- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

CHARGERS 32, BRONCOS 3: Philip Rivers and a dominant defense led San Diego to sole possession of first place in the AFC West with a drubbing of host Denver on Sunday.

The Chargers have won five straight, and the Broncos have dropped four in a row, turning the division race upside-down. Just five weeks ago, the Chargers trailed the Broncos by 3 1/2 games.

Rivers was a crisp 17-for-22 and led San Diego to scores on seven of 10 drives. Nate Kaeding kicked four field goals, and the Chargers also recovered an onside kick, recorded three sacks and forced three turnovers.

RAIDERS 20, BENGALS 17: Bruce Gradkowski threw a 29-yard tying touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with 33 seconds left, and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 33-yard field goal after Andre Caldwell fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Oakland a home victory over Cincinnati.

The Bengals have lost all 10 games in Oakland, including one playoff game.

VIKINGS 35, SEAHAWKS 9: Brett Favre completed a career-high 88 percent of his passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns, and Minnesota delivered its most complete performance of the season in a victory over Seattle in Minneapolis.

Favre completed 22 of 25 throws for the Vikings. His previous career high was 85.2 percent against Detroit on Sept. 20. But he has completed at least 80 percent only two other times in his previous 18 seasons.

PACKERS 30, 49ERS 24: Aaron Rodgers made San Francisco pay for a draft-day snub in 2005, and Green Bay survived a second-half surge by the 49ers for a home victory.

LIONS 38, BROWNS 37: Matthew Stafford threw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson’s extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a stunning home win over the Cleveland.

Detroit was given the untimed play because safety Hank Poteat was called for pass interference in the end zone when Stafford heaved a desperation attempt.

SAINTS 38, BUCCANEERS 7: Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns, and New Orleans shrugged off a slow start defensively to remain unbeaten with a rout of homestanding Tampa Bay.

JAGUARS 18, BILLS 15: David Garrard’s second game-winning drive in as many weeks gave Jacksonville its first three-game winning streak in nearly two years.

Garrard threw a touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker with 56 seconds remaining, and the Jaguars beat Buffalo at home, spoiling Perry Fewell’s debut as interim coach.

CARDINALS 21, RAMS 13: Kurt Warner threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns while building a 21-3 cushion, and NFC West-leading Arizona hung on without him, remaining unbeaten on the road with a victory in St. Louis.

Warner left with an apparent head injury late in the first half.

Tim Hightower had 110 yards on 14 carries, the first 100-yard game of the season for a team ranked next to last in rushing.

PATRIOTS 31, JETS 14: Leigh Bodden had three of the four interceptions thrown by Mark Sanchez, and New England’s defense allowed just one touchdown and 226 yards for a win in Foxborough, Mass. The victory gave the Patriots a two-game lead in the AFC East and sent the Jets to their sixth loss in seven games.

Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 310 yards, his fifth straight game with more than 300. Wes Welker set career highs with 15 receptions and 192 yards. Laurence Maroney ran for two touchdowns, his fifth consecutive game with at least one.

EAGLES 24, BEARS 20: Donovan McNabb and Philadelphia found a way to pull out a close win. They also hurt host Chicago in the process.

McNabb threw for 244 yards against his hometown team, LeSean McCoy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run following Antonio Dixon’s blocked field goal, and Philadelphia came away with a victory over struggling Chicago.

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