©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
Read the latest local sports stories by clicking here
|NFL Week Five Results -- 10/11/9
|UNDATED (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have joined the Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings as the NFL's lone 5-0 teams.
By far, the Broncos' undefeated start is the most stunning. Denver's latest victory is a 20-17 overtime win over New England on ex-Patriot Matt Prater's 41-yard field goal 4:45 into the extra session. The Broncos rallied from a 17-7 deficit with 13 unanswered points after halftime. New Denver QB Kyle Orton threw for 330 yards and outplayed the Patriots' Tom Brady.
This is the first time in Brady's career he has lost in overtime. The New England QB had been 7-0 in OTs, but the Broncos won the overtime coin flip and the Pats never had the ball in OT. Denver is 5-0 for the first time since its Super Bowl championship season of 1998. The Broncos have come from behind in four of those victories.
New Orleans is still undefeated, but the 4-0 Saints had the bye this weekend ahead of next week's showdown against the Giants.
Peyton Manning joined Kurt Warner and Steve Young as the only NFL quarterbacks to open a season by throwing for at least 300 yards in the first five games. Manning passed for 309 yards and three TDs in leading the Colts to a 31-9 victory over winless Tennessee. Manning has a favorite new receiver, Austin Collie, who caught eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Things got so bad for Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher that he put in backup QB Vince Young for Kerry Collins during garbage time.
Defending NFC champion Arizona roared back from a 21-0 deficit to stun Houston 28-21 as Cardinals QB Kurt Warner went over 300 yards passing for the 50th time in his career. But this victory belonged to the Cardinals' defense. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned an interception 49 yards for the go-ahead TD with 2:20 left. Then the Cardinals put up a tremendous goal-line stand, stopping the Texans three times at the 1-yard line in the final minute. With the win, the Cardinals moved within a half-game of NFC West-leading San Francisco.
Atlanta ended San Francisco's five-game home winning streak in a big way, trouncing the 49ers 45-10. Roddy White caught 90 and 31-yard TD passes while catching eight passes for a career-high 210 yards. He had six catches for 185 yards in the first half. Atlanta came out of its bye week and outgained the Niners in total yards, 477-279. Matt Ryan was 22 of 32 for 329 yards through the air and also ran for a score. Michael Turner led a solid ground game by rushing for three TDs.
Matt Hasselbeck had his most prolific touchdown passing day in nearly two years in tossing four TD passes in Seattle's 41-0 whitewash of Jacksonville. Hasselbeck was making his first start since recovering from broken ribs. This was Seattle's most lopsided home shutout in 25 years. Hasselbeck was 18 of 30 for 241 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter. Both teams are 2-3.
Brett Favre threw for 232 yards and a touchdown a day after his 40th birthday, as the 5-0 Minnesota Vikings beat St. Louis 38-10. Favre showed no signs of a letdown after beating the Packers, his former team, last week. Favre was dodging defenders and winging passes in every direction to give Minnesota its first 5-0 start in six years.
Jared Allen returned one of his two fumble recoveries 52 yards for a touchdown and Adrian Peterson rumbled in for a pair of touchdowns, helping the Vikings to their 400th franchise win. The 0-5 Rams wore throwback uniforms from 1999, a nod to the team's only Super Bowl victory. They have lost an NFL-worst 15 straight games.
Like the Vikings, the New York Giants are unbeaten after five games. Behind the sore-footed Eli Manning, the Giants beat Oakland 44-7. Playing with a tender heel, Manning threw for two touchdowns as he started his 83rd straight game. The 5-0 start is the best for the Giants since winning the Super Bowl in 1990. Manning finished 8 of 10 for 173 in less than a half of play.
Who would have thought that Cincinnati would be in first-place in the AFC North after the first five weeks of the NFL season? The Bengals took over sole possession of the top spot with a 17-14 win over the second-place Ravens, in Baltimore no less. Carson Palmer threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 22 seconds left to cap an 80-yard game winning drive.
All five of Cincinnati's games this season have been decided by seven points or fewer. It appeared as if the Bengals (4-1) were destined to come out on the short end of this one until Palmer directed the final drive, with the help of three yellow flags.
Defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh is tied with Baltimore for second place in the AFC North at 3-2 after beating Detroit 28-20. Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes giving the Steelers their first two-game winning streak of the season. The Steelers went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall's TD run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger's 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace.
The Lions, who played without Matthew Stafford at quarterback, are now 1-4. The injured rookie QB was placed by veteran Daunte Culpepper.
On the other end of the AFC North standings is last-place Cleveland. The Browns got their first win of the season when backup kicker Billy Cundiff hit an 18-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining, giving Cleveland a 6-3 victory over Buffalo. Cundiff's kick ended an offensive display of ineptitude between the Browns and Bills in a how-bad-was-it game. The loss drops the Bills to 1-4.
Week Five marked the return of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Playing in his first game since suffering a broken rib, McNabb threw for 264 yards and three scores as the Eagles beat Tampa Bay 33-14. The lopsided score allowed Michael Vick to take extra snaps in the fourth quarter. He completed his first pass in 33 months and had an 11-yard run.
The 3-1 Eagles improved to 11-0 after a bye week under coach Andy Reid. The Bucs are winless after five games and have dropped nine regular season games in a row.
Carolina roared back to edge Washington 20-17. The Panthers scored the final 18 points of the game to earn their first win of the season against three losses. The Redskins fell to 2-3.
Jonathan Stewart's 8-yard run with 9:21 left was the go-ahead touchdown. The TD was set up when the Panthers recovered a muffed punt at the Washington 12.
Miles Austin scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a 60-yard catch-and-run to cap a huge game, and the Dallas Cowboys escaped with a 26-20 victory over Kansas City. Austin had 10 catches for 250 yards as the Cowboys survived numerous mistakes against the winless Chiefs.
Austin also had a tackle-breaking 59-yard touchdown catch to give the 3-2 Cowboys a 20-13 lead with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter.
The loss dropped the winless Chiefs to 2-28 in their last 30 games, tying expansion Tampa Bay of the 1970s for one of the worst 30-game droughts in NFL history.
The Monday night game is in south Florida where the 3-1 New York Jets visit the 1-3 Miami Dolphins in an AFC East matchup.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)