New Orleans, Philly, Miami notch big division road victories

Saints come marchin' in

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2000

The New Orleans Saints are suddenly in position to win the NFC West.

Yes, THOSE Saints -- who have never won a playoff game, are coming off a 3-13 season and have lost their starting quarterback and running back for the season.

San Diego achieved a more modest goal Sunday -- winning a game. John Carney kicked a 52-yard field goal with 2:14 left as the Chargers beat Kansas City 17-16 to stop their season-opening losing streak at 11.

New Orleans moved into a tie for first place in the division by beating the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, who not too long ago were untouchable at home.

''Just looking at us on paper, it might not look like we have a lot of talent,'' Jerald Moore, a Rams castoff who scored a second-quarter touchdown, said Sunday after the Saints' 31-24 win at St. Louis. ''But we really do.''

The Saints (8-4) were 13 1/2-point underdogs without injured stars Jeff Blake and Ricky Williams.

Quarterback Aaron Brooks made his first career start and was 19-for-27 for 190 yards. He threw a 4-yard pass to Brian Milne in the first quarter and scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter to put the Saints ahead 21-7.

The Rams, meanwhile, have lost four of six games after a 6-0 start, and dropped three in a row at their Trans World Dome.

Chargers 17, Chiefs 16

Carney, who earlier this season became the first Chargers player to score 1,000 points, kicked the ball through the uprights, then leaped into the arms of holder Darren Bennett and head-butted his blockers.

When Chiefs QB Warren Moon's fourth-down pass sailed incomplete with 1:10 left, linebacker Junior Seau sank to his knees at midfield, before joining teammates in a hug.

Eagles 23, Redskins 20

Donovan McNabb scored on a 21-yard bootleg, scrambled 54 yards to set up the winning field goal, and completed passes to 10 receivers as Philadelphia (9-4) stayed atop the NFC East.

Ravens 44, Browns 7

Rookie Jamal Lewis ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and Trent Dilfer threw for two scores as the Ravens built a 24-point halftime lead and clinched their first winning season in Baltimore.

Jets 17, Bears 10

New York (8-4) put together its second straight strong defensive effort, limiting Chicago (3-9) to 98 yards passing and forcing three fumbles by James Allen. Jets defensive end Shane Burton knocked down three passes, raising his season total to seven.

Bucs 31, Bills 17

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp challenged his teammates with critical comments about an up-and-down season, and Tampa Bay, at home, responded by stopping Buffalo's four-game winning streak.

Steelers 48, Bengals 28

Kordell Stewart matched his career high by throwing three touchdown passes -- one fewer than he had all season -- and also ran for a score as Pittsburgh (6-6) kept its faint playoff hopes alive by ending a three-game losing streak.

Raiders 41, Falcons 14

Rich Gannon threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and David Dunn scored on an 88-yard kickoff return as Oakland improved to 10-2 for the first time since 1977.

Broncos 38, Seahawks 31

Denver rookie Mike Anderson filled in for an injured Terrell Davis with 195 yards on 30 carries and scored on an 80-yard run with 3:34 left in a driving rain at Seattle.

Dolphins 17, Colts 14

Miami (9-3) stayed atop the AFC East by winning with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 left from backup quarterback Damon Huard to Oronde Gadsden.

Jaguars 16, Titans 13

Mike Hollis made a 38-yard field goal with no time left as Jacksonville (5-7) ended a three-game home losing slide against Tennessee (9-3). Titans kicker Al Del Greco missed a 28-yard attempt with 3:08 left.

Giants 31, Cardinals 7

Kerry Collins completed 20 of 30 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown, and Amani Toomer scored with a 19-yard run on a reverse as New York (8-4) ended a two-game losing slide and improved to 5-1 on the road.

With quarterback Jake Plummer out with bruised ribs and a sprained left thumb, Arizona (3-9) lost its third in a row to fall to 1-4 under interim coach Dave McGinnis.

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