A look at the results of Sunday's preseason games, as well as the rest of the penultimate preseason slate.
Final Score: New Orleans 31, Houston Texans 23
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Andy Tanner caught two touchdown passes and the New Orleans Saints stayed unbeaten in the preseason with a 31-23 win over the Houston Texans.
Drew Brees complete 4-of-6 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in limited duty for the Saints, and Pierre Thomas gained 70 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown reception.
Matt Schaub played the entire first half and threw for 213 yards on 15-of-26 attempts for the Texans, who had won their first two preseason games. Ben Tate, starting in place of the injured Arian Foster, ran for a 1-yard TD and gained 74 yards on 11 carries, while Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 131 yards in the loss.
Final Score: San Francisco 34, Minnesota 14
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The San Francisco 49ers received a 4-yard touchdown run from Jewel Hampton and a 1-yard score from Anthony Dixon in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 34-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Colin Kaepernick played well in just a quarter of action, going 7-of-13 for 72 yards with a touchdown pass to Quinton Patton. Lavelle Hawkins added 105-yard touchdown on a kickoff return and Phil Dawson went 2-for-2 on field goals.
Minnesota stayed winless this preseason, with quarterback Christian Ponder losing a fumble and throwing an interception. Besides the turnovers, he threw for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-23 efficiency.
(Saturday, August 24th)
Final Score: Washington 30, Buffalo 7
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Rex Grossman tossed for 171 yards while Roy Helu picked up 70 on the ground as the Washington Redskins routed the Buffalo Bills, 30-7, in each team's third preseason game.
Grossman, making his first start of the preseason, completed 11-of-21 passes and found Pierre Garcon in the first quarter for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Pat White also had success commanding the Washington offense, running for 26 yards and a score while hurling 96 yards on 7-for-14. Grossman and White are likely battling for one roster spot behind second-year quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
Keiland Williams ran for 52 yards and a score for the Redskins, who moved to 3-0 in the preseason. Buffalo signal-caller Kevin Kolb started for the injured EJ Manuel but lasted just two series, completing 2-of-4 for 16 yards before leaving with concussion-like symptoms.
Jeff Tuel was given the remainder of the snaps under center but failed to lead a scoring drive. Tuel went 10-for-17 for 63 yards as the Bills lost for the first time this preseason.
Final Score: Indianapolis 27, Cleveland 6
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck went 16-for-25 for 164 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Cleveland Browns, 27-6, on Saturday.
Luck also ran four times for 20 yards for the Colts. Seven of his completions went to Reggie Wayne, who finished with 79 yards. Kerwynn Williams led the game in rushing with nine carries for 37 yards.
Brandon Weeden completed just 12-of-25 passes for 105 yards while Jason Campbell went 8-for-14 for 112 yards for the Browns, who were penalized nine times in the contest. Trent Richardson rushed seven times for 31 yards. The Browns were held scoreless and limited to just 104 total yards in the first half.
Final Score: NY Jets 24, NY Giants 21 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - All eyes were on Geno Smith Saturday night at MetLife Stadium as the New York Jets battled the New York Giants in preseason action.
Billy Cundiff's 32-yard field goal with 8:04 left in overtime gave the Jets a 24-21 victory in their 45th consecutive preseason matchup with the Giants. Smith, the rookie second-round pick from West Virginia, completed 16-of-30 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He sat last week with an ankle injury as Mark Sanchez led the Jets to an easy 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jets' quarterback competition may have taken an interesting turn, though, but not because of Smith's play. Sanchez took over for Smith early in the fourth quarter and connected on 5-of-6 passes for 72 yards before leaving with what appeared to be an injury to his throwing shoulder.
The seriousness of Sanchez's injury was not immediately known. Matt Simms was the only Jets quarterback that looked good. He completed 6- of-10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Jets, who turned the ball over five times.
Final Score: Philadelphia 31, Jacksonville 24
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Bryce Brown and Chris Polk scored fourth- quarter rushing touchdowns, as Philadelphia rallied to get past Jacksonville, 31-24, in preseason action on Saturday. Michael Vick played into the third quarter, eventually finishing 15-of-23 for 184 yards with a touchdown to Riley Cooper and one interception. He added 53 yards on seven carries for the Eagles, who improved to 2-1 in their exhibition slate. Nick Foles subbed and completed 10 of his 11 attempts for 112 yards, while Brown led the way with 92 yards on 11 carries and Brent Celek topped a list of 13 receivers with at least one catch by posting four receptions for 54 yards. Three Jaguars quarterbacks combined to throw for 170 yards, two scores and one interception, with Chad Henne taking the majority of the snaps and going 11- of-18 for 106 yards and TD strikes to Justin Blackmon and Allen Reisner. Jordan Todman broke off a 63-yard run for a score, part of his 105-yard, eight-carry performance, but Jacksonville fell to 0-3.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 17, Miami 16
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - David Douglas' touchdown catch with 1:03 to play helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take a 17-16 win over the Miami Dolphins in a preseason contest on Saturday.
Josh Freeman was a measly 6-for-16 for 59 yards in the start, while Mike Glennon tossed the winning score for the Buccaneers, who got their first win of the preseason in their third game. Brian Leonard had 10 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill was 17-for-27 with 150 yards and a score and Brandon Gibson caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown for the Dolphins, who fell to 1-3 in the preseason.
With time winding down, Tampa Bay recovered a Jonas Gray fumble and the team took over at the Miami 25. Five plays later, Glennon found Douglas over the middle for a 12-yard score and a 17-16 lead. Pat Devlin was intercepted on Miami's ensuing possession and the Buccaneers ran out the clock.
Final Score: Kansas City 26, Pittsburgh 20 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel hooked up with Rico Richardson for a 15-yard touchdown on the first possession of overtime to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third preseason game for both teams at Heinz Field.
Ryan Succop drilled a 38-yard field goal late in regulation to force overtime before Daniel led the Chiefs on a 13-play, 71-yard scoring drive to win the game. Daniel scrambled for 18 yards on 3rd-and-16 from the Pittsburgh 47 to keep the march moving before Shaun Draughn rumbled three yards on 4th-and-1 from the 20 for a fresh set of downs.
Three plays later, Daniel hit Richardson for the deciding score to lift the Chiefs to victory. Daniel finished 14-of-24 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown, while starting signal-caller Alex Smith completed 17-of-24 throws for 158 yards and score. Dwayne Bowe led all receivers with six catches for 73 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-19 passes while playing the entire first half under center for the Steelers. Backup Brad Gradkowski went 8-of-17 for 115 yards and a score.
Final Score: Dallas 24, Cincinnati 18
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo threw for a pair of first half touchdowns and 137 yards on 13-of-18 efficiency, as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-18, on Saturday.
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin each hauled in a touchdown pass from Romo, with Bryant finishing with six catches for 54 yards. Austin had 59 yards on four receptions for the Cowboys, who will wrap up their preseason Thursday against the Houston Texans.
The Cowboys had an excellent three-headed rushing attack as well. Julius Randle ran for 66 yards on 16 carries, DeMarco Murray caught a touchdown and had 51 yards on 12 rushes and Phillip Tanner had 39 yards on 14 totes.
Andy Dalton ended 12-of-16 for 113 yards, but threw an interception with the Cincinnati offense failing to score in the first half while accumulating only 101 total yards of offense.
Final Score: Denver 27, St. Louis 26
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Demaryius Thomas caught a six-yard touchdown from Peyton Manning after an impressive 80-yard drive to help the Denver Broncos hold on in a 27-26 preseason win over the St.Louis Rams.
St.Louis' Kellen Clemens threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Zach Potter with 1:56 to go in the fourth, but the Rams failed on a two-point conversion that would have given them the lead.
St. Louis was also unsuccessful on the ensuing onside kick. Manning played the entire first half, with the veteran quarterback completing 25-of-34 passes for 234 yards and an interception.
Montee Ball led the Broncos' ground attack with 43 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. St. Louis' Sam Bradford finished 9-of-16 for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: Tennessee 27, Atlanta 16
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for three touchdown passes as the Tennessee Titans defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 27-16, on Saturday.
Locker was nearly perfect, completing 11-of-13 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Fitzpatrick was 6-for-9 with two touchdowns and an interception for the Titans, who won their first preseason contest. Nate Washington had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 65 yards in the victory.
Matt Ryan went 11-of-19 for 138 yards for the Falcons. Julio Jones had four catches for 81 yards. Darius Johnson also had four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Final Score: San Diego 24, Arizona 7
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ryan Mathews and Fozzy Whittaker each ran for a touchdown, as the San Diego Chargers downed the Arizona Cardinals, 24-7, in preseason action. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers finished with 71 yards on 10-of-18 passing. He was also intercepted once. Mathews totaled 57 yards on 14 carries. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer completed 12-of-23 throws for 122 yards. Palmer and Michael Floyd connected for a 16-yard touchdown, trimming the Cardinals' deficit to 14-7 with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter. Whittaker countered with a five-yard TD run a little more than two minutes later, and Nick Novak drilled a 50-yard field goal to give San Diego a 17- point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
(Friday, August 23rd)
Final Score: Seattle 17, Green Bay 10
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Brady Quinn found Stephen Williams for a 42- yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to propel the Seattle Seahawks to a 17-10 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers.
After his first two drives ended in punts, Quinn completed three straight passes before finding the preseason standout Williams, who jumped over a Green Bay corner to reel in his third touchdown of the preseason.
Williams caught two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown while the former Notre Dame quarterback went 5-for-8 for 89 yards and a score. Russell Wilson commanded the Seattle offense for the entire first half and into the second, completing 11-of-17 passes for 126 yards with two interceptions.
Marshawn Lynch took just three carries for eight yards while rookie running back Christine Michael went for 97 yards and a score on 11 rushes. Doug Baldwin hauled in two passes for 36 yards.
Aaron Rodgers lasted only a series, connecting on 4-of-7 throws for 41 yards before giving way to Graham Harrell, who put up an underwhelming 49 yards on 6-of-13 passing. The Packers have been kept out of the end zone on all five Rodgers-led drives during the preseason.
Final Score: Chicago 34, Oakland 26
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Chicago Bears scored the game's first 27 points behind strong performances from Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and Michael Bush en route to defeating the Oakland Raiders, 34-26, in preseason action on Friday.
Cutler threw for a touchdown and 142 yards on 12-of-21 efficiency, while Forte racked up 76 yards on six carries with a touchdown catch. Bush added two rushing scores in the victory. The Chicago defense harassed Oakland starting signal caller Matt Flynn, picking him off twice and limiting him to a 3-of-6 performance for 19 yards.
Terrelle Pryor, though, fared much better. He completed 7-of-9 throws for 93 yards while accumulating a passing and a rushing touchdown in the second half.
(Thursday, August 22nd)
Final Score: Detroit 40, New England 9
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford completed 12-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, as the Detroit Lions pounded the New England Patriots, 40-9, on Thursday in the third preseason game for both teams.
Reggie Bush caught five passes for 103 yards, while backup quarterback Kellen Moore finished an efficient 9-of-12 passing for 150 yards and two scores for the Lions, who received a touchdown grab apiece from tight ends Joseph Furia and Tony Scheffler.
Tom Brady played the entire first half under center for the Patriots, who turned the ball over four times in their first five drives. Brady finished 16- of-24 passing for 185 yards with an interception.
Rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was the lone bright spot for New England, hauling in eight passes for 116 yards to lead all receivers.
Final Score: Carolina 34, Baltimore 27
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Ted Ginn Jr. ran back a punt 74 yards for a score and the Carolina Panthers added three defensive touchdowns in a 34-27 preseason win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Drayton Florence and D.J. Moore each ran back interceptions for scores, while Thomas Davis pounced on a fumble for a touchdown. Two of the defensive TDs came when Joe Flacco was running Baltimore's offense.
Flacco completed 18-of-24 passes for 169 yards with a TD and two picks and played into the third quarter. Ray Rice rushed for 62 yards and a score for the defending Super Bowl champions. Cam Newton finished 10- of-19 for 99 yards through the air for the Panthers.