The meltdown in Houston continues. The Pittsburgh Steelers are not totally dead. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are still undefeated and the New Orleans Saints are not.
In a nutshell, that wraps up Week Six on Sunday in the National Football League.
The most surprising outcome of the day was the 38-13 whupping the St. Louis Rams hung on the Texans in Houston. Tom Brady pulled off another last-minute miracle as New England handed the Saints their first loss and the Broncos and Chiefs scored routine victories.
Pittsburgh broke into the win column by bringing the New York Jets back to reality, 19-6.
Of the seven 1 o’clock games Sunday, the visiting team was the winner in six of them. Normalcy returned in the late games with the home team winning all five.
Game of the day
Patriots 30, Saints 27
The scoop: New England seemingly did it all wrong in the final minutes and still came out the winner. Coach Bill Belichick gambled and lost on fourth down in Patriots’ territory with 2:46 to play. Then quarterback Brady threw an ill-advised deep pass that was intercepted. However, after regaining possession with 1:13 left, Brady drove New England 70 yards in four plays against a prevent defense, capped by Brady’s 17-yard pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left.
Why the Patriots won: Brady coolly directed the winning drive against a confused looking and worn out Saints’ defense.
Chiefs 24, Raiders 7
The scoop: Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns, while the Kansas City defense harassed Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor into three second-half interceptions. After winning just twice last season, Kansas City (6-0) continued the second-best start in franchise history.
Why the Chiefs won: The Raiders gave them a lot of help. K.C. scored 10 points in the second half following Oakland turnovers and scored another on Husain Abdullah’s interception return.
49ers 32, Cardinals 20
The scoop: After Arizona had closed to within two points, 22-20, on Carson’s Palmer’s second touchdown pass of the game, the Niners drove 89 yards to put it out of reach. Colin Kaepernick threw touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards to tight end Vernon Davis. Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald on a 75-yard play for the first Arizona touchdown.
Why the 49ers won: Two first-half INTs and two second-half fumbles did in the Cards.
Broncos 35, Jaguars 19
The scoop: Denver failed to cover the near-record 26 ø-point spread. Surprisingly, the Jaguars trailed only 21-19 midway through the third period but then gave up a pair of touchdown runs by Knowshon Moreno. Peyton Manning passed for two TDs and an early 14-0 lead. Overall, he completed 28 of 42 for 295 yards with one interception. Justin Blackmon of the Jags caught 14 passes for 190 yards.
Why the Broncos won: Seemingly, all they had to do was show up but the Jaguars made it a battle for a while.
Seahawks 20, Titans 13
The scoop: Marshawn Lynch ran for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards, Richard Sherman came up with his third interception of the season, and Seattle finally shook off Tennessee in the fourth quarter. Seattle won its 11th straight at home.
Why the Seahawks won: Ryan Fitzpatrick never was able to lead the Titans to the end zone. Sounds familiar.
They also played
Eagles 31, Buccaneers 20
The scoop: Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as Tampa Bay remained winless. With the injured Michael Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the Bucs for the second time.
Why the Eagles won: They limited the Bucs to three points in the second half.
Packers 19, Ravens 17
The scoop: Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals for the Pack. Green Bay led 16-3 entering the fourth quarter but barely hung on. Baltimore closed to 19-17 on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Dallas Clark with 2:04 left. Rodgers clinched the victory with a 52-yard completion to Jermichael Finley on a third-and-3.
Why the Packers won: The Ravens converted only 2 of 14 third downs.
Lions 31, Browns 17
The scoop: Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, when Detroit outscored the Browns, 24-0. Stafford hooked up with tight end Joseph Fauria with 2:01 left to seal the win, one of Fauria’s three TD catches for the Lions,.
Why the Lions won: Unlike the Bills they contained Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin, who had minus-10 yards on three returns.
Rams 38, Texans 13
The scoop: Embattled quarterback Matt Schaub had no turnovers but it was not a good day for him or Houston. Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, and the Rams stunned the mistake-prone Texans. The Rams’ scoring ended when Alec Ogletree took an interception by T.J. Yates returned a pass 98 yards for a touchdown. Yates was in after Schaub sustained an apparent right ankle injury.
Why the Rams won: Turnovers helped but they also had scoring drives of 65, 80 and 80 yards.
Steelers 19, Jets 6
The scoop: Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and Pittsburgh won its first game of the season. Geno Smith was intercepted twice by a Steelers defense that entered the game as the only team in the league without a takeaway.
Why the Steelers won: They produced the game’s only touchdown on the bomb to Sanders.
Cowboys 31, Redskins 16
The scoop: Dallas never trailed and stayed tied with Philadelphia for first in the NFC East. Dwayne Harris of the Cowboys returned a punt 86 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Tony Romo threw one touchdown pass for Dallas.
Why the Cowboys won: Washington was held to three Kai Forbath field goals until Alfred Morris broke away on a 45-yard run late in the third quarter.
Dog of the day
Panthers 35, Vikings 10
The scoop: Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Carolina romped past Adrian Peterson and the Vikings, who might have been distracted by tragedy. Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries. The NFL MVP learned Friday that a 2-year-old son of his died in South Dakota of injuries from alleged abuse.
Why the Panthers won: Matt Cassel threw two interceptions that were converted into touchdowns.
News wire services contributed to this report.