Eagles Drop 49ers to 0-5; Chiefs’ Unbeaten Run Ends: NFL Week 5

Kevin Kolb helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-24 win at San Francisco in place of the injured Michael Vick, dropping the 49ers to 0-5 and their worst start in 31 years.

Kolb passed for 253 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles, who withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the 49ers by intercepting Alex Smith with 28 seconds left at Candlestick Park. Philadelphia forced five turnovers.

While the 49ers are one of three winless teams in the National Football League -- joined by Buffalo and Carolina -- there is no undefeated team left after the Indianapolis Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-9 yesterday.

“We certainly knew this was going to be a tough test playing the Chiefs. They had a lot of momentum,” Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said during a news conference. “We knew we were going to get their best shot.”

Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals and Mike Hart had a rushing touchdown with 4:02 remaining as the Colts dropped the Chiefs to 3-1. It’s the first season since 1970 that the NFL hasn’t had at least one team start with a 4-0 record.

“We had our opportunities, unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize,” Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel said during a news conference. “Our guys did a great job competing, unfortunately we didn’t come out on top this week.”

Giants’ Rout

The New York Giants beat the Houston Texans 34-10 at Reliant Stadium in Houston as Eli Manning threw two of his three touchdowns to Hakeem Nicks.

The Giants’ Osi Umenyiora had two sacks, forced a fumble and helped lead a defense that held Arian Foster -- the NFL’s leading rusher -- to 25 yards on 11 carries.

“When the offense is playing well, the defense is playing well and we just feed off each other,” Umenyiora said.

The Giants, Eagles and Washington Redskins all have 3-2 records in the National Football Conference’s East Division. The Redskins beat the Green Bay Packers 16-13 in overtime on a 33-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

The Baltimore Ravens improved to an NFL-best 4-1 with a 31-17 win over the Denver Broncos as Ray Rice rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Atlanta and Chicago also have 4-1 records, with the Falcons beating the Cleveland Browns 20-10 and the Bears defeating the Carolina Panthers 23-6.

Saints Lose

The Arizona Cardinals intercepted Drew Brees three times and scored 17 fourth-quarter points to beat the Super Bowl- champion New Orleans Saints 30-20.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo also threw three interceptions and the Cowboys were beaten at home by the Tennessee Titans 34-27. Chris Johnson rushed for 131 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter scores for the Titans, who improved to 3-2 and dropped the Cowboys to 1-3.

While Romo threw for 406 yards, he was sacked six times and Dallas had a season-high 12 penalties for 133 yards.

“We beat ourselves. We know that,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. “I don’t have any qualms about our heart, but our execution needs to be better.”

Elsewhere in Week 5, it was Jacksonville 36, Buffalo 26; Tampa Bay 24, Cincinnati 21; Detroit 44, St. Louis 6, and Oakland 35, San Diego 27.

The New York Jets host the Minnesota Vikings tonight.

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