There were also thrilling finishes in Detroit, Washington and Cleveland along with Chicago losing quarterback Jay Cutler to a broken thumb for the remainder of the regular season.
|Lions' QB Matthew Stafford had five TD passes in thriller.|
The Lions' defense intercepted Panthers' QB Cam Newton four times and helped lead the way in the second half comeback.
The Chicago Bears outscored the listless San Diego Chargers, 31-20 at Soldier Field, but lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a broken thumb.
Cutler passed for 286 yards and three TDs along with a rushing touchdown and an interception, which resulted in his injury as he raced to help stop the Chargers' Antoine Cason from taking the pick the distance.
Meanwhile, San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw two more fourth quarter picks to seal his team's fate, which was a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Oakland Raiders improved to 6-4 with a 27-21 win at Minnesota as Michael Bush gained 109 yards rushing and scored a touchdown to help the cause.
Last Thursday night, the Denver Broncos stunned the New York Jets with a 95-yard scoring drive, capped by quarterback Tim Tebow's scoring run in a 17-13 win.
The Green Bay Packers remained undefeated (10-0) heading into their Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Detroit Lions in a 35-26 home win against Tampa Bay.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 299 yards and three TDs while Bucs' QB Josh Freeman lit up the Packers' secondary for 342 yards to keep things interesting in this game.
The Cleveland Browns held off the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 14-10 with a last minute goal line stand to improve to 4-6 in a defensive struggle between the two teams.
Dallas won a thriller in Washington, 27-24 in overtime as kicker Dan Bailey nailed a game-winning 39-yard field goal after Redskins' kicker Graham Gano just missed on a 52-yard field goal attempt.
Cowboys' QB Tony Romo passed for 292 yards and threw for three touchdowns to offset Rex Grossman's two TD passes.
Baltimore (7-3) won a surprisingly high scoring game at home against Cincinnati, 31-24 as two of the league's better defenses this season were lit up.
Bengals' rookie quarterback Andy Dalton passed for 373 yards and Cedric Benson rushed for two touchdowns in the loss while Ravens' running back Ray Rice scored two touchdowns and totaled 147 yards (104 rushing) to help his team re-gain first place in the AFC North.
Miami crushed the sinking Buffalo Bills, 35-8 in South Florida behind a stellar defense that limited the Bills (5-5) to just 247 total yards in offense, including a paltry 41 yards on the ground.
Seattle surprised the host St. Louis Rams, 24-7 as running backs Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett each ran for a touchdown and the Seahawks' defense smothered the Rams, limiting them to 185 yards in offense.
Atlanta closed to within a game of the idle New Orleans Saints in the NFC South with a 23-17 home triumph against the Tennessee Titans.
Falcons' running back Michael Turner ran for 100 yards and scored a touchdown while QB Matt Ryan hooked up with tight end Tony Gonzalez on a scoring pass to go with three Matt Bryant field goals. The Titans made it close in the final quarter as reserve QB Jake Locker hit WR Nate Washington for a second scoring pass to provide the final outcome.
The machine that is the San Francisco 49ers (9-1 record with eight consecutive wins) continues to roll as they dominated the visiting Arizona Cardinals, 23-7 behind two TD passes by quarterback Alex Smith and the stingy defense that held the Cards to only 229 yards in total offense for the game.
The 49ers' defense also forced five turnovers, including three interceptions of Arizona QB John Skelton.
The Sunday Night Football game saw the Philadelphia Eagles, without starting QB Michael Vick and WR Jeremy Maclin, go into New York and beat down the Giants, 17-10.
The Eagles' defense limited the Giants (6-4) to just 29 yards rushing in the game and forced a huge turnover late in the contest as New York QB Eli Manning fumbled the ball away after being sacked in the final minute.
Backup quarterback Vince Young passed for two touchdowns and also three interceptions in his first start in a year.
The New England Patriots overcame a sluggish first half and routed the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 34-3 in the Monday Night Football game behind a pair of touchdown passes from QB Tom Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski and a 72-yard punt return for touchdown by Julian Edelman.