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Weekend recap: One crazy autumn Sunday

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The Rams celebrate kicker Josh Brown's game-winning field goal.
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Cardinals 30, Cowboys 24 (OT)
There has never been a bigger Sunday in the NFL when it comes to last-minute finishes. The Falcons, Vikings, Texans and Rams all won their games in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter. That didn't even include the last-second field goal that sent the Dallas-Arizona game into overtime, where the Cardinals won in exciting fashion on a blocked punt.

In a week for wild finishes, this game capped it off. This contest marked the 423rd time a regular-season game went into overtime (sixth this season), but the first time ever that the game was decided on a touchdown scored on a blocked punt.

Falcons 22, Bears 20
Of the four games decided in the final 10 seconds, none was more improbable than the amazing turn of events for the Falcons. They gave up what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds remaining, only to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.

Rams 19, Redskins 17
In snapping an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season with a last-second field goal by Josh Brown, the Rams won despite being held to eight first downs and 200 total yards of offense. The Redskins, meanwhile, turned the ball over three times after not having an offensive turnover in the season's first five games.

Texans 29, Dolphins 28
Matt Schaub's game-winning touchdown with three seconds remaining gave the quarterback his second career fourth-quarter comeback victory. Both of those comeback wins have come against the Dolphins, who have yet to beat the Texans in four all-time meetings.

Vikings 12, Lions 10
The Vikings' game-winning field goal with nine seconds remaining meant that four of the eight early games were decided in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter. While the ending provided plenty of excitement, much of what transpired in the previous 59-plus minutes wasn't as appealing. Both teams combined for 11 sacks, 17 punts and just a 5-for-28 conversion rate on third downs. The Lions accounted for nine punts and just eight first downs.

Colts 31, Ravens 3
In getting that elusive first-ever win at brand-new Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts have now won six consecutive games over the Ravens (including playoff games) and improved to 13-0 in October since 2005.

Saints 34, Raiders 3
Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable lost his debut with the Raiders. Three of the past four Raiders coaches -- not including Art Shell, who was in his second stint with the team -- have lost their debuts. Bill Callahan was the last Raiders coach to win his first game at the helm back in 2002.

Jets 26, Bengals 14
While sporting their throwback uniforms for the second consecutive game, the Jets held the Bengals -- now 0-6 for the first time since 2002 when they started 0-7 -- to just 171 total yards, 2.9 yards per play and without a first down in five of their 10 possessions. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick outrushed the combined output of Bengals running backs Chris Perry and Cedric Benson, 23-20.

Buccaneers 27, Panthers 3
In getting a key divisional win, the Buccaneers outrushed the Panthers 142 to 40. The 40 rushing yards marked the fewest by the Panthers since a 27-24 loss to the Raiders on Nov. 7, 2004, when Carolina was held to 37 rushing yards. The three-point output was the fewest the Panthers scored since a 37-3 loss to the Steelers on Dec. 17, 2006.

Jaguars 24, Broncos 17
In losing for the first time at home this season, the Broncos have now been held to under 20 points in three consecutive games after scoring 30-plus in the first three games of the season.

Eagles 40, 49ers 26
Eagles coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb earned their 76th win together, passing 49ers Hall of Famers Bill Walsh and Joe Montana for the most wins among head coach-quarterback tandems that started their careers together at the same time.

Packers 27, Seahawks 17
While the Packers held a 37:26 to 22:34 time-of-possession advantage, the Seahawks were held to under 200 total yards in back-to-back games for the first time under coach Mike Holmgren.

Chargers 30, Patriots 10
In having their 12-game road winning streak snapped, the Patriots faced a 27-point deficit in the fourth quarter, which was the largest the team had faced since a 31-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the 2003 season.

 

Week 6 nuggets

» Donovan McNabb passed Ron Jaworski for the most pass attempts and pass yards in Eagles history (McNabb now has 3,943 pass attempts and 26,978 passing yards).

» Mario Williams recorded two sacks in the Texans' win over the Dolphins. This was the third time this season, and sixth career game, in which Williams had two sacks.

» With the Falcons' Mike Smith and Bears' Lovie Smith opposing each other this week, it marked the fifth time in NFL history that coaches with the same last name faced off. The others? Potsy Clark of the Lions beat Dutch Clark of the Cleveland Rams 6-0 on Sept. 29, 1940, Dutch Clark got back at Potsy Clark later in the season when his Rams beat the Lions 24-0 on Nov. 3, 1940, the Dolphins' Don Shula beat his son Dave Shula 23-7 on Oct. 2, 1994, and Don Shula beat Dave Shula again 26-23 on Oct. 1, 1995.

» The Jets are 3-1 when wearing their throwback Titans uniforms.

» With two touchdowns against the Ravens, Marvin Harrison now has 126 for his career, passing Walter Payton and tying Jim Brown for ninth on the all-time list.

» With Bertrand Berry, Darnell Dockett and Chike Okeafor's sacks on Tony Romo, the Cardinals have now recorded sacks in 29 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

» With three catches against the Raiders, Reggie Bush now has 202 career receptions in his first 34 games, which ties him for fastest in NFL history to 200 receptions with Anquan Boldin (Boldin had 204 receptions in his first 34 games).

» Dolphins backup running back Patrick Cobbs padded his career statistics in a big way. Cobbs had three receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans. Entering Sunday, Cobbs had four career receptions for 34 yards and no touchdowns.

» The Dolphins ran seven plays on direct snaps for 77 yards and a touchdown. In the last three games, the Dolphins have run 23 direct-snap plays for 244 yards (172 rushing, 72 passing) and six touchdowns (four rushing, two passing).

Monday night

Giants at Browns: Things couldn't be going better for the New York Giants. The same can't be said for the Cleveland Browns. Two teams that began the season with lofty expectations, but have started in different directions, meet for the first time since 2004 on Monday night in Cleveland.
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Two-minute drill

Matt Schaub and the Texans worked until the final moments to get that elusive first win of the season. That wasn't the only game on Sunday that featured a wild finish. Relive the final frantic moments from Week 6.
» Highlights of final frantic drive

Fantasy focus

Kevin Curtis practiced for much of the week but was declared inactive against San Francisco. Still, he is likely to return to action after the Eagles' bye in Week 7 and should be a useful asset. Add him and stash him now if you have room on your current roster.
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Photos

Feeling photogenic?

Not all of the action on Sunday takes place between the white lines. Check out this collection of NFL cheerleaders.
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Ahead ... Week 7!

Sunday
Baltimore at Miami, 1 p.m.
San Diego at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Cleveland at Washington, 4:15 p.m.
Indianapolis at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m.
Seattle at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m.
Monday
Denver at New England, 8:30 p.m.

Bye week: Arizona, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Philadelphia.
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