NFL Roundup – Lions rally to stun Cowboys, 31-30
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is brought down by Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Matthew Stafford’s 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Calvin Johnson’s 329 yards receiving lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 comeback victory over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday.
Stafford threw a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who had the second-most yards receiving in NFL history, to set up his winning score. The quarterback seemed to catch his hometown Cowboys by surprise – some of them appeared to expect him to spike the ball.
Johnson’s total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989, in a game that went into overtime.
The Lions (5-3) overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against Dallas (4-4).
CHIEFS 23, BROWNS 17
Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and Kansas City held off scrappy Cleveland late in the fourth quarter to preserve a victory and remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team.
The Chiefs (8-0), off to their best start since 2003, built a 20-7 lead late in the first half before the Browns (3-4) made it a game.
BENGALS 49, JETS 9
Andy Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes, four of them to Marvin Jones.
Jones set a Bengals record for touchdown receptions, scoring on catches of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards.
BRONCOS 45, REDSKINS 21
Peyton Manning overcame four turnovers and Denver scored the last 38 points against former Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan and his new team. Manning finished with 354 yards and four touchdown passes to offset his three interceptions and lost fumble.
Robert Griffin III finished with 132 yards passing, one score and two interceptions for Washington before hurting his left knee.
SAINTS 35, BILLS 17
Drew Brees passed for five touchdowns and 332 yards, and New Orleans pulled away for a victory over Buffalo.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played after missing practice most of the week with a left foot injury and scored on 13- and 15-yard passes over the middle, powering through tackles at the goal line both times.
Rookie Kenny Stills had touchdowns of 69 and 42 yards for the Saints (6-1) and Lance Moore snagged a 15-yard scoring pass in his return from a hand injury that sidelined him three games.
RAIDERS 21, STEELERS 18
Terrelle Pryor ran 93 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback, and the Raiders won following a bye week for the first time since 2002.
Darren McFadden added two touchdown runs and the defense did the rest for the Raiders (3-4), who had been outscored by more than 13 points a game in losing their last 10 games out of the bye.
CARDINALS 27, FALCONS 13
Rookie Andre Ellington rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run, and the Cardinals intercepted Matt Ryan four times.
Ellington’s big run, tied for third longest in Cardinals history, was part of a 21-point second quarter that put the Cardinals (4-4) in control for good.
49ERS 42, JAGUARS 10
Colin Kaepernick led the way with his arm and with his feet, throwing for one touchdown and running for two more to lead San Francisco over Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium.
Kaepernick ended up with 164 yards passing and 54 yards rushing, and Frank Gore also ran for two scores for the 49ers (6-2).
GIANTS 15, Eagles 7
Josh Brown kicked a career-high five field goals, Eli Manning played error-free and New York beat Philadelphia.
The Giants (2-6) snapped an eight-game road losing streak while extending Philadelphia’s home losing streak to 10 games. The Eagles’ last win at the Linc was over the Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.