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Sunday in the NFL

The Associated Press
| Monday, October 1, 2007 12:00 a.m



Brett Favre , Packers, threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 16-yarder to Greg Jennings that moved him past Dan Marino for first on the career list. Green Bay beat Minnesota, 23-16.

Daunte Culpepper , Raiders, threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more in a 35-17 victory over the Dolphins.

Tony Romo , Cowboys, was 21 of 33 for 339 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over winless St. Louis. Romo also ran for a score.

Trent Edwards , Bills, was 22 of 28 for 234 yards in place of injured starter J.P. Losman, and he threw the deciding touchdown as Buffalo beat the Jets, 17-14, for its first win.

Peyton Manning , Colts, threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a 38-20 victory over Denver. Manning also ran for a touchdown.


Justin Fargas , Raiders, ran for a career-high 179 yards on 22 carries in place of the injured LaMont Jordan during a 35-7 victory over Miami.

Joseph Addai , Colts, rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 38-20 win over Denver.

Larry Johnson , Chiefs, carried 25 times for 123 yards in a 30-16 victory over San Diego. He’d gained only 140 yards on 50 carries, a 2.8-yard average, through the first three weeks.

Edgerrin James , Cardinals, ran for 77 yards and a touchdown as Arizona hung on for a 21-14 victory over the previously unbeaten Steelers.

Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham , Buccaneers, combined for 138 yards on 32 carries with a touchdown in place of injured Carnell “Cadillac” Williams in a 20-7 win over Carolina.


Patrick Crayton , Cowboys, caught seven passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-7 win over the Rams. Crayton had caught six passes for 78 yards through the first three weeks.

Dwayne Bowe , Chiefs, caught eight passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in a 30-16 victory over San Diego. The first-round pick from LSU has 13 catches for 235 yards the past two weeks.

Deion Branch , Seahawks, caught seven passes for 130 yards in a 23-3 win over the 49ers.

Larry Fitzgerald , Cardinals, caught 11 passes for 123 yards against the Steelers. He also recovered an onside kick with 1:49 remaining after the Steelers got within 21-14.

Ike Hilliard , Buccaneers, caught seven passes for 114 yards in a 20-7 win over Carolina.

Dallas Clark , Colts, caught six passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-20 victory over Denver.

Special Teams

Steve Breaston , Cardinals, returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in a 21-14 win over the Steelers. It was the Cardinals’ first punt return for a touchdown in 14 years.

Morten Andersen , Falcons, kicked four field goals in a 26-16 victory over Houston. The 47-year-old came up short on a 42-yard attempt that appeared to be nicked.

Jon Ryan , Packers, faked a punt and eluded several Vikings defenders to convert a fourth down during a 23-16 win over Minnesota. He also averaged 49 yards on his four punts.

Shaun Rogers , Lions, blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt by the Bears, giving him an NFL-high 11 blocked kicks since 1991.

Devin Hester , Bears, returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown, his seventh kick or punt return for a score in one-plus seasons.


Terrence McGee , Bills, intercepted Chad Pennington’s pass at the Buffalo 31 with 6 seconds left, preserving a 17-14 victory over the Jets.

Tyron Brackenridge , Chiefs, a rookie free agent, raced 50 yards for a score after Philip Rivers was sacked and fumbled in the fourth quarter of a 30-16 victory over San Diego.

Adrian Wilson and Ralph Brown , Cardinals, each intercepted Ben Roethlisberger. Wilson’s pick in the end zone prevented a touchdown, and Brown’s clinched a 21-14 win over the Steelers.

Marcus Trufant , Seahawks, had a pair of interceptions in a 23-3 victory over the 49ers.

Jared DeVries , Lions, had five tackles and forced two fumbles in a 37-27 victory over Chicago.


The Packers’ Brett Favre broke Dan Marino’s record for career touchdown passes, hitting Greg Jennings with No. 421 in the first quarter of a 23-16 victory over the Vikings. Favre started his 241st consecutive game, moving him into second place on the all-time list, and broke another Marino record when he threw the 8,359th pass of his career. He finished the game with 422 TD throws. … The Lions scored an NFL-record 34 points in the fourth quarter, and combined with Chicago for 48 points — also a league record. … The Raiders’ 299 yards rushing against Miami was their fourth highest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, and highest since 1987. … Denver kicker Jason Elam scored eight points to pass Jan Stenerud for eighth on the career scoring list. Elam has 1,702 points; Stenerud finished with 1,699. … Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez caught the 62nd touchdown of his career, tying him with Shannon Sharpe on the all-time list at his position.


The Colts have beaten Denver in five of the last seven meetings. They’ve won nine in a row overall, counting last year’s playoff games, to tie a franchise record. … Oakland had lost six games in a row to the Dolphins and beat them for the first time since 1996. … For the first time since 1995, the Dolphins have allowed at least 30 points in three consecutive games. … Atlanta’s 26-16 victory over Houston was its first since last Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay. … The Cowboys are 4-0 for the first time since 1995, the year of their last Super Bowl title. The Rams are 0-4 for the first time since 2002, the year after they lost in the Super Bowl. … The Chiefs have not allowed a second-half touchdown this season.


The Bills produced their most points, total yards (304), yards passing and first downs (19) of the season in a 17-14 victory over New York. … The Dolphins had possession for a measly 24:53 as Oakland ground out a 35-17 victory. … LaDainian Tomlinson had 116 yards rushing in the first half as San Diego went ahead of Kansas City 16-6. But he managed only 16 yards in the second half, when the Chiefs rallied for a 30-16 win. … The Chargers are 1-3 after going 14-2 last season, dropping new coach Norv Turner’s record to 59-85-1 in three NFL head coaching stints. … The Panthers managed only 236 yards in a 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay.


Chad Pennington was 32 of 39 for 290 yards, and was leading the Jets to a potential tying field goal when he was intercepted with 6 seconds left in a 17-14 loss to Buffalo. … The Lions are 3-1 for the first time since 2004 after beating Chicago 37-27. … The Falcons overturned two fourth-quarter calls with replay challenges. One of them took away a Houston touchdown, and one play later Kris Brown yanked a field goal attempt wide left. … A year after going 4-12 and finishing last in its division, Tampa Bay is 3-1 after beating Carolina 20-7. … Chicago and San Diego, who had the best records in their conferences last season, both are 1-3.


The Bears pulled within three of Detroit with 52 seconds left, but the onside kick bounced to the Lions’ Casey FitzSimmons and he returned it for a TD to seal the win. … St. Louis got its first interception of the year, but it didn’t get any points off it because Jeff Wilkins missed a 28-yard field goal. … Ravens coach Brian Billick threw his red flag too late to challenge a Cleveland touchdown. TV replays appeared to show Jamal Lewis failed to cross the goal line. … Trent Dilfer threw two picks and lost a fumble in place of injured Alex Smith as San Francisco lost 23-3 to Seattle.


Julian Peterson had three of Seattle’s six sacks in a 23-3 win over San Francisco. … Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had two of Green Bay’s four sacks in a 23-16 win over Minnesota. … The Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson sacked Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter, and rookie Tyron Brackenridge returned the fumble 50 yards for the clinching touchdown in a 30-16 victory over the Chargers.


Alex Smith left the 49ers’ 23-3 loss to the Seahawks in the first quarter with an injured right shoulder. … Carnell Williams was carted off the field with a right knee injury in the first quarter of Tampa Bay’s 20-7 win over Carolina. The Bucs also lost left tackle Luke Petitgout to a right knee injury. … The Colts’ Joseph Addai left in the third quarter of a 38-20 win over Denver with a shoulder injury. Safety Bob Sanders missed most of the second half with a rib injury, and receiver Marvin Harrison and linebacker Rob Morris each sustained knee injuries. … LaMont Jordan left shortly before halftime of the Raiders’ 35-17 win at Miami with a back injury.


“What’s he going to guarantee next week• It’s tough when you run your mouth.” – Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp, after Miami linebacker Joey Porter failed to deliver on his guaranteed win.

“He cares about the record, but it’s not the most important thing. He cares about winning.” – Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman, after Brett Favre broke Dan Marino’s record for career touchdown passes.

“I think the players owe the fans an apology. I would be as upset as they are if I had to sit in the stands for four quarters and look at that garbage. … As a team collectively we have no heart. We have no energy. We have no drive.” – Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins after a 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

“They have a right to voice their opinion, just like everybody else. They showed their frustration with us, the way we’ve been playing. I can’t say that I blame them.” – LaDainian Tomlinson, after fans booed at the end of the Chargers’ 30-16 loss to Kansas City

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