Comeback fever is catching on in the NFL.
It spread from coast-to-coast Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams rallied from a 21-0 deficit at Anaheim Stadium to force overtime against Cincinnati before the Bengals prevailed 34-31.But there were plenty of successful comebacks, with five teams overcoming double-digit deficits to win. In still another instance, Atlanta scored a touchdown with just 1:33 left to beat New Orleans 28-27.
- Buffalo trailed 24-14 in the fourth quarter, only to score 24 consecutive points for a 38-24 victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Raiders. In two weeks, the Bills have scored 44 points in the final period.
- Unbeaten San Francisco trailed 14-0 midway through the second quarter before winning its 13th consecutive road game, 24-21 at Houston.
- Detroit trailed 20-10 at halftime against Minnesota before rallying behind quarterback Bob Gagliano for a 34-27 victory.
- Indianapolis trailed 13-0 in the second quarter and 19-10 after three periods before taking advantage of Kansas City turnovers for a 23-19 victory.
- The New York Jets led 13-0 at halftime, only to see Miami rally to win 20-16.
Tonight, Cleveland is at Denver.
The four NFC East teams - the Redskins, Eagles, Giants and Cardinals - had byes.Bills 38, Raiders 24
Buffalo returned a blocked kick for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the second straight week, highlighting the run of 24 points in six minutes against Los Angeles (4-1).
The Bills, scoring three more points than the Raiders had allowed all season, trailed 24-14 before James Lofton caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jim Kelly with 8:37 to go.
Buffalo then forced a punt and Steve Tasker came through untouched to block Jeff Gossett's kick. James Williams scooped up the ball on one bounce and ran 38 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:52 left.
Cornelius Bennett forced and recovered a fumble by Jay Schroeder on the next possession. The Bills capitalized with Scott Norwood hitting a 23-yard field goal with 4:07 left.
The Bills (4-1) sealed the outcome when Nate Odomes stripped the ball from Willie Gault and ran 49 yards for a touchdown.
Bengals 34, Rams 31, OT
Boomer Esiason passed for 471 yards, outdueling Jim Everett, who had 372, and Cincinati blunted the Los Angeles comeback and won in overtime on Jim Breech's 44-yard field goal with 3:04 left.
Playing without Eddie Brown, their top receiver, the Bengals got 100-yard receiving days from Rodney Holman (10 for 161 yards), Tim McGee (eight for 142) and James Brooks (seven for 109). For Los Angeles, Flipper Anderson caught seven passes for 144 yards and Henry Ellard was seven for 100.
Mike Lansford's 40-yard field goal with 1:36 left in regulation tied the game at 31.
Colts 23, Chiefs 19
Albert Bentley won it with a 10-yard run with 5:53 to go for his second touchdown as Indianapolis won its second straight after opening with three defeats.
Nick Lowery kicked four field goals and Derrick Thomas had four of seven sacks by Kansas City (3-2) against Jack Trudeau. But Christian Okoye's fumble set up the winning touchdown midway through the final period.
Falcons 28, Saints 27
Chris Miller capped his best day in the NFL with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Andre Rison with 1:33 remaining, snapping Atlanta's six-game losing streak against New Orleans.
Before the score, Miller twice hit Rison on fourth-down plays to keep alive the 80-yard drive.
Miller completed 23 of 44 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. Rison had 10 catches for 154 yards.
49ers 24, Oilers 21
Houston couldn't keep the Super Bowl champions in a hole as Joe Montana rallied San Francisco with three touchdown passes.
With the Oilers leading 21-17, Houston got a turnover, but the play was negated because they called timeout just before the ball was snapped. Montana then completed a 46-yard pass to John Taylor for the winning points with 6:31 left.
Montana, who completed 20 of 28 passes for 319 yards, also hit Taylor with a 78-yarder and threw six yards to Jerry Rice for another touchdown.
Lions 34, Vikings 27
Gagliano replaced injured starter Rodney Peete and passed for 299 yards and three touchdowns as Detroit (3-2) dropped Minnesota into the NFC Central cellar.
The Vikings, off to their first 1-4 start since 1967, have lost two straight at home to division rivals after 13 straight wins in the Metrodome. It was Minnesota's first loss to the Lions since Jerry Burns' debut as coach, ending a string of seven Vikings wins.
Steelers 36, Chargers 14
Pittsburgh, without an offensive touchdown for its first four games, crossed the end zone four times against San Diego, including two touchdown passes by beleaguered quarterback Bubby Brister.
Brister threw two second-quarter TD passes to rookie Eric Green as the offense, held without a touchdown for 19 quarters, scored three in 17 minutes.
Bears 27, Packers 13
Chicago took control of the NFC Central lead at 4-1 as Mike Tomczak scored on a six-yard bootleg and Kevin Butler kicked field goals of 50 and 51 yards.
Neal Anderson rushed 21 times for 141 yards despite a rib injury that sidelined him for part of the game. His 52-yard run set up the final TD.
Seahawks 33, Patriots 20
New England led 20-19 on Jason Staurovsky's 48-yard field goal before Seattle rallied in the final three minutes with two touchdowns in 24 seconds.
Dave Krieg found Jeff Chadwick with a 45-yard scoring pass and Derrick Fenner added a 5-yard run for his seventh TD this year.
Cowboys 14, Buccaneers 10
At Dallas, the Cowboys surpassed their victory total of last season as rookie Emmitt Smith rushed for 121 yards and scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Smith's yardage was the most by a Dallas running back since Herschel Walker gained 134 yards against Cleveland on Dec. 4. 1988.