It’s was a ghastly game most Bills fans try not to forget – the 1987 6-3 overtime victory over the New York Giants by the replacement Bills during the NFL strike.
It’s became relevant Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles handed the Giants their fifth straight loss. The last time New York started 0-5 was in 1987 when the losing streak included that loss to the Bills.
That outcome assured that both winless NFL teams – Jacksonville and the Giants – stayed winless. Of the five teams who entered Sunday with unbeaten records, only Denver, New Orleans and Kansas City survived. New England and Seattle bit the dust for the first time.
The Broncos got by just barely, 51-48, at Dallas on the strength of a 28-yard field goal on the last of the game by Matt Prater.
The Chiefs, 5-0 and off to their best start since they were 9-0 in 2003, triumphed at Tennessee, 26-17, while the Saints defeated the Bears in Chicago, 26-18.
Game of the day
Broncos 51, Cowboys 48
The scoop: Thanks to Prater’s field goal and Peyton Manning, Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to stay unbeaten. Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores. Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five TDs for Dallas, but he was intercepted by linebacker Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater’s winning kick. The teams combined for 1,039 yards in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS. Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in a Browns’ 58-48 win in 2004.
Why the Broncos won: Romo made one huge mistake and Manning was brilliant in completing all five of his passes in a 73-yard drive to tie the game with 2:44 left.
Unbeaten and once-beaten
Chiefs 26, Titans 17
The scoop: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, each leading to short Kansas City drives for field goals after Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left to give the Chiefs a 20-17 lead.
Why the Chiefs won: They rebounded nicely – with the help of Fitzpatrick – after blowing a 13-0 halftime lead.
Saints 26, Bears 18
The scoop: Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas. Brees was 29 of 35 for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley kicked four field goals. Jimmy Graham continued his torrid start, catching 10 balls for 135 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game — matching an NFL record for a tight end. Tony Gonzalez was the first to accomplish the streak in 2000, and Graham matched it in 2011.
Why the Saints won: They scored on four of six possessions in the first half, then successfully milked the clock in the second with two field goal drives that consumed 12 minutes, 36 seconds.
Bengals 13, Patriots 6
The scoop: BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game’s only touchdown, and Cincinnati ended Tom Brady’s long streak of touchdown passes. Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, second-longest in NFL history behind Brees. The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.
Why the Bengals won: Their defense came up big down the stretch. Trailing, 13-3, New England had to settle for a field goal after a first-and-goal situation from the 1. Then Cincinnati forced a three-and-out before Jones’ pick.
Colts 34, Seahawks 28
The scoop: Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes in the second half and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go. The Seahawks lost their first regular-season game since last Nov. 25. Seattle rolled up 218 yards and led, 12-0, and 25-17, but was done in by two big plays. Ex-Bill Delano Howell scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field goal to give Indy a 14-12 lead in the second quarter. A blown pass coverage led to a 29-yard Luck-to-T.Y. Hilton TD pass to cut the deficit to 25-23 late in the third. Russell Wilson finished 15 of 31 for 210 yards with two TDs and ran 13 times for 102 yards for Seattle while Marshawn Lynch carried 17 times for 102 yards.
Why the Colts won: Seattle settled for field goals on their first three second-half possessions while Indianapolis scored on drives of 80 and 86 yards.
Best of the rest
49ers 34, Texans 3
The scoop: Matt Schaub got Houston off on the wrong foot when his interception was returned 18 yards by Tremaine Brock for the first San Francisco touchdown. Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon scored on short runs and Phil Dawson kicked a 38-yard field goal as the Niners built a 24-3 halftime lead. Vernon Davis was on the receiving end of a 64-yard scoring pass from Colin Kaepernick in the second half.
Why the 49ers won: Houston had five turnovers, including three interceptions by Schaub.
Ravens 26, Dolphins 23
The scoop: Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put Baltimore ahead with 1:42 left, and the Ravens withstood a comeback bid. Ryan Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth down to keep Miami’s hopes alive, but Caleb Sturgis missed wide left on a 57-yard field goal with 33 seconds to go. The Ravens ran for a season-high 133 yards, and Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards. Miami ran for only 22 yards in 11 attempts, shades of the pass-happy Dan Marino years.
Why the Ravens won: They forced eight Miami punts, six of them after three-and-out series.
Packers 22, Lions 9
The scoop: James Jones caught a long pass from Aaron Rodgers for the only Green Bay touchdown but the Packers defense contained the Lions, who were without star receiver Calvin Johnson (knee). The Packers struggled to get into the end zone until Rodgers found Jones on an 83-yard completion in the third quarter. The Packers extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over the Lions to 23.
Why the Packers won: In Detroit’s first nine offensive series they managed just three points.
Eagles 36, Giants 21
The scoop: Backup quarterback Nick Foles threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and led four scoring drives after taking over for an injured Michael Vick (hamstring) late in the second quarter. Alex Henery kicked five field goals for the Eagles, who gained 439 yards. Eli Manning threw two touchdowns to Rueben Randle in the third quarter to give New York a 21-19 lead.
Why the Eagles won: They intercepted Manning three times in the fourth quarter, gaining possession in New York territory each time. The turnovers led to two Philadelphia touchdowns.
Rams 34, Jaguars 20
The scoop: Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano’s 82-yard interception return was one of several big defensive plays by St. Louis. Jacksonville had a pair of early leads, the first after Justin Blackmon, in his first game back from an NFL suspension, caught a 67-yard pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Why the Rams won: They managed only one first down each in the first and third quarters, but made up for it with 17 points in the second and 10 in fourth.
Dog of the day
Cardinals 22, Panthers 6
The scoop: Arizona won despite a sluggish offense which saw Carson Palmer throw for a touchdown but get intercepted three times.
Why the Cardinals won: They sacked Cam Newton seven times, once for a safety, and intercepted him on three times.
News wire services contributed to this report.