Jaguars taste first sweet victory

Jaguars taste first sweet victory
November 11, 2013, 4:24 am
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At some point, even if they won't admit it, Gus Bradley and his Jacksonville Jaguars must have wondered if a victory would come this season.

They can stop wondering.

Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman each ran for a touchdown, and the Jaguars held off the Tennessee Titans 29-27 Sunday.

The Jaguars (1-8) scored the most points in a game this season for first-year coach Bradley. They never trailed and forced four turnovers they turned into 17 points.

''What I'm excited about is that we improved in many areas,'' Bradley said. ''On my call sheet I was writing down things that were really good that were happening during the game. They just kept piling up. I thought, `this is how it feels.'''

Feels pretty good, doesn't it?

''It's definitely a great feeling,'' Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne said. ''Hopefully we can build on this.''

Baltimore looks to build on its thrilling 20-17 overtime win against Cincinnati, which came only after the defending Super Bowl champions blew a 17-0 lead and allowed a 51-yard desperation TD pass on the final play of regulation. Justin Tucker made a 46-yard field goal to win it. The Ravens (4-5) broke a three-game slide and are back in the AFC North race.

''The thing is I'm most proud of is the heart of our guys,'' Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. ''They showed the heart of champions. Where this will lead us, we'll find out.''

Also Sunday, it was Carolina 10, San Francisco 9; Denver 28, San Diego 20; Seattle 33, Atlanta 10; Detroit 21, Chicago 19; St. Louis 38, Indianapolis 8; Philadelphia 27, Green Bay 13; New Orleans 49, Dallas 17; Arizona 27, Houston 24; the New York Giants 24, Atlanta 20; and Pittsburgh 23, Buffalo 10.

On Thursday night, Minnesota defeated Washington 34-27.

Monday night, it's Tampa Bay (0-8) hosting Miami (4-4).

Off this week were Kansas City (9-0), New England (7-2), the New York Jets (5-4), and Cleveland (4-5).

JAGUARS 29, TITANS 27

At Nashville, the Titans scored twice in the final 4:15, the last on a 14-yard TD pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker with 40 seconds left. But Johnathan Cyprien recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.

On a day the Titans (4-5) held a moment of silence for late owner Bud Adams, they lost quarterback Jake Locker to an injured right foot that had him on crutches and in a walking boot in the second half.

RAVENS 20, BENGALS 17, OT

At Baltimore, the Ravens moved into a second-place tie in the division, one game behind Cincinnati (6-4) in the loss column. It was the defending Super Bowl champions' first victory since Oct. 6.

The Bengals have lost two straight in overtime.

Cincinnati pulled even when A.J. Green caught the desperation pass from Andy Dalton. Green positioned himself behind the pack and caught the ball after it flicked off the hand of Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, who earlier had the first two interceptions of his career.

PANTHERS 10, 49ERS 9

Drayton Florence's interception in the final minute sealed the fifth successive win for visiting Carolina and snapped San Francisco's five-game winning streak.

Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining that held up for the Panthers (6-3), who had six sacks and allowed only 151 yards to the Niners (6-3).

DeAngelo Williams broke two tackles for a 27-yard touchdown run late in the first half that pulled Carolina within 9-7. Gano missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal in the third period, but came through later.

Phil Dawson kicked a season-best 52-yard field goal among his three for the 49ers, who lost tight end Vernon Davis and rookie safety Eric Reid to concussions.

BRONCOS 28, CHARGERS 20

At San Diego, Peyton Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, three to Demaryius Thomas, as he efficiently led the Broncos in their first game since coach John Fox had heart surgery.

Fox, who was released from the hospital Friday, planned to watch the game on TV at his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C., a team spokesman said.

With interim coach Jack Del Rio in charge, Manning kept the Broncos (8-1) rolling. He threw touchdown passes of 11, 7 and 34 yards to Thomas on consecutive drives spanning the second and third quarters.

Manning said he also would have an MRI on his leg on Monday.

The Broncos' scoring drives against San Diego (4-5) lasted 57 seconds; 2 minutes, 27 seconds; 1:25; and 3:26.

Manning has thrown for 3,249 yards and 33 touchdowns in nine games.

SEAHAWKS 33, FALCONS 10

At Atlanta, Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns passes and Marshawn Lynch ran for 145 yards. The NFC West-leading Seahawks (9-1) blew out a team that not so long ago was talking Super Bowl, but now is two defeats away from its first losing season since 2007.

The Falcons (2-7) trailed 23-3 at the half after the Seahawks scored a touchdown with 1 second remaining.

Seattle outgained Atlanta 490 yards to 226.

LIONS 21, BEARS 19

Calvin Johnson had two second-half touchdown receptions, Reggie Bush rushed for 105 yards and the visiting Lions took over first place in the NFC North.

Johnson broke Herman Moore's franchise record with his 63rd career touchdown reception with 2:22 to go, giving the Lions a 21-13 lead with a 14-yard grab. He also had a tiebreaking 4-yard TD reception in the third quarter.

Johnson, playing in his 100th game, has 8,740 yards receiving, the second most in NFL history in a player's first 100 games. Johnson trails Hall of Famer Lance Alworth who had 9,019.

Bush had 89 yards on the ground in the second half as Detroit (6-3) swept the season series against Chicago (5-4).

Jay Cutler threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in his first action since he injured his groin last month. But he departed before the Bears' final drive with what the team said was an ankle injury.

RAMS 38, COLTS 8

At Indianapolis, Tavon Austin returned one punt 98 yards for a touchdown, caught TD passes of 57 and 81 yards and almost single-handedly ended the Rams' three-game losing streak.

The touchdown catches were the only receptions Austin had, and St. Louis (4-6) won for the first time since Kellen Clemens replaced the injured Sam Bradford.

It was the Colts' worst loss since a 55-point thrashing at New Orleans in 2011. Indy (6-3) fell for the second time at home this season and only the third time in coach Chuck Pagano's career.

EAGLES 27, PACKERS 13

With Aaron Rodgers sidelined by a left collarbone injury, host Green Bay had no one to match Philadelphia's Nick Foles.

Foles connected with DeSean Jackson for a 55-yard score in the first half. Touchdown passes to Riley Cooper from 45 and 32 yards highlighted a 17-point second half for the up-tempo Eagles. Foles had a record-tying seven TD passes in a win at Oakland last week.

The Eagles (5-5) have all their victories away from Philly.

It was Green Bay's worst home loss since falling 38-10 to the New York Jets on Dec. 3, 2006. The Packers (5-4) also lost backup Seneca Wallace to a groin injury.

SAINTS 49, COWBOYS 17

At New Orleans, Drew Brees completed 34 of 41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. The Saints (7-2) set an NFL record with 40 first downs and a franchise-record with 625 total yards.

Brees connected with Kenny Stills on a 52-yard touchdown pass, with Marques Colston on a 22-yarder, with Pierre Thomas for a 1-yard score and with Darren Sproles for a 28-yarder.

Sproles also had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Mark Ingram added a 4-yard scoring run en route to a career-high 145 yards rushing.

DeMarco Murray had 89 yards rushing on 16 carries and a touchdown for Dallas (5-5).

CARDINALS 27, TEXANS 24

Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and the host Cardinals sent the Texans to their franchise-record seventh consecutive loss.

The Texans (2-7) were without coach Gary Kubiak, who collapsed on the sidelines against Indianapolis last Sunday night with what was diagnosed as a mini-stroke. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is filling in as interim coach.

Arizona (5-4) scored on the game's first play when John Abraham knocked the ball out of Case Keenum's arm and Matt Shaughnessy returned it 6 yards for a touchdown.

Case Keenum threw three touchdown passes for Houston, two on remarkable catches by Andre Johnson.

GIANTS 24, RAIDERS 20

Terrell Thomas returned an interception 65 yards to set up a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run by fellow comebacker Andre Brown, and the host Giants won their third straight.

The error-prone Giants (3-6) handed the Raiders (3-6) their first 17 points on first-half turnovers. But they got 115 yards rushing by Brown in his first game this season - he's had two broken left legs the last two years - and another big defensive game to keep their season alive.

Despite throwing another pick-6, Eli Manning threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, and Cooper Taylor scored on a 21-yard return with a blocked punt.

STEELERS 23, BILLS 10

At Pittsburgh, a week after giving up 610 yards and 55 points in a loss to New England, the Steelers (3-6) held the Bills (3-7) to 227 total yards, more than one-third coming on a meaningless drive in the final minutes.

Rookie EJ Manuel, back from a knee injury, completed 22 of 39 passes for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Steelers limited Buffalo to 95 yards rushing, nearly 50 below its average, and sacked Manuel three times.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 204 yards and a touchdown, Le'Veon Bell added 52 yards rushing and a score as the Steelers (3-6) snapped a two-game losing streak.

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