Broncos bucked by Rams while Falcons take flight

Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:04pm EST
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(Reuters) - The St. Louis Rams limited Peyton Manning to a single touchdown in a shock 22-7 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday while the Atlanta Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers to trigger a reshuffling of the deck in the NFC South.

Manning, who earlier this season set the all-time career record for touchdown passes, completed 34 of 54 pass attempts for 389 yards inside the raucous Edward Jones Dome but could manage only one touchdown strike to Emmanuel Sanders against a hard-hitting St. Louis defense and was intercepted twice.

Rams quarterback Shaun Hill completed 20 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown while Greg Zuerlein handled the rest of the scoring, booting five field goals including 55 and 53 yarders in the fourth quarter.

Denver may have lost more than a game with tight end Julius Thomas, who leads the NFL in touchdown receptions, and Sanders both going down with injuries.

The loss left the Broncos at 7-3 and were joined at the top of the AFC West by the Kansas City Chiefs who rode the home crowd at Arrowhead Stadium to a 24-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Jamaal Charles rushed for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns to spark the Chiefs to their fifth straight win.

The Super Bowl champion Seahawks slipped to 6-4 in the NFC West and look headed for another showdown with their archrivals the San Francisco 49ers who escaped New York with a 16-10 win over the Giants to get to 6-4. Both the 49ers and Seahawks trail the Arizona Cardinals who top the division and played later on Sunday.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a miserable afternoon firing five interceptions, including two picked off by Niners linebacker Chris Borland, as New York's losing skid reached five games.

Colin Kaepernick tossed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and Phil Dawson kicked three field goals for the 49ers.   Continued...

Nov 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) celebrates with punter Johnny Hekker (6) after kicking a 55 yard field goal during the second half against the Denver Broncos at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports