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Owens sparks Dallas Cowboys to victory

AP , IRVING, TEXAS

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens makes a touchdown pass reception against Lewis Sanders of the Houston Texans during their NFL match at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AFP

Terrell Owens caught two third-quarter touchdown passes and another in the fourth, sparking the Dallas Cowboys past the Houston Texans 34-6 on Sunday and avenging a loss to their cross-state rivals four years ago.

Houston (1-4) led 6-3 at halftime, and had hopes of repeating its 19-10 victory over Dallas in the first game in Texans history back in 2002.

But Houston turned the ball over on three straight drives -- including two interceptions by David Carr -- and Owens scored touchdowns of 3, 21 and 2 yards to pace the Cowboys (3-2).

Saints 27, Eagles 24

In New Orleans, Joe Horn caught two touchdown passes -- his first of the season -- and John Carney kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired for the Saints.

The victory improve New Orleans to 5-1 and sends them to their bye week in first place in the NFC South Division. Horn finished with 110 yards on six catches, including a key 20-yard gain on the winning drive.

Panthers 23, Ravens 21

In Baltimore, Jake Delhomme threw for a career-high 365 yards and two touchdowns, and Carolina slipped past the Ravens for its fourth straight win. Steve Smith had eight catches for 189 yards and a touchdown, and John Kasay kicked three field goals for Carolina (4-2).

Kyle Boller took over as the Baltimore quarterback after Steve McNair sustained a concussion and sprained neck while being sacked by Michael Rucker and Chris Draft. He completed 17-for-31 for 226 yards and three touchdowns, two on deflected passes that Mark Clayton turned into scores.

Lions 20, Bills 17

In Detroit, Roy Williams had 10 receptions for 161 yards -- both career highs -- and scored a touchdown while Kevin Jones ran for a season-high 127 yards to give Rod Marinelli his first win as a head coach.

The Lions (1-5) outscored the Bills (2-4) by four points in the fourth -- just enough to win -- after being outscored 47-14 in the final quarter in their previous five games.

Giants 27, Falcons 14

In Atlanta, Tiki Barber outplayed the NFL's best ground team by running for 185 yards, Jeremy Shockey caught a couple of touchdown passes and New York rallied past the Falcons in the second half.

The Giants (3-2) fell behind 14-3 when Warrick Dunn broke off a 90-yard touchdown on Atlanta's first offensive play of the second half _ the longest run in team history. But New York dominated the Falcons (3-2) the rest of the way, going ahead with touchdown drives of 84 and 91 yards.

Seahawks 30, Rams 28

In St Louis, Josh Brown's 54-yard field goal as time expired helped Seattle regain first place from its NFC West rival.

The winning kick came after a 5-yard penalty that briefly had the Rams (4-2) thinking they'd pulled off another improbable win. What happened was a simple illegal formation penalty against the Seahawks (4-1) as they spiked the ball to give Brown a chance for the long field goal. The Rams began to celebrate, believing a 10-second clock runoff would give them the win. But officials ruled that because the ball had been spotted and snapped properly, there was no runoff.

Buccaneers 14, Bengals 13

In Tampa, Florida, Michael Clayton lunged to complete an 8-yard touchdown catch with 35 seconds remaining, giving the Bucs their first win of the season.

The reception was initially ruled incomplete but was overturned after a replay, which showed the ball firmly in Clayton's hands as he flew through the air.

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