NFL roundup


There are no more unbeaten teams in the NFL. There are two teams with a tie, though.

New Orleans knocked off the last of the perfect teams when it beat archrival Atlanta 31-27 Sunday.

Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, outdueling Tony Gonzalez as tight ends took the spotlight in the Big Easy.

Gonzalez finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and two scores for Atlanta (8-1), and became the first tight end to catch 100 touchdown passes.

“Tony, he kind of paved the way for me,” said Graham, who like Gonzalez had a college basketball background before making the transition to NFL tight end. “It seemed like every drive I’m kind of going up against the things that he did the last drive.”

Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play as the Saints (4-5) won for the fourth time in five games, keeping alive hope of getting back into the wild-card race after an 0-4 start.

Games can’t get much wilder than San Francisco’s 24-24 tie with St. Louis, the league’s first stalemate in four seasons.

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal in OT to win it — except the Rams (3-5-1) were penalized 5 yards for delay of game. He tried again from 58 as coach Jeff Fisher played for the win, and missed wide right with 2:42 left.

San Francisco’s David Akers missed wide left on a 41-yard attempt that could have sealed it for the 49ers (6-2-1), who lost quarterback Alex Smith to a first-half concussion.

And just when it seemed the 49ers — and Akers’ typically reliable left leg — would have one more chance to win it, San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis was flagged for holding Lance Kendricks on third down. That extended St. Louis’ last drive, a costly mistake in a long list of them on an uncharacteristically sloppy day by coach Jim Harbaugh’s team.

Akers made a tying 33-yarder with 3 seconds left in regulation after Sam Bradford threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 remaining.

STARS Passing

• Drew Brees, Saints, threw for 298 yards and three TDs in handing Atlanta its first loss, 31-27.

• Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 27 for 38 for 301 yards and one TD in a 36-14 victory at Carolina. Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL’s career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

• Josh Freeman, Bucs, passed for two TDs in a 34-24 win over San Diego and has thrown for 13 TDs with just one interception in his past five games.

• Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Baltimore set a club record with 55 points in a 55-20 romp over Oakland.

• Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw a career-high four touchdown passes — each to a different receiver — to beat the New York Giants 31-13.

Rushing

• Adrian Peterson, Vikings, raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown and had 171 yards on 27 carries in a 34-24 victory over Detroit. Peterson has 1,128 yards rushing.

• Chris Johnson, Titans, became the first rusher to gain 100 yards on the ground against Miami in the past 23 games. He had 126 yards on 23 carries and one score.

• Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 124 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD plunge in a 28-7 rout of the Jets. He has 1,005 yards rushing for the season.

Receiving

• TE Jimmy Graham, Saints, caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans beat Atlanta 31-27. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and two scores while becoming the first tight end to catch 100 touchdown passes. He now has 101.

• Calvin Johnson, Lions, had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown, in a 34-24 loss at Minnesota.

• Danny Amendola, Rams, made 11 catches for 102 yards — he had an 80-yarder in overtime negated by a penalty — in a 24-24 tie at San Francisco.

Special Teams

• Jacoby Jones went 105 yards on a kickoff in a 55-20 rout of Oakland to become the first Ravens player to have two KO returns for TDs in a season. He also had one for 108 yards vs. Dallas.

MILESTONES

•Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, caught the 100th TD pass of his career, a 2-yarder from Matt Ryan in Atlanta’s 31-27 loss at New Orleans. He added another score on a 6-yard pass and is the first tight end with 100 TD receptions.

•Peyton Manning, Broncos, threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL’s career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

STATS

The Bucs topped 30 points for the fourth straight week. They have scored 28 or more in five consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. … Miami’s 37-3 defeat at the hands of the Titans was the most lopsided at home since 1968 and worst anywhere since 2000. … The 55 points scored by Baltimore tied an Oakland record for points allowed, a mark set in 1961 and matched in 1981. … The home team has won every game in the Giants-Bengals series, which the Bengals lead 6-3 after a 31-13 victory. … The Bills had 35 first downs, their most ever and the most ever allowed by New England, but the Patriots won 37-31. Buffalo also had 14 penalties for 148 yards.

SACKS

The Broncos sacked Cam Newton seven times, with Kevin Vickerson getting two in a 36-14 win over Carolina. … Eli Manning was sacked a season-high four times by Cincinnati.

SIDELINED

QBs Michael Vick of the Eagles and Alex Smith of the 49ers left their games with concussions. Vick was hit by Dallas LB Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass. Smith was injured when Jo-Lonn Dunbar crashed into him. … Chicago saw its quarterback, Jay Cutler, leave at halftime against Houston with a concussion. … Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black was hospitalized for observation of a neck injury after being carted off the field during the third quarter. Black was injured tackling running back Ryan Mathews for a 1-yard loss, remaining on the ground for a while. The Bucs did not release specific details about the injury, but coach Greg Schiano said the sixth-year pro is expected to be OK.