Michael Vick returned to the scene of his greatest NFL triumphs, but it was a less-than-graceful appearance on Sunday for the quarterback who was sentenced to two years in jail for dogfighting.
Vick received a mixture of boos and cheers from the Atlanta, Georgia, crowd when he was introduced before the start of the Falcons’ 35-31 win over Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick was knocked out of the game with a neck injury late in the third quarter after running into one of his own players. He spit up blood on the sidelines before being taken by the training staff to the dressing room.
Vick heard more boos as he walked to the exit tunnel and answered by pointing to the scoreboard, which showed the Eagles with a small lead at the time against his former team.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Vick suffered a concussion.
And their lead didn’t last long as quarterback Matt Ryan threw a career-best four touchdown passes and the Falcons rallied to win.
Ryan threw a pair of touchdown strikes to tight end Tony Gonzalez, who surpassed Terrell Owens for fifth on the NFL’s career-receiving list. Ryan then connected with Ovie Mughelli on a one-yard score that cut the Eagles’ lead to 31-28 with just over six minutes left.
BILLS 38, RAIDERS 35
Elsewhere, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a six-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson with 14 seconds left to cap a wild see-saw fourth-quarter and power the Buffalo Bills to a 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders.
The Bills scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions to overcome a 21-3 first-half deficit. The teams traded leads five times over the final 14:10.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two scores, while the Packers staved off another 400-yard passing day from Carolina rookie Cam Newton to beat the Panthers 30-23.
A week after throwing for 422 yards, Newton outdid himself by throwing for 432 yards and a touchdown.
However, Newton wasn’t in celebratory mood.
Tony Romo, playing with a fractured rib, connected with Jesse Holley on a 77-yard completion on the Cowboys’ first play of overtime that set up a winning field goal as Dallas came from behind to beat San Francisco 27-24.
Romo completed five of six passes on the tying drive, hitting consecutive throws to Holley before finding him again in overtime.
In other games, it was:
‧ Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 0
‧ New Orleans 30, Chicago 13
‧ Tennessee 26, Baltimore 13
‧ Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20
‧ Detroit 48, Kansas City 3
‧ N.Y. Jets 32, Jacksonville 3
‧ Washington 22, Arizona 21
‧ Cleveland 27, Indianapolis 19
‧ Denver 24, Cincinnati 22
‧ Houston 23, Miami 13
‧ New England 35, San Diego 21
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Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
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