OT Field Goal Lifts Jets over Lions 23-20; Giants Crush Seattle 41-7; Browns Batter Pats 34-14
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Mark Sanchez found his target when it mattered.
Sanchez threw a 52-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to set up Nick Folk ‘s 30-yard field goal, lifting the New York Jets to a 23-20 overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Sanchez scored on a quarterback sneak with 2:46 left in regulation and led a nine-play drive that set up Folk’s 36-yard kick to send the game into OT.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to give Detroit a 10-point lead before re-injuring his right shoulder and leaving the game with 5:19 left.
The Jets (6-2) took advantage against the Lions (2-6) at Ford Field.
In a matchup of first-round quarterbacks from last year’s draft, Sanchez came out on top and Stafford couldn’t stay on the field.
Sanchez was 22 of 39 for a career-high 323 yards with one TD– a 74-yard, go-ahead pass to Braylon Edwards with a minute left in the first half –and one interception. Holmes caught five passes for 114 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combined for 101 yards rushing.
Stafford was 20 of 36 for 240 yards with two TDs, no interceptions, and a rushing score. Calvin Johnson was held to 1 reception for 13 yards, getting shut down by All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Nate Burleson had seven catches for 113 yards and a score.
The Lions looked like they were going to win a third game this season –to surpass the victories they had the past two years combined –when Stafford lobbed a 2-yard TD to Burleson with 11:51 left.
But they couldn’t overcome Stafford hurting his shoulder or Schwartz’s questionable call to pass instead of run to take more time off the clock when the Jets were out of timeouts. Stafford separated his throwing shoulder in the opener and didn’t play until last week.
Sanchez was simply lackluster at times, missing receivers with high and wide passes.
He and the Jets, though, were explosive enough to score 10 points in the last 2:46 and on the opening drive of OT.
Detroit got off to a good start and led for much of the game, but couldn’t make enough winning plays on both sides of the ball to snap New York’s seven-game winning streak on the road.
A missed extra point proved to be costly for Detroit.
Rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, filling in for injured kicker Jason Hanson, hit the right upright on an extra point in the third quarter when the Lions led 13-10.
The Jets would’ve been more aggressive if they needed a TD on the final drive of regulation, but they only needed three points to force the game into overtime against a backup quarterback.
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SEATTLE (AP) _ Eli Manning threw for three first-half touchdowns, Ahmad Bradshaw added a pair of rushing touchdowns and the New York Giants routed the Seattle Seahawks 41-7 on Sunday.
Manning and the Giants (6-2) jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead, overwhelming the banged up Seahawks and staking claim as maybe the best team in the NFC halfway through the season.
Manning threw touchdowns of 46 yards to Hakeem Nicks, 6 yards to Steve Smith and 5 yards to Kevin Boss. Bradshaw scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards.
The Giants rolled up 487 yards of offense against the Seahawks, who gave up 545 total yards last week to Oakland.
Charlie Whitehurst made his first NFL start for Seattle (4-4) and struggled. He was 12 of 23 for 113 yards and two interceptions.
By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Soaked to the skin from a Gatorade shower, Eric Mangini met his mentor at midfield and did everything he could to contain himself.
It was tough not to smile.
His Cleveland Browns battered one of the NFL’s best.
Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy scrambled for a touchdown, Peyton Hillis hammered for a career-high 184 yards and two scores and the Browns, using some trickery and a ton of offensive imagination, pounded the New England Patriots 34-14 on Sunday.
Two weeks after stunning New Orleans, the Browns (3-5) pulled off another shocker. Well rested after their bye week, they ended New England’s five-game winning streak and did it decisively, outplaying one of the NFL’s top teams for all 60 minutes.
This was no fluke. The Patriots (6-2) were battered, baffled and beaten badly.
It had to be particularly satisfying for Mangini, who defeated Bill Belichick, his former friend and mentor. The pair’s relationship was damaged years ago and they ignored each other during pregame warmups. After the game Mangini shared a brief handshake with Belichick.
Hillis, healthy at last after being slowed by a thigh injury, scored on a 2-yard run in the first, and then put the Patriots away with a 35-yard burst late in the fourth to make it 34-14. He carried 29 times and picked up all 60 yards on Cleveland’s game-sealing drive.
New England’s Tom Brady went 19 of 36 for 224 yards and two TDs to rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez. However, Brady lost for the first time in five career starts against the Browns, who jumped to an early 10-0 lead and led by 17 entering the fourth.
Brady was hindered by several dropped passes and a crucial fumble by tight end Rob Gronkowski just before halftime, when the Patriots, who came in averaging a league-leading 29 points per game, blew a chance to cut into Cleveland’s 10-point lead.
With the game out of reach, Brady was replaced in the final minutes by Brian Hoyer.
Phil Dawson kicked field goals of 38 and 37 yards for the Browns, who may just be better than their record shows in their second season under Mangini. With the exception of a 28-10 loss to Pittsburgh, each of Cleveland’s losses has been by 10 points or fewer.
After pulling off three trick plays two weeks ago to upset the defending Super Bowl champions in New Orleans, the Browns went back to their magic act to open a 17-7 lead.
On first down at the New England 11, wide receiver Joshua Cribbs took the snap at quarterback and handed the ball to Chansi Stuckey, who had lined up directly behind Cleveland’s right guard. Stuckey took off toward the left corner, and by the time the fooled Patriots reacted, it was too late to catch the Browns’ wide receiver, who beat them to the orange pylon.
The gadget play wouldn’t have been possible if not for McCoy avoiding a sack on third down and throwing a 6-yard pass to Cribbs for a first to keep the drive going.
New England had a chance to pull closer, but after catching a pass from Brady, Gronkowski was stripped by Browns safety Abram Elam at the 3 and Cleveland recovered with just seconds left.
New England’s offense was outgained 132-21 after one, with Hillis outrushing them 63-11.
Brady and his receivers were out of sync and he was just 1 for 6 for 10 yards before taking the Patriots on an 11-play, 79-yard scoring drive. Brady’s pass was intended for Gronkowski, but the ball deflected high in the air to Hernandez, who made a leaping grab at the back of the end zone.
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