Houston, Dallas and Tampa Bay made it pay off by earning victories Sunday. Jacksonville, Cleveland and Carolina all blew leads to lose in OT.
Andre Johnson caught a screen pass from Matt Schaub and ran 48 yards for the winning touchdown with 2:01 left in the extra session of Houston’s 43-37 victory over Jacksonville.
Schaub threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards passing, second most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 against Kansas City.
Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.
“When I caught the ball, and I saw how open I was, I was looking around like, ‘Where are the defenders at?’” Johnson said after the 43-37 win. “I took off running, I kept looking. I thought the cornerback would come from the outside, but he wasn’t there. It was just the safety, so I was just saying to myself, ‘I can’t let him tackle me.’”
Dallas needed Dan Bailey’s 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds to go in regulation to tie it, then he made a 38-yarder for the 23-20 win over the Browns with 6:07 remaining. The Cowboys rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit.
“Had it all the way,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, smiling, as he walked into the postgame locker room.
Nor did the Buccaneers look like winners until they actually won.
Josh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap a comeback. It was Freeman’s third touchdown pass of the game in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 victory over the Panthers.
“When we got to overtime we stepped into the huddle and everybody was ready to go and we started talking like, ‘Hey let’s just execute one play at a time and do our jobs and try to get out of this thing with a touchdown,’” Freeman said.
• Tom Brady, Patriots, had 331 yards passing and three touchdowns as New England routed Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts 59-24.
• Robert Griffin III, Redskins, threw four touchdown passes and ran for 84 yards in Washington’s 31-6 victory over Philadelphia.
• Chad Henne, Jaguars, set a career high with four touchdown passes and threw for 354 yards in relief of an injured Blaine Gabbert as Jacksonville fell to Houston 43-37 in OT.
• Peyton Manning, Broncos, threw three touchdown passes for the sixth time in seven games, leading Denver to its fifth straight win, 30-23 over San Diego.
• Doug Martin, Buccaneers, ran for 138 yards on 24 carries in Tampa Bay’s 27-21 victory at Carolina.
• LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals, rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 23-19 loss at Atlanta.
• Andre Johnson, Texans, caught 14 passes for 273 yards and a score in Houston’s 43-37 overtime victory over Jacksonville.
• Justin Blackmon, Jaguars, made seven catches for 236 yards and a TD as Jacksonville fell to Houston 43-37 in OT.
• Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had 12 receptions for a career-high 145 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 23-20 overtime win over Cleveland.
Tony Romo was sacked a career-high seven times, but Dallas beat Cleveland 23-20 in overtime to win for the first time in six games when the Cowboys quarterback is sacked at least five times. … St. Louis fell to the New York Jets 27-13 and failed to force a turnover for the fifth straight game — tying the NFL’s longest such slump since 1950, according to STATS LLC. … Houston finished with franchise-record 640 total yards in a 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville.
Houston’s Andre Johnson caught 14 passes for 273 yards, while Jacksonville’s Justin Blackmon made seven catches for 236 yards in the Texans’ 43-37 overtime win Sunday — marking the first time in NFL history opposing players each had more than 200 yards receiving in the same game.
Dallas extended Cleveland’s road losing streak to 12 games on Dan Bailey’s 38-yard field goal with 6:07 left in the extra period to give Dallas the 23-20 win — after Bailey made a tying kick with 2 seconds remaining in regulation. … Cleveland’s Phil Dawson extended the NFL’s longest active field goal streak to 25 by hitting from 51 and 47 yards in the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss Sunday. He’s 19 of 19 this season. … Rams QB Sam Bradford has been sacked in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL, according to STATS LLC.
Philadelphia fell to Washington 31-6 on Sunday, giving the last-place Eagles (3-7) their longest single-season losing streak (six) since dropping seven games in a row to end the 1994 season.
Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards, including touchdown passes of 6, 49, 61 and 17 — one in each quarter — in Washington’s 31-6 win over Philadelphia. His 93.3 completion percentage is the highest by a QB with at least four TD passes since San Francisco’s Steve Young in 1994. Griffin also ran 12 times for 84 yards and was again serenaded with chants of “RG3.”
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the Lions’ 24-20 loss to Green Bay. One of the interceptions was returned 72 yards by Packers safety M.D. Jennings for a go-ahead score in the third quarter. … Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw a career-worst five interceptions, but became the first quarterback since Green Bay’s Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game — 23-19 over Arizona — despite throwing five INTs with no touchdowns, according to STATS LLC.