Sunday, October 5, 2003
Sunday's NFL games
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dante Hall gave the Kansas City Chiefs
plenty of happy returns -- again.
Hall switched directions three times on a record-tying 93-yard
punt return with 8:20 left Sunday as the Chiefs rallied to beat the
Denver Broncos 24-23 in a game that matched unbeaten AFC West
Hall extended his NFL record of returning a kick for a touchdown
to four straight games, and equaled the season record for kick
returns for scores.
The Chiefs are 5-0 for the first time, while the Broncos dropped
With the Chiefs trailing 23-17, the 5-foot-8 Hall put on a
dazzling display of speed. Just minutes after getting the wind
knocked out of him on a 41-yard return, Hall took the punt on the 7
and went left, then right, turned and went backward before bearing
left and racing to the end zone.
Hall began his streak with a 100-yard kickoff return against
Pittsburgh, then had a 73-yard punt return against Houston and
followed with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score against
The Broncos had a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line late in
the third period, but three runs netted only 2 yards and Jason Elam
kicked his third field goal, a 21-yarder for a 23-17 lead.
On the third play of the third quarter, Clinton Portis broke
through a big hole on the right side and ran 65 yards for Denver's
longest run in almost three years, putting the Broncos on top
Then Trent Green, who hadn't completed a pass to a wide receiver
all day, hit Eddie Kennison for 12 yards to launch a 5-play,
77-yard drive that pulled Kansas City to 20-17. After Priest Holmes
picked up 22 yards on a run and 6 on a shovel pass, Johnnie Morton
beat Deltha O'Neal in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown catch.
^Bears 24, Raiders 21=
CHICAGO -- Paul Edinger kicked a 48-yard field goal on the
final play as the Bears rallied from an 18-3 halftime to win their
The Raiders (2-3) got five field goals from Sebastian
Janikowski, but he also missed the first extra point of his career
and had a 47-yard attempt blocked in the second half.
The Bears (1-3) finally showed some punch against the Raiders'
soft defense, moving from its own 27 to the Raiders 30 in the final
3 minutes and 30 seconds to set up the winning score.<
^Bills 22, Bengals 16, OT=
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Travis Henry's 2-yard plunge capped a
five-play drive 4:53 into the extra period, lifting the Bills.
With Buffalo trailing 16-13, Drew Bledsoe marched the Bills 59
yards on 13 plays to set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal with
28 seconds remaining in regulation.
Bledsoe wasted no time in securing the win, taking the Bills 57
yards after the Bengals (1-4) opened overtime going three-and-out.
It was the 22nd fourth-quarter comeback of Bledsoe's career, and
third in two seasons with Buffalo. He finished 19-of-35 for 211
yards passing. Henry scored twice for Buffalo (3-2), returning to
action after torn rib cartilage kept him out of last weekend's
23-13 loss to Philadelphia.<
^Patriots 38, Titans 30=
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Mike Cloud returned from a four-game
suspension for a substance-abuse violation and ran for a 15-yard TD
with 3:14 left to give the Patriots the lead, then Ty Law clinched
the win with a 65-yard interception return for a score.
The ending was wild.
First Steve McNair bulled into the end zone from a yard out to
give the Titans (3-2) a 25-24 lead, and threw for a 2-point
conversion to rookie Tyrone Calico.
But Bethel Johnson returned the kickoff 71 yards to the
Tennessee 30 for the Patriots (3-2). Three plays later, Cloud ran
up the middle for the winning TD, capping a day in which he gained
73 yards on seven carries.<
^Cowboys 24, Cardinals 7=
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith sprained his left shoulder
against his former teammates in the first half, then watched as the
Cowboys won their third straight for the first time since 1999.
Quincy Carter threw for 277 yards and two TDs and the defense
had two safeties in a four-play span in the third quarter as Bill
Parcells won his first home game as coach of the Cowboys (3-1).
Smith, the leading rusher in NFL history who was released six
weeks after Parcells was hired, lost a yard on six carries for
Arizona (1-4), marking the first time in his 206 games that he
failed to gain at least 1 yard.<
^Dolphins 23, Giants 10=
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Olindo Mare kicked three field
goals and receiver James McKnight scored on a 68-yard reverse as
the Dolphins took advantage of four New York turnovers and an
injury to kicker Matt Bryant to win.
Ricky Williams, who was held in check until a game-clinching
fourth-quarter drive, iced the third straight win for Miami (3-1)
with a 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 22 carries for 39
yards, his worst game as a Dolphin.
Tiki Barber scored on a 2-yard run and Bryant added a 43-yard
field goal for the Giants (2-2). But Bryant pulled his right
hamstring at the end of the first half, leaving punter Jeff Feagles
to handle kicking duties.<
^Packers 35, Seahawks 13=
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre guided Green Bay on five
consecutive touchdown drives to help the Packers beat their former
coach, Mike Holmgren.
That was sweet revenge for Favre, who self-destructed in
Holmgren's first return to Lambeau Field, when he committed six
turnovers in a 27-7 loss to the Seahawks in 1999.
Holmgren helped resurrect the Packers from 1992-98, winning one
Super Bowl and two NFC crowns. This time, Favre completed 19 of 25
passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for Green
Ahman Green ran 27 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns
against his former team. Shaun Alexander gained 102 yards on 20
carries for Seattle (3-1).<
^Vikings 39, Falcons 26=
ATLANTA -- Gus Frerotte filled in for the injured Daunte
Culpepper again and threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead the
Moe Williams ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns as the
Vikings (5-0) outscored Atlanta 27-6 in the second half. The
Vikings haven't missed a beat with Frerotte as the starter, winning
the last two games by a combined score of 74-33. He completed 14 of
24 passes for 239 yards, including two throws that picked up more
than 50 yards.
The Falcons (1-4) lost their fourth in a row, suffering the
further indignity of being called for two penalties that resulted
^Panthers 19, Saints 13=
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Relying on a steady dose of Stephen
Davis, who ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, the Panthers moved to
4-0 for the first time.
Rod Smart -- aka "He Hate Me" -- had the flashiest play for the
Panthers, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. John Kasay
added field goals of 49 and 23 yards.
It was a confidence-building game for the Panthers, who opened
last season 3-0 before going on an eight-game losing streak. The
injury-riddled Saints (1-4), down six starters on defense, lost
their third consecutive game.<
^49ers 24, Lions 17=
SAN FRANCISCO -- Terrell Owens caught five passes for 79
yards and a touchdown as the San Francisco 49ers spoiled Steve
Jeff Garcia completed 15 of 27 passes for 192 yards and rushed
for another score for the 49ers (2-3), who snapped a three-game
losing streak with just enough offense to extend the Lions' road
losing streak to 19 games.
Detroit (1-4) couldn't move the ball consistently in its fourth
straight loss. Mariucci went 57-39 in six seasons with the 49ers,
leading them to the NFC West title and the second round of the
playoffs last season. But he was fired by owner John York in
^Jaguars 27, Chargers 21=
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Byron Leftwich threw like a veteran
and returning receiver Jimmy Smith played as though he hadn't
missed a day as the Jaguars won their first game.
Smith, returning from a four-game suspension for violating the
league's substance-abuse policy, caught eight passes for 137 yards,
including a highlight-reel one-hander for 36 yards.
Leftwich threw for 336 yards and two scores in his second career
start, including a 60-yard touchdown on a screen pass to Fred
Taylor that gave the Jaguars a 27-14 lead late. Dating to last
season, San Diego (0-5) has lost nine straight.<
^Eagles 27, Redskins 25=
PHILADELPHIA -- Defensive end N.D. Kalu returned an
interception 15 yards for the go-ahead TD and Brian Westbrook had a
19-yard TD run for the Eagles.
Washington (3-2) had a chance to tie it, but Patrick Ramsey
overthrew Laveranues Coles on a 2-point conversion with 13 seconds
left. Ramsey rallied Washington from an 11-point deficit in the
final 3:10, connecting with Darnerien McCants on a 32-yard
touchdown pass in the final seconds.
But under pressure from Brandon Whiting, Ramsey hurried his
throw to Coles in the corner of the end zone. The Eagles (2-2) won
for the first time at Lincoln Financial Field after opening the
season with consecutive losses at their new stadium.<
^Browns 33, Steelers 13=
PITTSBURGH -- Tim Couch threw for two touchdowns and ran for
another before halftime as Cleveland ended a six-game losing streak
to their biggest rivals.
The Browns (2-3) shook off the absence of the injured Kelly
Holcomb and two tough losses in Pittsburgh a year ago to beat the
Steelers (2-3) for only the third time in 16 games.
Tommy Maddox had three turnovers -- his fumble on the Steelers'
third play from scrimmage led to Phil Dawson's 19-yard field goal
and a 10-0 Browns lead. Daylon McCutcheon returned a third-quarter
interception 75 yards for a TD and a 30-10 lead.