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Idle this week were Green Bay (6-3), Washington (3-6), Arizona (4-5) and Cleveland (2-7).

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SAINTS 31, FALCONS 27

At New Orleans, Drew Brees threw for 298 yards and three TDs for the Saints, who made a late goal-line stand to preserve the win. Brees is 11-2 against Atlanta since joining New Orleans in 2006.

“No one is going to go around crying or panicking or anything like that,” Gonzalez said. “We’re a good team. Our confidence hasn’t changed.”

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49ERS 24, RAMS 24

At San Francisco, on the first play of OT, Bradford completed an 80-yard pass to Danny Amendola that took St. Louis to the 2, but the play was called back for an illegal formation.

The previous NFL tie was between Philadelphia and Cincinnati, 13-13 in 2008. San Francisco played its first tie since 1986.

“It just feels like it’s unfinished business,” San Francisco cornerback Tarell Brown said.

“I think anyone would like to keep playing. I really don’t know what good a tie does,” Bradford said. “It’s frustrating when you play a game and you put so much into it during the week and during the course of it, today five quarters, you’d like to come away with either a win or a loss.”

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TEXANS 13, BEARS 6

At Chicago, the Texans improved the AFC’s best record to 8-1, equaling Atlanta’s mark in the NFC, as well, by beating another league power.

Arian Foster finished with 102 yards rushing and a touchdown catch, and the Texans intercepted Jay Cutler twice before knocking him out of the game with a concussion.

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