- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

GIANTS 27, CHIEFS 16: The greatest offensive line in the world couldn’t have protected Eli Manning from this injury.

All the New York Giants quarterback did was drop back to pass, something he has done how many thousands of times. Suddenly, he felt pain in his right heel. He stayed in for one more play, a short pass to Hakeem Nicks that the rookie turned into a beauty of a 54-yard touchdown play in a victory over host Kansas City.

But now Manning and the Giants will have to wait and see whether a worrisome bruised right heel will let him play next Sunday against Oakland.

“It was a noncontact. It just happened into the drop,” said Manning, who threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns as the Giants (4-0) won their third road game in a row. “It was the play before the touchdown, where I had Steve Smith deep and threw it a little short.”

Manning was replaced by David Carr but said he expects to be ready for the next game.

“I always assume I’m going to play, that I’m going to be out there,” he said. “I’ve always been a pretty quick healer. I’ll be doing everything I can possibly do this week to get healthy and prepared to play Oakland. We’ll find out more tomorrow. I can walk around and move around, but there is some discomfort.”

Smith finished with 11 catches for 134 yards.

STEELERS 38, PADRES 28: Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes on fast-starting Pittsburgh’s first two drives, Rashard Mendenhall surpassed his previous career total with 165 yards rushing and two scores and the Steelers opened a 28-point lead, then held on to beat visiting San Diego.

BEARS 48, LIONS 24: Jay Cutler and Chicago weren’t about to let Detroit make it two straight wins.

Cutler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and the Bears pulled away in the second half to beat the Lions a week after Detroit snapped its 19-game losing streak.

BENGALS 23, BROWNS 20 (OT): Cincinnati needed beyond the last minute this time.

Shayne Graham’s 31-yard field goal - set up by Carson Palmer’s 15-yard run on fourth down - on the last possible play of overtime gave the visiting Bengals a 23-20 win over winless Cleveland.

JAGUARS 37, TITANS 17: Jacksonville should be able to sell a few more tickets now.

David Garrard threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, two to Mike Sims-Walker, and the Jaguars dismantled visiting Tennessee.

DOLPHINS 38, BILLS 10: Miami finally won at keep-away.

With quarterback Chad Henne making his first NFL start, the host Dolphins controlled the ball for 37 minutes and earned their first victory by beating hapless Buffalo.

49ERS 35, RAMS 0: San Francisco has a new Mr. Reliable on offense - and the same old one on defense.

Tight end Vernon Davis caught a 13-yard pass for his third touchdown in two weeks, Patrick Willis returned an interception 23 yards for a score and the 49ers overcame the absence of star running back Frank Gore with a rout of visiting St. Louis.

COLTS 34, SEAHAWKS 17: Peyton Manning is making this look easy.

He led the Colts to touchdowns on four of their first five drives, tied milestones established by Fran Tarkenton and Dan Marino and extended Indianapolis’ regular-season victory streak to 13 with a win over visiting Seattle.

TEXANS 29, RAIDERS 6: For the first time this season, Houston wasn’t left to answer questions about its horrible run defense and inability to stop big plays.

Instead, the defense got to celebrate its best performance since 2004 as the host Texans beat struggling Oakland.

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