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Eli Drives Giants Past Mistake-Prone Cowboys 3

Posted: September 21, 2009 1:44 AM ; Updated: September 21, 2009 1:58 AM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Antonio Pierce laughed off all the hype for this September Super Bowl, or whatever the Dallas Cowboys considered the opener of their $1.15 billion stadium.

To the New York Giants, this was just another division game, one they had to win. And they did - dramatically.

Lawrence Tynes kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Giants a 33-31 victory over turnover-prone Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, sending home the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history muttering about what might've been.

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Cutler, Bears Bounce Back to Upset Steelers 2

Posted: September 20, 2009 9:35 PM ; Updated: September 20, 2009 9:56 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Hounded in the opener and harassed in the early going again Sunday, Jay Cutler simply wanted a shot at redemption. He got it and finally lived up to his lofty billing.

Cutler made a big pass to Devin Hester, and Robbie Gould booted a 44-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bears to a 17-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cutler hit rookie Johnny Knox with the tying touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. After Jeff Reed missed his second field goal of the period, a 43-yarder, Cutler helped set up Gould's winning kick with a 5-yard pass to Hester on third-and-4 at the Steelers 39 that kept the winning drive going.

''I always hope to get a chance,'' Cutler said. ''I always think we're going to get a chance if it's 3 minutes or if it's 30 seconds. All we want is a shot.''

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Martin Takes Opening Race of the Chase

Posted: September 20, 2009 8:43 PM ; Updated: September 21, 2009 1:03 AM

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- When a young driver isn't sure how to approach an on-track situation, they often ask themselves "What would Mark Martin do?"

With a championship on the line, Martin fooled the competition and won.

The 50-year-old driver held off Juan Pablo Montoya on a three-lap sprint to the finish Sunday to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After, Montoya accused Martin of holding him up at the start of the second lap.

"What he did, not cool at all," Montoya radioed his crew. "I could have wrecked him."

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Jets Shut Down Patriots, Go to 2-0

Posted: September 20, 2009 5:31 PM ; Updated: September 20, 2009 10:02 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Rex Ryan sent a message to the fans. His New York Jets delivered one of their own.

Rookie Mark Sanchez outplayed a Super Bowl champion quarterback and the Jets backed up their big talk, shutting down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 16-9 on Sunday.

''We believe that we are the better team today,'' Ryan said. ''We went out and showed it. I think our fans are huge in this victory.''

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Pac-10 Doormat Washington Upsets No. 3 USC 8

Posted: September 19, 2009 7:42 PM ; Updated: September 19, 2009 8:02 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Southern California was leveled by another post-Ohio State funk, taken down by upstart Washington with a late drive that must have looked familiar to the Trojans.

Erik Folk kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining and Washington's fired-up defense stymied fill-in quarterback Aaron Corp and No. 3 USC in a 16-13 victory Saturday.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who directed an epic game-winning drive to beat the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, last week, could only watch the latest stunning upset loss by the Trojans from the sideline. The star freshman was out with a sore shoulder.

It's the second consecutive season the Trojans have lost their Pac-10 opener days after an impressive win over Ohio State and it marks the fourth straight season USC has lost to an unranked team.

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Ichiro Takes Rivera Deep for Walk-Off Win 2

Posted: September 19, 2009 2:49 AM ; Updated: September 19, 2009 3:37 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- This time, there was no where for Ichiro Suzuki to run and hide.

A day after scurrying away from his Seattle teammates in the outfield following a game-winning hit, Suzuki had no choice but to face the mob waiting at home plate.

The pounding was worth it.

Facing dominating New York closer Mariano Rivera, the Mariners All-Star outfielder lined a two-out, two-run homer into the right field seats to give the Mariners a stunning 3-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night.

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Boise Tops Fresno in Crazy Shootout

Posted: September 18, 2009 11:26 PM ; Updated: September 19, 2009 3:35 AM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Jeremy Avery and Titus Young made sure Boise State had the answers to every big play Fresno State delivered.

Avery had three plays of longer than 60 yards and Young scored two touchdowns, providing just some of the many highlight-reel plays in the 10th-ranked Broncos' 51-34 victory Friday night.

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