NFL roundup: Incredibly, Lions stay unbeaten

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is sacked on the last possession by Detroit Lions defensive...

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is sacked on the last possession by Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young as defensive end Lawrence Jackson also applies pressure during their game in Arlington, Texas on October 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

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For a second straight week, the Detroit Lions made an epic rally, this time finishing a happy homecoming for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

It also resulted in the largest collapse in the history of the Cowboys.

Stafford threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson with 1:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, rallying Detroit from a 24-point deficit in the third quarter for a 34-30 win over Dallas.

The Lions picked off Tony Romo three times in the second half, two resulting in returns for touchdowns by Bobby Carpenter and Chris Houston. The last pick, by Stephen Tulloch, led to the go-ahead score, rallying the Lions from a 27-3 hole.

The Lions (4-0), winners of eight in row going back to last season, tied their largest come-from-behind victory. It came in similar fashion from last week, when Detroit scored all its points after halftime, rallying from a 20-0 deficit for a 26-23 overtime win at Minnesota.

"I think we did a great job in the second half as a team," Stafford said. "Last week the defense was getting stops and we were putting scores on the board. This week the defense was putting scores on the board for us."

Detroit's franchise-record fifth straight road win also put the Lions 4-0 for the first time since 1980.

BEARS 34, PANTHERS 29

Matt Forte rushed for a career-high 205 yards and a touchdown and Devin Hester ran his way into the record book with a 69-yard punt return for another score, as Chicago gutted out the win over Carolina.Hester's runback in the second quarter gave him 11 career punt return TDs.

TITANS 31, BROWNS 13

Matt Hasselbeck passed for 220 yards and three scores as Tennessees cruised to the win over Cleveland.

Chris Johnson rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries, Jared Cook had an 80-yard TD reception and Jonathan Babineaux returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown.

TEXANS 17, STEELERS 10

Arian Foster ran for 155 yards, including the go-ahead 42-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter, leading Houston over Pittsburgh.

Matt Schaub complemented Foster's big day with a 14-for-21, 138-yard passing effort.

SAINTS 23, JAGUARS 10

Drew Brees threw for 351 yards and one touchdown as New Orleans defeated Jacksonville.

Rookie Blaine Gabbert, making his second career NFL start, finished with 196 yards on just 16-of-42 passing, one touchdown and one interception for the Jaguars (1-3).

CHIEFS 22, VIKINGS 17

Ryan Succop connected on a career-high five field goals, leading Kansas City over Minnesota.

Succop nailed a career-best 54-yarder and Matt Cassel threw for 260 yards and one touchdown for the Chiefs (1-3), who avoided an 0-4 start.

49ERS 24, EAGLES 23

Frank Gore barreled into the end zone with three minutes remaining to finish a string of 21 unanswered points that lifted San Francisco over Philadelphia.

The Eagles (1-3) were up 20 points early in the second half, but for the third straight week the reigning NFC East champions were shut out in the fourth quarter.

REDSKINS 17, RAMS 10

Ryan Torain ran for 135 yards and a touchdown as Washington beat St. Louis.

Rex Grossman completed 15-of-29 passes for 143 yards and a score for the Redskins (3-1), but threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions.

PACKERS 49, BRONCOS 23

Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 408 yards and four scores and ran for two more as Green Bay routed Denver.

Kyle Orton went 22-of-32 for 273 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos (1-3), but threw three interceptions.

FALCONS 30, SEAHAWKS 28

Michael Turner ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Ryan threw for 291 yards and one score as Atlanta edged Seattle.

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka attempted a 61-yard field goal in the dying seconds but the kick came up short.

PATRIOTS 31, RAIDERS 19

Tom Brady threw for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns as New England recovered from an upset loss to Buffalo by whipping Oakland.

Wes Welker added nine catches for 158 yards and a touchdown while Stevan Ridley rushed 10 times for 97 yards.

CHARGERS 26, DOLPHINS 16

Philip Rivers passed for 307 yards and Ryan Mathews added 81 yards on 16 carries as San Diego kept Miami winless.

Dophins quarterback Chad Henne was hurt on his team's second possession and was replaced by Matt Moore, who threw for just 167 yards.

GIANTS 31, CARDINALS 27

Eli Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks on a 29-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter as New York came from behind to down Arizona.

Manning threw a pair of fourth-quarter passes and Brandon Jacobs punched in from a yard out for another.

RAVENS 34, JETS 17

Jameel McClain, Jarret Johnson and Lardarius Webb each scored for the Ravens on the defensive side of the ball as they won for the second straight week.

Ray Rice carried the ball 25 times for 66 yards and a touchdown, the lone offensive score for Baltimore (3-1).


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