IRVING, Texas – One snap went off Tony Romo’s face, two went over his head. Then, coming out of the 2-minute warning before halftime, Romo went to the line and called a timeout.

As disjointed as the Dallas Cowboys were Sunday, they still found a way to beat the Washington Redskins 28-23.

Terrell Owens caught touchdown passes of 4, 31, 46 and 52 yards, marking the first four-TD game of his career, to get the Cowboys to 9-1 for the first time since 1983. They’ve won four straight since losing to New England, this being the third in a row against division foes.

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, though. The Redskins (5-5) answered T.O.’s fourth TD with a touchdown, then forced the Cowboys to punt.

Jason Campbell had Washington 19 yards from a go-ahead TD, but ruined it with an interception thrown right into the belly of Dallas’ Terence Newman with 1:39 left.

Giants 16, Lions 10

DETROIT – The New York Giants leaned on their defense to gain the advantage in the NFC wild-card race.

Barely.

Michael Strahan had a season-high three sacks while James Butler and Sam Madison both made victory-sealing interceptions, helping New York beat the Detroit Lions 16-10. Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Jacobs, who later left the game with an injury, and Lawrence Tynes kicked three field goals to give the Giants more than enough offense.

Buccaneers 31, Falcons 7

ATLANTA – Jeff Garcia threw for two touchdowns, Ronde Barber returned a fumble for another score and the Buccaneers’ defense completely stifled the Byron Leftwich-led Falcons 31-7 on Sunday, another low for a franchise trying to recover from the Michael Vick debacle.

Atlanta (3-7) had won two straight with Joey Harrington at quarterback and actually had a chance to pull within one game of first place in a division where Tampa Bay (6-4) is the only team with a winning record.

Rams 13, 49ers 9

SAN FRANCISCO – Though the St. Louis Rams still have problems, they’re nothing compared to the San Francisco 49ers’ historic woes.

Marc Bulger shook off another beating to pass for 155 yards and an early touchdown to Torry Holt, and the St. Louis defense was solid until the final seconds Sunday in a 13-9 victory over the 49ers, who lost their eighth straight.

Bulger was sacked six times by the 49ers, who also sacked him six times in the clubs’ first meeting.

The Rams couldn’t score a touchdown after their opening drive, but the defense had little trouble with San Francisco’s league-worst offense until two desperate fourth-quarter drives.

Packers 31, Panthers 17

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Brett Favre won the senior bowl, throwing three touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 31-17 victory over fellow passing patriarch Vinny Testaverde and the Carolina Panthers.

It was Favre’s 62nd career game with at least three touchdown passes, tying yet another of Dan Marino’s records.

The 44-year-old Testaverde and 38-year-old Favre formed the oldest starting quarterbacks duo in NFL history. But Favre is playing like he’s in his prime these days, completing 22-of-30 passes for 218 yards on Sunday.

Seahawks 30, Bears 23

SEATTLE – Matt Hasselbeck came out on top in a matchup between the quarterbacks who led the NFC’s previous two Super Bowl teams.

Hasselbeck passed for 337 yards and two touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman’s late fumble to hold on for a 30-23 victory against the Bears on Sunday.

Grossman, reinstated as the Bears starter after six games watching Brian Griese , was 24-for-37 for 266 yards.

, his most since he threw for 282 last January.

in a win against Seattle in the NFC divisional playoffs.


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