Don't tell Eric Zeier and Kerry Collins rookie quarterbacks aren't supposed to do big things in the NFL.
On a Sunday when the team with the league's worst record, the Saints, beat the Super Bowl champion 49ers, and the returning Deion Sanders wasn't close to being the most influential cornerback, a pair of first-year passers guided their teams to overtime victories.Zeier, inserted for the benched Vinny Testaverde, threw for 310 yards and led Cleveland to Matt Stover's fifth field goal for a 29-26 win at Cincinnati.
"He surprised me," said Browns receiver Andre Rison, who finished with seven catches for 173 yards, his best day with Cleveland. "He has shown us great leadership in practice. He's not intimidated by anyone."
Browns 29, Bengals 26, OT
After Zeier completed 26 of 46 passes to build a 10-point lead, David Klingler replaced Jeff Blake (concussion) and led the Bengals to Doug Pelfrey's 41-yard field goal with 1:04 left. Cincinnati (3-5) recovered the onside kick, and Klingler took Cincinnati 54 yards with the help of two pass interference penalties on Antonio Langham. A 2-yard lob to Carl Pickens tied it with 15 seconds left. But Blake returned, was intercepted by Dana Hall and Stover won it for the Browns (4-4).
"The last couple of minutes may have been the most bizarre finish to an NFL game I've seen in 35 years, and before that 25 years as a fan," Browns owner Art Modell said. "It was wild."
Cardinals 20, Seahawks 14
Lorenzo Lynch grabbed a tipped pass and headed to the end zone for Arizona (3-5). The record interception TD to end an overtime was a sudden finish to the sloppily played game in which Seattle's Sam Adams blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt earlier in overtime for the Seahawks (2-6).
"I just hoped his hamstrings didn't blow out," coach Buddy Ryan said.
The Seahawks (2-6) lost three of eight fumbles.
Steelers 24, Jaguars 7
With nine lineup changes, the Steelers (4-4) used a new look to avenge a loss to the expansion Jaguars (3-6) earlier this season. The Steelers, scoreless on their previous 10 trips inside the opposing 20-yard line, got touchdowns on their first three tries. Pittsburgh also had seven sacks.
Colts 17, Jets 10
At Indianapolis, Eugene Daniel stole Bubby Brister's pass on the final play of the first half and ran 97 yards for a touchdown. The Colts, 5-3 for the first time since 1977, gained only 3 yards in the second half. It didn't matter against impotent New York (2-7), which now has the NFL's worst record.
Eagles 20, Rams 9
At Philadelphia, the Rams (5-3) continued their turnover problems. They didn't have any in their first four games, all wins. But they have had 13 in their last four outings.
William Fuller and Andy Harmon had two sacks apiece, leading the Eagles (5-3) to their fourth consecutive win. Fuller also forced a fumble that Kevin Johnson returned for a fourth-quarter touchdown for the league's top-rated defense.
Oilers 19, Buccaneers 7
At Houston, Cris Dishman picked off two passes by Trent Dilfer, whose Tampa Bay-record 138 consecutive passes without an interception was snapped. Al Del Greco kicked four field goals for the Oilers (3-5), who had the ball for 41:51.
Dilfer threw three interceptions for Tampa Bay (5-4).
Giants 24, Redskins 15
At Washington, Vencie Glenn returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown, and Jamal Duff batted a pass to fellow lineman Michael Strahan, who returned it 62 yards to set up Tyrone Wheatley's rushing TD for New York (3-5). The Redskins (3-6) had four turnovers in the first half.