Packers undeterred by elements, defeat Texans, 21-13

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Snow already had poured onto Lambeau Field for three hours when kicker Nick Novak lined up for an extra point in the fourth quarter. His Houston Texans had just scored a touchdown that made it a one-score game, and there was an outside chance they could recover the onside kick for an opportunity to tie the game.

But Novak, a ...Read more

Seahawks' Earl Thomas hints at retirement on Twitter after breaking bone in leg vs. Panthers

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SEATTLE -- Earl Thomas had hoped his stay on the sideline would be short-lived.

Instead, in his first game back after missing his first game since high school last week, Seattle's perennial All-Pro free safety suffered what was reported to be a broken bone in his left leg after colliding with teammate Kam Chancellor early in the second quarter....Read more

Seahawks rout Panthers, 41-20

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SEATTLE -- Pete Carroll sounded no alarms after last Sunday's desultory loss at Tampa Bay.

Instead, from almost the second the game ended, Carroll promised it was just a blip on the radar, just one of those days.

He was proved right with a vengeance that even he might not have foreseen, with the Seahawks scoring a season high in a 40-7 ...Read more

Raiders rally again, beat Bills, 38-24, for sixth straight win

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- There's not many better things going right now than Derek Carr and the Raiders when facing a fourth-quarter deficit.

Carr, with tape and a splint on his right pinkie finger, engineered the sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season as the Raiders earned their sixth straight win with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on ...Read more

Cowboys clinch playoff berth with Redskins' loss to Arizona

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A season of firsts continued for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday as they became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

The NFC East-leading Cowboys (11-1), who have the best record in the NFL and the inside track to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, secured at least a wild card playoff berth thanks to a 31-23 loss by the Washington ...Read more

Panthers bench Cam Newton, for one play, vs. Seahawks

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SEATTLE -- Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning league MVP Cam Newton was benched for the start of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks for disciplinary reasons, a team source confirmed.

It was the first time in Newton's six-year career he didn't start a game for a reason other than an injury.

Derek Anderson started in place of ...Read more

Chargers outplayed by Bucs in 28-21 loss

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SAN DIEGO -- Chargers turned in a below-average performance Sunday and paid for it, losing to the underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-21, at Qualcomm Stadium.

Where this game was concerned, put away the violins regarding the Chargers' bad injury luck.

Tampa Bay (7-5) overcame injuries to several players during the game and saw a backup safety, ...Read more

Steelers improve to 7-5 with 24-14 win against Giants

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PITTSBURGH -- Thee defense played its best game of the season to help lift the Steelers to a 24-14 victory against the New York Giants Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Ladarius Green. Randy Bullock, signed on Saturday to sub for injured Chris Boswell, kicked three field goals and the Steelers...Read more

Tom Brady leads Patriots to victory over the Rams, 26-10

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jeff Fisher and the Los Angeles Rams traveled across the country nearly 3,000 miles, but they could not escape controversy.

A few hours after news broke Sunday that Fisher has a contract extension, his team played an uninspired game in a 26-10 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

The defeat, the Rams' ...Read more

49ers Colin Kaepernick's surprise benching doesn't prevent 11th straight loss, fall to Bears

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CHICAGO -- Colin Kaepernick was benched Sunday before he even could attempt a fourth-quarter comeback win. That surprised him, even though he had completed only 1 of 5 passes for four yards through three quarters of play.

"It wasn't something I expected," Kaepernick said of his benching in a 26-6 loss at Chicago, the 49ers' franchise-record ...Read more

Eagles, Wentz battered by Bengals in 32-14 loss

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CINCINNATI -- Whatever message Eagles coach Doug Pederson wanted to send to his players was either not delivered well or not received well, because the Eagles looked even worse in a 32-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday than they have at any other point this season.

The Eagles' third consecutive loss came to a team that entered Sunday ...Read more

Chiefs hold off Falcons for 28-27 road win

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ATLANTA -- Facing a fourth-and-2 at their own 45-yard line early in the third quarter Sunday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid waved his offense back onto the field.

They only had a four-point lead over the Falcons at that point, but there was no point in faking the punt. It would take points to beat the league's top-scoring team, and Atlanta coach Dan ...Read more

Offense comes alive as Ravens clobber Dolphins, 38-6

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Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg bristled at the question. There are a few terms that bother the long-time football coach and being called conservative is definitely one of them.

At his weekly Thursday news conference, Mornhinweg did acknowledge the Ravens need to be far more aggressive offensively.

From their first drive until ...Read more

Lions defense stifles prolific Saints offense in big 28-13 win

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NEW ORLEANS -- Forget just making the playoffs. At this rate, the Detroit Lions might get a first-round bye.

Matthew Stafford threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns and the Lions got a stingy effort from their defense against the NFL's top-ranked offense to win for the seventh time in eight games, 28-13, over the New Orleans Saints.

Stafford ...Read more

Rams doctor ElAttrache and Patriots star Brady have bond

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LOS ANGELES--More than 66,000 bundled-up spectators will pack Gillette Stadium on Sunday and not only cheer for New England against the Los Angeles Rams, but for quarterback Tom Brady to claim another piece of NFL history. Last week, he tied the retired Peyton Manning with his 200th victory.

One of Brady's best friends and most devoted ...Read more

Seahawks' offense looks to revive itself vs. Panthers

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The Seahawks aren't so much seeking revenge from last year when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday as they are searching for redemption for last week.

And if they regain an offensive identity along the way? That'd be nice, too.

That the game is a rematch of a playoff contest from last season -- and the seventh time the two teams have ...Read more

Ajayi and Dolphins' rushing attack meets Ravens' No. 1 run defense

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Through the first five weeks of this season, Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was barely a blip on opposing teams' radar screens. Then the second-year pro ran for more than 500 yards -- including back-to-back 200-plus-yard performances -- in three games and became one of the defenses' primary targets.

But Ajayi said his success is not ...Read more

Dolphins coach Gase brings out best in his team with no-nonsense approach

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The question posed to Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase to begin his conference call with Baltimore media before Sunday's game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium seemed innocuous enough: What has contributed to the team's recent six-game winning streak?

For many coaches, that would have been a chance to launch into a discussion about team ...Read more

Panthers' Johnson: Russell Wilson is the Seahawks' best running back

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson didn't need to see the Seattle Seahawks' injury report to know Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is back to his old running ways.

"He still looks the same to me. He's still looks elusive to me. He's still probably the best running back on their team," Johnson said ...Read more

Rams clear things up with Eric Dickerson, but he still won't be going to games

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LOS ANGELES--Eric Dickerson reversed field on one element of controversy, but the NFL Hall of Fame running back remained steadfast about another Friday as the Los Angeles Rams departed for Sunday's game at New England.

After a meeting Thursday with Kevin Demoff, Dickerson said he no longer holds the Rams' chief executive officer and vice ...Read more