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Brees passes Favre as Saints roll…Rams, Chiefs win, Pats fall…Northwestern cracks poll

CINCINNATI (AP) – Drew Brees  passed Brett Favre for second place on the all-time lead for touchdown throws while he tossed three in the first half of the New Orleans Saints’ eighth straight win, a 51-14 rout of the Bengals at Cincinnati. His 17-yard TD to Michael Thomas with 2 seconds left in the half gave him 509 career touchdown passes, one more than Favre. Brees was 22 of 25 for 265 yards and no interceptions for the 8-1 Saints, with Mark Ingram catching 13 passes for 104 yards.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams bounced back from last week’s loss to New Orleans as Jared Goff passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Russell Wilson. Todd Gurley rushed for 120 yards and a score as the 9-1 Rams completed a season sweep of the 4-5 Seahawks.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs rolled past the Arizona Cardinals 26-14. Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs’ first-year starter a team-record 31 for the season. Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list late in the game.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The New England Patriots’ six-game winning streak is over after the Titans sacked Tom Brady three times and hit him repeatedly in a 34-10 thrashing of the Pats. Marcus Mariota  capped each of the first two drives with TD passes, and Derrick Henry ran for a pair of TDs. Ryan Succop  also added two field goals as the 5-4 Titans scored a season-high in points after jumping out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter.

UNDATED (AP) – Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, a day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game. The 6-4 Wildcats are No. 24 in the Top 25 after beating Iowa to clinch the Big Ten West with two games to play. The rest of the Top 25 is fairly stable, especially at the top. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia. Oklahoma is sixth, ahead of West Virginia, Washington State, Ohio State and LSU. Iowa State has moved up to 17th in the new poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville has fired football coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season. The 2-8 Cardinals have suffered five blowout losses in which they allowed at least 50 points, including Friday’s 54-23 setback against Syracuse. Athletic director Vince Tyra said Sunday that he did not have the confidence Petrino could turn things around next season.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is denying a report that says Carmelo Anthony’s time with the team will end soon. Anthony has missed two straight games with an illness, further hampering his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City. The Rockets reached the Western Conference finals last season but are off to a disappointing 5-7 start, with many outsiders blaming Anthony for the struggles.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Kyle Busch has won for the eighth time this season and set up a head-to-head showdown with Kevin Harvick for NASCAR’s championship. Busch’s win Sunday at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix tied him with Harvick for most this year in the Cup Series. The two were the most dominant drivers this season and will race next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title against reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano.

PHOENIX (AP) – Vijay Singh rallied from six shots down with his career-best round on the PGA Tour Champions, a 10-under 61 that gave him a four-shot victory in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer captured the season title and the $1 million annuity for the fifth time, and the fourth in the last five years. Scott McCarron was in position to capture the Schwab Cup for the first time, carrying the lead into the final round before carding a 72 to finish tied for third in the tournament.

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