SEATTLE – The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now.

The Seahawks’ unflappable kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with 9 seconds left as Seattle rallied to beat St. Louis 22-20 on Sunday to seize control of the NFC West.

It was Brown’s fifth game-winning field goal since Oct. 2, 2005, when he clanged a potential winner from 47 yards off the left upright at the end of regulation in an overtime loss at Washington.

After this one – his second to beat the Rams (4-5) in less than a month – Brown simply bowed his head into holder Ryan Plackemeier while the rest of the Seahawks (6-3) jumped and ran in jubilation on the sideline.

“Another day at the office,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said, sighing. “My goodness.”

Brown probably would not have gotten the chance without Nate Burleson’s first Seattle heroics.

His team stalled with just 10 total yards in two-plus quarters, Burleson ran a punt back 90 yards to give Seattle a 21-16 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Burleson, who became the punt returner last week after falling out of Seattle’s crowded receiving rotation, ran through an arm tackle and behind a block by Marcus Trufant. Cowboys 27, Cardinals 10

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Nothing like a trip to Arizona to right the wrongs of an NFL team.

Tony Romo threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder to Terrell Owens, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the crumbling Cardinals 27-10 on Sunday.

The Cowboys (5-4), showing no signs of a hangover from their heartbreaking loss to Washington the previous week, turned two interceptions by Matt Leinart into second-half touchdowns and sent the Cardinals (1-8) to their eighth straight loss.

Romo completed 20-of-29 with no interceptions in Dallas’ third consecutive road game.

The Cowboys are home against unbeaten Indianapolis next Sunday.

Packers 23, Vikings 17

MINNEAPOLIS – Brett Favre avoided those infamously big mistakes at the Metrodome, and – surprise, surprise – Green Bay emerged with a victory over struggling Minnesota. Favre threw two touchdown passes without a turnover and Donald Driver had 191 yards receiving, leading the Packers past the Vikings 23-17 on Sunday.

Green Bay (4-5) was boosted by a strong pass rush, and Favre completed 24 of 42 passes for 347 yards and no interceptions. Brad Johnson went 18-for-30 for 257 yards, one touchdown and two turnovers for Minnesota, which lost its third straight game.

Eagles 27, Redskins 3

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia had plenty of tough breaks during its recent skid. In the slop and the rain on Sunday, the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins with a big play and a lucky bounce of their own.

Donovan McNabb threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Donte’ Stallworth, Sheldon Brown returned an interception 70 yards for a score and the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-3 victory over Washington.

It was a costly loss for the Redskins, who lost Clinton Portis to a broken right hand in the first quarter.

It wasn’t immediately known how long Washington (3-6) would be without its star running back.

Steelers 38, Saints 31

PITTSBURGH – Everything seemed to be going all wrong again for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They lost two key defensive starters, then a 14-point lead.For a change, they didn’t lose this game.

Willie Parker broke free on runs of 72 and 76 yards to set up his own two short scoring runs in the second half, Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes and the Steelers rallied after giving away a big lead to beat the New Orleans Saints 38-31 on Sunday.

Bears 38, Giants 20

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Just call the Chicago Bears the best team in the NFC – and the New York Giants red-faced for falling asleep on a record-tying 108-yard missed field goal return by Devin Hester.

Hester fooled the Giants by standing in the back of the end zone for several seconds, then ran down the right sideline on his knockout-blow return as the Bears rallied for a 38-20 victory over the injury-ravaged Giants in their NFC showdown Sunday night.

On Nov. 13, 2005 – almost exactly a year ago – the Bears’ Nathan Vasher caught Joe Nedney’s missed 52-yard field-goal attempt in the back of the end zone on the final play of the first half and ran it back for a 108-yard TD return.

The play helped Chicago beat San Francisco 17-9, and now Hester shares the record for longest NFL play with his teammate.


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