Dover High School graduate John Kuhn scored a career-high three touchdowns on Sunday to help the New Orleans Saints to a wild 35-34 triumph over the San Diego Chargers.
The 6-foot, 250-pound fullback scored on a 4-yard pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter and had 1-yard touchdowns runs in the third and fourth quarters. Kuhn's fourth-quarter touchdown tied the score at 34-34 with 1 minute, 57 seconds left in the game. The ensuing extra point gave New Orleans the win.
The 34-year-old Kuhn finished the game with three rushes for 5 yards and two pass receptions for 7 yards. Kuhn signed with the Saints during training camp after he was not re-signed by the Green Bay Packers. He had been with the Packers for eight seasons.
Drew Brees led New Orleans to two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds against Philip Rivers and the Chargers, who blew a 13-point lead by committing two crucial turnovers. Brees overcame two interceptions to win in his return to San Diego, where he played his first five NFL seasons before being allowed to leave as a free agent. It was also the first win this season for the Saints (1-3).
OTHER NFL GAMES
Bills blank sloppy, Brady-less Pats: Buffalo took advantage of sloppy, Tom Brady-less New England to hand the Patriots their first home shutout at Gillette Stadium, winning 16-0 Sunday. It was the first loss of the season for New England (3-1), which was playing its final game before Brady returns from his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. The Patriots, who moved into Gillette Stadium in 2002, were last blanked at home 6-0 by the New York Jets in 1993 at Foxboro Stadium. Buffalo’s defense also carried over its dominant effort from its 33-18 win over Arizona, sacking rookie Jacoby Brissett three times.
Jones has monster game to lead Falcons past Panthers; Newton may have concussion: Atlanta's Matt Ryan shredded Carolina’s defense, passing for a team-record 503 yards and four touchdowns, in a 48-33 Falcons victory. Julio Jones had 12 receptions for a Falcons-record 300 yards. The totals by Ryan and Jones are the most ever allowed by Carolina. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, the 2015 league MVP, left in the fourth quarter and was evaluated for concussion symptoms after taking a hit from Deion Jones on a successful 2-point run. There appeared to be helmet-to-helmet contact but there was no penalty on the hit.
Jags edge Colts: Blake Bortles threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Jacksonville held off a furious Indianapolis Colts rally for the Jaguars’ first win of the season. The 30-27 victory at a raucous Wembley Stadium elevated Jacksonville into a tie with Indianapolis at 1-3 in the AFC South. Andrew Luck led the Colts on three fourth-quarter touchdown drives to rattle the Jaguars’ nerves. But his fourth-and-1 pass at the Jacksonville 49 with 1:36 remaining fell from the hands of tight end Dwayne Allen to preserve the victory for under-fire Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.
Wilson, despite bad knee, lifts Seattle over Jets: Seattle's Russell Wilson was sharp and efficient despite playing with a sprained knee, throwing three touchdown passes in a 27-17 victory over the New York Jets. Wilson injured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee last week against San Francisco and wasn’t his usual mobile self in this one, but his arm was plenty good. He finished 23 of 32 for 309 yards while wearing a brace on his leg as the Seahawks (3-1) won at MetLife Stadium for the first time since beating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl in 2014.
Houston wins without Watt: Will Fuller had a tiebreaking 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in Houston's 27-20 triumph over Tennessee. It was the first time Houston (3-1) played without its star defensive end J.J. Watt since the 2010 season. Watt, out for the season after back surgery, had started 83 straight games since being drafted in 2011. Fuller also had 81 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Hoyer passes Bears past Lions: Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears (1-3) got a 17-14 win over Detroit after starting 0-3 for the second time in as many seasons under coach John Fox. They also stopped a six-game home losing streak as well as a six-game slide against Detroit (1-3), though things got tight near the end.
Cards slip to 1-3 with loss to Rams: Tavon Austin returned a punt 47 yards to set up Case Keenum’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick with 2:41 to play, and the Rams improved to 3-1 for the first time in a decade with a 17-13 victory over the Cardinals (1-3). Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 288 yards and a touchdown but left the game to be evaluated for a concussion after his head slammed to the turf on a sack by Aaron Donald with 5:40 to play.
Elliott's big game helps Cowboys down 49ers: Ezekiel Elliott ran for 138 yards and a touchdown and Dak Prescott threw for two scores to help the Cowboys overcome an early 14-point deficit to beat the 49ers, 24-17. The Cowboys (3-1) fell in a 14-point hole early in the second quarter before taking over the game behind a pair of rookies who have helped the team get off to a fast start this season with starting quarterback Tony Romo sidelined by a back injury. Prescott threw for 245 yards.
Lynch steps in for injured Siemian, helps Denver stay unbeaten: Paxton Lynch made his NFL debut sooner than expected Sunday, stepping in for injured starter Trevor Siemian to help the Denver Broncos remain unbeaten with a 27-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Siemian left the game with two minutes remaining in the first half with what the defending Super Bowl champions described as an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He remained in uniform and watched the second half from the sideline, wearing a baseball cap while Lynch — the 26th pick in this year's draft— finished the Broncos' ninth consecutive win.