- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2009

BENGALS 31, PACKERS 24: Watching the clock about to tick down to 0:02, Aaron Rodgers took the snap, faked a spike and looked to the end zone.

For a split second, it looked like the Cincinnati Bengals were about to blow their second last-minute lead in as many weeks - and Rodgers was about to pull off his second late comeback of the season.

But the Bengals (1-1) were bailed out by a false-start penalty and barely salvaged a victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

TEXANS 34, TITANS 31: Matt Schaub threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns and Kris Brown kicked a 23-yard field goal in the closing minutes to help Houston ruin Tennessee’s home opener in Nashville.

After Brown kicked the go-ahead field goal with 2:55 left, the Titans had one last chance - until Kerry Collins dropped the ball with 1:32 left, and Jeff Zgonina recovered for Houston.

VIKINGS 27, LIONS 13: Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes to help visiting Minnesota beat Detroit.

Adrian Peterson’s 27-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter gave Minnesota (2-0) its first lead, and he finished with 92 yards rushing.

The Lions (0-2) looked like they might win for the first time since 2007, when they had a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter but lost their 19th straight game to tie the second-longest skid in NFL history.

49ERS 23, SEAHAWKS 10: Frank Gore had touchdown runs of 79 and a career-best 80 yards and finished with 207 yards on 16 carries, and the 49ers beat Seattle to take an early hold atop the NFC West standings.

FALCONS 28, PANTHERS 20: Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes in the first half and Houston stopped a Delhomme-led rally at the end, intercepting a pass at the Atlanta 4 to preserve host a win over the Panthers.

BEARS 17, STEELERS 14: Jay Cutler came through with a big pass to Devin Hester on third down, and Robbie Gould booted a 44-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to lift host Chicago to a victory over Pittsburgh.

SAINTS 48, EAGLES 22: A healthy Donovan McNabb may not have mattered against Drew Brees and New Orleans.

Brees tossed three more touchdown passes, helping the Saints beat Philadelphia.

Making his first NFL start for an injured McNabb, Kevin Kolb had a decent performance. He threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns, including a 71-yard scoring pass to DeSean Jackson.

CARDINALS 31, JAGUARS 17: Kurt Warner completed his first 15 passes, broke the NFL’s single-game record for completion percentage and then headed to the bench.

Warner was 24-for-26 for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and visiting Arizona dominated Jacksonville.

BRONCOS 27, BROWNS 6: Pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil tied a franchise record with four sacks and linebacker Andra Davis had 10 tackles against his old team in leading Denver to a victory over Cleveland.

BILLS 33, BUCCANEERS 20: Donte Whitner returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown, and Terrell Owens - after being negated most of the game - scored on a 43-yard catch in his home debut to cap a victory over Tampa Bay in Orchard Park, N.Y.

RAIDERS 13, CHIEFS 10: Darren McFadden’s 5-yard run with 1:07 left answered host Kansas City’s go-ahead touchdown and lifted Oakland past the Chiefs in a game that was as dull as the overcast skies until the final few minutes.

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