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  • NFL, Verizon strike five-year deal to stream games
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    The NFL and Verizon announced on Monday a multi-year deal that will allow games to be streamed on Verizon mobile and digital platforms.

    • Sports Business Daily reported that Verizon will pay the NFL close to $500 million a year -- about twice the annual price of the largest U.S. wireless carrier's previous four-year deal with the league worth $250 million annually. Sources told ESPN that Verizon will pay approximately $2.5 billion in a five-year deal with the NFL that lasts through 2022.

      The partnership begins in January 2018, allowing the postseason games and Super Bowl LII all available to stream through Verizon, which previously live-streamed NFL games only to subscribers, over the NFL Mobile app and only on smartphones. Now fans can stream games on the Verizon media properties on any device, whether their mobile carrier is Verizon or not.

      Verizon's portfolio of digital and mobile media properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, including national preseason, regular season, playoff games and the Super Bowl nationwide to sports fans -- regardless of mobile network.

      "Verizon has been a key NFL partner, both in the distribution of games on NFL mobile and as a sponsor, since 2010 and we're thrilled to be both extending and expanding our relationship with them," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Our expanded partnership with Verizon is great for our fans. Starting with the upcoming playoffs and for seasons to come, live NFL action directly on your mobile device -- regardless of carrier -- will give millions of fans additional ways to follow their favorite sport."

      Verizon has gone from being solely a mobile carrier to also being a video content company after its purchases of AOL in 2015 and Yahoo in 2017 for $4.4 billion each.

      In addition to the expanded availability of live games, the new agreement will provide fans mobile access to NFL highlights throughout the year.

      As part of the new deal, Verizon picked up rights to sell some in-game ad inventory on its platforms.

      "We're making a commitment to fans for Verizon's family of media properties to become the mobile destination for live sports," said Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications. "The NFL is a great partner for us and we are excited to take its premier content across a massive mobile scale so viewers can enjoy live football and other original NFL content where and how they want it. We believe that partnerships like this are a win for fans, but also for partners and advertisers looking for a mobile-first experience."

  • Steelers dedicate win to injured teammate Shazier
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Shazier watched from a hospital bed Sunday night as his Pittsburgh Steelers blew a lead, rallied to come within a yard of tying the score, blew it again, and then rallied again for a 39-38 win over the Baltimore Ravens that clinched the AFC North Division.

    • The Steelers huddled around a cell phone in the locker room to FaceTime their fallen defensive playmaker and told Shazier he was getting the game ball. They also promised to bring him a hat and T-shirt commemorating the clinching, presumably when visiting hours resume in the morning.

      "Tonight," linebacker Vince Williams corrected. "We are going to give him the hat and T-shirt tonight."

      Defensive end Cam Heyward added, "We let him know hospital security had better be ready because he's getting his hat and shirt tonight."

      The Steelers planned to visit their fallen "brother" late, and then again early in the week while they have some time off before resuming their schedule against the visiting New England Patriots on Sunday for the edge in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

      The Steelers are 11-2 and the Patriots hope to get to that record Monday night against Miami, but the Steelers, minus Shazier, who is fighting to regain the use of his legs, don't appear to have enough defense for the high-powered Patriots. At least not after allowing 38 points, 152 rushing yards and 413 yards of total offense to the Ravens on Sunday night.

      "Those boys just did a great job," Williams said of the Ravens. "They've got some good blocking tight ends. They've got a hard-nosed running back. We were hurting ourselves with some penalties, blew some concepts we should've been able to recognize. That happens in football games, but that's football.

      "It's hard to win. These hats right here, they don't just give these hats away. You've got to go out there against good football teams and you've got to gut it out. Everything's not going to be blowouts and domination."

      Particularly without Shazier, the defensive signal-caller, top tackler and possibly the fastest player on the team.

      "He's such a vocal part of not just our defense, but our whole team," running back Le'Veon Bell said. "Obviously, we always want him out here. We want him around. I miss him. That's my brother. That's one of my closest friends in this whole entire world. Not to have him here, obviously we wanted to go out and win this game for him. I love him to death."

      That was the genuine feeling that ran throughout this team. Ben Roethlisberger talked about visiting Shazier on Thursday, and the quarterback exclaimed that he came away feeling much better about his teammate's situation.

      "It was like a weight was lifted off my back," Roethlisberger said. "I told the guys about it on Friday when I went in, and guys just started to go visit him. Everyone has felt the same way. When you walk in and see him and see the smile and give him a hug, it really has taken that weight off and let us breathe a little easier. We love our brother, and we wanted to get this one for him, and I'm glad we did."

      Shazier was taken from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on a stretcher on Dec. 4 after losing feeling in his legs following a tackle. He began to regain some feeling in his legs by the next morning, but after being transferred to Pittsburgh he underwent spinal stabilization surgery.

      The team has honored the family's wishes by not releasing any health updates, but sources indicate that Shazier will walk again, although he must wait for swelling to clear before further progress can be made.

      "There's going to be a lot more FaceTimes with Ryan," said Williams, perhaps the closest teammate to Shazier both on and off the field. "I felt that was significant because of the situation. Ryan is one of my closest friends. I'm going to talk to Ryan until we die. That's my guy."

  • Seahawks' Jefferson tries to climb into stands
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, sent to the showers late in Seattle's 30-24 road loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, nearly took a detour into the stands on his way off the field.

    • Jefferson, following his ejection, tried to climb a railing to go after a fan who tossed a drink at him.

      Debris came raining down toward Jefferson as he headed toward the tunnel to leave the field. He stopped to yell back at fans, then made an effort to climb into the stands before a Seahawks equipment staffer pulled him down. Eventually, a number of Seahawks workers ushered Jefferson into the tunnel.

      "Folks in the stands was throwing beer and throwing soda, whatever. I mean, I don't know what I'm supposed to do," said Jefferson, a second-year player. "I'm a human just like anybody else. I'm a man just like the other man in the stands. I'm not going to let somebody disrespect me, throw a beer on me.

      "Just because I'm playing football, I'm still a human being. I'm still a man. I'm out there playing a game, and at the end of the day, it's a game and I'm a man. I'm not going to let somebody disrespect me like that."

      Seattle defensive tackle Jarran Reed wrote on Twitter that a fan called Jefferson the N-word.

      According to USA Today Sports, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said, "Everything from Sunday's games will be reviewed."

      A Jaguars spokesperson told USA Today that the team would investigate to see if a fan or fans should be subject to having future tickets revoked.

      Jefferson's ejection occurred as part of a pair of fights that broke out as the Jaguars were kneeling down to complete the win. Seattle's Sheldon Richardson also was tossed from the game in the final seconds.

      Jacksonville tight end Marcedes Lewis said, "There's no room in the game for that. You see we're kneeling. You can get somebody hurt. We're out there trying to kneel, there's no timeouts, you guys can't stop the clock. Like, why try to hurt somebody?"

  • Bortles outduels Wilson in Jaguars' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is no longer a punchline.

    • The fourth-year veteran has been maligned for most of his career. The Jaguars were ridiculed for picking up his fifth-year option in May at an estimated price tag of $19 million in 2018.

      Bortles struggled so much in training camp, head coach Doug Marrone started Chad Henne in the third preseason game before ultimately going back to the former third overall pick.

      Stunningly, Bortles is now thriving.

      Bortles produced the best game of his career on Sunday in leading the Jaguars to a 30-24 victory over Seattle at EverBank Field.

      Bortles completed 18-of-27 passes for 268 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions with a 123.7 passer rating.

      Sure, the Seahawks are without cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril, but there is still significant talent on that unit.

      Bortles has enjoyed good games against bad defenses. Sunday's effort was a turning point. Bortles was able to deliver when it mattered against a quality defense in a high-stakes environment.

      He passed for 309 yards with two touchdowns and no picks for a passer rating of 119.8 in a 30-10 win over visiting Indianapolis last week.

      But, this was different.

      "Blake had another really good game, so I'm excited about putting those things back-to-back," Marrone said. "You've got to give a lot of credit to Blake. I've said this before, that position is hard at times because you get a lot of blame, some of it's deserved and some of it's not."

      The Jaguars (9-4) are now in sole possession of first place in the AFC South after Tennessee lost at Arizona. Bortles has helped guide the franchise to its first winning record since 2007 with three games still to play.

      Bortles found rookie receiver Dede Westbrook for an 18-yard touchdown to give the Jaguars a 10-0 lead early in the third quarter.

      After Seattle tied the game, Bortles found rookie receiver Keelan Cole for a 75-yard touchdown to give the Jaguars a 17-10 lead with 7:21 left in the third.

      "It was kind of funny because we repped it a couple times during the week," Bortles said. "I think it was the first play of practice on Wednesday and I threw a pick on it. We changed up the read on it and said we're going to throw this ball to Keelan no matter what. If it's not open, check it down. He ran an unbelievable route and obviously ran away from everyone."

      The Seahawks cut the lead to 30-24 as Seattle star quarterback Russell Wilson connected on touchdown throws of 61 and 74 yards.

      But Bortles won the duel.

      Wilson threw three interceptions. Bortles played turnover free.

      "I put our offense in a chance to score points," Bortles said. "Obviously not turning the ball over is a big part of that. As long as we can do that, we'll go back and grade it. There will be plays that were bad that we have to get corrected, but there were a lot of plays made out there by the wide receivers, running backs and the offensive line that were pretty awesome."

  • Cardinals WR Fitzgerald's latest milestone may be last
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald moved into third place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list, passing childhood idol Randy Moss when he hauled in a 23-yard catch in the third quarter of Sunday's 12-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

    • That doesn't mean Fitzgerald will play long enough to move up to No. 2, however. With 15,311 yards, Fitzgerald is 623 yards behind Terrell Owens, in second place.

      Asked if plans to catch Owens, Fitzgerald said: "I don't know. That would require me to play another year, I think. I hope to catch him this year.

      "It's been a fun ride and I hope it doesn't come to an end right now," Fitzgerald added. "There are some more things I want to do. We've got three games left and it would be wonderful to win those next three and finish the season on a strong note."

      Catching Owens would require Fitzgerald to average more than 200 yards a game to finish the season. Fitzgerald is signed through the 2018 season, but he has not committed to playing beyond this year.

      Passing Moss has special significance because Fitzgerald was a Minnesota Vikings ball boy when Moss played there. Moss was one of Fitzgerald's mentors and the two remain close friends, although Fitzgerald said he didn't hear from Moss last week.

      "Nobody wants to see their records die," Fitzgerald said. "You have to toe the line and say the right things: 'Oh, man, he's passing me. That's wonderful.' That's not real. You have to be honest with it.

      "If anybody would say anything, I know Randy would. If he does or he doesn't, I love him regardless."

      --Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, but remained in the game.

      Mariota completed 16-of-31 attempts for 159 yards and two interceptions. Mariota has more interceptions (14) than touchdown passes (10) this season.

      "Frustration is an understatement," Mariota said. "Defense played lights out. Special teams did their job. And I've been hurting out team. I've got to find ways to get better."

      --Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is probably lucky he didn't get penalized for berating an official, but he might get fined for criticizing one after Sunday's game.

      Late in the third quarter, Peterson got shoved by a Tennessee receiver while shadowing him and the result was a 29-yard completion from Marcus Mariota to Eric Decker. Peterson was livid and let up while the play was still going on, turning his back to Decker to yell at the game official.

      "If you want the game to be clean on both sides," Peterson said, "you've got to add another ref because I'm tired of hearing the same response when you go to the ref about someone pushing you off. 'Well, we don't see it.' That's not the response I'm looking for. If the game is going to be called both ways, we need to have eyes on both DBs and receivers.

      "That was a B.S. call. ... We've got to add another referee to the field to where they can see both sides of the ball. You've got a back judge and you've got an umpire watching defensive linemen and offensive linemen. Why don't we have somebody watching the receivers and the defensive backs? They have to find a way to even it up, for sure. ... I'm tired of hearing that same response, 'I didn't see it.' Why are you on the field then if you didn't see it?"

      --Titans head coach Mike Mularkey made a questionable decision in the third quarter when he called a fake punt on fourth-and-1 from the Tennessee 35.

      The Titans led 7-3 and the Cardinals had done little on offense to that point. But the fake appeared to work when officials signaled a first down.

      Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians challenged the spot of the ball. Officials ruled the Titans were short of the first down, and Arizona took over at the 35.

      The Cardinals ended up with a field goal to pull within a point.

      "Both officials had the mark as a first down," Mularkey said. "I was standing right behind them. I don't know how it got overturned. Most of those times that play, with all those bodies, I don't know how they saw that. I still don't. I question that immensely, that overturn."

      Arians, not surprisingly, had a different view.

      "I knew the whistle had blown, and the referee on our side knew the whistle had blown. He came in with his hand up and he was still at the 35. That means the play stopped. So, we had to challenge that."

      --No opposing running back has rushed for 100 or more yards against the Cardinals at home the past two seasons -- with one home game remaining in two weeks against the New York Giants.

      The Cardinals have only allowed an opposing 100-yard rusher twice overall since the start of the 2016 season. Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams gashed them for 106 yards and a touchdown during a 33-0 rout in London. The only other one to get 100 came a year ago in Week 3 when Buffalo's LeSean McCoy ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

      "If you want to try and come in here and run the ball, go ahead," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "Your quarterback is going to have to beat us."

      --With Sunday's victory, the Cardinals improved to 7-1 against teams from the AFC South under head coach Bruce Arians.

      "I wish we played them every week," Arians said.

  • Broken hand clouds rest of McCown's season
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    DENVER -- New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown's improbable career resurgence has taken a hit.

    • McCown, in the midst of his best season, suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos and it's uncertain whether he'll be able to play again this season. The Jets (5-8) have three games left.

      The 38-year-old McCown, who has played for eight teams over a 15-year career, had taken every offensive snap for the Jets prior to Sunday's game. He had compiled 2,880 yards passing with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 96.7 passer rating leading up to the game against Denver, which snapped an eight-game losing streak.

      But that productivity was nowhere to be seen against a resurgent Broncos defense. McCown was sidelined briefly after suffering a hip injury in the first half, and sustained the fracture to his non-throwing hand late in the third quarter, when he was knocked to the ground by Broncos linebacker Shane Ray an instant after releasing a pass.

      "When I threw, I got hit and kind of got rolled up," McCown said. "He kind of rolled over me and either a knee or a foot or something of his caught my hand and it bent funny. I knew when it happened something wasn't right."

      McCown was 6 of 12 for 46 yards before being sidelined and Bryce Petty, who came on for the injured McCown on both occasions, finished 2 of 9 for 14 yards.

      Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he's unsure whether McCown will be able to play again this season.

      "We've got a couple more tests to run. I don't know for sure. We'll see," Bowles said.

      McCown said he would do what he could to get back on the field. New York plays at New Orleans next Sunday.

      "I'll do whatever I can to get ready to go and we'll see where that leaves us," McCown said. "We still have some more tests and things that we can do, but my heart is with these guys. I want to finish with these guys. If I can be out there, I'd love to be out there."

      McCown fought back tears when asked at his postgame news conference about what this season meant to him, his productive play at this stage of his career and the possibility that the season could come to a premature end.

      "It's been the best because of the guys, not numbers, you know?" an emotional McCown said. "It's been the best because of the group of men in the locker room. I'm just proud to be a part of it and I'm so thankful they let me be a part of this team. We'll see what happens, but if I can finish I'd love to finish. We'll see what the tests say."

      Bowles said that if McCown is unable to play, Petty will get the start.

      Petty said he'll be ready if that proves to be the case, but noted that it was tough to see McCown go down with an injury because of what he has meant to the team.

      "He pours his heart and soul into the guys," Petty said. "Whether he can go or not, you never want to see him hurt. We have to pick up the slack in the room. It is going to be a big opportunity for us, but we are going to have to replace him, and make him proud, too, just as much as anybody else."

  • Bears QB Trubisky shows progress against Bengals
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- One way for Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to measure the improvements he has made in recent weeks is the level of trust his teammates give him in the huddle during games and in practice.

    • "I get feedback from my teammates," Trubisky said. "I can tell they're confident in me. I know how to prepare. I feel like my play is getting better each week. I just needed to go out and execute."

      As the losses mounted during a five-game losing streak, there were plenty of doubts. The Bears' offense had produced fewer than 300 yards combined over the past two games. On Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium, however, Trubisky took advantage of a banged-up Cincinnati Bengals defense and produced his best game since taking over the starting role in Week 5.

      Trubisky, who was selected second overall in this year's draft, passed for 271 yards and a touchdown in a 33-7 win over Cincinnati. He also ran for another score. He was 25 of 32 and did not throw an interception.

      "He's always been a young leader in the huddle," running back Tarik Cohen said. "He's very demanding and focused and he kept at it today."

      The caveat, of course, is that Trubisky's career game came against a Bengals defense that was missing its top two tacklers and four starters total due to injury, but it was an encouraging performance nonetheless for Trubisky who could use a confidence boost.

      "He's put a lot of hard work into it," Bears head coach John Fox said. "The coaches have done a good job of preparing him. There's always going to be those young moments. But he keeps getting better."

      Trubisky spread the field, completing passes to eight different receivers, including wide receiver Kendall Wright, who had 10 catches for 107 yards on 11 targets. The rookie quarterback seemed comfortable in the pocket and showed patience with his reads.

      "I had a lot of time back there in the pocket, and that allowed receivers to operate in their routes and get open," Trubisky said.

      It was Trubisky's best performance since Nov. 12 when he passed for 297 yards with a touchdown in a 23-16 loss to Green Bay. Since taking over as the Bears' starter, he has passed for 1,508 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

      Trubisky's 112.4 passer rating was second only to last week's 117.2 in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in which he passed for only 102 yards.

      "I thought Mitch played really well last week," Fox said. "But, when you don't experience the end result, it's hard to put much into that. I've seen him grow every week."

  • Foles steps in for Wentz and gets win over Rams
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- With the Hollywood sign overlooking the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on a smog-free Sunday, Philadelphia's Nick Foles was ready for his close-up.

    • When quarterback Carson Wentz exited after three quarters with a knee injury, the Eagles turned to his backup. Foles seized control of one of the NFL's most explosive offenses and did enough to secure a 43-35 victory over the Rams.

      "He has started in this league and he has come in and played well," Eagles head Doug Pederson said. "I have all the confidence in him if he has to start."

      For starters, word circulated in the locker room that Wentz, a candidate for NFL MVP honors, had suffered a torn ACL. But Pederson wouldn't confirm, or deny, that diagnosis.

      But it is clear that Wentz will likely be compromised, with the question being for how long? Until that is determined, Foles will direct that side of the ball.

      As much as he hates to see Wentz idle.

      "You're talking about a guy that I work with every day and think the world of," Foles said. "I've already said I think he is the MVP this year."

      Wentz has been special and he proved it again on Sunday. He threw four touchdown passes, with his final one setting a new franchise mark of 33 scoring tosses in a season. The old mark had stood since Sonny Jurgensen heaved 32 touchdown passes in 1961.

      But that milestone was washed away in the aftermath of the Eagles losing Wentz. At least Philadelphia didn't lose their second straight game.

      "It's your job to go in there and just try to find completions and play fast because it had been awhile since I played," Foles said. "You just try to not make bad plays worse and you just try to get the win."

      Defensive end Chris Long helped when he stripped the ball from Rams quarterback Jared Goff in the fourth quarter. That set up the Eagles to escape the West Coast with at least one win after losing last week at Seattle.

      "The defense did a great job when Carson went down," said Foles, who completed 6 of 10 passes for 42 yards. "That meant a lot to me and to this team."

      It is clear what Wentz means to the Eagles.

      "Obviously we don't want to lose our best player, if not the most important player on the team for sure and that's tough," said wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had a team-high 100 receiving yards on six catches. "But for us to bounce back and win on the road, it's huge for us."

      Was he surprised Foles pulled out the victory?

      "He did," Smith said, "what we expected him to do."

  • Redskins flustered over late-season collapse
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    CARSON, Calif. -- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins expressed their frustration over how poorly the team has played recently.

    • Gruden said the Redskins, who have been outscored 68-27 in their last two games, including last week's 38-14 loss to Dallas, are faltering in several ways.

      "Right now we have problems in lots of areas," Gruden said. "I never thought we'd get beat like this two weeks in a row. We need to figure out a way to play better these next three weeks."

      The Redskins are missing key players to injuries at many positions. Cousins denied the opportunity to use that as an excuse for the team's 30-13 loss Sunday, and indicated that the Redskins' problems can be attributed to more than just a shorthanded roster.

      "I hesitate to make this loss about injuries," Cousins said.

      Washington has a home game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

      --Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' 319 passing yards Sunday moved the 14-year veteran to No. 9 in NFL career passing yards with 49,444, leapfrogging Warren Moon.

      Rivers has surpassed 3,000 passing yards for 12 consecutive seasons.

      He also has thrown for 300 or more yards in five games this season and in 55 games in his career.

      --The 30-13 win over Washington on Sunday was the Chargers' second-highest scoring output this season. They rolled up 54 in a home win over Buffalo on Nov. 19.

      --Chargers probable Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates had no catches Sunday, his third game this season without a reception. He has 19 receptions this season. Gates had 53 receptions last season; his lowest season total is the 24 catches he had in his rookie season of 2003.

      Los Angeles wide receiver Keenan Allen's six receptions Sunday give him 84 for the season, a career high for the fifth-year player.

      --The Chargers' defense is best known for its pass-rushing tandem of defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Ingram and Bosa, though, have developed a versatility that has gone unappreciated.

      "They've made some adjustments," Lynn said. "Those guys, the pass rushers, are playing run techniques, too. They're very unselfish and you can see it."

      --Los Angeles has been relatively injury-free this season compared to the past two years. The so-far, so-good news there continued Sunday, although there were a couple of scares. Los Angeles left tackle Russell Okung injured his right knee in the first quarter, limped gingerly off the field but later returned, although his mobility appeared compromised.

      Also, linebacker Denzel Perryman, who missed the first few games of this season after ankle surgery, appeared to tweak an ankle Sunday but soon got up and jogged off the field.

      --Redskins linebacker Chris Carter suffered an ankle injury that during on-field treatment was placed in an air cast. Washington kick returner Byron Marshall injured a hamstring in the first quarter and did not return.

  • NFL notebook: Eagles' Wentz injures knee in win vs. Rams
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left Sunday's 43-35 win against the Los Angeles Rams on with a knee injury in the third quarter.

    • After the game, reports surfaced that said the Eagles believe Wentz might have a torn MCL. Wentz is headed for an MRI exam to determine the severity of the injury.

      Wentz, who threw four touchdown passes, absorbed a punishing blow when trying to run in for a score. He made it to the end zone, but a holding penalty negated the score.

      Nick Foles took over in the fourth quarter for the Eagles.

      --New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown broke his left hand when he took a hit from Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray as he released a pass.

      McCown, left the game under his own power and headed to the locker room for further examination of a left hand injury with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter of a 23-0 loss. After the game, the Jets announced McCown broke his hand.

      Backup Bryce Petty, who replaced McCown, had come in for two plays earlier in the game when the starter was hit simultaneously by two defenders at the end of an 8-yard scramble.

      --Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday after sustaining a severe back injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, remains hospitalized but continues to show gradual improvement.

      Doctors are controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside, people familiar with his condition told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday.

      According to the report, it is premature to say whether Shazier will be able to play football again as the focus remains on his recovery. The team says it is concerned solely about his short- and long-term health.

      A Pro Bowl selection last season, the 25-year-old Shazier spent Monday and Tuesday night at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before being transferred to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center facility.

      --Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper left midway through the second quarter with an apparent leg injury in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

      Cooper was blocking on an outside run by DeAndre Washington when the ball carrier and a tackler rolled up on the wide receiver from behind. Trainers tended to Cooper on the field before the veteran wideout limped to the sideline under his own power. Trainers were seen working on Cooper's left ankle.

      --Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sustained a biceps injury in the first quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium.

      McCoy's did not return to the game and is headed for an MRI exam.

      McCoy entered game with a team-leading five sacks to go along with 40 tackles and an interception this season.

      --Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman was escorted to the locker room and evaluated for a concussion during the third quarter of the snow-ravaged game against the Indianapolis Colts.

      Also, Buffalo wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin injured his right knee during the third quarter. He returned in the fourth quarter, however.

      Peterman was injured after he dove at the end of a 2-yard run and was tackled by Colts defenders Antonio Morrison and Johnathan Hankins. There was no penalty on the play and Peterman appeared to hit his head on the ground.

      --Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return for the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium.

      Savage was slow to his feet after he was hit in the end zone by 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

      Savage entered the sideline medical evaluation tent following the drive and returned to the field when the Texans regained possession.

      --Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House suffered a back injury with about 11 minutes to play in the game with the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

      House was taken from the field on the back of an equipment cart and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He was able to walk to the cart.

      House was injured while covering Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon on a pass play.

      --Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter with a lower back injury and did not return.

      After the game, the Titans said Lewan will undergo an MRI exam.

  • QB Savage concussed in Texans loss to 49ers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    HOUSTON -- There was no denying the unsightliness of the image of Texans quarterback Tom Savage early in the second quarter on Sunday, prone and on his back, frighteningly rigid, and seemingly concussed following a devastating hit from 49ers left defensive end Elvis Dumervil

    • That picture was made more grotesque when Savage returned to action on the ensuing series.

      Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was inundated by questions on why Savage was allowed to return for one additional series before being ruled out with a concussion following a 26-16 loss to San Francisco at NRG Stadium.

      O'Brien managed the onslaught with an even keel, a surprise given his usually combative responses to any questioning of his decision-making, even reeling himself in when asked if he happened to see the video of Savage stiffened as a referee approached him.

      O'Brien was clearly aware that measured replies were required.

      Concussion concerns have enveloped the NFL like a shroud, with the league and its teams called to the carpet for a seemingly flimsy protocol designed to protect the players from additional harm and their own stubbornness. But when observers witness what happened to Savage with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half, only to watch him re-enter the game, concerns abound.

      "We evaluated him, at that time made the determination that he was OK," O'Brien said. "Not me, obviously, the evaluators made the determination to put him back in the game. He went back in the game and came out and they evaluated him a little bit more just because of what they saw. And that's where it's at. That's all really I know about it."

      Following the series on which he was leveled, Savage was evaluated by an independent neurologist under the medical tent on the Texans sideline. He was deemed fit and played the next series, during which time medical personnel determined him symptomatic of a concussion.

      Savage, who was said to be in good spirits in the postgame locker room, attempted to return to the field again following his re-evaluation, but was prohibited from doing so. He was escorted to the locker room and the Texans turned to backup T.J. Yates for the remainder of the game.

      What might follow in the coming days is a revisiting of the procedure that enabled Savage to return even after he took a hit that left those who witnessed it concerned for his well-being.

      "He doesn't want to come out of the game; that's in the medical people's hands," O'Brien said. "They try to make the best decision for the player."

  • Winter wonderland perfect setting for Bills
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- As the winter weather rolled into Western New York this week, the Buffalo Bills team motto was: "When it's too cold for them, it's just right for us."

    • They took that mindset into Sunday's 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, embracing conditions that many considered to be the most severe in franchise history.

      Or, "the best," as LeSean McCoy said after rushing for 156 yards and the winning touchdown.

      Known for braving the elements during December games over the years, the heavy snow accumulation and near whiteout conditions on Sunday took even the most hardened Buffalonians by surprise.

      But when the game ended, several Bills players lingered on the field, celebrating with fans, making snow angels and basking in the winter wonderland.

      "Our fans and the people here are the toughest damn people in the world," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams, the longest-tenured player on the Bills. "And they are why I've been here so long and the reason I enjoy being here so much. They deserve as much credit as anybody."

      For rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White, this was his first time playing in the snow. But he seemed to enjoy the experience more than anybody else in the stadium, jumping around and dancing during timeouts with a big smile on his face.

      "Everybody in this locker room and all the teammates and the coaches thought that the snow bothered me because I'm from Louisiana," White said. "I had to show them that I could weather the storm and go out there and perform in any conditions."

      Prior experience playing in the snow couldn't prepare players for the conditions they faced on Sunday.

      "I played in snow that didn't stick but that stuff was like two feet deep," said Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer, who spent the first four years of his NFL career with Northeast teams Cleveland and Philadelphia. "It was crazy. It was fun. It was exciting. We embraced it."

      Still, with more than eight inches of snow piling up during the game and swirling winds significantly limiting visibility, there were challenges.

      "We kept saying it was like we were at the beach, because the snow was so high," wide receiver Deonte Thompson said. "The snow was so thick, we were sinking in every time we stepped. It was pretty much like sand."

      "That was not fun," Bills guard Richie Incognito said. "Not fun to not have any footing and not being able to move around. That's a long day."

      The Colts were unable to prepare for playing in such conditions during the week. Kicker Adam Vinatieri had played in the snow several times when he was a member of the New England Patriots, but said Sunday's game was different.

      "If it was just snow and no wind, it's one thing," Vinatieri said. "But you get both of them, it was a tough game."

  • Bucs QB Winston denies report of rift with Koetter
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    TAMPA, Fla. -- On and off the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' promising season has come apart at the seams.

    • The Buccaneers officially were eliminated from the NFC playoff race and clinched a losing season with Sunday's 24-21 defeat against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium.

      A few hours before kickoff, the Bucs (4-9) already were facing adversity.

      NFL.com reported that the relationship between head coach Dirk Koetter and third-year quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, was "not in a good place."

      The report said there was tension because Winston felt he wasn't supported properly while he battled through a shoulder injury, which forced him to miss three games. It also said Winston felt Tampa Bay's offense was too predictable.

      Both Koetter and Winston denied the validity of the report.

      "They told me about it after the game and that's obviously news to me," said Koetter, who was hired as head coach in 2016 largely because of his relationship with Winston while serving as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator the previous season.

      "I think Jameis and I have (had) an extremely consistent relationship for the last three years. I don't think anything is different about it, but it's just my opinion.

      "I know the truth about our relationship, but my big concern is our football team. ... It concerns me that we aren't winning enough games."

      Winston called the report "false."

      "Listen, me and Coach Koetter have a great relationship, first and foremost," said Winston, who committed three of Tampa Bay's five turnovers against the Lions.

      "We have the same goal. ... and that's to win the football game. It doesn't matter what anyone else can possibly say. Obviously, a lot of stuff can come out when we are (losing)."

      Winston called the report a "distraction" and said Koetter had supported him from the moment he entered the NFL.

      "I really ignore rumors," Winston said. "That's what happens when you lose. When you lose, everything gets blamed on the head coach and the quarterback. And we understand that.

      "I've been with Coach Koetter since I got in this league and he has not wronged me since I stepped foot in those doors. At the end of the day, we've got to win. As long as we are winning, no one is sitting here asking me questions about me and my head coach. No one."

      When asked how the report started, Winston stared straight ahead.

      "I have no idea," he said. "I have no idea."

  • Injured Berry much more than safety valve for Chiefs
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs defense wore a hoodie Sunday instead of a helmet, delivering a message that only he could deliver at the time when his teammates needed it most.

    • Only Eric Berry can command the attention of players like that and send them on the field ready for a big win.

      "EB's an inspiration on and off the field," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "He's a guy that everybody looks up to. He's younger than me, but we look up to him. When he speaks, we're listening."

      All-Pro safety Berry suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the team's Week 1 upset over the New England Patriots, ending his season before it barely begun. But there Berry stood with his teammates gathered around on the field before their 26-15 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in a must-win scenario.

      "He just told us to take advantage of the moment, make sure we have a lot of carry-over," Johnson said. "What we did during the week, we're going to see out here, and that's exactly what we saw during the week."

      Berry remains the heart and soul of Kansas City's defense, and that proved true once again Sunday. With the defense under the gun after a devastating letdown while surrendering an early lead against the New York Jets last week in the team's fourth straight loss, Berry made sure his teammates heard his lessons and applied them on Sunday.

      "EB came into the building early this week and helped us with techniques and everything," safety Ron Parker said. "It's little stuff like shooting your hands in. It just carries over on Sunday. It's hard work and it's a lot, but it carries over on Sundays. He brings out the best in us."

      Cornerback Terrance Mitchell, who filled in for suspended All-Pro Marcus Peters, said Berry helped him prepare for the challenge. Mitchell intercepted a pass and broke up three other passes.

      "He has helped since I have been here with just the overall knowledge that he has given me and having him out there like another coach," Mitchell said.

      Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Berry's presence in the locker room, on the practice field and in the meeting rooms provides a lift to the team. He said sometimes injured players disappear into the background because they don't feel part of the group.

      "He's part of the team, a big part of the team," Reid said. "He's welcome back. From my standpoint, he's always welcome back and I'm glad he was here."

      Parker said Kansas City's defense draws its identity and inspiration from Berry, even when he can't be on the field and in the huddle.

      "Just to look at him and see him walk through here, it just gives you a different energy," Parker said. "We do feed off of Eric Berry's presence just being around him in the locker room and around the team period."

  • Backup QB Hundley keeps Packers afloat
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Aaron Rodgers can return as the Packers' quarterback next week with a chance to keep Green Bay in the playoff hunt, thanks to his backup, Brett Hundley.

    • Hundley threw three touchdown passes and completed 35-of-46 passes Sunday when the Packers (7-6) beat the Cleveland Browns 27-21 in overtime. He threw the game-winner to Davante Adams with 5:05 left in the extra session.

      Hundley posted a 3-4 record while minding the store as Rodgers mended from a broken collarbone.

      "My No. 1 thought going into it was to keep our hopes alive and make the playoffs," Hundley said. "We're still in it. At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. I'm just here and if my number is called upon, I'll be ready. It was my No. 1 one goal, and we're still in it."

      The Browns (0-13) went into the game with the plan of stopping the Packers on the ground and forcing Hundley to win the game. They held Green Bay to 22 rushing yards in the first half and had a 21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

      Instead of Hundley cracking under pressure or throwing interceptions, he was poised and looked like a veteran, not a stand-in for Rodgers. The 2015 fifth-round draft pick from UCLA has eight touchdown passes and eight interceptions during his seven-game starting stretch.

      "His instincts and awareness, in particular, when he has to extend plays is exceptional," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "I mean, he's always played that way. You can see that from all the way back in college. The way he steps out of sacks and made some key plays with his feet.

      "I thought he did a heck of a job. He's got to run and manage a wide-open offense. That was the first time we really cut it loose like that, and he did a heck of a job."

      The Browns knew Hundley could run, but he beat them with his arm, too. He ran seven times for 31 yards. A 5-yard gain on a quarterback draw to inside the 1 in the fourth quarter set up the tying touchdown on a pass to Adams with 17 seconds left in regulation.

      "It's just crunch-time situations," Hundley said. "Big-time players make big-time plays. My dad used to say that over and over growing up, and that's where it resonates in these kinds of situations with me. It's still football. You just have to perform. I wish we could do this from the start and just carry it forward for 60 minutes, but we did what we had to do."

  • Eagles fear QB Wentz may have torn ACL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left Sunday's 43-35 win against the Los Angeles Rams with a knee injury in the third quarter.

    • After the game, reports surfaced that said the Eagles believe Wentz might have a torn ACL. Wentz is scheduled for an MRI exam Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

      Wentz, who threw four touchdown passes, absorbed a punishing blow when trying to run in for a score. He made it to the end zone, but a holding penalty negated the score.

      Nick Foles took over in the fourth quarter for Wentz, who leads the NFL with 33 touchdown passes and has guided Philadelphia to an 11-2 record, the best in the NFC.

      Eagles head Doug Pederson would not confirm or deny talk of a torn ACL after Sunday's game.

  • QB Manning returns to cheers in Giants loss to Cowboys
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lost in the New York Giants 11th loss in a season that the team probably can't wait to see end was the return to the starting lineup by franchise quarterback Eli Manning.

    • "That's where you want to be," Manning said after the game when asked about having been reinstated as the starting quarterback. "I wanna go out, be there with my teammates, try to get a win, be there for the fans and do my part. Hopefully, the coaches believe I gave us the best chance to win at quarterback."

      In the end it really didn't matter though.

      Manning, who took the field to a standing ovation from the crowd, finished his first game back from a one-week benching in favor of Geno Smith going 31 of 46 for 228 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. But he also was victimized by three dropped passes in the second half, balls that would have gone for first downs had they been reigned in.

      If he was upset by being let down by his receivers, he sure wasn't letting on.

      "I've got a lot of respect for our receivers," he said. "They work hard, they practice hard, they do everything we ask them to do. I understand, hey, drops are part of the game. They're running the right routes, hitting the right spots. (I) have confidence they'll make the next one and make plays for us and a couple of them made some outstanding plays for us."

      While Manning said he was touched and appreciative of the crowd's warm welcome, especially when it started chanting his name during the first drive of the game, he was also full of remorse that the Giants sent the fans home unhappy.

      "I appreciate it. I appreciate all the support the fans have given me for 14 years and these last weeks, especially. I appreciate them coming out today and cheering me on and cheering on the Giants. Sorry we couldn't get them a better game today," he said.

      --SMITH STARS FOR COWBOYS: Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith is doing his best to make sure that moving forward, no one ever thinks of him as a fringe player again.

      Smith, who began his NFL career in 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, appeared in one game for the Seahawks before being waived and picked up by the Cowboys that same season.

      Appearing in 17 games between 2015 and 2016, this year has been Smith's breakout season. In 13 games played, he's rushed for 209 yards on 46 carries with three touchdowns and has caught 13 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.

      Against the Giants, Smith finished with an impressive 160 all-purpose yards and contributed two touchdowns, one as a receiver and one as a runner as the Cowboys scored 27 unanswered points in a 30-10 win over the Giants.

      "I didn't know that," Smith said when told of his impressive yardage total. "It felt good, it felt good. I'm really out there just being me. I'm not trying to do too much to tweak, nothing too special. Just out there playing my game and they gave me an opportunity and I'm definitely going to take full advantage of it."

      Quarterback Dak Prescott, who has had to navigate these last five weeks without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has one game remaining on a 6-game league imposed suspension, said he was grateful for what Smith has brought to the offense.

      "Yeah, I mean, we know Rod's talent and that's why we've pushed him and given him the ball so many times like we have in the run game, and in the pass game," Prescott said. "Yeah, he's great. Check downs, going to get first downs, obviously that play, making the big touchdown and in the run game he's been spectacular."

  • Panthers' defense leaves Vikings seeing red
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers' goal-line defense rose to the occasion twice to prevent the Minnesota Vikings from taking the lead.

    • Those turned out to be crucial sequences in the Panthers' 31-24 victory Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

      "The red zone is 1-on-1," Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short said. "We took advantage of that."

      Twice the Vikings settled for field goals after having chances to grab leads near the ends of both halves, so Minnesota never led in the game.

      "You have to score a touchdown there," Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum said of their late-game opportunity. "I think it just comes down to making the right plays at the right time."

      The Vikings had first-and-goal at the Carolina 4 in the second quarter, and at the 6-yard line late in the game. Each time, they managed only field goals.

      "We've had success," Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs said of the red zone in the past. "The success we've had, we won those games."

      The Vikings appeared to have a go-ahead touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half, but receiver Adam Thielen was ruled to have lost control of the ball while landing out of bounds. That 4-yard pass play from Keenum was wiped out on video review.

      "I felt confident I had caught it, but that is the NFL," Thielen said. "You have to possess it and the ball can't move. The ball moved a little bit. That's just how it is."

      --HE KNOWS THEM: Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn rejoined the Panthers during the offseason after playing for the Vikings. So he admitted to coveting the result.

      "It's special, it's definitely special," Munnerlyn said. "When I first signed back here and I saw we were playing them on December 10 -- it's my wife's birthday, by the way -- I circled the game and I tried to just get through the season and wait on this game."

      Munnerlyn was credited with three tackles and one pass defense.

      "I had to get this win and now I have bragging rights," he said.

      --SHALL WE MEET AGAIN? The Vikings (10-3) remain in line to win the NFC North, while the Panthers (9-4) bolstered their playoff credentials.

      Carolina still has work to do to capture the NFC South. The Panthers are tied for first place with the New Orleans Saints, who have a season sweep and would win a tiebreaker.

      "I wouldn't be surprised if we see those guys again," Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said of Minnesota.

      The Vikings don't want to be overly consumed with the playoff race, though they know they're contending for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

      "It's December and we are playing against a really good team," Minnesota running back Latavius Murray said. "We had a chance to solidify ourselves. We did not do it. We have to figure out how to make plays and win the game."

  • Jets QB McCown injures hand vs. Broncos
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    DENVER -- New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown was shaken up for the second time Sunday when he took a hit from Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray as he released a pass.

    • McCown, who is questionable to return, left the game under his own power and headed to the locker room for further examination of a left hand injury with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter.

      Backup Bryce Petty, who replaced McCown, had come in for two plays earlier in the game when the starter was hit simultaneously by two defenders at the end of an 8-yard scramble.

  • Titans LT Lewan departs with back injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter with a lower back injury and will not return, according to Titans' officials.

    • Dennis Kelly replaced Lewan in the starting lineup.

  • NFL roundup: Eagles outgun Rams despite Wentz's injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Carson Wentz passed for four touchdowns, and Jake Elliott added three field goals to help lift the Philadelphia Eagles past the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 in a battle between NFC divisional leaders on Sunday.

    • Wentz didn't play after sustaining a knee injury in the third quarter. Nick Foles replaced Wentz and got the Eagles in position for Elliott's final field goal, from 33 yards with 3:45 to play.

      Wentz left after taking a big hit on a third-quarter touchdown run that was called back because of a penalty. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams (9-4).

      The Eagles (11-2) rebounded after their nine-game winning streak was snapped against the Seattle Seahawks last week. The victory clinched the NFC East title.

      Steelers 39, Ravens 38

      PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger passed for 506 yards, and Chris Boswell's 46-yard field goal in the final minute lifted Pittsburgh past Baltimore.

      The Steelers (11-2) won their eighth consecutive game and clinched the AFC North Division title. Pittsburgh rallied from a 39-28 deficit with 2:31 left on a record performance by Roethlisberger. He completed a career-high 44 passes on a career-high 66 attempts, becoming the first quarterback with three 500-yard games. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards.

      The Ravens (7-6) got two touchdown passes from Joe Flacco, while Alex Collins ran 18 times for 120 yards and a score.

      Panthers 31, Vikings 24

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jonathan Stewart's third touchdown run of the game was a 1-yard leap with 1:47 remaining, lifting Carolina past Minnesota.

      The Panthers (9-4) pulled into a tie for first place in the NFC South with the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings (10-3) had an eight-game winning streak snapped.

      Carolina quarterback Cam Newton ran 62 yards on second down to take the ball to the Minnesota 8-yard line to set up the winning score. The Vikings failed to pick up a first down after the Panthers' go-ahead score.

      Chiefs 26, Raiders 15

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City shook off the absence of All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters with one of its stronger defensive outings of the season, knocking off Oakland to remain tied for first in the AFC West.

      Alex Smith finished 20 of 34 for 268 yards with an interception, and Kareem Hunt produced 116 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as Kansas City (7-6) ended a four-game losing streak.

      Tight end Travis Kelce had seven receptions for 74 yards and Tyreek Hill caught four passes for 75 yards as the Chiefs avenged an earlier one-point loss at Oakland (6-7).

      Lions 24, Buccaneers 21

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Prater kicked a 46-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining, allowing Detroit to keep its flickering playoff hopes with a victory over turnover-plagued Tampa Bay.

      Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed five consecutive pass attempts on a nine-play, 49-yard drive that led to Prater's winning kick.

      Stafford, whose status was unknown all week because of an injury to his right throwing hand, completed 36 of 44 passes for 381 yards and one touchdown. Meanwhile, running back Theo Riddick had a pair of scoring runs for the Lions (7-6). The Buccaneers (4-9) committed five turnovers.

      Bills 13, Colts 7 (OT)

      ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- LeSean McCoy ran for a 21-yard touchdown with 1:39 remaining in overtime to give Buffalo a victory over Indianapolis.

      McCoy rushed for 158 yards on a career-high 32 carries and surpassed 1,000 yards on the season. The Bills (7-6) weathered relentless snow, swirling winds and near whiteout conditions to keep their playoff hopes alive.

      Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards on a career-high 36 carries for the Colts (3-10). Jacoby Brissett completed 11 of 22 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown to tight end Jack Doyle.

      Cowboys 30, Giants 10

      EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Running back Rod Smith had an 81-yard touchdown reception and then followed that with a 15-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter as Dallas manhandled hapless New York.

      Dak Prescott completed 20 of 30 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys (7-6).

      Quarterback Eli Manning, back for the Giants (2-11) after being benched last week for Geno Smith, completed 31 of 46 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. He threw two interceptions.

      Packers 27, Browns 21 (OT)

      CLEVELAND -- Green Bay overcame a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and beat Cleveland on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley to wide receiver Davante Adams.

      The Packers (7-6) kept their playoff hopes alive in the NFC. The Browns (0-13) missed out on their best chance to get into the win column.

      Hundley threw the winning touchdown pass with 5:05 left in overtime. He was 35 of 46 for 265 yards with three scoring passes. Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer threw three TD passes and two interceptions.

      49ers 26, Texans 16

      HOUSTON -- Jimmy Garoppolo recorded his second victory in as many starts as San Francisco claimed a win over Houston.

      Garoppolo passed for 334 yards and produced his second touchdown pass with the 49ers, a 6-yard strike to tight end Garrett Celek with 1:53 remaining in the third quarter. That play snapped a 16-16 tie and helped lift the 49ers (3-10) to their second consecutive road triumph.

      San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould drilled field goals of 52, 35, 25 and 41 yards to aid the cause. The 49ers knocked out Texans quarterback Tom Savage in the second quarter. Backup T.J. Yates engineered consecutive scoring drives upon entering the game, capping both with touchdown passes to receiver DeAndre Hopkins for the Texans (4-9).

      Bears 33, Bengals 7

      CINCINNATI -- Mitchell Trubisky passed for 271 yards and a touchdown, and Jordan Howard rushed for 147 yards and two scores, lifting Chicago to a victory over Cincinnati.

      Kendall Wright had 10 catches for 107 yards, helping Chicago (4-9) snap a five-game losing streak. Tarik Cohen ran for 80 yards for the Bears, who rushed for 228 yards.

      Cincinnati (5-8) was minus four defensive starters, including top tacklers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil, but it was a miserable afternoon for the Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton, who passed for 141 yards with a touchdown and interception.

      Jaguars 30, Seahawks 24

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blake Bortles passed for two touchdowns, and Jacksonville intercepted Russell Wilson three times in a win over Seattle.

      The victory pushed the Jaguars (9-4) into sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

      Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey came up with the interceptions of Wilson, who had eight picks coming into the game. Bouye picked Wilson off twice, while Ramsey intercepted Wilson late in the first half. Seattle Wilson also threw three touchdown passes for the Seahawks (8-5).

      Chargers 30, Redskins 13

      CARSON, Calif. -- Los Angeles remained among the hottest teams in the NFL, beating Washington for its fourth win in a row.

      The result sets up a battle for first place in the AFC West on Saturday when the Chargers play at Kansas City. The Chargers and the Chiefs are tied for first with 7-6 records.

      Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns. Tyrell Williams (four catches, 131 yards, one touchdown) and Keenan Allen (six catches, 111 yards) did the bulk of the receiving for Los Angeles. Washington (5-8) managed just 201 total yards.

      Broncos 23, Jets 0

      DENVER -- Trevor Siemian led five scoring drives, including one ending in a 20-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, and Denver's defense put on a forceful show as the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak in 50 years by blanking New York.

      Brandon McManus kicked field goals of 31, 53 and 40 yards, and fullback Andy Janovich had a 1-yard touchdown run, helping the Broncos (4-9) end an eight-game losing streak.

      The Jets (5-8) went virtually nowhere on offense and lost quarterback Josh McCown, who was shaken up for the second time in the game when he took a hit from Broncos linebacker Shane Ray as he released a pass.

      Cardinals 12, Titans 7

      GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Dawson kicked four field goals, Marcus Mariota was intercepted twice, and Arizona outlasted Tennessee.

      The Cardinals (6-7) got two field goals from Dawson in the fourth quarter, the last from 35 yards out with 3:45 left to play. The kick came after Mariota's second interception of the game, as linebacker Josh Bynes picked off the pass over the middle.

      The Titans (8-5) had their two-game winning streak snapped while managing just 204 total yards.

  • Texans QB Savage (concussion) exits vs. 49ers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    HOUSTON -- Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return for the second half on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium.

    • Savage was slow to his feet after he was hit in the end zone by 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

      Savage entered the sideline medical evaluation tent following the drive and returned to the field when the Texans regained possession. However, at the 2:32 mark of the second quarter, backup T.J. Yates replaced Savage behind center, with Savage seen on the sideline lobbying to return to the field yet again.

      Savage completed 6 of 12 attempts for 63 yards and was sacked twice. The Texans entered Sunday 1-5 with Savage as the starter.

  • Packers CB House (back) exits vs. Browns
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House suffered a back injury with about 11 minutes to play in Sunday's game with the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

    • House was taken from the field on the back of an equipment cart and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He was able to walk to the cart.

      House was injured while covering Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon on a pass play. The Browns led 21-14 at the time.

  • Bills rookie QB Peterman injured vs. Colts
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman was escorted to the locker room and evaluated for a concussion during the third quarter of Sunday's snow-ravaged game against the Indianapolis Colts.

    • Also, Buffalo wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin injured his right knee during the third quarter. He returned in the fourth quarter, however.

      Peterman was injured after he dove at the end of a 2-yard run and was tackled by Colts defenders Antonio Morrison and Johnathan Hankins. There was no penalty on the play and Peterman appeared to hit his head on the ground.

      Peterman was able to walk to the sideline with assistance from trainers.

      The Bills were already without starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who missed the game with a bruised knee sustained in last week's 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots.

      Joe Webb replaced Peterman, who was 5-of-10 passing for 57 yards and a touchdown through heavy snow and wind in his second career start.

      Benjamin, who had missed the last two games with a torn meniscus in the right knee, was injured when he fell to the ground while trying to catch an errant pass from Webb.

  • Buccaneers DT McCoy (biceps) injured vs. Lions
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sustained a biceps injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium.

    • McCoy's return was listed as doubtful.

      McCoy entered game with a team-leading five sacks to go along with 40 tackles and an interception this season.