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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Elway Lucks Out, Young Knocks Out Redskins

NEW YORK -- John Elway needed a little luck to pull off his latest fourth-quarter comeback. Steve Young just needed a clear head.


Elway's twice-deflected pass was caught by Ed McCaffrey for a five-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left, giving the surging Denver Broncos a 21-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings (6-6).


Young, who sat out last week's game while recovering from his second concussion in three weeks, led the San Francisco 49ers to a 19-16 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins (8-4). He was 33-of-41 for 295 yards.


Young completed all seven of his passes on the 73-yard TD drive that tied the game with 1:57 remaining in regulation. The 49ers (9-3) won it on Jeff Wilkins' 38-yard field goal 3:24 into overtime.


Elway drove the Broncos (11-1) from his own 16 to the Vikings' five in the closing minutes to set up the play that gave Denver its eighth straight victory. It was the 34th time Elway has rallied the Broncos from a fourth-quarter deficit.


Elway forced a pass over the middle for Shannon Sharpe, but Minnesota's Harlon Barnett batted the ball into the air. Then Barnett and teammate Orlando Thomas tipped it into the air again and the ball landed in the arms of McCaffrey, who fell into the end zone for the winning score.


Cardinals 36, Eagles 30. At Arizona, Boomer Esiason threw for three TDs in the fourth quarter, including a 24-yarder to Marcus Dowdell with 14 seconds left, as Arizona won a wild one. After the Cardinals (6-6) took a 29-20 lead on Larry Centers' 2-yard TD catch with 2:45 left, Derrick Witherspoon returned the kickoff 95 yards for a Philadelphia score. Johnny Thomas then recovered an onside kick for the Eagles (7-5), who took the lead on Gary Anderson's 32-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining.


Giants 20, Cowboys 6. At East Rutherford, Tito Wooten returned a questionable fumble by Michael Irvin 54 yards for a touchdown, and Dave Brown threw a clinching four-yard TD pass to Brian Kozlowski with 6:01 left. The Giants forced five turnovers and limited Emmitt Smith to 18 yards rushing. Brad Daluiso kicked field goals of 45 and 46 yards as the Giants (5-7) avenged a 27-0 loss at Dallas (7-5) earlier this season.


Raiders 27, Seahawks 21. At Seattle, Jeff Hostetler threw two TD passes and Napoleon Kaufman ran for 104 yards as the Raiders (5-7) overcame Seattle (5-7). Hostetler was 13-of-23 passes for 178 yards.


Bengals 41, Falcons 31. At Cincinnati, Jeff Blake threw two of his four touchdown passes in a 17-point first quarter as the Bengals beat Atlanta 41-31. The Bengals rebounded to 5-7 while the Falcons fell to 2-10.


Panthers 31, Oilers 6. At Houston, Steve Beuerlein hit Willie Green with two TD passes, and Carolina's defense shut down the fading Oilers. It was the third straight win for the Panthers (8-4), while the Oilers (6-6) lost for the fourth time in five games.


Bears 31, Lions 14. At Chicago, Dave Krieg threw for three TDs and the Bears (5-7) spoiled a rushing milestone for Barry Sanders. Sanders gained 107 yards for the Lions (5-7) to become the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons. Chicago's Raymont Harris rushed for 122 yards.


Patriots 27, Colts 13. At New England, Curtis Martin gained 141 yards on a season-high 35 carries for the Patriots, over the Colts (6-6) . New England (8-4) stayed within one game of AFC East leader Buffalo.


Bucs 13, Saints 7. At Tampa, Trent Dilfer threw for 253 yards and one touchdown, as the Bucs (4-8) overcame New Orleans (2-10). Jim Everett had the Saints moving toward a potential winning score in the fourth quarter, but was intercepted for the third time.


Bills 35, Jets 10. At Buffalo, the Bills (9-3) won their fourth straight against the Jets (11-1) despite first-half injuries to Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas. Kelly threw three TD passes before re-injuring his right hamstring with 15 seconds left in the first half. Thomas injured his left leg with 4:40 left in the first quarter and didn't return.


Chargers 28, Chiefs 14. At Kansas City, San Diego (7-5) shredded the Chiefs' defense for 350 yards in the first three periods and opened a 28-0 lead before Kansas City (8-4) backup Rich Gannon threw two late TD passes.


Jaguars 28, Ravens 25 OT. At Baltimore, Jacksonville (5-7) fought back from a 15-point deficit against Baltimore (3-9) in the final 13 minutes of regulation, and Mike Hollis kicked a 34-yard field goal with 5:57 left in overtime.