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Falcons 30 Panthers 28

ATLANTA -- Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with five seconds remaining and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, rallying past the Carolina Panthers 30-28 on Sunday.

The Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they reached the NFC championship game. Despite taking a career-high seven sacks, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta. Bryant added three field goals.

The Panthers (1-3) nearly clinched it on Cam Newton's run with just over a minute remaining, but he fumbled the ball while trying to dive for the necessary yardage. Carolina recovered and wound up punting, downing the ball at the Atlanta 1. But Ryan immediately got the Falcons out of the hole, throwing a 59-yard pass to Roddy White.

Four plays later, Bryant won it.

Texans 38 Titans 14

HOUSTON -- Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw two TD passes.

Arian Foster had a touchdown run for the Texans (4-0), who are off to the best start in club history.

Titans quarterback Jake Locker left in the first quarter and did not return after hurting his left, non-throwing shoulder on a hit by Glover Quin.

Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in relief of Locker for the Titans (1-3). Chris Johnson carried 25 times for 141 yards, more than tripling his rushing total through the first three games.

49ers 34 Jets 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown, and San Francisco ran for more than 200 yards.

Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- on a wildcat-style option -- all ran for scores as the 49ers (3-1) bounced back from a loss at Minnesota. Rather than head back to the West Coast, coach Jim Harbaugh chose to have his team stay in eastern Ohio -- and it apparently helped.

The Jets (2-2) lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to what appeared to be a serious foot injury.

Rams 19 Seahawks 13

ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a 58-yarder and a club-record 60-yarder, and the Rams also used a fake field goal to score their only TD of the game.

The Rams 2-2) went ahead 10-7 late in the first half when a fake field goal attempt turned into a 2-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola.

Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score on the game's first possession. The Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute to go.

Patriots 52 Bills 28

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Tom Brady led New England on six consecutive second-half touchdown drives.

Brady finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three scores and also scored on a 4-yard run in helping the Patriots (2-2) avoid their first three-game losing streak in 10 years. Stevan Ridley scored two touchdowns rushing. New England scored 35 straight points and finished with 580 total yards in overcoming a 21-7 third-quarter deficit.

Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 39 for 350 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Scott Chandler. The Bills (2-2) dropped to 1-17 in their last 18 games against New England.

Chargers 37 Chiefs 20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and San Diego capitalized on six turnovers.

Five of the Chiefs' turnovers came in the first half, when San Diego (3-1) raced to a 27-6 lead.

Matt Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (1-3), but he also had three first-half interceptions. Jamaal Charles, who followed his big game last week at New Orleans with touchdowns rushing and receiving, fumbled twice.

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