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Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams

Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAINT LOUIS) -- The Dallas Cowboys mounted the largest comeback in franchise history, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday.

It's the fourth time this season a team has won after trailing by at least 17 points.

The Rams (1-2) opened up their lead with a pair of first half touchdown throws from Austin Davis, holding a 14-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. The advantage then went to 21 when Janoris Jenkins picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and returned it 25 yards to the end zone. However, the St. Louis defense could not hold back a pass-happy Cowboys squad.

Romo led the comeback march beginning with an 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half, capped off by a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to get on the board. A field goal with just two seconds left in the period made it a 21-10 game at halftime.

"We never blinked, I can honestly say that," wide receiver Dez Bryant said.

Bryant contributed to the rally, catching a 68-yard pass from Romo in the third that brought the Cowboys (2-1) within four points. After another Dan Bailey field goal, Dallas trailed 21-20 heading into the final frame.

St. Louis would get a field goal early in the fourth, making it a four point contest, but Romo again captained a drive that ended with a Terrance Williams 12-yard touchdown catch, giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 27-20. On the next Rams possession, Bruce Carter returned an interception for a touchdown to help put the game out of reach.

The Rams did get a late score on an Austin Pettis touchdown reception, but they were unable to complete a comeback of their own. Despite throwing two picks, Davis tossed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the loss for St. Louis.

Romo rebounded from an early interception to finish with 217 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning his franchise-best 21st come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: New York Giants 30 (1-2) - Houston Texans 17 (2-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 37 (3-0) - Washington Redskins 34 (1-2)

Dallas Cowboys 34 (2-1) - St. Louis Rams 31 (1-2)

Baltimore Ravens 23 (2-1) - Cleveland Browns 21 (1-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 33 (3-0) - Tennessee Titans 7 (1-2) 

Indianapolis Colts 44 (1-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-3)

New England Patriots 16 (2-1) - Oakland Raiders 9 (0-3)

San Diego Chargers 22 (2-1) - Buffalo Bills 10 (2-1)

Detroit Lions 19 (2-1) Green Bay Packers 7 (1-2)

New Orleans Saints 20 (1-2) - Minnesota Vikings 9 (1-2)

Kansas City Chiefs 34 (1-2) - Miami Dolphins 15 (1-2)

Arizona Cardinals 23 (3-0) - San Francisco 49ers 14 (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 26 (2-1) - Denver Broncos 20 (2-1) - Overtime

Pittsburgh Steelers 37 (2-1) - Carolina Panthers 19 (2-1)

MLB: New York Mets 10 (76-80) - Atlanta Braves 2 (76-79)

New York Yankees 5 (80-75) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (78-77)

Boston Red Sox 3 (68-88) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (93-62)

Washington Nationals 2 (91-64) - Miami Marlins 1 (74-81)

Chicago White Sox 10 (70-84) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (75-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (84-71) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (80-76)

Kansas City Royals 5 (83-70) - Detroit Tigers 2 (86-68)

Cleveland Indians 7 (80-74) - Minnesota Twins 2 (68-88)

Houston Astros 8 (68-87) - Seattle Mariners 3 (83-71)

San Diego Padres 8 (74-81) - San Francisco 2 (84-71)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (89-67) - Chicago Cubs 5 (69-87)

Texas Rangers 2 (62-93) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (96-60)

Oakland Athletics 8 (85-70) - Philadelphia Phillies 6 (71-85)

Colorado Rockies 8 (65-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (62-94)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (72-84) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (87-69)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Eagles Defeat Redskins in 37-34 Shootout

Eagles Defeat Redskins in 37-34 Shootout

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, PA.) -- The Philadelphia Eagles moved to 3-0 with a 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles tossed three touchdowns, including two to rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

The game was full of hard hits, injuries and even a brawl as the teams battled back and forth. 

Washington receiver DeSean Jackson, a former Eagle, drew significant attention as he was a frequent target of Philadelphia defenders. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy briefly left the game after a stunning hit by Washington defensive back David Amerson.

Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall said after the game he believes he suffered a torn Achilles.

After an interception by Washington cornerback Bahaud Breeland (that was later overturned), Foles took a strong hit from Chris Baker.  Foles laid on the ground for several minutes as his teammates, including tackle Jason Peters, came to his defense and a brawl ensued on the Redskins sideline.  Several punches were thrown; both Baker and Peters were ejected. 

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Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans

Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans

NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants earned their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day.

Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense, hauling in five passes, including a 61-yard reception and his first touchdown at MetLife Stadium, which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day, running for 176 yards and a touchdown.

New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

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Former Titans K Rob Bironas Killed In Car Accident

Former Titans K Rob Bironas Killed In Car Accident

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in a car crash in south Nashville on Saturday night.

The accident occurred around 11 p.m. in the 800 block of Battery Lane. Area police confirmed that Bironas' white SUV lost control and crashed into several trees before landing upside down. The kicker was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A tweet posted from his personal account read, "It's w/ heavy hearts that we confirm the passing RB # 2 We appreciate your respect for the family's privacy and your prayers at this time."

Bironas signed with the Titans in 2005 as an unrestricted free agent. He was released in March. The 36-year-old married his wife, Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Terry Bradshaw, in June.

Bironas was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and holds the record for most field goals made in a single game, converting eight against Houston in 2007.

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Cardinals Place LB Abraham on Season-Ending Reserve

Cardinals Place LB Abraham on Season-Ending Reserve

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona Cardinals placed outside linebacker John Abraham on season-ending injured reserve because of a concussion on Friday.

Abraham suffered a concussion in week 1 against the San Diego Chargers and left the team for a week.

Abraham was entered into the NFL's concussion protocol due to league rules with any concussion related injury, but was unable to pass the final stages of the test on Tuesday.

Following another unsuccessful attempt on Thursday, the team placed him on injured reserve after doctors decided it would be best for him to not play for a year.

"We're going to miss his leadership," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "He was like an extra coach. He had so much knowledge, and he shared it with all the young guys every single day not just outside 'backers. Everybody. And was fun-loving, and I'll miss him in the locker room."

Abraham is the NFL's active leader in sacks with 133.5.

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Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Roger Goodell Addresses the MediaChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since the release of the second Ray Rice video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media regarding the recent controversy's swirling around the league. Goodell shouldered most of...

Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Cincinnati has a ten-game win streak at home headed into Sunday.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is well aware of the Titans defense. "They do a good job with different looks," Dalton said of the Titans defense.  "We have to be sharp mentally to handle what they're going to throw at us."

Dalton hasn't thrown an interception or been sacked yet this year and credited the hard work of his offensive line.

"It's been a thing that we've really prided ourselves on," Dalton said.  "It's one of our top goals, win the game, then no turnovers and then no sacks.  We've done a good job of that obviously, so we've got to keep that going."

The Bengals will have a bye following their game against Tennessee on Sunday and will play the Patriots in week 5.

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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

"You treat every game as a must-win," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "You don't want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we've got to get things going. We have to start playing better football."

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

"He's a very good football player," Coughlin said of Watt.  "Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There's no doubt people have to be aware of where he is."

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

"It's going to be tough," Rivers said. "[They're] not a team we're overly familiar with and they've won two in a row. We got to go play good."

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

"He's on his first go-around with each defensive back," McCoy said of the rookie.  "He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He's got so much to learn, but he's done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player."

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Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes. Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.                                                    

Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.

"It's tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor," Hester said. "I'm kind of emotional right now."Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1.

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Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list on Thursday.

Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges by Phoenix police on Wednesday. According to the police report, he is accused of head-butting his wife and breaking her nose after she refused his sexual advances. He is also accused of punching her in the face the following day.

Dwyer has appeared in two games this season with the Cardinals, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The fifth-year NFL veteran signed with Arizona this past offseason as a free agent after spending his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. He was waived by the Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend.

To take Dwyer’s roster spot, Arizona re-signed running back Jalen Parmele. The Cards also added running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad.

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Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the NFL's new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

"It feels great, it feels great,'' Welker said. " ... You really realize how much you miss it.''

Welker continued, "It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.''

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. "Good to have Wes back,'' he said. "Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning...I know he's been excited to get back out here.''

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a "normal guy and not a shutdown corner" after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

"You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he's gotta say something crazy," Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. "It's humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: 'Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'"

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn't perfect all the time. "I played pretty well," he continued. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh."

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a "normal guy and not a shutdown corner" after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

"You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he's gotta say something crazy," Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. "It's humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: 'Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'"

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn't perfect all the time. "I played pretty well," he continued. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh."

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Injury or Not, Jackson Not ‘Missing This Game’

Injury or Not, Jackson Not ‘Missing This Game’

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va.) -- Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson isn't going to let a shoulder injury stop him from playing against his former team on Sunday. Jackson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring after articles came out questioning his character, says despite spraining his left shoulder last week against Jacksonville, he will be on the field Sunday. "I don't think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul," Jackson said. "If it's all on me, I'm playing. I don't plan on missing this game." Jackson did not practice Wednesday, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden said the receiver will be a limited participant in practice Thursday. Before being released, Jackson played six seasons with the Eagles. During that time he played in 87 games, catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns, and also returning four punts for touchdowns.

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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents -- involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child -- that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

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Panthers DE Greg Hardy Placed on NFL’s Exempt List

Panthers DE Greg Hardy Placed on NFL’s Exempt List

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy agreed to be placed on the NFL’s exempt list Wednesday.  He will be continued to be paid his guaranteed salary of $13.1 million and will be allowed to be at the team facility.

Hardy is awaiting a new trial in North Carolina after appealing a guilty verdict from July on two domestic violence charges.

"I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter," Hardy said in a statement. "I am entitled to my day in court and that's where my focus should be."

The Panthers selected Hardy out of Mississippi in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.  In 63 games with Carolina, he has 203 tackles and 34 sacks. Last year, he had a career-high 15 sacks, earning him his first Pro Bowl selection.

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NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL and its union announced on Wednesday that they have a new drug policy agreement regarding performance-enhancing drugs, which also includes testing for human growth hormone.

With the new deal in place, three previously suspended players will now be able to play on Sunday for their respective teams.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, and Rams receiver Stedman Bailey can return this weekend.

The new policy is as follows:

A first violation of the PED policy will result in a suspension without pay for up to six games depending on violation; Positive tests for diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game ban; Positive tests for a steroid, stimulant or HGH will result in a four-game ban; Evidence that an attempt was made to manipulate a test result will result in a six-game suspension. Players will receive a 10-game suspension for the second violation and a third will be a two-year suspension.

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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday. The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson.  In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: "We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community. While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well. We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision."

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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