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2008-12-01


 2008-12-01
Vikings 34, Bears 14


With a gutty goal-line stand and one big heave by Gus Frerotte, host Minnesota grabbed control of the NFC North and sent Kyle Orton and Chicago home with a humbling defeat.

Seconds after the Bears (6-6) were stopped four times at the 1, Bernard Berrian pulled in a 99-yard touchdown pass from Frerotte that gave the Vikings sole possession of the division lead .

Orton's team-record streak of 206 attempts without an interception ended with a thud, and Minnesota (7-5) turned three turnovers into 17 second-half points.

Falcons 22, Chargers 16

Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and the rest of the Falcons are very much alive in the playoff picture. The Chargers, once thought to be Super Bowl worthy, are on life support.

Ryan, the rookie from Boston College, threw two touchdown passes and Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson's former understudy, ran for 120 yards against his former team. The visiting Falcons (8-4) remained a game behind Tampa Bay and Carolina in the NFC South.

San Diego (4-8) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 207 yards. Turner carried 31 times in his sixth 100-yard game of the season. He was allowed to leave San Diego as an unrestricted free agent after last season.

Tomlinson, the two-time defending NFL rushing champion, was held to 24 yards on 14 carries.

Colts 10, Browns 6

Defensive end Robert Mathis scooped up Derek Anderson's fumble and rambled 39 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the visiting Colts stayed in the thick of the AFC playoff chase by winning their fifth straight.

Mathis' big play helped bail out Peyton Manning and Indy's high-octane offense, which never got humming with its usual efficiency.

Still, the Colts (8-4) got a 30-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri and improved to 5-0 in November, a monthlong run that has allowed them to recover from a 3-4 start.

The Browns (4-8) lost their fourth straight at home and may have lost quarterback Derek Anderson and tight end Kellen Winslow for an extended period.

49ers 10, Bills 3

Linebacker Patrick Willis and a suddenly sturdy San Francisco defense certainly did their job as spoilers. Willis had 14 tackles and a forced fumble in a win that all but ended the host Bills' dwindling playoff hopes.

The 49ers' win also prevented the Arizona Cardinals from clinching the NFC West and their first playoff berth in 10 years - the longest active playoff drought in the NFL.

Isaac Bruce scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass - the 90th of his career - and Joe Nedney hit a 50-yard field goal as the 49ers never trailed. San Francisco (4-8) won for the second time in three games and second time for interim coach Mike Singletary.

The Bills (6-6) lost for the fifth time in six games and looked nothing like a team coming off a 54-31 win at Kansas City, or the team that got off to a 4-0 start.

Ravens 34, Bengals 3

Mark Clayton threw a touchdown pass on a reverse, then made a spectacular one-handed catch for a 70-yard score to lift visiting Baltimore.

The Ravens (8-4) have won six of their past seven games with a renowned defense and an offense coming into its own behind rookie quarterback Joe Flacco. Each week, the Ravens give him a little more freedom and a little more of the playbook.

Cincinnati dropped to 1-10-1.

Chiefs 20, Raiders 13

Tyler Thigpen put together one effective drive to beat the host Raiders in a match-up between two of the NFL's worst teams.

Thigpen engineered a 91-yard drive capped by Larry Johnson's 2-yard tiebreaking run early in the fourth quarter to lead the Chiefs to just their second win in their past 21 games. Kansas City had lost seven in a row.

Kansas City (2-10) scored its first touchdown on Maurice Leggett's 67-yard fumble return on a botched fake field goal by Oakland (3-9).

Dolphins 16, Rams 12

The visiting Dolphins (7-5) made it into the end zone only once, but relied on stingy play from a defense that got routed last week by the Patriots to secure their fifth victory in six games.

St. Louis dropped to 2-10.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 1, 2008

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