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Romo leads Cowboys over Colts

OFF KILTER Indianapolis turned over the ball on interceptions by Peyton Manning and a fumble by Marvin Harrison as the Cowboys won at home


Tony Romo was efficient in his first start at home, Marion Barber ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the Dallas Cowboys handed the Indianapolis Colts their first loss of the NFL season by beating them 21-14 on Sunday.

A week after becoming the first team to start 9-0 in consecutive seasons, Indianapolis fell shy in its bid to match last year's 13-0 run, much less the perfect season by the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

The Colts couldn't overcome four turnovers, their most in a regular season game since November 2001.

With Peyton Manning playing in Texas Stadium for the first time, the Colts were off-kilter from the start. Marvin Harrison lost his first fumble since 2004 on Indianapolis' first series, then Manning lost his first fumble of the year on the next drive.

Manning wound up with his first two-interception game of the season (he had only three coming in) and threw his most incompletions of the season; he was 20-of-39 for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Titans 31, Eagles 13

At Philadelphia, quarterback Donovan McNabb was lost for the rest of the NFL season with a torn knee ligament in Philadelphia's defeat to Tennessee.

Patriots 35, Packers 0

At Green Bay, Wisconsin, New England forced Brett Favre out of the game, then snapped its losing streak. New England had a 21-0 lead in the first half when linebacker Tully Banta-Cain wrapped up Favre in the backfield.

Chargers 35, Broncos 27

At Denver, LaDainian Tomlinson scored four times and reached 100 touchdowns faster than any player in NFL history. Tomlinson, who has scored an NFL-record 19 touchdowns in his last six games, reached 100 TDs in his 89th game, four fewer than it took Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith.

Chiefs 17, Raiders 13

At Kansas City, Missouri, Trent Green, in his first action since a severe concussion 10 weeks ago, directed an 80-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes and a sluggish Kansas City team rallied past Oakland.

Bengals 31, Saints 16

At New Orleans, the Carson Palmer-to-Chad Johnson connection was clicking again, for touchdowns of 41, 60 and 4 yards as Cincinnati snapped a three-game losing streak.

Steelers 24, Browns 20

At Cleveland, Ben Roethlisberger shoveled a 4-yard touchdown pass to Willie Parker with 32 seconds left, rallying Pittsburgh over Cleveland. Roethlisberger threw for 272 yards as the Steelers (4-6) avoided a costly defeat.

Panthers 15, Rams 0

Playing at home in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Panthers sacked Marc Bulger seven times in shutting out St. Louis, the fifth straight loss for the Rams (4-6). Jake Delhomme threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith, and that was all the offense the Panthers would need.

Ravens 24, Falcons 10

At Baltimore, B.J. Sams returned six kicks for 212 yards, Jamal Lewis scored three touchdowns and Baltimore wore down Atlanta in the second half.

Bears 10, Jets 0

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Mark Bradley turned a short completion into a 57-yard touchdown 10 seconds into the final quarter, and Chicago never looked back.

Dolphins 24, Vikings 20

At Miami, Renaldo Hill and Jason Taylor returned turnovers for touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and Miami overcame another sputtering offensive performance.

Bills 24, Texans 21

At Houston, Buffalo quarterback J. P. Losman hit a diving Peerless Price in the back of the end zone for the winning touchdown with 9 seconds left.

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