The New England Patriots beat the New York Jets 30-21 to send their division rivals to a third straight loss, while the New York Giants had a three-game win streak halted and the Green Bay Packers remained undefeated.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns and Tom Brady passed for 321 yards and another score yesterday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots improved to 4-1 on the National Football League season and the Jets slumped to 2-3, with all three losses coming on their three-game road trip.
“I never thought I would be here, losing three straight, but that’s where we are at right now,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said at a news conference. “We’ve got to get better.”
Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes for New York, which didn’t have any turnovers for the first time this season, yet was outgained 446-255 in total yards.
The Seattle Seahawks scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to stun the Giants 36-25 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and snap a seven-game road losing skid.
Charlie Whitehurst took over at quarterback for Seattle after an injury to Tarvaris Jackson and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 2:37 left to give the Seahawks a 29-25 lead.
The Giants drove to the Seattle 10-yard line before Eli Manning, who passed for 420 yards, had his third interception of the game returned 94 yards by Seattle’s Brandon Browner for a clinching touchdown with 1:08 left.
“It kind of came down to the one play at the end,” Manning said. “It’s a shame to lose a game with that type of play. I’d kind of rather get outplayed.”
The Giants fell to 3-2 and Seahawks improved to 2-3.
Packers Stay Perfect
The Super Bowl-champion Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 25-14 last night after erasing a 14-0 first-half deficit. Aaron Rodgers passed for 396 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers improved to 5-0 and dropped the Falcons to 2-3.
Week 5 play concludes tonight with the Chicago Bears (2-2) visiting the unbeaten Detroit Lions, who are looking to go 5-0 for the first time since they began 6-0 in 1956.
The San Francisco 49ers won their third straight and improved to 4-1 with a 48-3 rout of Tampa Bay (3-2). Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, including two to Vernon Davis, and Frank Gore rushed for 125 yards and a score.
In a matchup between former Eagles quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-10.
Adrian Peterson scored three first-half touchdowns and McNabb added a 4-yard scoring run as the Vikings won for the first time to improve to 1-4 and avoid matching their worst start to a season, set in 1962. The Cardinals dropped to 1-4 with their fourth straight defeat.
Colts Stay Winless
The Indianapolis Colts are 0-5 for the first time since 1997 after blowing a 24-7 lead in a 28-24 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs improved to 2-3 with their second victory in a row and became the seventh team this season to win after trailing by at least 17 points. It’s the most through the first five weeks of any NFL season in history.
Quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions as the Philadelphia Eagles lost 31-24 to the Buffalo Bills, who recovered from their first defeat last week. Philadelphia falls to 1-4 after losing a fourth straight game for the first time since Nov. 20, 2005, while the Bills move to 4-1.
Drew Brees threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas with 50 seconds remaining to give the New Orleans Saints a fourth consecutive victory, 30-27 against the Carolina Panthers, who have now lost two in a row.
Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Carolina (1-4) rallied to lead 27-23 with 12:43 to play at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
5 Touchdown Passes
The Pittsburgh Steelers won 38-17 at home to snap the Tennessee Titans’ three-game winning streak. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, playing with a sprained left foot, threw five touchdown passes at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Oakland Raiders held off the Houston Texans 25-20, a day after announcing the death of owner Al Davis at 82. Both teams have 3-2 records.
The San Diego Chargers withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Denver Broncos and backup quarterback Tim Tebow, holding on for a 29-24 win in Denver. The Chargers are 4-1 for the first time since 2002, while Denver is 1-4 and has lost three straight.
The Cincinnati Bengals, who last week handed the Bills their first defeat of the season, downed Jacksonville 30-20 to improve to 3-2 for the season and drop the Jaguars to 1-4.