Resilient Cardinals rally past Eagles
It's been 40 years since the Cardinals got off to such a good start. They didn't even live in Arizona back then.
These Cardinals, after a late rally for a 24-20 home victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, are shining in the Valley of the Sun, a long way from their previous home in St. Louis. They are 6-1 and atop the NFL's best division, the NFC West.
''I can't say enough about the resiliency of our football players,'' coach Bruce Arians said. ''It's a family, it's a band of brothers that just will not quit.''
''When it's time to step up, that's what you have to do,'' Brown said. ''They had a safety on me, so when they put him on me, all I had to do was run past him.''
The Cardinals had a goal-line stand that forced the Eagles (5-2) to settle for a 20-yard field goal that put Philadelphia up 20-17 with 1:56 left.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly thought about going for the touchdown, but chose to put the game in the hands of his defense.
''I thought our defense at that point was playing really, really well and I had real confidence in them,'' he said.
The weekend began with Denver's 35-21 win over San Diego. It concludes Monday night with Washington (2-5) at Dallas (6-1).
Off this week were San Francisco (4-3) and the New York Giants (3-4).
STEELERS 51, COLTS 34
At Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns. Roethlisberger's yardage total was the fourth highest in NFL history. He became the first player to go over 500 yards passing twice as the Steelers (5-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season.
''We just felt like they couldn't stop us because we were just clicking,'' Roethlisberger said. ''It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they're going right.''
LIONS 22, FALCONS 21
At London, Matt Prater kicked a 48-yard field goal on the last play, lifting the Lions after trailing by 21 points. Prater capped a second straight late winning drive for the Lions (6-2), who also rallied to beat the Saints last week.
It was the first field goal the Lions made from 40-49 yards all season.
Matthew Stafford threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
Matt Ryan led the Falcons (2-6) with 228 yards passing and two touchdowns, but clock- management problems, a penalty and a dropped pass doomed the Falcons at the end. The blown halftime lead tied the biggest in Atlanta history.
SEAHAWKS 13, PANTHERS 9
Russell Wilson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson with 47 seconds left. It's the third straight year Wilson has brought the Seahawks (4-3) back from a second-half deficit to beat the Panthers on the road.
Carolina's defense, which had allowed at least 37 points in four of its previous five games, held the Seahawks in check before Wilson led a nine-play, 80-yard drive for the only touchdown.
Wilson finished 20 of 32 for 199 yards with one interception and one touchdown.
Cam Newton was 12 of 27 for 121 yards with an interception and a fumble for the Panthers (3-4-1).
BENGALS 27, RAVENS 24
At Cincinnati, Andy Dalton made up for his two second-half turnovers by scoring on a 1-yard sneak with 57 seconds left.
That's when Dalton pulled it out against the NFL's stingiest defense. He threw a 53-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu on third-and-10, and took it the final yard on fourth down, completing a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
The Ravens appeared to regain the lead when Steve Smith Sr. caught a pass and went 80 yards to the end zone with 32 seconds left, but the receiver was called for pushing off to get open.
SAINTS 44, PACKERS 23
Rookie receiver Brandin Cooks had a 50-yard touchdown catch and a 4-yard scoring run, and tight end Jimmy Graham also caught a touchdown pass to help the Saints (3-4) pull even in victories with Carolina. That sets up a showdown to decide first place in the NFC South on Thursday night.
Aaron Rodgers, intercepted only once in Green Bay's first seven games, was picked off twice on deflected throws and was sacked three times. He still passed for 418 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, but it was not nearly enough to prevent the Packers (5-3) from falling a game behind NFC North leader Detroit.
PATRIOTS 51, BEARS 23
New England (6-2) scored on all five of its possessions in the half - and one of Chicago's - on its way to its fourth straight win. The visiting Bears (3-5) fell behind 45-7 early in the second half and lost for the fourth time in five games.
In one of the best statistical games of his brilliant career, Brady completed 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards. He threw three scoring passes to Rob Gronkowski and one each to Tim Wright and Brandon LaFell.
VIKINGS 19, BUCCANEERS 13, OT
At Tampa, Anthony Barr forced a fumble on the first scrimmage play of overtime and returned it 27 yards to score. The stunning end came just 17 seconds after the Vikings (3-5) extended the game on Blair Walsh's 38-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 241 yards, one TD and no interceptions to help Minnesota stop a three-game skid.
Mike Glennon threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins to give Tampa Bay (1-6) a 13-10 lead with 2:02 remaining. But the Bucs' porous defense couldn't stop Bridgewater from putting together a nine-play, 61-yard march to get the game into OT.
Glennon's pass to Seferian-Jenkins gained 10 yards before Barr stripped the ball from the rookie tight end and took it up the left sideline to score.
CHIEFS 34, RAMS 7
Cairo Santos added a pair of field goals for Kansas City (4-3), including a career-best 53-yarder. Alex Smith was 24 of 28 for 226 yards, while Davis capped a run of 34 unanswered points with a short touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Justin Houston had three of the Chiefs' seven sacks.
The banged-up Rams (2-5) lost their sixth straight to Kansas City dating to Sept. 25, 1994, when they were still in Los Angeles.
BILLS 43, JETS 23
Orton won for the third time in four games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting quarterback for the Bills (5-3), tossing TD passes to Robert Woods, Lee Smith, Scott Chandler and Sammy Watkins against the listless Jets (1-7).
The Jets have lost seven straight for the first time since 2005, in Herm Edwards' final season as coach.
BROWNS 23, RAIDERS 13
Hoyer's TD to Hawkins put the Browns (4-3) ahead 16-6, shortly after Cleveland's defense came to the rescue.
Cleveland lost at Jacksonville last week, giving the Jaguars their first win. According to STATS, no team in NFL history has lost consecutive games to winless teams in Week 7 or later.
TEXANS 30, TITANS 16
Arian Foster ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a pass for a score in the franchise's 200th game.
The Texans (4-4) also snapped a three-game skid as Foster topped 100 yards rushing in his fourth straight game. J.J. Watt had two sacks and forced a fumble as the visiting Texans beat the team they replaced in Houston for the fourth time in five games.
Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney played for the first time since hurting his knee in the season opener and had one tackle.
DOLPHINS 27, JAGUARS 13
Rookie Blake Bortles had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, costly mistakes that helped the Dolphins win. Louis Delmas (81 yards) and Brent Grimes (22 yards) scored on the turnovers for the Dolphins (4-3), who won consecutive games for the first time this season.
The host Jaguars (1-7) dominated the first half, but trailed 10-3 at the break because of miscues. Bortles had three turnovers Sunday, giving him six in the last two weeks and 13 in six games. Four of those have been interceptions returned for touchdowns.
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