When John Elway first saw the Baltimore Ravens in their purple, black and white, they looked like strangers.
It didn't take him long to recognize that they remain the descendants of the old Cleveland Browns, a team Elway loved to torment.Elway, who a decade ago beat the Browns in two AFC title games, did it again Sunday to the Ravens, ledading the Denver Broncos to a 45-34 victory with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one his third TD pass to Ed McCaffrey, the second a 9-yard run.
That came after Vinny Testaverde had thrown three touchdown passes for the team that moved after last season from Cleveland to Baltimore, turning a 28-13 halftime deficit into a 34-31 lead.
"It didn't feel like Baltimore," Elway said. "They didn't look like Baltimore. "I guess it felt more like the Browns of old in different uniforms."
The Broncos (6-1) had more trouble with the Ravens (2-5) than recognizing the uniforms they wore into Mile High Stadium.
Baltimore came out in the second half with a no-huddle offense, and that seemed to energize them. Testaverde threw three TD passes in the period, an 11-yarder to Floyd Turner and 25 and 9 yarders to Michael Jackson.
The Broncos responded with a 28-yard pass from Elway to Shannon Sharpe that set up a 6-yard TD pass from Elway to McCaffrey. Then Tyrone Braxton intercepted a Testaverde pass and three plays later Elway went in for the clinching score.
Terrell Davis ran for a team-record 194 yards for Denver.
Bills 25, Jets 22
Darick Holmes gave Buffalo (5-2) a 19-15 lead, and then Christie hit from 33 yards to make it 22-15.
Frank Reich engineered an 80-yard drive in nine plays with no timeouts left to tie it on Wayne Chrebet's diving 21-yard TD catch with 1:43 to go.
But the Bills surged back for their ninth victory in the last 10 road games against the Jets (0-8). Passes of 17 and 14 yards by Kelly to rookie Eric Moulds set up Christie's winning kick and gave him a career high for one game.
Oilers 23, Steelers 13
With by far the largest crowd of the season (50,122) cheering its approval, Chris Chandler completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Willie Davis with 5:01 left to put the Oilers ahead. Eddie George clinched it with a 2-yard run with 3:05 remaining.
Houston's comeback ended the Steelers' five-game winning streak and tied the Oilers and Steelers atop the AFC Central Division at 5-2.
Panthers 19, Saints 7
Anthony Johnson, replacing the injured Tshimanga Biakabutuka, had his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game. It was the fourth win without a loss at Ericsson Stadium for Carolina (5-2), which has allowed just three touchdowns and 33 points in their new $187 million facility.
John Kasay kicked four field goals for the Panthers.
Redskins 31, Giants 21
At RFK Stadium, Terry Allen scored three touchdowns and Darrell Green returned an interception 68 yards for another score in the first half to give the Redskins (6-1) a 28-0 lead.
That was enough to hold off a furious New York rally. Dave Brown, who finished two yards shy of his first 300-yard NFL game, threw for two touchdowns and Tyrone Wheatley ran for one.
Patriots 27, Colts 9
In Indianapolis, Curtis Martin ran for two touchdowns and the Patriots turned two Colts fumbles into TDs. A third fumble cost the Colts a possible touchdown of their own.
A 42-yard punt return by David Meggett set up a 44-yard field goal by the Patriots' Adam Vinatieri, and the Colts (5-2) three times lost the ball on downs.
New England (4-3) broke open the game in the third quarter after rookie Marrio Grier recovered a fumble by Colts rookie Marvin Harrison on a punt return at the Indianapolis 17.
Cardinals 13, Bucs 9
Kent Graham, starting his fifth straight game, was 17-of-26 for 146 yards and a touchdown in the game at Sun Devil Stadium. He also was the top Cardinals rusher, scrambling for 40 yards on six carries to keep drives alive.
Matt Darby, acquired in the offseason from the Buffalo Bills, blocked an extra point after the only TD by Tampa Bay (1-6), and rookie Tommy Bennett stopped the Bucs on two straight pass plays to preserve a 13-9 victory for Arizona (3-4).
Rams 17, Jaguars 14
Outgained 538 yards to 204, the Rams' defense compensated with five interceptions, all of them deep in St. Louis territory, as St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak.
Anthony Parker scored his second defensive touchdown in two weeks on a 92-yard return in the first quarter on one of his two pickoffs.