Tue, Oct 14, 2008 - Page 19 News List

NFL: Winless Rams upset Redskins

FRENETIC While St Louis won their first game of the season with a last-minute goal, Arizona beat Dallas in a game full of confusion, controversy and clutch performances

AP, LANDOVER , MARYLAND

Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson, center, of the San Diego Chargers runs against the defense of the New England Patriots during the first half of their NFL game on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

PHOTO: AFP

Josh Brown kicked a 49-yard field goal on the last play of the game on Sunday, giving the Rams a 19-17 upset of the Washington Redskins to end an eight-game losing streak over two seasons.

Jim Haslett was a winner in his St. Louis head coaching debut.

It took a fluke play for the two-touchdown underdog to pull off the stunner. The Rams got one at the perfect time in the first half.

The Redskins (4-2) overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit and appeared set to win their fifth straight game when Clinton Portis’ 2-yard run with 3:47 left gave Washington a 17-16 lead. But Marc Bulger hit Donnie Avery down the right sideline for a 43-yard gain on third-and-13 to move into field goal territory.


CARDINALS 30, COWBOYS 24, OT

At Glendale, Arizona, Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar’s punt and Monty Beisel scooped up the ball and scored from 3 yards. Morey rushed untouched off the left side of the Dallas line to block the kick. Beisel, a backup linebacker, picked up the ball and bowled over the goal line.

McBriar had to be carted off the field in the din of a crowd that included the usual large portion of Dallas fans.

The stunning play by two of Arizona’s most unheralded players brought a conclusion to a game loaded with confusion, controversy and clutch performances.

CHARGERS 30, PATRIOTS 10

At San Diego, Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes and San Diego’s defense stuffed quarterback Matt Cassel on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

It was a measure of payback against a team that had beaten the Chargers three straight times, including in the playoffs the last two seasons.

Rivers drew raves for his toughness by playing the AFC championship game with a shredded ligament in his right knee, but he couldn’t get the Chargers into the end zone that day and they lost 21-12 to the Patriots at Foxborough.

At San Francisco, Donovan McNabb passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns without his top two receivers and his best running back, and the Eagles’ aggressive defenders forced three turnovers during a 23-point fourth quarter.

Donald Strickland returned a blocked field goal 41 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half for the 49ers (2-4), who went ahead 26-17 in the third quarter. They couldn’t sustain that momentum in their third straight loss against a Philadelphia defense that repeatedly made stunning plays in the final minutes.

PACKERS 27, SEAHAWKS 17

At Seattle, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay’s ailing quarterback, ran for a touchdown early, then threw two scoring passes in the second half to perhaps save the Packers’ season.

Seattle paid for having to start No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye.

It looked inept on offense while dropping to 1-4 — the equal of the St. Louis Rams at the bottom of the NFC West the Seahawks have ruled the last four seasons. Seattle was last 1-4 in 2002, its most recent losing season.

Green Bay (3-3) won for the 10th time in 13 road games.


FALCONS 22, BEARS 20

At Atlanta, Jason Elam made the most of his second chance, kicking a 48-yard field goal on the final play.

Elam appeared to be the goat after hooking a 33-yard attempt wide left with less than 3 minutes left. The Bears took advantage of Elam’s first miss in 31 attempts, quickly driving downfield and going ahead for the first time when Kyle Orton hit Rashied Davis on a 17-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining. Robbie Gould booted through the extra point that gave Chicago a 20-19 lead.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top