Jaguars add 10 to practice squad, including QB Lee, CB Meeks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars filled out their practice squad by signing 10 players they cut a day earlier.

The most notable additions Sunday were quarterback Tanner Lee, a sixth-round draft pick from Nebraska, undrafted rookie cornerback Quenton Meeks and running back Brandon Wilds.

The Jaguars also signed cornerback Dee Delaney, linebacker Nick DeLuca, tight end David Grinnage, defensive lineman Lyndon Johnson, receiver Allen Lazard, offensive lineman KC McDermott and safety C.J. Reavis to the 10-man squad.

Lee completed 15 of 30 passes for 201 yards in the preseason and was sacked five times. Lee was a two-year starter (2014-15) at Tulane before transferring to Nebraska and starting last year.

Meeks and fellow rookie Tre Herndon competed for the final cornerback spot on the 53-man roster, but Herndon got the nod.

Wilds carried 27 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in the preseason.

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NFL Notebook: Ravens QB situation gets a little cloudier

NFL Notebook: Ravens QB situation gets a little cloudier

NFL Notebook: Ravens QB situation gets a little cloudier

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed the final two plays of his team’s 27-24 overtime loss in Kansas City on Sunday after he was hit but appears to have avoided major injury. However it looks like the Ravens now have a decision to make behind center.

Jackson, who was seen going into the X-ray room in the locker room after the game, met reporters a few minutes later and downplayed the injury. “They just wanted to see what happened, but I’m good,” Jackson said.

Robert Griffin III replaced Jackson and threw two incompletions to turn the ball over on downs to end the game. As for next week, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh revealed after the game that Joe Flacco was medically cleared from his hip injury earlier this weekend and could have played.

Harbaugh has repeatedly declined to answer questions about who will start moving forward, though he has not ruled out the possibility of Flacco and Jackson playing for stretches.

–In more quarterback shuffling, Washington head coach Jay Gruden strongly implied after the Redskins’ 40-16 loss to the New York Giants that Josh Johnson, not Mark Sanchez, will take the reins next weekend when the Redskins travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars.

The Redskins signed Sanchez on Nov. 19, the day after starting quarterback Alex Smith was lost for the season with a broken tibia and fibula on his right leg. Backup Colt McCoy started four days later on Thanksgiving but broke his leg in a loss to Philadelphia on Dec. 3. Enter Johnson, signed by the Redskins to back up Sanchez despite having last thrown an NFL pass in 2011.

Sanchez completed 6 of 14 attempts for 38 yards and was intercepted twice by the Giants before being benched. Johnson led two scoring drives and was 11-of-16 passing for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

–New England quarterback Tom Brady broke one record and lost another.

In the second quarter against Miami, Brady found Julian Edelman for a 2-yard touchdown, the 580th of Brady’s career (including playoffs). That surpasses the career mark set by Peyton Manning. The latter remains the NFL’s regular-season leader in touchdown passes with 539.

In Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers broke Brady’s NFL record of 358 consecutive passes without an interception, which Brady set during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

–The Baltimore Ravens are calling racist and homophobic tweets that appeared to be sent more than five years ago from the Twitter account of second-year fullback-defensive lineman Patrick Ricard “totally unacceptable.”

An undrafted second-year player from Maine, Ricard has played 10 games this season after appearing in all 16 last season. He has made four tackles and played 90 snaps on offense.

–Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has tried multiple times to convince retired tight end Jason Witten to return to the team but continues to be rebuffed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Garrett had attempted to persuade the 15-year veteran to play another year before the 2018 NFL Draft and apparently renewed those efforts as the Cowboys have remained in playoff contention this season, despite a lack of production from tight ends.

–CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported there is mounting speculation that should the Jacksonville Jaguars fire head coach Doug Marrone, current Jags executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin will fill the role himself next season.

The 72-year-old Coughlin was the first head coach in Jaguars’ history, from 1995-2002. He then coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowl championships during his tenure from 2004-15.

–While the NFL mulls further punishment for Kareem Hunt, the former Kansas City Chiefs running back is seeking counseling for alcohol and anger issues, according to multiple reports.

The NFL placed Hunt on the commissioner’s exempt list while it investigates a trio of incidents, meaning Hunt is unable to play for any team that might sign him. The Chiefs released Hunt after the video surfaced of him kicking then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.

–The Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie will part ways after the season ends, according to a CBS Sports report.

Head coach Jon Gruden, in the first year of a 10-year $100 million contract, and McKenzie apparently haven’t viewed players the same way this season as the Raiders have stumbled to a 2-10 record.

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Ravens condemn Ricard’s racist, homophobic tweets

Ravens condemn Ricard's racist, homophobic tweets

Tweets that appeared to be

Ravens condemn Ricard’s racist, homophobic tweets

Tweets that appeared to be sent more than five years ago from the Twitter account of fullback-defensive lineman Patrick Ricard were called “totally unacceptable” Sunday morning by the Baltimore Ravens.

Ricard, a second-year player, was inactive for Sunday’s game against Kansas City, the day after the tweets came to light.

“The tweets are totally unacceptable, and we have addressed the matter with Pat,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We expect he’ll have something to say later today after the game.”

An undrafted second-year player from Maine, Ricard has played 10 games this season after appearing in all 16 last season. He has made four tackles and has played 90 snaps on offense.

The tweets have been deleted but were captured by some users via screenshot. His Twitter account has been set to private.

On Sunday morning, hours after winning the Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray also apologized for old homophobic tweets that surfaced late Saturday.

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Lions knock off lowly Cardinals

Lions knock off lowly Cardinals

The Detroit Lions won the game on

Lions knock off lowly Cardinals

The Detroit Lions won the game on the field, but the Arizona Cardinals might have been the biggest winners off of it.

Matthew Stafford completed 15 of 23 passes for 101 yards to lead the Lions to a 17-3 win at Arizona on Sunday in a matchup of two struggling teams.

The loss wasn’t all bad though for the Cardinals when it comes to draft positioning.

Arizona (3-10) shares the worst record in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders with three games to play as teams look ahead to 2019 and what assets they can get in next spring’s draft.

The game was the predictable struggle between two of the league’s worst offensive teams.

Arizona entered last in the league in scoring offense behind a patchwork offensive line, while the Lions were 23rd.

After a scoreless first quarter, Detroit got on the board with 9:35 left in the second quarter, taking a 3-0 lead on a 47-yard field goal by Matt Prater.

The score capped off a 13-play drive that took 7:56 off of the clock, but only went 55 yards.

With 3:03 left in the third quarter, the Lions scored the first touchdown of the game, but it wasn’t provided by the offense.

Detroit cornerback Darius Slay picked off a pass from Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen and scampered 67 yards down the sideline for a touchdown that made it 10-0 Lions.

It was the first interception return for a touchdown in Slay’s career.

Arizona finally got on the scoreboard with 8:14 left on a 22-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez, which was the last play in a nine-play, 62-yard drive that took 5:10 off of the clock.

But the Lions put the game away on their ensuing possession when they drove 75 yards in seven plays and took a 17-3 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Zach Zenner with 4:03 remaining.

Zenner rushed for 43 yards on seven carries during the drive.

Rosen went 26 of 41 passing for 240 yards in defeat for Arizona.

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Late Carr TD, missed FG lift Raiders over Steelers

Late Carr TD, missed FG lift Raiders over Steelers

Late Carr TD, missed FG lift Raiders over Steelers

Derek Carr hit Derek Carrier for a 6-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal with 21 seconds remaining Sunday to give the Oakland Raiders a 24-21 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

In a seesaw game, Carr was 5 of 7 for 74 yards on the winning drive. For the game, he threw for 322 yards and also had a scoring pass to Lee Smith. Doug Martin ran for a touchdown for the Raiders (3-10).

Chris Boswell slipped and shanked a 40-yard field-goal attempt as time expired, leaving Pittsburgh (7-5-1) with a three-game losing streak.

After sitting out most of the second half because of a rib injury, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to lead the Steelers to a go-ahead drive, going 6 for 6 and hitting JuJu Smith-Schuster with a 1-yard soft-toss touchdown pass to make it 21-17 Steelers with 2:55 remaining.

Roethlisberger was 25 of 29 for 282 yards with two scoring passes to Smith-Schuster. He apparently got hurt when he got sacked by Clinton McDonald late in the second quarter, although he played the remainder of the half.

Stevan Ridley, starting for injured running back James Conner, ran for a touchdown for the Steelers.

The Raiders waltzed 74 yards to open the game, with Martin leaping over the pile for a 1-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Pittsburgh tied it at 12:18 of the second quarter when Ridley followed fullback Roosevelt Nix’s block for a 2-yard scoring run up the middle, his first touchdown of the season.

Daniel Carlson’s 44-yard field goal pushed Oakland to a 10-7 lead at 8:08 of the second.

The Steelers for the eighth time this season scored on their final drive of the first half, this time on Smith-Schuster’s tip-toe catch at the back of the end zone for a 1-yard reception and a 14-10 lead with 10 seconds left.

After a scoreless third quarter, Oakland leapfrogged back in front 17-14 with a 73-yard, 14-play drive. Smith snuck behind the coverage in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown catch from Carr.

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Cooper’s third TD lifts Cowboys over Eagles in OT

Cooper's third TD lifts Cowboys over Eagles in OT

Cooper’s third TD lifts Cowboys over Eagles in OT

Quarterback Dak Prescott threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 1:55 remaining in overtime to lift the Dallas Cowboys past the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 on Sunday.

The pass was deflected by Rasul Douglas and into Cooper’s hands before he raced in for the winning score and the fifth straight win for the Cowboys, who never let the Eagles touch the ball in overtime.

Prescott was 42 of 54 for a career-high 455 yards, two interceptions and three touchdowns, all to Cooper, who caught 10 passes for 217 yards. The Cowboys improved to 8-5, two games ahead of the Eagles (6-7) and Washington Redskins (6-7) in the NFC East with three games to play.

Quarterback Carson Wentz was 22 of 32 for 228 yards and three touchdowns, but the Eagles had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Wentz lost his ninth fumble of the season late in the second and the Cowboys had one final drive before halftime. Amazingly, Brett Maher’s 62-yard field goal attempt at the buzzer sailed straight through, and the Cowboys led 6-0. It was the longest field goal in Dallas franchise history.

After Maher added a 21-yarder to make it 9-0, the Eagles kept battling, scoring their first touchdown when Wentz connected with Alshon Jeffery from 2 yards out with 6:04 remaining in the third. Jake Elliott’s extra point misfired, and the Eagles trailed 9-6.

After Elliott tied it early in the fourth, the Cowboys marched 75 yards in nine plays, culminated with Prescott tossing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cooper for a 16-9 lead with 7:46 left.

The Eagles took the ensuing kickoff and moved 47 yards with Dallas Goedert catching a 3-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to tie the game at 16 with 3:12 remaining.

On Dallas’ next play from scrimmage, Prescott threw a 75-yard touchdown to Cooper to quickly go back ahead 23-16 just 11 seconds later.

The Eagles appeared to tie the game again, but a questionable offensive-pass-interference penalty was called on Goedert, nullifying a 75-yard touchdown. They rebounded and managed to tie the game at 23 with 1:39 left when Wentz threw a 6-yard touchdown to Darren Sproles.

Prescott was sacked by Fletcher Cox on the final play of regulation to send the game into overtime.

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Kittle’s record day carries 49ers over Broncos

Kittle's record day carries 49ers over Broncos

George

Kittle’s record day carries 49ers over Broncos

George Kittle caught an 85-yard touchdown pass on a record-setting day Sunday, helping the San Francisco 49ers build a big lead en route to a 20-14 victory over the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kittle caught seven passes for 210 yards, an all-time record for a 49ers tight end, helping San Francisco (3-10) snap a three-game losing streak while handing the Broncos (6-7) a critical setback in their pursuit of a playoff spot in the AFC.

Phillip Lindsay was held to 30 yards rushing on 14 carries, but did manage a 1-yard touchdown run for the Broncos, who fell a game behind Baltimore, Indianapolis, Tennessee and Miami in the chase for the final playoff berth in the AFC with just three games to play.

Robbie Gould kicked a pair of early field goals to put the 49ers up 6-0 before Nick Mullens connected with Kittle on the 85-yard catch-and-run that extended the lead to 13-0 with 9:47 remaining in the second period.

All of Kittle’s receiving yards came in the first half, taking him fewer than 30 minutes to break Vernon Davis’ franchise-record 180 yards against Arizona in 2013.

Mullens padded the 49ers’ advantage to 20-0 by halftime with a 1-yard connection with Dante Pettis with eight seconds left in the half.

The Broncos did all the scoring in the second half, with Lindsay recording his touchdown in the third quarter before Case Keenum threw a 1-yard TD pass to DaeSean Hamilton with 3:53 to play, getting the Broncos within 20-14.

But the 49ers were able to run off almost the entire remaining time, allowing the Broncos time for just one desperation pass before the final gun.

Mullens finished 20-for-33 for 332 yards and the two scores. He was intercepted once.

The 49ers’ Jeff Wilson Jr. was the game’s leading rusher with 90 yards on 23 carries.

Keenum went 24-for-42 for 186 yards and his one TD pass for Denver, which had won three in a row.

Lindsay’s touchdown run was his sixth in the last four games.

The 49ers outgained the Broncos 389-274.

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Lions lose Ansah, Hand, Wagner to injury

Lions lose Ansah, Hand, Wagner to injury

Lions lose Ansah, Hand, Wagner to injury

Detroit Lions defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah and Da’Shawn Hand were each carted to the locker room in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and did not return.

Hand went down first with a knee injury and Ansah followed with a shoulder injury. Ansah, who appeared to be in significant pain on the field, was immediately ruled out by the team, with Hand ruled out shortly afterward.

Right tackle Rick Wagner also left and was later ruled out with a concussion.

Ansah, 29, has had a lost season while playing on the franchise tag. He hurt his shoulder after 19 snaps in Week 1 and did not play again until Week 9, though he has been effective (four sacks, seven QB hits) during his seven games on the field. Ansah is scheduled to hit free agency in March.

Hand, a fourth-round rookie, has three sacks and two QB hits in 12 games (seven starts) while drawing praise as one of Detroit’s best interior linemen.

Wagner, 29, has started all 12 games in his second year with the Lions, whom he joined on a five-year, $47.5 million contract in free agency in March of 2017. He’s allowed 5.5 sacks and taken two penalties this season after allowing six sacks and taking three penalties in 2017.

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Chargers top Bengals, keep pace with KC

Chargers top Bengals, keep pace with KC

Chargers top Bengals, keep pace with KC

Darius Philon’s sack on a two-point conversion attempt with less than two minutes remaining sealed the Los Angles Chargers’ 26-21 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and helped to solidify their playoff chances.

Phillip Rivers was 19-of-29 passing for 220 yards and got the Chargers off to a quick start when he hit Keenan Allen for a 14-yard touchdown barely three minutes into the game. Running back Austin Ekeler scored nine seconds into the second quarter for a 14-3 lead, but Chargers struggled for offense from that point on but held on nonetheless.

The Chargers (10-3), the top wild-card team in the AFC, remain behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West standings. The Chargers and Chiefs are set for a showdown at Kansas City on Thursday night.

Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel was 18 of or 170 yards and a touchdown in his second career start as Cincinnati (5-8) lost its fifth consecutive game and dropped to 5-8 after opening the season with a 4-1 record.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon rushed for 111 yards and scored on a 1-yard run with 1:50 remaining to cut the Chargers’ lead to 23-21.

But Driskel was sacked by Philon on the two-point conversion, the Chargers recovered the onside kick, and Los Angeles nailed down the victory with a 45-yard field goal from Michael Badgley with 49 seconds to play. The Bengals failed to convert a pair of two-point conversions in the game.

The Chargers were off and running early, collecting 10 first downs in the opening quarter. But the Bengals defense recovered to give up just seven first downs the rest of the way.

Despite the Chargers quick start, the Bengals still closed two within two points in the second quarter at 14-12 following a 6-yard Driskel scoring pass to John Ross with 20 seconds left in the quarter. But then came the first failed two-point conversion attempt.

The Chargers went into halftime with a 17-12 lead following a franchise-record 59-yard field goal by Badgley. The kick came on an untimed down to close out the first half after Bengals defensive end Jordan Willis jumped offside as time expired.

Ekeler rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown for the Chargers. Rivers saw his 13-game streak of at least two touchdown passes in a game (dating back to last season) come to an end.

The Chargers have now won at least 10 games for the first time since 2009 when they went 13-3 and lost to the New York Jets in an AFC divisional game.

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger injures ribs, returns late in loss

Steelers QB Roethlisberger injures ribs, returns late in loss

Steelers QB Roethlisberger injures ribs, returns late in loss

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed most of the second half of Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders due to injured ribs, and his late return was not enough to lift Pittsburgh to victory.

The team announced early in the third quarter that Roethlisberger was questionable to return, after backup Joshua Dobbs opened the second half with the starters. Dobbs played the majority of the half until the Raiders pulled ahead 17-14 with 5:20 remaining, spurring Roethlisberger to come back in.

Roethlisberger promptly led a six-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster to retake the lead at 21-17.

But Derek Carr countered with an eight-play, 75-yard drive to reclaim the lead, 24-21, with 21 seconds remaining.

Roethlisberger got the Steelers in position to send it to overtime with a successful hook-and-lateral play in the final seconds, but Chris Boswell’s 40-yard field-goal attempt on the final play was blocked.

Roethlisberger’s injury appeared to happen when he was sacked by Clinton McDonald midway through the second quarter, forcing a field-goal attempt that was missed by Boswell. Roethlisberger got up slowly but came back out on the next possession and led the Steelers right down the field for a touchdown, going 6 of 7 for 52 yards and a 1-yard score to Smith-Schuster.

But Dobbs came out as the Steelers got the ball to start the second half, protecting a 14-10 lead.

Roethlisberger was not on the sideline to start the third quarter. He came jogging out of the tunnel midway through the quarter but did not enter the game until the final two drives.

Dobbs finished 4 of 9 for 24 yards and an interception, along with two carries for 15 yards. Roethlisberger went 25 of 29 for 282 yards, the two touchdowns and no interceptions.

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger injures ribs, Dobbs in

Steelers QB Roethlisberger injures ribs, Dobbs in

Steelers QB Roethlisberger injures ribs, Dobbs in

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not start the second half of Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders due to injured ribs.

The team announced early in the third quarter that Roethlisberger was questionable to return, after backup Joshua Dobbs opened the second half with the starters.

Roethlisberger got up slowly after being sacked by Clinton McDonald midway through the second quarter, forcing a field-goal attempt that was missed by Chris Boswell. Roethlisberger came back out on the next possession and led the Steelers right down the field for a touchdown, going 6 of 7 for 52 yards and a 1-yard score to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

But Dobbs came out as the Steelers got the ball to start the second half, protecting a 14-10 lead.

Roethlisberger was not on the sideline to start the half. He came jogging out of the tunnel midway through the third quarter but did not enter the game.

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Ravens QB Jackson hurt late; Flacco medically cleared

Ravens QB Jackson hurt late; Flacco medically cleared

Ravens QB Jackson hurt late; Flacco medically cleared

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed the final two plays of Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after hurting his ankle but appears to have avoided major injury.

Jackson, who was seen going into the X-ray room in the locker room after the game, met reporters a few minutes later and downplayed the injury.

“They just wanted to see what happened, but I’m good,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s ankle was fallen on as he was sacked on second-and-18 late in overtime by Dee Ford and Justin Houston. He was tended to by trainers, limped off the field gingerly and was replaced by Robert Griffin III, who threw two incompletions to turn the ball over on downs and clinch a 27-24 victory for the Chiefs.

Griffin was the backup for the fourth straight game as Joe Flacco was inactive, but head coach John Harbaugh revealed after the game that Flacco was medically cleared from his hip injury earlier this weekend and could have played.

“He could have played medically,” Harbaugh said. “Just didn’t have him prepared enough.”

Harbaugh has been cagey about his plans at quarterback once Flacco is healthy enough and prepared to play. He has repeatedly declined to answer questions about who will start moving forward, though he has not ruled out the possibility of Flacco and Jackson playing for stretches.

Jackson finished 13 of 24 for 147 yards and two scores while rushing 13 times for 71 yards in Sunday’s loss.

He is now 59 of 101 for 687 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions this season in four starts and other scattered snaps, while rushing 95 times for 475 yards and three scores on the ground.

However, Jackson has fumbled eight times (six as a rusher), including a strip-sack that set up the Chiefs for a would-be game-winning field goal late in regulation Sunday. Harrison Butker missed from 43 yards, leading to overtime.

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Darnold rallies Jets past Bills with crunch-time heroics

Darnold rallies Jets past Bills with crunch-time heroics

Darnold rallies Jets past Bills with crunch-time heroics

Sam Darnold threw for 170 yards and a touchdown and Elijah McGuire ran for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down with 1:17 remaining as the visiting New York Jets came back to beat the Buffalo Bills 27-23 on Sunday.

Darnold returned after missing three games with a foot injury to win the duel with fellow rookie quarterback Josh Allen and snap the Jets’ six-game losing streak. He completed 16 of 24 passes and drove the Jets 61 yards on the winning drive.

It was the first meeting between Darnold, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, and No. 7 pick Allen. Both quarterbacks were inactive for Buffalo’s 41-10 win at New York in Week 10.

Allen ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Bills (4-9). The rookie quarterback was 18 of 36 passing for 206 yards with two interceptions and continued to power the Buffalo offense with his legs.

Allen became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to run for more than 100 yards in consecutive games and joining running backs O.J. Simpson, Thurman Thomas and Fred Jackson as the only Bills players to have three straight games with at least 99 rushing yards. Allen also overtook LeSean McCoy as Buffalo’s leading rusher with 490 yards on the season, despite missing three games with an elbow injury.

Buffalo led for most of the game before Darnold rolled out of the pocket and found Robby Anderson (four receptions, 76 yards) for a 7-yard touchdown pass that tied the score at 20-20 early in the fourth quarter.

Allen put the Bills (4-9) into position for Stephen Hauschka’s go-ahead 36-yard field goal with 2:35 remaining.

Buffalo’s other first-round pick, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, became the youngest player in NFL history (20 years, seven months) to record and interception when he picked off Darnold in the third quarter.

Undrafted rookie Robert Foster caught seven passes for 104 yards for the Bills.

Allen’s scrambling compensated for the loss of McCoy, who left the game for Buffalo with a hamstring injury following the first series. McCoy rushed twice for one yard to bring his season total to 479 yards.

Bills linebacker Matt Milano was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter after injuring his left ankle.

Darnold missed one series and had his foot evaluated in the locker room after the Jets’ opening drive.

The Jets also lost their starting running back Isaiah Crowell to a hamstring. McGuire finished with 60 yards on 17 carries.

Hauschka made three field goals for Buffalo but missed a 54-yard attempt to take the lead with 7:49 remaining and had a 49-yard try blocked on the final play of the first half.

Two big kickoff returns from Andre Roberts led to 10 points for the Jets in the second quarter. Roberts leads the NFL with six returns of more than 50 yards this season.

Myers made a 21-yard field goal after Roberts’ 56-yard return gave the Jets a drive start at the Bills 43. Roberts then ripped off an 86-yard kickoff return following a 31-yard field goal from Hauschka, setting up the Jets’s first offensive touchdown in 23 possessions, a 4-yard run by Trenton Cannon that cut the Bills’ lead to 17-13 before halftime.

Roberts fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, leading to a 29-yard field goal by Hauschka that made it 20-13.

The Bills out-gained the Jets 123-18 in the first quarter to build a 14-3 lead. Allen rushed for 68 yards on Buffalo’s opening drive and scrambled for a 6-yard touchdown. Isaiah McKenzie scored on a 15-yard jet sweep one play after Jets cornerback Buster Skrine committed a 33-yard pass interference penalty.

Myers made a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter after Kevin Pierre-Louis forced an Allen fumble that Jamal Adams recovered at the Bills 32.

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Chiefs beat Ravens in OT to clinch playoff berth

Chiefs beat Ravens in OT to clinch playoff berth

Quarterback

Chiefs beat Ravens in OT to clinch playoff berth

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes converted two fourth downs on a game-tying drive in regulation Sunday and kicker Harrison Butker atoned for a missed field goal with a 36-yarder in overtime as the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 at Kansas City, Mo.

Mahomes finished with 377 yards passing, going 35 of 53 with two touchdowns against the NFL’s top-ranked defense as the Chiefs (11-2) clinched a berth in the playoffs while retaining the best record in the AFC.

The Ravens (7-6) did not score in response to the Chiefs’ overtime field goal.

Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson was injured in overtime after getting sacked by Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston. Faced with two snaps from the Baltimore 41-yard line, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III could not engineer a first down, throwing two incompletions.

A strip-sack by linebacker Justin Houston with 38 seconds remaining gave the Chiefs a chance to win with a field goal but a 43-yard boot by Butker sailed wide as time expired, prompting the OT.

With Kansas City trailing by seven in the fourth quarter, Mahomes heaved a 48-yard pass across his body to wide receiver Tyreek Hill to convert a fourth down before connecting with running back Damien Williams for a 5-yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining.

Jackson passed for 147 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 71 yards.

A 55-yard punt return by Cyrus Jones put the Ravens at the Chiefs’ 14 and in position for what looked like a decisive touchdown. Baltimore scored in three plays, using a 9-yard pass from Jackson to John Brown with 4:04 remaining for the TD.

The Ravens gained 198 yards on the ground after rushing for 200-plus yards in each of their previous three games.

The Chiefs struck for 10 points inside the final three minutes of the first half. Kelce snagged a 15-yard touchdown pass with 2:37 remaining. Then after stopping the Ravens, Mahomes engineered a 75-yard march before Kansas City settled for a 24-yard field by Harrison Butker as time expired to gain a 17-10 halftime margin.

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Saints rally to beat Bucs, win NFC South

Saints rally to beat Bucs, win NFC South

Saints rally to beat Bucs, win NFC South

Special teams ace Taysom Hill flipped the momentum with a blocked punt and Drew Brees converted second-half touchdowns with a short pass and a fourth-down leap to lift New Orleans to a 28-14 comeback victory over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers and claim the Saints’ second consecutive NFC South title.

The Saints (11-2), who won back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history, looked sluggish, falling behind 14-3 at halftime, but they scored 25 unanswered points with three second-half touchdown drives and a 36-yard field goal by Will Lutz to put the game away.

The Saints also stayed in contention with the Los Angeles Rams (11-1 entering Sunday night) for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Mark Ingram’s 17-yard tackle-breaking run with 7:26 iced the game, putting the Saints up 25-14. Brees finished 24 of 31 for 201 yards, and the Saints rushed for 98 of their 101 yards in the second half.

Michael Thomas had 11 catches for 98 yards, giving him 298 receptions in his first three seasons, the most in NFL history.

The Bucs (5-8) dominated the Saints in the first half, taking a 14-3 lead, and it could have been even more lopsided because kicker Cairo Santos missed a 46-yard field goal after Tampa Bay had driven to a first-and-10 at the New Orleans 22.

Winston (18 of 38 for 213 yards) threw a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Cameron Brate — for 11 yards on the opening drive and for 1 yard on the Bucs’ final series of the half. The second touchdown was set up by a woeful Brees interception on a screen pass for Mark Ingram. Brees’ pass was easily picked off by linebacker Adarius Taylor at the New Orleans 39. Six plays later, Winston hit Brate with the short scoring pass.

The Saints rushed for just 3 yards on nine carries in the first half and gained just 104 yards overall. The Saints’ only score in the first half came on a 30-yard field goal by Lutz.

The Bucs had wasted another chance to widen their lead when defensive end Carl Nassib stripped the ball from Brees on the first series of the second half, putting Tampa Bay at the New Orleans 27. But Santos missed his second field goal of the game, from 40 yards, and the score remained 14-3.

The Saints then turned the momentum with another huge play by Hill, a reserve quarterback and special teams ace, who knifed up the middle to block a Bryan Anger punt and give the Saints a first down at the Bucs’ 30.

Five plays later, Brees hit fullback Zach Line for a 1-yard score, and the Saints converted a two-point conversion on Alvin Kamara’s sweep of left end, pulling the Saints within 14-11 with 4:43 left in the third quarter.

Then after sacking Winston twice on the next series, the Saints got another short field, starting at their 49, and Brees capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard leap on fourth down to put the Saints up 18-14 with 11:46 left.

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Colts snap Texans’ win streak with 24-21 victory

Colts snap Texans' win streak with 24-21 victory

Colts snap Texans’ win streak with 24-21 victory

Andrew Luck threw for 399 yards and two touchdowns Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts snapped the Houston Texans’ nine-game winning streak with a 24-21 win at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Luck completed 27 of 41 passes for Indianapolis (7-6), which bounced back from a 6-0 upset loss last week at Jacksonville. He found wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who had been a game-time decision with a shoulder injury, nine times for 199 yards.

Deshaun Watson hit on 27 of 38 passes for 267 yards for the Texans, who dropped to 9-4 but still lead the AFC South by two games over the Colts and Tennessee with three games remaining. Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins on a 7-yard scoring strike with 2:37 left in the game to bring Houston within three points.

However, Indianapolis melted the remaining time away with two first downs. Defensive end Jadaveon Clowney jumped the snap count on 3rd-and-1 at the Colts’ 48 immediately after the two-minute warning, and Luck took three knees to end it.

Indianapolis’ defense limited Hopkins to four catches on 10 targets for 36 yards. It also kept consistent pressure on Watson, recording five sacks, two by Denico Autry.

Alfred Blue’s 3-yard touchdown run with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter gave the Texans a 7-0 lead, capping a 10-play, 82-yard drive that lasted just over four minutes.

Indianapolis controlled the second quarter. Marlon Mack’s 4-yard run with 6:33 left in the half evened the score at 7, and Luck put the Colts ahead to stay when he found Eric Ebron on a 14-yard scoring pass with 2:57 remaining, which was Ebron’s 13th touchdown catch of the year. Adam Vinatieri bombed a 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half for a 17-7 advantage.

Lamar Miller pulled Houston within 17-14 on a 1-yard scoring run with 7:38 left in the third quarter, capping a 16-play, 75-yard drive to start the second half. But Luck answered back with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Zach Pascal at the 3:51 mark.

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Manning throws 3 TDs as Giants handle Redskins

Manning throws 3 TDs as Giants handle Redskins

Manning throws 3 TDs as Giants handle Redskins

Rookie Saquon Barkley rushed for a career-high 170 yards, Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and the visiting New York Giants routed the Washington Redskins 40-16 on Sunday.

Manning and Barkley both left after three quarters in a game that was 40-0.

Barkley, who carried 14 times, reeled off a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Manning completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards and no interceptions for the Giants (5-8), who have won four of five.

In his first start for Washington (6-7) in place of Colt McCoy, quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 6 of 14 passes for 38 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked five times before being replaced by Josh Johnson in the third quarter.

Johnson, signed this week, finished 11 of 16 for 195 yards, completing his first NFL pass since 2011 when he was with Tampa Bay.

He ran eight yards for Washington’s first touchdown then found Jamison Crowder for a 79-yard catch and run to pull Washington within 40-16 before throwing an interception from the Giants 18.

Playing without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (bruised quadriceps), the Giants outgained the Redskins 402-288.

The game was an exchange of punts until late in the first quarter when Sanchez’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Curtis Riley got the interception at the Redskins 9-yard-line and ran it in.

New York put the game away with a 27-point second quarter.

With the Giants leading 10-0 and starting at their 22, Barkley ran right, cut back to the left at the line of scrimmage and raced 78 yards for a touchdown.

On Washington’s next possession, a Sanchez pass over the middle was intercepted, and three plays later, Manning hit Sterling Shepard for a 3-yard touchdown.

Manning struck again with 1:48 left in the half when he found Bennie Fowler from 6 yards out, and Aldrick Rosas made it 34-0 with a 23-yard field goal with :04 remaining.

Manning found Russell Shepard for an 11-yard touchdown in the second half before he was pulled. Rookie Kyle Lauletta replaced him and was 0-of-5 passing.

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Rodgers breaks Brady’s mark as Packers cruise past Falcons

Rodgers breaks Brady's mark as Packers cruise past Falcons

Rodgers breaks Brady’s mark as Packers cruise past Falcons

Aaron Rodgers broke Tom Brady’s NFL record for most consecutive passes without an interception in style, setting the mark on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that helped the Green Bay Packers beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons 34-20 on Sunday.

The pass was Rodgers’ 359th in a row without an interception dating to Week 4 of this season, a twice-deflected pass against Buffalo. Brady went 358 passes without an incompletion during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Rodgers’ record-setting play, in the midst of an otherwise subpar season by his historic standards, came in the third quarter to give Green Bay a 27-7 lead.

Rodgers finished 21-of-32 passing for 196 yards with two touchdowns, ending the game with a streak of 369 consecutive passes without an interception.

The outcome made a winner of interim coach Joe Philbin, who replaced Mike McCarthy after the team’s 13th-year head coach was fired shortly after last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

In a battle between two of the NFL’s most disappointing teams, cornerback Bashaud Breeland returned an interception for a touchdown for the Packers (5-7-1), who snapped a three-game losing streak. The Falcons (4-9) lost their fifth in a row.

Atlanta’s day was summed up midway through the fourth quarter. Having pulled within 34-14 on receiver Julio Jones’ second touchdown catch of the day, the Falcons were back on the move. On first-and-goal from the 8, center Alex Mack’s shotgun snap hit receiver Mohamed Sanu, who was motioning from left to right. Breeland recovered to essentially put the final nail in the coffin.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 28 of 42 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Most of the production came in the second half, with the Falcons in catch-up mode.

The Packers led 20-7 at halftime. The Falcons struck first, as the last of three completions to Jones was a 16-yard touchdown. Green Bay answered immediately, with Rodgers hitting receiver Davante Adams for a 7-yard score.

What looked like a track meet, however, turned into a commanding Packers lead. Crosby, who missed a 49-yard field goal that would have forced overtime last week against the Cardinals, hit field goals of 50 and 48 yards. In between, Breeland jumped in front of a pass to tight end Austin Hooper and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

A 29-yard rush by Aaron Jones with 5:51 left in the third quarter made it 34-7 and the rout was on.

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Drake, Dolphins stun Patriots on miracle final play

Drake, Dolphins stun Patriots on miracle final play

Drake, Dolphins stun Patriots on miracle final play

Kenyan Drake scored to complete a two-lateral miracle final play as the host Miami Dolphins scored from 69 yards out and defeated the New England Patriots 34-33.

With seven seconds left on the clock, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled to DeVante Parker, who then found Drake. Drake ran the final 51 yards, scooting past stumbling tight end Rob Gronkowski, whom the Patriots had inserted into the game to stop a “Hail Mary” pass.

Tannehill finished 14-of-19 passing for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He battled a sore ankle after he got stepped on in the second quarter, but returned and kept the Dolphins (7-6) in playoff contention with the win.

New England (9-4) had a chance to clinch its division for the 10th straight year but instead lost for the sixth time out of the seven previous games in Miami.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passed for 358 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

There were nine lead changes in the game, setting franchise records for both teams.

Four-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal and an extra point, and Brady took a sack on the last play of the first half to run out the clock while New England was in chip-shot field-goal position. Those three plays cost New England seven points.

Patriots reserve linebacker Albert McClellan blocked two punts, and the first one led to a touchdown. Gronkowski caught eight passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.

One of the Patriots’ touchdowns was a 2-yard run by James Develin. The Pro Bowl fullback and former college defensive end has six carries this season for 8 yards and four touchdowns.

Two of Miami’s touchdowns were by Brandon Bolden, including a 54-yard run. At the time of his second touchdown, he had just three touches on the season and two touchdowns, and it was sweet revenge since Bolden spent six years with the Patriots, was cut on Sept. 1 and signed by Miami three days later.

Miami was without cornerback Xavien Howard, who leads the NFL with seven interceptions but suffered a knee injury last week. He reportedly had an arthroscopic procedure but could possibly return in Week 15.

New England took a 27-21 lead into halftime on Brady’s 16-yard pass to Gronkowski, who reached over cornerback Bobby McCain to make the grab.

Miami grabbed a 28-27 lead in the third quarter on a 23-yard TD pass to Brice Butler, who is on his fourth NFL team after signing with the Dolphins on Nov. 14.

Gostkowski made field goals of 32 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter, seemingly securing a victory for New England before Drake’s miracle score.

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Mayfield, Browns deal Panthers fifth straight defeat

Mayfield, Browns deal Panthers fifth straight defeat

Jarvis

Mayfield, Browns deal Panthers fifth straight defeat

Jarvis Landry scored two touchdowns and set up another as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Carolina Panthers 26-20 on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 18 of 23 throws for 238 yards and one touchdown as Cleveland (5-7-1) won for the third time in four games.

The Panthers (6-7) have lost five games in a row and they’re eliminated from NFC South title contention even though two of their three remaining games come against the first-place New Orleans Saints.

Christian McCaffrey scored two rushing touchdowns for the Panthers, who are 1-6 in road games.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton completed 26 of 42 passes for 265 yards with one interception despite concerns about a sore shoulder that had existed since his four-interception performance a week earlier at Tampa Bay.

The Panthers reached the Cleveland 3-yard line late in the game, but Newton threw incomplete on a fourth-down pass with 2:35 to play.

After a punt, Carolina regained possession at its own 34 with 1:04 remaining and no timeouts left. Damarious Randall intercepted Newton on the next play.

Nick Chubb’s 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave the Browns a 23-20 lead, with the extra-point kick no good when the ball struck the upright. The touchdown was set up a play earlier by Landry’s 54-yard run.

Cleveland extended its lead to 26-20 on Greg Joseph’s 41-yard field goal with 8:51 to play.

Chubb finished with 66 rushing yards on 13 carries.

The Browns never led in the first half but they matched each of Carolina’s scores in what became a 17-17 deadlock.

McCaffrey had touchdown runs of 4 and 1 yards. Landry rushed for a 3-yard score and caught Mayfield’s 51-yard strike.

From there, Chandler Catanzaro drilled a 30-yard field goal in his first game with the Panthers while replacing injured Graham Gano. Joseph made it even with a 49-yarder for Cleveland with 1:03 left in the first half.

Catanzaro provided the only points of the third quarter with 34-yard field goal.

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Packers’ Rodgers sets record for INT-less streak

Packers' Rodgers sets record for INT-less streak

Green Bay quarterback

Packers’ Rodgers sets record for INT-less streak

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers set an NFL record Sunday, passing Tom Brady for the most consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

The record-setting 359th straight pass came on a 24-yard, third-quarter touchdown toss to Randall Cobb, which put the Packers ahead 27-7 over Atlanta.

Just seven passes earlier, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones dropped a throw that would have broken the streak.

Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 4 against Buffalo — his only interception of the season.

Brady set the mark during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Earlier in the day, against Miami, Brady broke Peyton Manning’s record for most career touchdown passes (regular season and postseason) with 580.

Rodgers is the NFL’s all-time leader in interception percentage at 1.5.

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