Best of NFL: Despite Hail Mary, Ravens win in OT

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Best of NFL: Despite Hail Mary, Ravens win in OT
November 10, 2013, 5:45 pm
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A.J. Green catches a Hail Mary to force overtime on Sunday, but the Bengals still fell to the Ravens, 20-17. (AP)

Updated: 10:03 p.m.

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens did everything wrong in their bid to end a three-game losing streak and remain relevant in the playoff chase.

They committed three turnovers, blew a 17-point lead and gave up a long touchdown pass on the final play of regulation.

And still, the defending Super Bowl champions prevailed, as Justin Tucker kicked a 46-yard field goal with 5:27 left in overtime to give Baltimore a 20-17 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

The tense victory thrust the Ravens (4-5) into a second-place tie in the division, just one game behind Cincinnati (6-4) in the loss column. It was Baltimore's first victory since Oct. 6.

The Bengals have lost two straight in overtime.

Cincinnati pulled even when A.J. Green caught a desperation long pass from Andy Dalton in the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown. Green positioned himself behind the pack and caught the deflection after it flicked off the hand of Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, who earlier had the first two interceptions of his career (see full recap).

Manning throws 4 TD passes, Broncos top Chargers
SAN DIEGO -- John Fox sent text messages to several Denver Broncos on Sunday morning, wishing them good luck against the San Diego Chargers.

The Broncos will reciprocate by giving a game ball to their coach, who's at his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C., recovering from heart surgery.

With interim coach Jack Del Rio in charge, Peyton Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, three to Demaryius Thomas, as he efficiently led the Broncos to a 28-20 victory in their first game since Fox had his aortic valve replaced last Monday. Fox was released Friday and will continue his recovery at his offseason home.

"We look forward to giving it to him in person," Manning said (see full recap).

Panthers edge 49ers for fifth straight win
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Carolina Panthers can now say they have that signature win everybody has been waiting to see: on the road, against the reigning NFC champions, in November.

While facing one of the NFL's brightest young quarterbacks, to boot.

Carolina's swarming, opportunistic defense stopped Colin Kaepernick in his tracks.

Drayton Florence intercepted a pass by Kaepernick in the final minute to seal a 10-9 victory Sunday to snap the San Francisco 49ers' five-game winning streak and give the Panthers their fifth straight win (see full recap).

Seahawks crush Falcons, improve to 9-1
ATLANTA -- Now that's more like it for the Seattle Seahawks.

Shaking off some sluggish performances, the Seahawks put it all together against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns passes, Marshawn Lynch ran for 145 yards and Seattle romped to a 33-10 victory in a one-sided rematch of last season's playoffs.

"It's the best game we've played," coach Pete Carroll said.

The first-place Seahawks (9-1), who lead the NFC race for home field, had looked especially vulnerable the past two weeks while struggling to beat lowly St. Louis and winless Tampa Bay.

No worries this time. It was over by halftime (see full recap).

Austin's big game leads Rams over Colts
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tavon Austin ran free Sunday, and the Colts couldn't catch him.

The rookie returned one punt 98 yards for a touchdown, caught TD passes of 57 and 81 yards and almost single-handedly ended the Rams' three-game losing streak by leading St. Louis to a stunning 38-8 victory at Indianapolis.

It was the Colts' worst loss since a 55-point thrashing at New Orleans in 2011.

The touchdown catches were the only receptions Austin had on his biggest day of the season, and St. Louis (4-6) won for the first time since Kellen Clemens replaced the injured Sam Bradford.

Indy (6-3) lost for the second time at home this season and only the third time in coach Chuck Pagano's career. It ended Indy's two-game winning streak and delayed what could have been a coronation week for the AFC South leaders. They head to Tennessee on Thursday night (see full recap).

Jaguars top Titans for first win of season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless no more, and they can thank the Tennessee Titans for helping them finally getting their first victory this season.

Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman each ran for a touchdown, and the Jaguars held off the Titans 29-27 Sunday, leaving Tampa Bay at 0-8 as the only winless team left. The Buccaneers play on Monday night.

The Jaguars (1-8) scored the most points in a game this season for first-year coach Gus Bradley. They never trailed and forced four turnovers they turned into 17 points.

The Titans scored twice in the final 4:15, the last on a 14-yard TD pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker with 40 seconds left. But Johnathan Cyprien recovered the onside kick to seal the victory (see full recap).

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