STREAKS & STATS
Cincinnati ended Tom Brady's streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, beating previously undefeated New England 13-6. Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees' 54-game streak. The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 20, 2009. ... Denver edged Dallas 51-48 to tie for the fourth-most points in a game in NFL history — and tied for second-most since the 1970 merger — as the teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the merger, according to STATS. The Broncos have scored 230 points, the most through the first five games of a season in NFL history. They have won 16 consecutive regular-season games overall. ... The New Orleans Saints' 26-18 win over the Bears was their first win in Chicago since a 31-10 victory on Oct. 8, 2000. ... Indianapolis' Andrew Luck finished 16 of 29 for 229 yards with two touchdowns and picked up his ninth fourth-quarter comeback win in 21 career games, beating Seattle 34-28. Luck is 15-6 as a starter, the fastest quarterback drafted No. 1 overall since the 1970 merger to reach 15 wins.
Denver, Kansas City and New Orleans all improved to 5-0, the only remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. New England and Seattle fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with losses. Since 1990, when the league's 12-team playoff format was adopted, 36 of the 40 previous teams to start 5-0 made the playoffs.
Peyton Manning broke the record for TD passes through five games with his 19th on a 9-yard toss to Julius Thomas in the second quarter of Denver's 51-48 win at Dallas. Daunte Culpepper of Minnesota held the previous mark with 18 in 2004. He has 20 touchdown passes this season, and was finally intercepted for the first time — the longest such streak to start a season in league history. With 414 yards, Manning has 61,371 career yards passing, and moved into second place on the NFL list ahead of Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361).
Replacing an injured Michael Vick late in the second quarter, Nick Foles led four scoring drives and threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Philadelphia defeated the New York Giants 36-12 and the Eagles ended a three-game skid. Vick, who ran for a team-high 79 yards and threw for another 105, left the game with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter after a 13-yard scramble. Coach Chip Kelly said after the game that Vick would have returned had Foles been hurt.
New Orleans' Jimmy Graham notched his fourth consecutive 100-yard game — matching an NFL record for a tight end — in the Saints' 26-18 victory at Chicago. Tony Gonzalez was the first to accomplish the streak in 2000, and Graham matched the surge in 2011. ... The Bears' Alshon Jeffrey had 10 receptions for a franchise-record 218 yards, breaking Harlon Hill's mark of 214 at San Francisco on Oct. 31, 1954. ... Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew had 70 yards on 17 carries in the Jaguars' 34-20 loss at St. Louis, becoming the third player in franchise history to top 10,000 yards.
Green Bay's Randall Cobb had a career-best 67-yard run in the Packers' 22-9 win over Detroit, joining Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only players in NFL history with runs and receptions of 60-plus yards, a 100-yard kickoff return and an 80-yard punt return in his first three seasons.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews left the Packers' 22-9 win over Detroit after the third quarter with a thumb injury. Matthews sacked Matthew Stafford on the last play of the quarter on a third-and-9 at the 34 to push the Lions out of field-goal range. He jogged to the locker room with a trainer and did not return. The Packers also lost starting linebacker Brad Jones to a hamstring injury. His replacement, Robert Francois, later left the game with a torn Achilles. ... Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson didn't play against the Packers after he had been sidelined two days last week with a knee injury before participating in practice on a limited basis Friday. He had been listed as questionable. ... Jacksonville rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 pick in the draft, will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right ankle. He was injured in the first quarter of a 34-20 loss to the Rams, and was taken off the field on a cart. ... San Diego lost running back Ryan Mathews to a concussion in the first half against Oakland.
"It just takes a snowflake to start an avalanche." — St. Louis safety Matt Giordano, who had an 82-yard interception return for a TD that helped the Rams stop a three-game skid with a 34-20 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
"My wife told me, 'Bring Mama home three sacks.' It came down the stretch and it was time to get going." — Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, who had three fourth-quarter sacks in the Ravens' 26-23 win at Miami.
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