Josh Jacobs leads Raiders to overtime win over Seahawks

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Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had not just the best game of his career, but one of the best games any running back will ever play in today’s win over the Seahawks.

Jacobs had 33 carries for 229 yards, six catches for 74 yards, and finished the game with an 86-yard touchdown run in overtime, as the Raiders beat the Seahawks 40-34.

Jacobs’ 303 yards from scrimmage were the eighth-most in any game in NFL history.

Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams also had a strong game, including a sensational catch along the sideline that was one of the best plays of this NFL season.

For the Seahawks, quarterback Geno Smith had another good game, and rookie running back Kenneth Walker scored two touchdowns, but it was a disappointing home loss to a team Seattle thought it should beat.

This Raiders team is going nowhere this season, but the win improved its record to 4-7. Seattle drops to 6-5.

Chiefs improve to 9-2 with 26-10 victory over Rams

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With all the injuries the Rams are dealing with on offense, the Chiefs entered Sunday’s game with a massive advantage.

Los Angeles kept it close for much of the matchup. But Kansas City still won 26-10, improving to 9-2 on the season.

Armed with a 20-10 lead, the Chiefs looked like they were going to put the game away either with a field goal or a touchdown with 8:55 left in the fourth quarter. But on third-and-goal from the 4-yard line, quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an interception to safety Nick Scott.

But making his first pro start for the injured Matthew Stafford, quarterback Bryce Perkins tossed an interception of his own a play later, with defensive back L'Jarius Sneed picking off the pass. That led to another Kansas City field goal to make the score 23-10. Harrison Butker would add one more after another Perkins interception, giving his club a 26-10 advantage.

Though the Rams let up 26 points, they did frustrate the Chiefs’ offense in the red zone. Kansas City converted just one of its six red-zone opportunities into a touchdown.

Mahomes finished 27-of-42 for 320 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 36 yards. Travis Kelce finished with four catches for 57 yards and a TD — a 39-yard pass that opened the scoring.

On the other side, Perkins was just 13-of-23 for 100 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He was Los Angeles’ leading rusher with 44 yards on nine carries. Van Jefferson led the club with three catches for 29 yards with a TD.

The Rams had just 13 first downs and finish with only 198 total yards. Kansas City had 29 and 437 in the same categories.

With the win, the Chiefs are 9-2 and remain the AFC’s top seed. They’ll visit Cincinnati for a key matchup against the 7-4 Bengals next week.

The 3-8 Rams will host the Seahawks in Week 13.

49ers shut out Saints 13-0

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Nobody will use Sunday’s game between the Saints and 49ers as a textbook example of offensive football, but there are plenty of ways to win and the 49ers defense did more than enough to get the team a victory at Levi’s Stadium.

The Saints picked up 260 yards, running back Alvin Kamara lost a pair of fumbles, and defensive end Nick Bosa came up with a timely sack to propel the 49ers to a 13-0 home win. The win moves them to 7-4 and it will leave them in first place in the NFC West regardless of what happens with the Seahawks.

Bosa’s sack came on a fourth down with just over six minutes left to play. The Saints moved to the four-yard-line after a defensive holding penalty on Deommodore Lenoir, but Andy Dalton threw three straight incompletions before Bosa’s sack closed the door on any comeback hopes.

Kamara’s fumbles came on the first drive of the day and on the 49ers’ one-yard-line a bit earlier in the fourth quarter. The Saints also missed a field goal and committed a number of costly penalties on both sides of the ball over the course of the proceedings.

The 49ers had their share of miscues and they seemed content to sit on their lead while letting the defense lead the way in the second half. Jimmy Garoppolo finished 26-of-37 for 222 yards and a touchdown. Running back Elijah Mitchell ran well, but left the game with a knee injury and Christian McCaffrey managed just 32 yards on 11 carries on the afternoon.

They’ll move on to one of the marquee matchups of Week 13 when they host the Dolphins.

It’s the second time this season that the Saints have been shut out and the loss drops them to 4-8, but they’re somehow not out of the mix for the NFC South title at this point. The Buccaneers and Falcons both have five wins and the Panthers are also 4-8 after Sunday’s games and the Saints have games against all of them before the season is out. It’s probably not realistic that these Saints will suddenly start playing well enough to stack together wins, but the same could be said of every team in the division.

A Monday night trip to Tampa is on tap for Week 13 and anything but a win there will make it a lot harder to keep even the faintest hopes of a playoff berth alive.

Chargers’ 2-point conversion with 15 seconds left delivers a 25-24 comeback win

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The Chargers trailed for most of Sunday, but they had a fourth-quarter comeback and a gutsy decision to escape Arizona with a 25-24 win. It was Los Angeles’ fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season.

The Chargers improved to 6-5, while the Cardinals fell to 4-8.

The Chargers scored with 15 seconds remaining on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Austin Ekeler. Brandon Staley opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion.

Isaiah Simmons lost tight end Gerald Everett, who caught the pass in the end zone for the win.

The Chargers were 7-of-11 on 2-point conversions last season but had not tried one this season.

It was an improbable victory for the Chargers and a heart-wrenching loss for the Cardinals. Arizona gained 366 yards but had two turnovers, missed a field goal and went three-and-out on three possessions in the fourth quarter after taking the lead (not counting the last one that began with 11 seconds remaining).

The Cardinals regained the lead, 24-17, with 13:31 remaining on a 6-yard touchdown reception by James Conner, but they gained only a total of 16 yards on their next three possessions.

Herbert finished 35-of-47 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He had an interception by Zaven Collins overturned by replay in the fourth quarter. It would have given the Cardinals the ball at the Chargers 45.

DeAndre Carter caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown and Keenan Allen caught 11 for 60 yards and a score.

Kyler Murray, who missed two games with a hamstring injury, completed 18 of 29 passes for 191 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Conner rushed for 120 yards on 25 carries and caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown but also lost a fumble.

DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s lawyer issues statement regarding airplane incident

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Free-agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a way of making news even when he isn’t trying to. He apparently wasn’t trying to make news on Sunday morning. He did anyway.

He had to leave a flight from Miami to L.A., allegedly after refusing to fasten his seat belt. Miami-Dade police issued a statement on the situation. Beckham’s later, Daniel Davilier, has issued a statement on Beckham’s behalf.

“Earlier today, Odell Beckham Jr boarded a morning flight in Miami without any problems,” the statement reads. “The flight was delayed after boarding and prior to take off. Mr. Beckham fell asleep with his blanket over his head, which is his normal practice for long flights. He was awaken[ed] and told that the plane was back at the gate and that he needed to get off the plane because he did not put his seatbelt on when asked. He responded that he was asleep, and that he would put his seatbelt on at that time. He was informed that it was too late, and that either he would have to get off the plane or everyone would have to deplane.

“The overzealous flight attendant insisted on removing everyone from the plane instead of simply allowing Mr. Beckham to fasten his seatbelt and proceed with the flight. At no time was Mr. Beckham disruptive or combative. He was willing to comply with the seatbelt requirement, but the flight attendant wanted to prove that he had the authority to have Mr. Beckham removed from the flight. The airline proceeded to send Mr. Beckham’s luggage to Los Angeles without him.

“That incident was unnecessary. Sleeping on a plane should not be a cause for removal from a flight. If they could wake him up when the flight returned to the gate, then they could have done the same thing to ask him to put on his seatbelt.”

Beckham faces no charges. But he has every right to offer his take on the events, given the negative implication of the airline’s version.

The situation unfolded on an American Airlines flight. Chances are he’ll consider taking Delta when he starts his free-agent tour later this week.

Sunday Night Football: David Bakhtiari is active, but De’Vondre Campbell won’t play

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The Packers and Eagles had no surprises on their inactive lists for Sunday Night Football.

Green Bay will have left tackle David Bakhtiari. He was questionable with a knee injury but is active tonight.

Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, who was doubtful with a knee injury, is inactive.

The Packers’ other inactives are cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle), safety Johnathan Abram, offensive lineman Rasheed Walker, receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) and defensive lineman Jonathan Ford.

The Packers have Justin Hollins active instead of Abram.

The Eagles had no players with injury designations this week.

Their inactives are quarterback Ian Book, cornerback Josh Jobe, offensive guard Sua Opeta, running back Trey Sermon and offensive guard Josh Sills.

Matt Eberflus: Justin Fields getting better, couldn’t protect himself today

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Bears quarterback Justin Fields did not play in Sunday’s 31-10 loss to the Jets because of a left shoulder injury, but the Bears aren’t ready to make any determination about his availability against the Packers in Week 13.

After the loss, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said that the call will come down to “his strength” because Fields was not strong enough to do what was necessary to play this week.

“We think that he’s getting better every single day,” Eberflus said, via Alex Shapiro of NBCSportsChicago.com. “He felt better every single day. At gametime today he wasn’t ready to perform and protect himself. I suspect we’ll see where it goes.”

Trevor Siemian got the start in place of Fields on Sunday despite suffering an oblique injury in pregame warmups.

Bryce Perkins throws first TD pass, Rams trail Chiefs 20-10

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The Rams have made things a little interesting at the start of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

Quarterback Bryce Perkins has throw his first pro touchdown, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 20-10.

On fourth-and-2 from the Kansas City 7, Perkins found receiver Van Jefferson in the end zone for a big score, keeping Los Angeles in it.

For Jefferson, it was just his second touchdown of the year.

It was also Los Angeles’ best drive of the game, as the club went 75 yards in 14 plays.

The injury-plagued Rams still have plenty of work to do to try and win on Sunday, starting with getting a defensive stop.

Lamar Jackson responds to social-media critic with vulgar tweet

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has an active presence on social media. And he’s not afraid to mix it up, when he believes he needs to.

Still, at times, discretion and restraint should be exercised.

Jackson responded with a vulgar tweet to a fan who argued that Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars shouldn’t have come down to a 67-yard field goal attempt by Justin Tucker, and that the Ravens should “let Lamar walk and spend that money on a well rounded team.”

We won’t quote Lamar’s response. It can be seen here, in a tweet that has (as of this posting) not yet been deleted. (If it is deleted, it can be seen here.)

It probably should be deleted. Obviously, he’s upset about the criticism. The challenge for public figures when dealing with social media is to have thicker skin — or to just stay off of it.

James Conner has the Cardinals ahead of the Chargers 24-17

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James Conner had not rushed for more than 69 yards in a game this season, and he had not scored a receiving touchdown all year. Check and check.

The Cardinals running back already has his first 100-yard rushing game since 2020, and his 6-yard reception from Kyler Murray has given Arizona a 24-17 lead in the fourth quarter.

Conner has 21 carries for 111 yards and two receptions for 11 yards.

He last rushed for 100 yards on Oct. 19, 2020, when playing for the Steelers against the Browns. Conner ran for 101 in that game. His career high is 146.

Conner’s touchdown with 13:31 left completed an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

Murray is 16-of-23 for 178 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He has rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Isiah Pacheco touchdown gives Chiefs 20-3 lead

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It’s midway through the third quarter, but it feels like the Chiefs have already done enough to defeat the injury-plagued Rams.

Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco scored a 3-yard touchdown on Kansas City’s first possession of the third quarter to give the club a 20-3 lead.

Pacheco’s score capped a 12-play, 71-yard drive that took 6:52 off the clock.

The Chiefs faced only one third down on the possession and converted it with Patrick Mahomes’ short pass to Jerrick McKinnon. Mahomes scrambled to the 3-yard line on second-and-7, extending the ball over the first down marker to set up Pacheco’s touchdown.

Mahomes is now 21-of-32 for 257 yards with a TD. Pacheco has 10 carries for 44 yards with his touchdown.

Though Chiefs defensive back L’Jarius Sneed was examined for a concussion, he apparently cleared the check as he’s been on the field in the second half.

Elijah Mitchell leaves with knee injury, 49ers up 13-0

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49ers running back Elijah Mitchell has suffered another knee injury.

Mitchell went on injured reserve after hurting his knee in Week One this season and he returned to action in Week 10. He’s on the bench for the 49ers on Sunday, however, and the team says he is questionable to return after further knee trouble.

Mitchell has seven carries for 35 yards and two catches for eight yards.

The 49ers were able to extend their lead after Mitchell left the game. A Jimmy Garoppolo interception was overturned by an illegal contact penalty on cornerback Chris Harris and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach roughed Garoppolo to hand the Niners 15 more yards before the drive ran out of steam.

Robbie Gould‘s 46-yard field goal made it 13-0 with over 10 minutes to play in the third quarter.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m. ET: Mitchell has now been ruled out.

Further evaluation coming for Terron Armstead’s pectoral injury

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Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead left Sunday’s win over the Texans with a pectoral injury and there was no immediate word about the severity of the injury after the game.

Head coach Mike McDaniel said at his press conference that Armstead needs to have the injury evaluated further by doctors on Monday before the team will have an idea about what it will mean for his availability moving forward. The injury happened in the first half and the Dolphins went up 30-0 before the break, but McDaniel said the injury was serious enough that Armstead would not have stayed in a closer game.

“That was an injury regardless of the score that was going to keep him out of the game,” McDaniel said, via Safid Deen of USA Today.

Right tackle Austin Jackson also suffered an ankle injury during the game, so the Dolphins will have plenty to monitor on the injury front heading into Week 13.

Chiefs lead Rams 13-3 at halftime

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The Rams have held the Chiefs to one touchdown and a pair of field goals. But it’s still going to be an uphill battle for the defending Super Bowl champions, as Kansas City leads Los Angeles 13-3 at halftime.

The Chiefs opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, when quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 39-yard touchdown. Kelce caught the ball in the middle of the field and rumbled his way for 20 yards after the catch for the score. It was his 12th receiving TD of the year.

Harrison Butker has since hit a pair of field goals, one from 27-yards out and another from 32. The Chiefs also had a touchdown called back due to an ineligible receiver downfield penalty.

Mahomes is 16-of-27 passing for 210 yards and has also rushed for 29 yards. Running back Isaiah Pacheco has six carries for 35 yards.

While the Chiefs have 16 first downs and are averaging 7.5 yards per play, the club is just 2-of-5 on third down.

Given that Los Angeles is playing third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins and top two receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are out due to injury, points are going to be hard to come by. Matt Gay hit a 47-yard field goal to start the second quarter.

But Perkins is just 2-of-5 passing for 16 yards, as the Rams had just five first downs in the half. Perkins has 38 yards on seven carries. Cam Akers has 32 yards on six carries.

One of Los Angeles’ first downs came from a fake punt, as Riley Dixon completed a pass to Jacob Harris for six yards and a first down. But Los Angeles had to take a timeout before the next play. And then Bryce Perkins was sacked for a 9-yard loss on first down. A few plays later, the Rams punted.

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones recorded his 10th sack of the season in the first half. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that was an important play, as it means Jones hit his $1.25 million incentive for the season.

Chiefs defensive back L’Jarius Sneed has been taken off the field to be evaluated for a concussion.

49ers lead Saints 10-0 at halftime after late Jimmy Garoppolo touchdown pass

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Anyone expecting offensive fireworks between the Saints and 49ers was feeling disappointed by most of the action in the first half, but the 49ers were able to finally find the end zone just before the end of the second quarter.

One play after hooking up with wide receiver Jauan Jennings for an 18-yard gain on third down, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found Jennings in the back of the end zone for a five-yard score with 13 seconds left to play. The touchdown pushed their lead to 10-0 and it remained that way through the end of the half.

Jennings has five catches for 43 yards overall and Brandon Aiyuk had two catches for 47 yards on an earlier drive that took the 49ers inside the Saints’ five-yard-line. They went for it on a fourth down, but Garoppolo was stopped short on a scramble.

The Saints offense crossed midfield twice in the first half, but they wound up punting on both of those possessions. They also saw running back Alvin Kamara lose a fumble on their opening possession of the day, so there’s a lot for them to do better offensively after the break.