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Saturday, September 2, 7:30 pm
RICHMOND2 (48)Atlantic City
ALBANY1 (42)Baltimore
PITTSBURGH3 (51)Connecticut
PROVIDENCE6½ (47)New York
Washington1 (41)DELAWARE
Sunday, September 3, 10:00 am
PHILADELPHIA3½ (43)Syracuse
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 4 games:
  • LB Dexter Coakley, ALB — will return week 7
  • G Mike Goff, ACS — will return week 5
  • S Bhawoh Jue, BAL — will return week 5
  • DE Tyoka Jackson, BAL — will return week 5
  • DE Anthony Weaver, CON — will return week 6
  • LB James Harrison, CON — will return week 5
  • LB Brandon Short, NYE — will return week 6
  • TE Donald Lee, PHI — will return week 5
  • DT Damione Lewis, PHI — will return week 7
  • DE Anthony Hargrove, PIT — will return week 9
  • C Russ Hochstein, PIT — will return week 6
  • G Derrick Dockery, PRO — will return week 6
  • FB Dan Kreider, PRO — will return week 5
  • RB Jerome Bettis, RIC — will return week 7
  • DE Aaron Kampman, RIC — will return week 5
  • TE Mark Campbell, SYR — will return week 5
  • CB Terrence McGee, SYR — KR only until week 5
  • RB Derrick Ward, SYR — will return week 5
  • QB Daunte Culpepper, WAS — will return week 6

These skill players were last-second scratches for week 4 games due to “fatigue”:

  • QB Kelly Holcomb, ACS
  • WR Ricky Proehl, ACS
  • TE Christian Fauria, ALB
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger, BAL
  • FB Ovie Mughelli, BAL
  • WR Keary Colbert, CON
  • RB Samkon Gado, PHI
  • WR Justin McCareins, PHI
  • RB DeShaun Foster, PIT
  • QB Chad Pennington, PIT
  • QB Marc Bulger, PRO
  • RB Marshall Faulk, RIC
  • QB Donovan McNabb, RIC
  • WR Jerricho Cotchery, WAS (for receiving)

Week 4 Results

September 2, 2006
at Richmond
Atlantic City 26, Richmond 24
Adam Vinatieri booted a 44‑yard field goal in the last second to give Atlantic City (2‑2) the win over Richmond (1‑3). Tiki Barber piled up 282 yards on the ground on 25 carries, the most yards in one game by any rusher in the league since LaDainian Tomlinson got 304 for Delaware in 2004. Before the winners drove for the winning field goal, the losers erased a nine-point deficit and went ahead briefly on a 47‑yard field goal by Matt Stover.
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September 2, 2006
at Albany
Baltimore 22, Albany 20
Baltimore (2‑2) overcame four turnovers to nip Albany (1‑3). Trailing by three, the winners got a Clark Haggans safety and a Paul Edinger field goal to go ahead to stay early in the fourth quarter. They were unable to run out the clock, though, as Shaud Williams fumbled the ball away inside the two-minute mark. Starting at the Baltimore 39, the losers could move only three yards, and Jeff Wilkins missed a potential game-winning 53‑yard field goal with 0:30 left.
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September 2, 2006
at Pittsburgh
Connecticut 30, Pittsburgh 17
Willis McGahee ran for 82 yards and Tom Brady completed 16 of 26 passes for 221 yards, 110 to Samie Parker, to help Connecticut (2‑2) coast by Pittsburgh (1‑3). The killer blow was a 46‑yard Hail Mary touchdown from Brady to Parker on the last play of the first half. Donald Driver made 10 catches for 87 yards in the losing cause.
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September 2, 2006
at Providence
Providence 38, New York 35
Jamie Martin, a last-second replacement starter for Providence (4‑0), threw for four touchdowns to propel his team by offensive-minded New York (1‑3). Trailing 21‑14 at the half, Martin hit Jeremy Shockey and Josh Reed for scores early in the fourth quarter to give the winners the lead for good. Shockey had earlier caught a 13‑yard scoring pass. In the losing cause Jake Delhomme passed for 314 yards, 98 to Tony Gonzalez and 87 to Robert Ferguson, with touchdowns to each.
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September 3, 2006
at Philadelphia
Syracuse 34, Philadelphia 7
Terrence McGee returned the opening kickoff 72 yards to set the tone as Syracuse (3‑1) rolled up a 27‑0 lead by halftime on their way to dominating previously unbeaten Philadelphia (3‑1). Mark Brunell was 20-for-35 for 234 yards and three touchdowns, two to Laveranues Coles who finished with nine catches for 102 yards. Plaxico Burress had 10 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown in the losing cause.
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September 2, 2006
at Delaware
Delaware 21, Washington 10   Box   Drive Chart
Seconds after falling behind, Delaware (2‑2) got an 88‑yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Dante Hall and went on to top Washington (2‑2).

The Capitols failed to cash in on several Cherries turnovers and special teams breakdowns, most of which yielded great field position.

The most egregious lost opportunity came midway through the second quarter with Delaware holding a 7‑0 lead. Cherries running back Michael Turner fumbled on his own 15 and Antonio Pierce recovered and ran to the 1. The goal-line stand that followed thrilled the partisan crowd.

  • On first and second downs, Curtis Martin tried to pound the middle. The first time he lost a yard, and the second time he was stopped for no gain.
  • On 3rd down from the 2, Martin went outside and was stopped at the 1, but offsetting penalties negated the play.
  • On the do-over London Fletcher sacked Brad Johnson, forcing Washington to settle for a David Akers field goal.

These other squandered opportunities were less egregious, but cumulatively, they were integral to the undoing of the Capitols:

  • With 1:00 to go in the first half, a pass by Delaware field general Drew Brees was picked off by Greg Wesley and returned to the Cherries 19, the same spot a fumble by Washington’s Darren Sproles had been recovered for Delaware by Bart Scott 30 seconds earlier. On 3rd and 2 at the 11, Johnson found Chris Cooley but he was stopped a yard short of the first down marker. Akers then shanked a 27‑yard field goal attempt.
  • After Hall’s dash, which started the fourth quarter, Sproles returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the Cherries 37. Johnson connected with Cooley in the flat for four yards but then threw three straight incompletions giving possession back to Delaware on downs.
  • An interception by Ty Law set Washington up on their own 43 with 11:19 remaining, but they went backwards nine yards and were forced to punt.
  • With 6:53 to go Michael Stone blocked a punt by Ben Graham of the Cherries giving the Capitols possession on the Delaware 26. Two plays later Carlos Emmons perfectly read a look-in pass intended for Cooley and snagged an interception to once again thwart Washington.

Whereas the Capitols were spectacularly unsuccessful when presented with the ball on the Cherries 1‑yard line, Delaware was the opposite. Twice Washington’s rookie punter pinned the Cherries there. The second time they went three-and-out.

The first time was a different story.

Starting with 12:59 left in the first half, Delaware drove the entire 99 yards to a score. They were aided by a pair of personal foul penalties against the Capitols. The score came on a 3‑yard run around right end by LaDainian Tomlinson and it put the Cherries ahead 7‑0.

After Emmons’ interception, Delaware protected their 14‑10 lead the best possible way — with an insurance touchdown, a 1‑yard run by Tony Richardson. The drive, which covered 66 yards in 12 plays, was in many ways more impressive than the earlier 99‑yard drive. This one ate up more than four and a half minutes with Tomlinson, who all told gained 102 yards on 28 carries, moving the chains three times. Washington was hit with yet another personal foul to help Delaware along.

After Richardson’s score, the game took a bizarre twist: A power failure plunged the stadium into darkness during what was shaping up to be the last play of the game. When power was restored, the officials put 15 seconds back on the clock without explanation, effectively allowing the Capitols an extra do-over. Still, though, they failed to narrow the Cherries’ 21‑10 lead.