Patricia: Lions looking at playoff baseline

Patricia: Lions looking at playoff baseline

Chicago Bears: Linebacker Khalil Mack is expected to be upright and rushing the passer when Tom Brady and the Patriots visit Soldier Field on Sunday. While head coach Matt Nagy said at his Monday press conference he had no update on the ankle injury that limited Mack at Miami, he said Mack was able to play through the issue. It’s possible Mack would be limited in practice, and his involvement in the game is likely to be scaled based on his health as needed. Mack played 62 of 78 snaps in the overtime loss to the Dolphins.

Detroit Lions: Matt Patricia and the Lions return from the bye week at 2-3 with visions of … the playoffs? That’s what Patricia said Monday, circling back to a memory of an 11-5 team in New England that missed the postseason. Patricia said anything less than a postseason berth is not acceptable. “I just want to win in Miami. And when we get through that, we try to beat Seattle,” Patricia told the team’s website. “And then we go from there. We want to beat them all. … I’m way too competitive to have any other mindset. I hate losing. It’s not OK. It’s not OK to come in here and lose. It’s just the bottom line.”

Minnesota Vikings: The loss of cornerback Mike Hughes to a torn ACL was a direct hit for the Vikings because of the type of secondary depth the team covets in its scheme. “He was learning and continued to learn, and he’s got a lot of great attributes. I think toughness, and his skill set is really good. But he’s going to come back, and he’s going to be great,” head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. Zimmer said the Vikings might take a look at the cornerback market. “Well the old saying, ‘You always need one more,'” he said. “In today’s game, they’re really valuable. If you can’t pressure the quarterback and you can’t cover, then you are going to have issues. That is part of our deal here is we want guys that can rush the quarterback and guys that can cover.”

–Field Level Media

Week 14

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

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

Read More 132 Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alrighty, then.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUNT NOT QUESTIONED

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

BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!

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

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

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

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 691 Words

Column: McCarthy firing as much about culture as performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 608 Words

Steelers lose biggest lead ever at home in loss to Chargers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers let another one slip away.

For the second straight week, the Steelers held a second-half lead and lost. This time, Pittsburgh blew its biggest lead ever at home, as Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play, lifting the Los Angeles Chargers to a

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers let another one slip away.

For the second straight week, the Steelers held a second-half lead and lost. This time, Pittsburgh blew its biggest lead ever at home, as Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play, lifting the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Steelers on Sunday night.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, and they finished the game,” Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward said.

The Steelers (7-4-1) were on a six-game winning streak before losing last week at Denver and again on Sunday. It’s their first two-game losing streak of the season.

The Steelers, who held a 23-7 lead to start the second half, blew a 16-point lead at home for the first time in franchise history. The Steelers were previously 174-0-1 all-time when ahead by 16 points at home. It was the first time the Steelers blew a 16-point lead overall since Nov. 8, 1981, against Seattle.

“The game was 23-7 and as a defense, we can’t surrender points,” Heyward said. “We just gotta play better. I don’t care who it is, it’s unacceptable.”

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and two scores for the Steelers, who are clinging to the AFC North lead over surging Baltimore. Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for a season-high 154 yards and a touchdown. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a lower leg contusion.

“It’s a bad loss,” Roethlisberger said. “You just can’t play bad football against a good football team.”

Things looked good in the first half when Pittsburgh scored on four of six possessions. Conner scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, giving the Steelers an early 13-0 lead following a missed extra point. The Steelers, who won four of the previous five meetings against Los Angeles, continued to surge, and pushed the lead to 16-6.

Pittsburgh, which came into the game 18-3 in December since 2013 – the best mark in the NFL over that span – seemed poised for another masterful December performance with an end-of-half score, nearly driving the length of the field in just 1:18. Roethlisberger capped the six-play, 91-yard series by threading a 28-yard touchdown pass between three defenders to Brown for the score.

But, Philip Rivers and Los Angeles recovered in the second half.

Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score, while Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in place of injured starter Melvin Gordon. Pittsburgh limited Los Angeles to just two yards rushing in the first half, tying the third-fewest allowed by the Steelers since Heinz Field opened in 2001.

“We just didn’t tackle better in the second half,” Heyward said. “We didn’t stop the run as much. We have to be better as a defense.”

Los Angeles opened the second half with 23 unanswered points, turning a 23-7 halftime deficit into a 30-23 lead.

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

Desmond King added a 73-yard punt return, and Allen pulled in the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 23. Jackson’s 18-yard burst up the middle gave the Chargers a 30-23 lead.

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

Rivers calmly led the Chargers 64 yards in 11 plays, including a 12-yard pass to Allen on third-and-4 at the Pittsburgh 34 that pushed Los Angeles close enough to bring on Badgley for the win.

Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick, but Pittsburgh was called for offsides.

“It looked like all of us jumped off at the same time,” Haden said. “Sometimes when you get a good jump, it looks like you jumped offsides. I would have to look at it again, but I didn’t feel like we were offsides.”

Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were flagged again for jumping across the line of scrimmage before the snap. Badgley drilled his third attempt at the game-winner, as the Chargers completed the biggest opposing comeback in Heinz Field history with just their fourth win in Pittsburgh in 19 tries.

“You can’t say anything about our offense, our offense put up 30 points,” Heyward said. “We didn’t get the job done as a defense.”

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 725 Words

Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INJURIES

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

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Cincinnati next Sunday.

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

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 686 Words

Chargers-Steelers Stats

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

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

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

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

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

Pit_A.Brown 28

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

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

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

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

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

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

Third Quarter

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

Fourth Quarter

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

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

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

LAC_FG Badgley 29, :00.

A_61,069.

___

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

___

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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

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

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

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Los Angeles, Badgley 52.

Read More 126 Words

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

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

10:35 p.m.

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

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

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

10:35 p.m.

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

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

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

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 2619 Words

NFL Today, Week 13

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Dec. 3.

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Colt McCoy makes his second start in a row for the Redskins (6-5) since replacing the injured Alex Smith. He had 268 yards passing, two TDs and three INTs last week. Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles (5-6) are a victory away

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Dec. 3.

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Colt McCoy makes his second start in a row for the Redskins (6-5) since replacing the injured Alex Smith. He had 268 yards passing, two TDs and three INTs last week. Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles (5-6) are a victory away from heading to Dallas next week for a first-place showdown in the NFC East.

___

STARS

Passing

— Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, passed for 295 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Kansas City’s 40-33 victory at Oakland.

— Russell Wilson, Seahawks, threw three first-half touchdowns on just four completions and finished with four TD passes in Seattle’s 43-16 rout of San Francisco.

— Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay past Carolina 24-17.

— Tom Brady, Patriots, threw for 311 yards and a touchdown and New England beat Minnesota 24-10.

— Nick Mullens, 49ers, had 414 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception in San Francisco’s 43-16 loss.

— Derek Carr, Raiders, tossed three TD passes in Oakland’s 40-33 loss to Kansas City.

___

Rushing

— Phillip Lindsay, Broncos, ran for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Denver rolled to its third straight victory, 24-10 over Cincinnati.

— Todd Gurley, Rams, ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help Los Angeles beat Detroit 30-16 and clinch the NFC West title for a second straight season.

— Saquon Barkley, Giants, had 125 yards on 24 carries in New York’s 30-27 overtime win over Chicago.

— Josh Allen, Bills, set a franchise record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 135 in Buffalo’s 21-17 loss at Miami.

— Christian McCaffrey, Panthers, ran for 106 yards on 10 carries and had nine catches for 55 yards with a touchdown in Carolina’s 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay.

___

Receiving

— Travis Kelce, Chiefs, caught 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City’s 40-33 win at Oakland.

— Tarik Cohen, Bears, had 12 catches for 156 yards and the running back also threw a touchdown pass in Chicago’s 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants.

— Dante Pettis, 49ers, caught two touchdown passes and finished with five catches for 129 yards in Seattle’s 43-16 loss at Seattle.

— Chris Godwin, Buccaneers, had five receptions for 101 yards and a TD in Tampa Bay’s 24-17 victory over Carolina.

— Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook, Raiders. Nelson caught 10 passes for 97 yards and Cook had seven receptions for 100 yards and a TD in Oakland’s 40-33 loss to Kansas City.

___

Special Teams

— Aldrick Rosas, Giants, kicked a 44-yard field goal in overtime and New York beat NFC North-leading Chicago 30-27, snapping the Bears’ five-game winning streak.

— Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals, booted a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left to lift the Cardinals past Green Bay 20-17.

— Kevin Pierre-Louis and Henry Anderson, Jets. Pierre-Louis blocked a punt in the second quarter of New York’s 26-22 loss at Tennessee, and Henry Anderson blocked an extra-point attempt.

— Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans, had five field goals and two extra points in Houston’s 29-13 win over Cleveland.

___

Defense

— Andrew Adams, Buccaneers, tied a franchise record by having three of Tampa Bay’s four interceptions of Cam Newton in a 24-17 win over Carolina.

— Bobby Wagner, Seahawks, capped a blowout with a franchise-record 98-yard interception return for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-16 victory over San Francisco.

— Denico Autry, Colts, had three sacks and two forced fumbles in Indianapolis’ 6-0 loss to Jacksonville.

— B.J. Hill and Alec Ogletree, Giants. Hill had three sacks and Ogletree intercepted two passes, scoring on an 8-yard return on the second play from scrimmage, in New York’s 30-27 overtime win over Chicago.

— Aaron Donald, Rams, had two sacks and a forced fumble in Los Angeles’ 30-16 win at Detroit.

— Tavon Young, Ravens, scooped up a fumble and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore’s 26-16 victory at Atlanta.

— Zach Cunningham, Texans, grabbed his first career interception and ran 38 yards for a touchdown in Houston’s 29-13 win over Cleveland.

— Vic Beasley Jr., Falcons, scored on a 74-yard fumble return in Atlanta’s 26-16 loss to Baltimore.

___

MILESTONES

Tom Brady completed 24 of 32 passes in New England’s 24-10 win over Minnesota and has 579 touchdown throws, including the playoffs, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most all time. He also has 508 regular-season TD passes, which ties him with Brett Favre on the career list. Manning is first with 539 and Drew Brees has 518. … Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach. … Los Angeles receiver Brandin Cooks became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises. He surpassed 1,000 last year with New England and in 2016 with New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015. … Larry Fitzgerald had three catches in Arizona’s 20-17 win at Green Bay, giving him 1,281 for his career and matching Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history with one team. … Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes in a 24-17 win over Carolina to move ahead of Josh Freeman as the franchise’s career leader with 81. … Buffalo rookie Josh Allen ran for 135 yards in a 21-17 loss at Miami, setting a franchise record for yards rushing by a quarterback. … The Giants’ Saquon Barkley has 954 rushing yards this season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans (830 in 1936) for the most by a rookie in franchise history.

___

STREAKS & STATS

Houston extended its franchise-record winning streak to nine games with a 29-13 victory over Cleveland. … New England clinched its 18th straight winning season. It’s the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is held by Dallas at 20 seasons from 1966-85. … Baltimore held Atlanta to just 131 total yards in its third straight win, 26-16. It was Atlanta’s worst offensive showing since a 105-yard effort against San Francisco on Dec. 12, 1999. Matt Ryan was 16 of 26 for 131 yards, the fewest passing yards in a game he played from start to finish in his 11-year career. … Carolina’s Cam Newton has thrown at least two TD passes in 11 straight games, a franchise record. … Miami beat Buffalo 21-17 despite being outgained 415-175. … Jacksonville stopped a seven-game slide with a 6-0 win over Indianapolis, and snapped the Colts’ five-game winning streak. It was the Jaguars’ seventh shutout in franchise history and first at home since beating the New York Jets 41-0 in 2006. … New England’s Tom Brady improved to 5-0 against Minnesota, one of five teams (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Tampa Bay) he has a perfect regular-season record against.

___

CLINCHED

The Los Angeles Rams (11-1) beat Detroit 30-16 to win the NFC West title for the second straight season and move a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. They took a one-game lead over New Orleans after the Saints lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It’s a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month. The Rams have won consecutive division titles for the first time since the 1978-79 seasons.

___

SENT PACKING

The Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach. The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1. McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach. The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season. He finishes with a record of 125-77-2.

___

SELECT COMPANY

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 41 touchdown passes, joining Peyton Manning (44 in 2004 and 41 in 2013) and Tom Brady (41 in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 40 in their team’s first 12 games of a season. Manning and Brady each were selected Associated Press Most Valuable Players in those seasons. Mahomes has seven games with at least four TD passes this season, the second most in a single season, trailing only Manning (nine games in 2013).

___

COLD NORTH

All four teams in the NFC North lost Sunday. Division-leading Chicago was upset by the New York Giants 30-27 in overtime, second-place Minnesota fell 24-10 at New England, third-place Green Bay was stunned 20-17 by Arizona; and last-place Detroit dropped its game to the Los Angeles Rams, 30-16.

___

SEE TOM RUN

Tom Brady reached another milestone in New England’s 24-10 win over Minnesota: 1,000 yards rushing in his career. He hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter. He slid to a stop, popped to his knee and signaled for a first down. Never considered much of a mobile quarterback, it took Brady 19 years and 265 games to reach the milestone — the most by a player since the merger. At 41, he is also the oldest player to reach 1,000 career rushing yards since 1970.

___

BIG MAC

Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey ran for 106 yards on 10 carries and had nine catches for 55 yards with a touchdown in the Panthers’ 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay. He’s the first player in NFL history to record at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in five consecutive games.

___

NO JOSHIN’

Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen threw for 231 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards — a franchise record for a QB — in the Bills’ 21-17 loss at Miami. He became the fourth player in NFL history with at least two touchdown passes and 125 or more yards rushing in a game, joining Walter Payton (1983 at New Orleans), Tobin Rote (1951 at Detroit) and Michael Vick (2010 at the New York Giants).

___

SLOPPY

Cincinnati was penalized eight times in the first half of its 24-10 loss to Denver, its most in an opening half since 2009. The Bengals finished with 12 penalties for 100 yards. … The New York Jets were flagged 11 times for 96 yards in their 26-22 defeat at Tennessee, including three times on the Titans’ final drive with one offsetting. The Titans, who came in as the NFL’s least-penalized team, had eight for 75 yards.

___

IT’S TRICKY!

Chicago forced overtime in its 30-27 loss to the New York Giants on a 1-yard touchdown pass from halfback Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller as time expired in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Bears nose tackle Akiem Hicks dived over the goal line on fourth down from 1 yard on a play reminiscent of William “Refrigerator” Perry in Chicago’s glory days in the mid-1980s. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had some trickery of his own, throwing a 49-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard. Beckham, who also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass and had a 33-yard touchdown catch against Carolina in Week 5, is the first player since 1924 to record multiple games with a TD pass and TD catch in a single season.

___

BAKER’S BROWNOUT

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions in the Browns’ 29-13 loss to Houston. It was the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013 that he had three passes picked off. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games as the Browns (4-7-1) won consecutive games for the first time since 2014. He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career-best four in a win over the Bengals last week.

___

WINNING FEELING

Jacksonville’s Cody Kessler, who replaced the benched Blake Bortles this week, completed 18 of 24 passes for 150 yards in the Jaguars’ 6-0 victory over Indianapolis — his first win in nine career starts. Kessler was sacked three times but played turnover-free football — barely. He had one interception dropped and managed to wrestle away a fumble of his own. He also was evaluated for a concussion early in the game but returned.

___

SIDELINED

Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green returned after missing three games with an injured toe on his right foot, but he lasted only one quarter in the Bengals’ 24-10 loss to Denver. Green reinjured the foot while running a route and came off the field for perhaps the last time this season, slamming his helmet on the ground before leaving on a cart. … Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his lower right leg in the first quarter of the Broncos’ win. It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined with a cracked bone in his lower leg. He’ll have more tests in Denver on Monday. … Carolina tight end Greg Olsen limped off after reinjuring his right foot in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay. Olsen said he ruptured his plantar fascia. It’s his third injury to the same foot. … Arizona left guard Mike Iupati was carted off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury against Green Bay. … Cleveland rookie cornerback Denzel Ward left in the first half against Houston with a concussion.

___

SPEAKING

“I was on the couch a year ago, so this is a lot better. I was in a lot of pain. So it’s good for us to be winning … This is what it’s supposed to feel like. Honestly, this is how you dream it up.” — Houston’s J.J. Watt after the Texans extended their franchise record with a ninth straight win. Watt missed the last 11 games of last season with a broken leg.

___

“He’s a bad boy. For him to be so young, running the ball, throwing the ball, he wants that moment of greatness. Fourth quarter being down, needing a touchdown, it’s scary to see him grow from weeks and months ago.” — Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy on Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who set a franchise record for QBs with 135 yards rushing in a 21-17 loss at Miami.

___

“He’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.” Rams quarterback Jared Goff on teammate Aaron Donald, who has an NFL-high 16½ sacks this season after two more in Los Angeles’ 30-16 win at Detroit.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 2218 Words

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 2489 Words

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.”

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 618 Words

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.

A_52,568.

___

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

___

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.

Read More 101 Words

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.”

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 539 Words

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.”

___

Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 572 Words

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.”

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 508 Words

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

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.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Read More 2380 Words

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.

___

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

___

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.

Read More 102 Words

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.

___

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

___

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.

Read More 111 Words

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.

___

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

___

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.

Read More 93 Words

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.

___

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.

___

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

___

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.

Read More 66 Words

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.

–Field Level Media

Read More 234 Words