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Nov 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's games in the National Football League.

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Chiefs 23, Bills 13

It was a day of many happy returns for the Kansas City defense as the Chiefs came back to defeat the Buffalo Bills 23-13 and remain the NFL's only unbeaten team.

The Bills, with fourth-string rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel making his first start, were driving for a score that would have given them a 17-3 lead early in the third quarter when cornerback Sean Smith intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 100 yards.

Then, early in the fourth quarter, cornerback Marcus Cooper stripped the ball from Bills receiver T.J. Graham, and linebacker Tamba Hali picked it up and ran it in from the 11 to give Kansas City a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

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Jets 26, Saints 20

Chris Ivory ran for 139 yards on 18 carries and Nick Folk kicked four field goals as the New York Jets continued a season-long pattern of wins and losses by upsetting the New Orleans Saints 26-20 at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets (5-4) fell behind 14-6 in the second quarter before recording their fourth come-from-behind win of the year and becoming just the second team since 1978 - when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule - to alternate wins with losses in the first nine weeks of a season. New England did it in 2005.

Jets quarterback Geno Smith was just 8 of 18 for 115 yards, but he rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, didn't turn the ball over and was sacked just twice.

Quarterback Drew Brees was 30 of 51 for 382 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jimmy Graham, for the Saints (7-2), but his two interceptions led to 10 Jets points.

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Cowboys 27, Vikings 23

Tony Romo tossed a short touchdown pass in the final minute and the Dallas Cowboys upended the Minnesota Vikings 27-23.

Romo passed for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 7-yard score to Dwayne Harris with 42 seconds remaining.

NFC East-leading Dallas (5-4) bounced back from a devastating loss at Detroit - and spared Romo criticism after another late-game interception - and will carry some momentum into New Orleans next week.

The Vikings (1-7) held a surprising lead going into the third quarter. The Cowboys scored two touchdowns in the span of seven seconds to turn a four-point deficit into a 20-10 lead.

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Panthers 34, Falcons 10

The Carolina Panthers intercepted three passes, with cornerback Drayton Florence returning the final one 38 yards for a touchdown, in a 34-10 drubbing of the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium.

The Panthers (5-3) hold a four-game winning streak midway through their schedule. Florence's pickoff of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan allowed him to run untouched to the end zone with 8:30 remaining.

Atlanta fell to 2-6. The Panthers didn't generate much breathing room until quarterback Cam Newton scored on an 8-yard run with nine minutes left to complete a 66-yard drive and provide a 24-10 cushion.

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Redskins 30, Chargers 24 (OT)

After losing a 10-point lead during the final 6:59 of regulation, the Washington Redskins beat the San Diego Chargers 30-24 in overtime on fullback Darrel Young's 4-yard touchdown run.

Young's touchdown with 8:50 left in the extra period was his third of the game. The Redskins took the overtime kickoff and drove 78 yards in 10 plays for the win.

A week after being battered in Denver, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III rebounded with a second straight sharp performance at home.

Although his ninth pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, Griffin completed 23 of his other 31 attempts for 291 yards as the Redskins converted 11 of 15 third downs in improving to 3-5.

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Titans 28, Rams 21

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson scampered 19 yards for the tie-breaking touchdown with 2:54 left in the game to defeat his former coach and the St. Louis Rams 28-21 at the Edward Jones Dome.

It was a matchup of the two teams coached by Jeff Fisher in the last 20 years. Fisher, who guided Tennessee from the middle of the 1994 season until he left 17 years later, is in his second year with St. Louis.

The Titans (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with their first win since a 38-13 pummeling of the Jets on Sept. 29. The Rams (3-6) dropped their third straight and are in the midst of their second three-game skid this season.

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(Editing by Julian Linden)

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