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Steelers fall in Cincy for first time in since 2001

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Andre Caldwell (87) catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51) in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of a football game Sunday in Cincinnati.

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CINCINNATI — With another last-minute drive, the Bengals earned some legitimacy and won back their town.

Carson Palmer threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds left Sunday, completing a nearly perfect drive that gave the Bengals a 23-20 victory Sunday and ended the Steelers’ nearly decade-long domination in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh (1-2) had won its last eight games on Cincinnati’s home field. The last time the Bengals beat them at Paul Brown Stadium was 2001, when Chad Ochocinco was a rookie who rarely started and still went by the name of Johnson.

Vikings 27, 49ers 24

MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Favre threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone with 2 seconds left to lift Minnesota to a victory over the stunned San Francisco 49ers, keeping the Vikings unbeaten.

An official review upheld Lewis’s unbelievable catch, sending the sellout crowd into a frenzy. Some of the fans had already left after two unsuccessful possessions against a stingy 49ers defense. More of them booed during the second half as the offense struggled to move the ball and Favre’s passes were off target.

Lions 19, Redskins 14

DETROIT — The Lions ended their 19-game losing streak by holding off the Redskins.

Matthew Stafford threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson in the first quarter and the two connected to draw a key penalty to set up a TD in the fourth quarter.

The Lions (1-2) had not won since Dec. 23, 2007 and their skid matched the second longest in NFL history.

Packers 36, Rams 17

ST. LOUIS — Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and the Packers sent the Rams to their 13th straight loss.

Rodgers was 13 for 23 for 269 yards. The Rams (0-3) have lost 30 of 35 since the start of the 2007 season.

Ravens 34, Browns 3

BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 342 yards, Willis McGahee scored two more touchdowns, and the Ravens cruised to a victory over the Browns.

After Baltimore (3-0) held the Browns to 78 yards while building a 20-0 halftime lead, Cleveland coach Eric Mangini pulled quarterback Brady Quinn in favor of Derek Anderson. The switch did nothing to turn around the fortune of a team that has been outscored 95-29 this season.

Jaguars 31, Texans 24

HOUSTON — Maurice Jones-Drew had his first 100-yard game of the season and scored three touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to a victory over the mistake-prone Houston Texans on Sunday.

Giants 24, Buccaneers 0

TAMPA, Fla. — Eli Manning threw for two touchdowns and Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw led a resurgence of a strong ground attack that was absent the previous two weeks, helping the Giants (3-0) remain unbeaten with a rout of the winless Bucs (0-3).

It was the Giants’ first shutout since a 36-0 home victory over Washington in October 2005. They hadn’t blanked an opponent on the road since beating Philadelphia 23-0 in November 1983.

Patriots 26, Falcons 10

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots finally got their offense rolling with a balanced attack as Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and Fred Taylor ran for 105 in a win over the Falcons.

One week after the Patriots were held without a touchdown in a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets, Brady threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Chris Baker and Taylor ran for an 8-yard score.

Broncos 23, Raiders 3

OAKLAND, Calif. — All that offseason disfunction in Denver is a thing of the past. Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton have the Broncos off to a 3-0 start.

Orton threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, and rookie Knowshon Moreno ran for 90 yards and a score to lead the Broncos to a victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

Chargers 23, Dolphins 13

SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers had his usual big plays and a nifty little one that helped the San Diego Chargers end a seven-game losing streak against Miami.

Rivers scored on a 5-yard scramble late in the third quarter to highlight a victory over the winless Dolphins, who lost quarterback Chad Pennington to a shoulder injury early in the second half.

Saints 27, Bills 7

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Will Smith had an interception and a sack to help New Orleans shut down Buffalo.

The Saints prevented the Bills from mustering any type of a threat through three quarters.

That’s when Pierre Thomas took over, sealing the win with two touchdown runs in the final 10 minutes.

Bears 25, Seahawks 19

SEATTLE — Jay Cutler pumped his fists. He hugged his linemen. And he raised both arms triumphantly — all inside the final 2 minutes.

Exactly the scenes the Bears envisioned when they traded a king’s ransom to Denver to get him.

Colts 31, Cardinals 10

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner have thrown for miles and miles in their NFL careers, yet their paths crossed for only the second time on Sunday night.

Manning stole the show.

On the field where little brother Eli led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl triumph two seasons ago, Manning threw four touchdown passes, three in the second quarter, to power the Indianapolis Colts past Warner and the turnover-plagued Arizona Cardinals.

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