NFL Game Capsules

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Bears' defense held the St. Louis Rams without a touchdown and scored one of their own on Sunday en route to a 23-6 victory at Soldier Field. Major Wright came up with the 45-yard interception return for a touchdown, while Michael Bush added a 3-yard scoring run and Robbie Gould kicked three field goals for the Bears (2-1), who have won their last four meetings against the Rams. Jay Cutler finished 17-of-31 passing for 183 yards with an interception for Chicago, which played without Matt Forte because of an ankle injury. Bush rushed for 55 yards on 18 carries, while Brandon Marshall added five catches for 71 yards. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford struggled in the setback, completing just 18-of-35 passes for 152 yards with a pair of interceptions, as the Rams managed just 160 yards of total offense. Stephen Jackson carried the ball 11 times for 29 yards and Danny Amendola hauled in five passes for 66 yards for St. Louis (1-2), which has dropped 11 of its last 12 road games.

Final Score: Buffalo 24, Cleveland 14

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Cleveland Browns, 24-14, to earn their first road victory since Week 1 of last season. Fitzpatrick threw for 208 yards on 22-of-35 efficiency, connecting seven times with Stevie Johnson, whose touchdown catch in the fourth quarter accounted for the game's final margin. T.J. Graham and C.J. Spiller also caught touchdown passes to help the Bills (2-1) end their eight-game road skid. After strong performances last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson regressed on Sunday. Weeden threw for a touchdown late in the third, but his two interceptions in the fourth quarter doomed the Browns, who fell to 0-3 for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Richardson ran for a score, but only managed 27 yards on 12 carries. He also caught six passes for 24 yards.

Final Score: Dallas 16, Tampa Bay 10

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Dan Bailey made three field goals and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, in a defensive battle. Tony Romo completed 25-of-39 passes for 283 yards and an interception for the Cowboys (2-1), who bounced back from a 27-7 loss to Seattle last week. DeMarco Murray carried the ball 18 times for 38 yards and a score. Miles Austin caught five passes for 107 yards. Josh Freeman connected on just 10- of-28 passes for 110 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Buccaneers (1-2), who have lost two in a row since starting the season with a win over the Panthers. Doug Martin carried the ball 19 times for 53 yards in defeat.

Final Score: Jacksonville 22, Indianapolis 17

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Cecil Shorts hauled in the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert with 45 seconds remaining and the Jacksonville Jaguars stunned the Indianapolis Colts, 22-17, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Starting from the 20 after the Jags allowed a go-ahead 37-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri, Gabbert took a quick three-step drop and fired it right on Shorts' numbers. The second-year wideout blew past the Colts defense all the way to the end zone for the lead. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. The Colts got the ball back on their own 38 with 35 seconds to go and no timeouts. On the third play of the drive, Andrew Luck hit T.Y. Hilton for 36 yards to the Jacksonville 26. Luck then spiked the ball with seven seconds left for one last play, but his heave to the end zone was batted down, sealing the win for the Jaguars. Maurice-Jones Drew ran for 177 yards on 28 carries and his 63rd career rushing touchdown, which pushed him past Fred Taylor for the franchise record. It was his fifth career game with 150-or-more yards. Gabbert finished with 155 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-21 passing for the Jags (1-2), who avoided starting 0-3 for the first time since 2003. Luck threw for 313 yards on 22-of-46 passing, two touchdowns and one interception for the Colts (1-2).

Final Score: NY Jets 23, Miami 20 (OT)

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Nick Folk got a second chance and made it count, kicking a 33-yard field goal in overtime to lift the New York Jets to a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. After Miami's Dan Carpenter missed from 48 yards, the Jets drove from their own 38 to the Miami 15 with their second possession of the extra period. Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes with a 38-yard pass on the second play to put the Jets in field goal range. Following a pair of Shonn Greene carries, the Jets set up for Folk's kick. The Dolphins blocked the attempt, but had called timeout just before the snap to give Folk a second chance and he knocked it straight through to give the Jets (2-1) the victory. Sanchez completed 21-of-45 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions for the Jets, while Holmes finished with nine catches for 147 yards. Ryan Tannehill threw for 196 yards on just 16-of-36 passing with a costly interception for Miami (1-2), which was coming off a 35-13 home win over Oakland last week. Daniel Thomas and Jorvorskie Lane each ran for a score for the Dolphins, who racked up 185 yards on the ground.

Final Score: Minnesota 24, San Francisco 13

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Christian Ponder threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kyle Rudolph and also ran for a score on Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings outplayed the San Francisco 49ers en route to a 24-13 victory. Ponder went 21-of-35 for 198 yards while Rudolph finished with 36 yards on five catches for the Vikings (2-1), who were coming off a last-second loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. Percy Harvin had nine receptions for 89 yards in Sunday's win while Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards on 25 carries. Alex Smith completed 24-of-35 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the 49ers (2-1), who were aiming for their first 3-0 start since 1998. Vernon Davis had five catches for 53 yards and a score in the setback and Frank Gore rushed for 63 yards with a fumble on 12 carries.

Final Score: Kansas City 27, New Orleans 24 (OT)

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Ryan Succop kicked the last of his six field goals with 6:27 remaining in overtime to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. Jamaal Charles finished with 233 yards, including a franchise-record 91-yard touchdown run, on 33 carries for the Chiefs (1-2), who scored the game's final 21 points. Matt Cassel threw for 248 yards and one interception while completing 26-of-44 passes. Drew Brees had 240 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-36 passing for New Orleans, which is off to its first 0-3 start since dropping four straight games to begin the 2007 season.

Final Score: Tennessee 44, Detroit 41 (OT)

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Rob Bironas kicked a field goal in overtime to give Tennessee the lead and the Titans stopped Detroit on fourth down for a 44-41 win over the Lions in a game that saw just about everything. After watching a 14-point lead evaporate in the final minute of play, including a Hail Mary on the final play of regulation that tied the game for the Lions, the Titans started overtime with the ball and were able to get a 26-yard field goal from Bironas with 10:36 left. The drive was helped by several penalties on Detroit, including a defensive holding on a third down and a personal foul for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a pass that was ruled incomplete. The Lions, led by Shaun Hill as Matthew Stafford left late in the game with a pulled muscle in his right leg, came back down the field and a 26-yard catch by Calvin Johnson got the ball into Tennessee territory. Facing a 4th-and-inches at the Tennessee 7, Detroit opted to go for it. Hill quickly snapped the ball and pushed forward, but he didn't get far enough and the Titans got the win.

Final Score: Cincinnati 38, Washington 31

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns, A.J. Green hauled in nine balls for 183 yards and a score, and the Cincinnati Bengals barely held off the Washington Redskins, 38-31, at FedEx Field. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 17 times for 38 yards with a score and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu threw a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for the Bengals (2-1), who have won two straight after a season- opening loss to Baltimore. Robert Griffin III, after a slow first half, went 21-of-34 for 221 yards and a touchdown for Washington (1-2), which has dropped two straight. He also ran for a team-high 85 yards and a score.

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