EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Eli Manning is giving his more accomplished older sibling a challenge for family bragging rights.

The New York Giants’ second-year quarterback had his second straight outstanding performance Sunday, throwing for 296 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a 44-24 win over the St. Louis Rams.

That matched the day of older brother Peyton, who threw for four touchdown in Indianapolis’ 31-10 win over Tennessee. Through the first four games of the season, the younger Manning has a 9-6 lead in touchdown passes over his brother, who has been to the Pro Bowl five times in eight seasons and is a two-time league MVP.

Manning was 19-for-35 and threw for two TDs to Plaxico Burress – who had a career-high 10 catches – and one each to Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey.

Jay Feely added three field goals for New York (3-1), which entered the game having scored the most points in the NFL this season.

The Rams’ (2-2) Marc Bulger finished 40-of-62 for 442 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted twice and was hampered by his team’s inability to establish a running game. St. Louis finished with 42 yards on 15 carries.

Falcons 30, Vikings 10

ATLANTA – Michael Vick played about 22 minutes Sunday, more than enough for the Atlanta Falcons to beat the hapless Minnesota Vikings.

Vick went down midway through the second quarter with a sprained right knee, watching the rest of the game from the sideline as backup Matt Schaub and the Falcons’ defense finished off a 30-10 rout of the Vikings.

Bucs 17, Lions 13

TAMPA, Fla. – Joey Galloway and Michael Pittman caught touchdown passes and the Bucs defense stopped a march deep in their territory to hang on for a 17-13 victory.

Galloway scored on an 80-yard reception and Brian Griese also threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Pittman, Williams’ backup.

Redskins 20, Seahawks 17

LANDOVER, Md. – Josh Brown raised both hands in victory after his kick on the last play of regulation – until the ball hit the left upright.

In overtime, Nick Novak ran toward the bench and pumped his right fist after his kick was on the way, but his celebration wasn’t premature. The rookie’s 39-yard field goal 5:31 into overtime gave the Washington Redskins a 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Redskins are 3-0 for the first time since 1991, the season they won their last Super Bowl. Mark Brunell hit unlikely targets Robert Royal and Mike Sellers for touchdowns, and Washington survived Seattle’s late rally -including the kick that came inches from winning it.

The Seahawks (2-2) tied the game on Darrell Jackson’s 6-yard catch with 1:23 remaining.


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