Sunday's roundup: Peyton Manning has dreadful day in Broncos' loss
Denver — The Kansas City Chiefs prevented Peyton Manning from getting the one record he really wanted, trouncing the Denver Broncos, 29-13, Sunday on the strength of five interceptions and five field goals.
Manning entered the day with 71,836 yards through the air, two shy of Brett Favre’s record and tied with Favre with 186 victories.
He finished the day with just 35 yards on 5-of-20 passing, four interceptions, two sacks and an almost unheard-of 0.0 passer rating before being benched late in the third quarter.
The only highlight for Manning was his milestone: a 4-yard pass to running back Ronnie Hillman. Even that didn’t come until he’d thrown his first interception, gotten sacked and fumbled.
With Manning’s sore right foot preventing him from stepping into his passes properly and getting zip on his throws, coach Gary Kubiak turned to longtime backup Brock Osweiler late in the third quarter with the Broncos down 22-0.
By then, Kansas City had forced four punts in addition to picking off four of Manning’s passes in sending the Broncos well on their way to their second straight loss.
The Broncos (7-2) saw their nine-game AFC West winning streak come to an end with their first loss to the Chiefs (4-5) since Tim Tebow was their quarterback in 2011.
The Chiefs won their third straight game thanks to a stifling defense and Cairo’s field goals of 48, 49, 34, 33 and 50 yards. He missed his final try, from 48 yards.
Alex Smith capped the onslaught with an 80-yard TD throw to Charcandrick West. Safety T.J. Ward was ejected for punching wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who took out Ward on the play.
Manning showed no signs of his sore right foot or aching ribs in warm-ups, but that quickly changed when the game began. He has nine TD throws this season to go with an NFL-high 17 interceptions.
Rookie Marcus Peters intercepted Manning’s first pass, setting up West’s 4-yard TD. Then, on first down of Denver’s second drive, Manning was sacked by Jaye Howard for a 2-yard loss and fumbled. Hillman recovered.
The game was halted after Manning’s milestone throw to Hillman, and Joe Horrigan from the Pro Football Hall of Fame secured the ball.
Manning surely wanted no other mementoes from this game, the Broncos’ first regular-season loss at home since Dec. 12, 2013, against San Diego.
After trailing 19-0 at halftime, the Broncos tried an onside kick to start the second half, but Chiefs tight end Daniel Sorensen recovered, and Kansas City continued to control the field position game.
Osweiler gave the Broncos a spark, although his fourth-down throw to Demaryius Thomas was intercepted by Eric Berry in the end zone and two plays later, Smith found West for the long TD that made it 29-0. Osweiler finished 14 of 24 for 146 yards with one TD and an interception. He was sacked three times.
Arizona 39, (at) Seattle 32: Carson Palmer threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns, Andre Ellington had a 48-yard touchdown run with 1:58 remaining and Arizona moved three games ahead in the NFC West with a wild victory over Seattle.
Palmer helped the Cardinals (7-2) build leads of 19-0 and 22-7 at halftime, only to watch Seattle (4-5) rally and take a 29-25 lead early in the fourth quarter on Bobby Wagner’s 22-yard fumble return that left CenturyLink Field shaking.
Undaunted by losing the lead, Palmer led the Cardinals on an 83-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 14-yard strike to Jermaine Gresham with 8:41 remaining. The Cardinals held Seattle on its next possession and Ellington added the punctuation, sprinting down the sideline on a third-down run to cap Arizona’s big night.
(At) Washington 47, New Orleans 14: Former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins threw a career-high four touchdown passes — each one longer than any he’d completed all season — to lead Washington.
Cousins went 20-for-25 for 324 yards, with no interceptions and a perfect passer rating of 158.3, connecting for scores of 78 yards to running back Matt Jones, 16 and 8 yards to tight end Jordan Reed, and 11 yards to receiver Jamison Crowder.
The 33-point margin of victory was Washington’s largest since beating San Francisco by 35, 52-17, in October 2005.
The Redskins (4-5) led 37-14 at the end of the third quarter, then tacked on more points 42 seconds into the fourth on safety Dashon Goldson’s 35-yard TD return of an interception of Drew Brees.
Jacksonville 22, (at) Baltimore 20: The clock already had ticked down to 0:00, yet the Jacksonville Jaguars still had one more chance to end their miserable road losing streak.
Jason Myers made it count.
Myers kicked a 53-yard field goal after Jacksonville got another play on a facemask penalty with no time left, and the Jaguars beat the Ravens to snap a 13-game skid on the road.
Down 20-19 with no timeouts, the Jaguars got the ball at their 20 with 1:06 left. After moving to the Baltimore 49, Blake Bortles took the snap an instant before the clock expired and was quickly sacked by Elvis Dumervil.
But Dumervil grabbed the quarterback’s face mask, and because a game can’t end on a penalty by the defense, the Jaguars got the ball at the 35.
Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns extended his franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch to seven.
Carolina 27, (at) Tennessee 10: Cam Newton completed his first 11 passes — the longest streak of his career — and undefeated Carolina shut out Tennessee in the second half.
Newton ran for a touchdown and passed for another score as the Panthers (9-0) extended their league-best winning streak to 13 games.
The Titans (2-7) suffered their 10th straight home loss in the first home game under interim coach Mike Mularkey.
(At) Tampa 10, Dallas 6: Jameis Winston scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 54 seconds remaining, giving the Buccaneers a victory that extended the Dallas Cowboys’ longest losing streak since 1989 to seven games.
Jameis Winston shrugged off two interceptions — the first he’d thrown in a month — and benefited from a defensive holding call that wiped out his goal-line fumble on the play before he faked a handoff to Doug Martin before circling around right end all alone.
Chicago 37, (at) St. Louis 13: Zach Miller caught two touchdown passes, including an 87-yard score that was Chicago’s longest play since 2010, and rookie Jeremy Langford also had two TDs, leading the Bears.
Langford (Michigan State) was untouched on an 83-yard TD on a screen and also had a 6-yard scoring run. The running back, filling in for the injured Matt Forte, had seven catches for 109 yards and 73 yards on 20 carries.
Todd Gurley had a 6-yard scoring run on the opening drive for the Rams (4-5), who have lost two straight since entering November with a winning record for the first time since 2006. Their defense entered ranked fifth overall.
Miami 20, (at) Philadelphia 19: Ryan Tannehill threw a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry and the defense held on to lift the Dolphins, who rallied from an early 16-3 deficit.
Mark Sanchez, who took over for injured quarterback Sam Bradford, drove the Eagles to the Dolphins 8 late in the fourth quarter, but Reshad Jones intercepted hims in the end zone. Miami’s defense held again in the final minute.
The Dolphins snapped a two-game skid.
(At) Pittsburgh 30, Cleveland 9: Hobbled Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns after coming in for injured starter Landry Jones as the Steelers overwhelmed the hapless Browns and Johnny Manziel.
Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) caught 10 passes for 139 yards and two scores as the Steelers (6-4) remained unbeaten at home against Cleveland since 2003.
Manziel passed for a career-high 372 yards with a touchdown and an interception but was also sacked six times. The Browns, who have lost five straight, ran for just 15 yards and were penalized 11 times for 159 yards. Cleveland is 2-13 in its last 15 games under coach Mike Pettine.