NFL roundup: Seahawks 4-0 after comeback, overtime win
Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu stiff-arms Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Oakland, Calif.
HOUSTON – Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans Sunday and the first 4-0 start in franchise history.
Houston (2-2) failed to score on two possessions in overtime. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit.
A key play on the winning drive came when Doug Baldwin caught a 7-yard pass and Kareem Jackson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for dumping him into the ground. That got Seattle in field goal range and Hauschka’s kick came four plays later.
The Seahawks rallied to tie it at 20-20 on an interception return for a touchdown by Richard Sherman in the fourth quarter.
Detroit 40, Chicago 32: Reggie Bush’s 37-yard touchdown run helped Detroit score 27 points in the second quarter and he accounted for 173 yards of offense to help the Lions beat Chicago.
Detroit (3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Chicago (3-1) in the NFC North. The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte’s 53-yard TD run gave the Bears 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.
Denver 52, Philadelphia 20: The Broncos scored more points than they ever had in their 54-year history, led by Peyton Manning’s four touchdown throws.
San Diego 31, Dallas 20: Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder to Antonio Gates. The Chargers (2-2) had blown late leads in their two losses this season. On Sunday, they scored the final 20 points to beat Dallas (2-2).
Tennessee 38, N.Y. Jets 13: Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before being taken to the hospital with an injured right hip. Alterraun Verner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, Karl Klug sacked Geno Smith and stripped him of the ball for a TD as the Titans turned Smith’s four turnovers into 28 points.
Washington 24, Oakland 14: Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter to help Washington overcome an early 14-point deficit for its first win of the season. David Amerson returned an interception for another score for the Redskins (1-3).
Buffalo 23, Baltimore 20: Buffalo rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso’s second interception of the game, with 57 seconds remaining, sealed a win over Baltimore.
Converted safety Aaron Williams also intercepted Joe Flacco twice, while Fred Jackson had 87 yards rushing and a touchdown for Buffalo (2-2).
Robert Woods scored on a 42-yard touchdown reception.
Joe Flacco threw a career-worst five interceptions, and finished 25 of 50 for 347 yards passing, and two touchdowns.
Arizona 13, Tampa Bay 10: Carson Palmer threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, then Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining and Arizona rallied to beat Tampa Bay.
Cleveland 17, Cincinnati 6: Brian Hoyer, the kid who always dreamed of being Cleveland’s quarterback, threw two touchdown passes in his first start at home to lead the Browns to a win over Cincinnati.
Hoyer’s 1-yard TD pass to Chris Ogbonnaya with 4:54 left gave the Browns (2-2) an 11-point lead and Cleveland turned it over to its vastly improved defense.
Kansas City 31, N.Y. Giants 7: Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score and unbeaten Kansas City kept New York winless at 0-4.
Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards for the Chiefs (4-0), who under Andy Reid have already doubled their victory total of 2012. They are the second team to go from a two-win season to 4-0 the next year.
Indianapolis 37, Jacksonville 3: Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, Trent Richardson ran for a score and Indianapolis became the latest team to beat Jacksonville by double digits.
Indianapolis led 20-3 at halftime – Jacksonville (0-4) has been outscored 75-8 in the first half this season – and made it a laugher with consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter.