The boys from New Orleans came through, and we're not talking about Peyton Manning and Marshall Faulk.
Danny Wuerffel passed for touchdowns of 15 yards to Andre Hastings with 41 seconds left in regulation and 33 yards to Cameron Cleeland at 8:50 of overtime Sunday, giving the Saints a 19-13 victory over the winless Indianapolis Colts"Sometimes it happens quick," Wuerffel said. "Fortunately, they don't put parentheses with `pretty' behind any win. So a win's a win. As long as you do what you've got to do to win a game."
Manning and Faulk, both natives of New Orleans, appeared to have the game won for the Colts with a 78-yard touchdown connection in the fourth quarter. But the Saints (3-0) got the ball back with 2:49 to go, converted a fourth-and-17 with a 44-yard completion to former Colt Sean Dawkins, and tied the game with the TD pass to Hastings.
Indianapolis (0-4) reached midfield on its second possession of overtime after a 20-yard pass to Faulk and a personal foul on New Orleans' Joe Johnson. But Tyronne Drakeford made the third interception of Manning and returned it to the Indianapolis 36. Lamar Smith then ran 3 yards and Wuerffel hit Cleeland for the winning touchdown.
"It's part of football," Wuerffel said of Manning's interceptions. "He made some great plays today, too, that got them in the game. He was standing in the pocket strong, throwing some great balls. He's going to be a big-time player.
"A lot of them were deflections. Sometimes they're intercepted, sometimes they're not."
Manning, the first pick in this year's draft and the son of former Saints star Archie Manning, was 19-for-32 for a career-high 309 yards and was sacked four times. His first two interceptions led to field goals by Doug Brien that tied the game 6-6.
PACKERS 37, PANTHERS 30: At Charlotte, N.C., overcoming a first half in which his two interceptions helped Carolina take a 10-point lead, Brett Favre threw for 388 yards and five touchdowns to rally Green Bay.
Green Bay limited Carolina to 13 first downs, including just five in the first 52 minutes, helping the Packers to their first 4-0 start since 1966, the year they won the inaugural Super Bowl.
Favre, throwing for five scores for the third time in his career, completed 27 of 45 passes. He linked up with Derrick Mayes on three of the TD passes.
The Panthers (0-3) lost their fifth in a row at home.
BRONCOS 38, REDSKINS 16: At Landover, Md., for the first time in nine years, the Broncos won a game without John Elway. Bubby Brister did the honors, even running the bootleg right - the play on which Elway injured his hamstring each of the last two weeks - to perfection for a touchdown pass. That started the unbeaten Super Bowl champions on their way to a 4-0 mark.
The Broncos have won nine straight and broke an 0-7 streak without Elway, who decided to rest his leg and did not suit up. The last time the Broncos won without him was in 1989 at Washington behind Gary Kubiak, now Denver's offensive coordinator.
The Redskins (0-4) have been outscored 83-26 at home.
RAIDERS 13, COWBOYS 12: At Irving, Texas, a lucky bounce on a 75-yard touchdown pass and two field goals by Greg Davis gave Oakland all the scoring it needed. Cornerback Charles Woodson also intercepted a pass by Jason Garrett in the end zone to stop another Dallas drive.
On third-and-12 with time running down in the first half, Jeff George heaved a long pass downfield in the direction of James Jett. The ball hit cornerback Kevin Smith in the left shoulder pad and bounced into the arms of Jett, who ran 30 yards untouched to complete the 75-yard touchdown play, longest of the season for Oakland (2-2).
Dallas (2-2) closed in when Garrett beat a blitz to hit Billy Davis with a 55-yard pass and Emmitt Smith scored on the next play from the 1.
JAGUARS 27, OILERS 22: At Nashville, Tenn., Mike Hollis kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter and rookie Fred Taylor rushed for 116 yards as the Jaguars came from behind for the best start in the team's short history.
On a day when Mark Brunell struggled and the Jaguars (4-0) turned the ball over three times, the defense led the way with four sacks and two interceptions against the Oilers (1-3). Eddie George was held to 25 yards on 14 carries.
CHIEFS 24, EAGLES 21: At Philadelphia, Rich Gannon's 57-yard completion to Joe Horn in the fourth quarter set up Donnell Bennett's third touchdown run.
In the Chiefs' first visit to Philly, Gannon was 17-for-25 for 262 yards as Kansas City (4-0) won its ninth straight against NFC opponents.
The Eagles (0-4) are off to their worst start in 26 years. They made it close when Rodney Peete passed to Duce Staley for a 17-yard TD with 61 seconds left. Staley had all three touchdowns for Philadelphia.
CARDINALS 20, RAMS 17: At St. Louis, Arizona scored 14 points in a 50-second span of the second quarter and won its St. Louis homecoming.
Joe Nedney's 29-yard field goal with 4:04 to play gave Arizona (2-2) its second straight win. The score was set up by a 43-yard pass interference penalty on Dexter McCleon.
The game was the Cardinals' first regular-season contest in St. Louis since owner Bill Bidwill took the team to Arizona from St. Louis following the 1987 season.
The Rams (1-3) lost their eighth straight home game, wasting a strong showing by rooking running back Robert Holcombe, who rushed for 84 yards and scored twice.
STEELERS 13, SEAHAWKS 10: At Pittsburgh, Jerome Bettis got the Steelers (3-1) back to what they do best by running for 138 yards. Bettis went over 100 yards for the 33rd time in his six-year career and the 23rd time with Pittsburgh by early in the third quarter.
Seattle (3-1), one of the NFL's surprise teams so far, couldn't overcome Bettis' big day, four turnovers or a suddenly ineffective running game as it was denied the first 4-0 start in franchise history.
VIKINGS 31, BEARS 28: At Chicago, Randall Cunningham connected on four TD passes to four receivers - Robert Smith, Cris Carter, Andrew Glover and Randy Moss - and cornerback Corey Fuller had a key interception.
Fuller intercepted what would have been a touchdown, and Moss and Carter had TD receptions in a second half comeback for the Vikings (4-0). Smith, a running back also had a 67-yard catch for a score.
Moss and Carter have four TD receptions each this year.
Cunningham finished 16-of-25 for 275 yards. Erik Kramer was 25-of-29 for 372 yards and four scores for Chicago (0-4), which has led at halftime in all its games.
49ERS 31, FALCONS 20: At San Francisco, it doesn't get any simpler than Steve Young to Jerry Rice and it doesn't get any more breathtaking.
The dynamic quarterback-receiver tandem led another offensive show by the 49ers. Young ended the first offensive series with his 200th career touchdown pass, a 66-yarder to Rice. They teamed again just before halftime on a 26-yard pass as the 49ers (3-0) bolted to a 31-7 lead over Atlanta (2-1) and then coasted through a rainy second-half.
It was the Falcons' seventh straight loss at San Francisco, during which they have been outscored 288-115.
GIANTS 34, CHARGERS 16: At San Diego, one week after a disastrous performance in the Kansas City rain, Ryan Leaf flopped again under the San Diego sun.
The rookie threw four interceptions in less than three quarters. He was benched following the final one, which was returned 20 yards by Percy Ellsworth for a touchdown.