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Desperate Browns outscore Bengals

SHOOTOUT The game marked just the third time in the history of the NFL and the first since 1969 that two quarterbacks threw five touchdown passes each


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, left, fends off Cleveland Browns defensive back Leigh Bodden on a 16-yard pass reception in the first quarter of their NFL game on Sunday. Cleveland won 51-45.


Derek Anderson threw five touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis rushed for 215 yards and the Cleveland Browns, who were so desperate after losing their opener that they traded their starting quarterback, outlasted the Cincinnati Bengals and Carson Palmer 51-45 on Sunday.

Anderson had a breakout game against the Browns (1-1), going 20-of-33 for 328 yards and the five touchdowns, tying a team record shared by Frank Ryan, Bill Nelsen, Brian Sipe and Kelly Holcomb.

Palmer went 33-of-50 for 401 yards and tossed a career-high six TDs, but his final chance to rally the Bengals (1-1) ended when he was intercepted with 21 seconds left by Leigh Bodden, who made a diving grab near Cleveland's sideline.

It was just the third time in NFL history that two quarterbacks threw five touchdown passes in the same game. Oakland's Tom Flores (6) and Houston's George Blanda (5) both did it on Dec. 22, 1963, and Billy Kilmer of New Orleans (6) and Charley Johnson of St. Louis (6) also did on Nov, 5, 1969.

Packers 35, Giants 13

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Brett Favre completed his first 14 passes of the second half and threw three touchdown passes to rally Green Bay over Eli Manning and New York.

The win was the 149th of Favre's 17-year NFL career, giving him one more victory than Hall of Famer John Elway.

It also gave the Packers their first 2-0 start since they won their first three in 2001.

Patriots 38, Chargers 14

At Foxborough, Massachusetts, Tom Brady threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns and got three TDs from players picked up last spring: Randy Moss with two receptions, and Adalius Thomas with a 65-yard interception return.

The win came three days after the NFL fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick and the team for spying.

Texans 34, Panthers 21

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Matt Schaub threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns and Houston forced three turnovers to recover from a sluggish start and go 2-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Houston went 24-56 in its first five years with David Carr, who was released in the offseason when the Texans traded for Schaub. Carr, now the Panthers backup, could only watch as Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 120 yards and two scores.

Colts 22, Titans 20

At Nashville, Tennessee, Peyton Manning threw for 312 yards and a touchdown and Indianapolis held off Tennessee when its defense stopped Vince Young on a final-drive comeback.

Unlike last December, when Rob Bironas capped a similar comeback with a 60-yard field goal, the Colts collapsed around Young on fourth-and-4. That forced him to lob the ball away in the final seconds.

49ers 17, Rams 16

At St. Louis, Dante Hall fumbled a punt and Marcus Hudson recovered for San Francisco, setting up the winning field goal by Joe Nedney.

The Rams' Jeff Wilkins missed a 56-yard field goal try with 59 seconds to play, the ball falling about a yard short of the goal post.

The 49ers (2-0) won despite struggling offensively most of the game. St. Louis (0-2) had 392 total yards to 186 for San Francisco. Alex Smith was 11-for-17 for 126 yards. Frank Gore scored two touchdowns and gained 81 yards on 20 carries.

Buccaneers 31, Saints 14

At Tampa, Florida, Joey Galloway caught four passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, tormenting New Orleans for the sixth straight game between the NFC South rivals and leading the Buccaneers to a victory.

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