Brees leads Saints past slump­ing Pan­thers

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NEW OR­LEANS: Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touch­downs, Wil Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 sec­onds left, and the New Or­leans Saints pulled out a 41-38 vic­tory over the Carolina Pan­thers on Sun­day. With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Pey­ton Man­ning for the most in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Brees also led the Saints (2-3) to a sec­ond straight vic­tory while Carolina lost its fourth straight de­spite the re­turn of quar­ter­back Cam New­ton, who missed last week’s loss to Tampa Bay be­cause of a con­cus­sion. New­ton passed for 322 yards and two touch­downs. He also ran for a 2-yard score and threw a 2point con­ver­sion to Devin Funchess that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 left, and com­pleted a come­back from an early 21-0 deficit. How­ever, he was also in­ter­cepted by Ster­ling Moore in the back of the end zone, stalling a promis­ing drive in the first half - a turnover that came back to haunt the de­fend­ing NFC cham­pi­ons, now 1-5.


Rookie Dak Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touch­downs, and the Cow­boys forced four turnovers. Prescott was 18 of 27, shak­ing off two fum­bles and an in­ter­cep­tion - the first of his ca­reer - to lead the Cow­boys (5-1) to their fifth straight win. He showed poise in the fourth quar­ter while march­ing the Cow­boys on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touch­down pass to Cole Beasley for an 18-point lead. The score left Pack­ers fans stunned at Lam­beau Field. They were boo­ing at times fol­low­ing another choppy game for the of­fense. The four turnovers were a sea­son high for Green Bay (3-2). Even two-time NFL MVP quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers wasn’t im­mune from the jeer­ing. Rodgers fin­ished 31 of 42 for a sea­son-high 294 yards.


Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal with 1:57 re­main­ing capped the 20th ca­reer fourth quar­ter or over­time come­back for Seat­tle quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son. After watch­ing Matt Ryan blitz the Sea­hawks for 21 third-quar­ter points, it was Wil­son’s turn in the fourth quar­ter. He led a 70-yard-drive that was capped by Chris­tine Michael’s 1-yard run with 4:47 left, but a blocked ex­tra point by Ra’Shede Hage­man still had Seat­tle trail­ing 24-23. Seat­tle then got a needed big play from its de­fense. Ryan’s pass slipped through Julio Jones’ hands, was tipped in the air by Richard Sher­man and even­tu­ally landed in the arms of Earl Thomas, giv­ing Seat­tle pos­ses­sion at mid­field with 3:48 re­main­ing. It was the first time in the game that Jones was tar­geted and didn’t make the catch. Seat­tle stalled at the At­lanta 26. This time Hauschka was per­fect after miss­ing a 29-yard at­tempt ear­lier in the fourth quar­ter, the re­sult of a bad snap. Ryan was in­com­plete on his last four throws, in­clud­ing a breakup by Sher­man on a long pass to Jones on which the Falcons screamed for a pass in­ter­fer­ence flag.


Spencer Ware ran for a ca­reer-high 131 yards and a touch­down and Alex Smith picked apart Oak­land’s strug­gling de­fense. In their first game since get­ting blown out by 29 points in Pitts­burgh two weeks ago, the Chiefs (3-2) ef­fi­ciently han­dled a Raiders team that had over­come de­fen­sive short­com­ings with a big-play of­fense to lead the AFC West. Smith com­pleted 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards, Ja­maal Charles and big de­fen­sive line­man Don­tari Poe each ran for scores, and the Chiefs forced two turnovers by Derek Carr to dampen a fast start to the sea­son by the Raiders (4-2), who are try­ing to end a 13-year play­off drought. Mar­cus Peters set up Ware’s TD run with an early in­ter­cep­tion of Carr and Dee Ford forced a fum­ble from Carr in the fourth quar­ter to end any hopes of a late come­back.


Nick No­vak made a 33-yard field goal in over­time to give Hous­ton a come­back vic­tory over In­di­anapo­lis. Brock Osweiler threw a 36-yard pass to Jae­len Strong to get Hous­ton to the 12 and No­vak’s field goal came two plays later. In­di­anapo­lis (2-4) got the ball first in over­time, but Be­nardrick McKin­ney sacked Andrew Luck on third down to force a punt. Osweiler shook off a tough start to throw two touch­down passes in less than 2 min­utes in the fourth quar­ter as Hous­ton (4-2) erased a 14-point deficit to tie it at 23 with 54 sec­onds left. He found Lamar Miller on a 10-yard catch-and-run TD with 2:47 re­main­ing and, after a stop by the de­fense, con­nected with C.J. Fiedorow­icz on a 26yarder that tied it.


Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touch­downs and the Red­skins ran roughshod over one of the NFL’s top de­fenses. The three-headed run­ning at­tack of Matt Jones, Robert Kel­ley and Chris Thomp­son com­bined for 231 yards and a touch­down as the Red­skins (4-2) won their fourth con­sec­u­tive game. After start­ing the sea­son 0-2, Wash­ing­ton has its best record through six games since 2008, when it went 8-8. The Red­skins put up 493 of­fen­sive yards against the Ea­gles (3-2), who came in al­low­ing an av­er­age of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the league’s sec­ond-best de­fense. Cousins con­nected with Jami­son Crow­der on a 16-yard touch­down and with Ver­non Davis on a 13-yarder. Davis started at tight end in place of Jor­dan Reed, who was out with a con­cus­sion. Jones ran for a 1-yard touch­down and sealed the vic­tory with a 57-yard run as part of his 135-yard day. Mal­colm Jenk­ins in­ter­cepted Cousins and re­turned it 64 yards for a touch­down. Philadel­phia also got an 86yard kick­off re­turn touch­down by Wen­dell Small­wood.


Ben Roeth­lis­berger missed one series be­cause of a left knee in­jury and was held to 189 yards pass­ing. Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores on 25 car­ries for the Dol­phins (2-4). The Steel­ers (4-2) had scored 74 points in their pre­vi­ous two games, but were out­gained 474-297. Pitts­burgh’s An­to­nio Brown, the NFL’s lead­ing re­ceiver, was held to four re­cep­tions for 39 yards. Team­mate Sam­mie Coates, play­ing with a hand in­jury, didn’t have a catch. Roeth­lis­berger had only 83 yards pass­ing with 5 min­utes left be­fore he drove the Steel­ers 97 yards for a touch­down. Mi­ami re­cov­ered the en­su­ing on­side kick to seal the vic­tory, and on the next play Ajayi scored on a 62-yard run.

BILLS 45, 49ERS 16

LeSean McCoy scored three times and the Bills ex­tended their win­ning streak to four. McCoy had 140 yards rush­ing and shook off what ap­peared to be a fright­en­ing in­jury to his right knee late in the sec­ond quar­ter. Ty­rod Tay­lor threw two touch­down passes in help­ing Buf­falo (4-2) win four straight for the first time since the start of the 2008 sea­son. Colin Kaeper­nick pro­vided the 49ers a spark in his first start in nearly a year. Blaine Gab­bert was benched fol­low­ing a 33-21 loss to Ari­zona, and Kaeper­nick fin­ished 13 of 29 for 187 yards, in­clud­ing a 53-yard touch­down pass to Tor­rey Smith. But San Fran­cisco (1-5) couldn’t fin­ish drives, set­tling for three field goals by Phil Daw­son, in los­ing its fifth straight game. Kaeper­nick was the tar­get of nu­mer­ous boos and chants when he kneeled dur­ing the na­tional an­them in con­tin­u­ing his protest against racial op­pres­sion and po­lice bru­tal­ity.


Play­ing in his first game in Foxbor­ough since the end of his “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion, Tom Brady had three touch­down passes and went over 5,000 com­ple­tions for his ca­reer. Brady fin­ished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven re­cep­tions for a ca­reer­high 162 yards and a touch­down. Cincin­nati dropped to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when it fin­ished 4-12 its worst sea­son un­der coach Marvin Lewis. The Ben­gals had their mo­ments of­fen­sively, scor­ing on a 2-yard touch­down run by Andy Dal­ton and 5-yard pass from Dal­ton to Bran­don LaFell. But New Eng­land (5-1) bounced back from some slug­gish drives early with sev­eral big plays in the third quar­ter.


A banged-up Odell Beck­ham Jr. turned a short fourt­hand 1 pass into a win­ning 66-yard catch and run with 1:24 to play as the Giants snapped a three-game los­ing streak. The win was the 700th in fran­chise his­tory. Beck­ham gave it to the Giants with a ca­reer day de­spite go­ing to the locker room with a hip pointer in the sec­ond quar­ter. Beck­ham re­turned be­fore the half and made the Giants (3-3) a win­ner with a spec­tac­u­lar sec­ond half. It fea­tured a 75-yard touch­down catch and a 43-yard re­cep­tion that set up one of Josh Brown’s two field goals. The Ravens (3-3) lost their third straight. Beck­ham fin­ished with eight catches for 222 yards. His late hero­ics saved the Giants, who were on the verge of a fourth straight loss after Ter­rance West scored on a 2yard run with a 2:04 to play, giv­ing the Ravens a short­lived 23-20 lead.


Matt Prater made a tiebreak­ing, 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left and Rafael Bush fol­lowed with a vic­tory-seal­ing in­ter­cep­tion two plays later. The Lions (3-3) have won two straight games with Prater mak­ing the win­ning kick and a de­fen­sive back fol­low­ing up with an in­ter­cep­tion on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion. The Rams (3-3) have lost two straight. Case Keenum com­pleted a Rams-record 19 straight passes, but couldn’t con­nect with Lance Ken­dricks on the long throw that Bush stepped in front of near mid­field. Keenum fin­ished 27 of 32 for 321 yards with three touch­downs - two to Kenny Britt, one to Ken­dricks - and an in­ter­cep­tion. Britt had sea­son highs with seven re­cep­tions and 136 yards, 47 of which came on a high­light-reel catch. Matthew Stafford threw for four Detroit touch­downs. Golden Tate had eight re­cep­tions for a ca­reer-high 165 yards and a touch­down. Marvin Jones, An­quan Boldin and An­dre Roberts also caught TDs for the Lions.


Mar­cus Mar­i­ota threw for 284 yards and three touch­downs, and the Ti­tans got their sec­ond straight vic­tory the first time they’ve won con­sec­u­tive games since the end of the 2013 sea­son. The Ti­tans (3-3) matched their win to­tal for all of last sea­son when they went 3-13 and wound up with the No. 1 draft pick over­all. They also beat a team other than Jack­sonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 sea­son fi­nale and im­proved to 3-16 in Nashville. Cleve­land (0-6) is mired in its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an ex­pan­sion fran­chise.


Blake Bor­tles threw for 271 yards and hit a slip­ping Ar­re­lious Benn for a 51-yard touch­down in the clos­ing min­utes. The Jaguars (2-3) wiped out a 13-0 deficit in the fourth quar­ter in a matchup of last-place teams. And the go-ahead touch­down might have been helped by the oft-crit­i­cized turf at Soldier Field. Benn slipped as he caught a slant and so did Tracy Porter as he tried to tag the re­ceiver. That al­lowed Benn, who spent the past three sea­sons on in­jured re­serve, to get up and run un­touched for his first touch­down in five sea­sons. That gave the Jaguars a one-point lead with 2:49 left and sent the Bears (1-5) to another loss after they dropped the pre­vi­ous game to In­di­anapo­lis on a late TD pass by Andrew Luck. Chicago came up short de­spite rack­ing up 389 yards. — AP

— AP

OR­LEANS: Carolina Pan­thers wide re­ceiver Kelvin Ben­jamin (13) tries to pull in a pass as New Or­leans Saints cor­ner­back Ken Craw­ley (46) cov­ers in the first half of an NFL foot­ball game in New Or­leans, Sun­day.

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