Jason Myers 42-yard field goal on last play of OT lifts Seahawks to 27-24 win over 49ers

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The San Francisco 49ers are no longer unbeaten and the NFC West race just got a whole lot more interesting.

It took until the final play of overtime but Jason Myers converted a 42-yard field goal to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the 49ers on Monday night.

Russell Wilson scrambled for a critical 18 yards on third-and-2 with just over a minute left in overtime to move Seattle into field goal range. After stopping the clock with four seconds left to play, Myers rebounded from missing three kicks a week ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to deliver the game-winning boot for the Seahawks. It was the second straight week Seattle needed overtime to get a victory.

The 49ers fall to 8-1 on the season while the Seahawks close the gap in the NFC West by moving to 8-2 ahead of their bye next week. Seattle will hold the tiebreaker over the 49ers for time being as well with a Week 17 matchup between the two teams still to come.

Seattle appeared as those they could win the game on the opening drive of the extra period before Wilson was intercepted by Dre Greenlaw to turn away the Seahawks inside the 5-yard line. After trading failed possessions from there, 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin had the chance to win it with a 47-yard field goal, which was the exact same distance he converted with one second left in regulation to send the game to the extra session. But McLaughlin yanked the kick wide left to give Seattle one more chance and ultimately the victory.

It was game the 49ers appeared they would completely dominate for much of the first half. San Francisco out-gained Seattle by a 118-5 margin through the first quarter en route to an early 10-point lead.

McLaughlin converted a 43-yard field goal to give the 49ers an early 3-0 lead at the end of a 13-play, 50-yard opening drive. After a second straight three-and-out by Seattle, the 49ers marched 83 yards in seven plays before Kendrick Bourne beat Jamar Taylor for a 10-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 10-0.

The Seahawks went the entire first half without gaining more than a single first down on an offensive possession. However, their defense came up with the big play needed to keep them in the game. Jarran Reed‘s first sack of the season came with a strip of Jimmy Garoppolo, which was quickly scooped up Jadeveon Clowney for a 10-yard touchdown and a massive momentum swing.

The 49ers would make their own massive defensive play right before the half as Jaquiski Tartt ripped the ball free of DK Metcalf at the 2-yard line to prevent the Seahawks from taking the lead into halftime.

K'Waun Williams would strip Rashaad Penny on Seattle’s opening drive of the third quarter but the 49ers weren’t able to capitalize. They elected to for a fourth-and-2 at Seattle’s 33-yard line rather than let McLaughlin try a 51-yard field goal and Garoppolo couldn’t connect with Deebo Samuel for a turnover on downs.

Samuel still led the 49ers with eight receptions for 112 yards.

After being manhandled in the first quarter, Seattle’s defense took control for the next two quarters. With Emmanuel Sanders out with a rib injury, the 49ers offense stagnated. The Seahawks held San Francisco to just 77 yards combined in the second and third quarters and forced three 49ers turnovers.

The third turnover came as a Garoppolo pass bounced off Bourne’s hands and into the waiting arms of Quandre Diggs, who was making his Seattle debut after a trade from the Detroit Lions last month. Diggs returned the interception 44 yards to the 49ers’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, Wilson floated a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hollister to give Seattle the lead.

Wilson completed 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown, interception and lost fumble for Seattle.

Four plays into the 49ers’ next drive, Clowney sacked Garoppolo with another forced fumble that was recovered by Poona Ford at the 49ers 24-yard line. Chris Carson would score on a 1-yard touchdown run to increase Seattle’s lead to 21-10 late in the third quarter.

Carson carried 25 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Another defensive score got the 49ers back in the game.

K’Waun Williams and Arik Armstead combined for a strip-sack of Wilson that ended up in the arms of right tackle Germain Ifedi. As Ifedi tried to run with the ball he was swarmed over with Fred Warner punching the ball free. DeForest Buckner recovered the twice-fumbled ball for a 12-yard touchdown to close the Seattle lead. A two-point conversion from Garoppolo to Bourne made it a 21-18 game with 12 minutes left to play.

After a Seattle three-and-out, Garoppolo led the 49ers on an eight-play drive for the tying score. A bobbled ball was nearly intercepted by Seattle before McLaughlin drilled a 39-yard field goal to even the game at 21-21 with 6:17 remaining.

The Seahawks managed to burn over four minutes off the clock before Jason Myers converted a 46-yard field goal to give Seattle a 24-21 lead with 1:45 left to play.

Garoppolo gave Seattle a pair of interception chances on the final drive of regulation, but ultimately led the 49ers the necessary distance to set up a 47-yard game-tying field goal from McLaughlin to send the game to overtime. McLaughlin drilled the field goal to extend the game an extra 10 minutes before the Seahawks earned the walk-off win.

Garoppolo completed 24 of 46 passes for 248 yards with a touchdown, interception and two lost fumbles.

Austin Hooper has MCL sprain that will cost him time

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The Falcons will play without running back Devonta Freeman for a couple of weeks with a foot sprain.

Tight end Austin Hooper also will miss some time.

An MRI on Hooper’s injured knee revealed a sprain to Hooper’s medial collateral ligament, Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports.

Hooper will seek a second opinion to determine how long the injury will sideline him.

Hooper has 56 catches for 608 yards and six touchdowns, which leaves him on pace for career highs across the board.

Jimmy Garoppolo’s three turnovers have given Seattle a 21-10 lead

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The Seahawks’ defensive additions have them in the lead in the second half against the undefeated 49ers.

Jimmy Garoppolo‘s three turnovers have cost the 49ers the lead.

Seattle leads 21-10, having used Garoppolo’s two fumbles and an interception for 21 unanswered points.

Jadeveon Clowney, acquired in a trade with the Texans on the eve of the season, scored his second touchdown of the season. He got the Seahawks on the board with a 10-yard return of a fumble forced by Jarran Reed.

That drew the Seahawks to within 10-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, tight end Jacob Hollister caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to give the Seahawks a 14-10 lead. It is their first lead of the night.

The three-play, 16-yard drive was set up by a 44-yard interception return by Quandre Diggs.

Jimmy Garoppolo sailed a pass intended for Kendrick Bourne.

It is the first game for Diggs with the Seahawks since they acquired him in a trade with Detroit on Oct. 23.

On the 49ers’ next possession, Clowney forced a fumble of Garoppolo. Poona Ford recovered at the San Francisco 24.

Chris Carson cashed in with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 21-10 Seattle lead to end the third quarter.

Clowney has three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.

Brian Allen out for season; Rob Havenstein, Brandin Cooks out this week

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This does not seem to be the Rams’ year.

A season after going to the Super Bowl, the Rams are 5-4 and in third place in the NFC West. And the injuries just keep coming.

Rams coach Sean McVay announced Monday that starting center Brian Allen will end his season on injured reserve.

Allen injured his medial collateral ligament Sunday, playing only 13 snaps.

The Rams also will have to play without right tackle Rob Havenstein for a couple of weeks. Havenstein injured his meniscus, leaving after 64 snaps.

McVay said the Rams are examining all of their options in the offensive line. Austin Blythe will start at center.

“We’re working through some of those things,” McVay said. “I think you got a chance to evaluate some guys yesterday, just based on the way the nature of the game went. I thought Austin Blythe did a nice job at center. He’ll step into that position. Austin Corbett did some really good things at that left guard spot. Then I thought – before he ended up having to transition out to the tackle spot – David Edwards did a nice job at right guard. As far as the tackle position – exactly how we fill that void from Rob – you could look at Bobby Evans, some other options. We’re working through those things right now.”

Receiver Brandin Cooks also won’t play this week, with the Rams already ruling him out. However, Cooks is taking steps forward in his return from another concussion.

“He’s feeling good, asymptomatic,” McVay said. “Everything is really in good shape with him right now, but he will miss this week again and then we’ll reevaluate the following week.”

Jadeveon Clowney’s fumble return cuts 49ers’ halftime lead to 10-7

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The 49ers were in total control. They’re still in control but no longer in total control.

The Seahawks have had no offensive success, but they made it happen on defense late in the first half.

Jarran Reed and Jadeveon Clowney combined to get Seattle on the board. On a stunt, Reed got to Jimmy Garoppolo for a strip-sack. Clowney picked up the loose ball and ran 10 yards to the end zone.

Clowney’s defensive score with 2:51 remaining in the second quarter has cut the 49ers’ lead to 10-7 at halftime.

Despite their offensive inefficiency in the first half, the Seahawks actually had a chance to take the lead before halftime.

DK Metcalf was about to fight his way into the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown when Jaquiski Tartt pulled the ball out at the 2-yard line. The play was reversed on review, with the 49ers getting the ball back with 1:04 remaining in the half.

The 49ers defense is showing again tonight they are for real, holding the Seahawks offense to three first downs, 89 total yards and no points while forcing Metcalf’s fumble and four punts. San Francisco also has two sacks of Russell Wilson.

The 49ers have made Wilson, widely hyped as the first-half league MVP, look like something less than a league MVP. He has completed 7 of 10 passes for 72 yards.

Garoppolo’s fumble was his only hiccup of the first half as he completed 12 of 20 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Deebo Samuel has caught four passes for 70 yards.

The 49ers have 171 total yards.

Cowboys blame miscommunication on Tavon Austin’s final fair catch

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is being second guessed for the team’s play selection on three snaps in the red zone late in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. He also is being second guessed for what followed when the Cowboys got the ball back in need of a miracle.

They missed their best shot at a miracle when Tavon Austin fair caught a Britton Colquitt punt with 17 seconds left.

Austin was just following orders, or so he thought, when he raised his hand with no Viking anywhere close to him.

“We didn’t communicate that well enough,” Garrett said Monday. “In that situation, you’ve got a couple of different options. You can go try to block the punt. We decided not to do that. We decided that we thought there would be a good chance that we could get the ball around the 50-yard line. The biggest coaching point for Tavon was make sure you don’t bleed the rest of this time off by spending a lot of time trying to return the ball. So fair catch was a very viable option. The part of it that we didn’t communicate well enough was just simply if you do feel like you have a good return opportunity, take advantage of it. Catch it and go north and south and get as much as you could. We did a poor job as a staff making sure he understood that. Hopefully, we’ll learn from that experience.”

Who knows how far Austin would have gone? He has three punt return touchdowns in his career but with a long of only 22 in his two seasons in Dallas.

The Cowboys, though, probably had a better chance of scoring a touchdown with a return — or at least getting into position for a better shot at the end zone — than they did with a fair catch. Instead, Dak Prescott threw an incompletion and then had completions of 3 and 6 yards to Blake Jarwin to set up a Hail Mary.

Prescott’s desperation heave was intercepted on the final play.

“I think if you look at it, you say maybe there was a chance to have [Austin] catch it and go north and south and maybe make 10 or 15 yards and maybe start that drive a little closer to the end zone,” Garrett added.

Emmanuel Sanders heads to locker room with rib injury

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Emmanuel Sanders is headed to the locker room with 10:07 remaining in the second quarter.

The 49ers report the receiver is being checked for a rib injury and list him as questionable to return.

Sanders has two catches for 24 yards, but the injury came on an incompletion. Sanders appeared to grab at his side before Jamar Taylor even grazed him.

Two plays later, center Weston Richburg left the game. He is questionable to return with a hand injury. Ben Garland replaced him.

The 49ers also have lost defensive lineman D.J. Jones, who is questionable to return with a groin injury. Jones sacked Russell Wilson on the Seahawks’ first series.

UPDATE 10:20 P.M. ET: The 49ers have ruled out Sanders, Jones and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion). Richburg returned to action.

Kendrick Bourne’s touchdown gives 49ers 10-0 lead

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The 49ers mean business, and the Seahawks now are on notice.

The 49ers have 19 snaps, 118 yards, eight first downs and 10 points. The Seahawks have three snaps, no first downs, 1 yard, four defensive penalties for 20 yards and no points.

San Francisco used three defensive penalties on Seattle to go 50 yards for a Chase McLaughlin field goal on its opening drive. The 49ers scored a touchdown on a seven-play, 83-yard drive on their second possession after the Seahawks went three-and-out.

Jimmy Garoppolo got San Francisco in position with a 30-yard pass to Deebo Samuel. Kendrick Bourne got the glory, with a 10-yard reception from Garoppolo with 2:03 remaining in the first quarter.

49ers take 3-0 lead after three defensive penalties on Seahawks

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Jimmy Garoppolo completed only three of seven passes on the opening possession, and Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman combined for only 4 yards on four carries.

Yet, the 49ers have a 3-0 lead after one possession.

New kicker Chase McLaughlin, filling in for the injured Robbie Gould, was good on a 43-yard field goal with 8:19 remaining in the first quarter.

The 49ers benefited from two defensive penalties on the Seahawks on third down as well as an offsides penalty on Jarran Reed.

Officials flagged Jamar Taylor for defensive holding on a third-and-five pass by Garoppolo that negated an interception by Shaquill Griffin, who returned it 7 yards to the San Francisco 46.

Three plays later, on third-and-six, Garoppolo completed a 5-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders. But Tre Flowers was cited for pass inference, giving the 49ers a first down.

The Seahawks had 15 yards in penalties on the drive. The 49ers had 30 yards.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney went out on the first series. Clowney is probable to return with a shoulder injury.

The Seahawks went three-and-out on their first series with D.J. Jones getting a sack of Russell Wilson on third down.

Michael Bennett is standing for anthem at teammates’ request

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Cowboys defensive lineman Michael Bennett paced the bench area during the national anthem Sunday night. He didn’t have his toes on the line, but Bennett also didn’t sit down or stay in the locker room.

The Cowboys have never had a player protest during the national anthem, and they have no plans to start now.

When the Cowboys began talking trade for Bennett, Bennett’s national anthem stance was discussed. Bennett disputed Monday that he had a pre-trade agreement with the Cowboys, and instead said he is standing for the anthem at the request of his teammates.

“I feel at this point in my career if my teammates asked me to do something and I can do it,” Bennett told Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I know people want make it what it what they want to. I don’t know what to tell them.”

While he was with the Seahawks in 2017, Bennett sat during the anthem in protest of social inequality and police brutality. Bennett stayed in the Eagles’ locker room during the anthem last season and during the first six games this season while with New England.

So he is standing for the anthem for the first time since 2016.

Bennett has heard the critics who now are questioning his motives after the Cowboys re-worked his contract, allowing him to become a free agent in March.

Bennett, who published a book in 2018 titled “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” said he is in discussion with the NFL about teaching a class on racism at an Ivy League school.

Standing for the anthem does not change his activism or his stance, no pun intended, he insists.

“This is doesn’t take away what I have done . . . and the stances that I took, the death threats I have had on my life. I have done it all,” Bennett said. “I don’t think it makes me less of a person or makes them less of people. At the end of the day, people get caught into certain things and don’t get caught up into what people are doing to change society. We all are men. We are all trying to figure it out. None of us are finished products when it comes to society.

“I am a black man. I have always said that. I have always stood on what I have believed in every single situation whether it’s with Donald Trump, whether it was with the police, whether it was with police brutality, how women of color have been treated, how much money I have donated to different things, the causes I have stood up with, the people I have stood with. It doesn’t make me less of a person.”

Devonta Freeman could miss “about two weeks” with foot sprain

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Falcons running back Devonta Freeman left Sunday’s victory over the Saints with a foot injury. He had an MRI on Monday to assess the damage.

The results were fairly positive for the Falcons.

Freeman has a foot sprain, Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports, and the running back could miss “about two weeks.”

The injury affects the toe more than the foot, according to Rapoport.

Freeman played 30 of 79 offensive snaps Sunday, gaining 48 yards on 13 touches.

Brian Hill was the recipient of more work in Freeman’s absence, getting 21 touches and 71 yards on 40 snaps.

George Kittle, Robbie Gould out for 49ers; Josh Gordon, Quandre Diggs active for Seahawks

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With the signing of kicker Chase McLaughlin last week and the activation of tight end Garrett Celek from the physically unable to perform list on Monday, it’s not a shock that the San Francisco 49ers will be without Robbie Gould and George Kittle for Monday night’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

Kittle and Gould were both listed as doubtful to play on Saturday as Kittle was dealing with knee and ankle injuries and Gould had an injured quadriceps muscle in his kicking leg.

However, tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk all return to the lineup for the 49ers after each missing several games due to injuries.

The Seahawks will see a pair of debuts on Monday night as wide receiver Josh Gordon and safety Quandre Diggs are both active for the first time as members of the team.

Diggs missed his first two games in Seattle due to a hamstring strain that followed him over from the Detroit Lions in trade. Gordon was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots a week ago and is ready to go for his first game with the team.

Rookie guard Phil Haynes (ankle) and safety Lano Hill (elbow) were the only injury scratches for Seattle. Running back C.J. Prosise, cornerback Akeem King, wide receivers Jaron Brown and John Ursua and defensive end L.J. Collier round out the inactive for the Seahawks.

In addition to Kittle and Gould, the 49ers inactive include quarterback C.J. Beathard, defensive tackle Julian Taylor, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, running back Jeff Wilson Jr. and tackle Justin Skule. Witherspoon was questionable with foot/quadriceps injuries for San Francisco.

Chandler Jones has a chance to lead league in sacks and forced fumbles

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Chandler Jones led the NFL in sacks with 17 in 2017. He is on pace for 18 this season after two sacks Sunday ties him for the league lead with 11.5.

The Cardinals linebacker also leads the league with five forced fumbles. He has never had more than four in a season.

Only six players ever have led the league in both sacks and forced fumbles in a single season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Michael Strahan, Richard Dent and Derrick Thomas are on the list of players to accomplish the feat.

That’s the thing I’ve been working on this whole offseason,” Jones said of strip-sacks, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “If there is an individual thing that you wanted to point out, it’s the forced fumbles.”

Jones perhaps is under the radar for what he has accomplished since arriving in Arizona, but every other pass rusher in the league is trying to keep up with Jones.

Cowboys reiterate: Dak Prescott’s contract doesn’t fluctuate with performances

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The Cowboys still hope to sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal. And the Cowboys still insist that his value doesn’t hinge on week-in, week-out performances.

“No, it doesn’t,” COO Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, the day after Prescott threw for 397 yards against the Vikings. “This is a full body of work. He’s doing a great job. I mean, obviously, he played one of his better games that he’s ever played. They basically dared Dak to beat them. I thought he made all the plays and I thought he played an outstanding game, one of his better games he’s played.”

Indeed he did, and it definitely won’t hurt Dak’s value. It also may not enhance it, either, because at this point his value is what it is.

With Dak willing to play out the last year of his rookie deal notwithstanding the injury risk (marketing deals and insurance make injury risk easier to carry), his value on a new deal will be determined by the level of the franchise tag that the Cowboys apply. At this point, there’s no reason for him to take less than a deal based on the tag, and there’s no reason for the Cowboys to do the deal now if Prescott isn’t going to take anything less than a tag-based deal.

The question then becomes whether the Cowboys apply the non-exclusive tag and risk another team signing him to an unmatchable offer sheet, or whether they’ll use the exclusive tag, which could have a starting point of more than $33 million for the first year.

Of course, that’s not the end of it. If the Cowboys tag Prescott as a placeholder for a pre-July 15 deal, Prescott could choose to boycott the offseason program unless and until he gets his new contract. And while it’s never ideal for a starting quarterback to skip the offseason program, it becomes even more problematic if the Cowboys don’t make it to the playoffs and the Cowboys hire a new head coach, who would be breaking in a new offense without his franchise quarterback.

So Jones is correct; the week-in and week-out performances do not matter. Dak’s value has become set. The only question at this point is whether the two sides do a deal based on his value now, after the season, before the tag deadline, after the tag deadline, or before the July 15 cutoff applicable to long-term deals for franchise-tagged players.

Connor Williams to miss time after knee scope

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The Cowboys will be down a starting offensive lineman for a little while.

Left guard Connor Williams injured his knee in Sunday night’s loss to the Vikings and he will have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair the injury. Per multiple reports, the hope is that Williams will be able to return at some point in the regular season.

Xavier Su'a-Filo filled in for Williams when he was injured in 2018 and will likely get the nod to replace him again this time around. Williams did not miss a snap on Sunday night.

Right guard Zack Martin also hurt his elbow against Minnesota, but, like Williams, did not miss any time during the game.