Cousins, Murray lift Vikings past Darnold, Jets 37-17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, Latavius Murray ran for two scores, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled away in the second half to beat the New York Jets 37-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen became the fifth player in NFL history to get at least 100 yards receiving in seven consecutive games, catching nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Murray, coming off career-high 155 yards rushing against Arizona, finished with 69 yards on 15 carries to help lift the Vikings (4-2-1) to their first win against the Jets on the road after losing the first five meetings away from home.

In his first game against the Jets (3-4) since spurning their massive offer in free agency, Cousins was far from spectacular but made some big plays late. With the game still hanging in the balance and the Vikings facing fourth-and-8 from the 34, Cousins connected with Aldrick Robinson for a TD to seal it.

Cousins, 25 of 40 for 241 yards, opted to turn down New York’s three-year, $90 million deal in the offseason and instead chose to go to Minnesota, which actually signed him to a deal worth $6 million less. The Jets then turned their attention to the draft, where they selected Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick.

In their first meeting, Cousins came out on top — while Darnold struggled on a cold, windy day.

The rookie was 17 of 42 for 206 yards with a TD pass to Chris Herndon and a TD run, but was intercepted three times as New York’s two-game winning streak ended.

The Vikings took a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter when Murray followed a 23-yard run with a 38-yard touchdown scamper, his second score of the game.

New York wasn’t done, though.

Darnold’s 17-yard throw to Herndon was initially called a touchdown, but it was ruled after a video review that the tight end’s heel went out of bounds at the 1. Darnold went in on a quarterback sneak on the next play for the first rushing score of his career, making it 27-17.

After the Vikings went three-and-out, Darnold went deep to Robby Anderson, whose legs got tangled with Xavier Rhodes and both needed to be checked by trainers. Anderson was OK, but Rhodes was helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg.

Holton Hill came on in place of Rhodes and immediately picked off Darnold’s pass intended for Andre Roberts. Seven plays later, Cousins put the game away with his TD toss to Robinson.

Minnesota took a 17-7 lead halfway through the third quarter on Murray’s 11-yard touchdown run on a drive that was prolonged by the game’s first converted third-down opportunity by either team, a 13-yard catch by Thielen. The Vikings had been 0 for 8 on third down before that conversion.

On the Jets’ next play from scrimmage, Darnold threw a long pass down the left sideline that was intended for Anderson but tipped by Rhodes and right into the hands of Harrison Smith, who returned it 52 yards to the New York 9.

The Jets kept Cousins & Co. out of the end zone, with the Vikings settling for a 22-yarder from Dan Bailey to go up 20-7 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.

Jason Myers, who set the franchise record with seven field goals last Sunday, kicked a 55-yarder to cut the Jets’ deficit to 10 with 2:39 remaining in the third. New York converted its first third down of the game after missing on its first seven opportunities on Darnold’s 6-yard run on third-and-5, but the drive was short-circuited by drops by Isaiah Crowell and Eric Tomlinson.

THIELEN FEELIN’ IT

Thielen reached his milestone with a 21-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He joined Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (eight, 2012), Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (seven, 2014), Dallas’ Michael Irvin (seven, 1995) and Houston’s Charley Hennigan (seven, 1961) to accomplish the feat.

He and Hennigan are the only players to do so in his team’s first seven games to open the season.

INJURIES

Vikings: LG Tom Compton left in the first quarter with a knee injury and didn’t return. He was replaced by Danny Isidora. … LB Anthony Barr left in the fourth with a hamstring injury.

Jets: RB Bilal Powell was ruled out after injuring his neck during a 2-yard run in the second quarter. … S Doug Middleton, starting in place of the injured Marcus Maye, also left in the second with a shoulder injury and didn’t return.

ANTHEM

There were no displays of protest during the singing of the national anthem.

UP NEXT

Vikings: home vs. New Orleans next Sunday.

Jets: at Chicago next Sunday.

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Coach Gase’s improbable Dolphins hang on in playoff race

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Only one NFL team has been outgained by nearly 1,200 yards and is still in the playoff picture — the underwhelming, overachieving Miami Dolphins.

They're 6-6 and part of the crowded AFC wild-card race despite statistics that would sink most teams. The Dolphins rank 29th in the NFL in

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Only one NFL team has been outgained by nearly 1,200 yards and is still in the playoff picture — the underwhelming, overachieving Miami Dolphins.

They’re 6-6 and part of the crowded AFC wild-card race despite statistics that would sink most teams. The Dolphins rank 29th in the NFL in offense and 29th in defense, 29th in third-down conversions and 28th in red zone scoring.

So how have they managed a lofty .500 record?

“Turnover margin,” coach Adam Gase said Monday. “The amount of turnovers our defense is getting is what we need, and then we don’t turn it over a whole bunch.”

He’s right. The Dolphins are tied for seventh in turnover differential at plus-eight, and third in takeaways with 25. The impact on the scoreboard has been “insane,” Gase said.

Turnover differential was the difference Sunday, when Miami was outgained by Buffalo 415 yards to 175 but won the turnovers battle, 3-1, and the game, 21-17.

It also helped that the Bills’ Charles Clay dropped a fourth-down pass at the goal line in the final minute.

“It’s better to be lucky than good,” Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso said.

Luck might play a small role in explaining the Dolphins’ knack for outperforming the stats. It dates back to Gase’s first season in 2016, when they were outgained by 798 yards but went 10-6. That’s their only playoff team in the past decade.

Someone reminded Gase his team has been outgained this year by 1,168 yards.

“Great,” Gase responded, meaning the opposite of great. His team is on pace to surpass the franchise record disparity of 1,321 in 1967, the Dolphins’ second season.

This year only Cincinnati (5-7) and Arizona (3-9) have larger yardage deficits. To which the Dolphins say: So what.

“It’s all about us putting the ball in the end zone and having the most points at the end of the game,” running back Kenyan Drake said.

Oddsmakers aren’t impressed by that approach: Miami is a touchdown underdog at home Sunday against AFC East leader New England (9-3) .

Gase believes the Dolphins actually should be 8-4. They blew double-digit fourth-quarter leads in losses at Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

As it is, Miami is tied with three other teams in the AFC, one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for the sixth seed and final wild-card spot in the AFC.

“Obviously, in order to stay in the hunt, we’ve got to win,” receiver Kenny Stills said. “And we know that.”

For a change, the Dolphins begin the week with no significant new injuries. Ryan Tannehill, playing in his second game since returning from a shoulder injury, shook off several jarring hits to throw three touchdown passes against Buffalo.

“He’s as tough as they come,” Gase said.

The Dolphins have endured so many injuries that Gase said it’s a different team from the one that lost to New England 38-7 in Week 4.

The obvious goal this week will be to keep the score closer, and if the Dolphins do that, don’t discount their chances. In one-score games Gase is 6-1 this year, and 19-6 in his three seasons with the Dolphins.

In other games he’s 3-17. Sometimes relying on turnovers isn’t enough.

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Browns rookie CB Denzel Ward in concussion protocol

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie Denzel Ward remains in concussion protocol after getting hurt in Sunday's loss at Houston.

Ward got injured in the first half and did not return in Cleveland's 29-13 loss to the Texans, who won their ninth straight game.

Interim coach Gregg Williams said Ward was initially checked

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie Denzel Ward remains in concussion protocol after getting hurt in Sunday’s loss at Houston.

Ward got injured in the first half and did not return in Cleveland’s 29-13 loss to the Texans, who won their ninth straight game.

Interim coach Gregg Williams said Ward was initially checked for a neck “stinger” before he was evaluated for a head injury. The No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, Ward has three interceptions this season.

Williams has been critical of Ward’s tackling in the past and said the former Ohio State star needed to be lower before he took contact.

Williams said defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is still being evaluated for a biceps injury. Ogunjobi also got hurt in the first half and kept playing before sitting out the second half.

It’s too early to say if either Ward or Ogunjobi will be available Sunday when the Browns (4-7-1) host Carolina.

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Chiefs move on from Hunt with crucial win in Oakland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs didn't have much time between the moment Kareem Hunt walked off the practice field to the moment they boarded an airplane without him for their trip to Oakland.

It was about 24 hours in all.

Yet the stunning downfall of their top running back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have much time between the moment Kareem Hunt walked off the practice field to the moment they boarded an airplane without him for their trip to Oakland.

It was about 24 hours in all.

Yet the stunning downfall of their top running back hardly set the Chiefs back when they ultimately took the field against the Raiders on Sunday.

Spencer Ware performed well starting in Hunt’s place, the Chiefs piled up 178 yards rushing — their second most all season — and Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the offense had another big game in a 40-33 victory that was never that close.

“In this league it moves fast. You have to make sure you’re ready for every single week,” Mahomes said. “I was glad to get back on the football field. We had been on a bye week after a loss, so to get out here and get a win against a team that you’ve had a historic rivalry with is always a good win.”

Especially given the circumstances.

The Chiefs had just concluded their final practice Friday when TMZ Sports posted the video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February. In short order, Hunt was sent home from the facility, placed on the NFL’s exempt list, summoned back to the facility and ultimately released.

The move was as swift as it was stunning. And for many teams preparing to face a rival on the road, even one that has struggled as much as the Raiders, it could have been difficult to overcome.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he never considered that an option.

“You guys know me well enough that I’m not going to let certain things slide. I’m going to address them when they need to be addressed,” Reid said during a conference call Monday. “And then I bank on my locker room and the strength of my locker room, and they really stepped up on this.”

The Chiefs (10-2) didn’t have time to alter their game plan, so they basically stuck with it with Ware in the backfield. The only problem is that Ware only took about 10 percent of the first-team reps in practice last week, and backups Damien Williams and Darrel Williams took precisely none.

Yet with an assist from Mahomes, who scrambled for 52 yards, the Chiefs still did enough on the ground to keep the Oakland defense honest. That in turn allowed for Mahomes to throw for 295 yards and four touchdowns without an interception, his seventh game with at least four TD passes this season.

“I mean, that’s my brother,” Ware said of Hunt, “but the men in this circle, the men in the locker room, the organization, we all have one goal. That’s to win a Super Bowl. So we have to stay distraction-free and I don’t have anything else to say about that.”

Reid acknowledged Monday that general manager Brett Veach had brought in a couple of running backs to provide depth. One of them expected to get a close look, Charcandrick West, is familiar with the system having spent several seasons with the Chiefs before getting cut in training camp.

Yet the bulk of the carries will belong to Ware, who was supposed to be the starter last year before a knee injury in the preseason landed him on injured reserve.

And lest anyone think there will be a major drop-off, consider that Ware’s career average of 4.6 yards per carry is only a tenth-of-a-yard less than that of Hunt, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is just as potent.

“He’s been doing it for a while now,” said tight end Travis Kelce, who had 168 yards receiving and two TD catches against Oakland.

“He’s been a staple of this organization since he’s been here. He’s worked his tail off to be in the position that he is in. And he got back from an injury last year that set him back. He wasn’t allowed to be a part of what we were doing last year.”

He figures to be a big part of what the Chiefs hope is a Super Bowl push this year.

“The mindset of this team is whenever you get your opportunity, you make the most of it,” Mahomes said. “I feel like every single game someone else steps up. We kept our mind on that and playing football, the game we have loved since we were little kids, to keep this season going.”

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Jets’ Bowles: Titans loss will stick ‘for rest of my life’

NEW YORK (AP) — Jets coach Todd Bowles says New York's loss at Tennessee on Sunday will stick with him "for the rest of my life."

The Jets blew a 16-0 lead before falling to the Titans 26-22, the team's sixth straight defeat in what has become another lost season. New York is

NEW YORK (AP) — Jets coach Todd Bowles says New York’s loss at Tennessee on Sunday will stick with him “for the rest of my life.”

The Jets blew a 16-0 lead before falling to the Titans 26-22, the team’s sixth straight defeat in what has become another lost season. New York is 3-9 with a game at AFC East-rival Buffalo next Sunday.

Bowles has come under heavy criticism in his fourth season as the losses have piled. While management has not commented on the coach’s future, it would appear that Bowles will not return after this season. He has a 23-37 record and will fail to reach the playoffs in any of his seasons.

Bowles acknowledges during a conference call Monday that the Jets’ latest loss was particularly tough to take for the coaches and players. He adds that the team is frustrated and searching for answers to snap its skid.

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NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say bye to McCarthy; who next?

There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that

There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.

Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired after a 20-17 loss at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1, its worst start since 2006. It was an abrupt end for McCarthy — who did win a championship, after all — and rare upheaval for a model franchise that last changed coaches during a season 65 years ago.

It’s likely other coaches who are in trouble around the league will get a chance to ride things out through Week 17, but Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera all should be wary. When Rivera was asked whether he’s concerned about his job security after a 24-17 defeat at Tampa Bay dropped the Panthers to 6-6, this was the reply: “I’m not going to address that question. Do not ask that question again, please.”

Alrighty, then.

Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, and he was the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game in 2011, all under McCarthy.

Year after year more recently, though, Green Bay would reach the postseason only to wind up with so-close-but-so-far exits.

“We’re just not executing well,” Rodgers said, “and it’s the same things over and over.”

Not long after those words were spoken, team president Mark Murphy released a statement announcing that McCarthy was gone. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will fill in.

This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. Now they can start pondering their future — as can McCarthy.

He likely will get another chance elsewhere. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay’s choice of a new coach. He turned 35 on Sunday, and the opportunities to win a second Lombardi Trophy are fading.

In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:

HUNT NOT QUESTIONED

The league’s handling of Kareem Hunt’s role in an assault of a woman at a hotel in February is under scrutiny after the reigning rushing champion said he was never interviewed by anyone conducting the NFL investigation of the matter. After the Ray Rice case, in which he punched his then-girlfriend (and now wife), the league hired additional staff to handle such inquiries — but all these months later, Hunt was still playing until TMZ Sports posted video from a hotel security camera. And he told ESPN on Sunday that the league hadn’t spoken to him about what happened. Hunt also acknowledged lying about it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him.

BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!

It was a good day to be a big man in the NFL (as long as winning isn’t the most important thing, that is). Two, um, larger guys got into the end zone: Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, listed at more than 330 pounds, plunged in from the 1 for a score that brought back memories of Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry; Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who goes 6-foot-7 and about 310 pounds, caught an 11-yard TD pass. Hicks became the third NFL player since 1982 with a sack and rushing TD in the same game (“Fridge” was one of the others); Chicago also got halfback Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard, tying touchdown pass off a lateral on the final play of regulation, but ended up losing to the New York Giants 30-27 in OT. Decker’s moment of personal glory also did little for Detroit in what became a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who clinched the NFC West.

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

Wacky ending to the night game: There were three offsides calls in a row as Chargers kicker Michael Badgley got three tries to make a game-winning field goal — pushing his initial attempt from 39 yards wide left, then getting blocked from 34, before finally succeeding from 29 (so the last flag for a too-early jump was declined) in a 33-30 victory over the Steelers. The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime hole; Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a TD.

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Ex-NFL player Millen in hospital awaiting heart transplant

Ex-NFL player Millen in hospital awaiting heart transplant

Ex-NFL player Millen in hospital awaiting heart transplant

Former NFL linebacker Matt Millen has spent nearly 10 weeks in a New Jersey hospital waiting for a heart transplant and needs one “fairly soon,” according to NBC Sports.

Millen, 60, suffers from amyloidosis, an aggressive organ-attacking disease often misdiagnosed because of its ability to mimic other common ailments, such as Lyme disease.

He has undergone chemotherapy to treat the condition. He said earlier this year that his heart was operating at just 30 percent.

Millen stepped away from his role with the Big Ten Network this fall to concentrate on his health issues.

He has been in the hospital for 68 days and will remain there until he has the transplant, NBC’s Peter King reported Monday.

“We’re in the fourth quarter of a big football game. We’re down 13. Playing defense. It’s getting late. We need a stop. We need a big stop,” Millen told King in May.

Millen won four Super Bowls in a 12-year NFL career with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins from 1980-91. After a broadcasting stint, he served as team president of the Detroit Lions from 2001-08.

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Ron Rivera takes over defensive play-calling for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington following the team's four-game losing streak.

The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with new owner David Tepper and general

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington following the team’s four-game losing streak.

The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with new owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning.

Washington will remain defensive coordinator but will now oversee the front seven. He was the team’s defensive line coach before being promoted to coordinator this past offseason.

Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.

Rivera, a former defensive coordinator in Chicago and San Diego, “helped out” with defensive play calls on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Rivera says, “I am doing what I feel is best for the team.”

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Slumping Panthers fire two defensive assistant coaches

Slumping Panthers fire two defensive assistant coaches

Following their fourth consecutive loss,

Slumping Panthers fire two defensive assistant coaches

Following their fourth consecutive loss, the Carolina Panthers fired two assistant coaches Monday.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura were relieved of their duties.

The Panthers also announced that head coach Ron Rivera will handle defensive play-calling duties.

Eric Washington will oversee the defensive front seven, Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.

“In my judgment, I felt this was best for the team moving forward,” Rivera said. “These are always difficult decisions, and I thank Brady and Jeff for their hard work. Ultimately, I’m charged with putting the team in the best position to succeed, and I felt these moves were necessary in order to do that.”

Hoke was in his first season with the Panthers. In the college ranks, he previously served as the interim head coach at Tennessee (2017) and head coach at Michigan (2011-14), San Diego State (2009-10) and Ball State (2003-08).

This was Imamura’s second season with the team after previous coaching stints with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.

Carolina (6-6) lost 24-17 at Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Panthers are four games behind New Orleans in the NFC South with four games to play, but they are still alive in the wild card hunt.

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NFL injury notebook: Panthers’ Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

NFL injury notebook: Panthers' Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

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NFL injury notebook: Panthers’ Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot on Sunday, he told reporters following the Panthers’ 24-17 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season, per multiple reports.

It is a different injury on the same foot that cost Olsen nine games last season and three games early this season, due to a pair of Jones fractures, one of which required surgery. Olsen opted not to have surgery after the second Jones fracture in Week 1 this season.

“It’s kind of one of those things where it was a matter of time,” Olsen said from his locker following the game. “We kind of pushed this foot I think as far as possible the last two seasons, and today it just kind of had enough.”

The 33-year-old, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, made one grab for 13 yards Sunday, leaving him with game with 27 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns on the season. He had 17 catches for 191 yards and one score in his abbreviated 2017 campaign.

–Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his right leg in the first half of the Broncos’ road win over the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Vance Joseph confirmed after the game.

Joseph said he’s not yet sure if Harris will be out for the rest of the season or if the cornerback will need surgery. Multiple outlets reported the injury is a broken fibula.

Harris went down midway through the first quarter while making a tackle on A.J. Green, and his leg appeared to get hit as teammates converged. He looked to be in significant pain and could not put weight on his right leg while being helped off the field, and he was quickly carted to the locker room.

–Green also left the Broncos-Bengals game, getting carted to the locker room with a right foot injury shortly after Harris’ injury.

Green, who was returning from a three-game absence caused by a toe injury, went down on a non-contact play as he began running a route off the line of scrimmage three minutes into the second quarter. He appeared to be in significant pain and could not put weight on the right foot while being helped off the field. He held his head in his hands while riding back to the locker room on a cart with his shoe off.

Green, 30, had one catch for 7 yards Sunday before getting hurt. For the season, he has 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in eight games. Cincinnati also lost linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a concussion in the game.

–The Cleveland Browns lost cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) to injuries against the Houston Texans.

Ward went down in the first half and appeared to be favoring his right arm and shoulder. He was evaluated in the medical tent before being taken to the locker room and ruled out.

Ogunjobi was also hurt in the first half and taken to the medical tent for evaluation, getting ruled out shortly afterward.

–San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks that running back Matt Breida aggravated his ankle injury during pregame warmups.

The comment explains Breida’s limited role, as he had just five carries for 6 yards while Jeff Wilson Jr. had 15 carries for 61 yards. Breida entered the game with 738 yards this season and ranked third in the NFL in yards per carry (5.8).

Breida had been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with the ankle issue but practiced in full on Friday.

–The Seahawks lost running back Chris Carson and right guard D.J. Fluker to injury.

Carson told reporters afterward that he dislocated a finger and had it stitched up, adding that he is fine. He finished with 69 yards on 13 carries, while rookie first-rounder Rashaad Penny added 65 yards and a score on seven carries.

Fluker went down with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and was quickly ruled out.

–The Minnesota Vikings lost cornerback Trae Waynes to a concussion during their loss to the New England Patriots.

Minnesota’s other starting cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, entered with a hamstring injury and missed much of the game. First-round pick Mike Hughes, the third cornerback entering the season, was lost earlier this season due to a torn ACL.

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NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

Rookie Michael

NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

Rookie Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal with no time left Sunday night to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At the game’s end, Badgley missed a 39-yard attempt and had a 34-yard try blocked, both with no time left, but the Steelers were offside both times.

The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth time in nine games. The Steelers (7-4-1) have lost two straight following a six-game win streak.

Philip Rivers threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 281 yards for Pittsburgh, with scoring passes to Antonio Brown (10 catches, 154 yards) and Jaylen Samuels, and James Conner ran for two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury.

Cardinals 20, Packers 17

Green Bay’s home loss to Arizona cost coach Mike McCarthy his job. The Packers (4-7-1) fell at Lambeau Field despite being 14-point favorites over the Cardinals (3-9).

Josh Rosen led the Cardinals to the go-ahead field goal, a 44-yarder by Zane Gonzalez, with 1:41 remaining. On third-and-23 earlier in the drive, Rosen scrambled to his right and found timeless veteran Larry Fitzgerald, who made a diving, 32-yard reception.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers subsequently converted a fourth-and-5 with a 7-yard pass to Jimmy Graham, moved the chains with a completion to Robert Tonyan and gained 11 on a scramble. That got the Packers into field-goal range, but Mason Crosby was wide right from 49 yards out as time expired.

Rams 30, Lions 16

Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns as Los Angeles clinched the NFC West title by pulling away from host Detroit.

Jared Goff completed 17 of 33 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (11-1) while getting picked off once. Robert Woods caught five passes for 67 yards and a score.

Matthew Stafford completed 20 of 33 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Lions (4-8).

Patriots 24, Vikings 10

Tom Brady threw for 311 yards and the tiebreaking touchdown as New England retained the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture by subduing Minnesota in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady, who completed 24 of 32 passes, found Josh Gordon over the middle for a 24-yard scoring strike with 35 seconds left in the third quarter that made it 17-10. James Develin added his second short scoring run on the next drive for the Patriots (9-3), going 2 yards with 10:54 remaining in the game to set the final margin.

Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes but for just 201 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Minnesota (6-5-1).

Texans 29, Browns 13

Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked five field goals, and host Houston converted all three Baker Mayfield interceptions into points in a victory over Cleveland.

The Texans (9-3) extended their franchise-best winning streak to nine games by capitalizing on the Browns’ error-prone rookie quarterback. By the time Mayfield engineered a 75-yard touchdown drive to open the second half, the Browns (4-7-1) trailed 23-0.

Deshaun Watson completed his opening 11 pass attempts as Houston scored to conclude its first two possessions. Watson passed for 224 yards but was sacked four times. Mayfield opened the second half 10 of 10 for 219 yards and finished 29 of 43 for 397 passing yards and a touchdown pass.

Giants 30, Bears 27 (OT)

Odell Beckham Jr. threw one touchdown pass and caught another score, and New York held on for an overtime win over Chicago in East Rutherford, N.J.

Aldrick Rosas kicked a tiebreaking field goal from 44 yards on the Giants’ first possession of overtime. New York (4-8) then relied on its defense to stop the final drive from the Bears, who forced overtime by erasing a 10-point deficit in the final 75 seconds.

Adam Shaheen, Akiem Hicks and Anthony Miller scored touchdowns for Chicago (8-4), which had its winning streak snapped at five games. Tarik Cohen took the ball on a reverse and tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Miller to even the score on the final play of regulation.

Seahawks 43, 49ers 16

Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, and Bobby Wagner returned an interception 98 yards for a score as Seattle defeated visiting San Francisco.

The Seahawks (7-5) won their third straight game while the 49ers (2-10) took their third consecutive loss.

Wilson completed 11 of 17 passes for 185 yards. The Seahawks, who have the league’s top rushing offense, added 168 yards on the ground. Chris Carson had 13 carries for 69 yards, and first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny had 65 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Buccaneers 24, Panthers 17

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes, and host Tampa Bay picked off four passes from Carolina’s Cam Newton.

Winston was 20 of 30 for 249 yards without an interception as the Buccaneers (5-7) avenged a November loss. The Panthers (6-6) lost their fourth game in a row and fell to 1-5 in road games.

Newton finished 28 of 41 for 300 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first four-interception game since his rookie season in 2011.

Chiefs 40, Raiders 33

Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes in the first three quarters and a fourth with 1:54 remaining, allowing Kansas City to build a big lead and then hold off a late rally by host Oakland.

The Chiefs (10-2) put up 30 or more points for the 10th time this season and 40-plus for a fifth time en route to their AFC-best 10th win. Oakland (2-10) joined San Francisco as the NFL’s first 10-loss teams.

Mahomes threw 3- and 6-yard touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and a 13-yarder to Demetrius Harris, the latter building a 33-16 lead with four seconds remaining in the third period. Derek Carr connected on a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes to get Oakland within 33-30 with 6:46 to play before Mahomes drove the Chiefs 75 yards in 10 plays for the clinching score, a 2-yard TD pass to Chris Conley.

Ravens 26, Falcons 16

Baltimore held host Atlanta to 131 net yards and improved to 3-0 with rookie Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Jackson had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and finished with 125 yards passing and 75 rushing despite missing a good part of the third quarter while being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Tavon Young returned a Matt Ryan fumble on a sack 11 yards for a clinching touchdown midway in the fourth quarter, shortly after Justin Tucker had hit from 47 yards for his fourth field goal of the game.

Baltimore (7-5) rushed for 207 yards while holding Atlanta to 34 on the ground. The Falcons (4-8) took their fourth straight loss.

Titans 26, Jets 22

Corey Davis caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota with 36 seconds remaining as Tennessee rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat New York in Nashville, Tenn.

Mariota completed 20 of 35 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Titans (6-6), who snapped a two-game slide. Malcolm Butler sealed the win with an interception with 21 seconds left, and Ryan Succop kicked two fourth-quarter field goals.

Jason Myers kicked five field goals and Trumaine Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown for the Jets (3-9), who lost their sixth consecutive game.

Dolphins 21, Bills 17

Ryan Tannehill tossed three touchdown passes to lead Miami to a win over Buffalo in Miami Gardens, Fla. Former Dolphins tight end Charles Clay dropped a low throw in the end zone with 53 seconds left that would’ve given Buffalo a 23-21 lead.

The Dolphins (6-6) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter on Tannehill’s 13-yard TD pass to Kenny Stills, who cut across the back of the end zone, running right to left.

Buffalo (4-8) had its two-game win streak snapped despite an impressive game by rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 135 yards.

Broncos 24, Bengals 10

Phillip Lindsay ran for 157 yards and two scores, fellow rookie Courtland Sutton caught a touchdown pass, and Denver won at Cincinnati.

Case Keenum had just 151 yards passing but led Denver (6-6) to its third straight win and kept the team’s playoff hopes alive.

The Bengals’ Jeff Driskel passed for 236 yards, one touchdown and an interception in his first NFL start. Driskel stepped in for Andy Dalton, who sustained a season-ending thumb injury last week. Cincinnati (5-7) has lost four in a row and six of its last seven.

Jaguars 6, Colts 0

Josh Lambo kicked two field goals, and host Jacksonville’s defense shut down Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense.

The Jaguars (4-8) ended a seven-game losing streak at the end of a week that began with the firing of offensive coordinator Nathan Hackett and the benching of quarterback Blake Bortles. The changes, which included quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich taking over the play calling and Cody Kessler replacing Bortles, didn’t produce much offense, but it didn’t matter.

The Colts (6-6) saw their five-game winning streak end thanks to Lambo. The Jaguars kicker put up a 30-yard field goal with 2:03 left in the first half and added a 37-yarder with 11:42 left in the game.

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Third kick’s the charm: Chargers edge Steelers

Third kick's the charm: Chargers edge Steelers

Third kick’s the charm: Chargers edge Steelers

Rookie Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal with no time left Sunday night to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At the game’s end, Badgley missed a 39-yard attempt and had a 34-yard try blocked, both with no time left, but the Steelers were offside both times.

The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth time in nine games. The Steelers (7-4-1) have lost two straight following a six-game win streak.

Philip Rivers was threw for 299 yards, including touchdowns to Travis Benjamin and Keenan Allen, for the Chargers. Los Angeles’ Justin Jackson ran for a touchdown, and Desmond King returned a punt for another.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 281 yards for Pittsburgh, with scoring passes to Antonio Brown (10 catches, 154 yards) and Jaylen Samuels, and James Conner ran for two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury.

After Badgley missed a 52-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive, Pittsburgh moved 58 yards on four plays. Roethlisberger’s 46-yard pass to Brown set up Conner’s 1-yard scoring run right up the pipe for a 7-0 lead at 9:20 of the first quarter.

Conner added a second 1-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the first. Chris Boswell’s extra point attempt hit the left upright, leaving it 13-0.

With 1:04 to go in the first, Rivers hit Benjamin down the right sideline on a 46-yard touchdown to close the gap to 13-7.

L.J. Fort blocked a punt by Los Angeles’ Donnie Jones, setting up a 48-yard field goal by Boswell for a 16-7 lead.

The Steelers drove 91 yards in 1:08 and capped it with Brown’s 28-yard touchdown to boost the lead to 23-7 with 17 seconds left in the first half.

The Chargers cut it to 23-15 when Allen pulled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rivers after Steelers defenders Joe Haden and Sean Davis collided. Rivers connected with Antonio Gates for a two-point conversion.

King’s 73-yard punt return and Rivers’ two-point conversion pass to Allen tied it 23-23 with 12:52 left the fourth.

Jackson’s 18-yard scoring run with 8:09 left in the game gave Los Angeles a 30-23 lead, but Samuels’ 10-yard scoring reception with 4:10 left tied it for the Steelers.

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Bills’ Hughes denies yelling at official after game

Bills' Hughes denies yelling at official after game

Bills’ Hughes denies yelling at official after game

The NFL reportedly will review a video that shows Buffalo defensive end Jerry Hughes yelling at a game official after the Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins 21-17 on Sunday, something Hughes himself denied.

Hughes is seen yelling at an unidentified official in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and heard bellowing, “I’ll catch you.” Hughes is also heard accusing the object of his ire of calling him an expletive.

As another player and a Bills official direct Hughes to the locker room, Hughes is heard saying, “I’m going to knock his … out when I see him. I’m going to hurry up and get dressed. He called me a (expletive).”

Asked after the game if he had confronted an official, Hughes said he did not and did “not recall” an official calling him an expletive during the game.

When told there was video of the episode, he said. “I would love to see this video.”

According to ESPN, the NFL plans to look at the video.

Hughes, a nine-year veteran and former first-round pick, has six sacks this season and 45.5 for his career.

He said he had no problems with the officiating of the game Sunday.

“We had our opportunities to make plays and the ball just rolled in their favor,” he said

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Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs

Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs

Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs

Looking to fill the vacancy left by the sudden release of Kareem Hunt on Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly will bring in at least one option on Monday.

Free agent running backs C.J. Anderson and Charcandrick West both will visit the Chiefs on Monday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. Pro Football Talk cited a league source saying that the Chiefs intend to sign Anderson if he passes his physical exam.

Anderson, 27, appeared in nine games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson produced 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries. He also had one reception, which went for a 24-yard TD.

The Chiefs got a good look at Anderson the previous five years when he played for one of their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos. In 58 games (36 starts) for Denver, Anderson ran 717 times for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.

West, 27, has played four seasons in the NFL, all with the Chiefs, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. In 49 career games, West has 266 carries for 999 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 75 receptions for 552 yards and five TDs.

Hunt, 23, was cut after a video emerged Friday showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a February incident. He was the team’s leading rusher this season with 824 yards and seven touchdowns on 181 attempts. Last year, Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards on 272 carries, and he ran for eight touchdowns.

In his absence Sunday, the Chiefs’ leading ball-carrier was quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who gained 52 yards on nine attempts. Spencer Ware had 14 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City’s 40-33 road win over the Oakland Raiders, and the Chiefs totaled 174 yards on 30 carries.

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Packers flame out against Cards in McCarthy’s finale

Packers flame out against Cards in McCarthy's finale

Packers flame out against Cards in McCarthy’s finale

The Green Bay Packers’ latest crash-and-burn, a 20-17 home loss to the even more lowly Arizona Cardinals, has cost coach Mike McCarthy his job.

The Packers (4-7-1) fell at Lambeau Field despite being 14-point favorites over the Cardinals (3-9).

Josh Rosen led the Cardinals to the go-ahead field goal, a 44-yarder by Zane Gonzalez, with 1:41 remaining. On third-and-23 earlier in the drive, Rosen scrambled to his right and found timeless veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who made a diving, 32-yard reception.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had plenty of time to go for at least a tie, even with the ineptitude the Green Bay offense showed for much of the day. Rodgers converted a fourth-and-5 with a 7-yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham, moved the chains with a completion to tight end Robert Tonyan and gained 11 on a scramble.

That got the Packers into field-goal range, but Mason Crosby was wide right from 49 yards out as time expired.

The loss was the last straw for the Packers’ front office, which fired embattled Packers coach Mike McCarthy after 13 seasons. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who has three-plus years of head-coaching experience from 2012-15 with the Miami Dolphins, will serve as interim head coach.

It was the biggest victory of the season for first-year Arizona coach Steve Wilks, whose only two previous wins came against the San Francisco 49ers.

Rosen was 11 of 26 for 149 yards. David Johnson pounded away for 20 carries and 69 yards.

Arizona took its first lead late in the third quarter.

Starting from its 35, Rosen avoided a sack and ran 33 yards to the Green Bay 32. On the next play, running back Chase Edmonds broke three tackles for a gain of 29 to the 3.

Following a false-start penalty, Edmonds scored from the 8 on the next play to give the Cardinals a 17-10 lead with 1:54 to go in the period.

On the ensuing Green Bay possession, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for an apparent gain of 36 on third-and-11. Instead, offensive lineman Jason Spriggs — who replaced injured Bryan Bulaga — was flagged for holding. That led to a ninth consecutive third-down failure.

The Packers finally got going on their next possession.

First, they snapped their third-down slump with an 11-yard completion to Davante Adams on third-and-5. Next, a reverse by Marquez Valdes-Scantling gained 21.

Wide receiver Jake Kumerow, a former Division III standout making his NFL debut, then caught a pass for 11 more yards to the Arizona 46. Moments later, Rodgers hit Adams at the sideline for a gain of 19.

Finally, on first-and-goal at the 8, running back Aaron Jones ran over linebacker Haason Reddick, tying the score at 17 with 5:26 remaining in the game.

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Week 14

Yard Rush Pass
Kansas City 5246 1448 3798
Pittsburgh 4965 1117 3848
L.A. Chargers 4793 1502 3291
New England 4741 1460 3281
Indianapolis 4535 1283 3252
Houston 4488 1689 2799
Baltimore 4484 1550 2934

Yard Rush Pass
Kansas City 5246 1448 3798
Pittsburgh 4965 1117 3848
L.A. Chargers 4793 1502 3291
New England 4741 1460 3281
Indianapolis 4535 1283 3252
Houston 4488 1689 2799
Baltimore 4484 1550 2934
Denver 4388 1590 2798
Cleveland 4324 1447 2877
Oakland 4163 1264 2899
Jacksonville 4022 1335 2687
Cincinnati 3976 1140 2836
Tennessee 3722 1352 2370
Miami 3625 1232 2393
N.Y. Jets 3612 1303 2309
Buffalo 3428 1453 1975
DEFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Baltimore 3380 1047 2333
Buffalo 3530 1284 2246
Jacksonville 3787 1301 2486
Pittsburgh 3947 1205 2742
L.A. Chargers 4019 1248 2771
Tennessee 4091 1437 2654
Houston 4098 1096 3002
Indianapolis 4174 1249 2925
New England 4430 1280 3150
N.Y. Jets 4517 1540 2977
Denver 4593 1465 3128
Oakland 4759 1839 2920
Miami 4793 1736 3057
Cleveland 4953 1637 3316
Kansas City 5004 1464 3540
Cincinnati 5197 1840 3357
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Tampa Bay 5312 1178 4134
L.A. Rams 5279 1673 3606
New Orleans 4759 1529 3230
Green Bay 4567 1268 3299
Atlanta 4531 948 3583
Carolina 4522 1690 2832
San Francisco 4359 1550 2809
Minnesota 4331 1033 3298
Seattle 4239 1786 2453
Chicago 4219 1385 2834
N.Y. Giants 4202 1150 3052
Detroit 4080 1217 2863
Dallas 3982 1579 2403
Philadelphia 3893 1109 2784
Washington 3646 1295 2351
Arizona 2872 1032 1840
DEFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Chicago 3815 1030 2785
Dallas 3818 1095 2723
Minnesota 3933 1190 2743
Washington 3973 1103 2870
Philadelphia 4181 1140 3041
San Francisco 4185 1298 2887
Green Bay 4222 1534 2688
Carolina 4236 1155 3081
Detroit 4254 1437 2817
New Orleans 4256 905 3351
Arizona 4336 1691 2645
L.A. Rams 4408 1421 2987
Seattle 4409 1401 3008
N.Y. Giants 4532 1499 3033
Atlanta 4730 1568 3162
Tampa Bay 4745 1452 3293
AVERAGE PER GAME
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Kansas City 437.2 120.7 316.5
Pittsburgh 413.8 93.1 320.7
L.A. Chargers 399.4 125.2 274.2
New England 395.1 121.7 273.4
Indianapolis 377.9 106.9 271.0
Houston 374.0 140.8 233.2
Baltimore 373.7 129.2 244.5
Denver 365.7 132.5 233.2
Cleveland 360.3 120.6 239.8
Oakland 346.9 105.3 241.6
Jacksonville 335.2 111.2 223.9
Cincinnati 331.3 95.0 236.3
Tennessee 310.2 112.7 197.5
Miami 302.1 102.7 199.4
N.Y. Jets 301.0 108.6 192.4
Buffalo 285.7 121.1 164.6
DEFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Baltimore 281.7 87.2 194.4
Buffalo 294.2 107.0 187.2
Jacksonville 315.6 108.4 207.2
Pittsburgh 328.9 100.4 228.5
L.A. Chargers 334.9 104.0 230.9
Tennessee 340.9 119.8 221.2
Houston 341.5 91.3 250.2
Indianapolis 347.8 104.1 243.8
New England 369.2 106.7 262.5
N.Y. Jets 376.4 128.3 248.1
Denver 382.8 122.1 260.7
Oakland 396.6 153.2 243.3
Miami 399.4 144.7 254.8
Cleveland 412.8 136.4 276.3
Kansas City 417.0 122.0 295.0
Cincinnati 433.1 153.3 279.8
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Tampa Bay 442.7 98.2 344.5
L.A. Rams 439.9 139.4 300.5
New Orleans 396.6 127.4 269.2
Green Bay 380.6 105.7 274.9
Atlanta 377.6 79.0 298.6
Carolina 376.8 140.8 236.0
San Francisco 363.2 129.2 234.1
Minnesota 360.9 86.1 274.8
Philadelphia 353.9 100.8 253.1
Seattle 353.2 148.8 204.4
Chicago 351.6 115.4 236.2
N.Y. Giants 350.2 95.8 254.3
Detroit 340.0 101.4 238.6
Dallas 331.8 131.6 200.2
Washington 331.5 117.7 213.7
Arizona 239.3 86.0 153.3
DEFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Chicago 317.9 85.8 232.1
Dallas 318.2 91.2 226.9
Minnesota 327.8 99.2 228.6
San Francisco 348.8 108.2 240.6
Green Bay 351.8 127.8 224.0
Carolina 353.0 96.2 256.8
Detroit 354.5 119.8 234.8
New Orleans 354.7 75.4 279.2
Washington 361.2 100.3 260.9
Arizona 361.3 140.9 220.4
L.A. Rams 367.3 118.4 248.9
Seattle 367.4 116.8 250.7
N.Y. Giants 377.7 124.9 252.8
Philadelphia 380.1 103.6 276.5
Atlanta 394.2 130.7 263.5
Tampa Bay 395.4 121.0 274.4

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NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say ‘bye’ to McCarthy; who next?

There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that

There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.

Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired after a 20-17 loss at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1, its worst start since 2006. It was an abrupt end for McCarthy — who did win a championship, after all — and rare upheaval for a model franchise that last changed coaches during a season 75 years ago.

It’s likely other coaches who are in trouble around the league will get a chance to ride things out through Week 17, but Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera all should be wary. When Rivera was asked whether he’s concerned about his job security after a 24-17 defeat at Tampa Bay dropped the Panthers to 6-6, this was the reply: “I’m not going to address that question. Do not ask that question again, please.”

Alrighty, then.

Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, and he was the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game in 2011, all under McCarthy.

Year after year more recently, though, Green Bay would reach the postseason only to wind up with so-close-but-so-far exits.

“We’re just not executing well,” Rodgers said, “and it’s the same things over and over.”

Not long after those words were spoken, team president Mark Murphy released a statement announcing that McCarthy was gone. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will fill in.

This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. Now they can start pondering their future — as can McCarthy.

He likely will get another chance elsewhere. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay’s choice of a new coach. He turned 35 on Sunday, and the opportunities to win a second Lombardi Trophy are fading.

In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:

HUNT NOT QUESTIONED

The league’s handling of Kareem Hunt’s role in an assault of a woman at a hotel in February is under scrutiny after the reigning rushing champion said he was never interviewed by anyone conducting the NFL investigation of the matter. After the Ray Rice case, in which he punched his then-girlfriend (and now wife), the league hired additional staff to handle such inquiries — but all these months later, Hunt was still playing until TMZ Sports posted video from a hotel security camera. And he told ESPN on Sunday that the league hadn’t spoken to him about what happened. Hunt also acknowledged lying about it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him.

BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!

It was a good day to be a big man in the NFL (as long as winning isn’t the most important thing, that is). Two, um, larger guys got into the end zone: Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, listed at more than 330 pounds, plunged in from the 1 for a score that brought back memories of Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry; Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who goes 6-foot-7 and about 310 pounds, caught an 11-yard TD pass. Hicks became the third NFL player since 1982 with a sack and rushing TD in the same game (“Fridge” was one of the others); Chicago also got halfback Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard, tying touchdown pass off a lateral on the final play of regulation, but ended up losing to the New York Giants 30-27 in OT. Decker’s moment of personal glory also did little for Detroit in what became a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who clinched the NFC West.

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

Wacky ending to the night game: There were three offsides calls in a row as Chargers kicker Michael Badgley got three tries to make a game-winning field goal — pushing his initial attempt from 39 yards wide left, then getting blocked from 34, before finally succeeding from 29 (so the last flag for a too-early jump was declined) in a 33-30 victory over the Steelers. The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime hole; Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a TD.

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Column: McCarthy firing as much about culture as performance

When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it's as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance.

That was the case in Green Bay, which in a move almost as stunning as its feeble showing against Arizona on Sunday, Mike McCarthy was canned. The same McCarthy

When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it’s as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance.

That was the case in Green Bay, which in a move almost as stunning as its feeble showing against Arizona on Sunday, Mike McCarthy was canned. The same McCarthy who was 125-77-2 in almost 13 seasons at the helm. The same McCarthy who guided the Packers to the 2010 championship. The same McCarthy who helped nurture Aaron Rodgers into a seeming shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet, with what the Packers have become recently and where they appeared headed at 4-7-1 in a season when NFC wild-card berths are up for grabs, it probably was the correct move to let McCarthy go.

The offense, even with Rodgers, has stagnated. The secondary, as it is pretty much every year, is ravaged by injuries. The offensive line is a mess more often than it is a plus.

And the skills of one of the great quarterbacks of his era — an era when offense is paramount for success — are being wasted.

Team president Mark Murphy in a statement said the 2018 season “has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.”

“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field,” Murphy said.

True. McCarthy also might find himself employed running another team in need of developing a quarterback (Jets? Buccaneers? Browns?) in 2019. For now, though, with the Packers severely underachieving and McCarthy unable to find answers against strong opponents or weak ones, his departure made sense.

“We haven’t played very well,” Rodgers said before being told McCarthy was fired. “We all take part in the disappointments and the failures that we’ve had this season. We’ve had a number of opportunities. It’s not like we’re getting blown out in a bunch of games. We’re in games.

“I hate to repeat myself, but it’s applicable. … We’re not executing the right way.”

Rodgers has never started a game for another coach, and he deserves some input into who replaces McCarthy. Whoever that might be, the least of his problems is quarterback, barring more injuries to Rodgers, who turned 35 on Sunday. Rodgers should have a few excellent years left.

The deeper problems in Green Bay stem from years of injuries to key players, particularly on defense, that approach an epidemic. Is players’ health not being vetted properly before they join the team? Are they not diagnosed or treated properly when they get hurt? Is it bad luck?

The Packers probably need to look into adding some talent through free agency before Rodgers is past his prime. That’s rarely been the approach on the tundra — yes, we know about Reggie White and Julius Peppers — but with Ted Thompson no longer the general manager, perhaps the thinking will change.

In the NFC North, where Chicago is on the rise and Minnesota has more overall talent than Green Bay, a quick infusion of talent is essential.

It would be somewhat ironic if McCarthy surfaced in Cleveland to work with Baker Mayfield. The Browns are the only other team to fire its head man thus far, and it would be surprising if Browns GM John Dorsey, who formerly worked for the Packers, isn’t interested.

The Jets, who lost their sixth in a row in ignominious fashion at Tennessee on Sunday, almost certainly will be letting go of Todd Bowles soon. They also have a rookie QB in need of a guru.

Meanwhile, the Packers begin a search they rarely make. Since 2000, they’ve had two coaches, Mike Sherman and McCarthy.

Joe Philbin is the interim. Whoever is next, Green Bay, make sure Rodgers has a say.

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Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley's ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were again flagged for jumping across the line of scrimmage before the snap. He drilled his third attempt at the game-winner, and the Chargers gleefully declined another Pittsburgh penalty while they poured onto the field in celebration.

Philip Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles (9-3). Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score and Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in place of injured starter Melvin Gordon. Desmond King added a 73-yard punt return for a score as the Chargers erased a 16-point halftime deficit.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and two scores for the Steelers (7-4-1), who have lost two straight and are now clinging to the AFC North lead over surging Baltimore. Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for a season-high 154 yards and a touchdown. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.

Rookie Jaylen Samuels replaced Conner and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:10 remaining that tied the game at 30, leaving Rivers ample time to one-up Roethlisberger, a fellow member of the vaunted 2004 draft class that includes New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Rivers calmly led the Chargers 64 yards in 11 plays, including a 12-yard pass to Allen on third-and-4 at the Pittsburgh 34 that pushed Los Angeles close enough to win in the Steel City for just the fourth time in 19 tries while giving the Steelers their first two-game losing streak of the season.

Roethlisberger publicly tweaked Brown following a loss to Denver last week, though the star wide receiver stressed he knew it was nothing personal. It certainly didn’t seem to have an impact on their play. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 9-yard gain on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and again for 46 yards on the following snap, a strike that set up the first of Conner’s two 1-yard touchdown runs in the opening quarter.

The Steelers seemed poised for another masterful December performance. Pittsburgh came in 18-3 in December since 2013, the best mark in the NFL over that span.

The Chargers, however, responded thanks in part to a questionable non-call by the officials. Rivers hit a streaking Travis Benjamin for a 46-yard touchdown to get Los Angeles on the board, a play that began with Chargers right tackle Sam Tevi standing up and shuffling his feet backward an instant before the ball was snapped. It marked the second time this season Los Angeles benefited from a non-call on what appeared to be a pre-snap penalty. The Chargers scored a touchdown in Cleveland in October on a play in which left tackle Russell Okung moved before the ball was hiked to Rivers.

A beautiful 28-yard dart from Roethlisberger to Brown pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 23-7 at the break but Los Angeles ripped off the next 23 points thanks to a bit of luck some dynamic playmaking.

Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rivers late in the third quarter on a play in which Pittsburgh defensive backs Sean Davis and Joe Haden collided going for the ball, which popped up in the air and landed in squarely in Allen’s hands.

King then dashed 73 yards on a punt return, with Allen pulling in the 2-point conversion that tied the game at 23.

Los Angeles — which managed just two yards rushing in the first half with Austin Ekeler filling in for Gordon — then turned to Jackson. The rookie seventh-round pick used his quickness to squirt through Pittsburgh’s defensive line, and his 18-yard burst up the middle gave the Chargers a 30-23 lead.

INJURIES

Pittsburgh WR Justin Hunter, given a spot on the game-day roster over rookie James Washington, left in the first half and did not return after injuring himself while diving for a Roethlisberger pass in the end zone. … Steelers WR Ryan Switzer was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion after taking a vicious hit by Los Angeles linebacker Jatavis Brown in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Cincinnati next Sunday.

Steelers: Travel to Oakland to play the Raiders next Sunday. Pittsburgh hasn’t won in Oakland since 1995.

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Chargers-Steelers Stats

L.A. Chargers 7 0 8 18—33
Pittsburgh 13 10 0 7—30
First Quarter

Pit_Conner 1 run (Boswell kick), 9:20.

Pit_Conner 1 run (kick failed), 4:41.

LAC_Benjamin 46 pass from Rivers (Badgley kick), 1:04.

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

Pit_A.Brown 28

L.A. Chargers 7 0 8 18—33
Pittsburgh 13 10 0 7—30
First Quarter

Pit_Conner 1 run (Boswell kick), 9:20.

Pit_Conner 1 run (kick failed), 4:41.

LAC_Benjamin 46 pass from Rivers (Badgley kick), 1:04.

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

Pit_A.Brown 28 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), :17.

Third Quarter

LAC_K.Allen 10 pass from Rivers (Gates pass from Rivers), 1:43.

Fourth Quarter

LAC_King 73 punt return (K.Allen pass from Rivers), 12:52.

LAC_Jackson 18 run (Badgley kick), 8:09.

Pit_Samuels 10 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 4:10.

LAC_FG Badgley 29, :00.

A_61,069.

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LAC Pit
First downs 22 23
Total Net Yards 371 336
Rushes-yards 22-85 17-65
Passing 286 271
Punt Returns 1-73 2-9
Kickoff Returns 1-21 3-47
Interceptions Ret. 1-23 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 26-36-0 29-45-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-13 1-10
Punts 4-36.3 4-51.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-80 7-59
Time of Possession 31:12 28:48

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Los Angeles, Jackson 8-63, Ekeler 13-21, Benjamin 1-1. Pittsburgh, Conner 15-60, Samuels 2-5.

PASSING_Los Angeles, Rivers 26-36-0-299. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 29-45-1-281.

RECEIVING_Los Angeles, K.Allen 14-148, Ekeler 5-22, M.Williams 3-52, Benjamin 2-44, Jackson 1-19, Ty.Williams 1-14. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 10-154, Smith-Schuster 6-49, McDonald 4-28, Samuels 3-20, Conner 3-14, Switzer 2-9, J.James 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Los Angeles, Badgley 52.

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The Latest: Steelers lead Chargers 23-15 thru 3 quarters

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

10:35 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in front of the Los Angeles Chargers 23-15 through three quarters.

The Chargers pulled within eight thanks to their second fluky touchdown of the game. Keenan Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

10:35 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in front of the Los Angeles Chargers 23-15 through three quarters.

The Chargers pulled within eight thanks to their second fluky touchdown of the game. Keenan Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers when Pittsburgh defensive backs Sean Davis and Joe Haden collided. The ball popped into the air and the Allen snagged it. Antonio Gates followed with an easy two-point conversion catch. San Diego scored earlier in the game on a 46-yard pass from Rivers to Travis Benjamin on a play that began when right tackle Sam Tevi appeared to move well before the snap.

The Chargers are looking for just their fourth win in 19 trips to the Steel City.

James Conner has run for 53 yards and two scores for Pittsburgh.

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9:55 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have sprinted to a 23-7 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 28-yard touchdown pass 17 seconds before the break to boost Pittsburgh’s advantage to 16 points. Brown has six receptions for 117 yards in the first half, matching his high yardage total on the season. James Conner had two first-quarter rushing touchdowns for the Steelers.

Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers went 13 of 20 for 147 yards and a 46-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin.

The Chargers, however, are struggling to run the ball without injured Melvin Gordon. Los Angeles ran the ball nine times for two yards in the opening half.

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9 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a quick 13-7 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers behind two touchdown runs by James Conner.

The Chargers answered with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Travis Benjamin on a play that began with Los Angeles right tackle Sam Trevi moving well before the snap, though the officials did not call a penalty.

This is the second time this season the Chargers scored on a play that appeared to have a false start. Rivers hit Tyrell Williams for a 29-yard score in Cleveland in October, a play that stood despite left tackle Russell Okung moving at the snap.

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7:10 p.m.

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen had to be held back by a referee during a shouting match with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

After Minnesota barely scraped out a first down on fourth-and-1, Belichick challenged the spot of the ball. Thielen was over by the New England sideline and jawing with the Patriots’ coach until one of the officials steered him away from the conflict.

Belichick could be seen on the TV broadcast to be saying something impolite in response.

The call on the field was upheld, giving the Vikings a first down, but the Patriots eventually forced a turnover on downs.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:45 p.m.

Tom Brady has tied Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 24-yard score late in the third quarter against Minnesota to give New England a 17-10 lead. It was the 579th career touchdown pass for the Patriots quarterback, including playoffs, tying him with Manning.

It was also Brady’s 508th career regular-season TD pass. He’s tied for third on the career list with Brett Favre. Manning is first with 539.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:15 p.m.

Russell Wilson had a quiet first half outside the three touchdown passes he threw to stake the Seattle Seahawks to a 20-3 halftime lead over the San Francisco 49ers.

Wilson completed just one other pass before halftime besides a 4-yard TD to Jaron Brown in the first quarter and second-quarter scoring tosses of 52 yards to Tyler Lockett and 1-yard to Doug Baldwin. According to Sportradar, the four completions were the fewest while throwing three touchdowns in a first half since 1991.

Seattle took advantage of two turnovers by the 49ers, including Jeff Wilson Jr.’s fumble at the Seattle 5 when it appeared San Francisco was about to score. Robbie Gould hit a 45-yard field goal on the final play of the half for San Francisco.

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5:55 p.m.

The Patriots and Vikings had a bonus two-minute warning in the first half.

The clock ran down to 2 minutes after Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 5-yard gain and a first down at the Patriots’ 27.

But Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer successfully challenged the forward progress during the break and the ball was moved back to the 26 for a third down. The clock was reset to 2:28 and New England was stopped short before the real two-minute warning and forced to punt.

There were more shenanigans at the end of the half.

After the Vikings scored to cut the deficit to 10-7, the Patriots took over at their own 35. A short pass across the middle to Gronkowski appeared to run out the clock, and players on the Minnesota sideline began running to the locker room.

But Gronkowski’s forward progress was ruled stopped with 1 second remaining, the Patriots called a timeout and set up for a Hail Mary. Brady dumped it off to James White who ran 42 yards before he met up with the waiting defenders at the 11.

Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes is out with a concussion. The Vikings were already thin at the position, with No. 1 cornerback Xavier Rhodes nursing a hamstring injury.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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5:35 p.m.

The New York Jets are halfway to possibly ending a five-game losing streak.

The Jets lead the Tennessee Titans 16-6 at halftime thanks to three field goals from Jason Myers and a 31-yard interception return by Trumaine Johnson.

New York blocked a punt to set up one of Myers’ field goals, and Henry Anderson blocked an extra point attempt inside in the final minute of the first half.

Before the Titans finally showed signs of life late in the first half, the home fans booed a team that kept hurting itself in a must-win game to keep any postseason hopes alive.

Jets center Spencer Long is doubtful to return because of illness, leaving New York even lighter on the offensive line. Jonotthan Harrison replaced Long in the second quarter.

The Jets already were down a starter on the offensive line after placing left guard James Carpenter on injured reserve Wednesday with an injured shoulder.

— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

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5:20 p.m.

The celebrations by Seattle receivers that have become must-see each week took a cue from famous moment in Seahawks history.

Following Jaron Brown’s 4-yard TD reception in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, the group of Seattle receivers re-enacted the famous tip play from now-San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers.

Late in the fourth quarter of that game, Sherman tipped an end-zone pass from Colin Kaepernick into the arms of Malcolm Smith for an interception that secured Seattle’s berth in the Super Bowl.

Brown was the quarterback for the re-enactment. Baldwin played the role of Sherman, who is facing his former team, and David Moore was in Smith’s role. Smith also plays for the 49ers now.

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle

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5:05 p.m.

Tom Brady has hit another milestone: 1,000 yards rushing in his career.

Brady hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The 41-year-old New England quarterback slid to a stop, sat up and signaled for a first down.

Never considered much of a mobile quarterback, it took Brady 19 years and 265 games to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game. His most prolific season in 2002 when he ran for a total of 110 yards.

Brady could also lose the milestone if there are any kneel-downs at the end of the game.

But that’s OK, the five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP also has more than 69,000 passing yards, fourth-most in league history.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts

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4:25 p.m.

Houston has a nine-game winning streak and a three-game lead in the AFC South with four games remaining.

The Texans stayed hot in a 29-13 win over Cleveland, intercepting Baker Mayfield three times in the first half while building a 23-0 lead in the Heisman Trophy winner’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL.

Houston’s division cushion grew because Indianapolis’ five-game winning streak ended in a 6-0 loss to Jacksonville. The Jaguars stopped a seven-game losing streak that all but buried them a year after reaching the AFC championship game.

Carolina lost its fourth straight game, 24-17 to Tampa Bay. The Panthers failed to gain ground on New Orleans in the NFC South after Dallas ended the Saints’ 10-game winning streak.

The Los Angeles Rams pulled away from Detroit 30-16 to improve to 11-1, while Arizona won its third game and perhaps permanently damaged Green Bay’s playoffs by handing the Packers their first home loss, 20-17.

Denver got back to .500 with a 24-10 win over Cincinnati, the sixth loss in seven games for the Bengals. Baltimore won its third straight following a three-game losing streak with a 26-16 over Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Richard Sherman is back in Seattle.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback made sure to say hello to handful of former teammates during early warmups at CenturyLink Field before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

Sherman talked for several minutes with close friend Doug Baldwin, which was briefly interrupted by Seattle QB Russell Wilson coming over to give a handshake. Sherman said this week he doesn’t “really have a relationship with Russell.”

Sherman also spoke with several team employees before signing a few autographs and heading into the locker room.

Sherman spent his first seven seasons with the Seahawks before being released last March and signing with the 49ers.

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.

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3:35 p.m.

Lamar Jackson is back in the game for the Baltimore Ravens.

The quarterback had to come out for a series in the third quarter after sustaining a possible concussion. Robert Griffin III took over and guided the Ravens to a field goal that increased their lead over the Atlanta Falcons to 16-10.

Griffin was 2 of 4 for 21 yards in just his second appearance of the last two seasons. Those were the first passes for the former Washington star since the 2016 season.

Jackson made his third straight start in place of injured starter Joe Flacco.

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta

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3:20 p.m.

Robert Griffin III has taken over at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

The former Washington star came into the game against the Atlanta Falcons midway through the third quarter after Lamar Jackson sustained a possible concussion.

This is only the second appearance of the season — and the last two years — for Griffin.

Jackson was making his third straight start in place of injured starter Joe Flacco. Jackson has completed 11 of 18 passes for 117 yards, to go along with nine carries for 35 yards. One of those carries was a 13-yarder for Baltimore’s only touchdown.

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta.

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3 p.m.

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has his second touchdown pass of the season after a little trickery from the New York Giants.

Beckham took a pitch from Eli Manning on a reverse and scrambled briefly before throwing to a wide open Sterling Shepard near the goal line for the 49-yard score that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead over the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears.

Beckham threw a 57-yard touchdown to Saquon Barkley in a 33-31 loss to Carolina in Week 5.

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2:40 p.m.

Baker Mayfield’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL is off to a rough start as the Cleveland Browns try to stop Houston’s eight-game winning streak.

Mayfield threw three interceptions in the first half, one of them returned 38 yards for a touchdown by Zach Cunningham. The Browns trailed the Texans 23-0 at halftime. Mayfield’s high for interceptions in his rookie season had been two.

Cleveland ran just three plays while falling behind 10-0, and Cunningham’s return made it 17-0. The Texans turned Mayfield’s second and third interceptions of the first half into field goals. Jonathan Joseph and Andre Hal had the other interceptions.

Mayfield was born in Austin and played a season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and winning the Heisman Trophy. The Browns selected him No. 1 overall in the draft.

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2:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises.

Cooks reached the 1,000-yard mark with the Rams in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions. He surpassed the milestone last year with New England and in 2016 in New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015.

Five other players in league history have had 1,000 yards receiving with at least three teams in their careers. Brandon Marshall reached the mark with four teams. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Tony Martin and Irving Fryar each did it with three franchises.

Cooks help set up a field goal that gave the Rams a 13-3 halftime lead.

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2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr’s club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with Adams on a 13-yard touchdown for the game’s first points against Arizona.

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2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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