Bucs, Colts left out in cold

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2000

It was Cold Weather Sunday for the Bays. That was good for Green Bay, bad for Tampa Bay.

Playing with a sprained left foot, Brett Favre improved to 25-0 in home games with temperatures at 34 or less as the Packers held on to beat Indianapolis 26-24.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, lost 13-10 at Chicago, making its record 0-18 in temperatures of 40 or lower. The Bucs, who had a three-game winning streak broken, also lost two key players to injury: running back Mike Alstott and safety John Lynch.

And San Diego, the NFL's only winless team, lost 38-37 in Denver despite leading by 17 points late in the third quarter and 13 midway through the fourth. The Chargers (0-11), six of their losses by a total of 12 points, are in danger of becoming the NFL's first winless team since the expansion Bucs went 0-14 in 1976.

Favre extended his NFL-record streak to 136 starts and the Packers (5-6) ran up a 19-0 first-half lead.

But the Colts (7-4) cut it to 19-17 before Allen Rossum's 92-yard kickoff return with 4:16 left gave Green Bay a 26-19 lead. But Peyton Manning threw an 11-yard TD pass to Jerome Pathon with 2:39 left to make it two points again. But Ahman Green, who had 153 yards on 24 carries, helped the Packers run out the clock.

Broncos 38, Chargers 37

Ryan Leaf had the best game by far of his troubled career, throwing for 311 yards and three touchdowns. But it wasn't enough.

Gus Frerotte, in for the injured Brian Griese, threw for a team-record 462 yards and five TDs for Denver (7-4), including a 5-yarder to Ed McCaffrey for the winning TD with 1:33 left. But he also threw four interceptions, one returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Scott Turner.

Bears 13, Buccaneers 10

Paul Edinger kicked a go-ahead, 48-yard field goal with 10:02 left and fellow rookie Brian Urlacher stopped a late drive with an interception as the Bears (3-8) ended a six-game losing streak to Tampa Bay (6-5).

''I wouldn't want to taint their victory with anything about the weather,'' Bucs coach Tony Dungy said. ''In the past when we've played them, they've turned the ball over against us. They took care of the ball and that was the difference.''

Titans 24, Browns 10

Eddie George ran for 134 yards on 36 carries and scored a career-high three touchdowns as Tennessee survived seven turnovers, one of them a 33-yard interception return by Percy Ellsworth that gave the Browns a brief 7-0 lead.

It was the most turnovers by a winning team since 1987, when Buffalo's replacement team did it. Pittsburgh did it in 1983 with regular players.

Steve McNair was intercepted three times, and fumbled twice after being sacked. Tennessee (9-2), with only 16 turnovers through 10 games, gave the ball to the Browns (3-9) on seven of its first nine possessions.

Vikings 31, Panthers 17

Daunte Culpepper was 22-of-29 for a career-high 357 yards and Randy Moss and Cris Carter gained more than 100 yards in passes for Minnesota (9-2).

Moss caught five passes for 106 yards, with a 36-yard TD catch after the Panthers (4-7) had taken a 7-0 lead. He became the second NFL receiver to break the 1,000-yard barrier for each of his first three seasons. Moss has 58 catches for 1,026 yards.

Raiders 31, Saints 22

New Orleans coped with the loss of Ricky Williams and Jeff Blake, but couldn't cope with Rich Gannon, who shook off five sacks to engineer three scoring drives for the Raiders (9-2).

Gannon completed 14 of 21 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the Raiders' leading rusher with 57 yards on five attempts.

Jets 20, Dolphins 3

The Jets, who rallied from a 30-7 deficit to win the first meeting, never trailed in this one, in which both teams were hurt by injury. Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler left after one play with a pinched nerve in his neck, and replacement Damon Huard threw three interceptions. Miami running back Lamar Smith (hamstring) and New York running back Curtis Martin (sprained back) also went to the sidelines and both offenses sputtered for most of the game.

Lions 31, Giants 21

Charlie Batch tied his career best with three touchdown passes, the defense forced four turnovers and special teams set up two scores as Detroit (7-4) won its second straight under new coach Gary Moeller.

Batch's touchdown passes covered 5 yards to Walter Rasby, 7 yards to Herman Moore and 32 yards to Johnnie Morton, giving the Lions a 28-0 lead. It was the second straight loss for New York (7-4), both at home as it fell out of first place in the NFC East.

Eagles 34, Cardinals 9

Donovan McNabb passed for 217 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Eagles (8-4) moved into first place in the NFC East.

McNabb completed 25-of-34 and Darnell Autry ran for 59 yards, including a touchdown, to back a dominating performance by the defense. Philadelphia had eight sacks, and twice knocked Jake Plummer out of the game as Arizona fell to 3-8.

Bills 21, Chiefs 17

Rob Johnson, starting after Doug Flutie guided Buffalo (7-4) to three wins in a row, threw two touchdown passes and got the go-ahead score on a Flutie-like scramble.

Wide receiver Eric Moulds, who caught eight passes for 67 yards and a touchdown, was put in for defense and batted away Elvis Grbac's pass into the end zone as time expired.

The Chiefs (5-6), playing their first home game in a month, failed to get a turnover for a third straight game, the first time in franchise history they have gone that long without one.

Ravens 27, Cowboys 0

Rookie Jamal Lewis ran for 187 yards, second most in Ravens history, as Baltimore posted its third straight win and fourth shutout of the season. The shutouts are the most since Pittsburgh got five in 1976.

Trent Dilfer threw two touchdown passes for the Ravens (8-4), who showed no letdown following last week's emotional upset of the defending AFC champion Tennessee. Emmitt Smith was limited to 48 yards rushing and Troy Aikman passed for only 138 yards as the Cowboys (4-7) were shut out for the first time in 152 games since Sept. 15, 1991, a 24-0 loss to Philadelphia.

Patriots 16, Bengals 13

Adam Vinatieri's 22-yard field goal with :03 to go, his third of the game, gave the Patriots the win.

New England (3-8), squandered two leads before Neil Rackers' 45-yard field goal gave Cincinnati a 13-10 lead midway through the third quarter. The Patriots tied it on Vinatieri's 21-yard kick on the first play of the final period. Then a pass interference call on the Bengals' Rodney Heath with 35 seconds left set up Vinatieri's winning kick.

49ers 16, Falcons 6

Rookie cornerback Jason Webster returned an interception 70 yards for the game's only touchdown as the 49ers' improving young defense dominated Atlanta's offense.

Charlie Garner had 135 total yards and Wade Richey kicked three field goals, but the 49ers (4-8) struggled to move the ball and racked up 85 yards in penalties.

It was the third straight loss for Atlanta (3-9) and eighth in the last nine games.

Jaguars 34, Steelers 24

PITTSBURGH -- Fred Taylor ran for 234 yards -- the most against the Steelers in their 67-year history -- and scored a career-high four touchdowns as the Jacksonville Jaguars rediscovered their missing offense, holding off Pittsburgh 34-24 on Sunday night.

Taylor had touchdown runs of 25, 2 and 26 yards against a defense that had allowed only two touchdowns in 24 quarters, and a 16-yard scoring catch.

''Incredible,'' Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell said. ''That was one of the finest performances in our history, and it came against a pretty good defense. I don't think any of us would have expected that.''

Taylor, who has five consecutive 100-yard games, set the previous Jaguars record of 183 yards on Dec. 6, 1998, against Detroit. Simpson held the record for most yards against the Steelers with 227 yards in 1975.

Taylor joined Brown as the only opposing player to score four touchdowns at Pittsburgh.

''I ran a lot of cutbacks, and the cutbacks were open,'' said Taylor, held to 24 yards on 15 carries in the Jaguars' 24-13 loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 1. ''I never expected a game like this. It hasn't really sunk in yet.''

It certainly has for the Steelers, who had allowed only one 100-yard rusher all season. Baltimore's Priest Holmes had 119 yards in the Ravens' 16-0 victory on Sept. 3.

''They started doing things that were really hurting us,'' Steelers defensive end Kevin Henry said. ''It hurts a lot, to watch a running back go up and down the field like that. That's unheard of around here.''

The Jaguars (4-7) converted four of the Steelers' five turnovers -- three fumbles and two interceptions -- into scores, including two of Taylor's touchdown runs in a span of less than five minutes in the third quarter.

''We kept dropping it and turning it over,'' Steelers receiver Hines Ward said. ''There's no accounting for it.''

The Jaguars have rarely developed any offensive rhythm or consistency this season as Brunell struggled behind an ever-changing offensive line.

But Brunell -- 17-of-31 for 190 yards -- again looked like the quarterback who has beaten the Steelers four times in his last five starts against them, repeatedly dodging the blitz to make key throws to Jimmy Smith, who had six catches, and tight end Kyle Brady, who had five.

Jacksonville turned a 7-0 deficit into a 34-10 lead by scoring on six consecutive possessions -- two touchdowns followed by two field goals by Mike Hollis and two more touchdowns in a 17-point third quarter.

Pittsburgh rallied on Kordell Stewart's touchdown runs of 2 and 45 yards in the fourth quarter, and could have closed within a field goal if a wide-open Ward hadn't slipped and dropped a pass near the goal line with 6 1/2 minutes left. Kris Brown then missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt.

The Steelers (5-6), coming off consecutive last-minute losses to Tennessee and Philadelphia, are on their second three-game losing streak of the season.

Stewart's 32-yard scoring pass to Ward, only the fifth by the Steelers this season, put the Steelers ahead 7-0 in the first quarter. After that, it was all Taylor and turnovers.

''It's going to be embarrassing to watch this,'' Steelers linebacker Joey Porter said.

Kevin Hardy's pass interception led to Taylor's first touchdown, a 25-yard run that tied it at 7 in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Taylor's 31-yard run set up his own scoring catch on a deftly executed screen pass that put Jacksonville in the lead for good at 14-10.

Hollis later kicked field goals of 36 yards, after Larry Smith recovered Stewart's fumble, and 33 yards after Pittsburgh challenged an apparent touchdown catch by Smith, who was ruled to be juggling the ball in the end zone.

Troy Edwards then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, with Daimon Shelton recovering, and Taylor followed with a 34-yard run to set up his own 2-yard touchdown run. Pittsburgh's Bobby Shaw later fumbled after making a 15-yard catch, with Taylor scoring from the 26 four plays later. Notes: There had been only two previous 200-yard rushing games against Pittsburgh, by Simpson and the Giants' Joe Morris (202 yards, 1985). ... Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis ran for 57 yards and needs 74 yards for his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season. ... Jacksonville had two interceptions after making only three in its previous seven games. ... The visiting team did not win in the first four years of the Jaguars-Steelers rivalry, but now has won three of four games, including both games this season.

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