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Brady, Pats topple Bears

TURNOVER BATTLE While the Patriots lost the ball five times, they took it four times from Chicago's Rex Grossman, including a fumble and three interceptions

AFP , WASHINGTON

Chris Cooley, right, of the Washington Redskins breaks a tackle on his way to a 66-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Panthers 17-13.

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Tom Brady threw for 269 yards and a touchdown and Asante Samuel picked off three passes as the New England Patriots beat Chicago 17-13 in a showdown of football division leaders on Sunday.

New England overcame five turnovers by taking the ball from Chicago's Rex Grossman four times, including a fumble and three interceptions.

"You can't win like this. This is luck today," Brady said.

Cedric Benson's two-yard touchdown run pulled Chicago level 10-10 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

New England answered with an 11-play, 73-yard march orchestrated by Brady, who twice scampered for first downs to sustain the drive before flipping the deciding two-yard touchdown to Ben Watson with just over remaining.

Robbie Gould's 32-yard field goal pulled the Bears within the final margin with 3:31 to play.

New England drove to the Chicago 22-yard line before Corey Dillon fumbled away the ball with 1:52 to play, but on the next play Samuel intercepted Grossman to end the last Bears threat.

"We'll make the necessary corrections," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "We're 9-2 right now with Rex leading our team. He had a couple bad passes. We still had an opportunity to win. We're not going to put that [blame] on one guy."

Titans 24, Giants 21

Tennessee rookie Vince Young threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Titans rallied from a 21-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to beat the New York Giants 24-21. Two Adam Jones pickoffs set up scores that helped drop the Giants (6-5) a game behind Dallas in the NFC East.

Chargers 21, Raiders 14

LaDainian Tomlinson ran 19 times for for 109 yards and two touchdowns and threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to rally San Diego past Oakland 21-14 as the Chargers (9-2) won their fifth game in a row for a two-game AFC West lead.

Tomlinson threw a 19-yard touchdown with 9:46 to play and ran 10 yards for the deciding points 6:07 later for his 24th touchdown of the season, four shy of the NFL one-season record of 28 set last year by Seattle's Shaun Alexander.

"It seems like it is magical, the way things are happening for us," said Tomlinson. "Let's just hope it ends in a magical season."

Ravens 27, Steelers 0

Baltimore's defense recorded a stunning nine sacks on Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger as the Ravens routed the reigning Super Bowl champions 27-0. The Ravens (9-2) stayed three games atop Cincinnati in the AFC North with their fifth straight win.

"This was an incredible win for us," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "This is a special group of players."

Colts 45, Eagles 21

Joseph Addai ran 24 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns, matching a club record for touchdown carries in a single game, to give Indianapolis (10-1) a 45-21 victory over visiting Philadelphia.

Saints 31, Hawks 13

Drew Brees completed 21-of-30 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns to lead New Orleans past Atlanta 31-13. The Saints (7-4) moved a game ahead of Carolina atop the NFC South after the Panthers lost 17-13 at Washington.

Atlanta's Michael Vick ran 12 times for 166 yards but threw for only 84 yards and the Falcons (5-6) lost their fourth game in a row and Vick made an obscene gesture to a fan after the game.

"I would like to apologize for my inappropriate actions," Vick said. "I was frustrated and upset at how the game was going for my team and that frustration came out the wrong way. I simply lost my cool in the heat of the moment."

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