Five plays after letting a sure touchdown tip off his hands in the end zone, Smith capped visiting Baltimore’s winning 92-yard drive by beating William Gay down the right sideline as the Ravens (6-2) ended Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.
Flacco finished with 300 passing yards, and Baltimore swept the season series from the rival Steelers (6-3) for the first time since 2006.
The Steelers appeared to be in control after rallying from a 10-point deficit to take a 20-16 lead with less than five minutes left when Ben Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace for a 25-yard score. Pittsburgh’s defense held once and the Steelers moved in range for Shaun Suisham to attempt a 47-yard field goal that could have pushed their lead to 7. After a delay of game penalty, however, they opted to punt.
Flacco, who fumbled midway through the fourth quarter to set up Roethlisberger’s strike to Wallace, atoned with a brilliant 13-play drive.
¶ Aaron Rodgers threw touchdown passes to four receivers, and the Packers held off the visiting Chargers, 45-38, in a wild finish to remain the league’s only undefeated team. The Packers (8-0) led by 21 points early in the fourth quarter before Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Vincent Jackson. San Diego had a final chance to tie it, but Charlie Peprah intercepted Rivers in the closing seconds.
Win; Colts Lose
¶ Matt Moore passed for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns, the first three-touchdown performance by a Miami quarterback since Chad Pennington in 2008, and the Dolphins routed the Chiefs, 31-3, for their first victory. The Dolphins’ defense sacked Matt Cassel five times and did not allow a touchdown.
¶ The rookie receiver Julio Jones touched the ball five times yet scored twice as the Falcons humbled the Colts, 31-7. Before fleeing Lucas Oil Stadium in the second half, the fans serenaded Colts players with boos after watching Indianapolis go nearly 30 minutes between first downs. The Colts (0-9) have been outscored by 75-14 in the first half of the last three games and by 120-24 over all.
Thriller for Cardinals
¶ The rookie Patrick Peterson returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a stunning 19-13 victory over the Rams. Peterson, whose pass-interference penalty at the end of regulation seemed to set up the Rams (1-7) for a winning field goal, fielded the ball at the 1, evaded and bounced off tacklers over the next 30 yards or so, then outran everyone as Arizona (2-6) ended a six-game losing streak. After Peterson’s earlier penalty, Calais Campbell blocked Josh Brown’s 42-yard field-goal attempt as regulation ended to force the overtime.
¶ One week after a humbling loss at previously winless St. Louis, the Saints beat the Buccaneers, 27-16, in New Orleans behind a balanced attack and a hard-hitting defense. Drew Brees passed for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns, and New Orleans (6-3) rushed for 195 yards a week after gaining only 56 on the ground against the Rams. The defense held Tampa Bay (4-4) without a touchdown until Josh Freeman hit Kellen Winslow with 5 minutes 33 seconds left. New Orleans remained a half-game ahead of Atlanta (5-3) in the N.F.C. South; the Saints visit the Falcons next week.
¶ Tony Romo saved an inefficient Dallas offense by throwing two touchdown passes in the second half as the Cowboys beat the visiting Seahawks, 23-13. Dallas settled for field goals on consecutive first-half drives that stalled at the 2 and inside the 1. On the next series, Dez Bryant was inside the 1 when a hit he never saw coming caused him to fumble. But Romo helped the Cowboys (4-4) bounce back from a flop in Philadelphia and end a skid of three losses in four games. Three of their next four opponents (Washington, Miami, Arizona) have losing records, and the Cowboys will come out of that potentially momentum-building run with two games still to play against the division-leading Giants.
49ers Win Sixth Straight
¶ Frank Gore had 107 yards on 19 carries — his fifth straight 100-yard game — as the 49ers beat the Redskins, 19-11. San Francisco (7-1) earned its sixth straight win and continued to run away with the N.F.C. West; it is the only team in its division with more than two wins.
¶ Arian Foster rushed for 124 yards, Ben Tate ran for 115 and both scored touchdowns in leading the Texans to a 30-12 victory over the visiting Browns. The Texans (6-3) finished with a franchise-record 261 yards rushing. Houston used the same formula it employed in a win at Tennessee two weeks ago; Foster and Tate also surpassed 100 yards that day, and the defense held its third straight opponent under 200 yards.
In Other Games
¶ Eddie Royal returned a punt 85 yards for the tiebreaking score and Willis McGahee ran for 163 yards to lead the visiting Broncos to a 38-24 victory over the Raiders. McGahee had a 60-yard touchdown run that tied the game on the first play after Carson Palmer threw his second of three interceptions for the Raiders (4-4). The Broncos (3-5) won for the second time in three games with Tim Tebow as their starter.
¶ Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes and the Bengals beat the Titans, 24-17, for their fifth straight victory and longest winning streak since 1988. Chris Johnson had 110 yards from scrimmage for Tennessee (4-4), but the Titans blew a 17-7 halftime lead. Cincinnati improved to 6-2.