Lions roar past Cowboys late
Stafford’s TD, Johnson’s huge game highlight rally
Matthew Stafford’s 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left, as well as Calvin Johnson’s 329 yards receiving, lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Ford Field.
Stafford threw a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who had the second-most yards receiving in NFL history, to set up his winning score. The quarterback seemed to catch his hometown Cowboys by surprise – some of them appeared to expect him to spike the ball.
Johnson’s total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989, in a game that went into overtime.
The Lions (5-3) overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against Dallas (4-4).
Chiefs 23, Browns 17: Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and Kansas City held off a scrappy effort by Cleveland late in the fourth quarter to preserve a victory at Arrowhead Stadium, and remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team.
The Chiefs (8-0), off to their best start since 2003, built a 20-7 lead late in the first half before the Browns made it a game.
Jason Campbell, starting in place of the ineffective Brandon Weeden, threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns (3-4).
Broncos 45, Redskins 21: Peyton Manning overcame four turnovers, and Denver scored the last 38 points at home against former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and his new team.
Manning finished with 354 yards and four touchdown passes to offset his three interceptions and lost fumble. His first two turnovers led to points that gave the Redskins (2-5) a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. From there, Manning led the Broncos (7-1) on two long scoring drives, then the go-ahead score on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno.
Robert Griffin III finished with 132 yards passing, one score and two interceptions for Washington before hurting his left knee.
Bengals 49, Jets 9: Andy Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes, four of them to Marvin Jones, as Cincinnati won at home.
Jones set a Bengals (6-2) record for touchdown receptions, scoring on catches of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards. Dalton’s five TD passes gave him 11 in his last three games, his best such span.
Jets (4-4) rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.