New­ton throws five TDs as Pan­thers stay per­fect

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CHAR­LOTTE: Cam New­ton threw a ca­reer­high five touch­downs passes, and the Carolina Pan­thers im­proved to 10-0 with a 4416 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins on Sun­day. New­ton com­pleted 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards and threw TD passes to five dif­fer­ent re­ceivers as Carolina stretched its reg­u­lar-sea­son win streak to 14 games, in­clud­ing eight straight at home. The Pan­thers are the 16th team in the Su­per Bowl era to start 10-0. Of the pre­vi­ous 15, all made the play­offs and nine have ad­vanced to the Su­per Bowl, with six win­ning it all. The Pan­thers scored 27 points off five Wash­ing­ton turnovers, three of those by quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins. New­ton be­came the first Carolina quar­ter­back to throw four TD passes in the first half as the Pan­thers jumped to a 31-14 lead. Jonathan Ste­wart ran for 102 yards on 21 car­ries and caught a 12-yard touch­down pass. Mike Tol­bert, Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess also caught TD passes. An­dre Roberts had a 99-yard kick­off re­turn for a touch­down for the Red­skins (4-6), who’ve lost nine straight on the road.


Chan­dler Catan­zaro kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2 sec­onds re­main­ing and Ari­zona es­caped with a wild vic­tory over Cincin­nati. The field goal was con­sid­er­ably closer than it would have been be­cause Cincin­nati’s Do­mata Peko was called for un­sports­man­like con­duct for call­ing out the of­fen­sive sig­nals as the Car­di­nals (8-2) were about to spike the ball to set up the kick. Car­son Palmer over­came two early in­ter­cep­tions to throw four touch­down passes and, with 57 sec­onds left, com­pleted three quick passes to move the team into field goal range af­ter the Ben­gals ral­lied to tie it at 31. Andy Dal­ton threw two touch­down passes for the Ben­gals (8-2), both to Tyler Eifert. The sec­ond cut, a 10-yarder, cut it to 31-28 with 3:44 to play.


Jameis Win­ston and Doug Martin were an un­stop­pable com­bi­na­tion. Win­ston tied a rookie record with five touch­down passes, Martin ran for 235 yards for the Buc­ca­neers. Win­ston com­pleted 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards and had four of his TD passes in the first half to four dif­fer­ent re­ceivers. He tied Matthew Stafford’s rookie mark in the third quar­ter on an 8-yard toss to Cameron Brate, the fifth re­ceiver to catch a TD. Martin had 177 yards in the first half, in­clud­ing runs of 84 and 58 yards. He fin­ished 2 yards short of ty­ing Barry San­ders’ record for most with­out a TD. San­ders had 237 for the Li­ons against Tampa in 1994. Tampa set a fran­chise record with 283 yards rush­ing and 521 to­tal yards and were sec­ond most in fran­chise history in the reg­u­lar sea­son . The Buc­ca­neers (5-5) have won two straight games for the first time in two years. The Ea­gles (4-6) have lost two in a row, but are only one game be­hind the New York Gi­ants (5-5) in the me­diocre NFC East. Mark Sanchez threw a pair of TD passes in his first start re­plac­ing in­jured Sam Brad­ford, but Chip Kelly’s of­fense couldn’t keep up with Win­ston and the Buc­ca­neers.


Tony Romo pulled off his lat­est come­back vic­tory, re­turn­ing from a col­lar­bone in­jury to throw for two scores as the Cow­boys won for the first time since he was hurt in Week 2. The Cow­boys (3-7) snapped a seven-game los­ing streak, their long­est in a sin­gle sea­son since 1989. The Dol­phins (4-6) in­creased the like­li­hood they’ll miss the play­offs for the sev­enth year in a row. Romo went 18 for 28 for 227 yards, and over­came two in­ter­cep­tions by throw­ing touch­down passes of 31 yards to Ter­rance Wil­liams and 16 yards to Dez Bryant. Dal­las line­backer Rolando Mc­Clain scored the game’s first points and his first ca­reer touch­down on a 12-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn. Miami had the ball for only 21 min­utes.


Brock Osweiler threw for two touch­downs, and the Bron­cos stopped Jeremy Langford on a 2-point con­ver­sion run in the fi­nal minute. Langford scored on a 2-yard run with 24 sec­onds left to cap a 65-yard drive. But he ran into a crowd on a con­ver­sion at­tempt, and the Bron­cos (8-2) es­caped. Osweiler com­pleted 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards with five-time MVP Man­ning stay­ing back in Den­ver be­cause of in­juries to his foot, ribs and shoul­der. Ron­nie Hill­man ran for 102 yards, and the AFC West-lead­ing Bron­cos (8-2) got back to win­ning - against for­mer coach John Fox, too af­ter drop­ping two in a row. Osweiler threw a 48-yard touch­down to De­mary­ius Thomas on Den­ver’s first pos­ses­sion of the game and a 10-yarder to Cody La­timer early in the fourth quar­ter to make it 17-9. The Bears (4-6) then drove to the Den­ver 4, only to have Jay Cut­ler’s fourth-down pass to Langford in a crowd in the end zone get bro­ken up.


Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco tore lig­a­ments in his left knee dur­ing the clos­ing sec­onds of a 16-13 vic­tory over the Rams. The Ravens also lost run­ning back Justin Forsett, who broke both bones in his right fore­arm. Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal as time ex­pired to end a mis­take-filled game in which the Ravens ral­lied from a 10-point deficit. One fi­nal mis­cue de­cided the is­sue: Rams quar­ter­back Case Keenum fum­bled when hit by Court­ney Up­shaw, and team­mate Lawrence Guy re­cov­ered at the St. Louis 41 with 54 sec­onds to go. Flacco moved the Ravens (3-7) to the 29 - in­jur­ing his knee along the way - be­fore Tucker de­liv­ered the win­ning kick. St. Louis (4-6) lost four fum­bles and missed an ex­tra point. In his first start of the sea­son, Keenum went 12 for 26 for 136 yards and fum­bled three times, los­ing two. Bal­ti­more won de­spite com­mit­ting two turnovers and be­ing pe­nal­ized 10 times for 137 yards. The Ravens have lost seven games by a to­tal of 32 points, but this close one went their way.


Aaron Rodgers threw for 212 yards and a pair of touch­downs, Da­tone Jones had two of Green Bay’s six sacks and the Packers stopped a three-game los­ing streak to pull even in the NFC North race. James Jones had six catches for 109 yards and a score, Ed­die Lacy rushed for a sea­son-high 100 yards on 22 car­ries, and the Packers (7-3) beat the ri­val Vik­ings for the 10th time in the last 11 meet­ings with Rodgers at quar­ter­back. He has thrown for 28 touch­down passes with just three in­ter­cep­tions in those games. The Vik­ings (7-3) had their five-game win­ning streak shoved back in their face by a proud Packers team that clearly wasn’t ready to con­cede a di­vi­sion it has won four straight times. The re­match is on Jan. 3 in Green Bay to close the sched­ule. Right af­ter the ugli­est of those three de­feats, an 18-16 de­ci­sion at home against Detroit, Rodgers and the Packers roared back with one of his vin­tage per­for­mances against the Vik­ings to the de­light of the enemy fans chant­ing, “Go, Pack, Go!” through­out the evening.


Rookie Thomas Rawls rushed for 209 yards and had two to­tal touch­downs, while Tyler Lock­ett caught a pair of TD passes from Rus­sell Wil­son, and the Seahawks got back to .500. Start­ing in place of Mar­shawn Lynch, out with an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury, Rawls posted his third 100 yard rush­ing game of his rookie sea­son and the sec­ond time top­ping 160 yards. Rawls scored on a 2 yard run in the first quar­ter and added a 31-yard catch-and-run touch­down from Wil­son in the fourth quar­ter to give Seat­tle (5-5) a 16-point lead. Rawls fin­ished with 255 to­tal yards. Lock­ett caught a 24-yard TD pass in the first quar­ter and car­ried a San Francisco de­fender into the end zone on an 11-yard grab later in the first half. Blaine Gab­bert threw for 264 yards and one touch­down, but San Francisco (3-7) couldn’t over­come the early 20-0 deficit.


Re­ly­ing on a pair of 40-some­things, the Colts ral­lied from a pair of two-touch­down deficits to beat the slump­ing Fal­cons. Adam Vi­natieri, the old­est player in the league at 42, added an­other win­ning kick to his ster­ling re­sume, boot­ing a 43-yarder with 52 sec­onds re­main­ing. The Colts won with 40-yearold Matt Has­sel­beck throw­ing a pair of touch­down passes fill­ing in for in­jured An­drew Luck. D’Qwell Jackson tied the game with just over 10 min­utes re­main­ing on a 6yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down. Then, it was Vi­natieri who won it for the Colts (5-5), as he’s done so many times in his bril­liant ca­reer. In his 300th game, he came through with his 26th win­ning kick in ei­ther the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion or over­time. The Fal­cons (6-4) lost for the fourth time in five games af­ter a 5-0 start. This one was on the of­fense, which to­tally bogged down in the sec­ond half.


T.J Yates tossed two TDs to DeAn­dre Hop­kins, who had 118 yards re­ceiv­ing, and Al­fred Blue caught a scor­ing pass from re­ceiver Ce­cil Shorts. The Tex­ans (5-5) have won three games in a row for the first time since 2012. And they did it with Yates, who threw for 229 yards in his first start since Jan. 15, 2012 in the play­offs for Hous­ton as a rookie. Yates, signed on Oct. 28 af­ter Ryan Mal­lett was re­leased, started in place of Brian Hoyer, out with a con­cus­sion. The game was tied in the third quar­ter when the TD pass by Shorts made it 17-10. Yates and Hop­kins linked up for a 20-yard score on the next pos­ses­sion. Ryan Fitz­patrick, who played af­ter hav­ing surgery on his non-throw­ing thumb on Nov. 13, got New York (5-5) within 24-17 with a touch­down run with 4 1/2 min­utes left, but was in­ter­cepted on the next two drives. The Jets have lost four of five.


Justin Hous­ton in­ter­cepted Philip Rivers’ pass and re­turned it 17 yards for a touch­down and 346-pound de­fen­sive tackle Don­tari Poe leaped over the pile for a 1-yard TD. Alex Smith won again at Qual­comm Sta­dium as the Chiefs (5-5) won their fourth straight game fol­low­ing a five-game los­ing streak. The Charg­ers (2-8) lost their sixth straight. Rivers had his worst game of the sea­son, throw­ing for just 178 yards. Rivers at­tempted a pass to Danny Wood­head from the Charg­ers 23 and Hous­ton in­ter­cepted it and ran it in for a 19-3 lead with 3:27 left in the third quar­ter. Hous­ton sacked Rivers four times in the 2014 sea­son fi­nale in which the Charg­ers were elim­i­nated from the play­off race. Smith, who led Helix High to con­sec­u­tive city cham­pi­onships at Qual­comm Sta­dium, was 20 of 25 for 253 yards.


Matthew Stafford ran for a go-ahead 5yard touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter and the Li­ons (3-7) won con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this year. The Raiders (4-6) have a sea­son-high three-game los­ing streak. Matt Prater made three field goals on as many at­tempts in the first half to give Detroit a 9-0 lead. The Raiders went ahead af­ter their sec­ond drive of the third quar­ter. Latavius Mur­ray’s 1-yard touch­down run capped the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half and Se­bas­tian Janikowski made a go-ahead, 48 yard field goal on Oak­land’s next pos­ses­sion. Af­ter Detroit was held to 27 yards of of­fense in the third quar­ter, Stafford capped an 80yard drive with a de­signed draw to put the Li­ons up 16-13 with 11:04 to play. —AP

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