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Andersen field goal lifts Falcons in OT

ROETHLISBERGER KNOCKED OUT The Steelers' quarterback was unstoppable until he got KOed, while Michael Vick tossed four touchdown passes to pace Atlanta's win


It took the second-oldest player in NFL history, 46-year-old Morten Andersen, to separate Atlanta from the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 32-yard field goal for a 41-39 Falcons overtime victory on Sunday.

Michael Vick threw for four touchdowns and the Falcons thought they'd won on a 56-yard field goal by their No. 2 kicker at the end of regulation, but it was disallowed because Pittsburgh called a timeout.

Steelers counterpart Ben Roethlisberger was unstoppable until he got knocked out. After six lead changes, and with Roethlisberger watching from the sideline, the Steelers (2-4) tied it at 38 with 3:19 remaining when fill-in quarterback Charlie Batch threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward.

Ward, the Super Bowl MVP, had a remarkable homecoming, catching eight passes for 171 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.

But Atlanta (4-2) won the coin toss for overtime and never let the Steelers have the ball. Seven minutes into the extra period, Andersen finally finished it.

Chiefs 30, Chargers 27

At Kansas City, Missouri, Lawrence Tynes hit a career-long 53-yard field goal with 6 seconds left, atoning for a first-quarter miss and getting the win for Kansas City, which forced turnovers on three of San Diego's first four possessions and converted two of them into touchdown passes by Damon Huard.

LaDainian Tomlinson figured in two fourth-quarter TD throws, one as the receiver and one as the passer, as the Chargers (4-2) came back from an early 17-point deficit to tie the game at 27-all.

Huard completed three passes for 52 yards to get the Chiefs in position for Tynes' winner.

Buccaneers 23, Eagles 21

At Tampa, Florida, Matt Bryant nailed a 62-yard field goal -- the third-longest in NFL history -- to give Tampa Bay an improbable last-second victory over Philadelphia.

The Buccaneers (2-4) built a 17-0 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter on the strength of two interceptions Ronde Barber returned for touchdowns.

Texans 27, Jaguars 7

At Houston, the home team's beleaguered defense dominated Jacksonville and rookie running back Wali Lundy discovered the Texans' lost running game with 93 yards rushing and a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 17-7.

No Houston running back had gained 60 yards rushing before Sunday.

Houston's defense, which entered the day allowing a league-worst 418 yards a game, forced two turnovers -- both of which led to touchdowns -- and held the Jaguars to 220 yards.

Packers 34, Dolphins 24

At Miami, Green Bay intercepted Joey Harrington three times to beat woeful Miami.

Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes, including the clincher to David Martin with six minutes left, and Ahman Green scored on a 70-yard run.

But it was big plays by Green Bay's beleaguered defense that made the difference. The Packers (2-4) doubled their season interception total, and the takeaways led to 13 points.

Bengals 17, Panthers 14

At Cincinnati, Carson Palmer found his touch with minutes to go and got Cincinnati into the end zone. Given a chance to match him, Carolina's Jake Delhomme came up one throw short.

Palmer led a fourth-quarter drive that culminated in his 1-yard throw to T.J. Houshmandzadeh that lifted Cincinnati (4-2) to its first win in three weeks.

Broncos 17, Browns 7

At Cleveland, the NFL's stingiest defense held its fifth straight opponent to single digits and Jake Plummer did enough to keep Denver's offense moving.

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