Cowboys and Jaguars pounce in overtime

THE Cowboys and the Jaguars worked overtime for NFL victories on Sunday.

After the New York Giants' Jeremy Shockey caught a game-tying 28-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Dallas quarterback Drew Bledsoe directed a scoring drive in overtime to lead the Cowboys to a 16-13 victory in a battle of the NFC East rivals.

The game featured eight turnovers four each.

Jose Cortez ended the sloppy but exciting affair with a 45-yard field goal 3:47 into overtime. Bledsoe completed 26-of-37 passes for 312 yards and one touchdown, but lost three fumbles.

New York's Eli Manning was 14-of-30 for 215 yards and a touchdown, but committed two turnovers, including his first interception in 125 pass attempts.

In Pittsburgh, the Steelers missed injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a 23-17 overtime loss to Jacksonville. Back-up quarterback Tommy Maddox fumbled in overtime in field goal position, then threw an interception that cornerback Rashean Mathis returned 41 yards to lift the Jaguars to victory.

In San Antonio, where the storm-displaced New Orleans Saints hosted the Falcons, Todd Peterson converted a 36-yard field goal with no time remaining after a penalty by Tony Bryant nullified a miss and lifted the Atlanta to a wild 34-31 victory. The game appeared headed to overtime after Peterson's 41-yard field goal sailed wide left. But Bryant was whistled for holding, giving the veteran kicker another chance.

"It is a shame, because I thought we played well enough to win," Saints coach Jim Haslett said. "The call by the official was a bad call."

Chris Weinke, stepping in for injured Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme in the fourth quarter, was the hero in Detroit, hitting Ricky Proehl with a three-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left to lift the Panthers to a 21-20 victory over the Lions.

The Broncos again showed stellar form at home in Denver against two-time defending Super Bowl champions New England.

Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos won 28-20.

In Kansas City, Priest Holmes caught five passes for 100 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, as coach Dick Vermeil's Chiefs defeated Joe Gibbs's Washington 28-21.

Minnesota's woes continued as the Bears handed the Vikings their fourth defeat of the season, 28-3.

Baltimore defeated Cleveland 16-3, Cincinnati rebounded from a first loss with a 31-23 victory over Tennessee, and LaDainian Tomlinson starred as San Diego beat Oakland 27-14 in the AFC West.

The Buffalo Bills beat AFC East rivals the New York Jets 27-17, and Seattle routed Houston 42-10.

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