Lou Groza, Ben Agajanian and George Blanda would have been proud of some of the National Football League’s senior citizen place-kickers Sunday.
Jason Hanson, 42, kicked his fourth field goal of the game in overtime to give the Detroit Lions a 26-23 win at Philadelphia. Hanson’s third FG as time ran out in regulation forced the extra period.
Matt Bryant, 37, kicked the game-winner from 55 yards to keep Atlanta unbeaten with a 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Jay Feely, 36, of the Arizona Cardinals was a hero for a while. His 61-yarder brought the Red Birds into a 16-16 tie against the Bills, but he clanked a 38-yard try off the left upright that was partially blocked. It would have won the game on the last play of regulation.
Lions 26, Eagles 23
The scoop: Hanson’s 45-yarder in overtime won it after Detroit rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Held in check most of the game, Matthew Stafford led the Lions to 17 points in the fourth quarter. He threw a TD pass and ran for a score. Hanson kicked a 19-yard field goal to send it to overtime. The Lions sacked Michael Vick on the first two plays of the extra quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started at midfield. Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 17-yard gain to the Eagles’ 27 on first-and-20. A few plays later, Hanson nailed the winner.
Why the Lions won: They forced the Eagles to settle for field goals on three straight possessions at the start of the second half.
Falcons 23, Raiders 20
The scoop: Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks, a 55-yarder with 1 second remaining, as the Falcons overcame three Matt Ryan interceptions to stay unbeaten. Atlanta pulled ahead when Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown with 2:40 remaining, only to wind up tied again when Carson Palmer led Oakland down the field, with Darren McFadden powering in from the 2 with 40 seconds left. That was just enough time for Ryan and Bryant to pull off another fourth-quarter victory.
Why the Falcons won: They forced the Raiders to settle for field goals after two lengthy first-half drives.
Precocious rookies Seahawks 24, Patriots 23
The scoop: Rookie Russell Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and Seattle rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun New England. Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on fourth down for a 10-yard TD to get the Seahawks’ within 23-17. After a pair of holds by Seattle’s defense, Wilson found Rice open on a double move.
Why the Seahawks won: They contained the New England running game (87 yards, 3.3 average) that had enjoyed big games against Buffalo and Denver the previous two weeks.
Redskins 38, Vikings 26
The scoop: Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard scamper with 2:43 to play, and Washington snapped an eight-game home losing streak. Griffin also completed 17-of-22 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Why the Redskins won: Minnesota started the game with three trips inside the Washington 10, but was held to a field goal each time.
Browns 34, Bengals 24
The scoop: Rookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes, and Cleveland snapped an 11-game losing streak that dated to last season. Cleveland had not won since Nov. 20. Montario Hardesty scored on a 1-yard plunge and cornerback Sheldon Brown intercepted Andy Dalton and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Why the Browns won: They outscored the Bengals 21-10 in the fourth quarter after trailing, 14-13, going in.
Dolphins 17, Rams 14
The scoop: Ryan Tannehill, yet another rookie QB, threw two touchdown passes and Miami withstood a late rally. The Rams faced a fourth-and-8 at the Miami 48-yard line with 30 seconds left, coach Jeff Fisher sent out Greg Zuerlein to try a 66-yard field goal, which missed wide left.
Why the Dolphins won: They rushed for only 19 yards and a 1.1 average and were outgained by 270 yards, but their defense bent but did not break.
Division leaders Packers 42, Texans 24
The scoop: Green Bay knocked Houston from the ranks of the undefeated behind the six touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers. Three of the scoring passes went to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers completed 24 of 38 for 338 yards as the Packers bounced back in a big way from last week’s upset loss at Indianapolis.
Why the Packers won: Houston, which came into the game ranked third in the league in total defense, simply could not slow down Rodgers and the Green Bay passing game.
Ravens 31, Cowboys 29
The scoop: Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return and Baltimore won its 14th straight regular-season home game and increased its AFC-North lead to two games. Dallas ran for 227 yards, most ever against the Ravens, and totaled 481 yards offense.
Why the Ravens won: Although outgained badly, Jones’ kickoff return for a score made up for it.
Giants 26, 49ers 3
The scoop: Antrel Rolle intercepted two passes by Alex Smith, Prince Amukamara picked off another and the Giants shut down San Francisco to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Why the Giants won: San Francisco had three passes intercepted and missed two field goals in their first eight possessions while New York was building a 20-3 lead.
Dogs of the day Jets 35, Colts 9
The scoop: Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns as New York snapped a two-game losing streak with its best performance offensively and defensively since an opening-week rout of Buffalo.
Why the Jets won: Led by Greene, they put together touchdown drives of 80, 70 and 91 yards.
Buccaneers 38, Chiefs 10
The scoop: Josh Freeman threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns and Ronde Barber scored on a 78-yard interception return for Tampa Bay. Freeman teamed with Mike Williams (Riverside) on a 62-yard scoring play in the first quarter. The Bucs limited NFL rushing leader Jamaal Charles to 40 yards on 12 carries.
Why the Buccaneers won: They owned the second half, 31-0.
News wire services contributed to this report.