Kevin Mack scored on a five-yard run as the Cleveland Browns turned a Deion Sanders interception to their advantage and beat the Atlanta Falcons, 13-10, yesterday in Cleveland to end an eight-game losing streak.
The Browns (3-11) won for the first time since Oct. 8 and broke a team-record six-game home losing streak. Atlanta (3-11) has lost seven in a row overall and 18 consecutive road games.
Later in the day, the Denver Broncos -- who hosted the Browns in the AFC Championship game last season -- ended a six-game losing streak by beating San Diego.
"I'll tell you, that was so much fun, we're going to try to do it again next week," said Jim Shofner, who got his first win in five games since replacing Bud Carson as coach.
The Browns trailed 3-0 in the second quarter when Sanders made a one-handed interception of Bernie Kosar's pass to Webster Slaughter deep in Atlanta territory.
Atlanta took over from its 4-yard line and could not get a first down, and a 15-yard punt return by Brian Brennan put Cleveland at the Falcons 35. Four plays later Mack bulled over the left side to give the Browns their first lead in four weeks.
Jerry Kauric's 23-yard field goal made it 10-3 at halftime, only the second time the Browns have led at halftime.
The Falcons scored on Greg Davis's 30-yard field goal in the second quarter and an 11-yard pass from Hugh Millen to Floyd Dixon on the game's final play.
Atlanta's Andre Rison, who caught six passes for 100 yards, was carried off on a stretcher after spraining his left knee in the final minute.
Atlanta quarterback Scott Campbell, making his second start in place of injured Chris Miller, was benched after going three for nine for 41 yards in the first half.
Cleveland sacked Campbell three times and Millen five times. The eight sacks were the most by the Browns since Oct. 16, 1988.
Broncos 20, Chargers 10: John Elway threw two touchdown passes to Michael Young and Denver, at home, contained the NFL rushing leader Marion Butts to end a six-game losing streak.
The Broncos (4-10) got two field goals and a goal-line interception in the fourth quarter to damage the playoff hopes of the Chargers (6-8).
Elway, who hit Young on a 25-yarder with 15 seconds left in the first half, connected with him again on a three-yarder midway through the third quarter, lifting the Broncos to a 14-3 lead. Denver made it 17 straight points on David Treadwell's career-best 49-yard field goal early in the final period.
San Diego quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver directed an 80-yard, no-huddle drive, passing 22 yards to Craig McEwen for the score with 10:52 left.
Cornerback Le-Lo Lang intercepted Tolliver's pass at the goal line with 5:01 to go.
The Broncos lost safety Steve Atwater (rib injury) and linebacker Simon Fletcher (ankle), but held Butts to 71 yards on 22 carries.
Elway completed 18 of 29 passes for 248 yards, eclipsing 3,000 yards passing for the sixth straight year.
Steelers 9, Saints 6: In New Orleans, Gary Anderson kicked a 42-yard field goal to tie the game and a 43-yarder to win it with 1:44 left.
The Steelers (8-6) still have a chance to win AFC Central. The Saints (6-8) have only a mathematical chance at making the playoffs.
The game was a matchup of two of the finest kickers in the NFL. Anderson kicked a 29-yarder in the second quarter to get the Steelers off to a 3-0 lead.
Morten Andersen kicked one from 50 yards in the third quarter and from 43 yards in the fourth.
Anderson's winning field goal came one play after Saints defensive back Toi Cook dropped a ball that hit him in the chest.
Colts 29, Jets 21: Indianapolis won its fourth straight matchup with New York, behind the play of Eric Dickerson and a fake punt in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets (4-10) have lost five straight.
Dickerson rushed for 117 yards, his fourth 100-yard effort in nine games against New York, and scored twice on one-yard runs in the third quarter.
The first score by Dickerson was set up by the fake punt. From the Jets 45, punter Rohn Stark threw to his left to Mike Prior, who ran over Terance Mathis for a 40-yard gain.
With the Jets leading 14-3 in the second quarter, the Colts' Kurt Larson recovered a fumble at the Jets 25. Two plays later Jeff George threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Clarence Verdin.
The Jets' Pat Leahy missed a 40-yard field goal try in the second quarter. He is 20 for 23 this season.