Sunday's NFL games

Updated: October 5, 2003, 11:43 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dante Hall gave the Kansas City Chiefs plenty of happy returns -- again.

Hall switched directions three times on a record-tying 93-yard punt return with 8:20 left Sunday as the Chiefs rallied to beat the Denver Broncos 24-23 in a game that matched unbeaten AFC West rivals.

Hall extended his NFL record of returning a kick for a touchdown to four straight games, and equaled the season record for kick returns for scores.

The Chiefs are 5-0 for the first time, while the Broncos dropped to 4-1.

With the Chiefs trailing 23-17, the 5-foot-8 Hall put on a dazzling display of speed. Just minutes after getting the wind knocked out of him on a 41-yard return, Hall took the punt on the 7 and went left, then right, turned and went backward before bearing left and racing to the end zone.

Hall began his streak with a 100-yard kickoff return against Pittsburgh, then had a 73-yard punt return against Houston and followed with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score against Baltimore.

The Broncos had a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line late in the third period, but three runs netted only 2 yards and Jason Elam kicked his third field goal, a 21-yarder for a 23-17 lead.

On the third play of the third quarter, Clinton Portis broke through a big hole on the right side and ran 65 yards for Denver's longest run in almost three years, putting the Broncos on top 20-10.

Then Trent Green, who hadn't completed a pass to a wide receiver all day, hit Eddie Kennison for 12 yards to launch a 5-play, 77-yard drive that pulled Kansas City to 20-17. After Priest Holmes picked up 22 yards on a run and 6 on a shovel pass, Johnnie Morton beat Deltha O'Neal in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown catch. ^Bears 24, Raiders 21=

CHICAGO -- Paul Edinger kicked a 48-yard field goal on the final play as the Bears rallied from an 18-3 halftime to win their first game.

The Raiders (2-3) got five field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, but he also missed the first extra point of his career and had a 47-yard attempt blocked in the second half.

The Bears (1-3) finally showed some punch against the Raiders' soft defense, moving from its own 27 to the Raiders 30 in the final 3 minutes and 30 seconds to set up the winning score.< ^Bills 22, Bengals 16, OT=

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Travis Henry's 2-yard plunge capped a five-play drive 4:53 into the extra period, lifting the Bills.

With Buffalo trailing 16-13, Drew Bledsoe marched the Bills 59 yards on 13 plays to set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining in regulation.

Bledsoe wasted no time in securing the win, taking the Bills 57 yards after the Bengals (1-4) opened overtime going three-and-out.

It was the 22nd fourth-quarter comeback of Bledsoe's career, and third in two seasons with Buffalo. He finished 19-of-35 for 211 yards passing. Henry scored twice for Buffalo (3-2), returning to action after torn rib cartilage kept him out of last weekend's 23-13 loss to Philadelphia.< ^Patriots 38, Titans 30=

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Mike Cloud returned from a four-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation and ran for a 15-yard TD with 3:14 left to give the Patriots the lead, then Ty Law clinched the win with a 65-yard interception return for a score.

The ending was wild.

First Steve McNair bulled into the end zone from a yard out to give the Titans (3-2) a 25-24 lead, and threw for a 2-point conversion to rookie Tyrone Calico.

But Bethel Johnson returned the kickoff 71 yards to the Tennessee 30 for the Patriots (3-2). Three plays later, Cloud ran up the middle for the winning TD, capping a day in which he gained 73 yards on seven carries.< ^Cowboys 24, Cardinals 7=

IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith sprained his left shoulder against his former teammates in the first half, then watched as the Cowboys won their third straight for the first time since 1999.

Quincy Carter threw for 277 yards and two TDs and the defense had two safeties in a four-play span in the third quarter as Bill Parcells won his first home game as coach of the Cowboys (3-1).

Smith, the leading rusher in NFL history who was released six weeks after Parcells was hired, lost a yard on six carries for Arizona (1-4), marking the first time in his 206 games that he failed to gain at least 1 yard.< ^Dolphins 23, Giants 10=

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Olindo Mare kicked three field goals and receiver James McKnight scored on a 68-yard reverse as the Dolphins took advantage of four New York turnovers and an injury to kicker Matt Bryant to win.

Ricky Williams, who was held in check until a game-clinching fourth-quarter drive, iced the third straight win for Miami (3-1) with a 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 22 carries for 39 yards, his worst game as a Dolphin.

Tiki Barber scored on a 2-yard run and Bryant added a 43-yard field goal for the Giants (2-2). But Bryant pulled his right hamstring at the end of the first half, leaving punter Jeff Feagles to handle kicking duties.< ^Packers 35, Seahawks 13=

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre guided Green Bay on five consecutive touchdown drives to help the Packers beat their former coach, Mike Holmgren.

That was sweet revenge for Favre, who self-destructed in Holmgren's first return to Lambeau Field, when he committed six turnovers in a 27-7 loss to the Seahawks in 1999.

Holmgren helped resurrect the Packers from 1992-98, winning one Super Bowl and two NFC crowns. This time, Favre completed 19 of 25 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for Green Bay (3-2).

Ahman Green ran 27 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns against his former team. Shaun Alexander gained 102 yards on 20 carries for Seattle (3-1).< ^Vikings 39, Falcons 26=

ATLANTA -- Gus Frerotte filled in for the injured Daunte Culpepper again and threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Vikings.

Moe Williams ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Vikings (5-0) outscored Atlanta 27-6 in the second half. The Vikings haven't missed a beat with Frerotte as the starter, winning the last two games by a combined score of 74-33. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 239 yards, including two throws that picked up more than 50 yards.

The Falcons (1-4) lost their fourth in a row, suffering the further indignity of being called for two penalties that resulted in safeties.< ^Panthers 19, Saints 13=

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Relying on a steady dose of Stephen Davis, who ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, the Panthers moved to 4-0 for the first time.

Rod Smart -- aka "He Hate Me" -- had the flashiest play for the Panthers, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. John Kasay added field goals of 49 and 23 yards.

It was a confidence-building game for the Panthers, who opened last season 3-0 before going on an eight-game losing streak. The injury-riddled Saints (1-4), down six starters on defense, lost their third consecutive game.< ^49ers 24, Lions 17=

SAN FRANCISCO -- Terrell Owens caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown as the San Francisco 49ers spoiled Steve Mariucci's homecoming.

Jeff Garcia completed 15 of 27 passes for 192 yards and rushed for another score for the 49ers (2-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak with just enough offense to extend the Lions' road losing streak to 19 games.

Detroit (1-4) couldn't move the ball consistently in its fourth straight loss. Mariucci went 57-39 in six seasons with the 49ers, leading them to the NFC West title and the second round of the playoffs last season. But he was fired by owner John York in January.< ^Jaguars 27, Chargers 21=

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Byron Leftwich threw like a veteran and returning receiver Jimmy Smith played as though he hadn't missed a day as the Jaguars won their first game.

Smith, returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, caught eight passes for 137 yards, including a highlight-reel one-hander for 36 yards.

Leftwich threw for 336 yards and two scores in his second career start, including a 60-yard touchdown on a screen pass to Fred Taylor that gave the Jaguars a 27-14 lead late. Dating to last season, San Diego (0-5) has lost nine straight.< ^Eagles 27, Redskins 25=

PHILADELPHIA -- Defensive end N.D. Kalu returned an interception 15 yards for the go-ahead TD and Brian Westbrook had a 19-yard TD run for the Eagles.

Washington (3-2) had a chance to tie it, but Patrick Ramsey overthrew Laveranues Coles on a 2-point conversion with 13 seconds left. Ramsey rallied Washington from an 11-point deficit in the final 3:10, connecting with Darnerien McCants on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds.

But under pressure from Brandon Whiting, Ramsey hurried his throw to Coles in the corner of the end zone. The Eagles (2-2) won for the first time at Lincoln Financial Field after opening the season with consecutive losses at their new stadium.< ^Browns 33, Steelers 13=

PITTSBURGH -- Tim Couch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another before halftime as Cleveland ended a six-game losing streak to their biggest rivals.

The Browns (2-3) shook off the absence of the injured Kelly Holcomb and two tough losses in Pittsburgh a year ago to beat the Steelers (2-3) for only the third time in 16 games.

Tommy Maddox had three turnovers -- his fumble on the Steelers' third play from scrimmage led to Phil Dawson's 19-yard field goal and a 10-0 Browns lead. Daylon McCutcheon returned a third-quarter interception 75 yards for a TD and a 30-10 lead.

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