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Monday, Oct. 13

San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. EDT. The 49ers (3-2) have won six in a row on Monday night. Austin Davis is coming off consecutive 300-yard passing games for the Rams (1-3).


STARS

Passing

—Joe Flacco, Ravens, was 21 for 29 for 306 yards and five touchdowns in Baltimore's 48-17 win over Tampa Bay. Flacco threw his fifth touchdown pass at the 13:57 mark of the second quarter (16:03 into the game), becoming the fastest player with five TD passes in a game since at least 1970. Flacco became the first player since 1986 with four touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game (Minnesota's Tommy Kramer vs. Green Bay on Sept. 28, 1986) and the first player with five touchdown passes in the first half since Tom Brady (Oct. 18, 2009 vs. Tennessee).

—Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 27 for 37 for 361 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 37-22 win over Buffalo.

—Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 24 for 42 for 264 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's 27-24 win over Miami. Rodgers, who played in his 100th career game, has 25,616 yards passing and 203 touchdown passes. His 203 touchdowns are the second-most of any player in his first 100 games, trailing Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who threw 217 touchdowns in his first 100. Rodgers' 25,616 yards rank fourth among players in their first 100 games.

—Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 22 for 33 for 237 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 31-17 win over the New York Jets.

—Cam Newton, Panthers, was 29 for 46 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and an interception, and also had 17 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's 37-37 tie with Cincinnati.

—Jay Cutler, Bears, was 26 for 38 for 381 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 27-13 win over Atlanta. The 381 yards are the second-highest passing total of his career.


Rushing

— Giovani Bernard, Bengals, had 18 carries for 137 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown — the second-longest in franchise history — in Cincinnati's 37-37 tie with Carolina.

—Justin Forsett, Ravens, had 14 carries for 111 yards in Baltimore's 48-17 win over Tampa Bay.

—Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, had 24 carries for 100 yards in Denver's 31-17 win over the New York Jets.

—Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell, Browns. Tate had 25 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns and Crowell had 11 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's 31-10 win over Pittsburgh.

—LeSean McCoy, Eagles, had 149 yards rushing on 22 carries in a 27-0 romp past the Giants.


Receiving

— Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, had 10 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 31-17 win over the New York Jets.

—Andre Holmes, Raiders, had four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's 31-28 loss to San Diego.

—Mohamed Sanu, Bengals, had 10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati's 37-37 tie with Carolina.

—Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, Bears. Jeffery had five catches for 136 yards and Marshall had six catches for 113 yards in Chicago's 27-13 win over Atlanta.


Special Teams

— Mike Morgan, Seahawks, returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown in Seattle's 30-23 loss to Dallas.


Defense

—Rashad Johnson, Cardinals, returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in Arizona's 30-20 win over Washington.

—Aqib Talib, Broncos, returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-17 win over the New York Jets.

—Tahir Whitehead and Ziggy Ansah, Lions. Whitehead had two interceptions and Ansah made 2 1/2 sacks in Detroit's 17-3 victory over the Vikings.

— Rob Ninkovich, Patriots, had three sacks in New England's 37-22 win over Buffalo.

—Connor Barwin, Eagles, had three of his team's eight sacks and Vinny Curry added two in a 27-0 victory against the Giants.


MILESTONES

The Bears defeated the Falcons 27-13 in Atlanta, becoming the first franchise in NFL history with 750 total wins. Chicago's record is 750-555-42. ... The Cowboys' DeMarco Murray became the second running back in NFL history to start a season with six straight 100-yard rushing games, matching Jim Brown in 1958. Dallas' Jason Witten became the second tight end in NFL history with 900 receptions. ... The Broncos' Julius Thomas leads the NFL with nine touchdown catches, tied for the most of any player in NFL history through his team's first five games of a season (Calvin Johnson, 2011). ... The Patriots' Tom Brady is 23-2 against Buffalo. He became the NFL's fifth player with 60 300-yard games. He has 11 games with at least 350 yards and four or more touchdowns, surpassing Dan Marino for third-most in NFL history. ... San Diego's Philip Rivers had a 123.8 passer rating in the Chargers' 31-28 win at Oakland. Rivers has posted a passer rating of 120 or better in five consecutive games, surpassing Johnny Unitas (four in 1965) and Kurt Warner (four in 2009) for the longest such streak in NFL history (minimum 15 pass attempts in each game). ... The Eagles wore all-black uniforms for the first time and they worked; Philly routed the Giants 27-0.


STREAKS & STATS

The Cowboys are 5-1 for the first time since 2007. ... The Browns beat the Steelers for just the third time in 23 games in a 31-10 win. Cleveland hadn't defeated Pittsburgh so soundly since a 51-0 shutout in 1989. ... The Titans snapped a four-game losing streak with a 16-14 win over the Jaguars. ... Titans returner Leon Washington had a 50-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and became the second active player and 11th in NFL history with 7,000 yards on kickoff returns. ... The Lions won at Minnesota for only the second time in their past 17 trips. ... The Lions have missed 10 of 15 field goals this season. ... The Bills' Scott Chandler became the team's first tight end to surpass 100 yards since Pete Metzelaars had 113 on Sept. 13, 1992. ... San Diego earned its fifth straight win with a 31-28 victory over Oakland. The Raiders have lost 11 in a row, matching the team's longest losing streak since 1962. ... The Jets have dropped five in a row. The Redskins have lost four in a row and 13 of their past 14 games. The Falcons have lost three in a row. ... The Eagles hadn't shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium. They did it Sunday night, 27-0 against New York.


TIED UP IN KNOTS

The Bengals and Panthers finished in a 37-37 tie when Mike Nugent missed a 36-yard field goal attempt on the final play of overtime. It was the first tie in the NFL since last season when Minnesota and Green Bay played to a draw. It is the second overtime game to end in a tie after both teams scored points in the extra period since the modified sudden death overtime rules were implemented for the 2012 regular season. ... The 74 combined points are the most in an NFL overtime game that ended in a tie. The game marks the most combined points in a tie game since the Boston Patriots tied the Oakland Raiders 43-43 on Oct. 16, 1964, which occurred before the advent of NFL overtime rules in 1974.


SIDELINED

Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack broke his left leg during Sunday's 31-10 win. Mack was hurt while blocking on a running play in the second quarter. He was face down on the grass for several minutes before a cart was brought out to drive him to the locker room. Browns coach Mike Pettine said the initial diagnosis was a broken leg. The team will have more details on Mack's injury Monday. ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick was concerned about the severity of linebacker Jerod Mayo's right knee injury after a 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots also lost starting running back Stevan Ridley (right knee) and starting guard Dan Connolly (concussion). ... The Jets could be without starting cornerback Dee Milliner, who injured his Achilles tendon in a 31-17 loss to Denver. Milliner was seen leaving MetLife Stadium on a cart after the game, crutches at his side. Coach Rex Ryan said simply that it was an Achilles tendon injury, but didn't elaborate. ... Giants receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick, was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that's expected to end his season.


SPEAKING

"You don't play football to tie. It's not as bad as a loss, but pretty close. When you think about playing, you never think about tying. It's the second tie of my life. Both in Cincinnati." — Panthers receiver Jason Avant, who was on the Eagles when Philadelphia and Cincinnati played to a tie in 2008.


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