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Nick Foles, Eagles, had a rookie-record 32 completions while throwing for 381 yards and two touchdowns to help Philadelphia end an eight-game skid – the team’s longest in 42 years – with a 23-21 victory at Tampa Bay.

Cam Newton, Panthers, had two touchdown tosses and ran 72 yards for another score, finishing with a career-high 116 yards rushing, to lead Carolina past Atlanta 30-20. He’s the first player in NFL history with at least 250 yards passing, 100 yards rushing and a TD pass and run in the same game.

Philip Rivers, Chargers, threw three touchdown passes, two to Danario Alexander, in San Diego’s 34-24 win over Pittsburgh.

Eli Manning, Giants, threw four touchdown passes as New York cruised to a 52-27 rout of New Orleans.

Running Backs

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, ran for 165 yards, breaking off an 80-yard TD run on the game’s first play for Kansas City, in a 30-7 loss at Cleveland.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings, rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had three touchdown runs ran for 128 yards on 11 carries in Seattle’s 58-0 win over Arizona.

Doug Martin, Buccaneers, rushed for 128 yards and a score in a losing cause as Tampa Bay fell to Philadelphia 23-21.

Alfred Morris, Redskins, had 122 yards rushing and a TD on 23 carries as Washington edged Baltimore 31-28 in overtime.

Receivers

Brandon Marshall, Bears, had 10 catches for 160 yards and a TD in Chicago’s 21-14 loss at Minnesota.

Kenny Britt, Titans, caught eight passes for 143 yards in a losing cause as Tennessee was edged 27-23 by Indianapolis.

Jason Avant, Eagles, had seven receptions for 133 yards to help Philadelphia top Tampa Bay 23-21.

Defense/Special Teams

David Wilson, Giants, returned a kickoff 97 yards for one touchdown, ran for 100 yards and two more scores and piled up a team-record 327 all-purpose yards in a 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints. He’s the first player in NFL history with 200 kickoff return yards and 100 yards rushing in the same game.

Dan Bailey, Cowboys, kicked a 40-yard field goal as time ran out, sending Dallas to a 20-19 victory over Cincinnati.

Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman, Seahawks, each had two interceptions – Sherman returned one for a TD – in Seattle’s 58-0 win over Arizona.

Aldon Smith, 49ers, had two sacks in San Francisco’s 27-13 win over Miami for an NFL-leading 19½, passing Fred Dean’s franchise-best single-season mark of 17½ and moving within three of Michael Strahan’s seasonal NFL record set in 2001.

Injuries

Robert Griffin III sprained his right knee in the Washington Redskins’ overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but a team spokesman said an MRI revealed that “everything is clear” in terms of significant ligament damage. Spokesman Tony Wyllie said Griffin does not have a major knee injury and specifically ruled out a season-ending torn ACL. ... Chicago’s Jay Cutler was 22 of 44 for 260 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 21-14 loss to Minnesota, but took a wicked hit to the head from Everson Griffen in the fourth quarter. He has a neck injury. ... Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson hurt his right leg in a 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams, and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.

Quote of the Day

“The guy’s unbelievable. I don’t know if he’s human or not.” – Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder on teammate Adrian Peterson, who ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Associated Press