TAMPA, Fla. – If Matt Bryant’s idea of fun is lining up for the kick of his life, then he sure had a blast on Sunday.

Bryant nailed a 62-yard field goal – the third-longest in NFL history – to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an improbable 23-21 last-second victory over Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The kick ruined a gallant comeback engineered by McNabb after the Bucs built a 17-0 lead, mostly on the strength of two interceptions that Ronde Barber returned for touchdowns. It was the longest of Bryant’s career by 12 yards, and came on just his third attempt of 50 or more yards in five seasons.

Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam share the league record for the longest field goal – 63 yards. The only other kickers who have been successful from beyond 59 yards are Steve Cox and Morten Andersen, who both booted 60-yarders.

Bryant said holder Josh Bidwell had just the right thing to say.

“You know what was funny was,” Bryant said, “as I was lining up to kick it, Bidwell turns around and says, ‘Man, just have fun.’ And that’s what I did.”

Falcons 31, Steelers 28

ATLANTA – The second-oldest player in NFL history, 46-year-old Morten Andersen, booted a 32-yard field goal seven minutes into the extra period to give the Falcons a 41-38 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a remarkable game that could have a defining effect on both teams.

After six lead changes, and with Ben Roethlisberger watching from the sideline after taking a blow to the head, the Steelers (2-4) tied it at 38 with 3:19 remaining when fill-in quarterback Charlie Batch threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ward.

Raiders 22, Cardinals 9

OAKLAND, Calif. – Andrew Walter threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss, ReShard Lee ran for a 1-yard score in the first quarter and the Raiders overcame five turnovers to win their first game of the season, 22-9 over Arizona.

Despite getting plenty of help from Oakland (1-5) with the two interceptions and three fumbles, the Cardinals lost their sixth straight game.

Moss had his biggest game of the year even though he had a few drops, catching seven balls for 129 yards to help Oakland end an 11-game losing streak dating to last season.

Packers 34, Dolphins 24

MIAMI – Ranked last in the NFL in pass defense, Green Bay intercepted Joey Harrington three times and beat the woeful Dolphins 34-24.

Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes, including the clincher to David Martin with six minutes left, and Ahman Green scored on a 70-yard run.

Jets 31, Lions 24

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Leon Washington rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries and scored the first two touchdowns of his career, and the Jets held on to beat the Detroit Lions 31-24.

New York took advantage of Detroit being without their two starting defensive tackles. Shaun Rogers is serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s rule on banned substances, and Shaun Cody is out with a dislocated toe. The Jets, who have struggled all season with their running game, finished with 221 yards against the Lions.

Bengals 17, Panthers 14

CINCINNATI – Carson Palmer finally mastered the wind and led a fourth-quarter drive that culminated in his 1-yard throw to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, giving Cincinnati to a 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

The Bengals (4-2) overcame three lackluster quarters to get their first win in three weeks. Steve Smith finished with eight catches for 126 yards, but Chad Johnson got the win along with his seven-catch, 61-yard performance. Palmer was 23-of-39 for 240 yards.

Colts 36, Redskins 22

INDIANAPOLIS – After being bent over awkwardly twice in the first half and once appearing hurt, Peyton Manning responded with three third-quarter touchdown passes, leading Indianapolis to a 36-22 victory. Washington (2-5) lost its third straight.

and saw its playoff hopes take a big hit.


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