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NFL: Tebow rallies Broncos to dramatic overtime victory

Reuters, TORONTO

Chicago Bears wide receiver Roy Williams, right, scores a touchdown past Tampa Bay Buccaneers E.J. Biggers, center, and Sean Jones in their NFL game at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Tim Tebow had a triumphant homecoming by rallying the Denver Broncos to a dramatic 18-15 overtime win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday as the NFL quarterback carousel continued to spin.

Making his first start of the season, the former Heisman Trophy winner produced the magic that many football fans have come to expect with an unlikely comeback that set up a 52-yard overtime field-goal for Denver (2-4) and left Miami winless (0-6).

Injuries and poor performances prompted many NFL teams to reshuffle the quarterback deck, but there were no thoughts of change in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers had another brilliant game, tossing three touchdown passes in the Packers’ 33-27 win over the Vikings (1-6).

Rookie Christian Ponder made his first career start for the Vikings in place of the inconsistent Donovan McNabb and showed plenty of promise. Ponder threw a pair of touchdowns, but could not get the better of the Super Bowl champions, who improved to 7-0 and remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

John Beck, making his first NFL start in four years for the Washington Redskins (3-3), had little to celebrate as the Carolina Panthers (2-5) romped to a 33-20 win, while former Pro Bowler Carson Palmer had trouble shaking off the rust in his first appearance for Oakland.

Palmer, who refused to report to the Cincinnati Bengals all season, was traded to the Raiders (4-3) early last week and he will need more time to adjust as he threw interceptions in a 28-0 shellacking by the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3).

The Detroit Lions (5-2) could also be looking at bringing in a backup next week as Matthew Stafford limped off the field with an apparent ankle injury in a 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons (4-3).

In London, the focus was on elusive running back Matt Forte, who scampered for 145 yards and a touchdown as the Chicago Bears (4-3) stopped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) 24-18 in front of an packed house at Wembley Stadium.

Mark Sanchez, another quarterback under attack, silenced his critics by tossing three touchdown passes to wide receiver Plaxico Burress as the New York Jets (4-3) rallied for a 27-21 win over the San Diego Chargers (4-2). Burress, back in the NFL after serving a 20-month prison sentence on gun charges, was Sanchez’s go-to man as the Jets struck for 17 unanswered second-half points to improve to 4-3.

Sunday’s other results:

‧ Cowboys 34, Rams 7

‧ Steelers 32, Cardinals 20

‧ Saints 62, Colts 7

‧ Browns 6, Seahawks 3

‧ Texans 41, Titans 7

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