(AP) – Brett Favre tied Dan Marino’s all-time NFL record for career TD passes and rallied the Green Bay Packers past the San Diego Chargers on their way to a 31-24 victory.
Favre’s 420th TD came one series after the Chargers defense stopped Favre and the Packers cold on fourth-and-goal.
It also spoiled a breakout game for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who started 15-for-15 to tie Dan Fouts’ franchise record for consecutive completions.
Pittsburgh played nearly error-free for the third week in a row, getting a 37-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
The Steelers shut down the 49ers the same way they did the Browns and the Bills the last two weeks, allowing no big plays and repeatedly coming up with key third-down stops.
Allen Rossum returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Willie Parker ran for 133 yards.
Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 97-26, allowing only two meaningless touchdowns in games they were well ahead.
Lane Kiffin showed he’s a quick learner at NFL coaching strategy.
A week after a late timeout wiped out Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning kick for Oakland, Kiffin successfully used the same strategy to help the Raiders beat the Cleveland Browns 27-26 Sunday when Tommy Kelly blocked Phil Dawson’s last-second field goal attempt.
Derek Anderson had driven the Browns from their own 9 to the Oakland 23 in the final 1:04 without a timeout to set up Dawson’s 40-yard try. Right before the snap, Kiffin called timeout just as Denver coach Mike Shanahan did to him a week ago in the Broncos’ 23-20 overtime win.
Like Janikowski a week ago, Dawson split the uprights with the kick that did not count. His attempt when it did was low and blocked by Kelly, setting off a midfield celebration by the Raiders following their first win since last Oct. 29 against Pittsburgh.
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