Jake Snakes Arizona past Eagles

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Plummer threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to MarTay Jenkins with 9 seconds left Sunday, lifting the Arizona Cardinals to a 21-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Plummer led the Cardinals 74 yards in 1:04 for his fifth fourth-quarter comeback victory over Philadelphia (2-2) and 13th in his career. He completed passes of 16 and 28 yards to Jenkins before connecting on fourth-and-10 for the game-winner.

Donovan McNabb threw two touchdowns passes to Todd Pinkston, and Correll Buckhalter ran for 134 yards for the Eagles.

Plummer was 18-of-32 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Jenkins had 119 yards receiving, and Michael Pittman added 83 yards rushing.

The Cardinals (1-2) had lost nine straight, dating back to last season.

Ravens 26, Titans 7

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore kept Tennessee winless, harassing Steve McNair and stuffing Eddie George for a surprisingly easy victory.

The Super Bowl champion Ravens (3-1) limited Tennessee to five first downs in taking a 17-0 halftime lead. Terry Allen ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and Jason Brookins had 68 yards on 15 attempts.

The Titans (0-3) already have as many losses as they did last season, when they went 13-3 to win the division title and earn homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

McNair went 17-for-32 for 154 yards and an interception. George was limited to 26 yards on 13 carries before missing the entire fourth quarter with a sprained ankle.

Browns 20, Chargers 16

CLEVELAND -- Tim Couch threw a 19-yard TD pass to Kevin Johnson with 1:15 left as Cleveland defeated San Diego, giving the Browns its first three-game winning streak since returning to the league in 1999.

In just four weeks under first-year coach Butch Davis, the Browns (3-1) matched their entire win total from last season.

Doug Flutie finished 17-of-37 for 149 yards, and rookie LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 102 yards, including a 54-yarder, on 19 carries and one TD.

Phil Dawson kicked two field goals for the Browns, who finished 3-13 a year ago after starting the season 2-1.

Giants 23, Redskins 9

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Damon Washington, limited to one carry in two NFL seasons, stepped in for injured Ron Dayne and ran for 90 yards on 25 carries to help New York beat winless Washington.

Washington, who spent last season on special teams and gained 1 yard on his lone carry this season, carried three times for 10 yards in the first half. Then, with Dayne sidelined by a sprained neck, he drove the Giants (3-1) to the game's only offensive touchdown -- Kerry Collins' 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dave Campbell -- early in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins' (0-4) offense, ranked last in the league, had to settle for three field goals by Brett Conway. New York's Morten Andersen also made three field goals.

Saints 28, Vikings 15

NEW ORLEANS -- Ricky Williams ran for 136 yards and a touchdown, and John Carney kicked five field goals as New Orleans beat Minnesota.

Williams also had five receptions for 42 yards. He averaged 4.5 yards a carry, helping the Saints (2-1) chew up 32 minutes and 34 seconds.

Minnesota (1-3) converted only one of eight third downs in the game, and gained just 31 yards rushing.

Dante Culpepper completed 23 of 34 passes for 332 yard and two touchdowns, but was sacked six times and threw one interception.

Dolphins 30, Patriots 10

MIAMI -- Lamar Smith rushed for 144 yards, Jay Fiedler scrambled for 37 yards and Miami's defense held New England scoreless in the final 36 minutes of an easy victory.

The Patriots (1-3) mustered only 150 yards and mounted just one scoring drive.

Smith carried 29 times, scored once and topped 100 yards for the first time this season. He also caught three passes for 23 yards, helping the Dolphins (3-1) control the ball for more than 36 minutes.

Fiedler ran for a first down four times in seven carries. He completed 11 of 21 passes for only 87 yards, but that included a 14-yard touchdown to infrequent target Jed Weaver.

Bears 31, Falcons 3

ATLANTA -- Marty Booker caught a 63-yard touchdown pass and threw for another score as Chicago routed Atlanta, which played without injured Jamal Anderson.

Brian Urlacher returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown to help Chicago (2-1) get off to its best start since 1995, the team's last winning season.

Atlanta (2-2) also had to go the second half without Chris Chandler, knocked out with a concussion.

Chandler equaled a career high by throwing three interceptions in the first half before giving way to Michael Vick.

Vick was sacked six times, including two in a row after the Falcons had another first-and-goal.

Steelers 16, Bengals 7

PITTSBURGH -- Jerome Bettis rushed for 153 yards and became the 14th player in NFL history to rush for at least 10,000 yards as Pittsburgh won the first regular-season game at Heinz Field.

Bettis needed 54 yards to reach the milestone. He got them on his first five carries, gaining 103 yards by halftime. It was his eighth 100-yard game against Cincinnati (2-2) since 1996.

Kordell Stewart scored the Steelers' only touchdown on an 8-yard run with 5:27 left in the second quarter, setting up the score with runs of 11 and 9 yards as the Steelers (2-1) outrushed the Bengals 274-65.

Kris Brown kicked field goals of 48, 42 and 26 yards for the Steelers.

Bucs 14, Packers 10

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay intercepted three of Brett Favre's passes, and Shelton Quarles returned one of them 98 yards for a touchdown against Green Bay.

The Packers (3-1) led 10-7 after Favre's 67-yard touchdown pass to Bill Schroeder and Ryan Longwell's 35-yard field goal before the Buccaneers (2-1) drove 95 yards to go ahead with 6:45 to go.

Mike Alstott, filling in for injured running back Warrick Dunn, ran 39 yards for the TD to cap the longest drive in Tampa Bay history.

Seahawks 24, Jaguars 15

SEATTLE -- Trent Dilfer, replacing the injured Matt Hasselbeck, made his first start at quarterback since the Super Bowl and led Seattle past Jacksonville.

Dilfer, who won his last 11 starts in Baltimore last season on the way to a Super Bowl victory, teamed with backup tight end Itula Mili for a 1-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. A 41-yarder to Mili to set up Seattle's third touchdown in the second quarter.

Jets 42, Bills 36

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Curtis Martin scored two touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards for New York, which converted four Buffalo turnovers into scores.

Backup quarterback Alex Van Pelt, who took over after starter Rob Johnson was elbowed in the back of the head by linebacker Mo Lewis in the first quarter, threw for three touchdowns and almost brought the Bills (0-4) back from a 28-9 deficit.

After Buffalo closed to 28-22 early in the third quarter, the Jets (2-2) scored twice -- Anthony Becht's 2-yard touchdown reception and Lewis' 15-yard fumble return -- in a span of 64 seconds.

Raiders 28, Cowboys 21

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jerry Rice caught his third touchdown pass in two games, Tyrone Wheatley ran for two scores and Zack Crockett ran for a third as Oakland handed Dallas its fourth straight loss.

Rich Gannon finished 21-of-28 for 209 yards for the Raiders (3-1).

Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter left in the first quarter with a strained left hamstring. Carter, who missed the last two games with an injury to his right thumb, was replaced by Anthony Wright, who was 14-of-22 for 126 yards.

Broncos 20, Chiefs 6

DENVER -- Deltha O'Neal tied a team record with four interceptions as Denver defeated Kansas City.

Mike Anderson ran for 155 yards and Rod Smith had 110 yards receiving to account for nearly 90 percent of Denver's offense as the Broncos (3-1) ended a four-game losing streak against the Chiefs (1-3).

49ers 24, Panthers 14

SAN FRANCISCO -- Terrell Owens caught two touchdown passes from Jeff Garcia as San Francisco beat former coach George Seifert for the first time in five tries.

Seifert, who led the 49ers to two Super Bowl victories in eight seasons as coach, had never lost to San Francisco since taking over at Carolina (1-3).

Owens had eight catches for 118 yards, while Garcia was 17-of-31 for 212 yards and also rushed for a score. Rookie Chris Weinke was 29-of-47 for 275 yards and a TD, with three interceptions for the Panthers.

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