Matt Bryant made a 40-yard field goal with five seconds remaining and the Atlanta Falcons stayed perfect with a 30-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Trailing 28-27, the Falcons took over from their own 1-yard line with 59 seconds remaining. On the first play, Roddy White hauled in a 59-yard pass. A defensive pass interference penalty put the ball at the Carolina 35. Matt Ryan completed two passes before Bryant kicked the game-winning field goal. Ryan completed 25-of-40 passes for 369 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Falcons (4-0), who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2004. White caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Turner carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards and hauled in three passes for 68 yards and a score.
Final Score: New England 52, Buffalo 28
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and was backed by a potent ground attack as the New England Patriots dominated the second half on their way to a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The prospect of their first three-game losing streak in nearly a decade seemed very likely with the Patriots trailing by 14 in the third quarter. But New England produced touchdowns on six of its final seven possessions to stun a Buffalo team that has lost 22 of the last 24 meetings in the series. Brady ended with 340 passing yards for the Patriots (2-2), while the tandem of rookie free agent Brandon Bolden and second-year running back Stevan Ridley carved up the Bills' defense. Bolden had 137 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and Ridley rushed 22 times for 106 yards with a pair of scores. Ryan Fitzpatrick registered 350 yards and four touchdown passes for Buffalo (2-2), but he was also picked off four times.
Final Score: Minnesota 20, Detroit 13
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Vikings got a kickoff return and punt return for touchdowns as the team snapped a long winless skid in NFC North play with a 20-13 win over Detroit at Ford Field. Percy Harvin scored on the opening kickoff and Marcus Sherels returned the first punt of the second half for a touchdown as the Vikings (3-1) snapped an 11-game losing streak in the division. The last win in the NFC North for the team was a home victory against Detroit on Sept. 26, 2010. Adrian Peterson had 21 carries for 102 yards and added four catches for 20 yards while Christian Ponder went 16- for-26 with 111 yards for the Vikings, who have matched their win total from last season. Special teams again let Detroit down, as for the second straight week the team let up punt and kickoff returns for scores. Last week saw Tennessee turn the trick in a 44-41 overtime win for the Titans. Matthew Stafford passed for 319 yards on 30-of-51 attempts and scored the lone touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run for the Lions (1-3), who have dropped three straight after winning their opener against St. Louis.
Final Score: Houston 38, Tennessee 14
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Behind a stifling defense, a potent running attack and a crisp passing game, the Houston Texans are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns, Matt Schaub threw for 202 yards and two scores and Arian Foster ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 38-14 rout of the Tennessee Titans. Schaub completed 20-of-28 passes, Owen Daniels caught six balls for 72 yards and a score, and James Casey had five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown for Houston (4-0), which has outscored its opponents 128-56 this season. Defensive end J.J. Watt tallied two of the Texans' four sacks in the triumph. Titans (1-3) starting quarterback Jake Locker left the game in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury. On 3rd-and-7 midway through the frame, Glover Quin came untouched on a safety blitz and sacked Locker for an 8-yard loss. While Locker was going down, Watt hit him with the crown of his helmet directly on the shoulder.
Final Score: San Diego 37, Kansas City 20
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jackie Battle had one receiving touchdown and ran for a score as the San Diego Chargers pounded the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-20, at Arrowhead Stadium. Philip Rivers was 18-of-23 passing for 209 yards with two touchdowns and Antonio Gates had three catches for 59 yards for the Chargers (3-1), who bounced back from last week's 27-3 setback to Atlanta with 17 first-quarter points on Sunday and improved to 2-0 in the AFC West. Matt Cassel completed 24-of-42 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three first-half interceptions for Kansas City (1-3), which struggled to secure the ball all game. The Chiefs turned it over six times and have lost three of their first four for the second straight season.
Final Score: San Francisco 34, NY Jets 0
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Carlos Rogers' 51-yard touchdown on a fumble return headlined a smothering defensive effort from the San Francisco 49ers in a 34-0 blowout victory over the injury-plagued New York Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick all recorded rushing touchdowns as San Francisco (3-1) bounced back strongly from a 24-13 upset loss at Minnesota in Week 3. Still, the story of the day belonged to the 49ers' defense. San Francisco held the overmatched Jets to a paltry 145 yards and nine first downs while forcing four turnovers, including Rogers' recovery of a Santonio Holmes fumble that gave the Niners a 24-0 lead just seconds into the fourth quarter. The 49ers also blocked a punt that led to Hunter's one-yard touchdown plunge with 6:03 remaining. Holmes suffered an injury to his left foot on the play despite not being contacted and did not return. The Jets were already without rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller, both of whom were inactive with hamstring injuries. The 49ers also registered three sacks of Mark Sanchez, who managed just 103 yards on 13-of-29 passing and was intercepted once for New York (2-2), which was shut out for the first time since a 9-0 home setback to Green Bay on Oct. 31, 2010. Gore finished with 62 rushing yards on 21 carries and Alex Smith completed 12- of-21 throws for 143 yards for San Francisco.
Final Score: St. Louis 19, Seattle 13
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a Rams franchise record 60-yarder, as St. Louis dropped the Seattle Seahawks, 19-13, on Sunday at Edward Jones Dome. Zuerlein, a rookie out of Missouri Western State, also hit from 58, 48 and 24 yards, and has not missed a field goal try in his young NFL career, going 12-for-12. Sam Bradford threw for 221 yards on 16-of-30 passing in the win, while Stephen Jackson, who was questionable during the week due to a groin problem, ran for 55 yards on 18 carries. Danny Amendola caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (2-2), who bounced back from a loss to the Chicago Bears last week. Punter Johnny Hekker threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal in the victory. One week after being handed a win over the Green Bay Packers on Golden Tate's controversial last-second catch in the end zone, the Seahawks got no such help from proper referee Mike Carey and his crew. Russell Wilson threw for 160 yards and three interceptions on 17-of-25 passing and Marshawn Lynch ran for 118 yards with a touchdown on 20 carries for Seattle (2-2), which was trying for its first 3-1 start since the 2007 campaign. Steven Hauschka kicked two field goals and Sidney Rice led the receiving corps with four catches for 41 yards in the setback.
Final Score: Arizona 24, Miami 21 (OT)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Coming into the season with major question marks at the quarterback position, Kevin Kolb has led the Arizona Cardinals to their first 4-0 start in 38 years. Kolb threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-tying 15- yard score to Andre Roberts on fourth down with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and Jay Feely nailed a game- winning 46-yard field goal in overtime as the Cardinals downed the Miami Dolphins, 24-21, on Sunday. Battered and bruised for most of the day, Kolb completed 29-of-48 passes with two interceptions, while Roberts hauled in six balls for 118 yards and two scores for Arizona (4-0), which is off to its best start since the St. Louis Cardinals began the year 7-0 in 1974. Larry Fitzgerald added eight receptions for 64 yards and a score in the victory. Ryan Tannehill threw for a franchise rookie-record 431 yards on 26-of-41 efficiency, while Brian Hartline had a touchdown and a franchise-record 253 yards receiving on 12 catches for the Dolphins (1-3), who suffered their second consecutive overtime defeat. They fell to the New York Jets last Sunday. Cameron Wake, who hadn't tallied a sack over his first three games, registered a career-high 4 1/2 of Miami's franchise-record eight. Sean Smith intercepted two passes in the setback. Reggie Bush, listed as questionable after he sustained a knee injury during the Jets game, carried the ball 17 times for 67 yards.
Final Score: Denver 37, Oakland 6
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdown passes in a near-flawless performance, and the Denver Broncos erupted for 27 unanswered points in the second half to record a 37-6 rout over the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Manning completed a crisp 30-of-38 passes in his most impressive outing of the offseason acquistion's four-game tenure with the Broncos, while Willis McGahee rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown to help Denver (2-2) halt a two-game losing streak. Demaryius Thomas added 103 receiving yards on five catches and Eric Decker had seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos, who piled up 503 total yards and also ended a string of four straight Raider victories in Denver in the series. Oakland (1-3), which was coming off a 34-31 come-from-behind triumph over Pittsburgh last week for former Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen's first win as head coach, managed just 237 total yards and 12 first downs, with star running back Darren McFadden held to 34 yards on 13 carries by a swarming Broncos' stop unit. Carson Palmer finished with 202 yards on 19-of-34 passing for the Raiders in their final contest before a Week 5 bye.
Final Score: Cincinnati 27, Jacksonville 10
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns and scored another on the ground as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-10, on the road for their third consecutive win. Dalton completed 20-of-31 passes for 244 yards. He overcame an early interception to help the Bengals (3-1) keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. Cincinnati's A.J. Green hauled in six passes for 117 yards and scored a touchdown for the third consecutive game. Chris Pressley also caught a touchdown pass and Mike Nugent converted on both of his field goal attempts for the Bengals, who are off to their best start since 2009. The Jaguars (1-3) stayed within striking distance for the first three quarters, but Blaine Gabbert's fourth-quarter interception led to a Bengals field goal which made it a three-score game. Gabbert finished 23-of-34 for 186 yards and a touchdown, while rookie Justin Blackmon caught a career-high six passes for 48 yards for Jacksonville. Maurice Jones-Drew struggled for 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, but had five receptions for 42 yards in the defeat.
Final Score: Green Bay 28, New Orleans 27
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - The regular referees are back, right? Less than a week after being robbed by the replacement refs in 14-12 loss at Seattle, the Green Bay Packers endured another sloppy finish and held on for a 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes for the Packers (2-2), including a go- ahead, 11-yard strike to Jordy Nelson with seven minutes remaining. After Nelson's grab, Darren Sproles fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but was ruled down by contact. Out of challenges, the Packers were forced to accept the botched call, and the Saints took advantage with a march to the Green Bay 25. There, Garrett Hartley drilled a 43-yard field goal, but this time the newly reinstated officials got it right with a holding call on David Thomas, which negated the kick. After an encroachment call, Hartley pulled his 48-yard attempt wide left and the Packers took over with 2:49 left. They were able to run out the clock and secure the win courtesy of a tough catch by James Jones on 3rd-and-3. Rodgers finished with 319 yards and an interception on 31-of-41 passing, while Cedric Benson ran for 84 yards on 18 carries. Nelson caught eight passes for 93 yards, Jones added a pair of touchdown grabs and Greg Jennings scored in the second quarter before departing with a groin injury. Drew Brees completed 35-of-54 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns without and interception for the Saints (0-4), who have dropped four straight to begin a season for the first time since 2007. With a 20-yard, first-quarter scoring pass to Marques Colston, Brees tied Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (47).
Final Score: Washington 24, Tampa Bay 22
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Billy Cundiff connected on a 41-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the Washington Redskins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-22, on Sunday. Cundiff missed kicks of 41, 57 and 31 yards before drilling the game-winner for Washington (2-2), which was coming off back-to-back losses. Robert Griffin III threw for 323 yards on 26-of-35 efficiency and added a rushing touchdown in the win. Alfred Morris carried the ball 21 times for 113 yards and a score for the Redskins. Josh Freeman completed 24-of-39 passes for 299 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Buccaneers (1-3), who dropped their third straight game and are heading into their bye week. Mike Williams had four receptions for 115 yards for Tampa Bay, while Vincent Jackson finished with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in defeat.
Final Score: Philadelphia 19, NY Giants 17
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Alex Henery's 26-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining proved to be the difference, as the Philadelphia Eagles held off the New York Giants, 19-17, in an NFC East clash Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Henery's fourth field goal of the game gave Philadelphia a two-point lead late in the fourth, but Eli Manning led the Giants deep into Eagles' territory with the help of a pair of pass interference calls. Lawrence Tynes then had a chance to win the game with a 54-yard field goal with less than 10 seconds remaining, but his kick fell short of the uprights and the Eagles escaped with the victory. Manning finished 24-of-42 for 309 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Victor Cruz hauled in nine passes for 109 yards and a score for the Giants (2-2), who dropped to 0-2 in division play for the first time since 1996. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick didn't turn the ball over after giving the ball away nine times over the first three weeks. He went 19-of-30 for 241 yards and a score, and added six carries for 49 yards. LeSean McCoy rushed 23 times for 123 yards and DeSean Jackson caught six passes for 99 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles (3-1), who have won eight of the last nine matchups against the Giants, including the playoffs.