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Posted: November 23, 2009

* SAINTS 38, BUCCANEERS 7: At Tampa, Drew Brees (19-for-29, 187

yards) threw for three touchdowns and New Orleans (10-0) crushed the Bucs (1-9) to remain unbeaten. Robert Meacham caught touchdown passes of 4 and 6 yards in the first half. Third-string running back Mike Bell scored on runs of 3 and 1 yards in the second half, when New Orleans gained 147 of its 183 yards rushing. The Saints have their first 10-game winning streak in franchise history. "I feel like we haven't peaked yet,'' Brees said. "I feel like the sky's the limit for this team.'' Tampa Bay drove 95 yards for a touchdown on its first possession, but that was it.

* CARDINALS 21, RAMS 13: At St. Louis, Kurt Warner (15-for-19, 203

yards) spent the second half on the sideline after taking a blow to the head, and Tim Hightower (110 yards, 14 carries) had his first 100-yard game of the season as Arizona (7-3) won for the sixth time in seven games. Warner said leaving the game was just a precaution for what the team termed concussion-related symptoms. "I just wanted to be smart,'' he said. "It was one of those situations where I didn't feel perfect.'' For St. Louis (1-9), Steven Jackson (116 yards 24 carries) became the first Rams player to post five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

* VIKINGS 35, SEAHAWKS 9: At Minneapolis, Brett Favre (22-for-25,

213 yards) completed a career-high 88 percent of his throws and had four touchdown passes as Minnesota (9-1) topped Seattle (3-7). Favre threw touchdown passes to Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Berrian in a 21-point second quarter that got the Vikings rolling, then finished his day with a 7-yard pass to Sidney Rice with 4 minutes to play in the third quarter. It was his 22nd career game with at least four touchdown passes, surpassing Dan Marino. Nate Burleson had six catches for 100 yards for Seattle, which rushed for a franchise-low 4 yards on 13 carries.

* LIONS 38, BROWNS 37: At Detroit, Matthew Stafford (26-for-43,

422 yards) threw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson's extra point with no time on the clock gave the Lions (2-8) a thrilling win over Cleveland (1-9). Detroit was given the untimed play because safety Hank Poteat was called for pass interference in the end zone when Stafford heaved a desperation attempt. With the ball at the 1-yard line, Stafford connected to snap Detroit's six-game losing streak. Brady Quinn (21-for-33, 304 yards) threw four TDs for the Browns.

* PACKERS 30, 49ERS 24: At Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers (32-for-45,

344 yards) threw touchdowns to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, and Ryan Grant (129 yards, 21 carries) ran for a score as the Packers (6-4) beat San Francisco (4-6). Alex Smith (16-for-33, 227 yards), chosen by the 49ers instead of Rodgers in the 2005 draft, recovered from a rough start to make things interesting with three second-half touchdowns, including rookie Michael Crabtree's first career score.

* CHARGERS 32, BRONCOS 3: At Englewood, Colo., Philip Rivers

(17-for-22, 145 yards) and a dominant defense led San Diego into sole possession of first place, drubbing Denver, which couldn't move the ball effectively. The Chargers (7-3) have won five straight and the Broncos (6-4) have dropped four in a row. Nate Kaeding kicked four field goals and the Chargers also recovered an onside kick, had three sacks and forced three turnovers.

* JAGUARS 18, BILLS 15: At Jacksonville, David Garrard's second

game-winning drive in as many weeks gave the Jaguars (6-4) the win over Buffalo (3-7). The Jaguars earned their first three-game winning streak in nearly 2 years. Garrard (21-for-30, 215 yards) threw a touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker with 56 seconds remaining. Terrell Owens caught nine passes for 197 yards, including a team-record 98-yarder for a score. It was his best outing with the Bills, who have lost three straight and six of eight.

* PATRIOTS 31, JETS 14: At Foxborough, Mass., Leigh Bodden had

three of the four interceptions thrown by Mark Sanchez and New England's defense allowed just one touchdown and 226 yards to beat the New York Jets (4-6). The victory gave them a two-game lead over Miami in the AFC East and sent the Jets to their sixth loss in seven games. Tom Brady (28-for-41, 310 yards) put up his fifth straight 300-yard passing performance for the Patriots (7-3).

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