Colts Knock Off Broncos
Indianapolis — If Peyton Manning wanted a preview of what retirement might look and feel like, the Indianapolis Colts gave him a brief glimpse Sunday night.
That ceremony turned out to be about the only bit of hospitality his former team extended, handing Manning and the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos a 39-33 defeat.
Before the game, though, it was a different story. More than 67,000 Colts fans got to their feet before kickoff to salute the player who brought the city a Super Bowl and more during his 14 years here.
What began as boos for the Broncos quickly turned to cheers once Manning was spotted coming out of the tunnel. The roar inside Lucas Oil Stadium — built in no small part thanks to Manning’s contributions to the Colts’ franchise — built steadily for much of a 90-second highlight reel of Manning’s career in Indianapolis.
The 37-year-old quarterback acknowledged the cheers while standing along the visitors’ sideline. He took off his helmet and turned to face the different sections, grinning sheepishly and waving on occasion.
Chiefs 17, Texans 16
Kansas City, Mo. — Jamaal Charles ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, Alex Smith also ran for a score and scrappy Kansas City held off banged-up Houston to remain unbeaten.
The Chiefs were forced to punt the ball to Houston with 1:46 left in the game. But after Case Keenum threw an incompletion on first down, the young quarterback was stripped by linebacker Tamba Hali at his 2. Derrick Johnson recovered the fumble for the Chiefs.
Smith simply kneeled from there as time ran out, allowing Kansas City (7-0) to extend the second-best start in franchise history. The 2003 team began the season 9-0.
Redskins 35, Bears 41
Landover, Md. — Roy Helu’s third touchdown, a 3-yard run with 45 seconds to play, lifted the Redskins past Chicago.
Robert Griffin III completed 18 of 29 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Redskins (2-4), who have both of their wins against backup quarterbacks. This time it was Josh McCown, who entered in the second quarter after Jay Cutler left with a groin injury.
Steelers 19, Ravens 16
Pittsburgh — Shaun Suisham drilled a 42-yard field goal with no time remaining. Suisham’s fourth field goal of the day pushed the Steelers (2-4) to their second straight win.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown, but couldn’t stop the defending Super Bowl champions (3-4) from losing for the third time in their last four games.
Packers 31, Browns 13
Green Bay, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers guided an undermanned offense with 260 yards and three touchdowns, and Eddie Lacy ran for another score.
Lacy finished with 82 yards, while tight end Jermichael Finley had a 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter before leaving with a neck injury. The team said he had movement in his extremities.
Green Bay (4-2) won its third Bengals 27, Lions 24
Detroit — Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted Cincinnati past Detroit. The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent’s right foot. He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at Buffalo.
Cowboys 17, Eagles 3
Philadelphia — Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown and the Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Two teams that averaged a combined 58 points per game and allowed a combined 55 totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading 3-0. It was more two inept offenses than two dominant defenses.
Falcons 31, Bucs 23
Atlanta — Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jacquizz Rodgers, and the Falcons snapped their three-game losing streak.
Harry Douglas had seven receptions for a career-best 149 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, for the Falcons (2-4). Douglas flourished as Ryan’s No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White inactive for the first time in his nine-year career because of hamstring and ankle injuries.
Bills 23, Dolphins 21
Miami Gardens, Fla. — Mario Williams forced a fumble when he sacked Ryan Tannehill with less than three minutes left, setting up the winning field goal.
Dan Carpenter, released in August after five seasons with the Dolphins, beat his former team by making a 31-yarder with 33 seconds to go.
49ers 31, Titans 17
Nashville, Tenn. — Colin Kaepernick threw for 199 yards and ran for 68 and a touchdown. The 49ers (5-2) won their fourth straight before heading to London for a game with winless Jacksonville by jumping out to a 17-0 halftime lead. Frank Gore also ran for a pair of 1-yard TDs as San Francisco cruised.
Panthers 30, Rams 15
Charlotte, n.c. — Cam Newton completed 15 of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in a heated game.
The Rams (3-4) lost their cool with several personal foul penalties — and then lost quarterback Sam Bradford to an apparent left knee injury late in the fourth quarter.
Chargers 24, Jaguars 6
Jacksonville, Fla. — Philip Rivers threw for 285 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Mathews ran for 110 yards and a score, and the surging Chargers (4-3) showed little, if any, issues with a short week, a cross-country flight and an early start time. And they played nothing like a team looking ahead to its bye week.
Jacksonville (0-7) has lost every game this season by double digits, becoming the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to garner that dubious distinction.