Anthony Dilweg, subbing for injured quarterback Don Majkowski, threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Ed West with 16 seconds remaining yesterday, rallying the Green Bay Packers to a 24-21 victory over the Phoenix Cardinals in Tempe, Ariz.
The Packers (5-5) trailed by 21-10 after Timm Rosenbach's third touchdown pass with 13:14 remaining.
Dilweg, who completed 11 of 21 passes for 134 yards, cut Green Bay's deficit to 21-17 on a 15-yard pass to Clarence Weathers with 6:20 to play. Phoenix, 2-8 after its fifth straight loss, turned over the ball on downs at the Packers 43 with 2:10 to go.
Dilweg threw passes of 19 and nine yards to Herman Fontenot and 16 yards to Weathers to get the ball to the Phoenix 1. Two plays later, Dilweg rolled right and found West in the back of the end zone.
The Cardinals tried a last second field goal by Al Del Greco, but the 58-yarder fell far short.
Green Bay played most of the game without Majkowski, who strained his throwing shoulder 9:04 before halftime and did not return. Majkowski watched the second half from the sidelines in street clothes with his right arm in a sling.
Phoenix trailed, 10-7, at halftime before taking a 14-10 lead when Rosenbach lofted a 27-yard touchdown pass to Roy Green in the third quarter. The pass over two defenders in the corner of the end zone capped an 80-yard drive in 11 plays.
Rosenbach hit Ernie Jones for a 25-yard touchdown 1:46 into the fourth quarter to complete a 98-yard, eight-play drive for a 21-10 lead.
Chiefs 27, Chargers 10: J.J. Birden turned a short pass from Steve DeBerg into a 90-yard touchdown romp on Kansas City's third play, breaking a 10-quarter touchdown drought by the offense and leading the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs (6-4) had not scored an offensive touchdown since the second quarter against Seattle Oct. 21. But DeBerg, who had averaged fewer than 100 passing yards in the two previous games, hit Birden near the 35-yard line and Birden outran Donnie Elder and Sam Seale to the end zone.
The Chargers (5-6), who had won five straight from Kansas City and three in a row this season, fell behind, 10-0, after running just one play. Quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver fumbled the snap after the kickoff and Kevin Ross recovered for the Chiefs on the 14, setting up Nick Lowery's 36-yard field goal.
DeBerg added two short touchdown passes to Bill Jones, a two-yarder in the third period for a 17-3 lead and a six-yarder with 10:28 left in the game for the final margin.
Vikings 24, Seahawks 21: Fuad Reveiz kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired in Seattle, giving Minnesota its third straight win.
The Vikings (4-6) tied the game with 2:28 to go on Herschel Walker's 58-yard touchdown run, his longest of the season.
Reveiz's game-winning field goal came after Dave Krieg's pass bounced off wide receiver Paul Skansi to Minnesota's Joey Browner at the Seattle 36 with 1:59 left. The Vikings moved to the Seattle 7 in six plays, including an 11-yard third-down pass from Rich Gannon to Walker, before Reveiz kicked his game-winning field goal.
Reveiz was signed two weeks ago after the Vikings' regular kicker, Donald Igwebuike, was indicted on charges of heroin trafficking.
Walker had been limited to 38 yards in 13 carries in the first 57 minutes before breaking loose for his game-tying touchdown, only his second of the season.
Colts 17, Jets 14: Rookie Jeff George rallied Indianapolis at home with a season-high 249 yards passing and two second-half touchdowns, and a 38-yard field goal by Dean Biasucci made the difference.
New York had a 14-0 lead on four field goals by Pat Leahy and a safety on a tackle of George by Dennis Byrd in the end zone. But an ill-advised lateral by Erik McMillan after he intercepted George's pass turned things around in the third period.
McMillan fumbled as he tried to lateral the ball, and George recovered at the Jets 43. On the next play, George passed 43 yards to Jessie Hester, who caught the ball after it was tipped by cornerback James Hasty at the corner of the end zone. A three-yard pass to Stanley Morgan tied the game with 7:22 to play.