Sunday, October 26, 2003
Capsules of Sunday's NFL games
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are the last
unbeaten team in the NFL this season.
Dante Hall's 67-yard catch-and-run got them rolling and Priest
Holmes scored three touchdowns as the Chiefs (8-0) routed Buffalo
38-5 Sunday night.
And now the Chiefs get a week off to savor their perfect half
season. Only 11 other teams since 1972 reached the midway point of
the season without a loss. Eight advanced to the Super Bowl and six
hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
The Chiefs, who kept their perfect record intact by surviving
four straight nail-biters, took control of the Bills (4-4) with a
21-point third quarter.<
^Giants 29, Vikings 17=
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings are no longer perfect.
Kerry Collins passed for 375 yards and two touchdowns to lead
the Giants over he NFC's last unbeaten team.
Tiki Barber had a touchdown and 122 total yards for New York
(3-4), which ended a three-game losing streak and has never dropped
four in a row in coach Jim Fassel's seven seasons. The Giants were
3-4 last year before winning seven of their final nine to earn a
Randy Moss had 125 yards receiving for Minnesota (6-1), but
Daunte Culpepper threw his first two interceptions of the year --
and the first one was costly.
Barber's 2-yard TD run gave New York a 22-17 lead with 5:29
remaining, and Culpepper was picked off by Frank Walker on the next
play from scrimmage. Walker returned it 18 yards to the Vikings 17,
and Ike Hilliard got his second touchdown reception three plays
later to put the game out of reach.
Hilliard had nine catches for 100 yards, Amani Toomer three for
96 and Jeremy Shockey three for 81.<
^Buccaneers 16, Cowboys 0=
TAMPA, Fla. -- Keyshawn Johnson caught a 7-yard touchdown
pass and Martin Gramatica kicked field goals of 24, 26 and 50 yards
to help restore some of the Super Bowl champions' swagger.
The Bucs (4-3) stopped the Cowboys' longest winning streak since
1994 at five games by forcing three turnovers, sacking Quincy
Carter four times and holding Dallas (5-2) to just 178 yards.
The victory was sweet, too, because they beat Bill Parcells, who
walked away from agreements to take over the Bucs twice in the past
^Panthers 23, Saints 20, OT=
NEW ORLEANS -- Stephen Davis' 33-yard run in overtime set up
John Kasay's 31-yard field goal as Carolina shook off its only loss
of the season with a comeback victory.
The Panthers (6-1) rallied in the closing minutes when Davis
scored on a 1-yard dive that put Carolina up 20-17 with 3:45 left.
But the Saints (3-5) come back to force overtime when John Carney
made a 42-yard field goal with 36 seconds to go.
New Orleans won the coin toss in overtime and drove to the
Carolina 37 before Deuce McAllister fumbled on fourth-and-1. Davis
rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.<
^Bengals 27, Seahawks 24=
CINCINNATI -- Jon Kitna threw a 53-yard pass to Chad Johnson
for the go-ahead touchdown as the Bengals (3-4) won back-to-back
games for the first time in two years.
Bengals running back Corey Dillon got into a traffic accident on
his way to the stadium and was inactive for the game, even though
he wasn't injured. Instead, third-year back Rudi Johnson ran for
101 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Hasselbeck was 26-of-43 for 347 yards, but the Seahawks
(5-2) self-destructed with three interceptions, one fumble and a
blocked 49-yard field goal attempt by Josh Brown that set up the
Bengals' go-ahead touchdown.<
^Titans 30, Jaguars 17=
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Steve McNair threw for 187 yards and
Eddie George scored two touchdowns to lift the Titans to their
eighth win in the last 10 games against Jacksonville.
The Titans (6-2) reached the 30-point mark for the fifth
straight game, matching a mark the franchise set in 1961 when they
were the Houston Oilers.
Byron Leftwich finished 15-for-28 for 158 yards, a 49-yard
touchdown pass to Smith and three interceptions for the Jaguars
^Rams 33, Steelers 21=
PITTSBURGH -- Marc Bulger passed for 375 yards and a
touchdown in his Pittsburgh homecoming, and third-string running
back Arlen Harris ran for three touchdowns in his first NFL start
as the Rams (5-2) won their fourth in a row.
The Steelers (2-5) wasted two big plays by Antwaan Randle El,
including an 84-yard punt return touchdown, to drop their fourth
straight. They are off to their worst start since they were 1-6 in
^Ravens 26, Broncos 6=
BALTIMORE -- Ray Lewis rambled 37 yards with a key
interception in the fourth quarter, and Jamal Lewis topped 100
yards rushing for a sixth straight game. Matt Stover kicked four
field goals for Baltimore (4-3), which maintained its hold on first
place in the AFC North.
Danny Kanell, starting for the first time since 2000, went
16-for-31 for 114 yards and two interceptions for Denver (5-3). He
was playing because Denver's two other starting quarterbacks, Jake
Plummer and Steve Beuerlein, are injured.<
^Patriots 9, Browns 3=
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals as
the Patriots won their fourth straight game.
Cleveland (3-5) replaced Tim Couch with Kelly Holcomb after
Couch went out with a strained right thumb. Both struggled: Couch
went 7-for-11 for 40 yards, while Holcomb was 15-for-25 for 115
Kevin Faulk rushed for a career-high 96 yards on 23 carries for
the Patriots (6-2), while tight end Daniel Graham also had career
highs of seven catches for 110 yards.<
^Bears 24, Lions 16=
CHICAGO -- Charles Tillman set up one score with an
interception, Justin Gage had a TD catch and an assist in another
score, and Brock Forsey ran for a touchdown to guide the Bears
(2-5). Detroit has lost 20 straight on the road.
Jerry Azumah also returned the opening kickoff of the second
half for a score, and Paul Edinger kicked a 37-yard field goal.
Joey Harrington took the Lions (1-6) to a score with 53 seconds
to play, and Detroit appeared to recover the onside kick. But after
a review, officials ruled Lions receiver Bill Schroeder touched the
ball early and gave Chicago possession.<
^Eagles 24, Jets 17=
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb completed 17 of 23 passes for
141 yards and one touchdown, and Correll Buckhalter ran for 100
yards and two TDs.
Chad Pennington, playing for the first time since breaking his
left wrist Aug. 23 in a preseason game against the New York Giants,
went into the game in the second quarter and finished 14-of-23 for
154 yards with one costly interception for the Jets (2-5).
His desperation pass from Philadelphia's 42 fell incomplete as
the Eagles (4-3) won for the fourth time in five games.<
^Cardinals 16, 49ers 13, OT=
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tim Duncan, kicking in place of injured Bill
Gramatica, made a 39-yard field goal with 10:01 left in overtime to
give the Cardinals their first win over the 49ers in 10 years.
Duncan missed three of five attempts in regulation, including a
50-yarder as the fourth quarter ended.
San Francisco's Owen Pochman, who nearly lost his job after
missing three field goals last week against Tampa Bay, missed two
more Sunday, including a go-ahead attempt from 35 yards with 2:25
left in regulation. His out-of-bounds kickoff to start overtime set
up the winning drive.<
^Colts 30, Texans 21=
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning completed 22 of 30 passes for
269 yards and three touchdowns to help the Colts win following
their bye for the third time in four years.
Houston (2-5) lost its third straight and dropped to 0-3
all-time against the Colts (6-1). The Texans were hindered by the
absence of starting quarterback David Carr, who sprained his right
ankle and did not play in the second half, replaced by Tony Banks.