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Drew Brees, Saints, threw for 298 yards and three TDs in handing Atlanta its first loss, 31-27.

Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 27 for 38 for 301 yards and one TD in a 36-14 victory at Carolina. Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFLs career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

Josh Freeman, Bucs, passed for two TDs in a 34-24 win over San Diego and has thrown for 13 TDs with just one interception in his past five games.

Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Baltimore set a club record with 55 points in a 55-20 romp over Oakland.

Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw a career-high four touchdown passes each to a different receiver to beat the New York Giants 31-13.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Vikings, raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown and had 171 yards on 27 carries in a 34-24 victory over Detroit. Peterson has 1,128 yards rushing.

Chris Johnson, Titans, became the first rusher to gain 100 yards on the ground against Miami in the past 23 games. He had 126 yards on 23 carries and one score.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 124 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD plunge in a 28-7 rout of the Jets. He has 1,005 yards rushing for the season.

Steven Jackson, Rams, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 24-24 tie with the 49ers.

Receivers

Jimmy Graham, Saints, caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans beat Atlanta 31-27. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and two scores while becoming the first tight end to catch 100 touchdown passes. He now has 101.

Calvin Johnson, Lions, had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown, in a 34-24 loss at Minnesota.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, caught nine passes for 135 yards in helping Denver beat Carolina 36-14.

Danario Alexander, Chargers, scored on an 80-yard pass and had five receptions for 134 yards in a 34-24 defeat at Tampa Bay.

Danny Amendola, Rams, made 11 catches for 102 yards he had an 80-yarder in overtime negated by a penalty in a 24-24 tie at San Francisco.

Defense/Special Teams

Jacoby Jones, Ravens, went 105 yards on a kickoff in a 55-20 rout of Oakland to become the first Ravens player to have two KO returns for TDs in a season.

Adam Heyward, Buccaneers, scooped up a punt blocked by Dekoda Watson and ran 29 yards for a touchdown in a 34-24 win over San Diego.

Blair Walsh, Vikings, kicked field goals of 48, 23, 23 and 33 yards in a 34-24 win over Detroit.

Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a punt 76 yards for a TD in a 36-14 victory at Carolina.

Tony Carter, Broncos, returned an interception 40 yards for a score in a 36-14 win at Carolina.

Injuries

QBs Michael Vick of the Eagles and Alex Smith of the 49ers left their games with concussions. Vick was hit by Dallas LB Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass. Smith was injured when Jo-Lonn Dunbar crashed into him. ... Chicago saw its quarterback, Jay Cutler, leave at halftime against Houston with a concussion. ... Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black was hospitalized for observation of a neck injury after being carted off the field during the third quarter. The Bucs did not release specific details about the injury but said the sixth-year pro is expected to be OK.

Quote of the Day

I think anyone would like to keep playing. I really dont know what good a tie does. Its frustrating when you play a game and you put so much into it during the week and during the course of it, (Sunday) five quarters, youd like to come away with either a win or a loss. Rams QB Sam Bradford said of a 24-24 tie with San Francisco, the first stalemate in four years

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