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Bears win fourth straight

| November 29, 2010 8:00 PM

Jay Cutler tied a career high with four touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears (8-3) took sole possession of first place in the NFC North with a 31-26 win over Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) on Sunday.

The win was the Bears fourth straight and put them a game ahead of Green Bay.

Vick and the Eagles had won three straight, and he threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw his first interception of the year when he got picked off by Chris Harris in the end zone late in the first half, stopping a potential go-ahead scoring drive.

Texans 20, Titans 0: Host Houston (5-6) snapped a four-game losing streak while the Texans' Andre Johnson and Tennessee's (5-6) Cortland Finnegan were ejected following a fistfight that could end up in further discipline from the NFL.

Houston cornerback Glover Quin set a franchise record with three interceptions off Titans rookie quarterback Rusty Smith, who struggled in his first career start in replacing the injured Vince Young.

Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was on the sideline calling plays after he was diagnosed with cancer this week. He's due to start chemotherapy today.

Steelers 19, Bills 16 OT: At Orchard Park, N.Y., Shaun Suisham kicked a 41-yard field goal with 2:14 left in overtime to lift Pittsburgh (8-3) over Buffalo (2-9).

Buffalo blew an opportunity to win it with 10:30 left in overtime. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson got in behind the Steelers secondary but dropped a 40-yard pass on the run, while he was 2 yards into the end zone.

The Bills overcame a 13-point first-half deficit and forced overtime with 2 seconds left in regulation when Rian Lindell hit a 49-yard field goal.

Falcons 20, Packers 17: Matt Bryant kicked a 47-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining to give NFC-leading Atlanta (9-2) its fifth straight win by beating visiting Green Bay (7-4).

The Falcons have their longest winning streak since 1998 and assured themselves of a third straight winning season. Of course, they have much higher aspirations sitting atop the conference standings with five weeks to go.

Aaron Rodgers guided Green Bay on a 90-yard drive to tie the game with 56 seconds remaining. He converted a pair of fourth-down passes, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that made it 17-all.

Vikings 17, Redskins 13: At Landover, Md., Brett Favre was perfect on two scoring drives, and Minnesota (4-7) beat Washington (5-6) to win Leslie Frazier's NFL head coaching debut despite Adrian Peterson's early injury.

Favre went 3 for 3 on the Vikings' opening possession, which ended with Peterson's 5-yard touchdown run. The 41-year-old quarterback was 5 for 5 on the first drive of the second half, capped by a 5-yard TD from rookie Toby Gerhart, who took over after Peterson left in the second quarter with a bad right ankle.

Giants 24, Jaguars 20: At East Rutherford, N.J., Eli Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss with 3:15 to play and New York (7-4) rallied to beat Jacksonville (6-5) and snap a two-game losing streak and end the Jaguars' three-game winning streak.

Manning also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, Lawrence Tynes kicked three field goals and the defense came up with three consecutive sacks and a late turnover with 1:25 to go as the Giants rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit.

Browns 24, Panthers 23: John Kasay missed a 42-yard field goal that grazed the left upright as time expired, lifting host Cleveland (4-7) past Carolina (1-10) and give ex-Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme a little satisfaction.

Kasay had a chance to win it for the Panthers after rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen drove them to Cleveland's 25, completing a beautiful sideline pass to Brandon LaFell with five seconds left.

Chargers 36, Colts 14: San Diego intercepted Peyton Manning four times, returning two for scores, and Mike Tolbert scored on a 3-yard run as visiting San Diego (6-5) beat Indianapolis (6-5).

The Chargers won their fourth straight and remained one game behind Kansas City in the AFC West race.

Manning finished 31 of 48 for 285 yards with two TDs but was picked off four times for the third time in his career. He has thrown seven interceptions in two weeks for the first time in his 13-year career.

Dolphins 33, Raiders 17: Chad Henne returned from a benching and injury to throw for 307 yards and two scores, and Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals in visiting Miami's (6-5) win over Oakland (5-6).

Davone Bess had 111 yards receiving in his first game as a pro in his hometown, and Ricky Williams ran for 95 yards and a score for the Dolphins, who won for the fifth time in six road games to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Ravens 17, Buccaneers 10: Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, and host Baltimore (8-3) won a franchise record-tying eighth straight game at home by beating Tampa Bay (7-4).

Flacco connected with Todd Heap for a 65-yard score and hit Derrick Mason for a 10-yard touchdown during a three-minute span of the second quarter to stake Baltimore to a 17-3 halftime lead. Flacco now has 53 career TD passes, surpassing Vinny Testaverde (51) for most in Ravens history.

Rams 36, Broncos 33: Rookie Sam Bradford threw for three touchdowns and had his first 300-yard game as visiting St. Louis (5-6) escaped with a rare road win, edging Denver (3-8).

The Rams had a seemingly safe 33-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Broncos pulled within three points on Brandon Lloyd's TD catch from Kyle Orton with 2:35 remaining.

The Rams held on and now share first place in the NFC West with Seattle, which lost to Kansas City.

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