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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Nick Foles had a game like Peyton Manning.
Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes, equaling the mark Manning tied early this season, in Philadelphia’s 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Coming off a concussion, Foles threw for 406 yards, connecting three times for scores with Riley Cooper to become the seventh passer in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore.
“A couple people came up to me and said that I tied the record with seven touchdowns,” Foles said. “It’s a great honor. Hats off to our guys for doing a great job.”
Among those doing such strong jobs for the Eagles (4-5) were Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, all with TD receptions.
Foles was held to 80 yards on 29 passes two weeks ago against Dallas before getting hurt. He was unstoppable Sunday, completing 22 of 28 throws as Philadelphia won at Oakland (3-5) for the first time. Foles has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season.
With more than a quarter to go to break the record, Foles was unable to get the Eagles back into the end zone on two drives before being replaced by Matt Barkley.
“I know what the record is,” rookie coach Chip Kelly said. “But this isn’t about records, it’s about going out and getting a win. If I put Nick out there to try to get a record and he gets hurt, that’s being silly. Records are meant to broken when they’re supposed to be broken.”
Also Sunday, Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed as he left the field at halftime of Houston’s 27-24 loss to Indianapolis. The team said Kubiak was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, did not have a heart attack, and his vital signs were good.
“He had an episode, he was light-headed and dizzy,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said after the game. “He was evaluated by a number of specialists … he is awake and coherent.”
In other games, it was Kansas City 23, Buffalo 13; Seattle 27, Tampa Bay 24 in overtime; Washington 30, San Diego 24 in OT; Dallas 27, Minnesota 23; New England 55, Pittsburgh 31; Cleveland 24, Baltimore 18; the New York Jets 26, New Orleans 20; Carolina 34, Atlanta 10; and Tennessee 28, St. Louis 21.
On Thursday night, Miami (4-4) beat Cincinnati (6-3) 22-20.
Monday night, it’s Chicago (4-3) at Green Bay (5-2).
Off this week were Denver (7-1), San Francisco (6-2), Detroit (5-3), Arizona (4-4), the New York Giants (2-6), and Jacksonville (0-8).
The Giants (2-6) went into Sunday’s bye in the NFC East cellar, but just two games behind first-place Dallas. A Cowboys loss would have put them within one game in the loss column.
COWBOYS 27, VIKINGS 23
Tony Romo threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left.
Romo’s 7-yard pass to Harris answered an 11-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson that had given Minnesota a 23-20 lead. The 2012 league MVP had 140 yards rushing for Minnesota (1-7), loser of four straight.
Jason Witten had eight catches for 102 yards and a TD for host Dallas (5-4).
REDSKINS 30, CHARGERS 24, OT
At Landover, Md., Darrel Young scored three times, including a 4-yard run in overtime.
Young stormed his way into the end zone 6:01 into the extra period, with the Redskins (3-5) scoring on their first drive after winning the coin toss at the end of regulation.
Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a score, Pierre Garcon had seven receptions for 172 yards, and the defense intercepted Philip Rivers twice.
Washington blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a goal-line stand at the 1-yard line helped send the game to overtime.
Rivers was 29 for 46 for 341 yards with two touchdowns for the Chargers (4-4).
JETS 26, SAINTS 20
Nick Folk remained perfect this season by kicking four field goals, Rex Ryan’s defense held Drew Brees and the high-scoring Saints to six points in the second half, and New York had seven plays of at least 19 yards at home.
Ryan is 7-3 against his twin brother, Rob, and the Jets (5-4) maintained their string of alternating wins and losses. They tied the 2005 New England Patriots for the longest such string to begin a season, according to STATS.
Folk is 23 for 23 on field goals and 14 of 14 on extra points.
Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie highlighted New York’s solid defensive performance, and former Saints running back Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.
“We know we’re a better team than people thought,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s because it’s about all of us. It’s not just about one guy, or this guy or that guy. We may have the best defensive player in the league right now, but it isn’t about him, it’s about us. That’s what this team bought into. We challenged our team in the offseason. We have to out-prepare, outwork everyone we play, and then we’ll worry about what we don’t have and all that stuff. We never think about that.”
New Orleans (6-2) got two touchdown catches from Jimmy Graham, giving him 10 this season.
COLTS 27, TEXANS 24
At Houston, Smith said he was hoping Kubiak could rejoin the Texans (2-6) on Monday.
Houston lost its sixth in a row as Andrew Luck threw for three second-half touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit. Indianapolis (6-2) has won three of four on the road.
Houston built the halftime leadd on Case Keenum’s three touchdown passes to Andre Johnson. Johnson had 190 yards receiving at halftime, but just 39 yards after that.
Case Keenum threw for 350 yards in his second career start, but had trouble moving the offense after Kubiak collapsed. Houston had a chance to tie it, but Randy Bullock’s 55-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left.
CHIEFS 23, BILLS 13
Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL’s only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history set in 2003. The Chiefs, 2-14 last season, held an opponent to 17 points or fewer for the ninth straight time — matching the NFL record set by the Atlanta Falcons in 1977.
Sean Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Tamba Hali scored on an 11-yard fumble return. The Chiefs gave up a season-worst 470 yards to the host Bills (3-6), led by undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel, making his first career start. Tuel finished 18 of 39 for 229 yards passing, including a 59-yard touchdown to Marquise Goodwin. Tuel, however, threw two interceptions that led to 10 points for the Chiefs.
“We don’t really care what people think,” Hali said of the Chiefs’ victories lacking style points. “Sometimes the stats don’t really tell you the outcome.”
SEAHAWKS 27, BUCCANEERS 24, OT
The Buccaneers (0-8) nearly got out of their slide, building a 21-0 lead. Instead, the Seahawks (8-1 for the first time) staged a franchise-best rally behind Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch for their 12th straight home victory, all with Wilson at quarterback.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime after Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation. Lynch rushed for 125 yards.
Mike James rushed for a career-best 158 yards for the Buccaneers.
PATRIOTS 55, STEELERS 31
At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady threw for season highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski had a career-high nine receptions, and the Patriots racked up the most points ever scored against Pittsburgh.
Brady had 252 yards passing in the first half, more than he had in five of his other eight games for New England (7-2), which piled up 610 yards overall, third most in team history.
Three Patriots had more than 100 yards receiving: Gronkowski with 143, Aaron Dobson with 130 and Danny Amendola with 122.
Pittsburgh (2-6) wasted a solid performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
BROWNS 24, RAVENS 18
At Cleveland, Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes, two to Davone Bess, and the Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore.
Campbell’s 3-yard pass to Bess on fourth down with three minutes left helped the Browns (4-5) seal their first win over Baltimore since 2007.
The Ravens (3-5) lost their third straight and didn’t win in the week following a bye for the first time in six tries under coach John Harbaugh.
Baltimore’s Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown.
PANTHERS 34, FALCONS 10
Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, the defense intercepted Matt Ryan three times and host Carolina (5-3) got its fourth straight victory.
Newton had two first-half interceptions and wasn’t sharp on his deep throws. He bounced back to throw for 249 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown for the Panthers (5-3).
Fullback Mike Tolbert scored his fifth touchdown in the last four games on a 4-yard burst and cornerback Drayton Florence intercepted Ryan and returned it 38 yards for a score.
The Falcons (2-6) continued to struggle without Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown but the Falcons were held to 78 yards rushing.
TITANS 28, RAMS 21
Chris Johnson ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and visiting Tennessee got the best of Jeff Fisher, who coached them for 16 seasons.
Johnson’s 19-yard scoring run snapped a tie with 2:54 to go and came a snap after Jurrell Casey sacked and stripped quarterback Kellen Clemens, and Derrick Morgan recovered.
The Rams (3-6) got a second straight 100-yard game from rookie Zac Stacy, who had 127 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. But the Titans (4-4) snapped a three-game skid in Johnson’s first 100-yard game since Week 7 last season against Buffalo. In the previous four games, he’d totaled 110 yards.
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