Stafford writes happy comeback story

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, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

Matthew Stafford may be writing the happiest comeback story since Lazarus opened his eyes and said: "So, what's for breakfast."

The Detroit quarterback returned for the first time since Week 1 Sunday and breathed life into the Lions' offence. A 30-point second half orchestrated by Stafford, who had been out with a shoulder injury, sent Detroit soaring past the Washington Redskins, 37-25.

Stafford hit receiver Calvin Johnson with three of his four touchdown passes to shock the Redskins, who had feasted on the likes of Michael Vick, Jeremichael Finley and Dallas Clark -- knocking all of them out of games the past few weeks.

Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb had a higher career passer rating (137.9) against Detroit than any other team. None of that mattered.

Sunday it was Washington's turn to take the knockdown punch.

The Redskins led 13-7 at the half. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted his fifth pass in two weeks in the first quarter. That snuffed a Detroit drive in the end zone.

But Stafford was just warming up and Washington's offence has not been consistent, even in victory.

Already without Clinton Portis, running back Ryan Torain hobbled off with a hamstring at halftime.

Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew with a two-yard TD pass to put the Lions up 14-13.

In the fourth quarter he found Johnson on a 10-yard strike to make it 28-25 and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Ndamukong Suh sealed the deal.

Stafford finished with 212 yards passing, including 26 completions in 45 attempts.

Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh clinched it when he returned a Rex Grossman fumble 17 yards for a touchdown with less than two minutes left. Suh's big play came right after after Jason Hanson booted a 32-yard field goal to give Detroit a six-point lead.

CHIEFS 13 BILLS 10

Kansas City's Ryan Succop kicked a 35-yard field goal as overtime expired to keep the Bills winless on the season.

Earlier in overtime Succop hooked a 39-yard attempt to the left. Buffalo's Rian Lindell had his 53-yarder hit the right upright midway through the extra period.

Matt Cassel went 14-for-26 for 152 yards and one touchdown, a one-yard strike to Dwayne Bowe just before halftime. Jamaal Charles rushed for 177 yards and caught four passes for another 61 yards.

Steve Johnson caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter to send it to overtime.

JAGUARS 35 COWBOYS 17

David Garrard made a stunning return from injury, passing for four touchdowns and running for another in a performance that might cost Dallas coach Wade Phillips his job.

Garrard completed his first 12 passes, finally missing in the third quarter while avoiding a sack. On the day he was 17-for-21 for 260 yards and a rating of 157.8, which is as close to being perfect as you can get.

Maurice Jones-Drew scampered for 135 yards, Mike Sims-Walker has eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown and Marcedes Lewis caught two passes, both for TDs. Mike Thomas had Jacksonville's other TD.

Marion Barber, on a one-yard run, and Jason Witten, on an eight-yard pass from Jon Kitna late in the fourth quarter, scored for the Cowboys. Kitna finished 34-for-49 for 379 yards and a touchdown but was picked off four times.

49ERS 24 BRONCOS 16

Frank Gore ran for 118 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown as San Francisco beat Denver at Wembley Stadium in London.

49ers quarterback Troy Smith, starting for the first time since 2007, went 12-of-19 for 196 yards and a touchdown, a 38-yarder to Michael Crabtree. Smith also ran for a touchdown.

Kyle Orton passed for 369 yards and a touchdown, a one-yard strike to Brandon Lloyd, while backup Tim Tebow scored from a yard out in the third quarter. Lloyd caught seven passes for 169 yards.

PACKERS 9 JETS 0

Mason Crosby's three field goals accounted for all the scoring as Green Bay grounded New York.

Crosby booted a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter then added two more, from 41 and 40, in the fourth.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled, going 15-of-34 for 170 yards, while Brandon Jackson had 55 of Green Bay's 81 yards on the ground.

Mark Sanchez threw for 256 yards but couldn't get the Jets into the endzone and was picked off twice. LaDainian Tomlinson, having a resurgent season at 31 years old, was held to just 54 yards.

DOLPHINS 22 BENGALS 14

Ricky Williams' fourth-quarter touchdown capped the come-from-behind win for Miami.

Williams scored from a yard out with 11:15 left in the game to give the Dolphins some breathing room. Dan Carpenter kicked five field goals earlier, including a 31-yarder in the third that gave Miami the lead for good.

Terrell Owens caught a pair of touchdown passes from Carson Palmer, who was 17-of-38 for 156 yards. Owens had five catches for 65 yards while Cedric Benson ran for 69 yards.

RAMS 20 PANTHERS 10

St. Louis forced four turnovers, including three Matt Moore interceptions, and shut down Carolina's ground game en route to the win.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had an efficient day, completing 25 of 32 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns, one to Danny Amendola and the other to Daniel Fells. Steven Jackson started despite having surgery to fix a broken finger earlier in the week but was limited to 59 yards on 23 carries.

Moore was 23-of-37 for 194 yards with one touchdown and three picks. Jonathan Stewart had just 30 yards rushing and the Panthers finished with 25 net yards on the ground.

Brandon LaFell caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and John Kasay kicked a 44-yard field goal for Carolina.

PATRIOTS 28 VIKINGS 18

Brett Favre's consecutive games streak remained alive but Minnesota's playoff hopes dimmed as New England posted the win at home.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis out-dueled Adrian Peterson by running for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson had 92 yards and one touchdown, a one-yard plunge that opened the scoring.

Tom Brady connected with Brandon Tate for a 65-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 240 yards passing. Danny Woodhead scored on a three-yard run and had five catches for 45 yards.

Despite having two broken bones in his left ankle, Favre started his 292nd straight game. He played well, going 22-for-32 for 259 yards, before a fourth-quarter hit by Myron Pryor forced him to the sidelines.

Favre's replacement, Tarvaris Jackson, completed four of six passes for 36 yards and a touchdown to Naufahu Tahi.

RAIDERS 33 SEAHAWKS 3

Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals and Jason Campbell passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns as Oakland routed Seattle.

Darren McFadden of the Raiders rushed for 111 yards but was kept out of the endzone after scoring four times last week against Denver.

Instead, Marcel Reece, Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had five catches for 105 yards, and Michael Bush did the scoring. Little-used Reece and Bush, who backs up McFadden, both racked up more than 100 combined yards.

Olindo Mare's 47-yard field goal in the fourth prevented the Raiders from getting the shutout.

BUCCANEERS 38 CARDINALS 35

Rookie LeGarrette Blount's one-yard touchdown run with 5:13 left in the fourth quarter capped a wild rollercoaster ride for Tampa Bay in Arizona.

Blount finished with 120 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Josh Freeman passed for 278 yards and a touchdown, a 47-yarder to Mike Williams in the fourth. Williams had four receptions for 105 yards.

Tampa Bay defenders Geno Hayes and Aqib Taliq both returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first half. The Bucs had four picks in the game.

Larry Fitzgerald caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Cards while Steve Breaston hauled in eight passes for 147 yards in his first game back from injury. Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling rushed for touchdowns.

Derek Anderson, taking over for an ineffective Max Hall, completed 16 of 24 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown.

The two teams combined for more than 800 net yards of offence.


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