Bears give one awayDENVER (AP) — Wild wins are becoming routine for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, who flail away through most of four quarters before coming through in the clutch.
By: Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun
DENVER (AP) — Wild wins are becoming routine for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, who flail away through most of four quarters before coming through in the clutch.
Matt Prater’s 51-yard field goal 6 1/2 minutes into overtime gave the Broncos a 13-10 victory over the stunned Chicago Bears on Sunday. Prater’s 59-yarder with 3 seconds left in regulation tied the score after Tebow led another rally.
“If you believe,” Tebow said, “then unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.”
After failing to score on their first dozen possessions, the Broncos (8-5) erased a 10-0 deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation.
Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas with a 10-yard TD pass, then got the ball back with 53 seconds left after Marion Barber saved the Broncos precious time by going out of bounds when the Bears were trying to run out the clock.
The Bears (7-6) won the toss in overtime and quickly got into field goal range before Barber, who rushed for 108 yards but will be remembered for his two late mistakes, coughed up the football at the Broncos 34, and Elvis Dumervil recovered.
Barber had already broken through the first line of defense for the first down when linebacker Wesley Woodyard reached out and grabbed his right arm, popping the ball loose.
“I hate to say it — we gave this one to them,” Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie said.
Texans 20, Bengals 19
CINCINNATI — Rookie T.J. Yates led the biggest drive in Houston Texans history, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left for a 20-19 victory that brought the first playoff berth in franchise history.
With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of their first playoff berth.
Saints 22, Titans 17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the fourth quarter to lead New Orleans to its fifth straight victory.
The NFC South-leading Saints (10-3) had little trouble picking up yards, but struggled to score until Brees and Colston connected on passes of 35 and 28 yards.
Patriots 34, Redskins 27
LANDOVER, Md. — Tom Brady threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns, and Rob Gronkowski set an NFL single-season record for most touchdown catches by a tight end as New England won its fifth straight.
Gronkowski snagged his 14th and 15th scoring receptions, moving him past Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis. Gates had 13 in 2004, and Davis matched that total in 2009.
Ravens 24, Colts 10
BALTIMORE — Terrell Suggs had three sacks and forced three fumbles to keep Indianapolis winless.
Baltimore (10-3) limited the Colts (0-13) to 167 yards — 53 through three quarters. Were it not for a touchdown on the game’s final play, Indianapolis would have been held without a TD for the second time since the 2003 season opener.
Falcons 31, Panthers 24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Ryan threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rookie Julio Jones and Atlanta erased a 16-point deficit.
Ryan threw for 320 yards and tied a career high with four touchdowns passing. Atlanta (8-5) avoided a costly loss to stay alive in the NFC wild card race.
Packers 46, Raiders 16
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in less than three full quarters’ worth of work, Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team.
With the win, the Packers ran their record to 13-0 — leaving them three games short of completing a perfect regular season. And they did it with a near-perfect performance.
Chargers 37, Bills 10
SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Buffalo Bills 37-10 Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Buffalo (5-8) lost its sixth straight game and was eliminated from playoff contention for the 12th straight year.
Cardinals 21, 49ers 19
GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Skelton stepped in for the injured Kevin Kolb and threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, and the Arizona Cardinals rallied to hand the San Francisco 49ers just their third loss of the season, 21-19 on Sunday.
Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 149 yards, including a 46-yarder for a touchdown and a 53-yarder to set up the go-ahead score in the fifth victory in six games for Arizona (6-7).
Eagles 26, Dolphins 10
MIAMI — Philadelphia forced three turnovers while scoring four times during a nine-minute span in the second quarter and totaled nine sacks.
Michael Vick, back after missing three games with broken ribs, threw for 208 yards and a touchdown.
Jets 37, Chiefs 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Jets kept pace in the AFC playoff race.
The Jets got things started quickly by scoring 28 points in the first half and were helped by an inept Chiefs offense that managed 4 total yards in the first two quarters.
Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maurice Jones-Drew scored four times, setting the franchise record for career touchdowns, and Jacksonville rolled up 41 unanswered points.
Jones-Drew finished with 136 total yards, including 85 on the ground against one of the league’s worst run defenses.