NFL roundup: Falcons knock out Griffin, top Redskins

The Associated PressOctober 7, 2012 

— Michael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:46 to play, and Atlanta knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game.

The Falcons are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Matt Ryan completed 34 of 52 passes for 345 yards as Atlanta handed Washington (2-3) its eighth consecutive home loss.

Griffin left the game in the third quarter after being hit in the head on a sack by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Coach Mike Shanahan said RG3 has a “mild concussion.”

Kirk Cousins took over and threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss to give the Redskins a fourth-quarter lead, but the fourth-round pick also threw two interceptions in the final two minutes.

• Miami 17, (at) Cincinnati 13 | Reshad Jones intercepted Andy Dalton’s overthrown pass at midfield with 1:22 left, preserving a win that ended two weeks of miserable, last-minute finishes for Miami.

Miami (2-3) had dropped its past two games in overtime. The Dolphins held on against the Bengals (3-2), who never got anything going consistently on offense and wasted a chance for a tighter finish.

Mike Nugent was wide right on a 42-yard field goal try with 3 minutes left – his first miss of the season – giving the Dolphins a chance to run down the clock behind rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was smooth in the toughest moments.

The Bengals got the ball back at their 20 following a punt with 1:45 to go, but Dalton’s second interception sealed it. Dalton was 26 of 43 for 234 yards with three sacks and two interceptions.

•  (At) New York Giants 41, Cleveland 27 | Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests in leading New York Giants over winless Cleveland.

Cruz caught three touchdown passes from Eli Manning covering 3, 7 and 28 yards, while Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200. He had 132 entering the game.

The Giants are 9-0 in games he has rushed for 100 yards or more.

New York (3-2) also forced three turnovers, including Chase Blackburn’s interception in the end zone midway in the fourth quarter to clinch it.

The Browns are 0-5 for the first time since their return season to the NFL in 1999.

• (At) Minnesota 30, Tennessee 7 | Percy Harvin pounded his way through Tennessee’s defense for one touchdown rushing and another receiving for Minnesota.

Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards for the Vikings (4-1), who have given up a combined 33 points in winning three straight games. Christian Ponder threw his first two interceptions after 143 attempts without one, but he still finished 25 for 35 for 258 yards and two scores against the reeling Titans (1-4).

Matt Hasselbeck, starting in place of the injured Jake Locker, went 26 for 43 for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Most of those gains came near the end with the outcome no longer in doubt.

• (At) San Francisco 45, Buffalo 3 | Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and San Francisco amassed a franchise-record 621 yards.

Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each eclipsed 100 yards receiving to back Smith, who threw TD passes of 43, 28 and 10 yards and surpassed 300 yards passing for only the third time in his career.

Rian Lindell kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter before San Francisco scored the final 42 points to hand Buffalo (2-3) its second straight embarrassing loss.

• Chicago 41, (at) Jacksonville 3 | Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs returned interceptions for touchdowns – their second in six days – and Chicago used stifling defense to overwhelm Jacksonville.

The Bears (4-1) scored 38 unanswered points in the second half to win their third consecutive game. The streak has everything to do with defense.

Chicago has returned five interceptions for touchdowns in the last three weeks.

Tillman and Briggs returned two of the team’s five interceptions for touchdowns in Monday night’s 34-18 victory at Dallas. Safety Major Wright returned one the previous week against St. Louis.

The Jaguars (1-4) never recovered and played the final quarter amid a chorus of boos.

• Baltimore 9, (at) Kansas City 6 | Ray Rice ran for 101 yards and Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts.

Joe Flacco threw for 187 yards and was picked off once, but the Ravens (4-1) were still able to come up with enough points to beat the Chiefs (1-4), who turned it over four times.

Matt Cassel threw for 92 yards, was intercepted twice and credited with two lost fumbles before leaving in the fourth quarter with what the Chiefs described as a head injury. Brady Quinn led Kansas City to another field goal by Ryan Succop.

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