JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars won again in a dramatic finish with the help of another fortunate bounce.
Maurice Jones-Drew followed a 75-yard reception with a 1-yard touchdown dive, and the Jaguars overcame six turnovers to beat the banged-up Cleveland Browns 24-20 on Sunday.
Jones-Drew broke four tackles on a screen pass from David Garrard and weaved his way toward the end zone, with rookie Joe Haden making a touchdown-saving tackle that ended up taking precious seconds off the clock.
Jones-Drew scored two plays later with 1:16 left, giving both teams dramatic finishes for the second time in as many games.
The Jaguars (6-4) beat Houston last week on Garrard’s desperation pass to Mike Thomas on the final play. The Browns (3-7) lost to the New York Jets in overtime on Santonio Holmes’ 37-yard TD reception.
Cleveland had a final chance to win this one. Jacksonville’s Sean Considine tipped Colt McCoy’s pass to Mike Bell at the goal line, but the pass bounced off Bell’s chest and landed in Considine’s arms.
Thomas’ 50-yard catch last week was tipped by a defender.
The Browns surely will kick themselves after this loss. Phil Dawson missed two 51-yard field goal attempts, and Cleveland failed to take full advantage of Jacksonville’s numerous mistakes.
Former Conway standout Peyton Hillis rushed for 48 yards and had six receptions for 95 yards, including the first Browns touchdown of the game on an 11-yard pass from McCoy.
The Jaguars ended five consecutive drives with turnovers in the second half. Jones-Drew, whose first career pass was intercepted in the first half, started the sloppiness with a fumble following an 8-yard run.
Abram Elam stripped the ball from Jones-Drew’s hands and returned it 18 yards for a score and a 14-10 lead. Players on both sides watched the play unfold, many of them believing Jones-Drew was down or that his forward progress had been stopped.
Things snowballed from there for Jacksonville.
Garrard threw behind Thomas on the ensuing drive, and T.J. Ward intercepted the tipped pass. Cleveland did nothing, though.
Under heavy pressure on the following possession, Garrard threw into double coverage. Haden, playing in place of injured starter Eric Wright, picked it off and returned it to the Jacksonville 31 before fumbling. Teammate Chris Gocong recovered, but the Browns had to settle for Dawson’s 38-yarder that made it 17-10.
Garrard fumbled on a third-down run to end the next drive, then had another tipped pass intercepted. That pass bounced off Marcedes Lewis’ pads and into Ward’s hands.
Cleveland did nothing with either turnover, punting on one and missing a field goal try on the other.
Jets 30, Texans 27
Santonio Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with 10 seconds left, lifting the New York Jets to a stunning 30-27 comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
After New York blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Jets trailed 27-23 with less than a minute left. But Sanchez completed two passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and then had a pretty 42-yard pass to Braylon Edwards with 16 seconds remaining.
On the next play, Sanchez found Holmes streaking into the left corner of the end zone for the winning score for the Jets (8-2). A video replay confirmed that Holmes, whose 37-yard touchdown catch won it in overtime at Cleveland last week, got both feet in bounds.
It was another heartbreaking loss for the Texans (4-6), who fell last week on a desperation heave as time expired at Jacksonville.
Patriots 31, Colts 28
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady barely outdueled Peyton Manning in their annual meeting, leading New England over Indianapolis.
The teams met for the eighth straight season, and Brady guided the Patriots (8-2) to a 31-14 lead before four-time MVP Manning led a spirited comeback. But Manning was intercepted in the final moments for the third time.
Brady not only beat Manning, the only other quarterback of the last decade in his class, but tied another QB icon for an NFL mark. Brady has won 25 straight regular-season home starts, equaling Brett Favre’s record when he was with Green Bay.
New England is tied with the Jets atop the AFC East. Indianapolis (6-4) leads the AFC South.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Harrison caused two turnovers that Ben Roethlisberger turned into touchdown passes and the Steelers went on to rout the Raiders.
Harrison led a defense that drove Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell from the game, and finished with five tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. The former AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year also was called for a penalty for slamming Campbell to the turf as the quarterback was throwing a pass.
Roethlisberger finished with three TD passes and also ran for one. He threw scoring passes of 52 yards to Mike Wallace, 22 yards to rookie Emmanuel Sanders and 16 yards to Isaac Redman. He also scrambled 16 yards for a touchdown as the Steelers (7-3) bounced back after being rolled over by New England 39-26 at Heinz Field last week. Oakland fell to 5-5.
With less than two minutes to go in the half, Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour was ejected for an openhanded punch to Roethlisberger’s face as the Steelers quarterback was celebrating his TD pass to Sanders.
Titans 16 OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal with 8:17 left in overtime to lift Washington.
Titans quarterback Vince Young left the game with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, and was replaced by rookie Rusty Smith.
Washington (5-5) snapped a two-game skid and bounced back from a 59-28 loss to Philadelphia on Monday night. The win came on a day when at least seven Redskins went to the sideline with injuries, including Clinton Portis with a re-injured groin.
Gano’s winner was his fourth field goal of the game. He also missed two — a 51-yarder to end the first half and a 47-yard attempt at the end of regulation that fell short.
Donovan McNabb was 30 of 50 for 376 yards with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. The Titans (5-5) lost their third straight game.
Packers 31, Vikings 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes to Greg Jennings, and Green Bay beat Brett Favre and Minnesota for the second time this season.
The Packers (7-3) kept pace in the NFC North race with the Chicago Bears (7-3) and ruined any realistic hope the Vikings (3-7) had left to give Favre another shot at a playoff run in his 20th NFL season.
Instead, this 100th meeting between these border-state rivals, likely the last for the 41-year-old Favre, was marked by costly turnovers, untimely penalties and some sideline shouting by the frustrated Vikings.
Tramon Williams intercepted Favre to stop a long Vikings drive, and Rodgers took the Packers the other way for a touchdown to James Jones in the final minute of the first half to give the visitors a 17-3 lead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dwayne Bowe caught two touchdown passes, giving him a team-record six straight games with at least one score, and Kansas City remained unbeaten at home.
In his last six games, Bowe has 563 yards receiving and 10 touchdown catches for the Chiefs (6-4). Thomas Jones also had two touchdowns for the Chiefs, who are 5-0 at home and are in sole possession of first place in the AFC West.
The fifth straight loss for the Cardinals (3-7) dropped the two-time defending NFC West champions 2½ games behind Seattle.
Buccaneers 21, 49ers 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Josh Freeman threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Tampa Bay got its first win at Candlestick Park since 1980 and only second ever.
Nothing fancy needed for the Bucs (7-3) to end an eight-game losing streak in San Francisco. They were the underdog, no less.
Ronde Barber made his 40th career interception in the fourth quarter, most in Tampa Bay franchise history, to help clinch it. He also became the first player in NFL history to record 40 interceptions and 25 sacks in a career.
LeGarrette Blount ran for 82 yards and 305-pound left tackle Donald Penn made a late 1-yard touchdown catch.
49ers quarterback Troy Smith lost for the first time in three starts.
The Niners were shut out at home for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 9, 1977.
Saints 34, Seahawks 16
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees became the Saints’ all-time completions leader, throwing for four touchdowns.
Brees was 29 of 42 for 382 yards and completed his 1,850th pass as a Saint in the second quarter to break a record held by Archie Manning since 1982.
Brees hit Marques Colston and Robert Meachem twice each for TDs to keep the defending champion Saints (7-3) one game behind NFC South Division leader Atlanta.
Matt Hasselbeck was 32 of 44 for 366 yards, the most yards allowed by New Orleans’ top-ranked passing defense this season, but Seattle (5-5) had trouble getting in the end zone. The Seahawks lost two fumbles and had four drives end with field goals.
Falcons 34, Rams 17
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes and directed an offense so dominant that three St. Louis defenders left with cramps in Atlanta’s win.
Sam Bradford also had a pair of touchdown passes and set an NFL rookie record with 169 consecutive passes without an interception before William Moore picked off a shovel pass at the 2 with 3:24 to go. That was the clincher for the Falcons (8-2), who won their fourth in a row and ended the Rams’ four-game home winning streak.
Ryan was 26 of 39 for 253 yards with touchdown passes to Brian Finneran and Justin Peelle, and Roddy White set up scores with nine catches for 83 yards.
The Rams fell to 4-6.