Marshawn Lynch personally escorted Aqib Talib through the Oakland sideline after Broncos-Raiders brawl

Marshawn Lynch personally escorted Aqib Talib through the Oakland sideline after Broncos-Raiders brawl

Lynch made sure there wouldn’t be anymore trouble between Talib and the Raiders.

Aqib Talib was ejected from Broncos vs. Raiders after a fight between him and Michael Crabtreestarted a brawl on the field. But Talib had to walk right by the Raiders’ bench to get to the locker room. So Marshawn Lynch personally escorted him.

It looks like Talib had some things to say to Raiders staff on the sideline. But Lynch just calmly walks him past the bench and keeps Talib on his path to the locker room.

Talib got into it with Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree blocked Talib right out of bounds on a play. They went to the ground, punches were thrown, and other players piled on. Crabtree and Talib were both ejected for their role in the fight, as was Raiders guard Gabe Jackson.

Crabtree and Talib have a history dating back to last year. Talib snatched Crabtree’s chain right off of his neck in the Raiders’ Week 17 game against the Broncos. He did it again on Sunday, which may have sparked the fight in the first place.

After that brawl, things are probably still a little chippy. So Lynch made sure there wouldn’t be anymore drama between Talib and the Raiders, which was probably a smart call.

It took 11 games, but the Raiders finally got their first INT of the season vs. Broncos

It took 11 games, but the Raiders finally got their first INT of the season vs. Broncos

It’s about time!

The Raiders went 10 full games this season without a single interception. That changed on Sunday against the Broncos.

It’s Paxton Lynch’s very first start. He tried to hit tight end Virgil Green, but Navorro Bowman was able to grab the ball after it was tipped by his teammate.

It wasn’t a great series for the Broncos. Two plays earlier, they appeared to have scored a touchdown on a 19-yard Lynch pass to Devontae Booker. But the score was overturned on review.

The Raiders are still last in the NFL right now with just one pick on the season. But at least they finally got one.

Amari Cooper ruled out with a concussion after a hit to the head vs. Broncos

Amari Cooper ruled out with a concussion after a hit to the head vs. Broncos

The wide receiver was knocked out at first, but was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Amari Cooper left Broncos vs. Raiders in the second quarter after taking a brutal hit from safety Darian Stewart. Cooper was initially knocked unconscious.

The team confirmed that Cooper has a concussion and will be out for the rest of the game.

Medical staff brought out the cart for Cooper, but he was able to get up and walk off the field under his own power.

Stewart was flagged for unnecessary roughness. But it wasn’t a helmet-to-helmet hit. It looks more like incidental contact.

Stewart was also hurt on the play. He ran off the field after the hit with what appeared to be a shoulder injury or possibly a stinger, according to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. But he was able to return to the game quickly.

Cooper’s injury takes yet another receiving target away from Derek Carr. The Raiders also lost Michael Crabtree when he was ejected after a fight between him and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib that set off a full-fledged brawl between the two teams.

Before the injury, Cooper had one reception, which was a 9-yard touchdown. The Raiders lead the Broncos 14-0 at home.

Paxton Lynch leaves Broncos vs. Raiders with an ankle injury

Paxton Lynch leaves Broncos vs. Raiders with an ankle injury

Trevor Siemian will take over.

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Paxton Lynch finally got a shot to start for the Broncos this season in Week 12 against the Raiders. But he went down in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Lynch tried putting weight on the ankle to prepare to come back into the game. But the team ruled him out almost immediately.

Trevor Siemian entered the game and took over for Lynch.

The quarterback position has been a weakness for the Broncos this season. Lynch suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason that kept him sidelined for most of the year. Siemian landed the starting job at the beginning of the season and threw for 1,669 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 picks.

Siemian was benched and replaced by Brock Osweiler in Weeks 9, 10, and 11. Osweiler completed 53 percent of his passes for 683 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Lynch went 9-of-14 for 41 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception before exiting the game. He also took four sacks.

Alvin Kamara shows why he’s so special with this flawless hurdle over a Rams defender

Alvin Kamara shows why he’s so special with this flawless hurdle over a Rams defender

This was ridiculous.

It was embarrassing enough for the Rams defense when Alvin Kamara spun out of Mark Barron’s attempt at a shoestring tackle. Kamara made it worse when he hurdled another Rams defender en route to a big New Orleans first down.

Look at that perfect form.

Drew Brees was also able to hit Kamara with a 33-yard pass on a fourth-and-5 to get the Saints in the red zone. The drive ended with a Wil Lutz field goal to narrow the Rams’ lead to 23-13.

It’s not the first time Kamara has hurdled a defender this season. He did the same thing to Lions cornerback Darius Slay in the Saints’ 52-38 win over Detroit in Week 6.

Kamara has 87 yards and a touchdown on the ground and has added 77 yards through the air for the Saints.

Jimmy Garoppolo made his 49ers debut with one minute left and scored their only touchdown of the game

Jimmy Garoppolo made his 49ers debut with one minute left and scored their only touchdown of the game

Jimmy Garoppolo took over with just 1:07 left on the clock after C.J. Beathard got injured.

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An injury to C.J. Beathard in the final minutes of a Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks meant Jimmy Garoppolo finally made his debut for the San Francisco 49ers.

It ended with a touchdown as time expired in a 24-13 loss.

Garoppolo was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots in October, but has stayed on the sideline with Beathard in the starting lineup.

Why does this matter? It didn’t matter much in another loss for a 49ers team that fell to 1-10 on Sunday. It also doesn’t say that much about Garoppolo considering it was a single play against a defense that didn’t have much incentive to bring the heat.

But Garoppolo got his feet wet and it could mean it’s time for him to finally take the reins.

Beathard’s injury may keep him out of action, but the team’s future is in Garoppolo’s hands, and the 49ers were going to turn to him eventually. This could be the moment that the era of Garoppolo officially began in San Francisco.

Blaine Gabbert beats his former team in a wild finish between the Jaguars and Cardinals

Blaine Gabbert beats his former team in a wild finish between the Jaguars and Cardinals

Blaine Gabbert got a win over the Jaguars with a pair of completions in the final seconds to set up a game-winner.

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The Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset victory and snapped a four-game winning streak for the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 27-24 win in Week 12 punctuated by a 57-yard field goal by Phil Dawson.

Dawson’s kick came after a wacky finish that saw both teams making crucial errors and big plays in the fourth quarter.

The game-winning kick was set up by Blaine Gabbert — a 2011 first-round pick of the Jaguars playing his old team for the first team. He hit two passes on the sideline in the final 20 seconds. The second was a tightrope reception by D.J. Foster that was reviewed and ruled a catch by officials.

Gabbert finished the game with 22 completions on 38 attempts for 241 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. It was far from a smooth game for the former Jaguars quarterback, though.

Nursing a 16-10 lead, a fumble by the quarterback fell into the hands of former Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell to give the Jaguars a lead.

His fourth quarter interception to Barry Church also threatened to ruin the Cardinals’ chances at a win Sunday.

But where Gabbert struggled, Blake Bortles was even worse. The Cardinals stopped the rushing attack of Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, forcing Bortles to try to win the game and the Jaguars quarterback couldn’t get it done.

His worst moment came in the fourth quarter when he threw an interception to Tyrann Mathieu when the Jaguars were possibly in range for a field goal that would’ve given the team a 27-24 lead.

When the Jaguars offense failed to get going on one last drive, it punted to Arizona and Gabbert hit consecutive throws to set up the long try for Dawson. The 42-year-old kicker drilled it.

With the loss, the Jaguars drop to 7-3 and behind the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South lead. Arizona moves up to 5-6, although it will still be an uphill climb to try to get into the postseason.

Saints’ terrible decision to kick a field goal in the 4th quarter cost them dearly

Saints’ terrible decision to kick a field goal in the 4th quarter cost them dearly

The Saints’ winning streak snapped at eight games with Sunday’s loss to the Rams because of one bad decision.

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No game had as much riding on it this week as Sunday’s matchup between the Saints and Rams, two of the NFC’s best teams. The Rams were looking to rebound from a road loss to the Vikings last week, and the Saints were looking for their ninth straight win.

It looked like the Saints might pull off another late-game miracle comeback like they did against Washington. That didn’t happen, and a big share of the blame for that rests with head coach Sean Payton’s decision to kick a field goal in the fourth quarter instead of going for it on fourth-and-goal from the Rams’ 3-yard line.

New Orleans was trailing 23-10 in the fourth quarter, and the Saints had a chance to draw within one possession of the Rams.

Alvin Kamara came up big on the drive. He slipped out of a tackle and hurdled a defender for a 17-yard gain, and then Brees hit him for 33 yards to get into the red zone.

Two plays later, Drew Brees hit Mark Ingram with a 3-yard pass for a touchdown. But the score was called back for an offensive pass interference penalty against Michael Hoomanawanui. Brees threw short on third down from the Rams’ 4-yard line. That made it fourth down.

With just three yards to hit pay dirt and the Saints finally past their struggles moving the ball, and with an offensive cast featuring none other than Drew Brees and the two most productive running backs in the league, Kamara and Mark Ingram, it made sense to go for the touchdown.


Sean Payton opted to take the points and kick a field goal instead.

Even with the three points, it was still a two-possession game for the Saints, whereas a touchdown would’ve cut that gap, making a comeback with 10 minutes to go still possible.

Making the field goal actually decreased the Saints’ win probability.

Why would Saints kick there? Lost 2% WP with a made field goal

— Keith Goldner (@keithgoldner) November 27, 2017

And just in case you weren’t convinced that it was a bad decision, maybe Tony Romo can convince you. Even he was shocked by Payton’s decision.

It ended up haunting the Saints. Brees did work some late-game magic. With 1:45 remaining in the game, Brees hit Kamara for a 15-yard touchdown on a free play to pull within six points of Los Angeles. But it wasn’t enough for the Saints to get the win.

The Saints have been sitting on top of the NFC South, but the loss to the Rams puts them even with the Panthers at 8-3. The Falcons are riding a three-game winning streak and are sitting just one game behind the Panthers and Saints at 7-4.

New Orleans is far from a lock to win the division. And in such a tight NFC race, the loss to the Rams could end up spelling disaster for the Saints’ playoff hopes.

A Packers WR and a Steelers LB butted heads, then got their facemasks stuck together

A Packers WR and a Steelers LB butted heads, then got their facemasks stuck together


Packers vs. Steelers on Sunday Night Football is actually a pretty entertaining game so far. But the best part has been two players getting their facemasks stuck together.

Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison and Steelers linebacker Vince Williams exchanged words and Williams butted his helmet up against Allison’s. But that kind of backfired, since their facemasks got locked up.

Allison and Williams were separated. That’s a good thing, because it would be awfully impossible for them to keep playing if they were connected by their helmets.

Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree’s beef, a complete history

Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree’s beef, a complete history

The tension between Talib and Crabtree boiled over on Sunday. Here’s what led up to it.

Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree were both ejected after they started a fight in Broncos vs. Raiders that erupted into a full-blown brawl. This wasn’t the first time these two have had an on-the-field conflict.

Sunday’s fight started when Talib snatched Crabtree’s chain right off of his neck. That’s exactly where this beef began last season. In the Broncos’ 24-6 win over the Raiders in Week 17 last season, Talib went over to Crabtree on the sideline and yanked his chain, breaking it. Cameras then spotted Talib later laughing about it.

Why would Talib rip off Crabtree’s chain in the first place?

Talib said he did it because Crabtree’s chain annoyed him more and more as the season went on.

“He just been wearing that chain all year, man, it’s just been growing on me,” he said after the Week 17 game. And then he decided he’d had enough.

“I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I’m going to snatch it off,” Talib said. “He wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off. He started crying to the ref. He didn’t say nothing to me though.”

ICYMI: #Broncos CB Aqib Talib broke Michael Crabtree’s chain necklace, then laughed about it:

— Jon Heath (@JonHeathNFL) January 1, 2017

If there was anything else that sparked this aggression, we don’t know what it was. Crabtree said after the game that the two players never had any previous run-ins. This incident last season was the first notable thing that happened between these two players.

What did Crabtree say about it?

He wasn’t impressed.

“I really don’t like No. 21, though. I think he’s fake … You aren’t tough,” Crabtree said. “You aren’t defending anybody up like that. You’re acting. You’re snatching chains up on the field. What do you accomplish? Are you hard? Are you tough? Does that make you tough? You’re snatching chains in front of the police and take off running. That was childish, man.”

Crabtree didn’t retaliate against Talib at the time. But he did speak to the refs about it.

“The refs are talking to me like I was playing dirty,” Crabtree said. “A guy snatches my chain. He’s hitting me after the play. But, if I react, they’ll kick me out of the game.

“It was too much. You see the dude and what he’s doing in front of me. What do you want me to do? I can’t react, or they kick me out of the game and I’m the bad guy. I made a business decision for my team.”

Crabtree said he wanted to hit Talib, but he controlled himself.

What happened on Sunday?

We thought this beef was over. Back in September, Talib said he was done worrying about it. He had other, more pressing concerns.

“I’m not worried about Crab boy’s chain,” Talib said on Sep. 29. “I’m not worried about any of that. I’m worried about what routes these guys are running, what concepts these guys are running and stuff like that. So that’s the last thing I’m worried about.”

Apparently the chain triggered something with Talib. He snacted Crabtree’s chain again when the receiver was blocking him on a play. Crabtree didn’t control himself on Sunday, and he and Talib got into a full blown fight.

Crabtree kept pushing him right out of bounds and took Talib to the ground. Then they started throwing punches. Other players joined in.

Crabtree and Talib were both ejected from the game. Talib had to walk right past the Raiders’ bench to get to the locker room, and he exchanged words with members of Oakland’s staff on his way. Marshawn Lynch intervened and escorted Talib past the bench.

Do these players have beef with anyone else?

Oh, yes. Crabtree and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman have a feud that goes back a few years.

Sherman reportedly tried to shake Crabtree’s hand at a charity event hosted by Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but Crabtree smacked his hand away. It earned him Sherman’s ire. The Seahawks corner was covering Crabtree in the 2014 NFC Championship game when he swatted away a potential game-winning touchdown, and the beef then got a mention in Sherman’s now-infamous rant to Erin Andrews after the game.

And this isn’t Talib’s only heated rivalry. He’s had conflicts with outspoken former Ravens receiver Steve Smith. Talib also started a fight with Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas last season that turned into a brawl. Talib was retaliating for what he believed was a dirty cut block Douglas put on Talib’s teammate, Chris Harris.

“It was a dirty play by a sorry player,” Talib said, via Mike Klis of 9News.

The dislike Talib and Crabtree have for each other is pretty evident. We probably haven’t seen the last of this feud.