Best of NFL: Broncos narrowly survive Cowboys

Best of NFL: Broncos narrowly survive Cowboys
October 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
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The Cowboys and Broncos combined for 99 points Sunday, and Denver needed a last-second field goal from Matt Prater to remain unbeaten. (AP)

The Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 36-21 victory over the winless Giants on Sunday in the Meadowlands (see Instant Replay).

Michael Vick went down late in the first half, but Nick Foles took over and threw two TD passes in his place (see story).

And after going three straight games without an interception, the Eagles picked off Eli Manning three times in the fourth quarter to seal the victory (see story).

Here's a recap of how the league's teams who entered Sunday undefeated fared:

Broncos survive Cowboys with last-second FG
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to keep the Broncos unbeaten with a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.

Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver (5-0).

Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas (2-3), but he was intercepted by Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater's winning kick.

The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS.

Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns' 58-48 win in 2004. (See full recap.)

Chiefs improve to 5-0 under Andy Reid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Being perfect is what matters most in the NFL, as Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows only too well.

No matter how ugly some of those wins may be.

Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Chiefs rallied to beat the Tennessee Titans 26-17 on Sunday.

"We are 5-0, and we're not ashamed of that," Reid said. "We also know that we've got a ton of room to improve and it's important that we continue to do that."

The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons, and Charles called this a special win. (See full recap.)

Brees, Graham keep Saints perfect
CHICAGO -- Drew Brees passed to Jimmy Graham along the sideline. He found the tight end over the middle. They hooked up for long plays and short ones, all over the field.

That New Orleans connection was just too much for the Chicago Bears.

Brees threw two touchdown passes, Graham tied an NFL record with another 100-yard game and the Saints beat the Bears, 26-18, on Sunday to remain unbeaten.

"We knew the formula coming into this game was to remain patient, to run the football effectively, to be very efficient in the passing game and to take care of the football, priority No. 1," Brees said, "and we were able to do all those things."

Brees was 29-of-35 passing for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals as New Orleans (5-0) picked up its first win in Chicago since a 31-10 victory on Oct. 8, 2000. (see full recap).

Brady's streak ends in Pats' first loss

CINCINNATI -- Tom Brady couldn't get into the end zone against a defense that's developing a reputation for taking down the league's top quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers found out. And so did Brady, running on empty all game long.

The Bengals ended Brady's streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass on Sunday, sacking him on his first pass attempt and keeping the pressure going.

The defense even helped BenJarvus Green-Ellis get into the end zone for the game's only touchdown in a 13-6 victory over the previously undefeated Patriots.

It was so impressive that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was handed a rain-drenched game ball in the locker room. (See full recap.)

Seattle's luck runs out in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck handed Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks their first loss of the season.

On a day the Colts' offense struggled at times, Luck threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns and Donald Brown put the Colts ahead with a three-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter to knock off previously unbeaten Seattle, 34-28.

Luck led yet another fourth-quarter comeback, his ninth in 21 career games.

He led the Colts on a long, methodical scoring drive to open the fourth quarter, capping it with Brown's TD run and then throwing to Reggie Wayne for a 2-point conversion.

Indy then used the clock on another long drive that ended with Adam Vinatieri's 49-yard field goal. (See full recap.)