - Off to their worst start in 45 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally broke into the win column thanks in part to a pair of interceptions that thwarted potential touchdowns. Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals and Ben Roethlisberger connected with Emmanuel Sanders on a long touchdown pass, as the Steelers beat the Jets, 19-6, at MetLife Stadium. Roethlisberger completed 23-of-30 passes for 264 yards for the Steelers (1-4), who were coming off their bye week and lost their first four games since 1968. They still have a ways to go to turn around their season, but on Sunday Mike Tomlin's squad used a strong ball- control offense to come away with a win. Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 86 yards for Pittsburgh, which held the ball for nearly 36 minutes.

Final Score: Philadelphia 31, Tampa Bay 20

Tampa, FL ( - Nick Foles, filling in for an injured Michael Vick, threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles completed 22-of-31 passes for 296 yards for the Eagles (3-3), who have won two in a row since a three-game skid. Ironically, Foles' only other victory as a starter came last December at Tampa Bay. The Arizona product, who improved to 2-5 as a starter, had a quarterback rating of 133.3. Vick did not play Sunday due to a hamstring injury, which he suffered last week against the New York Giants. He has played in all 16 games only once in his career. It happened in 2006, his final year with the Falcons. DeSean Jackson caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles, who became the third team in NFL history to rack up 400-plus yards of total offense over their first six games. The California product recorded two receiving touchdowns in a game for the first time in his career. Riley Cooper hauled in four passes for 120 yards and a score for the victors. LeSean McCoy carried the ball 25 times for 116 yards and caught two passes for 55 yards.

Final Score: Denver 35, Jacksonville 19

Denver, CO ( - Knowshon Moreno rushed for three second-half touchdowns and the Denver Broncos remained unbeaten with a tougher-than- expected 35-19 verdict over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Peyton Manning added two more touchdown passes to his season total and finished with 295 yards on a 28-of-42 completion rate to help Denver (6-0) to its 17th consecutive regular-season victory. Moreno compiled 104 yards from scrimmage on 15 carries and seven receptions, with Wes Welker contributing 63 yards and a touchdown on six catches to the win. Entering the perceived mismatch as a near four-touchdown underdog that stood as the largest in NFL history, Jacksonville (0-6) hung tough for much of the game, boosted by a huge game from wide receiver Justin Blackmon and three turnovers out of Manning, including an interception that linebacker Paul Posluszny returned 59 yards for a touchdown late in the first half. The Jaguars trailed just 21-19 midway through the third quarter before Manning engineered two touchdown drives capped by Moreno runs. Blackmon racked up 190 yards on a career-high 14 catches in his second game back from a league suspension. Chad Henne threw for 303 yards on 27-of-42 passing subbing for an injured Blaine Gabbert (hamstring), but was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter as Jacksonville was handed an 11th straight loss dating back to last season.

Final Score: Seattle 20, Tennessee 13

Seattle, WA ( - Marshawn Lynch rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Lynch carried 21 times for 77 yards to help the Seahawks (5-1) remain unbeaten at home in 11 tilts in Russell Wilson's tenure as starting quarterback. Wilson did not find the end zone but carved up Tennessee's defense for 257 yards on 23-of-31 passing and 61 yards on the ground. Lynch also caught four passes for 78 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick started his second straight game for the Titans (3-3) after taking over for the injured Jake Locker and completed 17-of-29 for 171 and a pair of interceptions. Chris Johnson and Fitzpatrick both gained 33 yards on the ground as Tennessee drops its second straight game.

Final Score: New England 30, New Orleans 27

Foxboro, MA ( - Tom Brady threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the New England Patriots to a dramatic 30-27 win over the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Things didn't look promising for New England when rookie wideout Aaron Dobson dropped a 4th- down pass. The Patriots, trailing by a point, turned the ball over downs at their own 24-yard line with 2:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. Garrett Hartley then kicked a 39-yard field goal to put the Saints up 27-23. It became even more bleak for the Patriots as Brady threw an interception on first down of the ensuing drive. However, the New England defense forced a second straight three-and-out. Brady got the ball back with 1:13 to play and the third time proved to be the charm as he led the Patriots on a game-winning drive.

Final Score: San Francisco 32, Arizona 20

San Francisco, CA ( - Vernon Davis had eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns -- almost all of it coming in the first half -- and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 on Sunday for their third straight win. Davis was a frequent target of Colin Kaepernick early on, catching seven passes for 171 yards and two scores before halftime, including a 61-yarder. Kaepernick had 252 yards passing, but also turned the ball over twice, and Frank Gore ran for 101 yards on 25 carries for the 49ers (4-2), who have beaten the Cardinals five straight times at home. Kendall Hunter had a 9-yard touchdown run for the 49ers in the fourth quarter that came after a Larry Fitzgerald fumble and capped a 9 1/2-minute drive spanning 18 plays and 89 yards. The Cardinals (3-3) had a two-game winning streak snapped and will have just three days off before playing Seattle at home on Thursday night. Carson Palmer threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns -- a 75-yard hookup with Fitzgerald and a 10-yard pass to Michael Floyd -- but threw two interceptions that led to field goals for San Francisco. Andre Ellington added a 15-yard touchdown run in the loss.

Final Score: Dallas 31, Washington 16

Arlington, TX ( - Dwayne Harris had an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, and finished with 222 total return yards to help the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-16 win over the Washington Redskins in an NFC East clash on Sunday. Tony Romo was 18-for30 passing for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception. DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle added one rushing score apiece and Terrance Williams had a receiving touchdown for the Cowboys (3-3), who bounced back from a heartbreaking defeat to the Denver Broncos last week. Murray and star defensive end DeMarcus Ware both sustained injuries in the first half and did not return for the second. Murray suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee, and Ware strained his right quadriceps. Dallas will visit the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7, with the teams tied atop the NFC East standings. Robert Griffin III completed 19-of-39 passes for 246 yards, but threw an interception and also lost a fumble for the Redskins (1-4), who are 1-3 coming off the bye since Mike Shanahan took over as head coach in 2010. Alfred Morris finished with 81 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the setback.

(Thursday, October 10th)

Final Score: Chicago 27, NY Giants 21

Chicago, IL ( - After the Chicago Bears' promising start was quelled by back-to-back losses, the outspoken Brandon Marshall wanted more targets. Jay Cutler listened. Marshall caught nine passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears' 27-21 win over New York, sending the Giants to their first 0-6 start since 1976. After hauling in 15 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns over his first two games, the often double-teamed Marshall was limited to 161 yards and a score on 16 catches over his last three tilts. With the Giants trailing 27-21 with 5:21 left, New York got the ball at its own 15. Eli Manning drove his troops to the Chicago 36 before he tossed his NFL-leading eighth fourth-quarter interception to Tim Jennings with 1:54 remaining to seal the outcome. It was Jennings' second pick of the night. Antrel Rolle and Mathias Kiwanuka appeared to stop Martellus Bennett on a 3rd-and-7 on Chicago's ensuing possession, but Bennett fought for the extra yardage and moved the sticks. The Bears then proceeded to run the remaining time off the clock. Cutler was 24-of-36 for 262 yards and two scores for Chicago (4-2), which was outscored 50-20 in the first half during the two-game slide. The Bears led 24-14 at the break Thursday. Matt Forte carried the ball 19 times for 67 yards and added six catches for 44 yards in the triumph. Alshon Jeffery, who benefited from Marshall's double teams to the tune of a team-record 218 yards in last week's loss to the New Orleans Saints, had just one reception for 27 yards. Manning was 14-of-26 for 239 yards and a touchdown, but tossed three more interceptions to add to his NFL-leading total of 15. Filling in for injured running back David Wilson, who is expected to miss three weeks with a neck injury, Brandon Jacobs ran for 106 yards and two scores on 22 carries in defeat.

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