SAN FRANCISCO – The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played the NFL’s first tie game in four years as both team’s kickers missed overtime field goals in a 24-24 final on Sunday.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yarder, but the Rams (3-5-1) were penalized 5 yards for delay of game. He tried again from 58 as coach Jeff Fisher played for the win, and missed wide right with 2:42 left in OT.
I have to say, I’ve been doing this a while. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game like this, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. As I told our guys, we had a number of chances to put the game away. And, unfortunately, we didn’t.
San Francisco’s David Akers missed wide left on a 41-yard attempt that could have sealed it for the NFC West-leading 49ers (6-2-1), who lost quarterback Alex Smith to a first-half concussion.
COWBOYS 38, EAGLES 23: In Philadelphia, Tony Romo threw a pair of touchdowns, Dwayne Harris had a 78-yard punt return for a score and Brandon Carr returned an interception 47 yards for a TD to lead Dallas, which improved to 4-5, and are second in the NFC East, 1 1/2 games behind the Giants.
The Eagles (3-6) lost Michael Vick to a concussion and have lost five straight games under coach Andy Reid for the first time in his 14 seasons. Nick Foles filled in for Vick and briefly rallied the Eagles until the Cowboys started showing some touchdown versatility. Romo hit Dez Bryant on a 30-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter, and Harris and Carr scored their TDs in the fourth quarter.
PATRIOTS 37, BILLS 31: In Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and Devin McCourty ended Buffalo’s hopes with an interception in the end zone late. The Patriots (6-3) are 11-0 against the Bills (3-6) at Gillette since it opened in 2002 and 20-2 overall in its last 22 games against Buffalo.
BUCCANEERS 34, CHARGERS 24: In Tampa, Fla., Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson’s 83-yard interception. The Bucs (5-4) have gone 4-1 after a 1-3 start. Rivers threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns for San Diego. He was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter to ruin any chance of the Chargers (4-5) coming from behind.
RAVENS 55, RAIDERS 20: In Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens set a club record for points. The Ravens (7-2) scored on six of their first seven possessions against the struggling Raiders (3-6), who have yielded at least 40 points in two straight games for the first time since 1962. The 55 points tied an Oakland record for points allowed, a mark set in 1961 and matched in 1981.
TITANS 37, DOLPHINS 3: In Miami, Colin McCarthy returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, and four takeaways helped Tennessee (4-6) rout the Dolphins. For Miami (4-5), the home loss was the most lopsided since 1968.
SEAHAWKS 28, JETS 7: In Seattle, Russell Wilson threw touchdowns of 38 yards to Golden Tate and 31 yards to Sidney Rice as the Seahawks sent New York to its worst start since 2007. Tate added a TD pass on a reverse to Rice later in the fourth quarter for Seattle (6-4). Muhammad Wilkerson’s fumble return for a TD was the only score for New York (3-6).