Miller agrees he needs to make more plays, not play more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller concurs with his coaches that he needs to make more plays, not that he needs to play more.

The Broncos (2-2) haven’t had a takeaway since the season opener, and the fulcrum of Denver’s defense said the solution is simple: “I’ve got to get some sacks.”

Miller said if he can get to the quarterback like he did in the opener, when he dumped Russell Wilson three times, he can either force a fumble or a bad throw.

“I’ve got to play better. I’ve got to do better,” Miller said. “… We’ve got some big-time games coming up and I’ve got to be big in those.”

Miller, who leads the Broncos into the Meadowlands to face the Jets (1-3) on Sunday, has seen his playing time dip by about 10 percent this season.

He’s missed more than a quarter of Denver’s defensive snaps as his coaches aim to rotate Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, with Shaq Barrett and former first-round pick Shane Ray.

“If you want me to, I can play the whole game,” cracked Miller, who has only done that twice in his eight-year career, against Cincinnati last season and at New Orleans the year before.

“I mean, it’s just different this year . It’s not me and DeMarcus (Ware) and the no-game guys behind us anymore,” Miller said. “It’s not like that. We’ve got big-time players between me, Chubb, Shaq and Shane.

“It’s just tough. You have to find ways to get Shaq and Shane in there. I have to find ways to get on the field during crunch time and in the clutch, which I am in there, usually.”

Miller said this formula will keep all four pass rushers fresh and fit for the long haul.

“We just have a special situation here. We’ve got four great pass rushers and it would be a total injustice to have Shaq and Shane on the bench,” Miller said.

Miller has played 74.2 percent of the snaps this season. That’s a significant drop from the 84.2 percent clip he’s played over his previous six seasons (not counting the games he missed in 2013), and at that rate, would work out to the lowest percentage of his career.

It wouldn’t be too far from the 76.2 percent of snaps Miller played in 2015 when he led the Broncos to a Super Bowl win, however. That year, he was at his best in the playoffs, pulverizing Tom Brady in the AFC championship and Cam Newton in the Super Bowl.

Miller’s highest percentage of plays came in 2013 after he returned from a six-game suspension to start the season and logged 92.6 percent of the snaps before a knee injury sidelined him and forced him to miss that year’s Super Bowl.

Miller’s heavy workload and weight gain that year may have contributed to his injury, and both his physique and playing time have slimmed down since.

He’s averaged 880 snaps a year since his knee injury in 2013 after logging a career-high 962 snaps the year before he got hurt. He’s on pace for 808 snaps this season.

Statistically speaking, Miller has been quiet since racking up four sacks in the first two weeks of the season.

“It’s a tough league and the sacks, they definitely come in bunches,” Miller said. “I mean, I started the season off with three sacks and I’m like, ‘Man, I’m going to get 45 sacks this season. It’s going to be easy. And next game, I get two sacks and get one taken away and I’m like, ‘Man, that would have been five sacks in two games.”

He’s been held without a sack the last two weeks, both losses, including a 27-23 heartbreaker against Kansas City on Monday night in which Miller had just one tackle and couldn’t bring down Patrick Mahomes, who switched the football to his left hand , then shot-putted it to Tyreek Hill with Miller dragging him down for a key first down on the Chiefs’ game-winning drive .

This week, Broncos coach Vance Joseph called out his coaching staff and his star players — although not by name — to do better after Denver cratered in crunch time against Kansas City.

“There weren’t enough sacks on the quarterback,” Joseph said. “We made maybe two plays on the ball the entire night. We need more. We need more from our main guys on both sides of the ball.”

When those comments were relayed to him, Miller showed he’s not overly stressed about his sack slowdown.

“I mean, in my heart I feel like, you know, my mom always told me since I was a little boy that I was her star,” Miller said. “And I just try to go out there and be the best player I possibly can be.”

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The Latest: Steelers lead Chargers 23-7 at the half

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

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

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

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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Sherman’s return to Seattle mostly uneventful in 49ers loss

SEATTLE (AP) — For most of the past 10 years, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin were inseparable. College teammates at Stanford. Pros together in Seattle.

The first time facing each other as opponents in the pros was going to be noteworthy, no matter how much Sherman tried to downplay the significance before and

SEATTLE (AP) — For most of the past 10 years, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin were inseparable. College teammates at Stanford. Pros together in Seattle.

The first time facing each other as opponents in the pros was going to be noteworthy, no matter how much Sherman tried to downplay the significance before and after.

“It was just a regular game. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t have played as well as we could have. Had too many turnovers, gave up too many plays. That’s football and that’s the way things have gone this season,” Sherman said.

The subplot to Sunday’s 43-16 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers was the return of Sherman to the city where he went from an overlooked fifth-round draft pick into becoming one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL and a Super Bowl champion. He was a beloved star in Seattle, whose career with the Seahawks abruptly ended last March when he was released coming off an Achilles injury that ended his 2017 season early. He left Seattle, found a new home in San Francisco and knew doing so would mean twice a year seeing his former team.

The first reunion was going to be the most awkward, but for the most part it went smoothly. Sherman tried to disassociate himself from the hype surrounding the game, while his former teammates — especially Baldwin — spoke emotionally about missing their friend and now opponent.

Bobby Wagner seemed to be the only one that wanted to have a little fun with the situation, saying he was looking for Sherman on the sideline during his 98-yard interception return in the fourth quarter which led to a little trash talking postgame.

“He was just telling me that I was slow. I was telling him if I’m slow then what does that say about his team? We were just talking trash,” Wagner said. “That’s my brother, it was an amazing time for us to play with each other and to see him on the opposite side in the other jersey — that he looks ugly in — was cool.”

Sherman went through his normal pregame routine that included finding Baldwin and briefly throwing a ball back and forth as they did in Seattle. He spent several minutes talking with Baldwin while also giving a quick handshake and hug to Russell Wilson and speaking with several other Seahawks players and staff.

When the game started, it was mostly a quiet day for the cornerback. Seattle didn’t throw much and the first time Wilson threw his way was the third quarter when Baldwin slipped free from Sherman’s tackle attempt for a 21-yard gain. He also saw Jaron Brown break free from coverage for an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand.

Afterward, he made certain to exchange jerseys with Baldwin on the field.

“I’m not that emotional of a person when it comes to stuff like that,” Sherman said. “We’re obviously good friends and obviously we don’t see each other during the season. We’re going to see each other during the offseason. So it was good seeing him, good seeing his face and get to have a conversation.”

Sherman said he wasn’t paying attention when Seattle’s wide receivers recreated his famous tip play from the 2013 NFC championship game when he deflected an end zone pass by Colin Kaepernick late in the fourth quarter into the arms of Malcolm Smith. The recreation was part of Seattle’s ongoing touchdown celebrations by its wide receivers and was the one Baldwin specifically wanted to do. It just happened to come in the same end zone as the original play — just this time with Baldwin in the role of Sherman in the reenactment.

“He didn’t even know. I wanted it to be a surprise,” Baldwin said. “He knows it’s a tribute and he knows how the guys on this side of the ball feel. He knows how much we love him and how much we miss him.”

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Panthers-Buccaneers Stats

Carolina 7 0 10 0—17
Tampa Bay 10 7 7 0—24
First Quarter

TB_Humphries 3 pass from Winston (Santos kick), 9:46.

TB_FG Santos 35, 6:41.

Car_McCaffrey 8 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 4:14.

Second Quarter

TB_Godwin 13 pass from Winston (Santos

Carolina 7 0 10 0—17
Tampa Bay 10 7 7 0—24
First Quarter

TB_Humphries 3 pass from Winston (Santos kick), 9:46.

TB_FG Santos 35, 6:41.

Car_McCaffrey 8 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 4:14.

Second Quarter

TB_Godwin 13 pass from Winston (Santos kick), :13.

Third Quarter

Car_FG Gano 37, 10:58.

TB_Barber 1 run (Santos kick), 7:23.

Car_Funchess 10 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 2:24.

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Car TB
First downs 27 18
Total Net Yards 444 315
Rushes-yards 19-168 25-95
Passing 276 220
Punt Returns 3-6 1-0
Kickoff Returns 2-35 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 4-71
Comp-Att-Int 28-42-4 20-30-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-24 4-29
Punts 2-56.5 6-44.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-104 9-69
Time of Possession 30:06 29:54

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Carolina, McCaffrey 10-106, Newton 6-33, Moore 2-21, Samuel 1-8. Tampa Bay, Winston 5-48, Barber 16-45, R.Jones 4-2.

PASSING_Carolina, Newton 28-41-4-300, Heinicke 0-1-0-0. Tampa Bay, Winston 20-30-0-249.

RECEIVING_Carolina, McCaffrey 9-55, Samuel 6-88, Thomas 5-46, Moore 4-44, Wright 2-44, Olsen 1-13, Funchess 1-10. Tampa Bay, Humphries 7-61, Godwin 5-101, M.Evans 4-48, Brate 3-36, Cross 1-3.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Too much talk, too few catches for Vikings receiver Thielen

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was so revved up about some potential Patriots skullduggery during the fourth quarter that an official had to hold him back from New England coach Bill Belichick on the sideline.

But after the game, Thielen walked back his behavior and took responsibility for the kerfuffle,

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was so revved up about some potential Patriots skullduggery during the fourth quarter that an official had to hold him back from New England coach Bill Belichick on the sideline.

But after the game, Thielen walked back his behavior and took responsibility for the kerfuffle, which ended with Belichick shouting some nasty words at him as he was steered away by down judge Jerod Phillips.

“I’ve got to keep my cool,” Thielen said in the Minnesota locker room after the 24-10 loss to the Patriots. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him and what he’s done. I can’t lose it like that, but I just thought it was interesting timing for a guy to go down where there was a close play that could have been reviewed.”

At issue: Whether New England safety Patrick Chung faked an injury to give his coaches more time to see whether a fourth-down spot should be reviewed. Belichick did throw the challenge flag, but the spot and call of a first down was held up on review.

“I just thought the play was cheap. I let the emotions get the best of me,” Thielen said. “It’s not cheating. There’s no rule against it.”

Belichick’s only comment on the interaction was when he was asked whether the interaction was just a couple of guys exchanging holiday greetings. “Yeah, pretty much,” he said.

Cornerback Devin McCourty said the team sees Belichick’s emotional side in practice every day. He said the star of the exchange was linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who got between their coach and the opposing player.

“He jumped in Thielen’s face,” McCourty said. “I love when we get in games like this, when it’s going back and forth. I’ve talked to Thielen a bunch of times off the field, great guy. But everybody’s out there battling.”

Thielen said there are no hard feelings on his end.

And if Belichick decides to hold a grudge that’s not going to worry him, either.

“He can think what he wants about me, and it doesn’t really change how I’m going to play the game,” Thielen said. “He can hate me all he wants. I’m still going to be the same person I am and try to go out and do my best.”

The bigger problem for the Vikings (6-5-1) was Thielen’s production.

The team’s No. 1 receiver, who averaged more than eight catches and 100 yards in the first 11 games this season, had five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown on Sunday as the Patriots (9-3) double-teamed him for much of the day.

Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes to eight different receivers, many of them on dump-offs that resulted in just 201 yards passing.

“It really was what they were giving us,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “Those are tough situations there. I have some thoughts on things, but I’m not going to share them.”

The defeat prevented Minnesota from gaining ground on the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears, who lost 30-27 to the New York Giants earlier Sunday. Pending the outcome of Washington’s game against Philadelphia on Monday night, the Vikings are a half-game out of playoff position.

“I feel fine about my team,” Zimmer said. “I think we continue to learn a lot about ourselves. I think we got a good football team, we just got to play better than we did tonight. This one game won’t define us. We’ve got four games left. The season is still in front of us, whatever we want to do.”

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Jets’ skid reaches 6 straight after blowing 16-point lead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The New York Jets keep finding new ways to lose games, and the latest left coach Todd Bowles furious they wasted a 16-point lead for their sixth straight loss.

So much went right Sunday as Jason Myers kicked five field goals, Trumaine Johnson returned only his second interception this

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The New York Jets keep finding new ways to lose games, and the latest left coach Todd Bowles furious they wasted a 16-point lead for their sixth straight loss.

So much went right Sunday as Jason Myers kicked five field goals, Trumaine Johnson returned only his second interception this season 31 yards for a touchdown and the Jets blocked both a punt and an extra punt. Yet they wound up losing 26-22 to the Tennessee Titans when they couldn’t finish off a win.

“If I knew the answer to that, honestly, we’d be finishing right now,” said Bowles, whose tenuous job security frays with each loss. “We’re doing the same thing we’ve been doing. At some point, we’ve got to make a play to win a ballgame. We had four penalties in that last drive alone that kept the drive alive. That shouldn’t have happened.”

The Jets (3-9) had plenty of chances to put away the Titans (6-6) early only to settle for field goals on three trips inside the Tennessee 20. That included one drive that started at the Titans 18 after Kevin Pierre-Louis blocked and recovered a punt in the second quarter.

Bowles said he wished he could answer the question on why the Jets are so ineffective in the red zone.

“We haven’t scored in quite some time consistently, and we get stuck every time we get there. Thank goodness for Myers, and that’s not enough to win ballgames. We’ve got to be able to score touchdowns and stop people, and we have not done that, especially today.”

Even when Andre Roberts returned a kickoff 61 yards to open the second half, the Jets went three-and-out after starting a drive at the Titans 42.

“We had plenty of chances to put the game away and put our foot on their throats, and we didn’t do it,” Bowles said.

The Jets went three-and-out five times with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold watching his third straight from the sideline with an injured foot. Veteran Josh McCown started, yet he was just 17 of 30 for 128 yards. His lone interception came with 21 seconds left on the Jets’ last chance to end this skid.

New York wound up winning time of possession, holding the ball for more than 33 minutes. The Titans had the edge in total offense 403-280.

McCown said the Jets will look at what they can do better in the red zone moving forward.

“We just weren’t good enough when we got down there, and guys got to look at what we can do to be better and do our best to get it fixed,” McCown said.

Asked if the issues revolve around playcalling or execution, McCown said he only knows execution as a player. Settling for field goals didn’t help.

“When you get the ball in advantageous positions, you’ve got to go score and get seven (points),” McCown said. “You can’t stack threes up all day. It’s going to come back and get you, and it got us.”

Bowles said Darnold could have played Sunday, but needed more work after missing the previous two games. Bowles wouldn’t say yet if Darnold will play when the Jets visit Buffalo next Sunday.

The Jets also hurt themselves with too many penalties, finishing with 11 for 96. A facemask penalty on Johnson added 15 yards to a 25-yard scramble by Marcus Mariota on the Titans’ winning drive.

Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said a lack of discipline is what cost the Jets.

“What can a coach do? A hold or anything like that, they can’t control that,” he said. “That’s on us. We have to play smarter. It has kind of been a thing all year. It is pretty frustrating.”

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Chiefs move on after Kareem Hunt’s release

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt entered the NFL as part of Kansas City's 2017 draft class and quickly formed a tight friendship as they tried to build the Chiefs into a Super Bowl contender.

Mahomes now must do it without Hunt, released over the weekend after a video surfaced

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt entered the NFL as part of Kansas City’s 2017 draft class and quickly formed a tight friendship as they tried to build the Chiefs into a Super Bowl contender.

Mahomes now must do it without Hunt, released over the weekend after a video surfaced that showed him knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.

“We had a close relationship,” Mahomes said Sunday after he threw four TD passes in Kansas City’s 40-33 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

“I saw the stuff that happened. We don’t do those things. At the same time I focused on our organization, the Chiefs. I know we have to keep moving forward and going out there to win football games if we want to have success this season.”

The win over the Raiders capped a roller coaster of emotions for Chiefs players, who watched Hunt get sent home from the facility on Friday after TMZ posted the video. Hunt is shown being restrained several times by friends before pushing a woman to the ground, when he proceeds to kick her. Police were called to the scene during the Feb. 10 incident, no charges were filed and no punishment was handed out by the NFL.

That changed soon after the video was posted, with the league placing Hunt on the Commissioner Exemption List and then the Chiefs releasing Hunt shortly after that.

Coach Andy Reid declined to elaborate on the move, saying only it was difficult and praising his players for how they dealt with any distraction.

“We made the decision that we made,” Reid said. “We put out a statement to explain the situation. As we’ve done in the past, when things come up that’s where we go. We handle it within and we handle it with the person that it affects. We’ve done all of those things.”

Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in helping Kansas City make the playoffs. He had run for 824 yards this season, with seven touchdowns rushing and seven more receiving, in helping the Chiefs (10-2) race out to a lead in the AFC West.

Now Kansas City must go through the stretch run of the season and the playoffs without one of its most important offensive pieces and popular locker room personality.

“That’s my brother,” said Spencer Ware, who replaced Hunt as the starting running back. “It’s a tough situation. But like I said, the men in this circle, the men in our locker room, the organization, Chiefs kingdom — we got one goal to win the Super Bowl. We got to stay distraction-free. I don’t have anything else to say about that.”

They managed to survive just fine against the struggling Raiders (2-10) with Ware rushing 14 times for 47 yards and a 1-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-goal direct snap. Damien Williams added 38 yards on five carries, Tyreek Hill gained 37 on an end-around and a lateral, and Mahomes ran for 52 on his own.

The Chiefs finished with 174 yards rushing in all, their second-highest total of the season.

“It was great to get Spencer back in there working on more of a full-time basis, as opposed to being a relief pitcher or third-down player,” Reid said. “Williams then stepped in and had a couple of nice runs.”

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The Latest: Steelers out to quick lead over Chargers

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

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

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

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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Browns-Texans Stats

Cleveland 0 0 7 6—13
Houston 10 13 3 3—29
First Quarter

Hou_FG Fairbairn 35, 8:12.

Hou_J.Thomas 11 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), :38.

Second Quarter

Hou_Cunningham 38 interception return (Fairbairn kick), 7:26.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 42, 3:19.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 48, :01.

Cleveland 0 0 7 6—13
Houston 10 13 3 3—29
First Quarter

Hou_FG Fairbairn 35, 8:12.

Hou_J.Thomas 11 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), :38.

Second Quarter

Hou_Cunningham 38 interception return (Fairbairn kick), 7:26.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 42, 3:19.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 48, :01.

Third Quarter

Cle_Chubb 2 run (G.Joseph kick), 9:39.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 53, 5:26.

Fourth Quarter

Hou_FG Fairbairn 38, 5:46.

Cle_Higgins 17 pass from Mayfield (pass failed), 2:58.

A_71,741.

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Cle Hou
First downs 20 25
Total Net Yards 428 384
Rushes-yards 9-31 39-187
Passing 397 197
Punt Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoff Returns 5-107 1-23
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 3-56
Comp-Att-Int 29-43-3 22-31-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 4-27
Punts 2-45.5 3-38.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 6-45 5-77
Time of Possession 22:25 37:35

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Cleveland, Chubb 9-31. Houston, Miller 19-103, Blue 13-54, Watson 7-30.

PASSING_Cleveland, Mayfield 29-43-3-397. Houston, Watson 22-31-0-224.

RECEIVING_Cleveland, Landry 6-103, Higgins 4-62, Hilliard 4-40, Callaway 3-84, Chubb 3-41, Njoku 3-8, Perriman 2-26, Johnson 2-12, DeValve 1-19, Ratley 1-2. Houston, Hopkins 7-91, Carter 6-32, J.Thomas 3-32, D.Thomas 3-32, Akins 1-13, Griffin 1-12, Miller 1-12.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Rams-Lions Stats

L.A. Rams 3 10 3 14—30
Detroit 0 3 10 3—16
First Quarter

La_FG Zuerlein 24, 3:17.

Second Quarter

Det_FG Prater 28, 12:24.

La_Woods 8 pass from Goff (Zuerlein kick), 2:28.

La_FG Zuerlein 47, :43.

Third Quarter

L.A. Rams 3 10 3 14—30
Detroit 0 3 10 3—16
First Quarter

La_FG Zuerlein 24, 3:17.

Second Quarter

Det_FG Prater 28, 12:24.

La_Woods 8 pass from Goff (Zuerlein kick), 2:28.

La_FG Zuerlein 47, :43.

Third Quarter

Det_FG Prater 29, 7:56.

La_FG Zuerlein 48, 5:46.

Det_Decker 11 pass from Stafford (Prater kick), 3:02.

Fourth Quarter

La_Gurley 13 run (Zuerlein kick), 6:53.

Det_FG Prater 35, 2:54.

La_Gurley 2 run (Zuerlein kick), 1:54.

A_60,974.

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La Det
First downs 24 23
Total Net Yards 344 310
Rushes-yards 29-149 26-102
Passing 195 208
Punt Returns 3-18 0-0
Kickoff Returns 2-52 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 1-0 1-4
Comp-Att-Int 17-33-1 20-34-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-12 4-37
Punts 3-50.3 6-47.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-105 8-54
Time of Possession 28:16 31:44

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Los Angeles, Gurley 23-132, Woods 2-11, Brown 2-8, Goff 2-(minus 2). Detroit, Blount 16-61, Riddick 8-32, Zenner 1-7, Stafford 1-2.

PASSING_Los Angeles, Goff 17-33-1-207. Detroit, Stafford 20-33-1-245, Ellington 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING_Los Angeles, Woods 5-67, Cooks 4-62, Gurley 3-33, Higbee 2-19, Reynolds 2-19, Everett 1-7. Detroit, Ellington 7-35, Toilolo 4-90, Golladay 3-50, Riddick 3-26, T.Jones 1-25, Decker 1-11, Willson 1-8.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Broncos-Bengals Stats

Denver 0 7 14 3—24
Cincinnati 0 3 7 0—10
Second Quarter

Den_Lindsay 6 run (McManus kick), 1:56.

Cin_FG Bullock 35, :12.

Third Quarter

Den_Sutton 30 pass from Keenum (McManus kick), 11:27.

Den_Lindsay 65 run (McManus kick), 7:35.

Cin_Core 30 pass

Denver 0 7 14 3—24
Cincinnati 0 3 7 0—10
Second Quarter

Den_Lindsay 6 run (McManus kick), 1:56.

Cin_FG Bullock 35, :12.

Third Quarter

Den_Sutton 30 pass from Keenum (McManus kick), 11:27.

Den_Lindsay 65 run (McManus kick), 7:35.

Cin_Core 30 pass from Driskel (Bullock kick), 2:45.

Fourth Quarter

Den_FG McManus 29, :23.

A_44,392.

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Den Cin
First downs 16 20
Total Net Yards 361 311
Rushes-yards 34-218 23-111
Passing 143 200
Punt Returns 3-6 2-4
Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-29
Interceptions Ret. 1-8 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 12-21-0 25-38-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-8 4-36
Punts 6-43.3 7-43.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 7-60 12-100
Time of Possession 28:40 31:20

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Denver, Lindsay 19-157, Freeman 12-48, Keenum 2-9, Booker 1-4. Cincinnati, Mixon 12-82, Bernard 5-14, Walton 1-10, Driskel 3-3, Ross 1-2, Erickson 1-0.

PASSING_Denver, Keenum 12-21-0-151. Cincinnati, Driskel 25-38-1-236.

RECEIVING_Denver, Sutton 4-85, Sanders 4-19, Booker 2-38, Janovich 1-7, Lindsay 1-2. Cincinnati, Boyd 6-97, Bernard 6-32, Uzomah 5-33, Ross 2-13, Mixon 2-13, Core 1-30, Lengel 1-9, Green 1-7, Erickson 1-2.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Denver, McManus 50.

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Colts-Jaguars Stats

Indianapolis 0 0 0 0—0
Jacksonville 0 3 0 3—6
Second Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 30, 2:03.

Fourth Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 37, 11:42.

A_67,030.

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Ind Jac
First downs 19 11
Total Net Yards 265 211

Indianapolis 0 0 0 0—0
Jacksonville 0 3 0 3—6
Second Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 30, 2:03.

Fourth Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 37, 11:42.

A_67,030.

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Ind Jac
First downs 19 11
Total Net Yards 265 211
Rushes-yards 16-41 27-79
Passing 224 132
Punt Returns 2-13 1-8
Kickoff Returns 0-0 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-10
Comp-Att-Int 33-52-1 18-24-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-24 3-18
Punts 6-49.7 7-47.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-65 8-74
Time of Possession 30:27 29:33

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Indianapolis, Mack 8-27, Luck 2-16, Hines 4-5, Pascal 1-2, Ebron 1-(minus 9). Jacksonville, Hyde 13-36, Kessler 5-28, Yeldon 8-16, Westbrook 1-(minus 1).

PASSING_Indianapolis, Luck 33-52-1-248. Jacksonville, Kessler 18-24-0-150.

RECEIVING_Indianapolis, Ebron 10-81, Hines 9-50, Hilton 8-77, Inman 2-14, Pascal 1-16, Mack 1-6, Swoope 1-4, Wilkins 1-0. Jacksonville, Yeldon 7-49, Moncrief 3-40, Westbrook 3-25, O’Shaughnessy 2-19, Cole 2-16, Hyde 1-1.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Packers fire McCarthy; Philbin named interim HC

Packers fire McCarthy; Philbin named interim HC

Packers fire McCarthy; Philbin named interim HC

The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, hours after the team fell to 4-7-1 with a 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Team president and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement, “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.

“We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”

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.

McCarthy, who turned 55 last month, was midway through his 13th season at the helm in Green Bay. He finishes with a 125-77-2 regular-season record while going 10-8 in the postseason, leading the team to a Super Bowl XLV victory following the 2010 season.

The Packers entered Sunday as double-digit favorites over the Cardinals, who had just two wins previously this season, both against the San Francisco 49ers.

Green Bay is not mathematically eliminated from the postseason, but the team now sits in 11th place in the NFC with four games to play. The Packers had made the playoffs in eight consecutive years before missing out while going 7-9 last year.

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Panthers TE Olsen suffers torn plantar fascia

Panthers TE Olsen suffers torn plantar fascia

Carolina Panthers tight

Panthers TE Olsen suffers torn plantar fascia

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen told reporters following his team’s 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay that he suffered a ruptured plantar fascia in his right foot.

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.”

Asked if Olsen would miss the rest of the season, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera would say only “we’ll see.”

Early in the second quarter Sunday, Olsen pulled up shortly after the snap without making any contact on the play. He eventually was carted off the field and taken to the locker room, and soon after the team announced his day was done.

The 33-year-old, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, entered the game with 26 catches for 278 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had 17 catches for 191 yards and one score in his abbreviated 2017 campaign.

Carolina has now lost four in a row and is 6-6 on the season. Washington and Seattle entered the weekend at 6-5 and Philadelphia is 5-6. All three have yet to play in Week 13.

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NFL injury notebook: Panthers TE Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

NFL injury notebook: Panthers TE Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

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NFL injury notebook: Panthers TE Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen told reporters following his team’s 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay that he suffered a ruptured plantar fascia in his right foot. 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, entered the game with 26 catches for 278 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had 17 catches for 191 yards and one score in his abbreviated 2017 campaign.

–Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his right leg in the first half of his team’s win at the Cincinnati Bengals, head 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 it’s a broken fibula.

Harris went down midway through the first quarter in Cincinnati 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 due to 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, entered with 45 catches for 687 yards and six touchdowns in eight games this season. He had one catch for 7 yards Sunday before getting hurt.

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 (bicep) 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 with a concussion.

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

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Broncos CB Harris breaks leg vs. Bengals

Broncos CB Harris breaks leg vs. Bengals

Denver Broncos

Broncos CB Harris breaks leg vs. Bengals

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his right leg in the first half of Sunday’s win at the Cincinnati Bengals, head 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 it’s a broken fibula.

Harris went down midway through the first quarter in Cincinnati 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.

The Broncos initially called Harris questionable to return before ruling him out shortly afterward.

Harris, 29, has missed just one regular-season game in his eight-year career, in 2012. He tore his ACL during the 2013 playoffs but returned to full health in time for the 2014 season.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and 10 passes defensed in 11 games this season.

The Broncos already were without cornerback Tramaine Brock on Sunday because of a rib injury. They released veteran Adam Jones two weeks ago.

Coincidentally, Green left later with a right foot injury and also was ruled out.

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Brady pushes Patriots past Vikings

Brady pushes Patriots past Vikings

Tom Brady threw

Brady pushes Patriots past Vikings

Tom Brady threw for 311 yards and the tie-breaking touchdown Sunday as the New England Patriots retained the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture by subduing the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, 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. Fullback James Develin added his second short scoring run on the Patriots’ next drive, going 2 yards with 10:54 remaining in the game to set the final score.

New England (9-3) maintained a three-game lead on Miami in the AFC East and remained a game behind Kansas City, which held off Oakland 40-33, for the top seed in the AFC with four weeks left in the regular season.

Minnesota (6-5-1) missed on a chance to make up ground on Chicago, which remained 1 1/2 games ahead in the NFC Central despite its 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants. The Vikings also fell out of the NFC’s second wild-card spot to idle Washington, which plays Monday night against Philadelphia.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes, but for just 201 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

New England had little trouble slicing through the Minnesota defense on its first possession, ripping off an 81-yard, eight-play touchdown drive. Develin plunged over from the one with 9:33 left in the first quarter.

A 15-play drive by the Patriots in the second quarter resulted in just three points as the Vikings made a goal-line stand, forcing a third-down incompletion from the 1. Stephen Gostkowski’s 20-yard field goal upped the margin to 10-0 at the 5:45 mark.

Minnesota’s offense finally found its dangerous wide receivers, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, during a successful two-minute drill to end the first half. Diggs caught passes of 24 and 10 yards to help push the ball to the 5, and Thielen caught his first pass of the game with 15 seconds left in the half to make it a 10-7 game at halftime.

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Wilson, Wagner lead Seahawks’ rout of 49ers

Wilson, Wagner lead Seahawks' rout of 49ers

Russell Wilson threw four touchdown

Wilson, Wagner lead Seahawks’ rout of 49ers

Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, and Bobby Wagner returned an interception 98 yards for a score as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the visiting San Francisco 49ers 43-16 Sunday.

The Seahawks (7-5) won their third straight game and moved a half-game ahead of Washington, which plays Monday night, and Minnesota — which lost to New England and visits Seattle next Monday — in the NFC wild-card race.

The 49ers (2-10) suffered their third straight loss and joined the Bay Area neighbor Raiders as the first teams with 10 losses this season. They will meet the Seahawks again Dec. 16 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Wilson completed 11 of 17 passes for 185 yards and the four scores. 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.

The 49ers’ Nick Mullens was 30-of-48 passing for 414 yards and two touchdowns, both to former University of Washington standout Dante Pettis, who was making his return to Seattle. Pettis finished with five grabs for 129 yards.

Jeff Wilson Jr. rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries, but the 49ers totaled just 66 yards on the ground.

Any momentum the 49ers might have gained by kicking a late field goal at the end of the first half to trim their deficit to 20-3 vanished quickly.

Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 84 yards, and Penny rushed 20 yards for a score on the next play.

The 49ers finally reached the end zone on their next drive, with Mullens throwing a 17-yard pass to Pettis to make it 27-10.

Jaron Brown caught his second touchdown pass from Wilson, an 18-yarder, with 14:17 remaining.

Pettis scored again on a 75-yard pass from Mullens on the next play from scrimmage.

Wagner capped the scoring with his pick-six with 4:04 left.

Wilson threw just six passes in the first half, completing four, but three of them were for touchdowns (the other was a 45-yard pass to Brown that set up the first score).

The 49ers, who had four punts and a lost fumble in their first five possessions in falling behind 20-0, finally got something going late in the half, driving for Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal with five seconds to go.

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Last-minute TD finishes Titans’ comeback over Jets

Last-minute TD finishes Titans' comeback over Jets

Corey

Last-minute TD finishes Titans’ comeback over Jets

Corey Davis caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota with 36 seconds remaining as the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday 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 to help Tennessee remain in the AFC wild-card race.

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.

New York rookie quarterback Sam Darnold (foot) missed his third straight game. Josh McCown drew the start and completed 17 of 30 passes for 128 yards and the interception, while running back Isaiah Crowell gained 98 yards on 21 carries.

Tennessee trailed 22-13 after Myers kicked a 39-yard field goal with 26 seconds to play in the third quarter.

The Titans pulled within 22-16 on Succop’s 24-yard field goal with 9:29 remaining.

Their next drive began with Mariota connecting on a 55-yard throw to Taywan Taylor to the New York 10-yard line but the drive stalled and Tennessee settled for Succop’s 33-yard field goal to trail by three with 5:39 left.

The Titans started the decisive drive on their own 14-yard line with 1:46 remaining and traveled 86 yards on six plays, with Davis collecting the game-winning scoring reception.

The Jets struck first on Myers’ 54-yard field goal with 9:35 left in the opening quarter.

Three plays later, Mariota made an ill-advised throw in the center of the field and Johnson grabbed it and navigated 31 yards for a score to make it 10-0 with 7:59 remaining.

Myers tacked on second-quarter field goals of 34 and 43 yards to increase New York’s lead to 16-0. The first field goal was set up by Kevin Pierre-Louis blocking the punt of Brett Kern and then recovering at the Tennessee 18-yard line.

The Titans got on the board with 57 seconds left in the half when Anthony Firkser caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Mariota for his first career touchdown reception. The extra-point attempt was blocked by New York’s Henry Anderson.

Myers’ fourth field goal of the game — from 39 yards — gave New York a 19-6 lead with 10:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Tennessee answered with a swift six-play, 75-yard drive, with Derrick Henry finishing it with a 1-yard run to cut the Jets’ lead to six.

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Mahomes throws four TDs as Chiefs hold off Raiders

Mahomes throws four TDs as Chiefs hold off Raiders

Mahomes throws four TDs as Chiefs hold off Raiders

Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes in the first three quarters and a fourth with 1:54 remaining Sunday afternoon, allowing the Kansas City Chiefs to build a big lead and then hold off a late rally by the host Oakland Raiders for a 40-33 victory.

Playing for the first time since their record-setting loss to the Los Angeles Rams and without Kareem Hunt, 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 neighboring San Francisco (2-10) 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 — a 1-yarder to Lee Smith and a 9-yarder to Marcell Ateman — to get Oakland within 33-30 with still 6:46 to play.

But Mahomes drove the Chiefs 75 yards in 10 plays for the clinching score, a 2-yard TD pass to Chris Conley to give Kansas City a two-score advantage.

The Raiders managed to get back within 40-33 on Daniel Carlson’s second field goal of the game, a 44-yarder with 30 seconds left. But Kansas City recovered an attempted onside kick and was able to run out the clock.

Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and the four scores.

With Hunt’s release on Friday — after the emergence of video showing him shoving and kicking a woman in an offseason incident — Mahomes also led Kansas City in rushing with 52 yards on nine carries.

Kelce had 12 catches for 168 yards and his two touchdowns.

Carr went 29 for 38 for 285 yards and three touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Jared Cook in the third quarter.

Cook totaled 100 yards on seven receptions, with the one score, for the Raiders, who hurt themselves with three fumbles.

Oakland’s Jalen Richard led all rushers with 95 yards on six carries, while Doug Martin added a rushing touchdown for the Raiders from 1 yard out in the second quarter.

The Chiefs outgained the Raiders 469-442.

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Patriots QB Brady finally joins 1,000-yard rushing club

Patriots QB Brady finally joins 1,000-yard rushing club

Patriots QB Brady finally joins 1,000-yard rushing club

Tom Brady has five Super Bowl championships, the NFL’s all-time mark for passing yards (regular season and playoffs) and three league Most Valuable Player awards. On Sunday, he reached the mark that has eluded him for so long: the 1,000-yard-rusher club.

For his career.

In his 264th career game, Brady surpassed the mark with a 5-yard scramble for a first down on a third-and-3 play in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.

The 41-year-old Brady, in his 19th season, had been talking about milestone since early November as he moved toward it.

“I’ve kind of inched along there for a long time,” he said earlier. “It really hasn’t been a part of my game.”

The longest run of his career — 22 yards — came in 2006.

Entering the day, he had accumulated 995 yards on 577 rushes for an average of 1.7 yards per carry.

He could fall back below the 1,000-yard mark in any game, however. Every time he kneels down at the end of the game, he loses rushing yards. ESPN Stats & Information said that entering the game Sunday, Brady had lost 160 rushing yards to kneel downs since 2006, the year plays began being classified as such.

Later in the game, in the third quarter, Brady threw his 579th touchdown pass (regular season and playoffs) to tie Peyton Manning for tops all-time.

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