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Roundup: Giants turn things around in rout

Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants surpassed his season rushing total with a 200-yard day.
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Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants surpassed his season rushing total with a 200-yard day.

Ahmad Bradshaw got furious at himself, and took it out on the Browns.

Bradshaw fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, setting up a Cleveland touchdown. After that, he was unstoppable, surpassing his rushing yardage total for the season with a career-best 200 yards in a 41-27 victory Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

‘‘I was angry at myself for the fumble and I just used it,’’ Bradshaw said. ‘‘I was disappointed with the fumble, but you put it out of your mind.”


The passing game was there, too, as Victor Cruz made a career-best three touchdown catches. Eli Manning hit Cruz for scores of 3, 7, and 28 yards, prompting Cruz’s trademark salsa dance in the end zone after each touchdown.

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Bradshaw added a 4-yard scoring run as he darted inside and outside and frequently broke feeble tackle attempts. Bradshaw’s yardage on 30 carries easily beat the 132 he had heading into the game.

The Giants finished with 243 yards on the ground.

New York (3-2) also forced three turnovers, including Chase Blackburn’s interception in the end zone midway in the fourth quarter to clinch it. That led to rookie David Wilson’s first NFL touchdown, a 40-yard scamper, which Wilson celebrated with a flip in the end zone.

The Browns are 0-5 for the first time since their return season to the NFL in 1999 and have lost 11 straight dating to last season, matching the franchise record.


Early on, Cleveland looked sharp in taking advantage of New York gaffes.

Bradshaw fumbled on the first play when guard Chris Snee’s shoulder pad knocked the ball free. The Browns took over at the Giants 22, and Trent Richardson took care of the yardage with runs of 7 and 15 yards. Four minutes later, Josh Gordon got behind the Giants’ secondary for a 62-yard pass from Brandon Weeden, and Cleveland had a 14-0 edge.

That didn’t last long.

The Browns showed why they are winless, making several critical errors in the pivotal second quarter, leading to 20 points for the Giants that pretty much decided matters.

Falcons 24, Redskins 17

After Atlanta knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game with a concussion, Matt Ryan kept throwing until he finally scraped up enough points to give his team its first 5-0 start. Michael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:46 to play, and Ryan completed 34 of 52 passes for 345 yards as the Falcons dealt Washington its eighth consecutive home loss.


Griffin was injured early in the second half while trying to scramble for the end zone. As he went down, he took a solid hit to the helmet from linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Griffin (10 of 15, 91 yards) was examined on the sideline before being taken to the locker room. He will be evaluated again Monday.

On the play after Griffin’s injury, Billy Cundiff converted a 23-yard field goal that gave the Redskins (2-3) a 10-7 lead. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin and put Washington ahead, 17-14, on a 77-yard pass to Santana Moss early in the fourth quarter.

Ryan then cobbled together two scoring drives. Matt Bryant’s 53-yard field goal with 7:42 left tied the score, and Ryan’s 29-yard pass to Julio Jones was the key play in a 69-yard drive that resulted in Turner’s decisive touchdown.

Ravens 9, Chiefs 6

Rookie Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts for Baltimore (4-1), bailing out an offense that struggled much of the afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. The Ravens defense, however, was up to the task, forcing four turnovers, racking up four sacks, and knocking out Matt Cassel with a head injury in the fourth quarter.

Cassel was just 9 of 15 for 92 yards, with two interceptions and two lost fumbles, when his day was ended by a hit from defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. His replacement, Brady Quinn, led Kansas City (1-4) to a field goal on his only series, but the Chiefs defense couldn’t get the ball back in the closing minutes, allowing the Ravens to hold on.

Ray Rice ran for 102 yards for Baltimore, but Joe Flacco had just 187 yards passing and was intercepted once.

Dolphins 17, Bengals 13

Reshad Jones picked off Andy Dalton’s overthrown pass at midfield with 1:22 left, preserving a road victory for Miami (2-3) after two straight overtime losses. Dalton was intercepted twice and sacked three times as Cincinnati (3-2) had its three-game win streak snapped.

The Bengals’ Mike Nugent was wide right on a 42-yard field goal try with three minutes left — his first miss of the season. Cincinnati got the ball back at its 20 following a punt with 1:45 to go, but Dalton’s second interception sealed it.

Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill had a turnover-free game, finishing 17 of 26 for 223 yards. He completed passes of 15, 24, and 13 yards in a drive that led to Daniel Thomas’s 1-yard touchdown run that put the Dolphins ahead to stay, 7-6, late in the first half.

49ers 45, Bills 3

Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and San Francisco (4-1) amassed a franchise-record 621 total yards in blowing away visiting Buffalo.

The Bills (2-3) gained just 204 yards in getting embarrassed for the second straight game. One week after the Patriots scored 35 straight points against them, the 49ers tallied the final 42 points. Buffalo has given up an average of 600.5 yards in its last two losses.

Bears 41, Jaguars 3

Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs both returned interceptions for touchdowns for the second consecutive game and Chicago (4-1) scored 38 unanswered points to roll over Jacksonville (1-4), which looked abysmal for a third straight home game.

Vikings 30, Titans 7

Percy Harvin had one touchdown rushing and another receiving in helping host Minnesota (4-1) win its third in a row. Christian Ponder threw his first two interceptions this year but still finished 25 of 35 for 258 yards and two scores against reeling Tennessee (1-4).