- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — When the San Francisco 49ers finally let Alex Smith air it out, he outdid Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chucking its conservative approach in the second half, the 49ers surged back from a 20-point hole and beat the Eagles 24-23 on Sunday.

Vick wasn’t hampered by his bruised right hand, throwing for a career-high 416 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 75 yards. But Philly’s defense fell apart in the final 30 minutes, and Frank Gore capped a 77-yard drive with a 12-yard TD run with 3 minutes remaining.

Former Eagles kicker David Akers, who left for San Francisco as a free agent this summer, kicked the decisive extra point. His replacement, rookie Alex Henery, missed from 39 and 33 yards in the final period.

Giants 31, Cardinals 27

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton recovered from a horrid first half to lead his first comeback victory Sunday as the Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-20. (Associated Press)
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes in a 58-second span late in the game and the New York Giants rallied to stun the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The scoring passes of 2 yards to Jake Ballard with 3:37 to go and 29 yards to Hakeem Nicks with 2:39 left came after the Cardinals (1-3) seemingly had taken control of the game 27-17 on Beanie Wells’ third rushing touchdown of the game with 5:16 to go.

Manning completed 7 of 8 for 126 yards on the decisive drives as the Giants (3-1) won their third in a row. He finished 27 of 40 for 371 yards. Nicks caught 10 passes for 162 yards.

Bears 34, Panthers 29

CHICAGO — Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown, Matt Forte ran for a career-high 205 yards and Chicago beat Cam Newton and Carolina.

Hester had earlier set up a touchdown run by Forte with a 73-yard kickoff return before he ran back a punt 69 yards in the second quarter to move ahead of Eric Metcalf on the all-time list.

Newton threw for 374 yards, and Carolina wound up with 543 total yards.

Packers 49, Broncos 23

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers remain unbeaten, thanks to a career-best day from Aaron Rodgers in a rout of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Rodgers threw for a career-high 408 yards, tied a personal best with four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores.

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