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Jets nip Texans with last-minute rally

BROADWAY MARK:Santonio Holmes engineered a drive with less than a minute left to salvage a win after Gang Green had squandered a 16-point lead to Houston


Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets eludes Troy Nolan of the Houston Texans to score a touchdown during the third quarter of their game on Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


Santonio Holmes caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with 10 seconds left on Sunday to lift the New York Jets to a stunning 30-27 comeback victory over the Houston Texans.

After New York blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Jets trailed 27-23 with less than a minute left. However, Sanchez completed two passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and then had a 42-yard pass to Braylon Edwards with 16 seconds remaining.

On the next play, Sanchez found Holmes streaking into the left corner of the end zone for the winning score.

A video replay confirmed that Holmes, whose 37-yard touchdown catch won it in overtime at Cleveland last week, got both feet in bounds.

It was another heartbreaking loss for the Texans, who fell last week on a desperation heave as time expired at Jacksonville.


In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Tom Brady outdueled Peyton Manning as the New England Patriots edged the Indianapolis Colts.

The teams met for the eighth straight season and Brady guided the Patriots (8-2) to a 31-14 lead, before four-time league MVP Manning led a spirited comeback. However, Manning was intercepted in the final moments for the third time.

Brady not only beat Manning, but tied another quarterback icon for an NFL record.

Brady has won 25 straight -regular-season home starts, equaling Brett Favre’s record when he was with Green Bay.

New England are tied with the Jets atop the AFC East. Indianapolis (6-4) lead the AFC South.


In Nashville, Tennessee, Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field-goal with 8 minutes, 17 seconds left in overtime to help Washington end a two-game skid.

The win came on a day when at least seven Redskins went to the sideline with injuries, including Clinton Portis with a re-injured groin.

Gano’s winner was his fourth field-goal of the game. He also missed two — a 51-yarder to end the first half and a 47-yard attempt at the end of regulation that fell short.

Donovan McNabb was 30 of 50 for 376 yards with a five-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.


In Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy ran 50 yards for the go-ahead score on a fourth-and-one late in the fourth quarter, as the Eagles rallied after blowing a 13-point lead.

Michael Vick looked a little more ordinary after a spectacular performance in a 59-28 win over Washington on Nov. 15, but he led the Eagles (7-3) to a comeback win nonetheless and helped give them sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes to bring New York (6-4) back from a 16-3 deficit. However, he lost a fumble after running for a first down on fourth-and-six with 2 minutes, 51 seconds left.


In Minneapolis, Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes to Greg Jennings, as Green Bay beat Minnesota for the second time this season.

The Packers kept pace in the NFC North race with the Chicago Bears and ruined any realistic hope the Vikings had left to give Brett Favre another shot at a playoff run in his 20th NFL season.


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, James Harrison caused two turnovers that Ben Roethlisberger turned into touchdown passes in the Steelers rout. Harrison led a defense that drove Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell from the game and finished with five tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. The former AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year was also called for a penalty for slamming Campbell to the turf as the quarterback was throwing a pass.

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