Kicking Off


49ers 17, Rams 16

Frank Gore ran for two touchdowns to lead San Francisco past St. Louis.

Broncos 23, Raiders 20 (OT)

Jason Elam's 23-yard field goal with 5:48 left in overtime lifted Denver.

Sunday's Scores

Houston 34, Carolina 21

Cleveland 51, Cincinnati 45

Jacksonville 13, Atlanta 7

Green Bay 35, N.Y. Giants 13

Pittsburgh 26, Buffalo 3

Indianapolis 22, Tennessee 20

Arizona 23, Seattle 20

Detroit 20, Minnesota 17 (OT)

Dallas 37, Miami 20

Baltimore 20, N.Y. Jets 13

Tampa Bay 31, New Orleans 14

Chicago 20, Kansas City 10

New England 38, San Diego 14

Browns buck Bengals

Cincinnati receiver Chad Johnson (85) got the best of Cleveland defensive back Leigh Bodden on this play, but Bodden and the Browns beat Johnson and the Bengals 51-45 in a wild game that featured 96 points and 1,085 yards of offense.

Pats pound Chargers

The New England Patriots routed the San Diego Chargers 38-14 Sunday night as Tom Brady threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

Warriors keep Nellie

Don Nelson and the Golden State Warriors agreed to a new contract Sunday, keeping Nelson as the team's coach this season. The Warriors didn't announce terms of the deal, but the Contra Costa Times reported that Nelson would get a raise from $3.1 million to $5.1 million for the next two years. In exchange, the third year of the deal would convert to a team option. If the option wasn't exercised, Nelson would earn $1 million under a five-year consulting deal with the team. Nelson, 67, went 42-40 in his first season back with Golden State, where he also coached from 1988-95. His 1,232 career coaching victories are the second-most in NBA history. It was the most successful season in years for the Warriors, who went 12 consecutive seasons without a winning record or playoff berth.

Mercury is champ

Penny Taylor scored 30 points and Cappie Pondexter 26 to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 108-92 victory over the Detroit Shock on Sunday that wrapped up their first league title in the deciding game 5 of the WNBA championship series.