NFL roundup: New Orleans still winless after overtime loss to Chiefs

Published: Sunday, Sept. 23 2012 10:28 p.m. MDT

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

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NEW ORLEANS — Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift Kansas City to its first win, a 27-24 victory on Sunday, which kept New Orleans winless.

Succop's 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a methodical comeback by Kansas City (1-2) after the Saints (0-3) had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.

Kansas City needed only one touchdown to win, a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.

The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston's third sack of the game.

Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime.

VIKINGS 24, 49ERS 13: At Minneapolis, Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat.

The Vikings (2-1) began the game boldly with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass by Ponder to Rudolph. They finished strong by forcing three turnovers and two punts by the 49ers (2-1) in the fourth quarter.

FALCONS 27, CHARGERS 3: At San Diego, Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for unbeaten Atlanta.

Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards, with his first interception of the season, and a passer rating of 107.8 for the Falcons (3-0), who improved to 6-0 all-time in San Diego. DeCoud's three takeaways, plus William Moore's fourth-quarter fumble recovery, extended the Falcons' NFL-high turnover differential to plus-10.

TEXANS 31, BRONCOS 25: At Denver, Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton Manning, throwing four touchdown passes against a confused Denver defense.

Schaub finished 17 for 30 for 290 yards to help Houston move to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Six days after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter of a loss to Atlanta, Manning didn't throw any against the Texans.

RAIDERS 34, STEELERS 31: At Oakland, Calif., Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play as Oakland scored the final 13 points after wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked out and hospitalized by a scary hit.

The game turned somber early in the fourth quarter when Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy. The hit was not called a penalty by the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury.

CARDINALS 27, EAGLES 6: At Glendale, Ariz., Kevin Kolb threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and James Sanders returned one of Michael Vick's two fumbles 93 yards for a touchdown, and Arizona is off to its best start in 38 years.

Arizona (3-0) sacked Vick five times in winning its seventh straight home game, the second-longest streak in franchise history.

JETS 23, DOLPHINS 20 (OT): At Miami, Nick Folk received a reprieve when his blocked field-goal attempt was negated by a timeout, and his second try was a successful 33-yarder with 6:04 left in overtime.

Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard gain to set up the kick. Two plays later, Folk's try was blocked, but officials whistled the play dead as the ball was snapped because the Dolphins had called timeout. Folk then made the winner.

JAGUARS 22, COLTS 17: At Indianapolis, Blaine Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts III on an 80-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left to lift Jacksonville to its first win of the season.

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