Late TDs rally Patriots past Bills

The Associated PressSeptember 15, 2009 

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in a 1:16 span late in the fourth quarter, rallying the New England Patriots past the visiting Buffalo Bills 25-24 in the star quarterback's regular-season return from injury.

Brady hardly was dominant until the final minutes Monday night, when he hit Benjamin Watson for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 24-19. Buffalo's Leodis McKelvin surprisingly took the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone but fumbled at the Bills' 31, with kicker Stephen Gostkowski recovering.

Then Brady, who missed all but the first quarter of last year's opener with a knee injury, found Watson for 16 yards to win it.

Brady finished 39-of-53 for 378 yards.

Also Monday

Chargers at Raiders: Monday night's game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders did not end in time for this edition of The News & Observer.

Notes

Eagles bring back Garcia: Jeff Garcia, the NFL's version of Rocky Balboa, is back in Philadelphia.

Coach Andy Reid on Monday confirmed the Eagles had agreed to terms with the quarterback, a 10-year veteran who played for Philadelphia in 2006 and went 6-2 in eight starts, including the playoffs, while Donovan McNabb was injured.

The team needed a backup in case McNabb, who broke a rib in Philadelphia's 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in the season-opener, is not able to play this week.

Third-year pro Kevin Kolb filled in for McNabb and will start this week against New Orleans if McNabb is out, Reid said.

Philadelphia's other quarterback, Michael Vick, is not eligible because he was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the last part of the NFL's penalty for his role in a dogfighting ring.

Urlacher out for season: Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher went on injured reserve after having surgery Monday to repair a dislocated right wrist and will not be back this season, the team announced.

Gonzalez's status uncertain: One day after losing third-year wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez in a 14-12 victory over Jacksonville, Colts coach Jim Caldwell declined to elaborate on the severity of Gonzalez's right knee injury or say how much time he might miss.

Caldwell also didn't rule out the possibility of bringing back Marvin Harrison, the franchise's career receiving leader and the player Gonzalez was supposed to replace.

Hicks, Ware sidelined: New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Danny Ware are probably going to be sidelined at least two weeks with injuries sustained in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

Nicks, the team's first-round draft pick from North Carolina, sprained his left foot in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He caught two passes for 18 yards.

Ware, the third back behind Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, dislocated his left elbow returning the opening kickoff.

Polamalu optimistic: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu doesn't need knee surgery and says "the best-case scenario" is that he will be back in three to six weeks as expected.

He tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Thursday's win over Tennessee on a blocked field- goal attempt.

Stupar signs: The Buffalo Bills signed former Virginia tight end Jonathan Stupar, a member of their practice squad, to the 53-man roster and released wide receiver Justin Jenkins.

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