The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 25, 2013

NFL Roundup: Historic rally lifts Patriots

— Tom Brady outdueled Peyton Manning, throwing for 344 yards and three TDs, completing 34 of 50 passes. Manning was 19 for 36 for 150 yards with two TD passes as the Patriots rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit for a 34-31 overtime victory.

Denver took its big lead as Von Miller returned a fumble 60 yards, and two more fumbles led to Moreno’s TD and Matt Prater’s 27-yard field goal. Manning connected with Jacob Tamme for a 10-yard TD in the second quarter.

Then the Patriots came back. Their TDs came on passes of 5 and 14 yards to Julian Edelman, 6 to Rob Gronkowski, and Brandon Boldin’s 1-yard run.

“We calmed down and played each play one play at a time, we didn’t turn the ball over in the second half,” Edelman said. “We had a lot of turnovers (early), including putting the ball on the ground, myself included.

“We have done this a few times, played the situations, had guys step up.”

Chargers 41, Chiefs 38

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Philip Rivers came through when the San Diego Chargers needed him most.

Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds remaining to give the Chargers a 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and end a three-game losing streak.

The Chiefs had taken the lead when Alex Smith hit Dwayne Bowe for a go-ahead score with 1:22 left.

Packers 26, Vikings 26  (OT)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards to help the Packers storm back from a 16-point deficit, but Minnesota and Green Bay could only muster field goals in overtime.

Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left.

Cowboys 24, Giants 21

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — Tony Romo threw two touchdowns and led a drive that set up Dan Bailey’ 35-yard field goal on the final play. Dallas ended the Giants’ four-game winning streak and most of their playoff hopes.

Buccaneers 24, Lions 21

DETROIT — Matthew Stafford’s fourth interception went in and out of Calvin Johnson’s hands to rookie Johnthan Banks inside the Tampa Bay 5 in the final minute, allowing the Buccaneers to hold on.

Panthers 20, Dolphins 16

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Make it seven wins in a row for the Carolina Panthers, and two consecutive late comebacks led by Cam Newton.

Rams 42, Bears 21

ST. LOUIS — Tavon Austin’s 65-yard touchdown run — his fourth straight this season from beyond midfield — jump-started a 21-point first quarter. The Rams (5-6) followed a 30-point rout of Indianapolis in front of their largest crowd of the season.

Cardinals 40, Colts 11

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby returned an interception 22 yards for a score and the Cardinals win.

Ravens 19, Jets 3

BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones, Justin Tucker kicked four field goals and the Ravens shut down the sputtering offense of the Jets.

Titans 23, Raiders 19

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds remaining to cap a mistake-free performance that put the Titans back in playoff contention.

Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, completed 19 of 32 passes for 260 yards for the Raiders in his second start.

Jaguars 13, Texans 6

HOUSTON — The Texans couldn’t stop their skid as the Jaguars extended Houston’s losing streak to a franchise-record nine games.

The two-time AFC South champions haven’t won since Sept. 15.

Jones-Drew’s touchdown on Jacksonville’s first drive put the Jaguars (2-9) on top, and they never trailed against an inept Texans offense.

Josh Scobee kicked field goals of 30 and 53 yards to help the Jaguars win for the second time in three games.

Case Keenum had the worst performance in his five starts, throwing for just 169 yards with an interception. Houston (2-9) was driving late when rookie Ryan Davis grabbed a one-handed interception off a deflection by Keshawn Martin to seal the win.