Flacco, Ravens bring Dol­phins’ six-game win streak to halt

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BAL­TI­MORE | Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touch­downs, and the Bal­ti­more Ravens over­whelmed the Dol­phins in the first half of a 38-6 vic­tory Sun­day that ended Miami’s six-game win­ning streak.

Bal­ti­more (7-5) led 24-0 at half­time be­hind Flacco and a dom­i­nant per­for­mance from the league’s sec­ond-ranked de­fense. Flacco went 27 for 34 for 258 yards and three scores over the first 30 min­utes, and the Ravens yielded only 115 yards and in­ter­cepted a Ryan Tan­nehill pass.

That was enough to pro­vide the Ravens with their fourth win in five games and at least a share of first place in the AFC North.

Flacco fin­ished with a fran­chise-record 36 com­ple­tions in 47 at­tempts, by far his most im­pres­sive out­ing in an un­even sea­son. He en­tered with 11 TD passes and 10 in­ter­cep­tions.

Miami (7-5) didn’t score un­til Tan­nehill threw a touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter fol­low­ing a fum­ble re­cov­ery that started the drive at the Bal­ti­more 8.

That made it 24-6, and Flacco an­swered with a 53-yard touch­down pass to Bre­shad Per­ri­man with 12:49 left.

Two of Flacco’s TD passes went to tight end Den­nis Pitta, who’s en­joy­ing a fine sea­son in his re­turn from a sec­ond hip surgery. Pitta had nine catches for 90 yards and leads Bal­ti­more with 61 re­cep­tions, but he hadn’t reached the end zone since De­cem­ber 2013.

Steel­ers 24, Giants 14

PITTSBURGH | Ben Roeth­lis­berger passed for 289 yards and two touch­downs, Le’Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of to­tal of­fense, and Pittsburgh’s resur­gent de­fense ha­rassed Eli Man­ning into a flurry of mis­takes.

An­to­nio Brown edged good buddy Odell Beck­ham Jr. in their per­sonal show­down, catch­ing six passes for 54 yards and an ac­ro­batic scor­ing grab at the back of the end zone. Tight end Ladar­ius Green added six re­cep­tions for 110 yards, both ca­reer highs, and a touch­down as the Steel­ers (7-5) won their third straight to keep pace with Bal­ti­more atop the AFC North.

Man­ning com­pleted just 24 of 39 passes for 195 yards with two touch­downs and two picks in the red zone for the Giants (8-4), whose six-game run ended with a thud. Beck­ham was largely a non­fac­tor de­spite a game-high 10 re­cep­tions for 100 yards.

Ben­gals 32, Ea­gles 14

CINCIN­NATI | Andy Dal­ton threw a pair of touch­down passes and Cincin­nati fi­nally got its de­pleted of­fense mov­ing with­out re­ceiver A.J. Green.

The Ben­gals (4-7-1) got their first win since Oct. 23, beat­ing a team that’s in a swoon of its own. The Ea­gles (5-7) opened the sea­son with three straight wins, but have dropped seven of nine.

Dal­ton had com­ple­tions of 50, 44, 29, 23 and 21 yards. The Ben­gals scored on each of their first six pos­ses­sions for a 29-0 lead, rein­vent­ing them­selves with Green and run­ning back Gio­vani Bernard side­lined by in­juries.

Raiders 38, Bills 24

OAK­LAND, CALIF. | Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touch­downs to rally the Raiders to their big­gest come­back in 16 years.

Af­ter fall­ing be­hind 24-9 fol­low­ing touch­downs on the first two drives of the sec­ond half for Buf­falo (6-6), the Raiders (10-2) took the game over with 29 straight points.

The Raiders won their sixth straight to re­main one game ahead of Kansas City in the tough AFC West.

Buc­ca­neers 28, Charg­ers 21

SAN DIEGO | Jameis Win­ston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touch­down pass to Cameron Brate mid­way through the fourth quar­ter and Keith Tandy in­ter­cepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Buc­ca­neers their fourth straight vic­tory.

Rivers had the Charg­ers on the move in the fi­nal min­utes be­fore Tandy got in front of a pass to Don­trelle In­man and picked it off. Tandy’s mo­men­tum car­ried him into the end zone, giv­ing the Bucs the ball on their 20. They ran out the clock.

The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with At­lanta atop the NFC South.

Chiefs 29, Fal­cons 28

AT­LANTA | Eric Berry re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down, and then brought back an­other pick for a 2-point con­ver­sion that gave the Chiefs an im­prob­a­ble vic­tory.

The Fal­cons (7-5), ral­ly­ing from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan’s 5-yard touch­down pass to Aldrick Robin­son with 4:32 re­main­ing.

At­lanta de­cided to go for 2, look­ing to stretch the mar­gin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan’s pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their win­ning mar­gin. It came af­ter Den­ver won a game in sim­i­lar fash­ion last month, re­turn­ing a blocked PAT for the win­ning points at New Or­leans.

Berry had an­other huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, pick­ing off Ryan’s pass over the mid­dle and bring­ing it back 37 yards for a touch­down. Af­ter reach­ing the end zone, the sub­ur­ban At­lanta na­tive handed the ball to his mother sit­ting in the stands at the Ge­or­gia Dome.

Pack­ers 21, Tex­ans 13

GREEN BAY, WIS. | Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touch­downs, and the Pack­ers pulled away with two fourth-quar­ter touch­downs.

The Pack­ers (6-6) weath­ered snowy con­di­tions at Lam­beau Field, mak­ing just enough plays on the cold turf.

Li­ons 28, Saints 13

NEW OR­LEANS | Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touch­downs.

Golden Tate ex­ploited a cov­er­age break­down on third-and-long for a 66-yard touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter when Detroit (8-4) was cling­ing to a six-point lead. The Li­ons, who’ve won seven of eight, dom­i­nated sta­tis­ti­cally, but four op­por­tu­ni­ties in­side the New Or­leans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, al­low­ing the Saints (5-7) to stay close un­til the fourth quar­ter.

Pa­tri­ots 26, Rams 10

FOXBOR­OUGH, MASS. | Tom Brady be­came the NFL’s ca­reer leader in vic­to­ries by a quar­ter­back, earn­ing his 201st by throw­ing for 269 yards and a touch­down. Brady, who was 33 of 46, had tied Pey­ton Man­ning last week in a win over the New York Jets.

His lone touch­down came on a 14-yard pass to Chris Ho­gan in the first quar­ter. LeGar­rette Blount scored the game’s first touch­down, rum­bling for a 43-yard, an­kle-break­ing score in the first quar­ter while spin­ning around safety Mau­rice Alexan­der in the process. He fin­ished with 88 yards on 18 car­ries.

Bron­cos 20, Jaguars 10

JACK­SONVILLE, FLA. | Bradley Roby re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 51 yards for a touch­down, help­ing the Bron­cos gain ground in the AFC play­off pic­ture.

Roby picked off Blake Bor­tles’ wob­bler across the mid­dle in the third quar­ter and went un­touched the other way. Star line­backer Von Miller hit Bor­tles as he re­leased the ball.

It was the 11th pick-6 of Bor­tles’ three-year ca­reer and his third in the last four games. Hous­ton and Detroit also re­turned in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs in games the Jaguars lost by less than seven points.

Bears 26, 49ers 6

CHICAGO | Jor­dan Howard ran for 117 yards and a ca­reer-high three touch­downs and the Bears handed San Fran­cisco its 11th straight loss.

The 49ers (1-11) ex­tended their fran­chise-record los­ing streak and set a club low with 6 yards net pass­ing on a day when Colin Kaeper­nick got lifted for Blaine Gab­bert.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bal­ti­more’s Den­nis Pitta had 90 yards re­ceiv­ing and two touch­downs in a 38-6 win over Miami Sun­day.

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