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NFL Week 6: Big Ben throws 3 TDs, wins in return to Steelers

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Steelers 28, Browns 10
QB Ben Roethlisberger, 16-27, 257 yds., 3 TD, INT
Ben Roethlisberger returned from his four-game suspension, overcoming an early interception by Browns rookie Joe Haden and lifting Pittsburgh (4-1) past division-rival Cleveland. The Browns (1-5), decimated by injuries, started rookie quarterback Colt McCoy, who threw for 281 yards and a score but threw in two picks.

Vikings 24, Cowboys 21
QB Tony Romo, 24-32, 220 yds., 3 TD, 2 INT
Minnesota (2-3) scored 17 second-half points, ignited by Percy Harvin's 95-yard kick return to overcome Dallas (1-4) in Randy Moss' return to Minnesota. Moss' five catches for 55 yards balanced the offense for Adrian Peterson's 73 yards and touchdown. Romo's touchdown passes to receivers Roy Williams (3 catches, 28 yards, 2 TD) and Dez Bryant (1 catch, 31 yards, TD) helped the reeling Cowboys, but wasn't enough offense to keep up with Minnesota.

Texans 35, Chiefs 31
WR Andre Johnson, 8 catches, 138 yds., TD
Matt Schaub threw for 305 yards and two scores, rallying Houston (4-2) after trailing 31-21 in the fourth quarter. Kansas City (3-2) rushed for more than 200 yards, led by veteran Thomas Jones’ 19 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, but couldn’t stop the Texans in the fourth quarter, allowing Johnson to haul in an 11-yard touchdown grab with 29 seconds remaining.

Dolphins 23, Packers 20, OT
QB Chad Henne, 23-39, 231 yds., 2 TD, INT
Aaron Rodgers threw for 313 yards and a touchdown, adding another score with his feet to set up overtime for Green Bay (3-3) with 16 seconds remaining, a week after suffering a concussion. Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 passes for 127 yards, but kicker Dan Carpenter’s three field goals, including the game-winning, 44-yard boot in overtime, lifted Miami (3-2) on the road.

Rams 20, Chargers 17
RB Steven Jackson, 29 carries, 109 yds., TD
After taking an early 17-0 lead, St. Louis (3-3) relied on its defense to secure the game, sacking Philip Rivers seven times and suffocating San Diego’s top-ranked offense. The Chargers (2-4) scored 14 second-half points, but the final touchdown came on receiver Buster Davis’ five-yard catch when the game was out of reach.

Patriots 23, Ravens 20, OT
WR Deion Branch, 9 catches, 98 yds., TD
In life after Randy Moss, New England (4-1) relied on special teams and a fourth-quarter touchdown strike from Tom Brady (27-44, 292 yds., TD, 2 INT) to Branch, forcing overtime and rallying from a 20-10 deficit to defeat Baltimore (4-2).

Saints 31, Buccaneers 6
QB Drew Brees, 21-32, 263 yds., 3 TD, INT
Rookie running back Chris Ivory steamrolled Tampa Bay (3-2) for 158 yards on 15 carries, opening the field for Brees’ three-touchdown aerial assault. New Orleans (4-2) scored 24 unanswered points before Josh Freeman’s two-yard touchdown pass to receiver Micheal Spurlock capped a 14-play, 88-yard drive in the fourth quarter.

Eagles 31, Falcons 17
QB Kevin Kolb, 23-29, 326 yds., 3 TD, INT
Jeremy Maclin caught seven passes for 159 yards and two scores, leading Philadelphia (4-2) to its best offensive performance this season. Matt Ryan (23-42, 250 yds., 2 TD, INT) was sacked three times, keeping Atlanta (4-2) from establishing a rhythm.

Seahawks 23, Bears 20
QB Matt Hasselbeck, 25-40, 242 yds., TD
Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch combined for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, helping Seattle (3-2) to a win in Chicago. The Bears (4-2) added a fourth-quarter score when Devin Hester returned a punt 89 yards — the 13th of his career to tie the NFL record.

Other games

Jets 24, Broncos 20
Giants 28, Lions 20
49ers 17, Raiders 9
Indianapolis at Washington, late Sunday

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