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Number of unbeaten teams cut in half; Redskins, Bills among surprises; Ravens, Bears lose

It's said NFL stands for Not For Long.

Sixteen National Football League teams entered Week Two of the season with unbeaten records, but they didn't maintain that status for very long. Nine of the 16 fell by the wayside Sunday, including the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears, who had impressive opening wins on Kickoff Weekend against strong opponents.

Aside from the Buffalo Bills, the surprise team so far is Washington, which is 2-0 after Sunday's 22-21 home win over the Arizona Cardinals. Now, though, coach Mike Shanahan's Redskins must take to the road for a Monday Night game at Dallas after winning twice at home.

Home teams went 10-5 Sunday afternoon after going 10-6 in Week One.

>Top Dog

Cowboys 27, 49ers 24

The scoop: Playing with a fractured rib, Tony Romo hit Jesse Holley on a 77-yard completion on the Cowboys' first play of overtime that set up Dan Bailey's winning 19-yard field goal. Bailey kicked a tying 48-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. Miles Austin had three touchdown receptions among his nine catches for the Cowboys, leaping over a defender and diving into the end zone to pull Dallas within 24-21 with 6:55 to play.

Why the Cowboys won: San Francisco's defense couldn't stop Dallas when it counted most. The Cowboys drove 80, 44 and 77 for scores in the last 11:12 of regulation and overtime.


>Close calls

Packers 30, Panthers 23

The scoop: Cam Newton threw for a Carolina record 432 yards and one touchdown and ran for another in his home debut, but Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay threw for 308 yards and two scores.

Why the Packers won: They outscored Carolina, 16-0, in the third quarter when the Panthers turned it over on all three possessions.

Quote: "I knew he would be good, but if I told you I knew he'd be this good this early, I'd be lying to you." -- Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, talking about Newton.


Buccaneers 24, Vikings 20

The scoop: Adrian Peterson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, Percy Harvin had seven catches for 76 yards and Donovan McNabb had a productive day (18 of 30 for 228 yards and no turnovers), but the Vikings let a halftime lead get away for the second week in a row. The Bucs' Mike Williams (Riverside) had one catch for minus-4 yards. He also had a TD catch rubbed out by a penalty.

Why the Bucs won: The Tampa Bay offense woke up in the second half, outscoring the Vikes, 24-3, and netting 278 yards.


Redskins 22, Cardinals 21

The scoop: Graham Gano kicked a 34-yard field goal with 1:45 to go as Washington erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Rex Grossman's 18-yard pass on fourth down brought the Redskins to 21-19 with 5:17 left. Ex Cardinal Tim Hightower ran for 96 yards on 20 carries against his former team. Kevin Kolb hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald on a 73-yard scoring pass for Arizona.

Why the Redskins won: They produced 172 rushing yards, 455 yards of total offense and possessed the ball for 38:30. Chansi Stuckey fumbled away the Cards' last chance with 1:32 to go.


Broncos 24, Bengals 22

The scoop: Willis McGahee ran for a touchdown and Eric Decker caught two touchdown passes from Kyle Orton for Denver. Cincinnati has not won in Denver since 1975, losing nine straight. Andy Dalton of the Bengals threw for 332 yards, hitting rookie A.J. Green 10 times for 124 yards.

Why the Broncos won: They kept the Bengals out of field goal range on their last series.


Titans 26, Ravens 13

The scoop: Tennessee won its first under new coach Mike Munchak. Matt Hasselbeck passed for 358 yards and a touchdown, a 4-yard throw to Kenny Britt, who had nine receptions for 135 yards. Nate Washington had nine reception for another 99 yards for the Titans. Chris Johnson was limited to a long run of 7 yards for Tennessee.

Why the Titans won: They scored on four of five second half possessions. Ravens had three turnovers.



Lions 48, Chiefs 3

The scoop: The Chiefs have been outscored 89-10 in two games and lost a star player (Jamaal Charles) to injury for the second week in a row. Coach Todd Haley could find himself in trouble if their morale doesn't improve.

Why the Lions won: Kansas City turned the ball over six times and QB Matt Stafford had a hot day (23 of 39, 294 yards, 4 TDs).


Browns 27, Colts 19

The scoop: Peyton Hillis rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and Colt McCoy completed 22 of 32 for 211 yards and a TD. The Browns defeated the Colts for the first time since 1994.

Why the Browns won: The difference was the third quarter, in which Cleveland outscored the home team, 13-0.


Saints 30, Bears 13

The scoop: Drew Brees passed for three touchdowns, one a 79-yard bomb to Devery Henderson, and the Saints sacked Jay Cutler six times.

Why the Saints won: The number of plays run by each side were about even, but New Orleans had a 36 to 24 minute advantage in possession time. The Bears went three-and-out six times and had one turnover.


Steelers 24, Seahawks 0

The scoop: Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of the game with a leg injury late in the first half but returned to finish off the victory, completing 22 of 30 for 298 yards. The Steelers have not lost a home opener since 2002.

Why the Steelers won: The Seahawks had to punt on all but one of their nine possessions.


Texans 23, Dolphins 13

The scoop: Matt Schaub threw for 230 yards, and Andre Johnson made seven catches for 93 yards. The Dolphins have lost 11 of their last 12 home games.

Why the Texans won: The Dolphins had a 22-yard field-goal try blocked and missed a 34-yarder. QB Chad Henne was especially erratic in the red zone.


>Dog of the day

Jets 32, Jaguars 3

The scoop: Jacksonville made it easy for the Jets, who had only two scoring drives longer than 39 yards. Mark Sanchez completed 17 of 24 for the Jets and threw TD passes to Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes.

Why the Jets won: Jacksonville's Luke McCown had a 1.8 passer rating and was intercepted four times.

Compiled from wire services