PITTSBURGH -- The Cleveland Browns appear to be closing the gap between themselves and the rival Steelers.
They're not there yet, though, not with Ben Roethlisberger able to beat teams two different ways in the same week.
Roethlisberger scrambled 30 yards for a key touchdown during Pittsburgh's second-half comeback, then set up his own go-ahead 2-yard TD pass to Heath Miller with an important third-down run as the Steelers rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Cleveland 31-28 Sunday.
Roethlisberger's big second half, with two TD passes and some important scrambles, overcame Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson's huge first half and two long Joshua Cribbs kickoff returns, including one for a 100-yard touchdown.
Pittsburgh (7-2) beat Cleveland (5-4) for the ninth consecutive time. Barely. Phil Dawson could have tied it, but was short on a 52-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining.
Relying on Roethlisberger's ability to shrug off blitzes and gain yards on plays that appeared to have broken down, plus his two TD passes, the Steelers took a big step toward making the playoffs after going 8-8 last season. Only six days before, Roethlisberger's five touchdown passes led the Steelers to a 38-7 Monday night rout of Baltimore.
"All I ever hear is about (Tom) Brady and Peyton (Manning), but this guy we have here is very special," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "He makes plays those guys don't make and that's what makes him so special. He can get out of the pocket, he can create, he's a beast and we're glad he wears black and gold."
Roethlisberger was 23 of 34 for 278 yards. Anderson had three first-half touchdown passes, but he couldn't generate a single first down in the second half until 49 seconds remaining in the game.
RAMS 37, SAINTS 29, at New Orleans -- Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce found the old magic, teaming with Marc Bulger to give perviously winless St. Louis a victory over a New Orleans squad that hadn't lost in a month.
Bulger finished with 302 yards and short touchdown passes to Bruce and Drew Bennett. Steven Jackson rushed for a short touchdown and even threw a 2-yard halfback pass to Randy McMichael for a score.
New Orleans (4-5), which could have climbed into a first-place tie in the NFC South with a win, gave up 34 straight points from midway through the first quarter until early in the fourth, falling behind 34-7 to a team that hadn't even led on the road.
PACKERS 34, VIKINGS 0, at Green Bay, Wis. -- Brett Favre joined Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 60,000 career yards as the Packers (8-1) went back to their short passing game after winning their last two games on a pair of deep passes from Favre.
The Vikings (3-6) hoped to carry over some momentum from Adrian Peterson's NFL-record 296-yard rushing performance against San Diego last Sunday. But the Packers ganged up on Peterson and held him to 45 yards on 11 carries.
Favre was 33-of-46 for 351 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Grant finished with 119 yards rushing.
JAGUARS 28, TITANS 13, at Nashville, Tenn. -- Quinn Gray threw for a touchdown and Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor ran for one each in Jacksonville's win over Tennessee.
Jacksonville (6-3) snapped the Titans' three-game winning streak; the Titans (6-3) struggled with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and defensive end Travis LaBoy sitting out with injuries.
Vince Young threw for a career-high 257 yards and his first TD pass since Sept. 24, but the Jaguars sacked him four times, recovered a botch snap and picked Young off twice.
EAGLES 33, REDSKINS 25, at Landover, Md. -- With the Eagles trailing by five and three rushers closing in, Donovan McNabb threw a screen pass to Michael Westbrook over the middle. Sprung by four solid downfield blocks, Westbrook scampered for a 57-yard touchdown with 3:16 remaining.
McNabb was 20 of 28 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Westbrook caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score, finishing with 20 carries for 100 yards and five receptions for 83 yards.
The Eagles (4-5) remained in last place in the NFC East, but moved within striking distance of the Redskins (5-4), who let a struggling Philadelphia team reel off 20 points in the fourth quarter.
BRONCOS 27, CHIEFS 11, at Kansas City, Mo. -- Backup Selvin Young rushed for 109 yards and Denver (4-5) scored two touchdowns in a 9-second span of the third quarter.
In the decisive series in the third quarter, Dre' Bly intercepted Damon Huard and returned it 18 yards to the 31. Three plays later Young went 20 yards for a touchdown and a 13-8 lead for the Broncos, who hadn't won in Kansas City since 2002.
On Kansas City's next play, defensive end Elvis Dumervil crashed into Huard and knocked the ball loose. Linebacker Nate Webster scooped it up and dashed 17 yards for another touchdown.
CARDINALS 31, LIONS 21, at Glendale, Ariz. -- Karlos Dansby intercepted two passes and forced a fumble to help Arizona's defense make mistake-prone Detroit look like the lowly Lions of old.
Kurt Warner completed 26-of-36 for 259 yards and three touchdowns, two to Larry Fitzgerald, as Arizona (4-5) snapped a three-game skid and improved to 3-1 at home.
The loss dropped the Lions (6-3) two games behind first-place Green Bay in the NFC North.
BILLS 13, DOLPHINS 10, at Miami -- Winless Miami controlled the ball for nearly 37 minutes and led most of the game, but Rian Lindell kicked a 34-yard field goal with 46 seconds left and the Bills earned their fourth consecutive win.
Buffalo scored 11 points in the final 9:46 to improve to 5-4. The Bills' winning streak is their longest since 2004.
The Dolphins fell to 0-9, extending the worst start in franchise history. Five defeats have been by three points.
BENGALS 21, RAVENS 7, at Baltimore -- Shayne Graham kicked a team-record seven field goals, and Cincinnati (3-6) completed a season sweep of Baltimore (4-5), which committed six turnovers.
FALCONS 20, PANTHERS 13, at Charlotte, N.C. -- Joey Harrington found Alge Crumpler over the middle for a 30-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left as Atlanta (3-6) won its second straight game. The Panthers' (4-5) lost their third straight and their sixth straight at home.