Brady hits Miami for six as unbeaten Patriots march on

NEW ENGLAND’S Tom Brady threw a team-record six touchdown passes and Tennessee’s Rob Bironas kicked a NFL-record eight field goals to spark impressive triumphs on Sunday.

Brady completed 21-of-25 passes for 354 yards and set a one-game career high for touchdown throws, four of them in a run of completing his first 11 passes, as the unbeaten Patriots improved to 7-0 by defeating winless Miami 49-28.

Brady threw two touchdown passes to Randy Moss, two to Wes Walker, one to Donte Stallworth and another to tight end Kyle Brady. His sixth came to Walker from 16 yards.

Bironas blasted his record-setting 29-yard field goal on the final play to give the Titans a 38-36 victory at Houston after Sage Rosenfels had rallied the Texans from a 32-7 fourth-quarter deficit to seize the lead.

Bironas’ other kicks were from 52, 25, 21, 30, 28, 43 and 29 yards.

Houston took a 36-35 lead on Rosenfels’ fourth touchdown pass, a 53-yard throw to Andre Davis with 57 seconds to play, but the Titans marched upfield and Bironas surpassed the four other NFL kickers who had hit seven in a game. While the NFL had been concerned Miami supporters would object to losing a home game to

London, the Dolphins’ worst-ever 0-7 start might have fans begging for the league to ship more Miami home games to Wembley.

The Dolphins will face the New York Giants Sunday at Wembley in the first NFL regular-season game outside North America. And the

Giants will make the trip coming off a victory.

Osi Umenyiora returned a Trent Dilfer fumble 75 yards for a touchdown, topping a Giants’ defensive effort that included four takeaways and six sacks of Dilfer in a 33-15 home rout of San Francisco.

Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes for New York, including a four-yard score to Amani Toomer that made him the Giants’ all-time leader in touchdown catches with 49.

Arizona’s Neil Rackers missed a 55-yard field goal attempt with one second remaining to give Washington a 21-19 victory. The Cardinals trailed 21-6 but Kurt Warner, playing with torn left elbow ligaments, and Tim Rattay threw late touchdown passes and Arizona recovered an onside kick to set up the late drama.

Rian Lindell kicked four field goals and rookie Marshawn Lynch ran for 84 yards and a touchdown to lead Buffalo past Baltimore 19-14 while Reggie Bush scored the winning touchdown with 5:04 to go as New Orleans beat Atlanta 22-16.

Atlanta quarterback Byron Leftwich, sidelined him most of two seasons, left with a right ankle injury in the third quarter and was on crutches after the game.

Detroit beat Tampa Bay 23-16, the Lions’ fourth victory of the season being one more than they managed all of last season.

Defender Patrick Watkins ran 68 yards for a touchdown on the first blocked field goal return score by Dallas in 24 years, giving the Cowboys the lead for good on their way to a 24-14 victory over Minnesota.

Tony Romo completed 31-of-39 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown to Terrell Owens as Dallas improved to 6-1 for the first time since 1995.

Chicago edged Philadelphia 19-16 on Brian Griese’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Mushin Muhammad with nine seconds remaining and Jason Elam’s 49-yard field goal as time expired gave Denver a 31-28 victory over visiting Pittsburgh.

In other games, Kansas City edged Oakland 12-10, Cincinnati beat the New York Jets 38-31 and Seattle pounded St Louis 33-6.

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