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Rams surprise Raiders

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis got its first victory of the season thanks to third-stringer Marc Bulger, who threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lift the Rams past previously unbeaten Oakland 28-13 Sunday.

Marshall Faulk, who was slowed by back spasms against the 49ers last week, showed his familiar form by running for a season-high 158 yards. His darting 32-yard run, which followed Damione Lewis' interception of Rich Gannon's pass, put the ball at the Oakland 1 with 11:20 left.

Bulger, a sixth-round pick in 2000 who started in place of injured second-teamer Jamie Martin, scored on the next play to give the defending NFC champions (1-5) a 28-6 lead.

Warner, who's out with a broken finger, was the first person to hug Bulger as he trotted off the field.

The Raiders (4-1), who entered the game leading the NFL with 40.5 points and 461.5 yards a game, had only two field goals and 229 yards through the first three quarters.

On his 40th birthday, Jerry Rice caught seven passes for 133 yards.

Packers 28, Patriots 10

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Brett Favre outplayed New England's Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes to lead the Packers to their fourth straight victory.

Favre now has 301 TD passes for his career, moving him past John Elway into third place on the career list. Only Dan Marino (420) and Fran Tarkenton (342) have more.

Favre also made his 163rd straight start, a record for NFL quarterbacks.

The Packers (5-1) became the fourth straight team to have a player run for at least 100 yards against the Patriots (3-3), as Ahman Green gained 136 yards. He also scored his first two TDs of the season -- on an 8-yard reception and a 1-yard run.

Chargers 35, Chiefs 34

SAN DIEGO -- Drew Brees threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to rookie Reche Caldwell with 14 seconds left as the Chargers overcame five turnovers and beat the Chiefs with a wild finish.

The victory wasn't secured until linebacker Donnie Edwards -- who was cut by Kansas City in March -- intercepted Trent Green's desperation pass at the Chargers 2-yard line as time expired.

San Diego (5-1) has committed eight turnovers in the last two games, but they finally stopped the blunders and, trailing 24-14 entering the fourth quarter, scored three TDs to overtake the Chiefs.

Brees finished 28-of-41 for 319 yards and two TDs. Green threw for 236 yards, three TDs and two interceptions for the Chiefs (3-3).

Dolphins 24, Broncos 22

DENVER -- In one of the wildest finishes of the season, two of the NFL's best kickers traded long field goals.

Olindo Mare made a 53-yarder with 6 seconds remaining for Miami after Denver's Jason Elam had given the hosts the lead with a 55-yarder with 45 seconds to go. It was Elam's fifth field goal of the game.

Ricky Williams rushed for two touchdowns for Miami (5-1), which led by nine before the Broncos (4-2) went on an 80-yard drive to Mike Anderson's 1-yard TD reception. After stopping Miami, the Broncos set up Elam's big kick, only to be upstaged by Mare.

Colts 22, Ravens 20

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Vanderjagt kicked his fifth field goal from 38 yards out with 4 seconds left, but the Colts' defense did much of the heavy lifting.

The unit held Jamal Lewis to 75 yards rushing, forced three turnovers and sacked Baltimore quarterback Chris Redman five times to help Indianapolis (4-1) win its third straight.

The Ravens (2-3) committed a pass-interference penalty that allowed Peyton Manning to rally the Colts on the game's final drive.

With a little more than a minute left and the Colts facing fourth-and-10, Baltimore cornerback Gary Baxter plowed into Qadry Ismail, putting the ball at the Ravens 42.

The Ravens protested that Ismail flopped, but Manning needed just five more plays to put Vanderjagt in position for the game-winner.

Cowboys 14, Panthers 13

IRVING, Texas -- Quincy Carter turned a broken play into an 80-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway with 3:55 left, then threw a 24-yard TD pass to rookie Antonio Bryant with 56 seconds to go as Dallas rallied from a 13-0 deficit.

On his 25th birthday, Carter recovered from two early turnovers by hitting Galloway on third-and-14, then converting two fourth-down plays on the winning drive, including the TD throw.

Dallas (3-3) let the Panthers (3-3) get to the Cowboys 41 with 11 seconds left, but Chris Weinke -- filling in for Rodney Peete, who had a concussion -- completed a 9-yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad in bounds, and time ran out.

Emmitt Smith had 59 yards, leaving him 175 yards from passing Walter Payton on the career rushing list.

Vikings 31, Lions 24

MINNEAPOLIS -- Moe Williams clinched Minnesota's first victory of the season on a 2-yard run with 2:12 to play, and Daunte Culpepper turned the Metrodome boos to cheers with 295 yards and two TDs.

Culpepper also ran for a score, and the Vikings (1-4) got in position for Williams' TD when Culpepper and Randy Moss hooked up for a 25-yard gain.

After trailing for three quarters, Minnesota tied it in the fourth on Culpepper's 45-yard TD pass to Michael Bennett.

The Lions (1-4) got another strong game from rookie quarterback Joey Harrington, who went 25-of-41 for 309 yards.

Saints 43, Redskins 27

LANDOVER, Md. -- Michael Lewis, a former beer delivery truck driver who finally made the NFL last year at age 29, returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns for the Saints.

The Saints (5-1), off to their best start since 1993, scored their most points since 1987. They took a 20-0 lead after rookie Patrick Ramsey, making his first NFL start, threw three interceptions in his first five passes for the Redskins (2-3).

Buccaneers 17, Browns 3

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers' defense extended its streak of consecutive games without allowing a touchdown to three, limiting Cleveland to just one fourth-quarter field goal.

Mike Alstott ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and Warren Sapp led a relentless pass rush that frustrated Tim Couch as Tampa Bay (5-1) won its fifth straight game.

Falcons 17, Giants 10

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Starting in place of the injured Michael Vick, Doug Johnson ran for a touchdown and threw a 14-yard TD pass to Brian Finneran with 8:06 left.

Atlanta cornerback Juran Bolden prevented New York from taking the lead early in the fourth quarter with an interception at the Falcons 6. Henry Jones forced a late fumble that Kevin Mathis recovered at the Atlanta 15 with 3:22 to play with New York (3-3) threatening to tie.

Titans 23, Jaguars 14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eddie George ran for 113 yards for his first 100-yard game of the season and scored two touchdowns as the Titans (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell left in the first quarter with a concussion. Rookie David Garrard came in and threw two interceptions and got sacked three times.

Bills 31,Texans 24

HOUSTON -- Drew Bledsoe led another Buffalo comeback, throwing two TD passes in the final 10:39, and Travis Henry ran for 159 yards and two scores.

Houston (1-4) dueled with Buffalo (3-3) into the fourth quarter, taking a 24-17 lead on a halfback pass from James Allen to Billy Miller.

Steelers 34, Bengals 7

CINCINNATI -- The Steelers exposed Cincinnati's many flaws, forcing four turnovers from Jon Kitna.

Pittsburgh (2-3) got a 99-yard kickoff return from rookie Antwaan Randle El, the second-longest in team history, to put the Steelers ahead 31-0.

The hapless Bengals are 0-6 for the fifth time since 1991.



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