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NEW YORK (AP) — Rally caps were in order for the Vikings, Jets and Raiders.
Brett Favre brought Minnesota back from a 14-point deficit with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter to beat Arizona 27-24 in OT on Sunday with the most yards he’s thrown for in his 20-season career. Ryan Longwell’s 35-yard field goal won it.
“There was a point in that game where I think everyone in the building thought this is not going well. We don’t stand a chance,” said Favre, who has 46 career fourth-quarter comeback wins. “But we did.”
So did New York, storming back to beat Detroit 23-20 on Nick Folk’s 30-yard kick 2:18 into the extra period. Mark Sanchez scored on a quarterback sneak with 2:46 remaining in regulation and led a nine-play drive that set up Folk’s 36-yard kick to send the game into OT.
“Obviously we feel fortunate we got the win, but we don’t care — we’ll take it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “That’s what good teams do, find a way to win.”
Oakland is looking like one of those good teams after its third straight victory, secured on Sebastian Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal to edge Kansas City 23-20. He made a 41-yarder in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to tie it.
“This win was probably the win that does wonders for our season,” Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell said.
Pittsburgh (5-2) is at Cincinnati (2-5) on Monday night.
Idle this week were San Francisco, Denver, Tennessee, Washington, St. Louis and Jacksonville.
Vikings 27, Cardinals 24 OT
At Minneapolis, Favre threw for a career-high 446 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Vikings (3-5), who fought back cheers of “Fire Childress!” early in the game.
The Cardinals (3-5) led 24-10 with 4:39 to play thanks to a 96-yard kick return by LaRod Stephens-Howling and a 30-yard fumble return by Michael Adams on another kickoff. But Favre directed scoring drives of 40 and 77 yards in regulation and Adrian Peterson’s 30-yard run in overtime keyed the winning drive.
Jets 23, Lions 20 OT
At Detroit, Sanchez threw a 52-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to set up Folk’s winner.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to give Detroit (2-6) a 10-point lead before reinjuring his right shoulder and leaving with 5:19 left.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz gave Sanchez extra time for the tying drive when he called a pass on third down and Drew Stanton threw an incompletion, giving the Jets (6-2) the ball with 1:40 left.
Raiders 23, Chiefs 20 OT
At Oakland, Calif., Campbell threw a 47-yard pass to rookie Jacoby Ford in overtime to set up the winning kick. Campbell and Ford hooked up on a 29-yard pass in the closing seconds of regulation, too.
Ford, a fourth-round pick, caught six passes for 148 yards and returned the opening kick of the second half 94 yards for a touchdown.
By winning a third straight game for the first time since 2002, Oakland (5-4) heads into its bye week a half-game behind Kansas City (5-3) in the AFC West.
Browns 34, Patriots 14
At Cleveland, Peyton Hillis ran for a career-high 184 yards and two scores against the Patriots (6-2).
Two weeks after stunning New Orleans, the Browns (3-5) pulled off another shocker coming out of their bye week, ending New England’s five-game winning streak.
It had to be particularly satisfying for Browns coach Eric Mangini, who defeated Bill Belichick, his former friend and mentor. The pair’s relationship was damaged years ago and they ignored each other during pregame warmups despite being just a few feet apart.
After the game ended, Mangini, his jacket drenched from a late-game Gatorade shower, shared a brief handshake with Belichick.
Eagles 26, Colts 24
At Philadelphia, Michael Vick threw for 218 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 74 yards and a score. The Eagles (5-3) are 12-0 after a bye since Andy Reid became coach in 1999. They hadn’t beaten Manning in three previous tries.
The Colts (5-3) lost wide receiver Austin Collie after an illegal hit by Kurt Coleman forced him to leave on a stretcher in the second quarter. Collie lay on the ground for several minutes as the crowd fell silent. Soon afterward, the announcement came that he had movement and was alert, but sustained a concussion.
Falcons 27, Buccaneers 21
At Atlanta, Michael Turner scored two early touchdowns and Atlanta used a goal-line stand to take sole possession of first place in the NFC South.
Turner rushed 24 times for 107 yards, including scoring plays of 2 and 10 yards that gave the Falcons (6-2) an early 14-0 lead.
Tampa Bay (5-3) had fourth-and-1 from the Atlanta 2 late in the game, but LeGarrette Blount was stuffed by Thomas DeCoud on a run over right tackle.
Bears 22, Bills 19
At Toronto, Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes, including one to Earl Bennett late in the fourth quarter to give Chicago a win and keep the Bills winless. Chester Taylor also scored on a 1-yard plunge for the Bears (5-3).
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went 31 of 51 for 299 yards with a touchdown to Roscoe Parrish and two interceptions. Fred Jackson also scored for the Bills (0-8), who are off to their worst start in 26 years.
The game was Buffalo’s third regular-season game in Toronto as part of a five-year deal. The Bills are winless in Canada, too.
Ravens 26, Dolphins 10
At Baltimore, Billy Cundiff made four field goals, and the Ravens cranked up the defense after halftime to hand Miami its first road loss.
Baltimore (6-2) won its seventh straight at home behind Cundiff and a defense that blanked Miami (4-4) in the second half. Cundiff connected from 26, 39, 20, 24 yards, and the Ravens held the Dolphins to 24 yards rushing over the final 30 minutes.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne went 22 for 34 for 231 yards and three interceptions. Miami came in 4-0 on the road.
Chargers 29, Texans 23
At Houston, Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes against the NFL’s worst pass defense, and San Diego (4-5) earned its first road win of the season. The Chargers have won two in a row for the first time this season.
Rivers completed 17 of 23 passes for 295 yards. He used eight receivers in the absence of star tight end Antonio Gates, who was out with a right foot injury.
Rookie Seyi Ajirotutu and backup tight end Randy McMichael caught two touchdown passes apiece.
Arian Foster rushed 27 times for 127 yards and two touchdown for the Texans (4-4), who have lost three of their last four home games.
Saints 34, Panthers 3
At Charlotte, N.C., Drew Brees threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and Jabari Greer returned an interception for a score.
The visiting Saints (6-3) overcame the loss of tight end Jeremy Shockey to a rib injury after his touchdown catch. Rookie tight end Jimmy Graham caught his first NFL TD in Shockey’s absence and the Saints held Carolina to 195 yards.
Things just keep getting worse for the Panthers (1-7), who lost quarterback Matt Moore and running back Jonathan Stewart to injuries. Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen was later benched.
Giants 41, Seahawks 7
At Seattle, Eli Manning threw for three first-half touchdowns and Ahmad Bradshaw added a pair of TDs rushing for the Giants (6-2).
New York jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead, overwhelming the banged-up Seahawks. Manning threw touchdowns of 46 yards to Hakeem Nicks, 6 yards to Steve Smith and 5 yards to Kevin Boss. Bradshaw scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards.
The Giants rolled up 487 yards of offense against the Seahawks, who gave up 545 total yards last week to Oakland.
Charlie Whitehurst made his first NFL start for Seattle (4-4) and struggled. He was 12 of 23 for 113 yards and two interceptions.
Packers 45, Cowboys 7
At Green Bay Wis., Aaron Rodgers threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns, Brandon Jackson scored twice and the host Packers routed the free-falling Cowboys.
It was a new nadir in a lost season for the Cowboys (1-7), who came into 2010 with Super Bowl aspirations. And it’s sure to kick off a new round of speculation about the future of coach Wade Phillips, despite recent statements from team owner Jerry Jones that a midseason firing was unlikely.
James Jones caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown for the Packers (6-3), who have won three straight.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.