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Patriots rout Bills, maintain winning streak

AP , ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of their NFL football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AP

Scoring touchdowns on their first seven offensive possessions and getting the eighth on a turnover, the New England Patriots won their 10th-straight game, routing Buffalo 56-10 on Sunday.

Tom Brady was 31-of-39 for 373 yards with five TD passes, four to Randy Moss, as New England became the 10th team since 1970 to start a season 10-0. Barring injury, the Patriots are an excellent bet to become the NFL's first perfect team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

It was the ninth time in 10 games New England won by more than 17 points and the ninth time it scored more than 34 points. The Patriots did it coming off a bye week after their only close game of the season, a 24-20 win in Indianapolis in which they came back from 10 points down with less than 10 minutes left.

They also did it against a Buffalo team that came in 5-4 with four straight wins.

Brady, who has yet to throw fewer than three touchdown passes in a game, increased his TD passes to 38, just 11 short of Peyton Manning's single-season record, set in 2004. Moss' four TD catches gave him 16 for the season, six short of the record set by Jerry Rice in 1987.

Browns 33, Ravens 30 OT

At Baltimore, Phil Dawson's tying 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation hit the upright, then tapped the crossbar before bouncing back onto the field. As the stadium emptied and the Ravens pumped their fists in the air, several of the Browns insisted Dawson's kick hit the center support behind the crossbar, making the field goal good.

They were right. After a long discussion, the officials ruled the kick went through the uprights and called the teams back onto the field.

The Browns took the kickoff in overtime and drove 43 yards in nine plays before Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal to give Cleveland (6-4) a 33-30 win and a rare season sweep of the Ravens.

Eagles 17, Dolphins 7

At Philadelphia, backup Philadel-phia quarterback A.J. Feeley led a pair of second-half scoring drives in place of injured Donovan McNabb, and Brian Westbrook had a career-best 148 yards rushing, dropping Miami to 0-10.

No NFL team has finished 0-16. Tampa Bay went 0-14 in 1976.

The Eagles (5-5) won consecutive games for the first time.

Colts 13, Chiefs 10

At Indianapolis, booed by the crowd after missing his first two field goals against Kansas City and the subject of criticism all week after missing an easy shot that would have beaten San Diego a week earlier, Adam Vinatieri made a 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. The win ended Indianapolis' (8-2) two-game losing streak.

Kansas City (4-6) lost their third-straight game in Brodie Croyle's first career start.

In other games, it was: Packers 31, Panthers 17; Giants 16, Lions 10; Texans 23, Saints 10; Buccaneers 31, Falcons 7; Jaguars 24, Chargers 17; Cardinals 35, Bengals 27; Vikings 29, Raiders 22; Cowboys 28, Redskins 23; Jets 19, Steelers 16, OT; Seahawks 30, Bears 23; Rams 13, 49ers 9.

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