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NFL Game Capsules - Week 8

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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle's defense came up with a goal-line stand in the final seconds, which allowed the Seahawks to sneak out of St. Louis with a 14-9 victory. The Rams and veteran backup Kellen Clemens, who made his 13th career NFL start, started from their own 3-yard line with 5:42 to play. Clemens led St. Louis down to the Seattle 1-yard line. Rams running back Daryl Richardson was stopped on third down, and Clemens followed with an incomplete pass to Brian Quick as time expired. Seattle's dominant defense allowed the team to pick up its fourth road win of the season. The Seahawks haven't won four games away from home since 2006. The single-season franchise record is five, set in 1984 and matched in 2005. Seattle's offense, which came into Monday's contest averaging 27.3 points per game, was limited to 135 total yards of offense. The lone star on that side of the ball was Golden Tate, who caught five passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

(Sunday, October 27th)

Final Score: Green Bay 44, Minnesota 31

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers and his seldom-used receivers are making it work. Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Rodgers, who was a perfect 10-of-10 for 172 yards and his pair of scores on third down, finished 24-of-29 for the Packers (5-2), who have won four straight games. Green Bay was 13-of-18 on third down overall and tallied points on each possession before its final drive where it took a knee. Jordy Nelson, the only mainstay among the receiving corps, caught seven passes for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy carried the ball 29 times for 94 yards and a score in the triumph. Adrian Peterson ran for 60 yards and a score on 13 carries, while also adding three receptions for 23 yards for Minnesota (1-6), which has dropped three in a row. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34 last December to make the postseason, but lost to Green Bay in the wild-card encounter a week later. Peterson rushed for 409 yards in his two regular-season outings versus Green Bay last year and added another 99 yards on 22 carries in their wild-card tilt. Christian Ponder struggled in his return to the lineup, completing 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards. Ponder got the starting nod after the newly-acquired Josh Freeman suffered a concussion during Monday's 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff in defeat.

Final Score: Detroit 31, Dallas 30

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Matthew Stafford lunged for a touchdown with 12 seconds left to give the Detroit Lions a 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in a thriller at Ford Field. Detroit trailed by six points with 1:02 left and started the winning drive at its own 20. A 17-yard catch from Calvin Johnson was followed by Stafford's toss down the left sideline for Kris Durham for 40 yards. Stafford then went back to Johnson for 22 yards down to the Dallas 1 and raced to set up a spike. However, Stafford leaped after the snap and just got the ball over the goal line. After a review determined he had crossed the plane, David Akers kicked the extra point and the Lions had a 31-30 lead with 12 seconds to play. Dallas had one shot after the kickoff, but didn't get anywhere with a catch and laterals as time ran out. Stafford finished the game with 488 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions while completing 33-of-48 attempts. Johnson set a career high with 329 yards on 14 catches with a score for the Lions (5-3), who bounced back from a three-point loss to Cincinnati last week.

Final Score: San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - The winless Jacksonville Jaguars have been searching for answers all season. Not even a change of scenery could help the limping team Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore each scored two touchdowns on the ground as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Jaguars by a 42-10 margin. Gore carried the ball 19 times for 71 yards for the 49ers (6-2), who have eclipsed 30 points in each game of a current five-game winning streak. The accomplishment ties a team record for consecutive games scoring 30 or more points, also set in 1994 and 1997. Kaepernick completed 10-of-16 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown for San Francisco, which made its second trip to Wembley Stadium after having bested the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Oct. 31, 2010. Kaepernick also carried the ball seven times for 54 yards. Chad Henne connected on 29- of-45 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars (0-8), who are off to the worst start in team history.

Final Score: Kansas City 23, Cleveland 17

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Chiefs remained the lone unbeaten team in the NFL, but only after surviving a stiff test from the upset-minded Cleveland Browns. Alex Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Chiefs held on for a 23-17 victory at Arrowhead Stadium despite nearly being shut out in the second half. Smith finished with 225 yards on 24- of-36 passes and connected with Dexter McCluster and Anthony Sherman for scores as the Chiefs (8-0) continued their best start since winning their first nine games in 2003. Jamaal Charles gained 100-plus yards from scrimmage for the eighth straight game, but the running back was limited by a knee injury in the second half and Kansas City's offense suffered as a whole. Jason Campbell got the starting nod under center for Cleveland and was mostly effective as he tossed for 293 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-36 passing. Josh Gordon caught five passes for 132 yards and a score for the Browns (3-5), losers of three in a row after a promising 3-2 start.

Final Score: New England 27, Miami 17

Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - In a tale of two halves, New England completely dominated the second to claim a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in an AFC East clash at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots managed a mere 59 yards in the first 30 minutes and trailed by 14, then scored 24 unanswered points -- highlighted by a pair of touchdowns in a span of less than two minutes that tied the game. Tom Brady struggled through his worst first half in 10 years and finished with just 116 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-22 passing. Stevan Ridley ran for 79 yards with a score and Brandon Bolden added a rushing touchdown for New England (6-2), which bounced back from last week's overtime loss to the New York Jets and beat Miami for the seventh straight time. Ryan Tannehill threw for 192 yards with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions for the Dolphins (3-4), who have followed a promising 3-0 start with four consecutive losses. A trio of turnovers and two missed field goals -- one that hit an upright and another that was blocked -- in the second half led to disaster for Miami, which has a quick turnaround with a Thursday night home game against Cincinnati.

Final Score: New Orleans 35, Buffalo 17

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes and hit 10 different targets, as the New Orleans Saints shook off the rust to post a 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the Superdome. Brees had 332 yards on 26-of-34 passing for the Saints (6-1), who were coming off their bye. They suffered their lone loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion a week earlier at New England on a last-second touchdown pass by Tom Brady. Star tight end Jimmy Graham and rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills both had two touchdown receptions for New Orleans. Graham was questionable heading into Sunday after suffering a foot injury against the Patriots, who held him without a catch. Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis was under pressure from the get-go. He fumbled three times, losing two, and threw an interception while completing 22-of-39 passes for 234 yards with a touchdown to wideout Stevie Johnson. Johnson and tight end Scott Chandler both had 72 yards on seven catches for Buffalo (3-5), which has lost three of its last four games.

Final Score: NY Giants 15, Philadelphia 7

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Brown kicked a career-high five goals and the New York Giants shut down a punchless Philadelphia Eagles offense en route to a 15-7 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. With rookie Matt Barkley pressed into quarterback duty for much of the game, the Eagles (3-5) mustered just 201 total yards and failed to produce a touchdown on offense for a second consecutive week against an NFC East foe. Philadelphia was coming off a 17-3 setback to Dallas last Sunday. The Eagles' lone score came on a 2-yard fumble return by reserve linebacker Najee Goode in the fourth quarter, the result of a bad snap that soared over the head of New York punter Steve Weatherford. Michael Vick briefly returned to action for the Eagles after missing two games with a hamstring pull, but aggravated the injury late in the first half after completing 6-of-9 attempts for only 31 yards with an interception. Barkley, elevated to the backup role with Nick Foles sidelined by a concussion, went 17-of-26 for 158 yards and was also picked off once in relief. Eli Manning threw for 246 yards on 25-of-39 passing to help the Giants (2-6) halt an eight-game road losing streak and post a second win in a row following a dreadful 0-6 beginning to the season.

Final Score: Cincinnati 49, NY Jets 9

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Marvin Jones had a breakout performance Sunday against the New York Jets. Jones, a second-year receiver from California, caught a franchise record four touchdown passes in the Cincinnati Bengals' 49-9 rout at Paul Brown Stadium. Andy Dalton threw for 325 yards and five scores on 19-of-30 throws in just three quarters. He found Jones eight times for 122 yards, while A.J. Green added 115 yards on just three catches. The Bengals (6-2) took back two Geno Smith interceptions for touchdowns and the AFC North front-runners rolled to their fourth straight victory. Smith and the Jets (4-4) failed to build off their overtime victory over the New England Patriots. New York managed just 240 total yards, with the rookie quarterback accounting for 159 yards and a pair of pick-sixes on 20-of-30 passing.

Final Score: Oakland 21, Pittsburgh 18

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrelle Pryor's 93-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage set the tone, and the Oakland Raiders withstood a late charge from the Pittsburgh Steelers to hold on for a 21-18 victory at O.co Coliseum. Pryor finished with 106 yards on nine scrambles to help Oakland (3-4) stop a 10-game skid when coming out of its bye week. The dual- threat quarterback did throw a pair of interceptions while managing just 87 yards on 10-of-19 passing, but a stout effort by the Raiders' defense and a few missed opportunities from the Steelers enabled the Silver and Black to improve to 3-1 at home on the season. The Raiders generated five sacks and limited Pittsburgh (2-5) to 276 total yards while intercepting Ben Roethlisberger twice and frustrating him for much of the afternoon. Darren McFadden added a pair of touchdown runs to the win as part of a 24-carry, 73-yard performance. Roethlisberger did lead the Steelers to two fourth-quarter touchdowns and put up 275 yards and a scoring pass on 29-of-45 efficiency, but his two picks and a pair of missed field goals from Shaun Suisham from inside 35 yards ultimately put an end to Pittsburgh's two-game win streak.

Final Score: Arizona 27, Atlanta 13

Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Andre Ellington rushed for 154 yards with a touchdown and the Arizona defense picked off Matt Ryan four times in the Cardinals' 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Carson Palmer completed 13-of-18 throws for 172 yards with touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and one interception for the Cardinals (4-4), who snapped a two-game skid. Rashad Johnson had two picks, while Daryl Washington and Tyrann Mathieu finished with one interception apiece. Arizona has nine interceptions in the last two games against Ryan and the Falcons. Ryan completed 34-of-61 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown and Harry Douglas caught 12 passes for 121 yards for Atlanta (2-5), which is off to its worst start since going 1-6 in 2007.

Final Score: Denver 45, Washington 21

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning had four touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos used a dominating second half to take a 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Manning went 30-for-44 for 354 yards, but also had three interceptions and lost a fumble for the Broncos (7-1), who bounced back from last week's loss in Indianapolis. Knowshon Moreno, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Joel Dreessen each caught a score for Denver, which remains a game back of Kansas City for the top spot in the AFC West. Robert Griffin III had a real tough day under center as he was just 15-for-30 for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Redskins (2-5), who were coming off an impressive win against Chicago and looking for their first two-game winning streak of the season. The game saw the homecoming of former Denver and current Washington head coach Mike Shanahan. He had coach the Broncos from 1995-2008 and won two Super Bowls with the club before being fired at the end of the 2008 season.

(Thursday, October 24th)

Final Score: Carolina 31, Tampa Bay 13

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers find themselves in unfamiliar territory. On the flip side, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain in a freefall. Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Panthers cruised to a 31-13 victory over the winless Buccaneers Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium. Newton had 221 yards on 23-of-32 passing and added 50 yards rushing for the Panthers (4-3), who have won three in a row to move above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season. Rookie Mike Glennon completed 30-of-51 passes for 275 yards with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass for Tampa Bay (0-7), which has opened a season with seven consecutive losses for the second time in five years.

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