Minnesota 17, Washington 13
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Rookie Toby Gerhart and Adrian Peterson each scored a touchdown on the ground, as the Minnesota Vikings held off the Washington Redskins, 17-13, in Leslie Frazier's debut as head coach. The Vikings, who lost to the Saints in the NFC championship game last season, got off to a 3-7 start this year. That led to Minnesota's firing of Brad Childress on Monday. Frazier, who was the defensive coordinator, was promoted to interim head coach. Peterson carried the ball six times for 36 yards before tweaking his right ankle. Gerhart played the entire second half and rushed for 76 yards on 22 carries for the Vikings (4-7), who had lost eight in a row on the road in the regular season dating back to a win in Green Bay on November 1, 2009. Brett Favre completed 15-of-23 passes for 172 yards for the victors. Donovan McNabb connected on 21-of-35 passes for 211 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Redskins (5-6), who have lost three of four.
Atlanta 20, Green Bay 17
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Matt Bryant connected on a 47-yard field goal with nine seconds left to give the Atlanta Falcons a 20-17 win in a hard- fought battle with the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan was 24-for-28 with 198 yards and a score and Michael Turner added 110 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for the Falcons (9-2), who have won their past five games. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the victory. The win allowed Atlanta to stay a game ahead of New Orleans, which defeated Dallas on Thanksgiving, for the top spot in the NFC South. Tampa Bay, which hosts Atlanta next week, plays Baltimore later on Sunday with a chance to move into a tie with New Orleans. Aaron Rodgers finished the contest with 344 yards and a score on 26-of-35 passing and added 51 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown for the Packers (7-4), who came into the contest with a four-game winning streak. Jordy Nelson caught a touchdown pass that had tied the game in the final minute.
Pittsburgh 19, Buffalo 16 (OT)
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Shaun Suisham's fourth field goal of the game, a 41-yarder with 2:14 left in overtime, sent Pittsburgh past Buffalo, 19-16, at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Ben Roethlisberger was 20-of-33 for 246 yards for the Steelers (8-3), who have won three of their last four. Rashard Mendenhall racked up 151 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries and Hines Ward added 107 yards on seven receptions. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 23- of-45 for 265 yards, one score and an interception for the Bills (2-9), who had won their two previous games after an 0-8 start. Fred Jackson went for 104 yards and a touchdown on five catches and contributed 59 rushing yards, while Steve Johnson posted 68 yards on seven grabs but dropped a potential game-winning TD pass early in the extra session. Rian Lindell made three field goals, including the game-tying kick in the final seconds of regulation.
Cleveland 24, Carolina 23
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Phil Dawson's 41-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, coupled with John Kasay's miss of a 42-yard effort as time expired, helped the Cleveland Browns earn a 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. Jake Delhomme, playing against his former team after spending the last seven years in Carolina, finished 24-of-35 passing for 245 yards, but threw a pair of interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown by Captain Munnerlyn -- for Cleveland (4-7), which dropped a 24-20 decision at Jacksonville last Sunday and has won three of its last five. Peyton Hillis rushed for 131 yards and three scores, and caught six passes for 63 yards in the victory. Jimmy Clausen returned to the lineup after sitting out last weekend with a concussion and connected on 16-of-28 passes for 195 yards and Jonathan Stewart ran for 98 yards on 12 carries for the Panthers (1-10), who have dropped five in a row since winning their only game of the season against San Francisco on October 24. Kasay booted three field goals in defeat.