Brees comes alive late, leads Saints over Steelers

NFL roundup

November 01, 2010|By From Sun news services

New Orleans 20, Pittsburgh 10

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including an eight-yard score to Lance Moore with 2:37 remaining, as the New Orleans Saints took down the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10, in a clash between the past two Super Bowl winners from the Superdome.

Brees completed 34-of-44 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception for the Saints (5-3), who bounced back from a 30-17 loss to the Browns last weekend.

"We knew what a big game this was," Brees said. "We were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers who are arguably one of the best teams in the NFL coming in here Halloween night on Sunday Night football. It couldn't get any bigger. It was a way to get back on track by beating these guys. We played as complete of a football game as we have played all year."

Moore caught seven passes for 54 yards with a TD and Marques Colston hauled in six passes for 75 yards and a score for New Orleans, which was without running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. That led to the Saints compiling just 30 rushing yards on Sunday night.

Ben Roethlisberger connected on 17-of-28 passes for 195 yards and an interception for the Steelers (5-2), who had won two in a row.

Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and a touchdown.

"It was a hostile environment for us. The fans were into it," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We struggled a little bit on possession downs because of it, but that's no excuse. They (the Saints) did a nice job. We knew that this was going to be a tough place to play coming into it. I was hopeful that we would perform better than we did."

Miami 22, Cincinnati 14

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Dan Carpenter kicked five field goals and Ricky Williams added a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 22-14, at Paul Brown Stadium. Chad Henne completed 24-of-37 tosses for 217 yards and one interception for the Dolphins (4-3), who have yet to lose on the road in four tries this season. Carson Palmer connected on 17-of-38 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Terrell Owens, but his last attempt was picked off by Miami cornerback Sean Smith, halting a potential game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals (2-5) have lost four straight games.

Detroit 37, Washington 25

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Making his first start since suffering a second-degree shoulder separation in the season-opener, Matthew Stafford threw for four touchdowns to lead Detroit past Washington, 37-25, at Ford Field. Stafford completed 26-of-45 passes and connected with Calvin Johnson for three TDs and Brandon Pettigrew once for the Lions (2-5), who have won two of three after starting the year with four straight losses. Johnson ended with 101 yards on nine catches and Nate Burleson added 47 yards on five receptions for Detroit, which also got a fumble recovery for a touchdown from Ndamukong Suh. Donovan McNabb went 17-of-30 for 210 yards, one touchdown an interception and was sacked five times for the Redskins (4-4), who had won three of four coming in. Rex Grossman was inserted for the final two drives of the contest, ending up 4-of-7 for 44 yards and a costly fumble. Santana Moss posted six catches for 56 yards, Ryan Torain had a TD reception and Anthony Armstrong added 92 yards on three grabs. Washington also received a 96-yard kickoff return score from Brandon Banks.

Green Bay 9, NY Jets 0

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Mason Crosby connected on three field goals to lift Green Bay to a 9-0 victory over the New York Jets. Aaron Rodgers finished 15-of-34 for 170 yards for the Packers (5-3), who have won two in a row. Greg Jennings posted six receptions for 81 yards and Brandon Jackson added 55 yards on 15 carries. Mark Sanchez threw for 256 yards but was intercepted twice on 16-of-38 passes for the Jets (5-2), who suffered their first defeat since their opening-week loss against Baltimore. LaDainian Tomlinson was held to 54 yards rushing on 16 carries and Jerricho Cotchery had four catches for 89 yards.

St. Louis 20, Carolina 10

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Rookie Sam Bradford threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers, as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Carolina Panthers, 20-10, at the Edward Jones Dome. Bradford completed 25-of-32 throws, while Danny Amendola and Daniel Fells each had a touchdown catch for St. Louis (4-4), which dropped an 18-17 decision at Tamp Bay last Sunday. The Rams have won four straight at home. Steven Jackson, who underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fracture on his left ring finger, rushed 23 times for 59 yards in the win. Brandon Gibson had six catches for 67 yards.

Jacksonville 35, Dallas 17

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