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NFL ROUNDUP: SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS

on November 18, 2013 10:55 AM

STARS

Passing

• Carson Palmer, Cardinals, was 30 of 42 for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and did not throw an interception for the first time this year in a 27-14 win at Jacksonville.

• Drew Brees, Saints, completed 30 of 43 passes for 305 yards and a TD in New Orleans’ 23-20 win over San Francisco.

• Matt McGloin, Raiders, threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start as Oakland topped Houston 28-23.

Rushing

• Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers, rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Tampa Bay dominate Atlanta 41-28.

• Rashad Jennings, Raiders, had 150 yards rushing, including a career-best 80-yard touchdown, in Oakland’s 28-23 win at Houston.

• Ray Rice, Ravens, ran for 131 yards on 25 carries in Baltimore’s 23-20 overtime loss at Chicago.

Receiving

• Michael Floyd, Cardinals, had six catches for a career-best 193 yards, including a 91-yard score, after being listed as questionable because of a shoulder injury, in Arizona’s 27-14 win at Jacksonville.

• Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, caught 10 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 41-28 win over Atlanta.

• Garrett Graham, Texans, had seven receptions for 136 yards and a TD in Houston’s 28-23 loss to Oakland.

Special Teams

• Robbie Gould, Bears, kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime to lift Chicago to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour.

• Tony Dye, Bengals, returned Jayson DiManche’s blocked punt 24 yards for a touchdown in Cincinnati’s 41-20 victory over Cleveland, which hadn’t had a punt blocked in 20 years.

• Garrett Hartley, Saints, kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lead New Orleans past the San Francisco 49ers 23-20.

Defense

• Da’Norris Searcy, Bills, returned one of Geno Smith’s three interceptions 32 yards for a touchdown as Buffalo cruised past the New York Jets 37-14.

• Mason Foster, Buccaneers, had a 37-yard interception return for a score as Tampa Bay topped Atlanta 41-28.

• Vontaze Burfict, Bengals, returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown and also had 15 tackles, including 10 solo, in Cincinnati’s 41-20 win over Cleveland.

UP & DOWN

The New York Jets, coming off their bye, continued their string of inconsistent outings by becoming the NFL’s first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season with a 37-14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday.

DAZZLING DEBUT

Oakland’s Matt McGloin became the first undrafted rookie quarterback with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game since the common draft era began in 1967. McGloin also became the 17th quarterback to start for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season.

SMOTHERING DEFENSE

Jairus Byrd had two interceptions, Kyle Williams had two sacks and forced a fumble, and Da’Norris Searcy returned another interception by Geno Smith 32 yards for a touchdown as Buffalo turned four turnovers by the rookie quarterback into 17 points in a 37-14 win over the New York Jets.

PLAYMAKING PERCY

With less than a minute left in the first half, Pete Carroll decided to give Percy Harvin a shot at the kind of game- changing play the Seattle Seahawks waited an extra three months to finally see.

Harvin made his highly anticipated Seattle debut after missing the first 10 weeks of the regular season following hip surgery.

His 58-yard kickoff return late in the first half set up Russell Wilson’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 10 seconds left in the second quarter, and the Seahawks rolled to their franchise-record 13th straight home win, beating the Minnesota Vikings 41-20 on Sunday.

STORM OVER SOLDIER FIELD

Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Bears to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore on Sunday in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour. The big delay came after Justin Tucker kicked a 52-yarder with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter for the Ravens.

Fans were ordered to take cover as players headed to the locker rooms while heavy rains and winds whipped through Soldier Field. They emerged about two hours later with the sky clearing and the sun coming out, but the rain and wind returned in the third quarter, turning the stands into a sea of ponchos. Play was stopped just after 12:30 p.m. CT and didn’t resume until 2:25. There were reports of at least one tornado touching down in Illinois and extensive damage in at least one part of the state.

SIDELINED

New Orleans lost starting cornerback Jabari Greer with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left leg in Sunday’s 23-20 win over San Francisco. He was hurt in the first quarter and the team quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game. The Niners also lost a cornerback when Tarell Brown was carted off in the second quarter with a bruised rib. He was hurt while tackling the Saints’ Pierre Thomas near the goal line. San Francisco guard Mike Iupati left late with an apparent injury to his left knee and was on crutches after the game. ... Washington tight end Jordan Reed left a 24-6 loss at Philadelphia because of a concussion and defensive end Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson were finished by with knee injuries. ... Chicago Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea was forced to leave in the first half because of a toe injury in a 23-20 win over Baltimore. He’d already missed two games this season because of a toe problem.

SPEAKING

“I think we’ve led the league in delays over the last few years.”

— Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said, after the Ravens and Bears had to wait out a 2-hour stoppage because of torrential rain in Chicago’s 23-20 overtime win Sunday. The Ravens experienced a power outage in the Super Bowl, after all, and the start of their season-opener at Denver was pushed back by lightning. Both were just 34 minutes, though.

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