Prater's FG lifts Broncos past Cowboys, 51-48
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to keep the Broncos unbeaten with a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.
Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver.
Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas, but he was intercepted by Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater's winning kick.
The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS.
Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns' 58-48 win in 2004.
49ers pound Schaub, Texans in lopsided 34-3 win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tramaine Brock intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass of the night and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, Schaub threw three interceptions in all before the embattled quarterback got replaced in the fourth, and the San Francisco 49ers pounded the Houston Texans 34-3 on Sunday night.
Colin Kaepernick threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score in his second straight impressive prime-time game. The 49ers are right back in the NFC West race with Seattle after the Seahawks lost at Indianapolis. Each team has beaten the Texans and lost to the Colts, and Seattle still must visit San Francisco on Dec. 8.
Anthony Dixon added a 2-yard touchdown run for the NFC champions, while Brock had a second interception and nearly a third.
Power holds off new points leader Dixon in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Will Power held off Scott Dixon yesterday to win the Grand Prix of Houston.
Dixon took control of the IndyCar championship race when Helio Castroneves suffered his second mechanical failure in two days at the Grand Prix of Houston, where the race ended when Dario Franchitti's car went airborne into the fence on the final lap.
The accident in Turn 5 happened when the car of four-time IndyCar champion Franchitti launched over Takuma Sato's and sailed into the fence. Debris was showered into the grandstand from both the cars colliding and the impact with the fence, and Franchitti's badly damaged car bounced back onto the track. E.J. Viso then hit Sato's car.
Parts and pieces from Franchitti's car flew into the grandstand. IndyCar said one series official was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, and Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 13 fans suffered injuries, with two transported to hospitals.
Franchitti has two fractured vertebra that will not require surgery, a fractured right ankle, and a concussion. He will be held overnight at the hospital.
Broncos CB Harris out with concussion vs. Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Broncos cornerback Chris Harris sustained a concussion and didn't return for the second half of Denver's game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Denver also lost starting middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard because of a shoulder injury. He was hurt late in the first quarter.
Harris apparently got hurt while making a play in the final minute of the first half.
There was an injury timeout charged to the Broncos when Harris came up slow after tackling DeMarco Murray. After being evaluated during halftime, Harris was ruled out of the rest of the game.
Harris started in place of Champ Bailey, who hasn't played since injuring his left foot in the preseason.
Austin, Bailey out as Broncos visit Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas receiver Miles Austin will miss his second straight game with a hamstring problem, and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey is still out with a foot injury.
Austin and Bailey were inactive for Sunday's game between the Cowboys and Broncos. Bailey hasn't played all season after injuring his left foot in the second week of the preseason.
Austin has a history of hamstring issues and was hurt again in Week 3 against St. Louis. He sat out last week's game in San Diego. Rookie Terrance Williams will make his second career start in Austin's place.
Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant is out with a groin injury.
Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer is inactive again after playing his first game last week against Philadelphia.
49ers LB Willis sidelined again with groin injury
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis is sitting out again for Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans because of a strained groin.
Willis also missed the NFC champion Niners' 35-11 win at St. Louis on Sept. 26 after getting hurt the previous week against the Colts.
Willis, who practiced in a limited role during the week, worked out on the field at Candlestick Park on an unseasonably warm October afternoon, then met with the training and strength staff in the end zone shortly before inactives were announced.
Also inactive was cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who missed his second straight game with a knee injury. The 49ers are without linebacker Aldon Smith for the second straight game while undergoing treatment for substance abuse.
BRONCOS-MANNING TD RECORD
Manning sets mark with 19 TDs in 1st 5 games
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Peyton Manning is keeping up his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season.
The Denver quarterback's 19th scoring toss was a 9-yarder to Julius Thomas in the second quarter against Dallas on Sunday. He's held the record since throwing seven TD passes in the opener against Baltimore.
Daunte Culpepper held the previous mark of 18 in the first five games with Minnesota in 2004.
Manning had three touchdown passes in the first half against the Cowboys. Thomas also had a 4-yarder to open Denver's scoring, and Eric Decker caught a 2-yard touchdown.
Decker had a 57-yard catch to set up Thomas' first score.
BRONCOS-MANNING OVER MARINO
Manning moves past Marino for 2nd on passing list
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Peyton Manning has passed Dan Marino for second place on the career passing yardage list.
The Denver quarterback threw for 414 yards in a 51-48 victory over Dallas on Sunday, moving past the former Miami star. Manning has 61,371 yards to 61,361 for Marino.
Brett Favre is the leader at 71,838 yards with Green Bay, the New York Jets and Minnesota.
Manning needed 404 yards to tie Marino and looked like he wouldn't get there with the Broncos cruising over the Cowboys in third quarter. But a Dallas rally forced him to keep throwing, and he broke the record on a 13-yard throw to Demaryius Thomas when Denver was getting in position for a winning field goal in the final 2 minutes.
Castroneves' title hopes take hit in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Helio Castroneves' title hopes likely ended Sunday with a second consecutive mechanical failure at the Grand Prix of Houston.
The IndyCar Series points leader came to a stop on the course at Reliant Park just 11 laps into the race with a broken gearbox.
An issue with the gearbox in Saturday's race caused Castroneves to finish 18th, while championship challenger Scott Dixon went on to win. Dixon cut his deficit from 49 points to eight that day.
Sunday's mechanical failure sent a devastated Castroneves into the garage, where he watched helplessly as his Penske Racing crew tried to repair his car. Team owner Roger Penske retreated without comment into a team transporter.