Browns make Steelerspay for sloppy outing
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 26,2012
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) is chased by Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel (99) in the first quarter of their game Sunday.
CLEVELAND — Chris Rainey’s fumble with 2:25 left — Pittsburgh’s seventh turnover — was recovered by Cleveland’s Phil Taylor and the Browns handed their hated rivals a potentially devastating loss, 20-14 over the stumbling Steelers on Sunday.
Charlie Batch, forced to start at quarterback for Pittsburgh because of injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, was picked off three times and the Steelers (6-5) lost five fumbles, the last on the final play of the game to help the Browns (3-8) beat Pittsburgh for just the second time in 18 games.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden sustained a head injury in the final minutes. Backup Colt McCoy finished the win.
Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson rushed for 85 yards, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 15-yarder in the third.
Batch finished 20 of 34 for 199 yards.
Bengals 34, Raiders 10
CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes and the Cincinnati Bengals showed their former franchise quarterback that they’ve moved on without him, beating Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders 34-10 on Sunday.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 129 yards and a touchdown against the NFL’s most generous defense. He had runs of 48 and 39 yards — the longest of his career — to set up scores.
Palmer had a tough time all-around in his return to Cincinnati, going 19 of 34 for 146 yards with four sacks and an interception.
With their third straight win, the Bengals (6-5) moved back into the playoff chase.
A brawl in the fourth quarter resulted in Oakland’s Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Hunt and Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth getting ejected.
Oakland (3-8) has lost a season-high four straight games, giving up 169 points in the process.
Falcons 24, Buccaneers 23
TAMPA, Fla. — Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Ryan teamed with Julio Jones on an 80-yard TD in the third quarter, but the NFC South leaders found themselves trailing 23-17 after the Bucs marched for a touchdown, then forced a fumble by Ryan to set up a field goal that put the Falcons in catchup mode.
Michael Turner’s 1-yard TD run put Atlanta ahead for good with 7:55 left. Connor Barth missed a 56-yard goal for Tampa Bay (6-5) in the closing minutes, and the Bucs’ four-game winning streak ended when Josh Freeman’s desperation pass fell incomplete in the end zone with no time remaining.
The win enabled the Falcons (10-1) to keep pace with Houston for the NFL’s best record. Turner also scored a fourth-quarter TD that helped the Falcons overcome mistakes to beat Arizona 23-19 last week.
Jaguars 24, Titans 19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, sparking the NFL’s worst offense for the second consecutive week, and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 24-19 Sunday.
The Jaguars (2-9) snapped a seven-game losing streak and were competitive at home for the first time this season.
Henne was the key.
Making his first start in more than 13 months, Henne found Cecil Shorts III on a 59-yard touchdown play in the third quarter and hooked up with rookie Justin Blackmon for a 7-yard score in the fourth.
The Titans (4-7) cut the lead to 21-19 on Jake Locker’s 6-yard pass to Kenny Britt with 4:52 remaining and had the ball with a chance to take the lead. But Russell Allen tipped Locker’s pass over the middle, and Dwight Lowery — back on the field after a five-week absence — had his first interception of the season.
Bears 28, Vikings 10
CHICAGO — Jay Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after missing a game because of a concussion, and the Chicago Bears broke it open early in a 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead and just a game ahead of Minnesota (6-5) coming in, the Bears (8-3) grabbed a 25-3 halftime lead with Cutler connecting on just about every pass. The defense held Adrian Peterson in check early on, although he did finish with 108 yards rushing. Chicago also came away with three more takeaways to increase its league-leading total to 30.
But the Bears also lost Devin Hester and Matt Forte to injuries.
MIAMI — In the tense final seconds of a matchup between rookie quarterbacks, Ryan Tannehill looked like a savvy veteran.
Tannehill moved his team 65 yards in six plays to set up a 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter at the final gun, and the Miami Dolphins rallied to beat Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 Sunday.
Tannehill had drawn criticism for mistakes down the stretch in close games, but he came through with completions of 19, 25 and 7 yards on the final drive and scrambled for a 15-yard gain.
Miami (5-6) broke a three-game losing streak. The Seahawks (6-5), unbeaten at home this year, lost for the fifth time in six road games.
Leon Washington returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the eighth time to tie the NFL record and put Seattle ahead with eight minutes left. Miami answered with an 80-yard drive capped by Tannehill’s 29-yard pass to Charles Clay, making it 21-21.
The Dolphins forced Seattle to punt from midfield and started at their 10 with 1:32 left. Tannehill quickly moved them downfield and finished 18 for 26 for 253 yards and a score.
Tannehill broke the Dolphins’ rookie record of 2,210 yards passing set by Dan Marino in 1983.
Wilson went 21 for 27 for 224 yards and two scores, increasing his season total to 17 TD passes. He also ran for 38 yards.
Tannehill and Miami caught a break with Seattle leading 14-7 early in the fourth quarter. Bobby Wagner intercepted Tannehill in the end zone, but the turnover was negated by a penalty on safety Earl Thomas for roughing the passer.
On the next play, Daniel Thomas scored the tying touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Broncos 17, Chiefs 9
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The difference between Denver and Kansas City on Sunday amounted to simple math.
Touchdowns are worth seven points. Field goals are worth three.
Well, and the fact that the Broncos have Peyton Manning slinging the ball over the field, and the Chiefs have Brady Quinn trying to run their woefully inept offense.
Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, Quinn couldn’t get Kansas City into the end zone for the second straight game, and the Broncos won 17-9 for their sixth straight victory.
Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas had the touchdown catches for the AFC West-leading Broncos (8-3), while Knowshon Moreno added 85 yards rushing in place of Willis McGahee, who went on injured reserve this week with a knee injury.
Jamaal Charles ran for 107 yards for the Chiefs (1-10), who were done in by penalties, missed opportunities and a conservative approach that has not yielded a touchdown since the first quarter against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, a span of more than 11 quarters and 173 minutes.
Quinn was 13 of 25 for 126 yards and an interception.
Manning, having one of his best seasons after missing all of last year with a neck injury, broke a tie with his boss and Broncos vice president John Elway with his 149th win as a starting quarterback. He trails only Brett Favre, who won 186 games during his career.
Colts 20, Bills 13
INDIANAPOLIS — T.Y. Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and caught an 8-yard TD pass Sunday, leading the Colts to a 20-13 victory over Buffalo.
He is the first player in franchise history to score both ways in the same game and on a sluggish day for Indy (7-4), the rookie receiver provided the needed spark.
Hilton made two nifty moves to get free on the return, then caught the pass from Andrew Luck in the back of the end zone. Luck was 20 of 37 for 240 yards with one TD and one interception.
Buffalo (4-7) finally ended its red-zone drought with 11:30 left in the game with a 1-yard TD pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Lee Smith to make it 20-13. But the Bills got no closer.
Rams 31, Cards 17
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Janoris Jenkins became the first player in Rams history and the first NFL rookie since 1960 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game and St. Louis dominated the second half to hand the Arizona Cardinals their seventh loss in a row, 31-17 on Sunday.
Arizona rookie Ryan Lindley was intercepted four times in his first NFL start.
Jenkins’ returns of 36 and 39 yards emphatically ended the Rams’ streak of five straight games without an opponent turnover.
Sam Bradford had a pair of 37-yard touchdown passes to Lance Kendricks and Chris Givens for the Rams (4-6-1), who snapped a five-game winless streak and beat Arizona (4-7) for the second time this season.
The Rams’ Steven Jackson rushed for 139 yards in 24 carries.