- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2008

From combined dispatches

COLTS 24, STEELERS 20: This time, Indianapolis completed the comeback against Pittsburgh.

Peyton Manning took advantage of Ben Roethlisberger’s second costly interception to find Dominic Rhodes out of the backfield on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 3:04 remaining for Indianapolis’ only lead, and the visiting Colts came back in a virtual must-win game to beat the Steelers on Sunday in a rematch of the AFC Championship game three seasons ago.

Manning also hit Reggie Wayne on a 65-yard touchdown pass play on a tipped ball and Dallas Clark on a 2-yard scoring pass seconds before halftime following an unnecessary interception by Roethlisberger to end the Colts’ 40-year losing streak in Pittsburgh.

The Colts (5-4) had dropped their last 12 there, counting the postseason, dating to a 41-7 win in 1968 when the Steelers played at now-demolished Pitt Stadium.

VIKINGS 28, PACKERS 27: After Minnesota’s loss at Lambeau Field in the season opener, Adrian Peterson declared that he was sick of losing to Green Bay.

Ending the Vikings’ five-game losing streak to the Packers, Peterson rushed for 192 yards and reached across the end zone with 2:22 left to lift host Minnesota to a victory in Minneapolis.

Mason Crosby’s 52-yard field goal in the closing seconds was just wide, helping the Vikings (5-4) pull into a first-place tie with the Chicago Bears. Green Bay (4-5) is one game back in the NFC North.

PATRIOTS 20, BILLS 10:New England rookie runner BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his best game as a pro, Matt Cassel had a solid one and free-falling Buffalo had another bad one.

Add a dominating performance by New England’s defense, and Buffalo’s hopes in the tight AFC East race suffered a serious blow in the Patriots’ win in Foxborough, Mass.

Green-Ellis, an undrafted rookie from Mississippi playing because three running backs are hurt, rushed for 105 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 1-yard run with 1:57 left, his fourth straight game with a touchdown.

DOLPHINS 21, SEAHAWKS 19:Miami scored one long touchdown on a flea-flicker and another with a running back-to-running back handoff.

Then came the biggest surprise of all: The Dolphins have a winning record.

The Dolphins’ sizable bag of tricks saved them on a day the offense sputtered, and they withstood a frantic rally by injury-riddled Seattle to win at home.

JETS 47, RAMS 3: Dominant New York took advantage of every mistake by St. Louis, making its rout in East Rutherford, N.J., look more like a scrimmage than an NFL game.

Thomas Jones had three touchdown runs, Jay Feely kicked four field goals - including a franchise record-tying 55-yarder - and the Jets converted five turnovers into 27 points for the largest margin of victory in team history.

The Jets’ previous biggest win was 45-3 over Houston in 1988.

The Jets (6-3) have won three straight and five of six, with the only blemish a 16-13 overtime loss at Oakland three weeks ago. New York is tied with New England at the top of the AFC East, and the rivals play for sole possession of the division lead Thursday night at the Patriots.

JAGUARS 38, LIONS 14: Jacksonville got back to its winning formula of relying on its efficient quarterback and tandem of running backs.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a career-high three touchdowns in the second quarter alone after Detroit took the lead and David Garrard threw two touchdown passes in the second half, leading the visiting Jaguars to a victory over the winless Lions.

The Lions (0-9) are off to their worst start since losing their first 12 games in 2001, and they might have what it takes to be the NFL’s first 0-16 team.

Daunte Culpepper made his Detroit debut in haste - just five days after signing, ending his brief retirement - and it lasted just three quarters. He was 5-for-10 for 104 yards and an interception.

FALCONS 34, SAINTS 20: Even though Drew Brees has been the NFL’s most prolific passer, he was no match for Atlanta’s defense.

While rookie Matt Ryan put in another solid day, Brees threw a season-high three interceptions, the last of them returned 95 yards for a touchdown by Chevis Jackson, and host Atlanta beat up on New Orleans.

Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (6-3), who won for the fourth time in five games to remain in the playoff hunt.

PANTHERS 17, RAIDERS 6: Even the worst game of Jake Delhomme’s career proved to be enough to beat lowly Oakland.

Delhomme threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive before matching his career-worst performance with four interceptions, and Carolina kept host Oakland out of the end zone.

CHARGERS 20, CHIEFS 19: Clinton Hart and host San Diego avoided the kind of upset that really could have ruined its season.

Hart, the strong safety, knocked down Tyler Thigpen’s two-point conversion pass with 23 seconds left, and the Chargers held on to beat scrappy Kansas City.

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