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NFL Week 9: Peyton Hillis helps Cleveland punish New England

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Browns 34, Patriots 14
RB Peyton Hillis, 29 carries, 184 yds., 2 TD
Cleveland rumbled for 230 total rushing yards while its defense and special teams took advantage of every opportunity the visiting Patriots created. Sammy Morris muffed the kickoff after Cleveland’s opening-drive field goal, and the Browns (3-5) took a two-score lead with Hillis’ two-yard touchdown, his first of two. The miscues continued for New England (6-2) after Browns safety Abram Elam stripped rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski on the Browns’ 2-yard line to end the first half. With the game out of reach following Hillis’ fourth-quarter score, Pats backup Brian Hoyer replaced Tom Brady and threw a pick to fourth-year cornerback Eric Wright with 2:29 remaining. Now tied with the Jets for first place in the AFC East, the Patriots visit Pittsburgh  (5-2) next Sunday night.

Vikings 27, Cardinals 24, OT
QB Brett Favre, 36-57, 446 yds., 2 TD, 2 INT
After a week of Randy Moss questions, Favre responded with career highs in completions and passing yards to rally Minnesota (3-5) from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Adrian Peterson’s four-yard touchdown and Visanthe Shiancoe’s 25-yard touchdown grab with 34 seconds remaining sent the game to overtime. Arizona (3-5) went three-and-out to start overtime, setting up Ryan Longwell’s 35-yard, game-winning kick.

Ravens 26, Dolphins 10
QB Joe Flacco, 20-27, 266 yds., 2 TD
Chad Henne was sacked twice and threw three picks, and Miami (4-4) lost its first road game this season without ever threatening to take the lead. Ray Rice didn’t score, but was the Ravens’ most effective weapon, moving the chains for Baltimore (6-2) with 22 carries for 83 yards and seven receptions for 97 yards.

Bears 22, Bills 19
QB Jay Cutler, 17-30, 188 yds., 2 TD
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 299 yards and a score, but his two fourth-quarter picks kept Buffalo (0-8) winless. Bears cornerback Tim Jennings nabbed Fitzpatrick’s first miscue, setting up Earl Bennett’s game-winning touchdown grab in the corner of the end zone. Chicago (5-3) took a three-point lead with a two-point conversion, and then intercepted Fitzpatrick again with 32 seconds remaining.

Chargers 29, Texans 23
QB Philip Rivers, 17-23, 295 yds,. 4 TD
Losing 23-14 in the third quarter, Rivers mobilized the San Diego (4-5) offense in a comeback on the road. Arian Foster took 27 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns to help Houston (4-4) control the clock, but left Rivers with enough time to find rookie receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (4 rec., 111 yds., 2 TD) for the game-winning score with 5:23 left to play.

Falcons 27, Buccaneers 21
RB Michael Turner, 24 carries, 107 yds., 2 TD
Atlanta (6-2) didn’t allow any fourth-quarter heroics by Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, ending Tampa Bay’s (5-3) offensive scoring in the first half. Micheal Spurlock narrowed the Bucs’ deficit to six points with an 89-yard kick return following Matt Bryant’s 41-yard field goal in the third quarter, but neither team scored in the fourth.

Saints 34, Panthers 3
QB Drew Brees, 27-43, 253 yds., 2 TD, INT
Three different quarterbacks received snaps for Carolina (1-7) and no receiver caught more than three passes or broke 22 receiving yards. New Orleans (6-3) notched four sacks and a pick, and scored 34 unanswered points following Jon Kasay’s 20-yard field goal on the Panther’s first drive.

Other games:
Chiefs at Raiders
Giants at Seahawks
Colts at Eagles
Dallas at Green Bay, late


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