In NFL’s week 13, Saints continued to make history. This time, Kamara. He now has touchdowns in six straight games, the first time a Saints rookie has done so in the team’s 51-year history. Kamara needs three touchdowns to break George Rogers’ rookie franchise record of 13.
For the first time in more than 13 years, Eli Manning spent an NFL Sunday as a spectator rather than a participant. His 210-game streak of consecutive regular season starts ended with a benching this week, putting Manning in an unfamiliar role as backup for the first time since making his first career start as a rookie in November 2004.
Quarterback Tom Brady improved to 27-3 over the Bills to break Brett Favre’s NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent. Favre beat Detroit 26 times. And the Bengals (5-7) simply can’t find a way to beat their Ohio River rival, not even after getting off to the big early lead.
Let’s go through the best plays, scores, reactions, photos, videos, and highlights of NFL regular season week 13.
Monday Night Football
Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass — taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone — and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals, rallying for a 23-20 victory Monday night.
Down 17-0 early, the Steelers (10-2) extended their best start since 2004 in a physical game with a couple frightening injuries. Brown’s touchdown tied it at 20 with 3:51 to go, setting up Boswell’s 38-yard field goal, his second straight winner in the closing seconds.
The Bengals (5-7) simply can’t find a way to beat their Ohio River rival, not even after getting off to the big early lead. They’ve dropped six straight against Pittsburgh, including the Steelers’ 18-16 playoff win at Paul Brown Stadium that included another Bengals meltdown.
Pittsburgh lost leading tackler Ryan Shazier to a back injury in the first quarter. The linebacker was taken off the field on a cart and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was carted off in the fourth quarter after JuJu Smith-Schuster leveled him with a high hit, then taunted him by walking over him.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not have an update on Shazier’s status after the game.
There were 11 personal fouls in another acrimonious rematch in their hard-edged series. The Bengals self-destructed with 13 penalties for 173 yards.
The AFC North-leading Steelers remain tied with New England for best record in the conference. They host the Patriots on Dec. 17.
Sunday Night Football
Masterful Russell Wilson leads Seahawks past Eagles 24-10
Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, the last a 15-yard strike to J.D. McKissic with 7:29 left, and the Seattle Seahawks stayed in the NFC playoff hunt with a 24-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
Seattle (8-4) snapped Philadelphia’s nine-game winning streak thanks largely to another masterful performance by its quarterback. Wilson was 20 of 31 for 227 and threw touchdowns of 11 yards to Jimmy Graham, 1-yard to Tyler Lockett and the TD to McKissic after the Eagles had trimmed the lead to seven.
Seattle became the first team to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter against the Eagles on Graham’s 11-yard TD catch. The Eagles had allowed just 18 points in the first quarter coming into the game, but allowed points on two of Seattle’s first three possessions.
Philadelphia (10-2) was the highest-scoring team in the NFL averaging 31.9 points per game. But the Eagles got just 10 points out of seven drives that at some point reached Seattle territory.
Carson Wentz was 29 of 45 for 348 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wentz had a costly fumble at the Seattle 1 on the opening drive of the second half that could have pulled the Eagles even at 10-all.
Philadelphia failed to score at least 20 points for the first time in 15 games, a streak dating to last season. The Eagles were the only team in the league to score at least 20 in every game this season.
Sunday NFL Games
Campbell Breaks Jaguars’ Sacks Record in 30-10 Win vs Colts
Malik Jackson was first to reach Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on this play.
Brissett slipped out of Jackson’s diving arm tackle and scrambled right. Yannick Ngakoue was waiting, only to have Brissett spin away from him.
Next up was Calais Campbell, who didn’t miss. He rarely does.
Campbell’s early sack in Jacksonville’s 30-10 victory against the Indianapolis Colts gave him 12 ½ this season and broke the franchise’s single-season record. The previous mark (12) was set by Tony Brackens in 1999.
Campbell waved to the crowd as his achievement was recognized on the giant replay boards at EverBank Field.
Campbell has been a role model in the locker room and a vocal leader on the field, holding teammates more accountable and raising the play of everyone around him.
The Jaguars have a league-leading 45 sacks, with Campbell leading the way. Ngakoue has 10. Dante Fowler has 6 ½. And Jackson has six.
QB Jameis Winston’s return can’t help fading Buccaneer
Jameis Winston returned, and it wasn’t enough for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their playoff hopes are just about done after a 26-20 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
A season that started with rising expectations seems to be ending in a painfully familiar way for the franchise — in last place in the NFC South with dim prospects for the postseason.
Still, Winston refused to focus on anything but getting better for next week’s game against Detroit. The quarterback missed Tampa Bay’s three previous contests with a shoulder injury.
Statistically, the offense had a decent day for Tampa Bay (4-8). Peyton Barber ran for 102 yards on 23 carries with starter Doug Martin sidelined by a concussion. Winston was 21 of 32 for 270 yards and two touchdown passes to tight end Cameron Brate.
Winston fumbled on a sack by Kenny Clark in the second quarter. The 6-foot-6, 296-pound Lowry snatched the loose ball in the air and rumbled 62 yards for a touchdown and Lambeau leap with a 17-7 lead.
Winston also fumbled in the fourth quarter following Evan Smith’s early snap. He was whistled for an illegal forward pass on the next play, but the mistakes were erased by his second touchdown pass to Brate on third-and-11 for a 20-17 lead with 6:02 left in regulation.
Onside Kick the Capper as Miami Drubs Denver 35-9
With his team on the verge of ending a five-game losing streak, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase was in no mood to ease up, even against close friend and counterpart Vance Joseph.
The Dolphins pulled off a successful onside kick to set up their final score as they drubbed the woebegone Denver Broncos 35-9 on Sunday.
“We found a way today,” Gase said.
The Dolphins (5-7) regained their bearings with the help of Xavien Howard’s first two career interceptions , a franchise-record two safeties and a breakout performance by Kenyan Drake , who rushed for 120 yards.
Meanwhile, the Broncos (3-9) looked more lost than ever, extending the franchise’s longest losing streak in 50 years to eight games.
Vikings shut down Falcons 14-9 for 8th straight victory
The Vikings frustrated Matt Ryan, blanketed Julio Jones and kept the Atlanta Falcons out of the end zone. Minnesota’s eighth straight victory was all about defense.
Case Keenum threw a pair of touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the guys on the other side of the line were largely responsible for the Vikings extending their winning streak to eight in a row Sunday with a grind-it-out, 14-9 victory over the Falcons.
Keenum strengthened his hold on the starting job by going 25 of 30 for 227 yards. He hooked up with Jerick McKinnon on a 2-yard scoring play in the second quarter and went to Kyle Rudolph for a 6-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter , capping an 89-yard drive that consumed more than 8 minutes.
Minnesota (10-2) turned in a stellar defensive effort against a team that led the league in scoring a year ago and seemed to be finding its stride during a three-game winning streak, averaging nearly 32 points.
The Falcons (7-5) were held without a touchdown for the first time since Dec. 13, 2015, when they were blanked 38-0 by Carolina . Ryan’s streak of 30 straight games with a TD pass also ended, going down as the eighth-longest in NFL history.
The league’s reigning MVP, Ryan finished 16 of 29 for just 173 yards — his lowest output since he threw for 172 yards in a 33-10 loss to Seattle in 2013. The loss could be a crucial one for Atlanta, which came into the day trailing New Orleans and Carolina by a single game in the NFC South. The Saints and the Panthers met later Sunday in a matchup of 8-3 teams. And a win by Seattle would put the Falcons out of position for a wild card.
Saints alone atop NFC South after 31-21 win over Panthers
Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara took the brunt of a hard collision near the goal line with Carolina linebacker Shaq Thompson, who is 2 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than runner he was trying to prevent from scoring on fourth-down.
Kamara bounced backward but remained upright, then slithered out of defensive end Wes Horton’s ankle grab and dived under linebacker Luke Kuechly to find the end zone.
Kamara added a second tackle-shedding touchdown from 20 yards, New Orleans took advantage of a couple Carolina special teams gaffes, and the Saints reclaimed sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 31-21 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera seemed at a loss to pinpoint what his defense could have done better to stop Kamara, whose production as a runner and receiver as a rookie are placing him in distinguished company.
Carolina entered the game ranked second defensively overall and third against the run, allowing 83.2 yards per game. The Saints rushed for 148 yards, with Ingram gaining 85.
Ingram gained 122 yards from scrimmage, highlighting his day with a 72-yard run that set up his 3-yard TD. Drew Brees passed for 269 yards, including a 10-yard TD to Michael Thomas a few plays after Panthers punter Michael Palardy lost his handle on the ball as he was about the kick it away.
Saints are making history
Kamara has touchdowns in six straight games, the first time a Saints rookie has done so in the team’s 51-year history. Kamara needs three touchdowns to break George Rogers’ rookie franchise record of 13.
Meanwhile, Kamara’s 614 yards receiving and 606 yards rushing this season make him one of only three rookies in NFL history to have at least 600 yards as both a runner and receiver, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor and Billy Sims.
Brees, who completed 25 of 34 passes, reached 6,127 career completions, surpassing Peyton Manning (6,125) for the second-most all-time. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre has more with 6,300.
McCown, Chiefs’ poor discipline lead Jets to wild 38-31 win
Brutal start, wild finish and quite an impressive victory for the New York Jets. As for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, this one surely stings.
Josh McCown scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2:15 left , and the Jets bounced back from an early deficit Sunday and held on for a wacky 38-31 win that was filled with big plays, bad penalties and lots of lead changes.
Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the Jets (5-7) ahead with 3:55 left. But Kansas City’s Bennie Logan was called for a personal foul for hitting long snapper Thomas Hennessy in the head on the play. That gave the Jets the ball at the 1 with a new set of downs.
McCown finished with 331 yards passing and a touchdown to Matt Forte, and ran for two scores — including the winner. Jermaine Kearse had nine catches for 157 yards and Robby Anderson caught eight passes for 107 yards as the Jets dominated in time of possession, but still had to hold their breath in the end.
The loss by the Chiefs (6-6) ruined the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis, who made his debut with Kansas City after signing a two-year deal last week. Revis, who played eight years over two stints with the Jets, started for the Chiefs, but spent the second half on the sideline.
Eli Manning spends day as spectator in Giants 24-17 loss
After going out on the field for the pregame coin toss as one of New York’s captains, Manning accepted it on the sideline while Geno Smith got the start. When the Giants had the ball, Manning stood mostly by himself with his helmet off and an ear piece in his ear to hear the play calls.
Then when the offense came to the sideline, Manning usually sat down with Smith to give him some pointers of what he saw.
“I knew once we got to today that I’d be a good teammate,” Manning said. “I’d try to support all the guys and be ready to play if I was called upon, support Geno, support all the guys, and do what I had to do to. If I saw something then I needed to tell them.”
Smith appreciated the support, although it didn’t lead to a win. Smith lost a pair of fumbles on sacks in the second quarter with New York in scoring position.
“We need to go take a look at the tape first and put our heads together to see what direction we want to go,” McAdoo said. “But Geno didn’t do anything today that would cost him an opportunity.”
The four-game losing streak, change in defensive coordinators and all those early-season struggles are in the past now for the Oakland Raiders. They head into the stretch run of the season exactly where they hoped to be, even if their record isn’t quite as good as they wanted.
Oakland (6-6) has recovered from a 2-4 start to move into a tie with Kansas City and the Chargers with a round robin remaining in the schedule starting with the Raiders’ visit to the Chiefs next week. Kansas City hosts Los Angeles the following week before Oakland ends the season on the road against the Chargers.
Rams special teams shine in win over Cardinals
Much has been made of the offensive eruption of second-year quarterback Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams under first-year coach Sean McVay. And people already knew the Rams’ defense was good.
Add special teams to Los Angeles’ strengths, as evidenced by that unit’s performance in Sunday’s 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Michael Brockers blocked Phil Dawson’s try for a 45-yard field goal that would have cut the Los Angeles lead to seven points early in the fourth quarter. Earlier, the Rams blocked an extra point.
The Rams’ sixth win in seven games clinched their first winning season since 2003, when they were in St. Louis and went 12-4, and they remain alone in first in the NFC West.
The Cardinals (5-7) have to win out in order to avoid a second straight non-winning season, beginning with a home game against Tennessee next Sunday. Blaine Gabbert will remain the starting quarterback for the Cardinals, despite two early interceptions that helped Los Angeles build an early 16-0 lead.
It was another day of milestones for Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, who caught 10 passes (on 10 targets) for 98 yards and a touchdown.
In the process, Fitzgerald moved ahead of Isaac Bruce for fourth in NFL career yards receiving with 15,267. He needs 26 yards to pass Randy Moss into third. Fitzgerald is third in career receptions (1,207).
He joined Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez as the only players to top 1,200 career receptions.
All of which, he said, meant little because it was a loss.
Hayward plays with heavy heart as Chargers beat Browns 19-10
Casey Hayward spent the week away from the Los Angeles Chargers after his brother was killed in a car accident Monday night. The star cornerback thought about staying with his relatives in Georgia and skipping the Chargers’ game against Cleveland.
Instead, he returned in time to join his other family for another victory in the Chargers’ remarkable resurgence.
“I’m better when I’m out here,” Hayward said. “I’m better when I’m on the field.”
Philip Rivers passed for 344 yards and hit Keenan Allen for a touchdown, and the surging Chargers moved into a tie for first place in the AFC West with their third straight victory, 19-10 over the winless Browns on Sunday.
Hayward had three tackles and two passes defensed despite missing most of the week. He returned to Southern California just in time for a cram session on the Browns (0-12) and receiver Josh Gordon, who was held to four catches for 85 yards in his first game since 2014.
The Chargers (6-6) have won six of eight after an 0-4 start, and Hayward has played a major role in the resurgence. He was the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, racking up three interceptions while Los Angeles surged back into the playoff race.
After their 30th loss in 31 games, the Browns have just four games left to avoid becoming the fifth winless team in NFL history and only the second in a 16-game season.
Cleveland dropped to 1-27 under coach Hue Jackson, who broke John McKay’s NFL record for the slowest start to a coaching tenure with a franchise. The Browns’ only victory since Dec. 13, 2015, was a 20-17 win over the then-San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve last season.
This one was particularly frustrating because the Browns played fairly well on the road, where they’ve lost 18 consecutive games since October 2015. After kicking a field goal for a nine-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, Cleveland made two solid drives deep into Chargers territory, but both ended in turnovers by Kizer. His fumble on a strip-sack by Joey Bosa was recovered by Denzel Perryman, and then he threw an interception to Adrian Phillips.
Running back LeSean McCoy isn’t sure if the bad blood between the Bills and Patriots — and increased by tight end Rob Gronkowski’s hit on Buffalo cornerback Tre’Davious White — will carry over in three weeks when the AFC East rivals meet again in New England.
What the Bills running back is certain of is how much Buffalo needs to correct on offense if it plans to remain in the playoff hunt by then.
White sustained a potential concussion in being hit after he intercepted Tom Brady’s pass with 4:50 remaining. Gronkowski was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
One concern is an offense, which was limited to scoring a field goal, and came away with no points on two drives inside the Patriots 10. Another is Buffalo facing the possibility of being without starter Tyrod Taylor , who was sidelined by a left knee injury.
If Taylor’s injury proves serious, Buffalo (6-6) would be forced to continue its late-season playoff push with rookie Nathan Peterman, who two weeks ago threw five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Patriots (10-2) won their eighth straight game and inched closer to clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title.
New England won its 14th consecutive road game — the NFL’s second-best streak behind San Francisco’s 18-0 run spanning the 1988-90 seasons. The Patriots also improved to 30-5 over Buffalo since Bill Belichick took over in 2000.
Quarterback Tom Brady improved to 27-3 over the Bills to break Brett Favre’s NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent. Favre beat Detroit 26 times.
Brady finished 21 of 30 for 256 yards and an interception, and became the fourth player to top 65,000 career yards. Improving his total to 65,214, he joins Peyton Manning (71,940), Favre (71,838) and Drew Brees (69,409). Brady also won his 55th career game in December, most by a quarterback in any calendar month.
Gould kicks FG lifts Garoppolo, 49ers over Bears 15-14
Robbie Gould pumped his right arm. He screamed at the Chicago sideline. Kicking the winning field goal sure made it a sweet return to Soldier Field. Gould nailed a 24-yarder in the closing seconds, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his first San Francisco start, and the 49ers beat the Chicago Bears 15-14 on Sunday.
Gould made all five field goals — none longer than 35 yards — in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him prior to the 2016 opener. The Bears’ all-time leader in points and field goals made, he let it all out after he booted the winnerright down the middle.
Garoppolo was solid in his first start since the 49ers (2-10) acquired him from New England before the trade deadline in October. The suburban Chicago and Eastern Illinois product completed 26 of 37 passes with an interception. And the 49ers picked up the win after losing their first five road games.
Chicago (3-9) dropped its fifth straight, and coach John Fox fell to 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears.
Then again, what is there to say? The Bears are wrapping up their fifth straight season without a winning record and will finish below .500 for the fourth year in a row. They went from getting pounded by a championship contender at Philadelphia to losing to one of the league’s worst teams.
Mitchell Trubisky was 12 of 15 for 102 yards and a touchdown. Not exactly the bounce-back performance he wanted coming off a rough outing against the Eagles.
Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan remembers only too well how the Titans always seemed to find a way to lose through his first two seasons in the NFL.
Now they’re finding ways to win, and that’s all that matters.
The Titans gave up the first 10 points, then allowed only a field goal in the second half before LeShaun Sims intercepted a pass in the end zone to end Houston’s final drive in a 24-13 win over the Texans on Sunday . Derrick Henry made the final margin look a little better with a career-long 75-yard touchdown run.
The Titans (8-4) now have won six of their last seven, and they remain ahead of Jacksonville atop the AFC South. They also improved to 4-1 inside a division they haven’t won since 2008. Beating AFC South opponents has been the first goal for Tennessee since finishing 9-7 and missing a playoff berth yet again.
For Houston (4-8), the injuries and losses just keep piling up. Five Texans, including four on offense, left the game with injuries. They also lost their second straight and for the fifth time in six games.
The Texans’ injuries have gotten so bad that running back Andre Ellington, claimed off waivers in October, played his first game for Houston. And he wound up at slot receiver after the other injuries during the game, and he finished with five catches for 56 yards.
Chiefs still control destiny, but need to improve in a hurry
The Kansas City Chiefs were once an undefeated powerhouse, a solid squad that many thought would challenge for supremacy in the AFC.
That seems like a long time ago.
Andy Reid’s squad is 6-6 now after losing a tough one to the New York Jets on Sunday, 38-31. It was the Chiefs’ sixth loss in seven games, and did little to calm the nerves of panicked fans who think their team is in the middle of an ugly collapse.
The Chiefs still control their future because they are tied for first in the AFC West with Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers, each of whom won Sunday to improve to 6-6.
First on the list might be better discipline; the Chiefs’ lack thereof with the game on the line cost them against the Jets.
The Jets entered having lost five of their last six, with their playoff hopes fading fast. They matched their win total from last season with an impressive victory — and still have the postseason in their sights.
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