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Tim Tebow and Broncos beat Chargers in OT; Raiders edge Bears with six field goals

Matt Leinart injures shoulder in 20-13 victory over Jaguars; Jets get 28-24 win over Bills in a wild finish.

November 27, 2011|From wire reports
  • Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow runs through the tackle of Chargers defensive lineman Antonio Garay for a big gain late in the second quarter Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow runs through the tackle of Chargers defensive… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Prater's 37-yard field goal with 1:38 left in overtime completed Tim Tebow's fourth second-half comeback of the season as the visiting Denver Broncos defeated the reeling San Diego Chargers, 16-13, on Sunday for their fourth straight victory.

San Diego's Nick Novak missed a 53-yard field goal with 2:31 remaining in overtime. He made a career-long 53-yarder in the first quarter.

Tebow improved to 5-1 as a starter in 2011 for Denver (6-5), which snapped a four-game losing streak to San Diego and won its four straight on the road after losing 11 of its previous 12.

Prater's 38th consecutive field goal from inside 40 yards kept the Broncos one game behind Oakland in the AFC West.

Ryan Mathews had a career-high 137 yards rushing for San Diego (4-7), which has lost six straight for the first time since dropping its final nine games in 2001. The Chargers' last victory was 29-24 at Denver on Oct. 9.

Prater's 24-yard field goal with 1:34 left in regulation tied the game at 13 and was made possible by a 39-yard pass from Tebow to Eric Decker on third-and-10 from the Denver 25.

Willis McGahee rushed for 117 yards and Tebow finished 9-of-18 passing for 143 yards with a touchdown and added 67 on the ground.

Raiders 25, Bears 20

OAKLAND -- Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record six field goals and the Oakland Raiders took advantage of three interceptions from Chicago's fill-in starter Caleb Hanie to beat the Bears 25-20 Sunday.

Carson Palmer threw for 301 yards and Michael Bush iced the game with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead the Raiders (7-4) to their third straight win against a Bears team missing starting quarterback Jay Cutler.

Hanie struggled in his first career start in place of Cutler, who broke his right thumb last week in Chicago's sixth straight win to put a major obstacle into what had been a promising season for the Bears (7-4).

Steelers 13, Chiefs 9

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ben Roethlisberger threw a short touchdown pass to Weslye Saunders and Pittsburgh took advantage of four turnovers by Tyler Palko to beat the Kansas City.

Playing with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, Roethlisberger was 21 of 31 for 193 yards and an interception for the Steelers (8-3), whose defense lost All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu to an injury in the first quarter yet still kept the bumbling Chiefs (4-7) from scoring a touchdown.

Kansas City hasn't reached the end zone since the third quarter against Denver three weeks ago, a span of 45 offensive drives — including the final one Sunday night. The Chiefs marched across midfield to the Pittsburgh 37 when Palko dropped back to pass. He was looking for Dwayne Bowe but threw it high and behind him, and Keenan Lewis hauled in the interception with 29 seconds left to seal the game and keep Pittsburgh tied atop the AFC North with Baltimore.

Texans 20, Jaguars 13

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Leinart injured his throwing shoulder, overshadowing Houston's 20-13 victory against the offensively inept Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Arian Foster ran for 65 yards and a score, Leinart delivered a perfect touchdown pass to Joel Dreessen before leaving the game and the Texans (8-3) sacked Blaine Gabbert six times. It was good enough for their fifth consecutive win, which moved Houston a little closer to clinching the AFC South.

But Leinart's shoulder could be a serious setback.

The Texans already lost starter Matt Schaub for the season with a right foot injury. Now, they are down to T.J. Yates and newly signed Kellen Clemens.

Yates completed 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards in relief of Leinart, doing just enough to help the Texans beat the Jaguars (3-8).

Jacksonville benched Gabbert in the fourth quarter. Luke McCown led the team to a late field goal, but his fourth-down pass with about a minute remaining fell incomplete.

Jets 28, Bills 24

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes, including the winning score to Santonio Holmes with just over a minute remaining, as New York kept pace in the AFC playoff race with a comeback victory.

With the Jets trailing 24-21 and facing a third-and-11 from the Bills 36, Sanchez connected with Plaxico Burress, who made an impressive one-handed grab for the first down. Sanchez quickly ran a quarterback sneak and then, on the next play, rolled out to his right to buy some time and found Holmes alone in the right corner of the end zone to give the Jets the lead with 1:01 left.

The Jets (6-5) entered the game with many players saying they need to win each of their last six to make the postseason. They overcame a valiant comeback attempt by the Bills (5-6), who have lost four straight.

Patriots 38, Eagles 20

PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and New England beat Philadelphia in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl.

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