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Week Nine Rewind: Drab slate? Teams dial up the excitement

You never know in the National Football League. What looked like a drab schedule Sunday produced these stunning results:

• The Philadelphia Eagles’ supposed high-flying offense did not produce a touchdown in the two previous games. Sunday, Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in leading the Eagles to a 49-20 rout of the Raiders in Oakland.

• Fresh off an embarrassing 40-point loss the week before, the New York Jets shut down Drew Brees in the second half and upset the New Orleans Saints, 26-20.

• Winless Tampa Bay made the long trip to Seattle and took the heavily favored Seahawks to overtime before losing, 27-24.

• Nobody is supposed to embarrass the Steelers. The New England Patriots did, however, ringing up 55 points on Pittsburgh.

A look at Sunday’s doings:

Game of the day

Redskins 30, Chargers 24 (OT)

The scoop: Darrel Young, who had only one rushing touchdown in four NFL seasons, scored three times, including a 4-yard run in overtime for Washington. The former Villanova fullback carried five times for 12 yards. He had only 26 career rushes before the game. Young stormed his way into the end zone 6:01 into the extra period, with the Redskins scoring on their first drive after winning the coin toss at the end of regulation. Washington blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a goal-line stand at the 1-yard line helped send the game to overtime.

Why the Redskins won: They converted 71 percent of their third downs (12 of 17).

The leaders

Colts 27, Texans 24

The scoop: Houston coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime and was taken to a hospital. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over the team. Kubiak did not have a heart attack or lose consciousness. Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes to T.Y. Hilton in the second half to bring the Colts back from a 21-3 halftime deficit. The last for 9 yards came with 4:05 left. Case Keenum threw scoring passes of 62, 41 and 5 yards to Andre Johnson in the first half. Johnson had seven receptions for 190 yards in the first half.

Why the Colts won: The Texans could not cover Hilton.

Patriots 55, Steelers 31

The scoop: Tom Brady threw for season highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski had a career-high nine receptions for New England. The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever scored against the Steelers. Gronkowski caught his first touchdown of the season, a 19-yarder for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Why the Patriots won: Tied at 24, they scored on their next five possessions to put it away.

Jets 26, Saints 20

The scoop: Nick Folk remained perfect (23 for 23) this season by kicking four field goals as New York upset New Orleans. Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie highlighted New York’s defensive performance. New Orleans got two touchdown catches from Jimmy Graham, giving him 10 this season.

Why the Jets won: They kept the Saints out of the end zone in the second half and outgained them on the ground, 198-41.

Cowboys 27, Vikings 23

The scoop: Tony Romo threw for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left. Romo’s 7-yard pass to Harris answered an 11-yard touchdown by Adrian Peterson that had given Minnesota a 23-20 lead. Peterson had 140 yards rushing.

Why the Cowboys won: Romo completed 7 of 9 for 90 yards on the final drive.

Seahawks 27, Buccaneers 24 (OT)

The scoop: Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime to cap the biggest rally in Seattle franchise history. After trailing, 21-0, Seattle improved to 8-1 and continued the best start in franchise history, but it was far from easy. Russell Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even. Wilson then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime.

Why the Seahawks won: Bucs failed to score after the opening drive of the second half.

Changing course

Eagles 49, Raiders 20

The scoop: Foles became the seventh quarterback in NFL history with seven TD passes in a game as he threw for 406 yards to revive the Philadelphia offense. Foles connected three times with Riley Cooper. He also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.

Why the Eagles won: Good question. They were outgained, 560-542, and out-first-downed 29-21 and possessed the ball only 22:06 to Oakland’s 37:54. Philadelphia won the turnover battle, 2-0.

Titans 28, Rams 21

The scoop: After totaling only 110 yards the previous four games, Chris Johnson ran for 150 and two touchdowns as the Titans defeated their former coach, Jeff Fisher, and the Rams. Johnson ran 19 yards to snap a tie with 2:54 to go. The 100-yard game was Johnson’s first since Week Seven last season against Buffalo.

Why the Titans won: The winning TD was set up when Jurrell Casey sacked and stripped Kellen Clemens and Derrick Morgan recovered at the Rams’ 19.

Browns 24, Ravens 18

The scoop: Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes – two to Davone Bess – and Cleveland ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown, but the Super Bowl MVP couldn’t rally the Ravens, who are in danger of missing the playoffs.

Why the Browns won: They needed to travel only 11 yards for their final touchdown after recovering a muffed punt by Tandon Doss late in the third quarter.


Dog of the day

Panthers 34, Falcons 10

The scoop: Cam Newton overcame his two first half interceptions and threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Carolina to its fourth straight victory. The Panthers intercepted Matt Ryan three times.

Why the Panthers won: They shut out Atlanta in the second half, intercepting Ryan twice.

News wire services contributed to this report.


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