The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 24, 2005 - 7B
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Quintin Mikell
blocked a field goal and Matt Ware returned it
65 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 left, lead-
ing the Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-17 victory
over the San Diego Chargers yesterday.
San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson was held
to a career-low 7 yards rushing on 17 carries
and failed to score, ending his NFL record-
tying streak of consecutive games with a
touchdown at 18.
Drew Brees rallied the Chargers from a 10-
0 deficit with a pair of touchdown passes, but
San Diego couldn't put the game away after
the Eagles failed to convert a fourth-and-1 at
their own 30 late in the game.
Mikell leaped in the air to swat away Nate
Kaeding's 40-yard attempt, Ware picked it up
after one bounce and raced into the end zone.
The Chargers drove to Philadelphia's 19 on the
ensuing possession, but Sheldon Brown stripped
Reche Caldwell and Darwin Walker recovered.
Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb set a team
record with 35 completions in 54 attempts
for 287 yards and one touchdown, and Terrell
Owens caught his 100th career touchdown pass
to help the Eagles improve to 4-2. The Chargers
dropped to 3-4.
(AP) - Paul Edinger kicked a franchise-record
56-yard field goal as time ran out, lifting momen-
tum-starved Minnesota past Green Bay.
After losing their last two games by a combined
58-13 score and allegations of sexual misconduct
by several players on a boat party emerging, the
Vikings (2-4) trailed 17-0 in the third quarter and
appeared headed for another ugly defeat.
But Daunte Culpepper, who went 23-for-31 for
280 yards and two TDs with no interceptions, came
to life and Edinger made his third field goal of the
game. Green Bay's Ryan Longwell tied it at 20 with
24 seconds remaining on a 39-yard kick.
Also on Sunday, Eli Manning threw a 2-yard
ttouchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 5 seconds
left to lift New York past Denver.
Manning finished 23-of-42 for 214 yards and two
touchdowns for the Giants (4-2), who trailed from
midway through the second quarter until the final
drive. Manning also connected with Plaxico Burress
on a first-quarter scoring play.
Jake Plummer finished 18-of-29 for 194 yards and
one touchdown, and Jason Elam kicked three field
goals for the Broncos (5-2). But Elam missed a 49-
yarder with 5:18 left after New York's Tiki Barber
scored on a 4-yard run to make it 23-17.
The loss snapped the Broncos' five-game win-
* ning streak.
Left: Detroit Lions quarterback Jeff Garcia made his first start
of the season, leading the Lions to a 13-10 win. Top: Amani
Toomer celebrates after making his game-winning catch
with two seconds remaining to complete a comeback victory
against Denver. Bottom: Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia
Eagles also were spurred by a late-game touchdown to win.
Garcia, Lions topple Browns on the road
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kicked out of town
after one tumultuous season, Jeff Garcia came
back to Cleveland and got some payback against
Making his first start this season in place of
Joey Harrington, Garcia ran for a touchdown,
and Jason Hanson kicked two field goals Sunday
to lead the Detroit Lions to a 13-10 win over the
After missing Detroit's first five games with a
broken left leg, Garcia returned to practice this
week and the 35-year-old got the starting nod
before the game from Lions coach Steve Mari-
ucci, who has run out of patience with an inef-
Garcia, whose one season in Cleveland was
marred by inconsistent play, a feud with offen-
sive coordinator Terry Robiskie and personal
issues, had a one-yard touchdown run in the first
half and Hanson kicked a 50-yard field early in
the fourth quarter as the Lions (3-3) hung on.
Following the game, Garcia strutted off the
field and flashed a thumbs-up sign to cheering
Lions fans near the team's tunnel.
Garcia finished 22-of-34 for 210 yards and
didn't turn the ball over. His biggest play came
late in the fourth, when he stepped away from
a possible safety and completed a 10-yard pass
to Scottie Vines, one of the Lions' backup wide
receivers, for a first down.
Because of injuries, Detroit was down to its
Nos. 4 and 5 receivers, but Garcia was able to
buy himself time to throw in the pocket and
made completions when it appeared he had
nowhere to go.
The same can't be said of Browns quarter-
back Trent Dilfer, who was 10-of-19 for 73 yards
and threw three interceptions.
The Browns (2-4) did n't pick up a first down
in the second half unti l only 9:52 remained.
They had their chances, Ibut wide receiver Anto-
nio Bryant dropped a key third-down pass in the
fourth, and Cleveland didn't capitalize on a 100-
yard performance by Reuben Droughns.
Podsednik's walk-off blast
White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Scott Podsednik made it two electri-
fying home runs for the White Sox - and two World Series
Podsednik's home run off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning
gave Chicago a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros
on Sunday night and put the White Sox halfway home to their
first World Series title in 88 years.
"Incredible. What a ballgame," Podsednik said. "I was sit-
ting on a fastball the entire at-bat."
After yet another disputed umpiring call, Paul Konerko
capped a momentous week with a seventh-inning grand slam
on reliever Chad Qualls' first pitch, giving the White Sox a
6-4 lead and sparking the crowd of 41,432 to life on a drizzly,
But Game 1 hero Bobby Jenks couldn't work his magic two
nights in a row.
Pinch-hitting for Adam Everett with two outs in the ninth,
Jose Vizcaino hit an opposite-field single to left off the burly
reliever that drove in two runs and tied the game at 6. Chris
Burke just beat Podsednik's on-target throw to score the tying
run, but Podsednik made sure in the bottom half that the game
didn't go to extra innings.
Podsednik didn't have any home runs in 507 regular-sea-
son at-bats. He hit his first of the season in the division series
opener against Boston.
He came up with one out in the ninth against Lidge, who
hadn't pitched since Game 5 of the NL championship series
against St. Louis, when he gave up a mammoth three-run
homer to Albert Pujols that teammates joked rose to airplane
This one wasn't as long, but it was just as damaging.
Podsednik lofted the ball to right-center field, and play-
ers and fans craned to see whether it would clear the fence.
When it did, Chicago players poured out of the dugout to greet
Podsednik at the plate.
"Well, we're not in a good spot," Houston manager Phil
Garner said. "We had a chance to win this ballgame. We have
to go home and regroup. We'll make a series out of this."
Andy Pettitte had put his hometown team in position for its
first World Series win, leaving after six innings with a 4-2 lead
built largely by Lance Berkman, who had three RBIs.
Chicago pressured reliever Dan Wheeler on Juan Uribe's
one-out double and Tadahito Iguchi's walk, and the White Sox
loaded the bases when Jermaine Dye was awarded first base on
a 3-2 pitch that umpires ruled hit his hand. Houston disputed
the call and replays appeared to show the ball striking his bat.
If it had been ruled a foul ball, the count would have
remained full on Dye. But he took first, Qualls relieved and he
left his first pitch over the plate. Konerko turned on it, and it
went deep into the left-field bleachers.
Chicago centerfielder Scott Podsednik gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the World Series after a dramatic walk-off
home run over Houston closer Brad Lidge.
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