Chargers, Tomlinson jolt Raiders in AFC showdown

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- LaDainian Tomlinson ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown with 11:22 left in overtime as the San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders 27-21 Sunday in a game between the AFC West's top teams.

Tomlinson carried 39 times for 153 yards, and his big day helped coach Marty Schottenheimer preserve an impressive winning streak against the Raiders.

Schottenheimer, who's in his first year with San Diego, has won five straight against the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, and his teams have beaten the Silver and Black 20 times in 25 games since 1985.

Tomlinson's game-winner was his second TD of the day, and fans threw garbage on him and his teammates as they celebrated in the end zone.

Saints 35, 49ers 27

NEW ORLEANS -- Aaron Brooks threw three touchdown passes, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:56 left sealed the victory for New Orleans.

The Saints were flagged for having 12 men on the field, but 49ers coach Steve Mariucci declined the penalty, so his offense could have as much time as possible to attempt a comeback.

But after outscoring San Francisco 22-3 in the fourth quarter, the Saints (6-1) clamped down on defense, stopping the drive at their 39.

Terrell Owens caught another touchdown pass for the 49ers (4-2), a 4-yarder from Jeff Garcia in the first quarter. A week after he took heat for pulling a pen out of his sock and signing the ball, Owens showed his sense of humor when he lifted up his feet so his teammates could inspect him for a writing instrument.

Broncos 37, Chiefs 34, OT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Shannon Sharpe had a monster game, catching 12 passes for 214 yards -- a record for NFL tight ends -- and Jason Elam's 25-yard field goal with 12:03 left in overtime helped the Broncos (5-2) rally from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter.

Sharpe caught two TD passes from Brian Griese, including an 82-yarder in the third quarter. Sharpe's yardage total was a franchise record, and broke the tight-ends record of 212 yards set by Jackie Smith in 1963.

Elam's game-winner, set up by a 25-yard pass-interference penalty against Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield, came four plays after Keith Burns blocked Dan Stryzinski's punt and Dwayne Carswell recovered at the Kansas City 32.

Rams 37, Seahawks 20

ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk ran for 183 yards and became the 15th player to reach 10,000 yards rushing as the Rams pulled away from Seattle.

Faulk caught a 6-yard TD pass from Marc Bulger for a 7-0 lead, and Faulk added three short scoring runs for his fifth career four-TD game, helping the Rams (2-5) win their second straight.

Bulger, elevated to the starting job by injuries to Kurt Warner (broken finger) and Jamie Martin (knee), was 22-for-40 for 265 yards.

Jets 20, Vikings 7

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Putting aside their 1-4 start, the Jets looked rejuvenated behind Chad Pennington, who completed 24 of 29 passes for 324 yards.

Pennington had his first career 300-yard game and won for the first time as a starter since taking over for Vinny Testaverde two weeks ago against Kansas City.

Minnesota (1-5), which was coming off a win over the Detroit Lions, has lost 13 straight road games.

Led by linebacker Mo Lewis, the New York defense forced Daunte Culpepper into three interceptions.

Bills 23, Dolphins 10

MIAMI -- Nate Clements tied a team record with three interceptions against Miami backup Ray Lucas, returning one for a touchdown to help the Bills exceed last year's victory total.

Buffalo, which went 3-13 last season, improved to 4-3 and closed within a game of Miami (5-2) in the AFC East. The Bills had lost their previous four games against the Dolphins.

Lucas had a miserable day filling in for Jay Fiedler, who is out at least six weeks with a broken right thumb. Making his first NFL start since 1999, he threw four interceptions and had a hand in two lost fumbles.

Drew Bledsoe went 15-for-31 for 182 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds.

Falcons 30, Panthers 0

ATLANTA -- In a virtuoso one-man performance, Michael Vick totaled 297 yards running and throwing to lead the Atlanta Falcons past the feeble Panthers.

Vick, who played only three quarters and missed the previous game with an ailing shoulder, had all sorts of plays worthy of the highlight reel, capped by a 44-yard touchdown run when he broke a tackle, tiptoed down the sideline and ran right into the tunnel.

Atlanta (3-3) posted its first shutout since a 13-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 14, 1993.

Ravens 17, Jaguars 10

BALTIMORE -- Chris Redman threw two touchdown passes to Todd Heap and Baltimore's defense did the rest -- without injured linebacker Ray Lewis.

The Ravens (3-3) repeatedly frustrated Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, who threw three interceptions -- the last one coming on the final play, by rookie Will Demps in the end zone.

Lions 23, Bears 20, OT

DETROIT -- Jason Hanson's 48-yard field goal with 10:18 left in overtime helped Detroit send the Bears to their fourth straight defeat.

The Lions (2-4) matched their win total from last season. Chicago (2-4) already has more regular-season losses than all of last year.

Browns 34, Texans 17

CLEVELAND -- Tim Couch, booed by Cleveland fans in his previous home game, threw a 25-yard TD pass to Quincy Morgan late in the third quarter to break a 24-all tie.

Cleveland rookie Andre Davis had a crucial 95-yard kickoff return for a TD, and William Green scored on a 1-yard run as the Browns (3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak by pulling away from a 7-all halftime tie.

Eagles 20, Buccaneers 10

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb didn't put up great numbers, but he threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Eagles beat Tampa Bay for the fourth straight time.

Philly (4-2) also beat the Bucs in the playoffs the past two seasons. Tampa Bay (5-2) had won five straight.

McNabb threw for 127 yards, and he was held to a career-low 4 yards rushing on six carries. But his 42-yard TD pass to Todd Pinkston in the second quarter put the Eagles in front for good, 10-7.

Duce Staley ran 24 times for 152 yards.

Cardinals 9, Cowboys 6, OT

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After missing field-goal attempts from 28 and 51 yards in the final 3:24 of regulation, Bill Gramatica kicked a 40-yarder with 3:10 left in overtime.

The Cardinals improved to 4-2, their best start since 1988 -- their first season in Arizona. They are tied with the 49ers for first place in the NFC West. Arizona plays at San Francisco next Sunday.

Quincy Carter threw four interceptions, two in the end zone, to end scoring threats for the Cowboys (3-4).

Emmitt Smith gained a season-high 82 yards on 22 carries, leaving him 92 yards shy of Walter Payton's career rushing mark.

Packers 30, Redskins 9

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers improved to 6-1, and they breathed a sigh of relief when it appeared that Brett Favre's sprained left knee wasn't as bad as it looked when he left in the third quarter.

Ahman Green had the first three-touchdown rushing performance of his career, helping Green Bay win its fifth straight.

The Redskins (2-4) managed just three field goals by James Tuthill.

Favre got sandwiched between Washington's LaVar Arrington and Jeremiah Trotter. An MRI was scheduled for Monday, but Favre is not expected to miss the Packers' next game, Nov. 4 against Miami.

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