Kansas City, St. Louis, Washington and San Diego found out that gaudy offensive statistics don't necessarily always lead to victories.
Despite all four teams outgaining their opponents on offense Sunday, they all came up short on the scoreboard.
Elvis Grbac was 39-of-53 for a career-high and Chiefs record 504 yards, and Tony Gonzalez had nine receptions for 134 yards, making him the first tight end in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in four consecutive games as Kansas City lost at Oakland 49-31.
"This was a tough loss," Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Willis said. "They couldn't stop our passing game, but they scored whenever they wanted to."
Despite rolling up 426 total yards to Carolina's 268, St. Louis lost for the second time in three games and had their 15-game winning streak in the Trans World Dome stopped with a 27-24 loss.
Washington had a 27-11 advantage in first downs and 331-178 in total yards, but Arizona's defense tightened when it counted most in the Cardinals' 16-15 victory.
"I could care less how many yards they had," Cardinals interim coach Dave McGinnis said. "We had more points."
San Diego had 398 total yards to Seattle's 128, but dropped to 0-9 as rookie Rian Lindell kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Seahawks to a 17-15 victory.
Jacksonville was off. Minnesota is at Green Bay tonight.
Raiders 49, Chiefs 31
Despite Kansas City outgaining Oakland 513-473, Rich Gannon threw for four touchdowns, two each to Andre Rison and Rickey Dudley, as the Raiders won their sixth straight.
Gannon, a former Chief, was 20-of-31 for 242 yards.
Sebastian Janikowski made one practice kick in the pregame warmups, then left because of a bacterial infection in his foot. But host Oakland (8-1) didn't need him for its third straight victory against the Chiefs (5-4).
Panthers 27, Rams 24
Marshall Faulk, who had his right knee drained and will undergo surgery Monday to remove loose cartilage from his right knee, joined injured quarterback Kurt Warner on the sidelines for St. Louis (7-2).
Steve Beuerlein threw two touchdown passes and Joe Nedney kicked a 46-yard game-winning field goal with 40 seconds left as Carolina (4-5) beat the defending Super Bowl champions.
Trent Green, Warner's backup, was 29-of-42 for 431 yards and two touchdowns. Faulk's backup, Justin Watson, had just 12 yards on 12 carries as the Rams' NFL-record string of 14 consecutive 30-point plus games was stopped. Their 12-game winning streak against NFC West opponents also ended.
Cardinals 16, Redskins 15
Aeneas Williams returned a fumble by Stephen Davis 103 yards for a touchdown, the second-longest fumble return in NFL history. MarTay Jenkins took the second-half kickoff 72 yards to set up Michael Pittman's 7-yard run for the other touchdown for Arizona (3-6).
"Who cares how many yards we got in total offense?" said quarterback Jeff George, who made his first start for the Redskins. "You score, what, 15 points? Come on. That's ridiculous."
Seahawks 17, Chargers 15
The Seahawks (3-7), who ended a five-game losing streak, last won on Sept. 24 in San Diego.
Visiting San Diego, which has lost five games by three points or fewer, had a big advantage in possession time, 39:51 to 20:09.
"You can't go by the stats," San Diego safety Rodney Harrison said.
Two fumbled center snaps between Roman Fortin and Jim Harbaugh led to two Seattle touchdowns. Harbaugh left with a strained abdominal muscle.
Titans 9, Steelers 7
The Tennessee Titans won their eighth straight and ended Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak on Al Del Greco's 29-yard field goal with four seconds left.
The Titans improved to 8-1 for the first time in franchise history by overcoming a season-high 14 penalties for 115 yards.
Steve McNair connected with Derrick Mason on a 17-yard completion on fourth-and-8 at the Pittsburgh 42 with 2:12 remaining to set up the winning kick.
Broncos 30, Jets 23
Brian Griese passed for 327 yards and two touchdowns, both to Ed McCaffrey, and Terrell Davis, returning from foot and ankle injuries that hobbled him since the season opener, rushed for 115 yards.
It was Davis' first 100-yard game since Denver won its second straight Super Bowl in January 1999.
The Jets (6-3) tied it at 20 in the third quarter. But Jason Elam's third field goal, a 23-yarder, broke the tie. Then Griese found McCaffrey behind Aaron Glenn for a 47-yard touchdown for the winning points for visiting Denver (5-4).
Dolphins 23, Lions 8
Autry Denson returned the opening kickoff to Detroit's 46, then Lamar Smith ran for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to jump-start the Dolphins (7-2), who led 14-0 before the Detroit offense got the ball.
The Dolphins recovered an onside kick following the score and drove for a second TD.
Charlie Batch, 8-of-16 for 95 yards for host Detroit (5-4), was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
Bills 16, Patriots 13, OT
Steve Christie, who kicked field goals in the final minute of regulation or overtime to decide three of Buffalo's four previous wins, did both for the visiting Bills (5-4).
The Patriots (2-7) nearly squeaked out a win despite a hand injury that sidelined Drew Bledsoe for most of the game. Backup John Friesz set up a 43-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri for a 13-10 lead with 2:03 left.
Christie lined a kick just over the crossbar for a tying 48-yard field goal with four seconds left. Then he kicked a 32-yarder to win it 4:32 into overtime.
Bears 27, Colts 24
At Chicago, Jim Miller threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and Walt Harris returned an interception for a score as the Bears (2-7) jumped to a 27-0 lead, then watched as Peyton Manning almost brought back the Colts (6-3).
Manning went back to throw on second-and-14 from his 42 with less than two minutes to go when Rosevelt Colvin forced a fumble that Philip Daniels recovered. The ruling was reviewed, upheld, and the Bears ran out the clock.
Buccaneers 27, Falcons 14
Keyshawn Johnson caught two touchdown passes for the visiting Buccaneers (5-4). Johnson hauled in a 5-yarder in the second quarter and a clinching 29-yarder in the fourth, doubling his TD output for the season.
The Falcons (3-7) lost quarterback Chris Chandler to a concussion early in the second quarter.
Eagles 16, Cowboys 13, OT
Donovan McNabb threw for 241 yards and a touchdown, and David Akers kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime for the Eagles (6-4).
Randall Cunningham, playing his first game in Philadelphia since his 11-year career with the Eagles ended in 1995, was just 14-of-22 for 109 yards.
Dallas (3-6) took a 13-10 lead on a 27-yard field goal by Tim Seder with 1:51 left. But McNabb drove the Eagles 54 yards in 96 seconds, and Akers' 34-yard field goal tied it at 13 with 11 seconds left.
Ravens 27, Bengals 7
Trent Dilfer threw three touchdown passes, ending one of the longest offensive slumps in modern NFL history, as the Ravens (6-4) rolled over Cincinnati (2-7) -- the team that gave up Baltimore's last touchdown six weeks ago.
Brandon Stokley's 14-yard touchdown early in the second quarter ended the touchdown-less drought at 21 quarters.
Giants 24, Browns 3
Kerry Collins threw two of his three touchdown passes to Amani Toomer as the Giants (7-2) won their fourth straight and are off to their best start since opening the 1990 season 10-0 en route to winning the Super Bowl.
New York held host Cleveland (2-8) to just 41 yards rushing.
Saints 31, 49ers 15
Jeff Blake threw three touchdown passes as New Orleans (6-3) opened a 28-0 halftime lead against San Francisco (2-8). The host Saints didn't punt until the fourth quarter.
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