Saints 42, Vikings 20

MINNEAPOLIS - Drew Brees threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns, and New Orleans won its sixth in a row. Brees completed 32 of 40 passes to help the Saints (11-3) overcome a slow start and stay two games ahead of Atlanta in the NFC South.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 60 yards in his return from a three-game absence for the Vikings (2-12).

New Orleans 7 14 14 7 – 42

Minnesota 3 10 0 7 – 20

First quarter

Min–FG Longwell 44, 12:20.

NO–Moore 5 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 2:51.

Second quarter

Min–FG Longwell 49, 13:13.

NO–Graham 1 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 10:04.

Min–Gerhart 10 pass from Ponder (Longwell kick), 6:59.

NO–Sproles 13 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 1:33.

Third quarter

NO–Gilmore 2 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 12:15.

NO–Moore 47 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 10:18.

Fourth quarter

NO–P.Thomas 1 run (Kasay kick), 12:50.

Min–Gerhart 16 pass from Ponder (Longwell kick), 5:12.

A: 62,623.

NO   Min

First downs 36   12

Total Net Yards 573   207

Rushes-yards 38-161   18-105

Passing 412   102

Punt Returns 3-45   0-0

Kickoff Returns 4-90   1-28

Interceptions Ret. 1-0   0-0

Comp-Att-Int 32-41-0   14-32-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0   4-18

Punts 1-51.0   7-48.1

Fumbles-Lost 2-2   0-0

Penalties-Yards 6-65   8-84

Time of Possession 38:49   21:11

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: NO, Ivory 18-74, Thomas 8-44, Sproles 8-33, Brees 2-4, Meachem 1-4, Collins 1-2. Minnesota, Peterson 10-60, Ponder 3-34, Gerhart 2-12, Webb 2-0, Harvin 1-(minus 1). Passing: NO, Brees 32-40-0-412, Daniel 0-1-0-0. Minnesota, Ponder 14-31-1-120, Webb 0-1-0-0. Receiving: NO, Colston 8-91, Graham 7-70, Moore 5-91, Sproles 5-79, P.Thomas 2-41, Meachem 2-22, Collins 1-12, Henderson 1-4, Gilmore 1-2. Minnesota, Gerhart 4-46, Harvin 3-8, Aromashodu 2-29, Rudolph 2-15, Arceneaux 1-10, Booker 1-7, Camarillo 1-5.

Missed Field Goals: New Orleans, Kasay 50 (WL).

Seahawks 38, Bears 14

CHICAGO - Red Bryant returned an interception 20 yards for the go-ahead TD in the third quarter as Seattle kept its faint playoff hopes alive.

Chicago quarterback Caleb Hanie was hit hard on the play by K.J. Wright and threw the ball right into Bryant's arms as Seattle (7-7) scored two TDs in a 50-second span early in the third quarter.

The Seahawks outscored Chicago by 31-0 in the second half. The Bears (7-7) lost their fourth straight.

Seattle 7 0 17 14 – 38

Chicago 7 7 0 0 – 14

First quarter

Sea–Lynch 2 run (Hauschka kick), 8:41.

Chi–Idonije fumble recovery in end zone (Gould kick), 2:23.

Second quarter

Chi–Bell 25 pass from Hanie (Gould kick), 1:51.

Third quarter

Sea–Lynch 3 run (Hauschka kick), 13:02.

Sea–Bryant 20 interception return (Hauschka kick), 12:12.

Sea–FG Hauschka 33, 1:03.

Fourth quarter

Sea–Robinson 2 pass from Jackson (Hauschka kick), 12:39.

Sea–Browner 42 interception return (Hauschka kick), 5:00.

A: 61,542.

Sea   Chi

First downs 18   13

Total Net Yards 286   221

Rushes-yards 33-60   31-132

Passing 226   89

Punt Returns 2-44   1-7

Kickoff Returns 1-16   5-81

Interceptions Ret. 4-78   0-0

Comp-Att-Int 19-31-0   11-25-4

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-1   4-34

Punts 5-40.2   6-39.7

Fumbles-Lost 2-1   1-1

Penalties-Yards 6-36   5-45

Time of Possession 31:37   28:23

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Seattle, Lynch 20-42, Forsett 6-12, Washington 3-6, Tate 1-2, Jackson 3-(minus 2). Chicago, Bell 15-65, Hanie 5-34, Barber 11-33.

Passing: Seattle, Jackson 19-31-0-227. Chicago, Hanie 10-23-3-111, McCown 1-2-1-12.

Receiving: Seattle, Tate 4-61, Miller 4-23, Williams 2-31, Butler 2-19, Lynch 2-5, Obomanu 1-43, Morrah 1-21, Baldwin 1-13, Forsett 1-9, Robinson 1-2. Chicago, Bell 5-43, Sanzenbacher 2-26, Bennett 1-20, Knox 1-15, K.Davis 1-10, R.Williams 1-9.

Bengals 20, Rams 13

ST. LOUIS - Rookie A.J. Green had six catches and topped 1,000 yards for the season, and Cincinnati kept pace in the AFC playoff race.

Brandon Tate's 56-yard punt return set up Bernard Scott's go-ahead touchdown run late in the third quarter, and Cedric Benson added a short scoring run in the fourth for the Bengals (8-6), who won for the second time in six games.

Kellen Clemens was 25 for 36 for 229 yards and a touchdown pass for the Rams (2-12), who have lost five in a row.

Cincinnati 3 0 10 7 – 20

St. Louis 0 6 0 7 – 13

First quarter

Cin–FG Nugent 21, 8:59.

Second quarter

StL–FG Jo.Brown 26, 4:18.

StL–FG Jo.Brown 43, :26.

Third quarter

Cin–FG Nugent 41, 10:22.

Cin–Scott 1 run (Nugent kick), :12.

Fourth quarter

Cin–Benson 4 run (Nugent kick), 9:14.

StL–Alexander 25 pass from Clemens (Jo.Brown kick), 1:08.

A: 56,431.

Cin   StL

First downs 19   18

Total Net Yards 283   305

Rushes-yards 34-110   24-95

Passing 173   210

Punt Returns 2-71   0-0

Kickoff Returns 4-101   4-83

Interceptions Ret. 0-0   1-30

Comp-Att-Int 15-26-1   25-36-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-6   3-19

Punts 5-33.8   7-42.9

Fumbles-Lost 3-0   1-0

Penalties-Yards 11-101   10-109

Time of Possession 30:03   29:57

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Cincinnati, Benson 22-76, Scott 7-20, Peerman 2-8, Hawkins 1-8, Dalton 2-(minus 2). St. Louis, S.Jackson 18-71, Williams 3-16, Clemens 2-9, Norwood 1-(minus 1).

Passing: Cincinnati, Dalton 15-26-1-179. St. Louis, Clemens 25-36-0-229.

Receiving: Cincinnati, Green 6-115, Gresham 3-16, Simpson 2-14, Benson 1-11, Hawkins 1-10, Whalen 1-7, Cochart 1-6. St. Louis, S.Jackson 9-72, Lloyd 5-42, Pettis 4-38, Alexander 3-52, Kendricks 3-19, Williams 1-6.

Missed Field Goals: St. Louis, Jo.Brown 45 (WR).

Panthers 28, Texans 13

HOUSTON - Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, DeAngelo Williams ran for a score, and Carolina ended Houston's seven-game winning streak.

Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards, outplaying fellow rookie T.J. Yates, who started for Houston (10-4).

The Panthers (5-9) built a 21-0 halftime lead, then ended Houston's second-half rally when linebacker James Anderson intercepted Yates in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.

Carolina 7 14 0 7 – 28

Houston 0 0 6 7 – 13

First quarter

Car–Smith 26 pass from Newton (Mare kick), 12:07.

Second quarter

Car–Shockey 9 pass from Newton (Mare kick), 12:19.

Car–Brockel 7 run (Mare kick), :55.

Third quarter

Hou–FG Rackers 26, 11:07.

Hou–FG Rackers 34, 2:53.

Fourth quarter

Hou–Foster 1 run (Rackers kick), 13:48.

Car–D.Williams 24 run (Mare kick), 9:54.

A: 71,540.

Car   Hou

First downs 20   18

Total Net Yards 316   358

Rushes-yards 34-166   25-150

Passing 150   208

Punt Returns 1-1   5-63

Kickoff Returns 1-21   2-84

Interceptions Ret. 2-26   0-0

Comp-Att-Int 14-24-0   19-30-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-10   2-4

Punts 5-50.4   2-29.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0   2-1

Penalties-Yards 7-40   6-60

Time of Possession 32:34   27:26

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Carolina, D.Williams 15-61, Newton 7-55, Stewart 11-43, Brockel 1-7. Houston, Foster 16-109, Tate 7-26, Yates 2-15.

Passing: Carolina, Newton 13-23-0-149, A.Edwards 1-1-0-11. Houston, Yates 19-30-2-212.

Receiving: Carolina, Smith 5-82, Shockey 2-35, Naanee 2-16, Olsen 2-15, Stewart 2-8, Brockel 1-4. Houston, Foster 5-58, Vickers 4-29, Daniels 2-29, Walter 2-26, B.Johnson 2-23, Dreessen 2-19, Jones 1-24, Tate 1-4.

Missed Field Goals: Houston, Rackers 49 (WR).

Colts 27, Titans 13

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis (1-13) avoided the possibility of becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16 and dealt a serious blow to the Titans' playoff hopes.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was picked off twice, and Chris Johnson rushed for only 55 yards for Tennessee (7-7).

Dan Orlovsky gave Indy a 10-6 lead with an 18-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne in the third quarter, and Jacob Lacey made it 17-6 with a 32-yard interception return for a TD.

Tennessee 0 6 0 7 – 13

Indianapolis 3 0 14 10 – 27

First quarter

Ind–FG Vinatieri 47, :00.

Second quarter

Ten–FG Bironas 53, 5:32.

Ten–FG Bironas 21, :21.

Third quarter

Ind–Wayne 18 pass from Orlovsky (Vinatieri kick), 9:36.

Ind–Lacey 32 interception return (Vinatieri kick), 6:31.

Fourth quarter

Ind–FG Vinatieri 40, 12:53.

Ten–Washington 7 pass from Locker (Bironas kick), 3:43.

Ind–D.Brown 80 run (Vinatieri kick), 3:26.

A: 64,271.

Ten   Ind

First downs 21   10

Total Net Yards 388   287

Rushes-yards 19-66   34-205

Passing 322   82

Punt Returns 5-40   6-14

Kickoff Returns 1-0   0-0

Interceptions Ret. 0-0   2-32

Comp-Att-Int 38-56-2   11-17-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-9   0-0

Punts 7-47.0   7-45.9

Fumbles-Lost 1-1   1-1

Penalties-Yards 7-70   4-25

Time of Possession 31:57   28:03

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Tennessee, C.Johnson 15-55, Locker 1-9, Harper 2-3, Hasselbeck 1-(minus 1). Indianapolis, D.Brown 16-161, Addai 11-20, Carter 3-19, Garcon 1-8, Orlovsky 3-(minus 3). 

Passing: Tennessee, Hasselbeck 27-40-2-223, Locker 11-16-0-108. Indianapolis, Orlovsky 11-17-0-82.

Receiving: Tennessee, Cook 9-103, L.Hawkins 8-88, C.Johnson 8-54, Washington 7-62, Williams 2-15, Hall 2-(minus 2), Stevens 1-9, Harper 1-2. Indianapolis, Wayne 3-33, Garcon 2-24, Addai 2-7, Felton 1-9, Eldridge 1-4, Tamme 1-3, D.Brown 1-2.

Dolphins 30, Bills 23

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Reggie Bush ran for a career-best 203 yards and a touchdown to lead Miami past Buffalo in interim coach Todd Bowles' first game.

Matt Moore threw two touchdowns passes, and Vontae Davis had two of Miami's three interceptions. The Dolphins (5-9) have won five of seven.

The Bills (5-9) have lost seven straight. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 31 of 47 for 316 yards and a TD.

Miami 0 13 7 10 – 30

Buffalo 7 0 0 16 – 23

First quarter

B–Spiller 24 run (Rayner kick), 4:53.

Second quarter

M–Fasano 22 pass from Moore (Carpenter kick), 14:53.

M–FG Carpenter 20, 8:34.

M–FG Carpenter 26, 6:05.

Third quarter

M–Marshall 65 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 12:06.

Fourth quarter

M–FG Carpenter 26, 11:46.

B–Spiller 3 pass from Fitzpatrick (pass failed), 5:54.

M–Bush 76 run (Carpenter kick), 5:41.

B–Hagan 2 pass from Fitzpatrick (Rayner kick), 2:27.

B–FG Rayner 34, 1:22.

A: 60,988.

Mia   Buf

First downs 17   21

Total Net Yards 448   404

Rushes-yards 38-254   19-113

Passing 194   291

Punt Returns 6-101   2-6

Kickoff Returns 3-53   4-134

Interceptions Ret. 3-8   0-0

Comp-Att-Int 10-20-0   31-47-3

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-23   3-25

Punts 6-46.3   8-48.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-3   2-0

Penalties-Yards 5-62   11-92

Time of Possession 28:49   31:11

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Mi–Bush 25-203, Thomas 11-42, Bess 2-9. Buf–Spiller 12-91, Choice 5-15, Fitzpatrick 2-7. Passing: Mi–Moore 10-20-0-217. Buf–Fitzpatrick 31-47-3-316. Receiving: Mi–Marshall 3-84, Hartline 3-69, Fasano 2-28, Clay 1-30, Bush 1-6. Buf–Spiller 9-76, Nelson 6-60, Johnson 5-82, Choice 3-41, Martin 3-40, Smith 3-5, Hagan 2-12.

Missed Field Goals: Buffalo, Rayner 26 (WL).

Cardinals 20, Browns 17

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Patrick Peterson returned a punt 32 yards, and John Skelton threw 32 yards to Larry Fitzgerald to set up a 22-yard field goal by Jay Feely as Arizona (7-7) took its third overtime win in seven games.

Skelton, in relief of Kevin Kolb (concussion), completed 28 of 36 passes for 313 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Seneca Wallace, starting for Colt McCoy (concussion), was 18 of 31 for 226 yards, including a 76-yard TD play to Greg Little.

The Browns are 4-10.

Cleveland 7 3 7 0 0 – 17

Arizona 0 7 0 10 3 – 20

First quarter

Cle–Hillis 1 run (Dawson kick), 11:33.

Second quarter

Cle–FG Dawson 44, 11:33.

Ari–Roberts 9 pass from Skelton (Feely kick), :19.

Third quarter

Cle–Little 76 pass from Wallace (Dawson kick), 3:01.

Fourth quarter

Ari–Wells 1 run (Feely kick), 8:33.

Ari–FG Feely 33, 5:40.

Overtime

Ari–FG Feely 22, 10:56.

A: 60,443.

Cle   Ari

First downs 16   24

Total Net Yards 333   363

Rushes-yards 29-120   24-74

Passing 213   289

Punt Returns 3-40   3-33

Kickoff Returns 3-83   4-98

Interceptions Ret. 1-5   0-0

Comp-Att-Int 18-31-0   28-46-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-13   4-24

Punts 7-39.7   7-44.6

Fumbles-Lost 1-1   0-0

Penalties-Yards 9-74   2-13

Time of Possession 31:22   32:42

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Cleveland, Hillis 26-99, Wallace 3-21. Arizona, Wells 15-51, Skelton 2-7, Roberts 1-7, Stephens-Howling 3-6, Taylor 2-3, Smith 1-0.

Passing: Cleveland, Wallace 18-31-0-226. Arizona, Skelton 28-46-1-313.

Receiving: Cleveland, Little 5-131, Massaquoi 3-42, Norwood 3-21, Cameron 3-8, Hillis 1-9, Smith 1-9, Cribbs 1-3, Ogbonnaya 1-3. Arizona, Heap 7-69, Roberts 6-60, Fitzgerald 3-65, Doucet 3-37, Taylor 3-17, Stephens-Howling 2-18, King 1-24, Wells 1-10, Stuckey 1-7, Sherman 1-6.

Chargers 34, Ravens 14

SAN DIEGO - Philip Rivers threw for one score and reached the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season, Ryan Mathews ran for two scores and hit 1,000 yards rushing, and San Diego (7-7) kept its slim postseason hopes alive.

San Diego is tied with Oakland, a game behind Denver with two to play. The Chargers have won three straight after a six-game losing streak.

The Ravens (10-4) had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Baltimore 0 7 0 7 – 14

San Diego 7 10 14 3 – 34

First quarter

SD–Tolbert 2 run (Novak kick), 4:47.

Second quarter

Bal–Dickson 15 pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick), 13:27.

SD–FG Novak 45, 7:44.

SD–Mathews 1 run (Novak kick), :19.

Third quarter

SD–Floyd 28 pass from Rivers (Novak kick), 10:38.

SD–Mathews 3 run (Novak kick), 4:05.

Fourth quarter

SD–FG Novak 28, 4:28.

Bal–T.Smith 36 pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick), 1:55.

A: 67,242.

Bal   SD

First downs 19   23

Total Net Yards 290   415

Rushes-yards 14-89   37-145

Passing 201   270

Punt Returns 0-0   0-0

Kickoff Returns 5-134   0-0

Interceptions Ret. 0-0   2-45

Comp-Att-Int 24-35-2   17-23-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 7-43   0-0

Punts 2-56.0   0-0.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0   1-0

Penalties-Yards 3-25   3-35

Time of Possession 25:48   34:12

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Baltimore, Rice 10-57, R.Williams 3-20, Flacco 1-12. SD, Mathews 26-90, Tolbert 8-40, Jackson 1-9, Hester 2-6. Passing: Baltimore, Flacco 23-34-2-226, Taylor 1-1-0-18. SD, Rivers 17-23-0-270. Receiving: Baltimore, Rice 9-55, T.Smith 6-77, Dickson 3-36, Pitta 3-25, Boldin 2-51, R.Williams 1-0. SD, Floyd 5-96, Jackson 3-84, Gates 2-31, Mathews 2-19, Tolbert 2-18, McMichael 2-9, V.Brown 1-13.

Missed Field Goals: Baltimore, Cundiff 36 (WR). San Diego, Novak 37 (WR).