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Packers score with 3 seconds left to beat Dolphins, 27-24

Aaron Rodgers, Cameron Wake
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass while under pressure from Miami defensive end Cameron Wake in the third quarter Sunday.
(Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with 3 seconds left Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers rallied past the Miami Dolphins, 27-24, at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Green Bay twice gave up leads and trailed 24-17 before Rodgers directed a 68-yard drive for a field goal with 4:09 to go.

The Packers quickly forced a punt to start at their 40 with 2:04 left, and Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson on fourth-and-10 for 18 yards to keep the winning drive alive.

Rodgers finished with three touchdown passes and 264 yards while committing no turnovers.

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The Packers (4-2) earned their third consecutive victory and won in Miami for only the second time ever. The Dolphins (2-3) lost despite the return of six starters who had missed playing time.

Cowboys 30, Seahawks 23

DeMarco Murray ran for a 15-yard touchdown with 3:16 left and became the second running back in NFL history with six straight 100-yard games to start the season as Dallas Cowboys stunned the Seahawks, in Seattle.

Dallas overcame a pair of special teams turnovers to become the first team outside the NFC West to win in Seattle since 2011. Murray’s touchdown run capped a 75-yard drive that saw Tony Romo convert a third-and-20 play finding Terrance Williams along the sideline.

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The Cowboys are 5-1 for the first time since 2007 and beating the defending champions gives validity to the surprising start.

Russell Wilson ran for a 9-yard touchdown and Mike Morgan returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a score. But after being lauded for his Monday night performance, Wilson was part of a miserable day for Seattle’s offense.

Bears 27, Falcons 13Jay Cutler threw for 381 yards and a touchdown, Matt Forte ran for a couple of second-half scores, and Chicago picked up another road victory with the win in Atlanta.

Chicago (3-3) has won three of four away from Soldier Field this season, though there were so many Bears fans at the Georgia Dome that this seemed almost like a neutral site.

After the Falcons (2-4) rallied from a 13-3 halftime deficit to tie the game late in the third quarter, the Bears bounced back to hand Atlanta its third straight loss. Cutler unleashed a towering pass to Alshon Jeffery that went for 74 yards. On the next play, Forte took it in for a 6-yard touchdown. The Falcons went three-and-out, and Chicago finished them off with a 15-play, 87-yard drive. Forte capped it with a 9-yard scoring burst up the middle.

Cardinals 30, Redskins 20

Carson Palmer returned from a five-week absence to throw two touchdown passes to help Arizona hand  Washington its fourth straight loss and 13th in 14 games.

Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for a season-high 98 yards and his first touchdown of the year for the Cardinals (4-1), who bounced back from a 41-20 drubbing at Denver.

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Kirk Cousins was 24 for 38 for 354 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson for the Redskins (1-5), but threw three fourth-quarter interceptions.

Palmer had not played since damaging a nerve in his throwing shoulder in the season-opening win over San Diego and was not announced as the starter until just before kickoff.

Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro kicked field goals of 33, 49 and 37 yards.

Bengals 37, Panthers 37

Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of overtime, leaving the Bengals and Carolina with the NFL’s first tie of the season.

Nothing new about the Bengals tying at home. They finished 13-13 with Philadelphia in their last overtime game at Paul Brown Stadium in 2008.

Nugent made a 42-yard field goal that put Cincinnati (3-1-1) up after the opening drive of overtime. Carolina (3-2-1) tied it on Graham Gano’s 36-yarder with 2:19 left.

Andy Dalton was nearly perfect in overtime, going 8 for 9 for 87 yards with one throwaway. He led the Bengals into range to win it, but Nugent sliced his kick wide right.

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Broncos 31, Jets 17

Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, leaving him two shy of Brett Favre’s career mark, to lead Denver to the victory at East Rutherford, N.J.

Julius Thomas caught two of Manning’s scoring passes, and Ronnie Hillman ran for 100 yards on 24 carries for the Broncos (4-1). Demaryius Thomas finished with 10 catches for 134 yards and a TD.

Manning has 506 career touchdown passes, and could tie or break Favre’s record next Sunday at home against San Francisco.

The Jets (1-5) had a chance to tie with less than a minute left. But with the ball at the 1, Geno Smith was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22 yards for a sealing touchdown that sent New York to its fifth straight loss.

Eric Decker caught a touchdown pass for the Jets in his first game against his former team.

Patriots 37, Bills 22

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and posted his 60th career 300-yard game to lead New England Patriots to the victory at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Brandon LaFell had two touchdown catches, including a 56-yarder, and the Patriots’ defense forced three turnovers that resulted in 13 points in the second quarter. Brady completed 26 of 36 passes for 352 yards to spoil the Bills’ first game under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula, who completed their purchase of the franchise this week.

Brady is now 23-2 against AFC East rival Buffalo with the Patriots (4-2).

Kyle Orton went 24 of 38 for 299 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble in his second start for Buffalo since replacing EJ Manuel. The Bills (3-3) have lost three of four.

Browns 31, Steelers 10

Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and pulled off a rarity for a Cleveland quarterback, leading the Browns to a rout over visiting Pittsburgh.

Hoyer threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron and improved to 6-2 as Cleveland’s starter as the surprising Browns (3-2) beat the Steelers for just the third time in 23 games. Cleveland hadn’t beaten Pittsburgh so badly since a 51-0 shutout in 1989.

Ben Tate had two rushing TDs and rookie Isaiah Crowell added another one as the Browns opened a 21-3 lead in the first half and rolled to the easy win one week after staging the largest comeback in NFL history by a road team

Ravens 48, Buccaneers 17

Joe Flacco was nearly flawless in throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns, leading Baltimore to a rout at Tampa, Fla.

Baltimore (4-2) scored on six straight possessions to begin the game , with Flacco throwing for TDs on the first five.

Torrey Smith caught the first two, while Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith had the others as the Ravens rebounded from a disappointing road loss to Indianapolis.

Tampa Bay (1-5) was embarrassed for the second time in six games under coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs were beaten 56-14 at Atlanta on Sept. 18, but rebounded from that debacle with a win over Pittsburgh and an overtime loss at New Orleans, outings that left Smith feeling his team was headed in the right direction.

Lions 17, Vikings 3

Tahir Whitehead intercepted two passes by Teddy Bridgewater twice, Joique Bell put the game away with a fourth-quarter touchdown run to help Detroit win in Minneapolis.

With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush missing, the Lions played a low-risk game and punted nearly as often as the Vikings did. But their defense made another case for top billing in the league. Ziggy Ansah had 2 1/2 of Detroit’s eight sacks.

Bridgewater threw three interceptions in his second career start for the Vikings (2-4).

The biggest problem for Detroit was two more missed field goal attempts. Matt Prater did make one from 52 yards in his debut. The Lions (4-2) won at Minnesota for only the second time in their last 17 trips.

Titans 16, Jaguars 14

Sammie Hill blocked a field-goal attempt in the final seconds, and Tennessee held off the winless Jacksonville at Nashville, Tenn., to snap a four-game losing streak.

Jackie Battle ran for a touchdown, and Ryan Succop also kicked three field goals as the Titans (2-4) bounced back after blowing the biggest lead ever by a home team in the regular season with their loss to Cleveland.

Jurrell Casey had two of Tennessee’s six sacks. The Titans forced two turnovers as they won their first game at home this season — only their second here in nine games.

The Jaguars (0-6) scored with 37 seconds left as Blake Bortles found Clay Harbor for a 20-yard TD. They recovered the onside kick. But Hill got his right fingers on Josh Scobee’s 55-yard field goal attempt.


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