Giants can't stop Shipp

Undrafted Cardinal scores twice on N.Y.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Marcel Shipp, an undrafted second-year pro who didn't have an NFL carry before this season, ran 10 yards for one fourth-quarter touchdown and caught a 7-yard pass from Jake Plummer for another as Arizona (2-2) beat the bumbling Giants.

Shipp, who was in the game because Thomas Jones had a sore left ankle, ran for 92 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards.

New York (2-2) had a 7-0 lead, but in the final seconds of the second quarter, Arizona tied it when Kerry Collins threw a sideline pass that Justin Lucas intercepted and ran 38 yards for a TD. Giants coach Jim Fassel had asked for the ball to be thrown downfield.

Chargers 21, Patriots 14

SAN DIEGO -- LaDainian Tomlinson tied San Diego's single-game rushing record with 217 yards and scored on runs of 58 and 37 yards as the Chargers knocked off defending Super Bowl champion New England 21-14 in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Tomlinson got the go-ahead score on a 58-yard run, the longest of his career, on the second play of the third quarter, helping the Chargers improved to 4-0 for the first time their Super Bowl season of 1994.

Steelers 16, Browns 13, OT

PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Maddox, who signed with Pittsburgh last season after reviving his career in the XFL's only season, replaced Kordell Stewart and led the Steelers to the tying touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Maddox then drove Pittsburgh for Todd Peterson's winning 31-yard field goal in overtime.

Bills 33, Bears 27, OT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After having a potential game-winning field goal blocked with 25 seconds left in regulation, Bledsoe found Travis Henry for a 26-yard touchdown on the second play of overtime.

The Bills (2-2) have played in three OT games this season, tying for their most ever in a season. They've won their last two OT games after losing the opener to the Jets. No NFL team has ever gone to an extra period three times in its first four games.

Cowboys 13, Rams 10

ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner left with a broken little finger on his throwing hand, then the Cowboys made the Rams' season even worse when rookie Billy Cundiff kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Warner will be evaluated on Monday to determine whether he needs surgery, but by the time he comes back it might be too late. No team except the 1992 Chargers has made the playoffs after an 0-4 start.

Lions 26, Saints 21

DETROIT -- Rookie quarterback Joey Harrington won his first game, throwing for 267 yards and a touchdown as the Lions won for just the third time in 20 games under coach Marty Mornhinweg.

Chiefs 48, Dolphins 30

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trent Green threw five touchdown passes -- including three to tight end Tony Gonzalez -- ran for 48 yards, and even threw a block on a TD run by Priest Holmes as the Chiefs handed Miami its first loss of the season.

Raiders 52, Titans 25

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Phillip Buchanon scored on a punt return, handed off on another punt brought back for a TD and had an interception that let to yet another score in Oakland's rout of Tennessee.

Oakland (3-0) also got three interceptions from Rod Woodson, including one he returned 82 yards for a touchdown, making him the NFL's career leader in interception return yardage with 1,339.

Packers 17, Panthers 14

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Ten years and two days after becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback, Brett Favre found Donald Driver for a 22-yard touchdown with 4:10 left to win it for Green Bay.

Eagles 35, Texans 17

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Dawkins caught a touchdown pass, had an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery for the Eagles.

Donovan McNabb completed 24 of 42 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown, and Duce Staley added two 1-yard TD runs as Philadelphia (3-1) cruised to its third consecutive double-digit victory.

Buccaneers 35, Bengals 7

CINCINNATI -- Brad Johnson threw three touchdown passes, and just teammate Keyshawn Johnson had predicted, the Buccaneers (3-1) had a walk in the park against the Bengals.

Brad Johnson was 19-of-30 for 277 yards, but his franchise-record streak of 187 straight throws without an interception ended when linebacker Brian Simmons returned a pick 51 yards in the first quarter.

Jaguars 28, Jets 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Led by 237 yards from Fred Taylor -- 142 rushing and 95 receiving -- the Jacksonville Jaguars made the Jets look hapless again.

Stacey Mack scored three touchdowns for Jacksonville (2-1), which is three more than New York has scored in the last two weeks.

Seahawks 48, Vikings 23

SEATTLE -- Shaun Alexander kept saying Seattle's offense was ready for a big game, and he wasn't kidding.

Alexander set an NFL record with five first-half touchdowns, scoring three times within a span of 1:05 as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings 48-23 on Sunday night.

''I don't know if it was adrenaline,'' Alexander said. ''You know when everyone's watching, your mom and dad, your friends in high school who thought they were better than you. You get your chance to get in the spotlight and shine.''

Alexander scored on runs of 2, 20, 3 and 14 yards and took a screen pass from Trent Dilfer for an 80-yard TD, igniting the offense after the Seahawks (1-3) averaged 54.7 yards rushing in three losses.

''He's a touchdown machine,'' Dilfer said. ''That's what we've got to do to be successful, get the ball in his hands.''

Standout receiver Randy Moss started for the Vikings (0-4) five days after his arrest and a night in jail. He was charged with pushing a Minneapolis traffic officer with his car.

But he wasn't a factor, with six receptions for 50 yards, and he dropped four passes in the end zone. The Vikings' 0-4 start is their worst record since Bud Grant's first season in 1967.

''The balls touched my hands. I really don't have a word,'' Moss said. ''The balls came off my fingertips. They bounced off my chest. I think the more I dropped, the more I got down on myself.''

Moss was booed all night, and his frustration showed when he exchanged gestures with Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper after the Vikings couldn't score on one series in the third quarter.

After another series, fans taunted Moss by chanting ''Ran-dee, Ran-dee.''

Culpepper, who had a career-high four interceptions in last week's loss to Carolina, was 29-of-53 for 273 yards with two interceptions.

''We've just got to regroup and get ready to treat this like the second half of the season,'' said Moe Williams, who had six carries for 19 yards but scored two touchdowns for the Vikings.

After rushing for 36, 37 and 37 yards in Seattle's first three games, Alexander eclipsed that with a single 43-yard run in the first quarter. He finished with 139 yards.

''He's got to feel pretty good about his performance, but running the football is more than just running,'' said Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. ''You've got to block, too. I think we just blocked better for him.''

Alexander missed a chance at the NFL record of six TDs in one game, set by Ernie Nevers in 1929 and matched by Dub Jones in 1951 and Gale Sayers in 1965. He was stopped for a 1-yard gain inside the 5-yard line with three minutes to play.

''I had it in my mind,'' Alexander said. ''I knew six was the number, but I didn't know who it was by. We were just trying to move the ball and end our drives in the end zone.''

Seattle led 17-10 after Minnesota's Gary Anderson kicked a 35-yard field goal with 3:13 to play before halftime, But then Alexander took over. He caught a short pass from Dilfer, eluded a pair of defenders and weaved downfield for the longest receiving play of his three-year career.

Minnesota's Nick Davis fumbled the ensuing kickoff when he collided with Seattle's Tim Terry and Terreal Bierria. Reggie Tongue recovered, setting up Alexander's 3-yard run through a gaping hole.

D'Wayne Bates caught the next kickoff 2 yards into the end zone and hesitated before running it out. Terry forced another fumble at the 15, and Alex Bannister recovered for Seattle.

On the next play, Alexander went 14 yards up the middle for a 38-10 lead. Tongue put the Vikings away when he intercepted Culpepper's throw to Moss and ran 46 yards down the right sideline.

The Vikings, aided when Jeff Feagles fumbled his first punt of the night, scored early in the second half on a 3-yard run by Williams, who added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.

The loss spoiled a return to Seattle for first-year Vikings coach Mike Tice, who played 10 seasons at tight end for the Seahawks during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Notes: The last player with five TDs in one game was Jacksonville's James Stewart in 1997. ... Holmgren won his 100th regular-season game in 11 seasons as an NFL head coach. He's 100-64. ... The Seahawks' record for points in a game is 56 against Buffalo in October 1977. ... Vikings LB Lemanski Hall left after the first series with a sprained ankle and didn't return. ... TE Jerramy Stevens, the Seahawks' first-round draft pick, left in the second period after spraining his left ankle. ... Seahawks G Steve Hutchinson left in the third with a broken right leg.

BYLINE1:By The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Marcel Shipp, an undrafted second-year pro who didn't have an NFL carry before this season, ran 10 yards for one fourth-quarter touchdown and caught a 7-yard pass from Jake Plummer for another as Arizona (2-2) beat the bumbling Giants.

Shipp, who was in the game because Thomas Jones had a sore left ankle, ran for 92 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards.

New York (2-2) had a 7-0 lead, but in the final seconds of the second quarter, Arizona tied it when Kerry Collins threw a sideline pass that Justin Lucas intercepted and ran 38 yards for a TD. Giants coach Jim Fassel had asked for the ball to be thrown downfield.

Chargers 21, Patriots 14

SAN DIEGO -- LaDainian Tomlinson tied San Diego's single-game rushing record with 217 yards and scored on runs of 58 and 37 yards as the Chargers knocked off defending Super Bowl champion New England 21-14 in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Tomlinson got the go-ahead score on a 58-yard run, the longest of his career, on the second play of the third quarter, helping the Chargers improved to 4-0 for the first time their Super Bowl season of 1994.

Steelers 16, Browns 13, OT

PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Maddox, who signed with Pittsburgh last season after reviving his career in the XFL's only season, replaced Kordell Stewart and led the Steelers to the tying touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Maddox then drove Pittsburgh for Todd Peterson's winning 31-yard field goal in overtime.

Bills 33, Bears 27, OT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After having a potential game-winning field goal blocked with 25 seconds left in regulation, Bledsoe found Travis Henry for a 26-yard touchdown on the second play of overtime.

The Bills (2-2) have played in three OT games this season, tying for their most ever in a season. They've won their last two OT games after losing the opener to the Jets. No NFL team has ever gone to an extra period three times in its first four games.

Cowboys 13, Rams 10

ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner left with a broken little finger on his throwing hand, then the Cowboys made the Rams' season even worse when rookie Billy Cundiff kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Warner will be evaluated on Monday to determine whether he needs surgery, but by the time he comes back it might be too late. No team except the 1992 Chargers has made the playoffs after an 0-4 start.

Lions 26, Saints 21

DETROIT -- Rookie quarterback Joey Harrington won his first game, throwing for 267 yards and a touchdown as the Lions won for just the third time in 20 games under coach Marty Mornhinweg.

Chiefs 48, Dolphins 30

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trent Green threw five touchdown passes -- including three to tight end Tony Gonzalez -- ran for 48 yards, and even threw a block on a TD run by Priest Holmes as the Chiefs handed Miami its first loss of the season.

Raiders 52, Titans 25

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Phillip Buchanon scored on a punt return, handed off on another punt brought back for a TD and had an interception that let to yet another score in Oakland's rout of Tennessee.

Oakland (3-0) also got three interceptions from Rod Woodson, including one he returned 82 yards for a touchdown, making him the NFL's career leader in interception return yardage with 1,339.

Packers 17, Panthers 14

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Ten years and two days after becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback, Brett Favre found Donald Driver for a 22-yard touchdown with 4:10 left to win it for Green Bay.

Eagles 35, Texans 17

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Dawkins caught a touchdown pass, had an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery for the Eagles.

Donovan McNabb completed 24 of 42 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown, and Duce Staley added two 1-yard TD runs as Philadelphia (3-1) cruised to its third consecutive double-digit victory.

Buccaneers 35, Bengals 7

CINCINNATI -- Brad Johnson threw three touchdown passes, and just teammate Keyshawn Johnson had predicted, the Buccaneers (3-1) had a walk in the park against the Bengals.

Brad Johnson was 19-of-30 for 277 yards, but his franchise-record streak of 187 straight throws without an interception ended when linebacker Brian Simmons returned a pick 51 yards in the first quarter.

Jaguars 28, Jets 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Led by 237 yards from Fred Taylor -- 142 rushing and 95 receiving -- the Jacksonville Jaguars made the Jets look hapless again.

Stacey Mack scored three touchdowns for Jacksonville (2-1), which is three more than New York has scored in the last two weeks.

Seahawks 48, Vikings 23

SEATTLE -- Shaun Alexander kept saying Seattle's offense was ready for a big game, and he wasn't kidding.

Alexander set an NFL record with five first-half touchdowns, scoring three times within a span of 1:05 as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings 48-23 on Sunday night.

''I don't know if it was adrenaline,'' Alexander said. ''You know when everyone's watching, your mom and dad, your friends in high school who thought they were better than you. You get your chance to get in the spotlight and shine.''

Alexander scored on runs of 2, 20, 3 and 14 yards and took a screen pass from Trent Dilfer for an 80-yard TD, igniting the offense after the Seahawks (1-3) averaged 54.7 yards rushing in three losses.

''He's a touchdown machine,'' Dilfer said. ''That's what we've got to do to be successful, get the ball in his hands.''

Standout receiver Randy Moss started for the Vikings (0-4) five days after his arrest and a night in jail. He was charged with pushing a Minneapolis traffic officer with his car.

But he wasn't a factor, with six receptions for 50 yards, and he dropped four passes in the end zone. The Vikings' 0-4 start is their worst record since Bud Grant's first season in 1967.

''The balls touched my hands. I really don't have a word,'' Moss said. ''The balls came off my fingertips. They bounced off my chest. I think the more I dropped, the more I got down on myself.''

Moss was booed all night, and his frustration showed when he exchanged gestures with Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper after the Vikings couldn't score on one series in the third quarter.

After another series, fans taunted Moss by chanting ''Ran-dee, Ran-dee.''

Culpepper, who had a career-high four interceptions in last week's loss to Carolina, was 29-of-53 for 273 yards with two interceptions.

''We've just got to regroup and get ready to treat this like the second half of the season,'' said Moe Williams, who had six carries for 19 yards but scored two touchdowns for the Vikings.

After rushing for 36, 37 and 37 yards in Seattle's first three games, Alexander eclipsed that with a single 43-yard run in the first quarter. He finished with 139 yards.

''He's got to feel pretty good about his performance, but running the football is more than just running,'' said Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. ''You've got to block, too. I think we just blocked better for him.''

Alexander missed a chance at the NFL record of six TDs in one game, set by Ernie Nevers in 1929 and matched by Dub Jones in 1951 and Gale Sayers in 1965. He was stopped for a 1-yard gain inside the 5-yard line with three minutes to play.

''I had it in my mind,'' Alexander said. ''I knew six was the number, but I didn't know who it was by. We were just trying to move the ball and end our drives in the end zone.''

Seattle led 17-10 after Minnesota's Gary Anderson kicked a 35-yard field goal with 3:13 to play before halftime, But then Alexander took over. He caught a short pass from Dilfer, eluded a pair of defenders and weaved downfield for the longest receiving play of his three-year career.

Minnesota's Nick Davis fumbled the ensuing kickoff when he collided with Seattle's Tim Terry and Terreal Bierria. Reggie Tongue recovered, setting up Alexander's 3-yard run through a gaping hole.

D'Wayne Bates caught the next kickoff 2 yards into the end zone and hesitated before running it out. Terry forced another fumble at the 15, and Alex Bannister recovered for Seattle.

On the next play, Alexander went 14 yards up the middle for a 38-10 lead. Tongue put the Vikings away when he intercepted Culpepper's throw to Moss and ran 46 yards down the right sideline.

The Vikings, aided when Jeff Feagles fumbled his first punt of the night, scored early in the second half on a 3-yard run by Williams, who added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.

The loss spoiled a return to Seattle for first-year Vikings coach Mike Tice, who played 10 seasons at tight end for the Seahawks during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Notes: The last player with five TDs in one game was Jacksonville's James Stewart in 1997. ... Holmgren won his 100th regular-season game in 11 seasons as an NFL head coach. He's 100-64. ... The Seahawks' record for points in a game is 56 against Buffalo in October 1977. ... Vikings LB Lemanski Hall left after the first series with a sprained ankle and didn't return. ... TE Jerramy Stevens, the Seahawks' first-round draft pick, left in the second period after spraining his left ankle. ... Seahawks G Steve Hutchinson left in the third with a broken right leg.



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