Extra work for Ravens, Rams and Patriots

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 24, 2003

It was a long day for the Ravens, Rams and Patriots, and they all made the extra work pay off.

Baltimore staged a stunning rally from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit Sunday and beat Seattle 44-41 in overtime on Matt Stover's 42-yard field goal.

''I think this day was a defining moment for our team,'' said linebacker Ray Lewis, who had 13 tackles. ''We never stopped believing in each other. We stuck together as a team.''

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St. Louis needed a last-second field goal by Jeff Wilkins to force Arizona into OT, then Wilkins won it 30-27 with a 49-yard kick.

''I think I had a little more thoughts running through my head today,'' Wilkins said, ''but fortunately when the time came, I was able to clear the mind and put a good foot on it.''

New England also escaped on a field goal in the extra period as Adam Vinatieri connected from 28 yards to beat Houston 23-20.

''I didn't think we particularly played well, but we have a lot of tough guys in that locker room that stepped up and made a lot of big plays at key times,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Ravens 44, Seahawks 41, OT

At Baltimore, the Ravens (6-5) stormed back behind Anthony Wright. The former third-string quarterback had the finest performance of his career. He went 20-for-37 for 319 yards and a personal-best four touchdowns - all to Marcus Robinson.

Matt Hasselbeck threw a career-high five touchdown passes for the Seahawks, going 23-for-41 for 333 yards. Darrell Jackson had seven receptions for 146 yards and two scores, and Bobby Engram also had two touchdown catches. But the Seahawks (7-4) fell to 1-4 on the road.

Patriots 23, Texans 20, OT

At Houston, Tom Brady's 4-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Graham forced overtime, but Adam Vinatieri had his 37-yard field-goal attempt blocked early in the extra session. Then, Vinatieri made the winner with 41 seconds left to extend New England's winning streak to seven games.

The Patriots (9-2) were ready to end overtime quickly when Mike Vrabel picked off Tony Banks' pass on the first play. But Ramon Walker gave the Texans (4-7) a stay with the first field goal block in franchise history.

Rams 30, Cardinals 27, OT

At Tempe, Ariz., St. Louis (8-3) took sole possession of the NFC West lead after Wilkins' second winning kick in a row - his 31-yarder last week beat the Bears. Marc Bulger, who threw four interceptions, led the Rams on a 16-play, 82-yard drive and Wilkins' 24-yard field goal tied it at 27 as regulation ended.

Jeff Blake threw two second-half touchdown passes to rookie Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals (3-8) rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to take a 27-24 lead. Boldin caught six passes for 123 yards to fall a yard shy of tying the NFL record for the quickest to 1,000 yards receiving by a rookie. He has 66 catches for 999 yards.

Chiefs 27, Raiders 24

At Kansas City, another classic in this long rivalry ended when Morten Andersen booted a 35-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. Trent Green hit Marc Boerigter for 16 yards on fourth-and-14 to set it up for the Chiefs (10-1), who have the NFL's best record.

Priest Holmes, whose 15 TDs rushing lead the NFL, had 91 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third straight year.

Jerry Rice, 41, caught a milestone touchdown pass from Rick Mirer for Oakland (3-8). His 47-yard touchdown was reception No. 1,500 and TD catch No. 193, both NFL records.

Cowboys 24, Panthers 20

At Irving, Texas, Dallas moved into a four-way tie for the NFC's best record with Carolina, St. Louis and Philadelphia, all at 8-3.

Quincy Carter threw two touchdown passes for Dallas, which had only 31 points in its last four games.

Stephen Davis became Carolina's single-season rushing leader (1,143) and tied the franchise TD mark (seven), but finished with just 59 yards.

Titans 38, Falcons 31

At Atlanta, with Steve McNair sidelined by a calf injury, Billy Volek threw his second career touchdown pass, rallying the Titans (9-2) from a 21-point deficit. Justin McCareins scored twice, on a 58-yard punt return and a 14-yard TD pass from Volek.

Atlanta (2-9) got an 86-guard touchdown on a screen pass to Warrick Dunn and Doug Johnson threw for 276 yards.

Colts 17, Bills 14

At Orchard Park, N.Y., Edgerrin James carried Indianapolis' banged-up offense, scoring twice, including the winner on a fourth-down plunge from inside the 1 with 1:38 remaining.

The Colts (9-2) won with leading receiver Marvin Harrison seeing limited action because of a hamstring injury.

Buffalo (4-7) got two touchdowns after going three games without one, but lost its fourth in a row.

Packers 20, 49ers 10

At Green Bay, Wis., the Packers (6-5) gained 243 yards on 48 carries in dominating San Francisco (5-6) on the ground.

Ahman Green ran for 154 yards on 27 carries and set franchise records with his fourth straight 100-yard game and eighth of the season. He also surpassed John Brockington as the second-leading rusher in team history, trailing only Jim Taylor.

The Packers beat the Niners for the 10th time in 11 tries when quarterbacked by Brett Favre, who threw two touchdown passes. He has at least 20 TDs for the 10th straight season, tying Dan Marino's NFL record.

Vikings 24, Lions 14

At Minneapolis, the Vikings (7-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and remained one game ahead of Green Bay in the NFC North. Corey Chavous and Brian Williams each returned interceptions for touchdowns late in the game.

The Lions (3-8) tied Buffalo (1983-86) for the second-longest road skid in NFL history at 22 games. The Houston Oilers (1981-84) own the league record with 23 consecutive losses away from home.

Eagles 33, Saints 20

At Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb completed 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown, leading the Eagles (8-3) to their sixth straight victory. David Akers added four field goals.

Deuce McAllister had 184 yards rushing, including TD runs of 76 and 22 yards, and Aaron Brooks threw for 287 yards for the Saints (5-6).

Dolphins 24, Redskins 23

At Miami, Jay Fiedler came off the bench late in the third quarter and helped the Dolphins rally from a 13-point deficit. Fiedler led scoring drives of 71 and 69 yards, both ending with touchdowns by Ricky Williams, who ran for 107 yards.

The largest fourth-quarter comeback by the Dolphins (7-4) since 1980 came in their debut in orange jerseys.

Washington (4-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games. Bruce Smith tied Reggie White's NFL career sacks record by getting a half-sack.

Bears 19, Broncos 10

At Denver, Chicago (4-7) benefited from good field position and two pass interference penalties against Lenny Walls. Kordell Stewart scored on a 1-yard run after replacing Chris Chandler, and Paul Edinger kicked four field goals.

Clinton Portis finished with 165 yards on 14 carries for his second straight 1,000-yard season for Denver (6-5).

Jets 13, Jaguars 10

At East Rutherford, N.J., Jacksonville (2-9) outplayed and outgained New York (4-7) all game. But Chad Pennington threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 26 seconds remaining, capping a 94-yard drive.

Fred Taylor had 32 carries for 119 yards, his 26th career 100-yard game for the Jaguars.