Big rally, late field goal lifts Bears over Panthers
Broncos too tough for Saints; Colts ‘Luck’ out in overtime
This story is from BostonGlobe.com, the only place for complete digital access to the Globe.
The Titans (3-5) had won two in a row, and nearly won this one in regulation. After Carter’s TD run, Tennessee moved down the field and Matt Hasselbeck overthrew tight end Jared Cook on what would have been a touchdown. Then Hasselbeck threw incomplete before the Titans punted with 56 seconds left.
Tennessee thought it had recovered a fumble in the final minute when Dwayne Allen was stripped of the ball at the Colts’ 28. But officials ruled Allen was down, and the Colts ran out the final seconds of regulation. Indianapolis won the overtime coin toss, took the ball, and never gave it back.
Steelers 27, Redskins 12
Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns, Jonathan Dwyer had 107 yards rushing in his second NFL start, and host Pittsburgh scored on its first four possessions and never let Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III get loose.
The Steelers (4-3) look to be rounding into form in winning consecutive games for the first time this season. Roethlisberger (222 yards) spread his 24 completions to nine receivers. He marched the offense 76 yards on 12 plays to start the game, tossing a 1-yard touchdown pass to little-used tight end Leonard Pope. The Redskins (3-5) never recovered.
Dwyer, starting in place of the injured Rashard Mendenhall, became the first Steelers running back to top 100 yards in consecutive games in four years.
Pittsburgh improved to 14-1 against rookie quarterbacks since 2004. Griffin was just 16 of 34 for 177 yards — his receivers dropped 10 passes — and gained just 8 yards on six carries. The Steelers held the NFL’s top rushing offense to a season-low 86 yards.
Packers 24, Jaguars 15
Aaron Rodgers connected with Donald Driver on a 4-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give Green Bay some breathing room in a surprisingly tough home win over Jacksonville.
Missing two of their top receivers because of injury, the Packers were helped out on special teams when Dezman Moses recorded the team’s first blocked punt return for a touchdown in 22 years.
It was the third straight win for the Packers (5-3) and 16th in their last 17 games at Lambeau Field. Rodgers was 22 of 35 for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and James Jones made up for the absences of Greg Jennings (abdominal) and Jordy Nelson (hamstring) by making seven catches for 71 yards.
The Jaguars (1-6) have lost four straight, though the NFL’s worst offense outgained Green Bay, 341-238, playing without Maurice Jones-Drew. Cecil Shorts had a career-best 116 yards on eight catches, and Rashad Jennings finished with 115 yards of offense.
Raiders 26, Chiefs 16
Carson Palmer had a pair of touchdown passes as Oakland won for the sixth straight time at Arrowhead Stadium, though it was the Raiders’ first road victory since beating the Chiefs last December.
Sebastian Janikowski was perfect on four field goal attempts and Darren McFadden rushed for 114 yards to help Oakland (3-4) win its second in a row. The Raiders turned four Kansas City turnovers into 13 points.
The Chiefs (1-6) have lost four straight, never recovering from a fumbled punt by Javier Arenas that led to Palmer’s 9-yard scoring toss to Denarius Moore with 49 seconds left in the first half, giving Oakland a 13-6 advantage.
Matt Cassel threw for 218 yards in place of Brady Quinn, who left in the first half with what the team called a ‘‘head injury.’’ Cassel was cleared to play following his own concussion suffered three weeks ago.
Browns 7, Chargers 6
Cleveland slogged its way to a second straight home victory, getting 122 yards rushing and a touchdown from rookie Trent Richardson in blustery, wet conditions. A rib injury suffered last week didn’t slow Richardson, who carried 24 times as the Browns improved to 2-6.
The Chargers (3-4) dropped their third straight. San Diego had a chance to take the lead late, but Philip Rivers’s fourth-down pass from the Browns’ 44 was batted away with 1:24 left.
Rivers, who finished just 18 of 34 for 154 yards, had a potential touchdown pass dropped by Robert Meachem in the third quarter.