Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 42-24 victory against the Houston Texans, whose loss leaves the Atlanta Falcons as the National Football League’s only unbeaten team.
The Falcons improved to 6-0 yesterday by beating the Oakland Raiders 23-20 in Atlanta on a 55-yard field goal by Matt Bryant with one second left. The New York Giants cruised past the San Francisco 49ers 26-3 in a rematch of last season’s National Football Conference championship game, while the New York Jets ended their two-game home losing skid with a 35-9 win against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Packers entered last night’s game in Houston with a 2-3 record and rolled past the previously unbeaten Texans as Rodgers passed for 338 yards, with three touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson, two to James Jones and one to Tom Crabtree. The Texans had three turnovers in falling to 5-1.
“We were all just tired of answering questions of what happened to the Packers and what happened to me,” said Rodgers, who was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player last season as the Packers went 15-1. “We just got back to the way we’re capable of playing. We haven’t gone anywhere.”
The Baltimore Ravens held on for a 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys as Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal with two seconds left, while the Seattle Seahawks upset the New England Patriots 24-23 in Seattle on Russell Wilson’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1 minute, 18 seconds left.
The Cleveland Browns got their first win of the season, 34-24 against the Cincinnati Bengals, to ensure the NFL won’t have an 0-6 team for the first time since 2006. The Washington Redskins defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-26 as quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for one touchdown and rushed for 138 yards and two scores a week after suffering a concussion.
The Detroit Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 in overtime after rallying from a 10-point deficit on the road with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter.
In yesterday’s other Week 6 games, it was the Miami Dolphins 17, the St. Louis Rams 14; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, the Kansas City Chiefs 10, and the Buffalo Bills 19, the Arizona Cardinals 16 in overtime. The Tennessee Titans four days ago beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-23.
The Week 6 schedule concludes tonight as the San Diego Chargers (3-2) host the Denver Broncos (2-3).
At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Giants scored 26 unanswered points after allowing a first-quarter field goal and had three interceptions of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who had thrown just one through his first five games this season.
Eli Manning threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 10:04 left in the second quarter to put the Giants ahead for good and Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half.
Bradshaw finished with 116 yards on 27 carries and Lawrence Tynes added four field goals for New York, which improved to 4-2 and has won four of its past five games. The 49ers, who outscored the Jets and Buffalo Bills 79-3 in winning their previous two games, fell to 4-2.
The last time the teams met, the Giants won 20-17 in overtime in San Francisco to advance to last season’s Super Bowl, where they beat the Patriots.
After consecutive losses to the 49ers and Texans in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Shonn Green had a career-high 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Jets rolled past the Colts. The Jets’ defense also forced four turnovers, including three by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
“This is really a great win for us,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “We certainly needed one. We knew we’d be challenged, but I thought our guys stepped up and really responded.”
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 11 of 18 passes for 82 yards, including a pair of 5-yard touchdown passes in the first half to Stephen Hill and Jason Hill.
At M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the Ravens improved to 5-1 and pushed their home winning streak to 15 games with the help of a 108-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones that tied a record for the NFL’s longest scoring play.
Baltimore, which gave up 481 yards of offense, including 227 yards rushing, never trailed after Jones’s touchdown gave it a 24-13 third-quarter lead.
The Cowboys pulled within 24-23 midway through the fourth quarter and then within two points on Dez Bryant’s 4-yard touchdown catch with 32 seconds left. Bryant had a two-point conversion pass that would have tied the game slip through his hands. The Cowboys got the ball back when they recovered the ensuing onside kick. A pass interference penalty on the next play gave Bailey a chance for a winning kick, which went wide.
The Falcons overcame three interceptions by quarterback Matt Ryan to win their seventh straight home game.
Atlanta rallied from a 13-7 deficit and took a 20-13 lead with 2:40 to play in the fourth quarter as Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders (1-4) tied it again with 40 seconds remaining as Darren McFadden reached the end zone on a 2-yard run. The Falcons then drove 43 yards in 39 seconds to set up Bryant’s winning kick.