OT kick atones for 4th quarter miss

Posted: Monday, November 04, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif -- Jerry Rice, Rich Gannon and the rest of the Oakland Raiders' offense might have had a chance to win -- if the San Francisco 49ers had let them get onto the field.

Jose Cortez atoned for his missed 27-yard field goal at the end of regulation by making a 23-yarder 8:41 into overtime as the 49ers won Bay Area bragging rights with a 23-20 victory Sunday.

Counting their 6 1/2-minute drive to end the fourth quarter and the overtime, the 49ers held the ball for the final 15-plus minutes.

Jeff Garcia was 25-of-36 for 282 yards, completing 17 of his 19 passes after halftime to keep the 49ers moving downfield. Terrell Owens had his best game of the season with 12 receptions for 191 yards.

Rice, who set every significant NFL receiving record during 16 seasons with the 49ers, had six catches for 74 yards for the Raiders. Rich Gannon was 18-of-28 for 164 yards, ending his NFL-record streak of six straight 300-yard games.

Both stars could only watch from the sideline as the 49ers marched into position for Cortez's kick late in the game. But the Coliseum crowd went into delirium when Cortez pushed the easy try wide left, leaving the game tied at 20.

But the 49ers (6-2) won the coin toss and simply never stopped moving.

The Raiders have lost four straight following a 4-0 start.

It was the first regular-season meeting between the Bay Area rivals in Oakland since 1979, and the last until 2006, the next time they're scheduled to play.

Bengals 38, Texans 3

HOUSTON -- Jon Kitna threw four touchdown passes and Artrell Hawkins had a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Bengals became the last team to get a victory this season.

Cincinnati (1-7) made good on receiver Chad Johnson's victory ''guarantee'' by pouring out all their frustrations on the Texans (2-6), starting with Hawkins' interception on the final play of the first quarter. It tied the longest play in Cincinnati history and put the Bengals ahead for good at 10-3.

Houston quarterback David Carr threw another interception and finished 18-of-32 for 199 yards.

Kitna completed 22 of 27 passes for 263 yards, and his fourth TD pass went for 10 yards to Johnson.

Patriots 38, Bills 7

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A year after taking away Drew Bledsoe's starting job in New England, Tom Brady outdueled his former mentor and led the Patriots past the Bills.

Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, helping the defending Super Bowl champs (4-4) end their four-game losing streak and get back into the AFC East race.

Buffalo (5-4) had won three straight.

Bledsoe, playing against his old team for the first time since he was traded to the Bills last April, had decent numbers -- 28-of-45 for 302 yards and a 1-yard TD pass to Peerless Price -- but he was sacked four times.

Bucs 38, Vikings 24

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers' offense finally played a great game under first-year coach Jon Gruden. Then again, the yards came against the Vikings' porous defense, which came in ranked 31st against the pass.

Brad Johnson, who missed a game with a broken rib, completed 19 of 31 passes for 313 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Keyshawn Johnson had nine receptions for 133 yards and two TDs -- all season highs.

The Bucs (7-2) matched the best nine-game start in their history, equaling the 1979 team.

Minnesota (2-6) has lost 15 straight road games, including the playoffs.

Falcons 20, Ravens 17

ATLANTA -- Michael Vick had a miserable game, but the Falcons won their fourth straight after squandering a 14-point lead.

After two straight brilliant outings, Vick completed only 12 of 24 passes for 136 yards. The second-year quarterback also was sacked three times, had negative yards rushing, fumbled twice and threw his first interception of the season.

The Falcons (5-3) still managed to secure their longest winning streak since 1998, when they won nine in a row and went to the Super Bowl.

Without Ray Lewis and starting quarterback Chris Redman, the Ravens (3-5) rallied behind backup QB Jeff Blake, who directed two TD drives -- including a season-long 92-yarder -- to tie it at 17.

But Atlanta's Jay Feely kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:02 left in the third quarter, and the Falcons held on from there.

Steelers 23, Browns 20

CLEVELAND -- Tommy Maddox threw two touchdown passes, Amos Zereoue ran for a career-high 111 yards and Pittsburgh's defense shut down Cleveland.

With their fourth straight win, the Steelers (5-3) took command of the AFC North and hit the halfway point looking better than they have all season.

Todd Peterson kicked field goals of 43, 28 and 42 yards for the Steelers, who started 0-2.

Eagles 19, Bears 13

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Defense carried Philadelphia again, shutting out the Bears in the second half and stopping their final drive.

Hugh Douglas, who knocked Jim Miller out of a playoff game in January by slamming him to the turf during an interception return, sacked the quarterback on third down from the Eagles 24 with 17 seconds to go. Miller, who had missed the previous two games with injuries, threw too high for Marcus Robinson on fourth down.

Titans 23, Colts 15

INDIANAPOLIS -- Keith Bulluck returned a fumble 61 yards for one touchdown, and Peter Sirmon's interception led to another TD as the Titans moved into a first-place tie in the AFC South.

It was Tennessee's third straight win, and the Colts' third straight loss.

The Titans (4-4) managed just 198 yards, but the defense kept Indianapolis (4-4) neutralized.

Lions 9, Cowboys 7

DETROIT -- Jason Hanson kicked his third field goal from 43 yards out with 48 seconds left as the Lions surpassed last year's victory total.

Detroit rookie Joey Harrington completed his longest pass of the day -- a 13-yarder to James Stewart -- on fourth-and-3 from the Dallas 43 to keep the game-winning drive going.

Detroit (3-5) surpassed last year's 2-14 mark, which was second-worst in the league.

Rams 27, Cardinals 14

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Marshall Faulk carried the Rams again, rushing for 178 yards and sealing the Rams' third straight victory on a 13-yard touchdown with 1:53 to play.

The Rams (3-5) are 19-0 when Faulk reaches triple digits in rushing. He also caught five passes for 58 yards.

Marc Bulger, 3-0 as the starter in the absence of injured Kurt Warner, was 20-of-29 for 245 and two touchdowns.

Jets 44, Chargers 13

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers came dressed in their powder-blue throwback jerseys and left looking like powderpuffs after getting worked over by the Jets.

One week after blowing an 18-point lead in a loss to Cleveland, the Jets (3-5) scored their most points since beating Carolina 48-21 on Nov. 29, 1998.

Redskins 14, Seahawks 3

SEATTLE -- Kenny Watson ran for 110 yards in place of injured starter Stephen Davis, and Shane Matthews threw two first-half touchdowns passes to lead the Redskins.

That was all the offense Washington (4-4) needed, as the Seahawks gave up four sacks and Matt Hasselbeck lost two fumbles, unleashing more boos on the quarterback.

Giants 24, Jaguars 17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tiki Barber ran for 101 yards and scored on runs of 2 and 44 yards as the Giants broke out of a scoring slump with coach Jim Fassel taking over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Sean Payton.

Kerry Collins added a review-aided 8-yard touchdown pass to Ron Dixon in helping the Giants (4-4) snap a two-game losing streak.



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