Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Baltimore Ravens scored three defensive touchdowns in a 34-17 victory against the New York Jets, while the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions won to remain the National Football League’s only unbeaten teams.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had two fumbles returned for touchdowns and threw a third-quarter interception that Lardarius Webb took back 73 yards for another score last night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Ravens improved to 3-1 with their seventh straight win against the Jets, who dropped their second road game in a row to fall to 2-2. New York finished with 150 yards of offense, including 38 yards rushing, its fewest since 2006.
“The performance by their defense was spectacular,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan, whose team will complete a three-game road trip at New England on Oct. 9. “You just have to give them credit. They made a lot of big plays and were coming after us. We got it handed to us.”
The New York Giants pushed their winning streak to three games by scoring two touchdowns in the final four minutes to beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-27.
Eli Manning threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ballard with 3:37 remaining and a 29-yard scoring pass to Hakeem Nicks less than a minute later as the Giants rallied from a 10-point deficit at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The Packers got six touchdowns from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 49-23 rout of the Denver Broncos, while the Lions rallied from a 24-point third-quarter deficit to beat the host Dallas Cowboys 34-30. It’s the first 4-0 start for Detroit in 31 years and was the largest blown lead in Cowboys history.
Bills Lose First
The Buffalo Bills were the only other unbeaten team entering Week 4 and their streak ended with a 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, who got a 43-yard field goal from Mike Nugent as time expired in Cincinnati.
The Bills, Cardinals and Cowboys weren’t the only teams to blow leads yesterday.
The Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) lost their third straight game when the 49ers (3-1) rallied for a 24-23 win after trailing 23-3 midway through the third quarter in Philadelphia.
“It’s shocking and frustrating,” Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who passed for 416 yards and two touchdowns, said during a news conference.
The New Orleans Saints won 23-10 at the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3), while the New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders 31-19 and the San Diego Chargers defeated the Miami Dolphins 26-16. The Saints, Patriots and Chargers are 3-1.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost 17-10 against the Houston Texans and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a 30-28 win against Seattle when Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka was short on a 61- yard field goal attempt with eight seconds left.
The Chicago Bears won 34-29 against the Carolina Panthers as Matt Forte rushed for a career-high 205 yards and Devin Hester passed Eric Metcalf with his NFL-record 11th career punt return for a touchdown.
In a matchup of winless teams, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Vikings 22-17, leaving Minnesota with a 0-4 record for the first time since 2002. The Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Rams 17-10 and the Tennessee Titans defeated the Cleveland Browns 31-13.
The Indianapolis Colts visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight seeking to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1998, when injured quarterback Peyton Manning was a rookie.
The Giants trailed 27-17 with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter after Beanie Wells scored his third rushing touchdown for the Cardinals. Manning then led consecutive scoring drives to send Arizona (1-3) to its third straight defeat.
The Giants improve to 3-1 and now return home for three games after playing three of their first four on the road.
The defending Super Bowl-champion Packers are 4-0 after Rodgers passed for 408 yards with four touchdowns, and ran for two more scores against the 1-3 Broncos.
The Lions outscored Dallas 31-3 over the final 26 minutes at Cowboys Stadium to stay unbeaten.
Detroit returned two Tony Romo interceptions for touchdowns in the third quarter and Matthew Stafford threw a pair of scoring passes to Calvin Johnson in the fourth.
Johnson is the first player in NFL history to collect two touchdown passes in each of his team’s opening four games. The only other player to have four consecutive games with two touchdown receptions was Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings during the 1995 season.
“We did a great job in the second half as a team again,” Stafford said at a news conference. “It’s crazy how it happens, you just have to keep playing.”
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