- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2009

CARDINALS 30, VIKINGS 17: Two old quarterbacks with golden resumes and ageless arms took the field Sunday night. Kurt Warner was marvelous. Brett Favre was miserable.

Warner, back after missing a game with a concussion, threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona’s defense stifled Favre and Minnesota in a stunningly one-sided 30-17 victory Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Favre set an NFL record for consecutive appearances, but game No. 283 in a row was no night to remember for him or the rest of the Vikings. The 40-year-old quarterback, with just three interceptions in the first the first 11 games, was picked off twice and sacked three times.

DOLPHINS 22, PATRIOTS 21: When Tom Brady missed repeated chances to put the game away in the fourth quarter, Chad Henne and Miami took advantage.

Henne threw for a career-high 335 yards and directed a 51-yard drive for the winning field goal with 1:02 left, and the Dolphins rallied past the Patriots at home.

Brady suffered an apparent arm injury in the first quarter and went to the locker room. He didn’t miss a snap and skirted comment on the injury after the game.

COLTS 27, TITANS 17: Indianapolis tied the NFL record for longest winning streak, beating Tennessee at home for its 21st consecutive regular-season victory.

Peyton Manning threw one TD pass, Joseph Addai ran for two scores and the Colts spent the second half protecting the lead against the Titans.

BRONCOS 44, CHIEFS 13: Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes, and Denver used a punishing running game to manhandle host Kansas City.

Denver had 245 yards rushing to turn the 99th meeting between former AFL teams into a laugher. Correll Buckhalter rushed for 113 yards and Knowshon Moreno had two touchdown runs to help the Broncos stay within reach of San Diego in the AFC West.

BENGALS 23, LIONS 13: Cedric Benson ran himself into a little bit of history.

The Cincinnati running back returned from a two-game layoff because of an injured hip and tied the team record with his fifth 100-yard game of the season, setting up a home victory over Detroit.

The Bengals assured themselves of a winning record for only the second time in 19 years.

JAGUARS 23, TEXANS 18: No matter how many fans show up, Jacksonville continues to find ways to win at home.

David Garrard threw two touchdown passes, Josh Scobee kicked three field goals and the Jaguars stayed in the AFC wild-card hunt with a home victory over injury-depleted Houston.

It was Jacksonville’s fifth straight victory at home and came in front of an announced crowd of 42,079 - the lowest in franchise history.

CHARGERS 30, BROWNS 23: LaDainian Tomlinson scored his 150th career TD and stiff-armed Hall of Famer Jim Brown for eighth place on the career rushing list as San Diego won its seventh straight by beating host Cleveland.

Antonio Gates set a career high with 167 yards receiving for the Chargers, and Philip Rivers led San Diego on touchdown drives of 85 and 83 yards in just over nine minutes in the third quarter to open a 27-7 lead.

PANTHERS 16, BUCCANEERS 6: Jonathan Stewart rushed for 120 yards and the game’s only touchdown, and Carolina intercepted rookie Josh Freeman five times - three near the goal line - in a victory over Tampa Bay in Charlotte, N.C.

With struggling QB Jake Delhomme (broken finger) sidelined, Matt Moore threw for 161 yards, including a 66-yard pass to Steve Smith that set up John Kasay’s third field goal with 7:12 left that put it away.

SEAHAWKS 20, 49ERS 17: Olindo Mare kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to send Seattle to a home victory over San Francisco, which wasted a career passing day from Alex Smith and many other opportunities.

BEARS 17, RAMS 9: Jay Cutler and Chicago seemed headed to an easy win. Instead, they had to hang on at home to beat lowly St. Louis.

Cutler fizzled after a strong start, throwing for 143 yards and a touchdown without an interception, and the Bears beat the Rams after dropping four straight and six of seven.

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