Rob Bironas made an NFL-record eight field goals, with a 29-yarder as time expired the winner in the Tennessee Titans' wild 38-36 victory over the Houston Texans.
Bironas also connected from 52, 43, 25, 21, 30, 29 and 28 yards to break the previous record of seven field goals held by four players. His 26 points also established a mark for a kicker in one game.
The kick foiled a spirited comeback by the Texans (3-4), who scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sage Rosenfels to Andre' Davis to take a 36-35 lead with 57 seconds remaining.
The Titans (4-2) faced a third-and-10 at their 37 when Kerry Collins found Roydell Williams on a 46-yard pass that set up the winning kick.
Patriots 49, Dolphins 28
At Miami, Tom Brady was flawless, even returning to the game to throw a team-record sixth touchdown pass. Brady's TD total exceeded his career high of five, set last week against Dallas.
Brady now has 27 TD passes after seven games. The NFL record is 49 set by Peyton Manning in 2004. If Brady maintains his current pace over 16 games, he would finish with 61.
Brady completed his first 11 passes for 220 yards and four scores, including throws of 35 and 50 yards to Randy Moss. His other touchdown passes covered 14 and 16 yards to Wes Welker, 30 to Donte Stallworth and 2 to Kyle Brady.
The Patriots improved to 7-0 for the first time in their 48-year history, while the drubbing was the biggest downer yet for the Dolphins, who fell to 0-7 for the first time in their 41 seasons.
Broncos 31, Steelers 28
At Denver, Jason Elam's 49-yard field goal as time expired lifted Denver. Elam, who has the game-winner in all three of the Broncos' wins so far, nailed his kick to cap a seven-play, 49-yard drive.
Rookie Tim Crowder had a 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and Jay Cutler threw three TD passes as the Broncos (3-3), coming off their worst home loss in 41 years, looked nothing like a troubled team.
Able to get to the passer despite Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey (thigh) missing a game for just the third time in his career, Denver forced three turnovers and sacked Ben Roethlisberger four times.
Bears 19, Eagles 16
At Philadelphia, Chicago's Brian Griese connected with Muhsin Muhammad for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 9 seconds left.
The Bears didn't even need Devin Hester to bail them out of jam with an explosive return. Instead, the final, thrilling drive was all Griese.
The Bears (3-4) were pinned on the 3-yard line with 1:57 left. Griese completed a series of short passes over the middle. And Hester, the dynamic kick returner shut down on special teams by the Eagles (2-4), had a 21-yard catch that brought Chicago to the 15. Then Muhammad made his winning catch in the back of the end zone.
Bills 19, Ravens 14
At Orchard Park, New York, rookie quarterback Trent Edwards went 11-of-21 for 153 yards and engineered five scoring drives for Buffalo (2-4).
Rian Lindell hit four field goals, including a 41-yarder, and Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Willis McGahee made his mark, overcoming a slow start and a booing crowd, by scoring on a 46-yard run in his first game back since the Bills traded him to Baltimore (4-3) in March. But it wasn't enough for a popgun Ravens attack that featured three rookie offensive linemen and was minus starting QB Steve McNair and tight end Todd Heap.
Boller went 21-of-36 for 191 yards in making his second straight start in place of McNair, who's nursing a sore back and groin injury.
In other NFL action on Sunday it was:
? Redskins 21, Cardinals 19
? Cowboys 24, Vikings 14
? Chiefs 12, Raiders 10
? Seahawks 33, Rams 6
? Bengals 38, Jets 31
? Giants 33, 49ers 15
? Lions 23, Buccaneers 16
? Saints 22, Falcons 16
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