NFL Week 4 recaps: Falcons soar over Panthers

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, kicks the game-winning field goal against the Panthers at the Georgia...

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, kicks the game-winning field goal against the Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 30, 2012. (TAMI CHAPPELL/Reuters)

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Falcons 30, Panthers 28

Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with five seconds remaining as the Atlanta Falcons stayed perfect with a 30-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Trailing 28-27, the Falcons took over from their own one-yard line with 59 seconds remaining. On the first play, Roddy White hauled in a 59-yard pass. A defensive pass interference penalty put the ball at the Carolina 35.

Matt Ryan completed two more passes before Bryant kicked the game-winning field goal.

"Every time it looked bleak, every time it looked like we didn't have a chance, we were able to overcome it and finish," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said.

Ryan completed 25-of-40 passes for 369 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Falcons, who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2004. White caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Turner carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards and hauled in three passes for 68 yards and a score.

Cam Newton connected on 15-of-24 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers (1-3), who had seven sacks. He also carried the ball nine times for 86 yards and a score.

DeAngelo Williams rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for Carolina, which has lost two in a row. Greg Olsen caught six passes for 89 yards and a score.

Texans 38, Titans 14

Houston improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history by beating Tennessee.

Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns, Matt Schaub threw for 202 yards and two scores and Arian Foster ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. Owen Daniels caught six balls for 72 yards and a score.

Titans (1-3) starting quarterback Jake Locker left the game in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury. Chris Johnson was the only bright spot for the Titans, rushing for a season-high 141 yards.

Chargers 37, Chiefs 20

Jackie Battle had one receiving touchdown and ran for another score as San Diego pounded Kansas City.

Philip Rivers was 18-of-23 passing for 209 yards with two touchdowns and Antonio Gates had three catches for 59 yards for the Chargers (3-1).

Matt Cassel completed 24-of-42 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three first-half interceptions for Kansas City (1-3), which struggled to secure the ball all game. The Chiefs turned it over six times and have lost three of their first four for the second straight season.

Rams 19, Seahawks 13

Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a franchise record 60-yarder, as St. Louis dropped Seattle.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 221 yards on 16-of-30 passing in the win, while Stephen Jackson, who was questionable during the week due to a groin problem, ran for 55 yards on 18 carries. Danny Amendola caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (2-2) and punter Johnny Hekker threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal in the victory.

Russell Wilson threw for 160 yards and three interceptions and Marshawn Lynch ran for 118 yards with a touchdown on 20 carries for Seattle (2-2), which was trying for its first 3-1 start since the 2007 campaign.

Bengals 27, Jaguars 10

Andy Dalton threw two touchdowns passes and scored another on the ground as Cincinnati defeated Jacksonville for their third consecutive win.

Dalton completed 20-of-31 passes for 244 yards. He overcame an early interception to help the Bengals (3-1) keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North.

A.J. Green hauled in six passes for 117 yards and scored a touchdown for the third consecutive game. The Jaguars (1-3) stayed within striking distance for the first three quarters, but Blaine Gabbert's fourth quarter interception led to a Bengals field goal, which made it a three-score game.

Gabbert finished 23-of-34 for 186 yards and a touchdown and rookie Justin Blackmon caught a career-high six passes for 48 yards.

Cardinals 24, Dolphins 21 (OT)

Jay Feely kicked a 46-yard field goal midway through overtime as Arizona improved to 4-0 with the win in Miami.

The Cards needed a late touchdown to get it to OT, though. Kevin Kolb hooked up with Andre Roberts from 15 yards out with 29 seconds left in regulation to complete the comeback.

Kolb threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns while Roberts finished with six catches for 118 yards and two TDs. Ryan Williams was held to just 26 yards on the ground.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill lit up the Cards for 431 passing yards but managed just one TD throw, an 80-yarder to Brian Hartline in the fourth quarter. Hartline caught 12 passes for 253 yards while Davone Bess had seven catches for 123 yards. Reggie Bush had 67 yards rushing.

Broncos 37, Raiders 6

Peyton Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns as Denver romped over Oakland.

Willis McGahee added 112 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Broncos (2-2), who scored on the opening drive and never looked back. Demaryius Thomas hauled in five acatches for 103 yards while Eric Decker added seven catches for 79 yards and a TD.

Oakland QB Carson Palmer struggled, going 19-of-34 for 202 yards while Darren McFadden was held to 34 yards. The Raider dropped to 1-3 with the loss.

Redskins 24, Buccaneers 22

Robert Griffin III engineered a last-minute, game-winning drive as Washington came back to dump Tampa Bay on Billy Cundiff's 41-yard field goal with three seconds left.

Griffin finished with 323 passing yards and scampered for 43 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the 'Skins (2-2). Alfred Morris ran for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Josh Freeman was 24-of-39 for 299 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers (2-2) while Vincent Jackson had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams had four catches for 115 yards.

Eagles 19, Giants 17

Alex Henery's 26-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining proved to be the difference, as the Philadelphia Eagles held off the New York Giants, 19-17, in an NFC East clash Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Henery's fourth field goal of the game gave Philadelphia a two-point lead late in the fourth, but Eli Manning led the Giants deep into Eagles territory with the help of a pair of pass interference calls. Lawrence Tynes then had a chance to win the game with a 54-yard field goal with less than 10 seconds remaining, but his kick fell short of the uprights and the Eagles escaped with the victory.

Manning finished 24-of-42 for 309 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went 19-of-30 for 241 yards and a score, and added six carries for 49 yards.


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