|Bengals end Brady’s streak, beat Patriots 13-6|
|Monday, October 07, 2013 12:13 AM|
CINCINNATI — Tom Brady couldn’t get into the end zone against a defense that’s developing a reputation for taking down the league’s top quarterbacks.
Aaron Rodgers found out. And so did Brady, running on empty all game long.
The Bengals ended Brady’s streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass on Sunday, sacking him on his first pass attempt and keeping the pressure going.
The defense even helped BenJarvus Green-Ellis get into the end zone for the game’s only touchdown in a 13-6 victory over the previously undefeated Patriots.
It was so impressive that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was handed a rain-drenched game ball in the locker room.
Geno Atkins sacked Brady on his first pass attempt and the Bengals (3-2) dropped him four times overall. And that wasn’t all: New England (4-1) failed to get into the end zone after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.
A driving rain moved in just before New England’s final chance. After a couple of dropped passes, Brady threw one toward the goal line and Adam “Pacman” Jones made a juggling interception inside the Cincinnati 5-yard line.
Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees’ 54-game streak.
The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.
Brady never got into a rhythm against Cincinnati’s unrelenting pass rush. He finished 18-of-38 for 197 yards with one interception and a paltry passer rating of 52.2.
Cincinnati went 93 yards in 14 plays for its touchdown, holding the ball for 7:48. Andy Dalton scrambled to the 1 on a keeper and defensive tackle Domata Peko came in to plow the way for Green-Ellis to score on fourth down.
Dalton was 20-of-27 for 212 yards with four sacks and one costly interception. He scrambled away from pressure and threw back across the field in the first quarter, getting intercepted by Brandon Spikes at the 8.
It was the first time during his 3-year career that Dalton threw an interception on a play that started inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
BRONCOS 51, COWBOYS 48
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to keep the Broncos unbeaten with a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.
Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver (5-0).
Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas (2-3) but was intercepted by Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater’s winning kick.
The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS. Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns’ 58-48 win in 2004.
COLTS 34, SEAHAWKS 28
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go.
The Seahawks (4-1) lost their first regular-season game since last Nov. 25.
Delano Howell scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field goal for Indy (4-1).
Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16-of-29 for 229 yards.
Indy trailed 12-0 early, went ahead after Howell’s return, then rallied again to take the lead for good on Brown’s TD. The Colts sealed it with a 2-point conversion pass and a late field goal.
Russell Wilson finished 15-of-31 for 210 yards with two TDs, one interception and ran 13 times for 102 yards.
SAINTS 26, BEARS 18
CHICAGO — Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record with another 100-yard game and the New Orleans Saints remained unbeaten.
Brees was 29-of-35 for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals for New Orleans (5-0).
Graham continued his torrid start for the Saints (5-0), catching 10 balls for 135 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game — matching an NFL record for a tight end. Tony Gonzalez was the first to accomplish the streak in 2000; Graham matched it in 2011.
Jay Cutler threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago (3-2).
CHIEFS 26, TITANS 17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left and the Chiefs rallied to keep up their perfect start.
The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead.
The Titans (3-2) couldn’t have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for the injured Jake Locker. He missed his first five passes and went 3-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half.
Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay and they intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 48-yarder.
RAVENS 26, DOLPHINS 23
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Baltimore Ravens ahead with 1:42 left and they withstood a frantic comeback bid.
Ryan Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth down to keep Miami’s hopes alive but Caleb Sturgis then missed a 57-yard field goal attempt wide left with 33 seconds to go.
The Ravens (3-2) bounced back from a loss last week at Buffalo. The Dolphins (3-2) lost their second game in a row.
Baltimore moved 34 yards to set up Tucker’s game-winning field goal, his fourth of the day. The Ravens ran for a season-high 133 yards and Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards.
PACKERS 22, LIONS 9
GREEN BAY, Wis. — James Jones caught a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers defense contained the undermanned Lions.
Mason Crosby kicked five field goals. The Packers’ offense struggled to get into the end zone until Rodgers found Jones on an 83-yard completion down the left sideline for a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter.
It provided enough of a cushion for a defense that had the luxury of facing the Lions minus star receiver Calvin Johnson, out with a knee injury. Penalties also bogged down Detroit.
The Packers extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over the Lions to 23.
EAGLES 36, GIANTS 21
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Foles threw for two touchdowns and led four scoring drives after taking over for an injured Michael Vick late in the second quarter (hamstring injury) and Philadelphia kept the Giants winless.
Foles threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 25 yards to Brent Celek and 5 yards to DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (2-3) snapped a 3-game losing streak by forcing three interceptions by Eli Manning in the fourth quarter.
LeSean McCoy added a 1-yard touchdown run and Alex Henery kicked five field goals for the Eagles, who gained 439 yards in total offense.
David Wilson scored on a 5-yard run for the Giants (0-5) and Manning threw two touchdowns to Rueben Randle in the third quarter to give New York a 21-19 lead.
CARDINALS 22, PANTHERS 6
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona sacked Cam Newton seven times, once for a safety, and intercepted him on three occasions to overcome a sluggish offensive performance.
Daryl Washington, back after serving a 4-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, had two sacks and an interception for Arizona (3-2).
Calais Campbell had two sacks, one for Arizona’s first regular-season safety in nine years, the other forcing a game-clinching fumble. Karlos Dansby also had two sacks and an interception.
Carolina (1-3) managed only Graham Gano’s field goals of 22 and 51 yards.
Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for a touchdown but was intercepted three times.
RAMS 34, JAGUARS 20
ST. LOUIS — Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano’s 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the St. Louis defense against winless Jacksonville.
Austin Pettis’ 31-yard TD catch with 5:45 to go was his second of the day and put the Rams (2-3) up by two scores. St. Louis established control with a 17-point second quarter after Jacksonville (0-5) had a pair of early leads.
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his left hamstring in the third quarter. Rookie left tackle Luke Joeckel was carted off with a right ankle injury in the first.