Green Bay runs all over Arizona
Green Bay had two 100-yard rushers and Brett Favre did his first “Lambeau Leap.”
Ahman Green and backup running back Vernand Morency combined for 207 yards rushing and Green had two first-half touchdowns, and the Packers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 31-14, on Sunday for their first home victory under first-year Coach Mike McCarthy.
“It’s our first win at home,” Favre said. “But in our situation right now, we’ll take them any way we can get them.”
The Cardinals (1-7) began the season with playoff expectations but haven’t won since opening the season at their new stadium with a victory over San Francisco.
The Packers (3-4) sacked rookie Matt Leinart four times and held him to 61 yards passing in the first half. Leinart, the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, finished with 157 yards passing and a touchdown, but is 0-4 as an NFL starter.
Cornerback Charles Woodson intercepted a Leinart pass near the end of the game.
Edgerrin James had 84 yards in 24 carries for Arizona. James ran for a touchdown near the end of the first half, but the Cardinals trailed after two quarters, 21-7.
The Packers’ first possession ended with a botched fake field-goal try, but they scored on their next three drives to take a 21-0 lead.
Favre threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Martin in the first quarter, and Green had touchdown runs of four and two yards in the second quarter.
Favre completed 17 of 25 passes for 180 yards, and had a touchdown run on the Packers’ first possession of the third quarter -- his first since Dec. 3, 2001, at Jacksonville.
Favre froze a defender with a pump fake and dived into the end zone, then did the traditional celebratory jump into the stands. He said it was the first time he’d done a Lambeau Leap, and it probably would be his last.
Green had 106 yards rushing and Morency had 101, the first time the Packers have had two 100-yard rushers in a game since a home victory over Tampa Bay on Dec. 1, 1985.
Cleveland 20, New York Jets 13 -- A potential one-handed score-tying touchdown grab by tight end Chris Baker in the final minute was called out of bounds and the Browns held on at Cleveland.
On fourth and four at the Cleveland 24, Chad Pennington ducked underneath a blitz from safety Sean Jones and lofted a pass to the near right corner for Baker, who leaped and hauled in the pass. But before he could get either of his feet down, Baker was hit from the side by defensive back Brodney Pool, who sent Baker sprawling out of bounds. Baker held the ball and the officials did not immediately make a call. They huddled for several seconds before referee Mike Carey said Baker could not have made the catch in bounds.
Because it was a judgment call, the play was not reviewable under the NFL’s instant replay system.
Reuben Droughns rushed for a season-high 125 yards for the Browns (2-5) and Charlie Frye was 15 for 22 for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Pennington was 11 for 28 for 108 yards with two interceptions. The Jets (4-4) had only 193 yards.
New York Giants 17, Tampa Bay 3 -- Despite playing without three injured defensive starters and losing another early, the host Giants held Tampa Bay to 174 yards and set up a score with a turnover deep in Buccaneers’ territory.
Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress provided the offense for the Giants (5-2), who took an early 14-0 lead en route to their fourth consecutive win. They combined on a seven-yard touchdown pass and a 25-yard wind-blown catch that led to a one-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs.
Jay Feely added a 31-yard field goal with 3 minutes 43 seconds to play.
Matt Bryant, who had a game-winning 62-yard field goal the previous week against Philadelphia, kicked a 43-yard field goal for the Buccaneers (2-5), whose winning streak ended at two games.
Tennessee 28, Houston 22 -- Vince Young ran for a touchdown and threw for another at Nashville, Tenn., and the Titans won consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.
The Texans (2-5) lost their 11th consecutive road game, wasting backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels’ three touchdown passes in the last 17 minutes.
His last touchdown pass cut Houston’s deficit to 28-22 with 1:54 left, and the Texans tried an onside kick, but Bobby Wade jumped up and grabbed the ball, allowing the Titans (2-5) to run out the clock.
Coach Gary Kubiak replaced David Carr, who was sacked four times, with Rosenfels midway through the third quarter.