Broncos, Chiefs stay perfect, Saints fall to Patriots

Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:35pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs were left as the only undefeated teams in the National Football League after Tom Brady handed New Orleans Saints their first loss on Sunday.

The Broncos moved to 6-0 with a comfortable 35-19 victory over the winless Jacksonville Jaguars after the Chiefs also made it six from six with a 24-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Saints looked set to join the two unbeaten AFC West teams when they led the New England with only seconds left on the clock when Brady produced some old magic to give the Patriots a thrilling 30-27 victory.

The Patriots' quarterback masterminded an eight-play 70 yard drive in 78 seconds, with no timeouts, before hitting rookie Kenbrell Thompkins with a 17-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left.

Brady's stunning performance stole the limelight on a day when Knowshon Moreno ran for three touchdowns and Peyton Manning threw for two scores for the Broncos.

Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns for the Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers gained their first win of the season, downing the New York Jets 19-6.

The Chiefs, who finished last season tied for the NFL's worst record with 2-14, suddenly find themselves among the league's elite with their start the franchise's best since 2003 when they opened 9-0.

The Raiders (2-4) had looked ready to end the Chiefs sparkling run by battling to at 7-7 draw into the third quarter before the Kansas City defense took over in the second half intercepting Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor three times, including a 44-yard return for a touchdown by Husain Abdullah to clinch the win.

The Steelers (1-4), off to their worst start since 1968, finally collected their first win thanks to four field goals from Shaun Suisham, a 55-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders and the re-emergence of the famed Pittsburgh defense.   Continued...

 
Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) scores a touchdown against Oakland Raiders defensive end Jack Crawford (91) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports