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Published: Monday, 9/24/2012

Steelers fall on last-second FG

Chiefs able to down Saints with overtime

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Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski  (11) celebrates with holder Shane Lechler (9) and  Dave Tollefson (58) after Janikowski's 43-yard field goal to win the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday. Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) celebrates with holder Shane Lechler (9) and Dave Tollefson (58) after Janikowski's 43-yard field goal to win the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday.
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OAKLAND -- Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play as the Oakland Raiders scored the final 13 points after wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked out and hospitalized by a scary hit to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 on Sunday.

The game turned somber early in the fourth quarter when Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that was not called a penalty by the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury.

Carson Palmer threw his third touchdown pass for Oakland (1-2) and Janikowski kicked two field goals to beat the Steelers (1-2) and give coach Dennis Allen his first win. Darren McFadden ran for 113 yards, including a 64-yard TD burst in the first quarter that surpassed his rushing total from the first two games of the season combined.

CHIEFS 27, SAINTS 24

NEW ORLEANS -- Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards.

Succop's 43-yard field goal with three seconds left completed a methodical comeback by Kansas City (1-2) after the Saints (0-3) had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.

Kansas City needed only one touchdown to win, a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.

The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston's third sack of the game.

Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime.

VIKINGS 24, 49ERS 13

MINNEAPOLIS -- Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another.

After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively beating playoff teams Green Bay and Detroit, the 49ers (2-1) were beaten in every way by a team least likely to do so.

The Vikings (2-1) began the game boldly with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass by Ponder to Rudolph. They finished strong by forcing three turnovers and two punts by the 49ers in the fourth quarter.

Playing against his former team in the regular season for the first time, Randy Moss had three catches for 27 yards. Alex Smith's franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249 straight passes.

JAGUARS 22, COLTS 17

INDIANAPOLIS -- Blaine Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts III on an 80-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 177 yard, but Jacksonville (2-1) needed Gabbert's big play. The Colts (1-2) had taken the lead 17-16 after Andrew Luck drove them 48 yards in five plays to set up Adam Vinatieri's 37-yard field goal with 56 seconds left.

On the next snap, Shorts got behind Colts safety Sergio Brown and Gabbert hit him in stride. Shorts sprinted free, diving into the end zone for the score.

Indianapolis had a chance to win it at the end, but Luck's pass into the end zone was broken up by Aaron Ross.

COWBOYS 16, BUCCANEERS 10

ARLINGTON, Texas -- DeMarco Murray had an 11-yard touchdown run, and Dan Bailey kicked three field goals.

The Cowboys (2-1) scored twice in the first half when starting in Tampa Bay territory after turnovers. They overcame three turnovers by Romo -- two on plays reversed by replay -- with a defense that held Tampa Bay to 166 total yards.

Bailey had kicks of 32, 26, and 22 yards.

JETS 23, DOLPHINS 20

MIAMI -- Nick Folk received a reprieve when his blocked field-goal attempt was negated by a timeout, and his second try was a successful 33-yarder with 6:04 left in overtime.

On the previous possession, the Dolphins' Dan Carpenter was wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt that would have given them the victory.

New York improved to 2-1, and Miami dropped to 1-2. The Jets' Darrelle Revis and Miami's Reggie Bush left the game with left knee injuries.

BENGALS 38, REDSKINS 31

LANDOVER, Md. -- Andy Dalton completed 19 of 27 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns for Cincinnati. The Bengals blew a 24-7 first-half lead, but two touchdown passes by Dalton in the fourth quarter made the difference.

Robert Griffin III's 2-yard run cut the lead to seven points with 3:35 remaining, but he threw incomplete on a third-and-50 on the game's last play.

Cincinnati's A.J. Green caught nine passes for a career-high 183 yards.

The Bengals improved to 2-1. The Redskins fell to 1-2.

BEARS 23, RAMS 6

CHICAGO -- Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Chicago's defense had six sacks on Sam Bradford and held St. Louis to 160 total yards.

That was enough on a day when Jay Cutler struggled, and the Bears (2-1) came away with the win after an ugly loss to Green Bay the previous week. The Rams fell to 1-2.

The Bears had just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 in the fourth quarter when Wright came up with his big return.

He caught the ball at the 45 and ran untouched to the end zone, making it a 14-point game and finally giving the Bears some breathing room.

CARDINALS 27, EAGLES 6

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Kolb threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, James Sanders returned one of Michael Vick's two fumbles 93 yards for a touchdown, and Arizona is off to its best start in 38 years.

Kolb was sharp, hitting 17 of 24 passes, and Arizona (3-0) sacked Vick five times for its best start since 1974, more than a dozen years before the team movedfrom St. Louis. The Cardinals also have won seven straight home games, the second-longest streak in franchise history.

FALCONS 27, CHARGERS 3

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers, and safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for Atlanta.

Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards, with his first interception of the season, and a passer rating of 107.8 for the Falcons (3-0), who improved to 6-0 all-time in San Diego. DeCoud's three takeaways, plus William Moore's fourth-quarter fumble recovery, extended the Falcons' NFL-high turnover differential to plus-10.

San Diego (2-1) was the third straight AFC West team to lose to Atlanta.

Ryan Mathews made his season debut for San Diego and looked good until fumbling inside the Falcons' 5-yard line on a hit by Sean Witherspoon, with DeCoud recovering. That set up a monster 17-play, 96-yard drive that ate 7 minutes, 59 and was capped by Gonzalez's TD catch.

TEXANS 31, BRONCOS 25

DENVER -- Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton Manning, throwing four touchdown passes against a confused Denver defense. Schaub finished 17 for 30 for 290 yards to help Houston move to 3-0 for the first time in history.

Manning didn't throw any interceptions against the Texans. The Broncos fell behind by 20 and lost by six for the second week in a row. Manning did get the ball with 20 seconds left but didn't get the Broncos close to the end zone.

The Texans improved to 3-16 lifetime against Manning and beat him for the first time in a road game.



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