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Raiders earn home win for Davis

Published: Sunday, Oct. 16 2011 11:05 p.m. MDT

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jacoby Ford returned a kickoff 101 yards and Kevin Boss caught a 35-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal to lead Oakland, in its first home game since the death of longtime owner Al Davis, to a 24-17 victory over Cleveland on Sunday.

It was an emotional day with many old-time Raiders coming back to honor Davis, the man who had been the face of the franchise for nearly a half-century before dying Oct. 8 of an undisclosed illness at age 82.

The most poignant moment came during a halftime ceremony with dozens of former players standing in a circle around the Raiders emblem at midfield. Super Bowl-winning coach John Madden lit a caldron on the plaza level in the corner of the stadium.

On a day full of tributes, the one Davis would have appreciated most is the one on the scoreboard as the Raiders (4-2) beat the Browns (2-3).

PACKERS 24, RAMS 3: At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns, including a career-long 93-yarder to Jordy Nelson, and Green Bay now stands as the NFL's only undefeated team. Rodgers threw for 310 yards for the Packers (6-0). The Lions were the only other unbeaten team entering the day, but lost to the 49ers.

GIANTS 27, BILLS 24: At East Rutherford, N.J., Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 104 yards and a career-best three touchdowns and Lawrence Tynes kicked a go-ahead 23-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining for New York. Bradshaw scored on three 1-yard runs and had a 30-yard run to help set up Tynes' winner as the Giants (4-2) rebounded from a bad loss to Seattle last weekend by limiting the high-scoring Bills (4-2) to seven second-half points.

PATRIOTS 20, COWBOYS 16: At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left to rally New England. David Bailey's 26-yard field goal had broken a 13-13 tie with 5:13 left. Each team ran one series before the Patriots got the ball after a punt with 2:30 remaining. Brady then completed eight of nine passes for 78 yards on an 80-yard drive capped by his pass to Hernandez in the middle of the end zone.

RAVENS 29, TEXANS 14: At Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw for 305 yards and ran for a score, Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals for Baltimore (4-1). The Ravens did just enough on defense to earn their third straight win. Baltimore held Houston scoreless over the final 21 minutes and limited standout running back Arian Foster to 49 yards on 15 attempts.

BUCCANEERS 26, SAINTS 20: At Tampa, Fla., Josh Freeman threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns and Earnest Graham rushed for 109 yards in place of injured starter LeGarrette Blount. The win pulled the Bucs (4-2) into a first place tie with the Saints in the NFC South and snapped New Orleans' four-game winning streak. The Saints had a chance to take the lead late, but quarterback Drew Brees was intercepted in the end zone on a fourth-down pass.

EAGLES 20, REDSKINS 13: At Landover, Md., Michael Vick threw for 237 yards and a touchdown, Kurt Coleman had three interceptions and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak. The Eagles raced to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter and held on to beat the Redskins for the 10th time in 12 tries at Washington. Washington's Rex Grossman was benched after throwing his fourth interception late in the third quarter. He was replaced by John Beck, who made his first appearance since 2007 and led the Redskins' only touchdown drive.

BENGALS 27, COLTS 17: At Cincinnati, Nate Clements blocked a late field goal try that would have tied the game, and Carlos Dunlap returned a Colts fumble 35 yards for the clinching score to Indianapolis winless after six games. The Bengals (4-2) matched their victory total from last season and ended a seven-game losing streak against the Colts, who had never lost to Cincinnati with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Manning was on the sideline again Sunday, watching helplessly as the Colts fell to 0-6 for the fifth time in franchise history.

FALCONS 31, PANTHERS 17: At Atlanta, Michael Turner ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Ryan scored the tie-breaking TD with 7 minutes remaining, and Corey Peters came up with a huge interception. Cam Newton, who grew up just a few miles south of the Georgia Dome, wowed the crowd most of the day. He threw for 237 yards and ran for a 14-yard touchdown that put the Panthers (1-5) ahead 17-14 heading to the final quarter. Atlanta (3-3) responded with Matt Bryant's tying field goal and Ryan's 1-yard sneak.

STEELERS 17, JAGUARS 13: At Pittsburgh, Rashard Mendenhall ran for a season-high 146 yards and a touchdown and the Steelers narrowly avoided a second-half collapse. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 200 yards and a score for the Steelers (4-2), who won for the fourth time in five games. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 96 yards for the Jaguars (1-5), who have dropped five straight to match the franchise's longest losing streak in a decade.

BEARS 39, VIKINGS 10: At Chicago, Devin Hester set the tone with a 48-yard touchdown catch and scored on a career-best 98-yard kickoff return before leaving with a chest injury, as Chicago routed Minnesota. Jay Cutler threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Julius Peppers had two sacks, and the Bears held Vikings star Adrian Peterson to 39 yards rushing. Hester's big kickoff return early in the third quarter erased any chance the Vikings had at a comeback.

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