(Reuters) - The New Orleans Saints suffered a shock 31-21 home defeat to the previously winless St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants rallied to avoid a similar fate against the Miami Dolphins in National Football League action on Sunday.
The Rams secured their first win of the season when Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a pass into coverage intercepted by Darian Stewart, who ran 27 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
The Rams’ (1-6) win was even more impressive given they were without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who is out with an ankle injury. In his absence A.J. Feeley completed 20 of 37 passes as he threw for 175 yards and one touchdown.
The key man in the Rams offense was running back Steven Jackson who rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Eli Manning led the Giants’ (5-2) comeback win against Miami (0-7), who had an 11-point lead in the second quarter after a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Matt Moore.
Manning found Victor Cruz with a 25-yard touchdown pass to secure a win which will lead to further pressure on Miami’s beleaguered head coach Tony Sparano.
The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) overcame an even bigger deficit, rallying from 21 points down, to eke out a 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals (1-6).
A Billy Cundiff field goal with 52 seconds to play grabbed the win for the Ravens but it was running back Ray Rice who got Baltimore in a game-winning position with three touchdowns as he rushed for 63 yards.
The result was the biggest comeback win in Ravens franchise history.
The Indianapolis Colts’ (0-8) miserable campaign without injured quarterback Peyton Manning continued with a 27-10 loss at the Tennessee Titans (4-3) during which Nate Washington scored twice for the home side.
Colts quarterback Curtis Painter threw two interceptions both of which the Titans turned into touchdowns.
Rookie Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and 290 yards but again finished on the losing side as the Carolina Panthers (2-6) fell 24-21 to the Minnesota Vikings (2-6).
Adrian Peterson scored two touchdowns and had 86 yards rushing and 76 yards receiving for the Vikings who won with a 31-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell with under three minutes to play.
The New England Patriots (5-1) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) were among the other games being played later on Sunday.
Editing by Frank Pingue