Rams sign K Santos while waiting for Greg Zuerlein’s return

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams signed kicker Cairo Santos this week instead of rushing All-Pro Greg Zuerlein back from injury.

Rams coach Sean McVay on Wednesday disclosed the reason for the decision to add Santos.

Zuerlein isn’t quite ready to return from a groin injury, but the Rams weren’t happy with Sam Ficken after he missed two of his three field goal attempts, including a 28-yarder late in the Rams’ win over Minnesota last Thursday. Ficken was cut Tuesday.

Santos was the Chiefs’ kicker from 2014 until early last season, when he injured his groin. He kicked for the Bears late last season, and he competed for the Jets’ job this year in training camp.

Los Angeles (4-0) plays at Seattle on Sunday.

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Browns-Texans Stats

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

Hou_FG Fairbairn 35, 8:12.

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

Second Quarter

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

Hou_FG Fairbairn 42, 3:19.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 48, :01.

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

Hou_FG Fairbairn 35, 8:12.

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

Second Quarter

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

Hou_FG Fairbairn 42, 3:19.

Hou_FG Fairbairn 48, :01.

Third Quarter

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

Hou_FG Fairbairn 53, 5:26.

Fourth Quarter

Hou_FG Fairbairn 38, 5:46.

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

A_71,741.

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

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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

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

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

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Rams-Lions Stats

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

La_FG Zuerlein 24, 3:17.

Second Quarter

Det_FG Prater 28, 12:24.

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

La_FG Zuerlein 47, :43.

Third Quarter

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

La_FG Zuerlein 24, 3:17.

Second Quarter

Det_FG Prater 28, 12:24.

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

La_FG Zuerlein 47, :43.

Third Quarter

Det_FG Prater 29, 7:56.

La_FG Zuerlein 48, 5:46.

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

Fourth Quarter

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

Det_FG Prater 35, 2:54.

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

A_60,974.

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

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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

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

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

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Broncos-Bengals Stats

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

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

Cin_FG Bullock 35, :12.

Third Quarter

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

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

Cin_Core 30 pass

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

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

Cin_FG Bullock 35, :12.

Third Quarter

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

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

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

Fourth Quarter

Den_FG McManus 29, :23.

A_44,392.

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

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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

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

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

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Denver, McManus 50.

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Colts-Jaguars Stats

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

Jac_FG Lambo 30, 2:03.

Fourth Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 37, 11:42.

A_67,030.

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Ind Jac
First downs 19 11
Total Net Yards 265 211

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

Jac_FG Lambo 30, 2:03.

Fourth Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 37, 11:42.

A_67,030.

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

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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

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

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

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Panthers’ Olsen re-injures right foot, done for season

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the Carolina Panthers are going to pull out of a frustrating tailspin, they'll have to do it without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.

Olsen re-injured his right foot during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the latest blow to the 33-year-old's bid to return

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the Carolina Panthers are going to pull out of a frustrating tailspin, they’ll have to do it without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.

Olsen re-injured his right foot during Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the latest blow to the 33-year-old’s bid to return to form after having surgery to repair the same foot last season.

“I ruptured my plantar fascia. The plantar fascia on the bottom of my foot popped. It’s just something we’ve dealt with since I’ve come back,” said Olsen, who limped off the field early in the second quarter.

“Since I’ve come back, I’ve dealt with a variety of pain and whatever in my foot. … Today, that plantar just finally had enough,” Olsen added. “It kind of just ruptured on me. … That first play of the second quarter, I just came out of my stance and I just knew right away what happened. It popped pretty good on me.”

It’s Olsen’s third injury to same foot. He missed nine games last season with a broken foot and had surgery but returned to play.

Then, he re-broke it this year, did not have surgery and came back quickly. Now, it appears his season is over.

“It’s just been obviously a very frustrating two seasons now,” said Olsen, who had one catch for 13 yards against the Bucs.

“It was actually getting pretty good as far as the bone was concerned. I developed some soft-tissue stuff over the course of the last six or seven weeks and dealt with it, and tried to keep it at bay as best we could,” the tight end added. “It’s just kind of one of those things that it’s just a matter of time. … It just kind of had enough.”

Coach Ron Rivera called Olson’s injury “tough” but did not speculate about the outlook for the 12th-year pro.

“We’ll see,” Rivera said. “Again, we’ll let the doctors determine that situation for us.”

Olsen didn’t want to look ahead, either.

“It’s tough. I think we’ve gotten about as much as we could’ve ever asked out of this foot in its current state,” Olsen said. “To go 10 years and not really have anything and then one little injury now will stall me for a good part of two seasons is frustrating. I can still play at a high level. It just hasn’t been in the plans right now.”

Sunday’s loss was Carolina’s fourth straight following a 6-2 start.

Olsen, who has 27 receptions for 291 yards and four touchdowns, said he doesn’t know what’s holding the team back.

“I’m probably not the guy to ask right now,” said Olsen, who missed three games earlier this season because of his foot.

Rivera said there’s only one way to get back on track: win.

“At the end of the day, you give yourself a chance and fight to the very end. You can look at it, the last few games we have played have come down to the last opportunities we had had, whether it be on offense or defense,” Rivera said.

“You just have to make a play. That is unfortunately something we haven’t been able to do right now,” the coach added. “We have not been able to make a play when it matters.”

The Panthers haven’t won since beating Tampa Bay 42-28 on Nov. 4.

Cam Newton conceded that after winning six of eight to begin the season, he never would have imagined the Panthers sitting at .500 a month later.

“But, hey, we put ourselves in this situation,” Newton said, “and we have to get ourselves out.”

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Cardinals stun fading Packers at Lambeau; McCarthy fired

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The lowly Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset at Lambeau Field that was so much a stunner that the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after the game.

Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left, Green Bay's Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The lowly Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset at Lambeau Field that was so much a stunner that the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after the game.

Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left, Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired and the Cardinals braved wintry conditions to hold on for a 20-17 victory on Sunday.

The Packers (4-7-1) announced McCarthy’s dismissal following the postgame availabilities with the media. Team president Mark Murphy made the move after Green Bay took another debilitating hit to its fading playoff hopes.

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

For McCarthy, a tenure highlighted by a Super Bowl win in the 2010 season ends with a loss to Arizona (3-9), one of the worst teams in the league.

After the game, but before the Packers fired McCarthy, the Cardinals were joking and yelling in the visitor’s locker room as if they didn’t believe what had just happened.

“We did that! We did that,” some emotional players yelled.

Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen struggled for much of the afternoon, but hit Larry Fitzgerald for a sliding 32-yard completion on third-and-23 to help set up Gonzalez’s winning kick.

“It’s hard to win in this league and it’s been a long time since we won a football game,” coach Steve Wilks said.

It was Oct. 28, to be exact, when the Cardinals beat San Francisco at home. Until Sunday, their only other victory this season came on the road against the 49ers.

Crosby pushed his kick wide right, with the flags atop Lambeau blowing in toward the field at the time of the play. Green Bay’s playoff hopes took another significant blow.

“It was clearly a very disappointing loss, it was a game we needed to win,” McCarthy said in his final press conference, before his firing was announced.

Gonzalez just joined the team this week after Phil Dawson was placed on injured reserve. The Cardinals had a patchwork offensive line, which didn’t bode well for what had been the league’s worst offense coming into the day.

“All the things that were said on the outside, these guys circled the wagons and came together,” Wilks said.

Green Bay has lost three straight and five of six.

Aaron Rodgers was 31 of 50 for 233 yards and a touchdown. A couple throws looked off, especially in the first half, and receivers had a few drops.

The offense regained some swagger after Rodgers orchestrated a 95-yard drive that led to Aaron Jones’ 8-yard touchdown run with 5:26 left, tying it at 17. Davante Adams tip-toed the sideline for a 19-yard catch to extend that drive.

But too many missed opportunities and drops caught up with the Packers in the end. They struggled on third down, going 3 for 14 in the continuation of a season-long theme.

Rookie Chase Edmonds ran for two touchdowns for Arizona. Rosen was 11 of 26 for 149 yards, making just enough plays in front of a makeshift offensive line.

“Other than (center Mason Cole), I don’t think a single one of those guys start the season,” Rosen said. “They’re doing a hell of a job.”

IT’S FITZ

Fitzgerald’s 32-yard reception gave him 1,281 for his career, matching Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for most receptions in NFL history with one team.

“I’m not big on the records,” Fitzgerald said. “This is a difficult place to get a win and we needed it badly. It’s been a rough year. Mostly, I’m just happy we were able to come out victorious.”

RODGERS’ INPUT

Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to “play with that pride” and focus on the next four games. The Packers still have a chance to make the postseason, however slim.

“Yeah, I mean I’m not even thinking about that right now,” Rodgers said when asked if he would have any role with Murphy or general manager Brian Gutekunst about what direction they should go with the coaching staff.

McCarthy’s dismissal was announced about an hour later.

The offensive players, Rodgers said, bear blame for whatever happens in the future.

“Yeah, a lot probably. We haven’t played very well,” he said.

KEY PLAY

Rosen’s 32-yard completion to Fitzgerald sapped momentum from the Packers after Arizona was pushed back to its own 12. Dean Lowry sacked Rosen on first down, and Rosen threw an incompletion on second-and-18 following a botched snap. Wilks said he likes how Rosen shook off earlier struggles.

RODGERS RECORD

A 16-yard completion to Adams with 13:42 left in the second quarter gave Rodgers the team record for attempts without an interception. Hall of Famer Bart Starr set the previous mark of 294 from 1964-65.

INJURY REPORT

Cardinals: LG Mike Iupati was carted off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury. Arizona was already starting rookies at center and right tackle.

Packers: RG Byron Bell and RT Bryan Bulaga each left in the second quarter with knee injuries.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Host the Detroit Lions on Dec. 9.

Packers: Host the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 9.

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49ers-Seahawks Stats

San Francisco 0 3 7 6—16
Seattle 6 14 7 16—43
First Quarter

Sea_J.Brown 4 pass from R.Wilson (kick failed), 1:25.

Second Quarter

Sea_Lockett 52 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 13:41.

Sea_Baldwin 1 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 1:17.

SF_FG Gould

San Francisco 0 3 7 6—16
Seattle 6 14 7 16—43
First Quarter

Sea_J.Brown 4 pass from R.Wilson (kick failed), 1:25.

Second Quarter

Sea_Lockett 52 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 13:41.

Sea_Baldwin 1 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 1:17.

SF_FG Gould 45, :00.

Third Quarter

Sea_Penny 20 run (Janikowski kick), 14:44.

SF_Pettis 17 pass from Mullens (Gould kick), 11:24.

Fourth Quarter

Sea_J.Brown 18 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 14:17.

SF_Pettis 75 pass from Mullens (run failed), 14:06.

Sea_FG Janikowski 40, 7:46.

Sea_Wagner 98 interception return (kick failed), 4:04.

A_69,009.

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SF Sea
First downs 24 21
Total Net Yards 452 331
Rushes-yards 23-66 29-168
Passing 386 163
Punt Returns 3-13 1-(minu
Kickoff Returns 4-109 2-111
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-98
Comp-Att-Int 30-48-1 11-17-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-28 3-22
Punts 5-40.4 4-49.8
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 13-128 10-100
Time of Possession 32:30 27:30

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_San Francisco, J.Wilson 15-61, Breida 5-6, Mullens 2-1, Pettis 1-(minus 2). Seattle, Carson 13-69, Penny 7-65, R.Wilson 4-14, Lockett 1-10, Davis 4-10.

PASSING_San Francisco, Mullens 30-48-1-414. Seattle, R.Wilson 11-17-0-185.

RECEIVING_San Francisco, J.Wilson 8-73, Kittle 6-70, Pettis 5-129, Bourne 4-60, Breida 3-51, Juszczyk 3-20, T.Taylor 1-11. Seattle, J.Brown 3-67, Carson 3-39, Baldwin 2-22, Lockett 1-52, Vannett 1-4, Turner 1-1.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Wilson’s big day leads Seahawks past San Francisco 43-16

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdowns on just four completions and finished with four TD passes. Bobby Wagner capped a blowout with a 98-yard interception return touchdown, and the Seattle Seahawks won their third straight by beating the San Francisco 49ers 43-16 on Sunday.

Seattle (7-5) stayed in the middle

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdowns on just four completions and finished with four TD passes. Bobby Wagner capped a blowout with a 98-yard interception return touchdown, and the Seattle Seahawks won their third straight by beating the San Francisco 49ers 43-16 on Sunday.

Seattle (7-5) stayed in the middle of the NFC playoff race by jumping to a 20-0 lead and cruising to its ninth straight victory over its NFC West foe. But it won’t win the division because the Rams clinched it earlier in the day with a win at Detroit.

Wilson wasn’t asked to do much in the first half, but the little he did found the end zone. He hit Jaron Brown on a 4-yard TD pass in the first quarter, found Tyler Lockett for a 52-yard score and connected with Doug Baldwin on a 1-yarder. According to Sportradar, Wilson throwing three touchdowns on four completions made for the fewest TDs/completions in a first half dating to 1991. The previous low was six.

Rashaad Penny added a 20-yard run on the first offensive play of the second half following an 84-yard kickoff return by Lockett for a 27-3 lead.

Most of the attention centered on Richard Sherman’s first game back in Seattle after spending his first seven seasons with the Seahawks before being released and signing with the 49ers (2-10) last March. He greeted former teammates during pregame warmups — even giving a brief handshake and hug to Wilson — and then had a mostly uneventful return. Early in the third quarter Wilson hit Baldwin on a short route and Sherman’s close friend shook off the tackle attempt and raced 21 yards for a first down.

Wilson finished 11 of 17 for 185 yards and has thrown at least two touchdowns in eight straight games. It was the eighth time in the regular season Wilson has thrown four or more TD passes. His last TD came on an 18-yard strike to Brown early in the fourth quarter after he broke free from Sherman’s coverage.

Brown has 11 receptions on the season, five for touchdowns.

Wagner stole a fumble from Jeff Wilson Jr. at the Seattle 5 in the first half, one of two key fumbles by San Francisco. He then stepped in front of Nick Mullens’ pass near the goal line and outran the rest of the 49ers for the longest interception return in team history.

Dante Pettis had two touchdown receptions , including a 75-yard catch early in the fourth quarter, for San Francisco. Mullens was 30 of 48 for 414 yards.

CELEBRATION TIME

Seattle’s wide receivers had plenty of chances to work on their touchdown celebrations.

The first after Brown’s 4-yard catch in the first quarter was a nod to Sherman and Seahawks history. The group created a re-enactment of the famous tip play by Sherman in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers. Late in the fourth quarter, 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 on the play ‘s re-enactment. Baldwin played the role of Sherman and David Moore was in the role of Smith, who is also playing for the 49ers.

They capped their day of celebrations with the “Macarena ” following Brown’s second TD.

INJURIES

Seattle may have suffered a significant loss when guard D.J. Fluker had to be helped to the sideline early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. Fluker has been a key part of Seattle’s run-game resurgence and appeared very angry on the field about the injury. He did not return and left the field on a cart.

Seattle running back Chris Carson also left in the fourth quarter to have X-rays on a finger.

San Francisco starting RB Matt Breida played only sparingly. He had five carries and three receptions.

UP NEXT

49ers: San Francisco returns home to host Denver next Sunday.

Seahawks: Seattle hosts Minnesota next Monday night.

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Belichick wins 250th with Pats in 24-10 victory over Vikes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach and New England beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 on Sunday.

Brady completed 24 of 32 passes and now has 579 touchdown passes, including the playoffs, tying him with Peyton

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach and New England beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 on Sunday.

Brady completed 24 of 32 passes and now has 579 touchdown passes, 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.

James Develin added a career-high two touchdown runs.

The Patriots (9-3) have won eight of nine since starting the season 1-2.

The Patriots have clinched their 18th straight winning season. It is the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is held by the Cowboys at 20 seasons from 1966-85.

Minnesota (6-5-1) has lost two of its past three.

The Vikings entered the game allowing the third-fewest rushing yards in the league (93.6 per game). But New England was able to spread them out, rushing for 160 yards.

Kirk Cousins kept Minnesota in the game early, before faltering down the stretch. He finished 32 of 44 for 201 yards and touchdown but had two late interceptions.

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.

With New England leading 10-7 in the third quarter, Stephen Gostkowski missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide right at the 6:26 mark. It snapped a streak of 35 straight makes in the regular season of less than 50 yards, going back to October of last season.

The Vikings tied the game on the ensuing series with Dan Bailey’s 39-yard field goal.

But the Patriots bounced back, needing just four plays for Brady to cap a 75-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon that put the Patriots back in front 17-10.

Following Minnesota’s punt, the Patriots picked up where they left off. This time they needed only six plays to set up a 2-yard TD run by Develin that made it 24-10.

The Vikings survived a challenge by Bill Belichick of a spot on a fourth down rush by Latavius Murray on their next possession. But facing a fourth-and-11 seven plays later, the Vikings turned it over on downs after Cousins’ pass to Laquon Treadwell came up short.

Minnesota got the ball back quickly after Brady threw his first interception in five games to Eric Kendricks. But a pass into the end zone by Cousins was tipped by J.C. Jackson and intercepted by Duron Harmon.

SPOT ON

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer pulled out his red challenge flag at just the right time late in the first half to help get his team on the scoreboard.

The Vikings successfully challenged the referee’s spot after an apparent first down completion to Rob Gronkowski. It left the Patriots with a third-and-1 on their 26.

Minnesota stopped the ensuing run by James White and New England was forced to punt.

Cousins went to work in the two-minute offense, opening Minnesota’s drive with completions of 24 and 23 yards to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. He added another 10-yard completion to Diggs four plays later to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen that trimmed the Patriots’ lead to 10-7 at the half.

RUN BRADY RUN

Brady reached another milestone: 1,000 yards rushing in his career.

Brady 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 1,000-yard 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.

He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game, with his most “prolific” season in 2002 when he ran for a total of 110 yards.

INJURIES

Vikings: CB Trae Waynes was evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter and ruled out for the rest of the game.

Patriots: S Patrick Chung was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Vikings: At Seattle for “Monday Night Football” matchup on Dec. 10.

Patriots: At Miami next Sunday.

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Chiefs-Raiders Stats

Kansas City 10 9 14 7—40
Oakland 0 7 9 17—33
First Quarter

KC_Kelce 3 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), 12:11.

KC_FG Butker 29, 7:42.

Second Quarter

KC_FG Butker 50, 7:02.

Oak_Martin 1 run (Carlson kick), 1:04.

KC_Kelce 6 pass from

Kansas City 10 9 14 7—40
Oakland 0 7 9 17—33
First Quarter

KC_Kelce 3 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), 12:11.

KC_FG Butker 29, 7:42.

Second Quarter

KC_FG Butker 50, 7:02.

Oak_Martin 1 run (Carlson kick), 1:04.

KC_Kelce 6 pass from Mahomes (kick blocked), :07.

Third Quarter

Oak_FG Carlson 50, 11:06.

KC_Ware 1 run (Butker kick), 5:48.

Oak_Cook 24 pass from Carr (run failed), 3:28.

KC_De.Harris 13 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), :04.

Fourth Quarter

Oak_L.Smith 1 pass from Carr (Carlson kick), 10:41.

Oak_Ateman 9 pass from Carr (Carlson kick), 6:46.

KC_C.Conley 2 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), 1:54.

Oak_FG Carlson 44, :30.

A_54,255.

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KC Oak
First downs 25 28
Total Net Yards 469 442
Rushes-yards 30-174 28-171
Passing 295 271
Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 5-80 3-66
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 23-38-0 29-38-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 3-14
Punts 3-41.0 2-30.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3
Penalties-Yards 11-94 8-74
Time of Possession 29:14 30:46

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Kansas City, Mahomes 9-52, Ware 14-47, Dam.Williams 5-38, Hill 2-37. Oakland, Richard 6-95, Martin 18-61, Carr 1-8, Washington 3-7.

PASSING_Kansas City, Mahomes 23-38-0-295. Oakland, Carr 29-38-0-285.

RECEIVING_Kansas City, Kelce 12-168, De.Harris 3-39, C.Conley 3-25, Dam.Williams 2-7, Robinson 1-38, Hill 1-13, Ware 1-5. Oakland, J.Nelson 10-97, Cook 7-100, Richard 3-31, Roberts 3-25, Ateman 2-16, Martin 2-6, Dw.Harris 1-9, L.Smith 1-1.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Titans shake off ugly start, rally to edge Jets 26-22

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday.

The Titans (6-6) snapped a two-game skid to keep themselves on the fringes of the AFC playoff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday.

The Titans (6-6) snapped a two-game skid to keep themselves on the fringes of the AFC playoff chase.

The Jets (3-9) had one last chance to snap their own losing streak, but Malcolm Butler intercepted Josh McCown’s pass with 21 seconds left to seal Tennessee’s victory and the Jets’ collapse. New York now has lost six straight.

Mariota looked nothing like the quarterback who turned in the second-best single-game performance in NFL history last week completing 95.7 percent of his passes in a loss at Houston. Home fans booed early and often as Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson got only his second interception this season and ran it back 31 yards for an early TD and a 10-0 lead.

It was the Jets’ first after the franchise tied a league record for futility for not forcing a turnover in five straight games. The Jets also sacked Mariota three times.

McCown started his third straight with Sam Darnold still limited with an injured foot, and the 39-year-old veteran threw for only 128 yards as the Titans outgained the Jets 403-280 in total offense.

The Jets got production from across the board with Kevin Pierre-Louis blocking a punt in the second quarter to set up Myers’ third field goal, and Henry Anderson blocked Ryan Succop’s extra point attempt inside the final minute of the first half. Then, Andre Roberts opened the third quarter with a 61-yard kickoff return.

New York led 22-13 on Jason Myers’ fifth and final field goal, a 39-yarder with 26 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Titans had plenty of chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter with first-and-goal on back-to-back drives only to settle for a pair of Ryan Succop field goals. The Titans forced the Jets to punt with 1:46 left and found themselves starting at their own 14.

Mariota scrambled 25 yards, fumbling and recovering the ball at the end of the run. A facemask penalty on Johnson during the play added to the end, and Mariota hit Anthony Firkser for 25 yards. Three plays later, he found Davis who ran in for the TD and the Titans’ first lead of the game.

INJURIES

Jets O-lineman Spencer Long had an illness, so Dakota Dozier started at LG in his place. … Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne hurt a shoulder, but returned to the game.

UP NEXT

Jets: Visit Buffalo.

Titans: Host Jacksonville on Thursday night.

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Bears halfback Tarik Cohen has career day in loss to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In the week leading up to their game against the Bears, the New York Giants insisted the toughest thing about playing against Chicago halfback Tarik Cohen was finding him.

The 5-foot-6, lightning quick Cohen must have been invisible to the Giants on Sunday.

Cohen caught 12 passes for

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In the week leading up to their game against the Bears, the New York Giants insisted the toughest thing about playing against Chicago halfback Tarik Cohen was finding him.

The 5-foot-6, lightning quick Cohen must have been invisible to the Giants on Sunday.

Cohen caught 12 passes for 156 yards, ran eight times for 30, returned two punts for 15, and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass as time ran out in the fourth quarter to help tie the game in a 30-27 overtime loss on Sunday.

The 12 receptions, 150-plus yards and the TD throw allowed him to join Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history with 150 yards receiving, 12 catches and a TD pass in a game.

Despite the performance, Cohen wasn’t happy. Understandably so given the final score.

“It’s a hurtful feeling, being that close,” the second-year pro said. “But it all falls on us. We put ourselves in that position. As a team, we dug that hole. It does hurt, still, to almost climb out of it, but not get there.”

The play everyone will remember is the tying touchdown pass to Anthony Miller. It came after B.W. Webb of the Giants was called for pass interference in the end zone with :03 to play.

Daniel handed off to tight end Trey Burton, who lateraled to Cohen, who had lined up in the slot on the left side. The play called for Daniel to circle out and be the primary receiver — like the Eagles’ Philly special in the Super Bowl that Burton threw — but the veteran backup quarterback who was starting for Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) got picked and wasn’t an option.

Running to his right, Cohen looked around and found a wide-open Miller for the touchdown.

“That’s a play that we’ve had for a long time,” said Cohen, who also had a 23-yard catch on the tying drive to get the ball to the New York 9 with 11 seconds to go. “I think we put it in (the playbook) in camp or the beginning of the season. It’s designed to go to the quarterback, and there’s a second read on there. They had covered Chase (Daniel), so. in practice, I actually had to throw it this week, even though Chase wasn’t covered (in practice), so it worked out.”

Cohen showed a sense of humor after the game. When asked what the play was called he said:

“Oompa-Loompa.”

For real?

“I made that up,” he quickly admitted.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he was not tempted to go for the win after the touchdown.

“You can look back after all this stuff happened and say, man, ‘I wish we would have gone for two,'” said Nagy, who added the decision to go for one points was made at the start of the drive.

The trick play with Cohen wasn’t the only one the Bears ran. They also used nose tackle Akiem Hicks on a fourth-down 1-yard dive for a touchdown that was reminiscent of William “The Fridge” Perry in the mid-1980s. It was called “freezer left.”

“We have had that play in for weeks, and we’ve been practicing it,” Nagy said. “The rain was coming down. There was times where — I don’t know if you guys could tell — but there were some times out there on the field where the ball was slick, and so in that situation, that was the time where we felt like, ‘Hey, No. 1, let’s get this snap under center. Let’s give (Hicks) a chance,’ and he is hard to stop down there with getting that ball full-steam ahead.”

Hicks said he was “super excited” after getting the call.

“Super excited to get behind our big fellas, our other big guys, and let them get me to the end zone,” Hicks said of his first career run. “It was pretty cool, man. It was a fun play and it was exciting.”

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Mayfield struggles as Browns fall to Texans 29-13

HOUSTON (AP) — Entering Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, rookie Baker Mayfield had been playing well and protecting the ball and the Cleveland Browns were on a roll, having won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

The Browns (4-7-1) came back to earth on Sunday, with Mayfield throwing a career-high

HOUSTON (AP) — Entering Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, rookie Baker Mayfield had been playing well and protecting the ball and the Cleveland Browns were on a roll, having won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

The Browns (4-7-1) came back to earth on Sunday, with Mayfield throwing a career-high three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown in a 29-13 loss that extended Houston’s franchise-record winning streak to nine games.

Houston raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and added two second-half field goals by Ka’imi Fairbairn to give him five on Sunday.

“Got to get better,” Mayfield said. “Got to use this, learn from it … that’s one of the better teams we’re going to play all year so if we can use this as a positive thing moving forward and get better from that, that will be great.”

Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games.

Mayfield lamented the mistakes he made in this one.

“I would’ve taken care of the ball, this game would’ve been very close,” he said.

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. The 23-year-old Mayfield was just 5 of 13 for 46 yards in a first half where he had a 9.3 passer rating.

“He’s fearless,” Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams said. “Never once did he back down at all. It’s a learning process and he doesn’t like it. He came out in the second half and was much more effective. We’ve got to do a better job around him.”

Houston’s fearsome pass rush, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t sack Mayfield, but they hurried and harassed him for much of the day.

His interceptions all came before halftime to help the Texans build the big lead early.

“He probably wasn’t feeling too dangerous in the first half, but he was feeling a little more dangerous in the second half,” Watt said.

Zach Cunningham made it 17-0 when he grabbed his first career interception and ran 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Officials first ruled him down at the 1, but the play was reviewed and changed to a touchdown.

Kareem Jackson was called for a 47-yard pass interference penalty on Cleveland’s next drive to put the Browns at their 20. But Mayfield threw another interception two plays later and it was returned 18 yards by Johnathan Joseph.

Houston added another field goal to make it 20-0 with about three minutes left in the second quarter.

Mayfield’s third interception came late in the second quarter when Andre Hal grabbed the ball in the end zone.

“The third one, it’s just a dumb throw,” Mayfield said of that interception. “That’s what happens when you force something late.”

But Mayfield wasn’t the only one to make costly errors for the Browns. Two big gaffes came on one series in the third quarter to keep the Browns from scoring.

The Texans were up 26-7 late in the third quarter Mayfield threw what looked to be a 76-yard touchdown pass to rookie Antonio Callaway, but it was brought back because of a holding penalty by left tackle Greg Robinson.

Two plays later, Mayfield connected with Callaway again and he gained 71 yards before rookie Justin Reid chased him down from behind and knocked the ball out of his hands just before he would have scored. It bounced into the end zone where it was recovered by the Texans.

“He did some really good things to give him some opportunities to make plays,” Williams said. “He read the thing right. He and Baker were on the same page on a few of those shots. We’ve just got to protect the ball.”

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Mahomes throws 4 TDs to lead Chiefs past Raiders 40-33

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game since releasing star running back Kareem Hunt, 40-33 over the Oakland Raiders.

The Chiefs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game since releasing star running back Kareem Hunt, 40-33 over the Oakland Raiders.

The Chiefs (10-2) cut ties with Hunt after a months-old video surfaced on TMZ on Friday, showing him shoving and kicking a woman. No charges have been filed in the case from February, but the Chiefs let Hunt go because he misled them about the incident .

Spencer Ware replaced Hunt as starter and scored on a direct snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter. Mahomes did most of the rest of the damage against the Raiders (2-10) with his arm.

He connected on two short touchdown passes to Travis Kelce in the first half, then found another tight end, Demetrius Harris, on a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter one play after an apparent TD to Kelce was called off by a replay review.

Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and engineered a late TD drive capped by a 2-yard pass to Chris Conley after Oakland cut the deficit to three.

Oakland added a late field goal, but the Chiefs recovered the onside kick to seal the win.

Mahomes has 41 TD passes on the season, joining Manning (44 in 2004, 41 in ’13) and Brady (41 in 2007) as the only QBs with at least 40 in the first 12 games of a season.

Kelce had 12 catches for 168 yards, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season.

Derek Carr threw three TD passes for the Raiders, but Oakland lost three fumbles that led to three scores for the Chiefs and reached double-digit losses for the 12th time in 16 seasons.

QUICK STRIKE

The Raiders got on the board on Doug Martin’s 1-yard run to cut Kansas City’s lead to 13-7. But Mahomes needed just 57 yards to drive the length of the field. Demarcus Robinson had a 38-yard catch and raced across the entire width of the field to get out of bounds with 12 seconds left and the Chiefs having no timeouts.

Mahomes then found Kelce for his second TD of the game on the next play. Arden Key blocked the extra point to keep the score 19-7.

SCUFFLE

Oakland’s Jared Cook and Kansas City’s Eric Murray got into a scuffle late in the first half when they were jostling near the sideline well after the play. Both players were called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play.

GIVE IT AWAY

The Chiefs got off to a rough start when Kelce lost a fumble on the opening play from scrimmage. It didn’t hurt the Chiefs, who got the ball back when the Raiders were unable to get a first down and punted after Rodney Hudson was called for a hold on a fourth-down run.

Martin and DeAndre Washington then lost fumbles for Oakland in the first half, leading to field goals for Harrison Butker. Oakland’s other halfback, Jalen Richard, lost a fumble in the third quarter that led to a TD for the Chiefs.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host Ravens next Sunday.

Raiders: Host Steelers next Sunday.

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Jets-Titans Stats

New York 10 6 6 0—22
Tennessee 0 6 7 13—26
First Quarter

NYJ_FG Myers 54, 9:35.

NYJ_T.Johnson 31 interception return (Myers kick), 7:59.

Second Quarter

NYJ_FG Myers 34, 11:41.

NYJ_FG Myers 43, 2:51.

Ten_Firkser 12 pass from Mariota (kick blocked),

New York 10 6 6 0—22
Tennessee 0 6 7 13—26
First Quarter

NYJ_FG Myers 54, 9:35.

NYJ_T.Johnson 31 interception return (Myers kick), 7:59.

Second Quarter

NYJ_FG Myers 34, 11:41.

NYJ_FG Myers 43, 2:51.

Ten_Firkser 12 pass from Mariota (kick blocked), :57.

Third Quarter

NYJ_FG Myers 39, 10:39.

Ten_Henry 1 run (Succop kick), 7:44.

NYJ_FG Myers 39, :26.

Fourth Quarter

Ten_FG Succop 24, 9:29.

Ten_FG Succop 33, 5:39.

Ten_Davis 11 pass from Mariota (Succop kick), :36.

A_60,904.

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NYJ Ten
First downs 15 22
Total Net Yards 280 403
Rushes-yards 33-156 22-130
Passing 124 273
Punt Returns 1-4 0-0
Kickoff Returns 2-82 1-35
Interceptions Ret. 1-31 1-0
Comp-Att-Int 17-30-1 20-35-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-4 3-9
Punts 6-44.5 7-38.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 11-96 8-75
Time of Possession 33:22 26:38

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_New York, Crowell 21-98, McGuire 6-19, A.Roberts 1-18, Cannon 4-18, McCown 1-3. Tennessee, Mariota 5-42, Henry 10-40, D.Lewis 6-36, Davis 1-12.

PASSING_New York, McCown 17-30-1-128. Tennessee, Mariota 20-35-1-282.

RECEIVING_New York, R.Anderson 4-48, Crowell 4-9, Herndon 2-31, Leggett 2-18, Enunwa 2-9, A.Roberts 1-10, Cannon 1-7, McGuire 1-(minus 4). Tennessee, Taylor 3-104, Sharpe 3-51, Davis 3-42, Firkser 3-42, Smith 2-29, Henry 2-5, D.Lewis 2-(minus 2), Batson 1-7, Pruitt 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Vikings-Patriots Stats

Minnesota 0 7 3 0—10
New England 7 3 7 7—24
First Quarter

NE_Develin 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 9:33.

Second Quarter

NE_FG Gostkowski 20, 5:45.

Min_Thielen 5 pass from Cousins (Bailey kick), :15.

Third Quarter

Min_FG Bailey

Minnesota 0 7 3 0—10
New England 7 3 7 7—24
First Quarter

NE_Develin 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 9:33.

Second Quarter

NE_FG Gostkowski 20, 5:45.

Min_Thielen 5 pass from Cousins (Bailey kick), :15.

Third Quarter

Min_FG Bailey 39, 2:20.

NE_Gordon 24 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :35.

Fourth Quarter

NE_Develin 2 run (Gostkowski kick), 10:54.

A_65,878.

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Min NE
First downs 16 27
Total Net Yards 278 471
Rushes-yards 13-95 39-160
Passing 183 311
Punt Returns 1-4 3-29
Kickoff Returns 2-61 2-55
Interceptions Ret. 1-0 2-6
Comp-Att-Int 32-44-2 24-32-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-18 0-0
Punts 5-45.6 4-41.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-55 7-60
Time of Possession 26:39 33:21

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Minnesota, Cook 9-84, Murray 4-11. New England, Michel 17-63, Edelman 2-35, White 6-26, Burkhead 7-20, Patterson 1-6, Brady 2-5, Develin 4-5.

PASSING_Minnesota, Cousins 32-44-2-201. New England, Brady 24-32-1-311.

RECEIVING_Minnesota, Cook 8-22, Diggs 5-49, Robinson 5-37, Thielen 5-28, Rudolph 3-38, Treadwell 2-13, Ham 2-11, Murray 2-3. New England, White 7-92, Gordon 3-58, Gronkowski 3-26, Edelman 3-25, Patterson 2-53, Burkhead 2-21, Hogan 2-20, Develin 1-9, Michel 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Minnesota, Bailey 48. New England, Gostkowski 48.

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Houston’s Hopkins expresses support for Kaepernick

HOUSTON (AP) — DeAndre Hopkins says he arrived to Houston's game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a No. 7 jersey bearing the hashtag "IMWITHKAP" to support Colin Kaepernick and his protests of social and racial injustice because: "he's standing up for what's right."

Hopkins was photographed entering the stadium in the

HOUSTON (AP) — DeAndre Hopkins says he arrived to Houston’s game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a No. 7 jersey bearing the hashtag “IMWITHKAP” to support Colin Kaepernick and his protests of social and racial injustice because: “he’s standing up for what’s right.”

Hopkins was photographed entering the stadium in the black jersey with white lettering and posted the photograph on social media before the game with an emoji of a hand making a peace sign and the word “love.”

When asked why he wore the jersey during a news conference after the game, Hopkins would only say it was because “That’s my homie.” But the star receiver later discussed his motivation for the clothing choice to The Associated Press.

Kaepernick created controversy in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice in America. He opted out of his contract after the end of that season and hasn’t been able to get a job in the NFL since. He’s suing the league for collusion.

“I support his movement and everything that he’s doing,” Hopkins told The AP. “In my eyes he’s a legend. In a lot of people’s eyes he’s a legend. He’s standing up for what’s right.”

Hopkins said he knows a lot of people criticize Kaepernick, but he wouldn’t let that deter him from vocally supporting the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

“There’s going to be negative things said about him, but I just want to let him know that a lot of people support him, not just (me), but my family, other people on this team,” Hopkins said. “Some people won’t stand up and speak out and say they support him because of what might come behind that. But I know that after this life is done I stood up for something that’s right, not just for where I’m at right now but for people after me.”

Kaepernick retweeted Hopkins’ tweet of the picture and wrote: “Appreciate love from one of the best … thank you brother!!!”

Hopkins believes it’s “very unfair” that Kaepernick can’t get another NFL job, and exaggerated the number of quarterbacks he played with in Houston before the Texans drafted Deshaun Watson last year to illustrate his point on the subject.

“He can still play,” Hopkins said. “I know he can still play … he can win games for an NFL team. I’ve played with dozens of quarterbacks and I can honestly say that I think he belongs in this league.”

Hopkins had seven receptions for 91 yards Sunday as the Texans beat the Cleveland Browns 29-13 to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games.

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Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have 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.

Murphy, in a statement,

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have 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.

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.”

Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.

McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach. The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season.

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The Latest: Pats’ Belichick, Vikings’ Thielen shout it out

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

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

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

7:10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:45 p.m.

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

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

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

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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5:55 p.m.

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

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

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

There were more shenanigans at the end of the half.

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

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

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

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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5:35 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

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5:20 p.m.

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

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

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

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

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle

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5:05 p.m.

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

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

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

Brady could also lose the milestone if there are any kneeldowns at the end of the game.

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

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts

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4:25 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3:45 p.m.

Richard Sherman is back in Seattle.

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

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

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

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

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.

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3:35 p.m.

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

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

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

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

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta

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3:20 p.m.

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

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

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

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

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta.

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3 p.m.

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

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

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

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2:40 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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2:25 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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2:10 p.m.

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

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

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2 p.m.

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

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

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

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1:50 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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1:20 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steelers sit struggling rookie WR Washington vs Chargers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers sat down struggling rookie wide receiver James Washington for Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Washington, a second-round draft pick, has just eight receptions on the season. He was targeted three times in last week's loss to Denver and did not have a reception.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers sat down struggling rookie wide receiver James Washington for Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Washington, a second-round draft pick, has just eight receptions on the season. He was targeted three times in last week’s loss to Denver and did not have a reception.

Pittsburgh starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his sixth straight game with a knee injury. Safety Morgan Burnett (back) is also out. Quarterback Mason Rudolph, cornerback Cam Sutton, offensive tackle Zach Banner and defensive end L.T. Walton are also inactive for the Steelers.

Defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who missed the last two games with an elbow injury, will play.

The Chargers will be without running back Melvin Gordon, who is dealing with a knee injury. Austin Ekeler will start in Gordon’s place.

Cornerback Jeff Richards, defensive end Chris Landrum, center Cole Toner, offensive tackle Joe Barksdale, guard Forrest Lamp and nose tackle Brandon Mebane are also inactive for Los Angeles.

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