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Titus Young and the Lions spiked the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Detroit, thanks in large part to Young’s big game. The wide receiver finished the 28-24 victory with nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 20 seconds left in regulation. Enlarge photo

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Titus Young and the Lions spiked the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Detroit, thanks in large part to Young’s big game. The wide receiver finished the 28-24 victory with nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 20 seconds left in regulation.

PHILADELPHIA – Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta’s first three possessions against Philadelphia and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team with a 30-17 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

The Falcons improved to 7-0 for the first time in franchise history, while the Eagles (3-4) lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999.

Ryan finished 22 of 29 for 262 yards and three touchdowns for his first win against his hometown team in three tries.

Michael Vick didn’t turn the ball over for once, but he played so-so and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009.

The Falcons scored on their first six possessions before punting for the first time with 5 minutes, 35 seconds left.

Lions 28, Seahawks 24

DETROIT – Matthew Stafford threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Titus Young with 20 seconds left.

Zach Miller made a spectacular, 16-yard catch on a toss from Russell Wilson with 5:27 left to put the Seahawks ahead.

Seattle (4-4) couldn’t stop the Lions (3-4) on their last possession.

Stafford led a 16-play drive that started at the Detroit 20 with 5:27 remaining. The possession began with a 15-yard pass to Calvin Johnson and was kept alive with third-down conversion passes to Johnson in Lions territory and to Joique Bell to set up the winning score from just outside the goal line.

Steelers 27, Redskins 12

PITTSBURGH – The Steelers turned Robert Griffin III into just another rookie quarterback, swarming Washington’s precocious star in a dominant win.

Griffin completed just 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards and a score while managing eight yards rushing.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had no such issues, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers (4-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Jonathan Dwyer added 107 yards rushing in his second NFL start. Pittsburgh jumped on Washington (3-5) early, scoring on its first four possessions and never letting Griffin get loose.

Heath Miller caught four passes for 46 yards and his sixth touchdown of the season for the Steelers.

Browns 7, Chargers 6

CLEVELAND – Rookie Trent Richardson rushed for 122 yards and scored a touchdown in the Browns’ soggy, wind-whipped win.

Richardson, pulled last week at Indianapolis when he was ineffective because of a rib injury, carried 24 times as the Browns (2-6) won their second consecutive game at home – and first for new owner Jimmy Haslam. Richardson scored on a 26-yard run in the first quarter, and the Browns were able to hang on despite not generating much offense in blustery, rainy conditions.

The Chargers (3-4) dropped their third in a row. San Diego had a final chance, but quarterback Philip Rivers’ pass was batted away by Browns cornerback Buster Skrine with 1:24 left.

Rivers finished 18 of 34 for 154 yards

Patriots 45, Rams 7

LONDON – Tom Brady led touchdown drives on the first five possessions, and New England cruised at Wembley Stadium.

The Rams looked ready to put up a fight when Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. But Brady cut through the St. Louis defense at will to give New England a 28-7 lead by halftime, then hit Brandon Lloyd for a 9-yard score to start the third quarter.

New England surpassed 350 yards of total offense for the 17th consecutive game, breaking an NFL record set by the Rams in 1999-2000.

Colts 19, Titans 13, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Andrew Luck threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Vick Ballard at 4:49 of overtime.

The Colts (4-3) have beaten Tennessee in seven of eight overall and seven of the last 10 in Nashville.

The Colts did it with Luck leading a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives. The top pick overall in April’s draft set up Delone Carter’s 1-yard touchdown run that tied it up at 13 with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter.

In overtime, Ballard capped the drive, taking a screen pass and going up the left side where he jumped toward the goal line for the score.

The Titans fell to 3-5.

Bears 23, Panthers 22

CHICAGO – Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to rally the Bears.

The Bears trailed 19-7 in the fourth quarter when the game turned in a big way.

Chicago (6-1) took over on the Carolina 38 after Brad Nortman shanked a 6-yard punt, and Jay Cutler connected with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard scoring pass with just less than seven minutes left.

Then, on Carolina’s next play, Steve Smith slipped on a pass pattern, and Tim Jennings returned his second interception of the game 25 yards for the go-ahead score.

Cam Newton drove the Panthers to the Chicago 27, and Justin Medlock’s 45-yard field goal hit the right upright and went through to put Carolina (1-6) ahead 22-20 with 2:27 remaining. Medlock had five field goals.

On the winning drive, Cutler moved the Bears 55 yards to the 23 to set up Gould’s kick. The Panthers lost their fifth consecutive game.

Packers 24, Jaguars 15

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers went back to an old favorite, connecting with Donald Driver on a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Rodgers threw two touchdowns, passing Bart Starr for second place on Green Bay’s all-time list, and Dezman Moses gave the Packers their first touchdown on a blocked punt in almost 22 years. But Green Bay (5-3) had a surprisingly tough time with the NFL’s worst team, which lost its fourth in a row.

Playing without top receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Green Bay’s offense struggled to find its groove all afternoon.

Jacksonville (1-6), meanwhile, looked unfazed by the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew. Backup Rashad Jennings finished with 115 yards of offense, and Cecil Shorts had a career-best 116 yards on eight catches.

Dolphins 30, Jets 9

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Matt Moore stepped in for an injured Ryan Tannehill, and Miami rolled to its third consecutive victory.

Moore threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano, Olivier Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown and blocked a field goal, and the Dolphins smothered Mark Sanchez and the Jets’ offense Sunday.

After a week of trash talking between both sides, the argument was won on the field by the Dolphins (4-3) – and it was no contest. They were helped by some hideous play by the Jets (3-5), who have lost two in a row.

Tannehill injured his left knee and quadriceps muscle on a sack on third down by Calvin Pace on the Dolphins’ second possession of the game. Moore finished 11 of 19 for 131 yards.

Sanchez was 28 of 54 for 283 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Giants 29, Cowboys 24

ARLINGTON, Texas – Lawrence Tynes kicked two of his five field goals in the fourth quarter as Eli Manning and the New York Giants remained undefeated at Cowboys Stadium after blowing a 23-point lead.

The Giants overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win for the 20th time in Manning’s career. None were quite like this one.

New York (6-2) led 23-0 just 2 minutes into the second quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third interception thrown by Tony Romo, among six turnovers by Dallas (3-4).

The NFC East-leading Giants didn’t score again until Tynes kicked a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He added a 37-yarder after Stevie Brown recovered a fumble.

Raiders 26, Chiefs 16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Oakland stuffed struggling Kansas City for their sixth consecutive win at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sebastian Janikowski was perfect on four field goal attempts, and the Raiders (3-4) nearly became the third consecutive team to keep the Kansas City offense out of the end zone.

The Chiefs (1-6) scored their only touchdown with 2:27 left in the game.

Darren McFadden ran for 114 yards, and Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey had touchdown catches for Oakland, which has won two in a row after losing four of its first five.

Matt Cassel threw for 218 yards in place of Brady Quinn, who left in the first half with what the team called a “head injury.”

The Chiefs have lost four in a row and still have not led in regulation this season.

Jonathan Dwyer and the circa-1934 Steelers lowered the boom on Perry Riley and the Washington Redskins on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Dwyer rushed for more than 100 yards in as many starts – his only two NFL starts – and the Steelers won 27-12. Enlarge photo

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Jonathan Dwyer and the circa-1934 Steelers lowered the boom on Perry Riley and the Washington Redskins on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Dwyer rushed for more than 100 yards in as many starts – his only two NFL starts – and the Steelers won 27-12.

Donald Brown and the Indianapolis Colts hurdled Michael Griffin and the Titans 19-13 in overtime Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Brown rushed for a team-high 80 yards, and fellow running backs Delone Carter and Vick Ballard scored touchdowns, the latter the game-winning score in OT. Enlarge photo

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Donald Brown and the Indianapolis Colts hurdled Michael Griffin and the Titans 19-13 in overtime Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Brown rushed for a team-high 80 yards, and fellow running backs Delone Carter and Vick Ballard scored touchdowns, the latter the game-winning score in OT.

Anthony Fasano had one catch for four yards, but it was a touchdown catch – from the Miami Dolphins’ backup quarterback. Ryan Tannehill got injured early, and Matt Moore stepped up to lead the Dolphins to a 30-9 rout over the New York Jets on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Enlarge photo

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Anthony Fasano had one catch for four yards, but it was a touchdown catch – from the Miami Dolphins’ backup quarterback. Ryan Tannehill got injured early, and Matt Moore stepped up to lead the Dolphins to a 30-9 rout over the New York Jets on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Tight end Jason Witten caught 18 balls and was one of three Cowboys’ receivers to eclipse 100 yards, but Michael Boley and the New York Giants surrendered a 23-point lead, then regained their edge in a 29-24 victory Sunday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Enlarge photo

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Tight end Jason Witten caught 18 balls and was one of three Cowboys’ receivers to eclipse 100 yards, but Michael Boley and the New York Giants surrendered a 23-point lead, then regained their edge in a 29-24 victory Sunday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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