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Rams’ season goes from bad to very bad

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ST. LOUIS — The Dallas Cowboys rushed on the field to embrace Billy Cundiff, the rookie whose last-second field goal kept the St. Louis Rams winless.

A word of caution, however, from the Cowboys: Don't make too much of this. "Even though we won this one, we have to keep it in perspective because this was not the Super Bowl and it was not the last game of the season," defensive end Greg Ellis said. "We have a whole lot of games left to play."

So do the Rams, 0-4 for the first time since 1963.

Only now, and perhaps for a month or more, they will be without Kurt Warner, who broke the little finger on his passing hand.

By the time an injured Kurt Warner returns, the Rams might remember Sunday's 13-10 loss as their last stand, a loss that dashed their hopes of a return trip to the Super Bowl following an 0-3 start.

"Last week was like your junior high girlfriend breaking up with you and you get this sick feeling in your stomach," Rams tight end Ernie Conwell said. "This week it is like a nightmare. Somebody please turn the lights on and shake me. That is the feeling you have."

The balance of the season might be determined Monday when Warner will be evaluated for possible surgery on his broken little finger. A break of the same finger two years ago led to surgery that sidelined him for five games.

In the interim, the "Greatest Show on Turf" — yet to make an appearance this season — will be left to backup Jamie Martin of Weber State. He took his first extended series of snaps since training camp with the starting offense when he replaced Warner late in the first quarter.

BILLS 33, BEARS 27, OT: After having a potential game-winning field goal blocked with 25 seconds left in regulation, the Bills won on the second play of overtime when Drew Bledsoe found Travis Henry for a 26-yard TD.

The Bills (2-2) already have played three overtime games this season, winning two. No team had ever gone to an extra period three times in its first four games.

Bledsoe set an NFL record with his fourth touchdown pass in overtime. He finished with 328 yards and four TDs to get his first home victory. Meanwhile, the Bears (2-2) are losing their reputation for pulling out close victories. They've lost their last two games decided by seven points or fewer after winning 12 straight.

STEELERS 16, BROWNS 13, OT: Tommy Maddox, who signed with Pittsburgh last season after reviving his career in the XFL, replaced Kordell Stewart and led the host Steelers (1-2) to the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Maddox then drove Pittsburgh for Todd Peterson's winning 31-yard field goal in overtime. Maddox completed 6 of 7 passes for 77 yards on the key fourth-quarter drive, which ended with his 10-yard TD pass to Plaxico Burress with 2:02 left.

Jamel White had 105 yards rushing for the Browns (2-2).

RAIDERS 52, TITANS 25: At Oakland, rookie Phillip Buchanon scored on a punt return, handed off on another punt brought back for a TD and added an interception that led to still another Raiders score.

Jerry Rice had seven catches for 144 yards and a touchdown and became the NFL's career leader in yards from scrimmage, passing Walter Payton with 21,281.

Oakland (3-0) also got three interceptions from Rod Woodson, including one he returned 82 yards for a touchdown, making him the NFL's career leader in interception return yardage with 1,339. Rich Gannon was 29-of-39 for 381 yards and four touchdowns.

Steve McNair led the Titans (1-3) with a career-high 398 yards and two TDs, but he threw four interceptions.

LIONS 26, SAINTS 21: Rookie quarterback Joey Harrington looked great in his first victory, throwing for 267 yards and a TD as the host Lions won for just the third time in 20 games under coach Marty Mornhinweg. Detroit (1-3) held on after building a 20-0 lead. Deuce McAllister was held to 61 yards rushing but caught eight passes for 67 yards to lead the Saints (3-1).

CHIEFS 48, DOLPHINS 30: Trent Green threw five touchdown passes, three to tight end Tony Gonzalez, as the Chiefs handed visiting Miami (3-1) its first loss.

Green was 24-of-34 for 328 yards, and Gonzalez caught seven passes for 140 yards. Safety Greg Wesley intercepted three of Jay Fiedler's passes in the final eight minutes to set up the final 10 points for the Chiefs (2-2), who had lost five in a row to the Dolphins.

Ricky Williams was held to 66 yards rushing.

PACKERS 17, PANTHERS 14: Ten years and two days after becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback, Brett Favre found Donald Driver for a 22-yard touchdown with 4:10 left to win it for host Green Bay (3-1). Newly signed Shayne Graham missed a 24-yard field goal with 13 seconds left that would have tied it. Steve Smith filled in for Muhsin Muhammad by catching five passes for 116 yards, but it wasn't enough for the Panthers (3-1).

CARDINALS 21, GIANTS 7: Marcel Shipp, an undrafted second-year pro who didn't have an NFL carry until the second game of the season, ran 10 yards for one fourth-quarter touchdown and caught a 7-yard pass from Jake Plummer for another. Shipp, who was in the game because Thomas Jones had a sore left ankle, ran for 92 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards. New York (2-2) had a 7-0 lead, but in the final seconds of the second quarter, Arizona (2-2) tied it when Kerry Collins threw a sideline pass that Justin Lucas intercepted and ran 38 yards for a TD.

EAGLES 35, TEXANS 17: Brian Dawkins caught a touchdown pass and also had an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery for the Eagles.

Donovan McNabb completed 24 of 42 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown as Philadelphia (3-1) cruised to its third consecutive double-digit victory. The visiting Texans (1-3) have been routed three straight games, by a combined score of 82-23 since opening with an upset of Dallas. David Carr was sacked another seven times, bringing his season total to 26.

BUCCANEERS 35, BENGALS 7: Brad Johnson threw for 277 yards and three touchdown passes, and the Buccaneers' defense was dominant again six days after roughing up St. Louis.

Johnson's franchise-record streak of 187 straight throws without an interception ended when linebacker Brian Simmons returned an intercepted pass 51 yards in the first quarter. It was the first lead of the season for the host Bengals (0-4), who have been outscored 119-23. Akili Smith was just 12-of-33 for 117 yards against Tampa Bay (3-1).

JAGUARS 28, JETS 3: Led by 237 total yards from Fred Taylor — 142 rushing and 95 receiving — the host Jaguars made the Jets look bad again.

Stacey Mack scored three touchdowns for Jacksonville (2-1), three more than New York has scored in the last two weeks. The Jets (1-3) have been outscored 102-13 in three straight losses, their worst three-game stretch since 1962, when they were known as the Titans. Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde injured his right shoulder, and backup Chad Pennington finished 21-for-34 for 281 yards.