WEMBLEY, England -- For art, they could have gone to the British Museum.
For something grand, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace were a train ride away.
Instead, what the fans got on this history-making Sunday in London was old-fashioned, muck-it-up football -- not very entertaining and not pretty at all, unless you ask the New York Giants, who came out with a 13-10 victory over the still-winless Miami Dolphins.
"We won, so obviously it was worth it," said Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who was born in London.
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Eli Manning threw for only 59 yards but ran for New York's lone touchdown to lift the Giants to their sixth consecutive victory, a mud-caked slog through the unfriendly pitch at torn-up Wembley Stadium in this, the first regular-season NFL game played outside North America.
The Giants (6-2) had more riding on this game, and were in no mood to take a 3,500-mile trip to help the league expand its international presence. But Brandon Jacobs helped make the journey a success, running for 131 yards, the second consecutive week he's hit a career high.
Helped in part by a steady rain that made offense nearly impossible, the New York defense allowed only 254 yards and held the Dolphins (0-8) out of the end zone for the first 58 minutes.
"I'll be glad to give my opinion to the commissioner with the issues that came up," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said when asked if the trip was worth it.
Most issues had to do with jet lag, transportation and the general inconvenience of coming this far to play a game. Whether that or the sloppy conditions had more to do with the less-than-scintillating game is up for debate.
CHARGERS 35, TEXANS 10, at San Diego -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger flipped the coin, thanked the firefighters and yelled, "Go, Chargers, go!"
Did they ever, helping bring a sense of normalcy to a region that's been ravaged by deadly wildfires.
Two days after the last evacuees left Qualcomm Stadium, the tailgaters and the NFL were back. The Chargers routed Houston behind Philip Rivers' three touchdown passes -- two went to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates -- and a monster game by cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had two interceptions, one of which he returned 70 yards for another TD.
San Diego (4-3) won its third game in a row and popped above .500 for the first time since opening day. Houston (3-5) lost its third in a row.
STEELERS 24, BENGALS 13, at Cincinnati -- Hines Ward caught a pair of touchdown passes, and Pittsburgh won for the seventh consecutive time in Cincinnati.
The Steelers (5-2) solidified their hold on first place in the AFC North and pushed the last-place Bengals to the precipice. The Bengals are 2-5 for the first time since 2004, Carson Palmer's first season as the starting quarterback.
LIONS 16, BEARS 7, at Chicago -- Jon Kitna passed for 268 yards, Kevin Jones ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, and the Lions showed they're serious contenders in the NFC.
Detroit is 5-2 for the first time since 2000 and making a strong bid for its first playoff appearance since 1999. The Lions have endured six consecutive seasons with at least 10 losses and won just three games last year, coach Rod Marinelli's first.
BROWNS 27, RAMS 20, at St. Louis -- Derek Anderson threw three touchdown passes, two to Braylon Edwards, and the Browns erased an early 14-point deficit for their first road win.
Browns safety Sean Jones stopped Brian Leonard for no gain on 4th-and-1 from the 16 in the final two minutes and Leigh Bodden picked off Marc Bulger at the Cleveland 28 with 38 seconds left.
The Browns (4-3) matched their win total from last season and have won consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 5 and 6 of the 2003 season, a span of 46 games. The Rams fell to 0-8.
EAGLES 23, VIKINGS 16, at Minneapolis -- Donovan McNabb threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and showed plenty of the mobility he appeared to have lost after major knee surgery.
The five-time Pro Bowler looked more like the guy who led the Eagles to the Super Bowl three years ago than the tentative veteran who had been hearing calls from those notoriously restless Philly fans to start Kevin Kolb.
McNabb took advantage of the league's worst pass defense, completing 23 of 36 passes and buying plenty of time with his legs to get his Eagles (3-4) back on track.
JAGUARS 24, BUCS 23, at Tampa, Fla. -- Quinn Gray, making his first NFL start, overthrew open receivers most of the day, but made several key completions when his team needed them most, including an 8-yard touchdown throw to Matt Jones that put Jacksonville (5-2) ahead for good with 11:37 to go.
Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia, who had not thrown an interception in Tampa Bay's first seven games, had a streak of 217 consecutive passes without a pick stopped when Aaron Glenn stepped in front of a sideline throw intended for Galloway and ran 28 yards for a second-quarter TD.
BILLS 13, JETS 3, at East Rutherford, N.J. -- J.P. Losman came on in relief of an injured Trent Edwards and connected with Lee Evans on an 85-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 remaining to lift Buffalo over New York.
Rian Lindell kicked two field goals, including a 40-yarder with 10:06 left that gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead. The Bills (3-4) have won three of their last four.
New York (1-7) has lost five in a row, a slump that started with a 17-14 defeat against the Bills. It's the Jets' worst start since opening the 1996 season 0-8 en route to a 1-15 finish under Rich Kotite.
LenDale White, Titans
25 rushes, 133 yards
Brandon Jacobs, Giants
Willie Parker, Steelers
Kevin Jones, Lions
Joseph Addai, Colts
23-100, 2 TDs
Reggie Wayne, Colts
Lee Evans, Bills
Braylon Edwards, Browns
8-117, 2 TDs
Joey Galloway, Buccaneers
Torry Holt, Rams
David Patten, Saints
Reggie Brown, Eagles
Drew Brees, Saints
31-39-336, 4 TDs
Donovan McNabb, Eagles
Marc Bulger, Rams
Tom Brady, Patriots
29-38-306, 3 TDs
Rams running back Steven Jackson, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing a month with a groin injury, was sidelined by back pain in the second quarter Sunday against the Browns.
Jackson scored on a 2-yard run, his first touchdown of the season, on the Rams' first drive. He had 41 yards on eight carries before leaving.
Rams quarterback Marc Bulger sprained his right thumb in the third quarter, but returned after missing one possession.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday's game against the Chargers when he was hit following his second interception of the afternoon. Schaub was leveled by linebacker Stephen Cooper, who was called for two personal fouls, a hit to the head and unnecessary roughness. Schaub was replaced the next series by Sage Rosenfels.
Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards left in the third quarter of the Bills' game against the Jets with what appeared to be an injury to his right hand.
Vikings quarterback Kelly Holcomb was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Eagles on a sack by Juqua Thomas that slammed Holcomb's head hard against the turf and injured his neck.
Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson was sidelined early in the third quarter against the Panthers after injuring his neck. Jackson was hurt while attempting to tackle Carolina tight end Jeff King.
Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. The injury happened late in the first half when Testaverde handed off to DeShaun Foster, and left guard Mike Wahle appeared to step on the quarterback's right ankle. He finished the half but was replaced by David Carr after halftime.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher all but confirmed an Internet report that he has an arthritic back after a subpar performance in a 16-7 loss to the Lions. The six-time Pro Bowl selection told foxsports.com that his back has been bothering him since training camp and that he had recently seen a specialist.