The New York Jets rallied past San Diego 27-21 behind three touchdown catches by Plaxico Burress, while the Green Bay Packers outscored Minnesota 33-27 to remain the National Football League’s only undefeated team.
Burress, who had two touchdown catches in his first six games since signing with the Jets during the offseason, hauled in scoring passes of 3, 4 and 3 yards from Mark Sanchez yesterday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. His final touchdown catch, with 8:41 left, gave the Jets their first lead in a game they trailed 21-10 at halftime.
The defending Super Bowl-champion Packers improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1962 as Aaron Rodgers passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Packers have won 13 consecutive games dating back to last year, breaking a franchise record set in 1961-62.
Green Bay is the NFL’s only unbeaten team through the first seven weeks of the regular season. Minnesota fell to 1-6 even though Adrian Peterson rushed for 175 yards and a score.
The Miami Dolphins remain winless after Denver rallied for an 18-15 overtime win in Tim Tebow’s first game as the Broncos’ starting quarterback this season.
Tebow threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and also ran for a two-point conversion to rally the Broncos from a 15-0 deficit at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. It’s the same venue in which Tebow won a national championship with the University of Florida in 2009. Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal in overtime gave the Broncos (2-4) the win and left the Dolphins 0-6.
Colts, Rams Remain Winless
The Indianapolis Colts (0-7) and St. Louis Rams (0-6) also remain winless and gave up record-setting performances yesterday. The Colts were routed 62-7 by the New Orleans Saints, who set franchise records for points and margin of victory. Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes to lead the Saints, who improved to 5-2.
The Rams lost 34-7 to the Dallas Cowboys and surrendered 253 rushing yards to rookie DeMarco Murray, who broke Emmitt Smith’s club record and had a 91-yard touchdown run.
Carson Palmer made his season debut for Oakland, combining with Kyle Boller to throw six interceptions in a 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) that dropped the Raiders to 4-3. Palmer, acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on Oct. 18 after sitting out the first six weeks of the season, was intercepted three times in the second half yesterday after replacing Boller.
Newton Ties Record
The Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins 33-20 as Cam Newton scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season to tie Vince Young’s NFL record for a rookie quarterback. The Panthers (2-5) halted a three-game losing skid and dropped the Redskins to 3-3.
The Atlanta Falcons beat Detroit 23-16, sending the Lions to a second straight loss after a 5-0 start to the season. The Falcons improved to 4-3.
Arian Foster scored three touchdowns as the Houston Texans routed the Tennessee Titans 41-7 in a meeting between the top two teams in the American Football Conference South division. The Texans are 4-3 and the Titans fell to 3-3.
At Wembley Stadium in London, Matt Forte rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown as the Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 in the fifth regular-season game to be played in the U.K. capital. The Bears (4-3) intercepted Josh Freeman four times and held on for the win after taking a 21-5 lead into the fourth quarter. The Buccaneers are also 4-3.
Ben Roethlisberger threw a franchise-record 95-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and finished with 340 yards and three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) beat Arizona 32-20 to send the Cardinals (1-5) to a fifth straight loss.
The Cleveland Browns beat the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 behind field goals of 52 and 53 yards by kicker Phil Dawson.
Week 7 play concludes tonight with the Baltimore Ravens (4- 1) going for their fourth straight win. They visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5), who followed up a Week 1 victory with five straight losses.
The Jets (4-3) won their second straight game as Burress matched a career-high with his three touchdown catches and coach Rex Ryan’s defense shut out the Chargers in the second half. Shonn Greene added 112 rushing yards for the Jets, who are 4-0 at home for the first time since the 2004 season.
“We’re hitting our stride now,” said Ryan, whose team’s winning streak follows a run of three consecutive road losses. “This is the football team we think we have. We had more than hiccups along the way, but here we are.”
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