Seahawks’ rowdy win over Bills caps off Week 9 in the NFL

NFL scores 2016: Seahawks’ rowdy win over Bills caps off Week 9

Week 9 wrapped up with the Seahawks hanging on for a huge win over the Bills on “Monday Night Football.”

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We’ve passed the halfway point in the NFL season and it’s time to start paying serious attention to the playoff picture. Week 9 featured a slate full of big games, and several teams boosted their postseason odds with crucial victories.

Perhaps the most important game of the 1 p.m. schedule featured an AFC North matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers’ struggles continued, despite the fact that star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was back in the lineup. The Ravens took advantage of those struggles and in the process ended a their four-game losing skid as they picked up the 21-14 win.

Another key divisional game pitted the suddenly vulnerable Minnesota Vikings against the Detroit Lions. The Vikings capitalized on a late drive that ended with a touchdown and the 16-13 lead with just 23 seconds remaining in the game. Minnesota’s defense then inexplicably allowed the Lions to move the ball down the field and into field goal range, where Detroit tied the game and forced overtime. The Vikings then fell apart, allowing an 11-play drive that culminated in a touchdown and the 22-16 win for the Lions.

The Vikings still hold a half-game lead in the NFC North. Later in the day, the Packers fell to the Colts and out of the playoff picture — for now.

The Cowboys won their seventh straight game after big performances, once again, from Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The Browns are still winless at 0-9.

In the AFC East, the Dolphins have now won three in a row, beating the Jets, 27-23, on Sunday. Jay Ajayi didn’t reach 200 yards, but he did get more than 100 rushing yards against the league’s top rush defense.

The biggest game of Week 9 in a walk was the Sunday Night Football showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. Latavis Murray rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and the Raiders held serve at home, beating the Broncos to sit all alone in first place in the AFC West at 7-2.

And to wrap up the week, Seattle got a big (if controversial) 31-25 win over Buffalo on Monday Night Football. The Bills had a chance to win in the final minute, but the Seahawks’ defense held strong in the red zone to force a turnover on downs to clinch the victory.

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Complete scores and schedule

Atlanta Falcons 43, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28

Baltimore Ravens 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 14

Dallas Cowboys 35, Cleveland Browns 10

Kansas City Chiefs 19, Jacksonville Jaguars 14

Miami Dolphins 27, New York Jets 23

Detroit Lions 22, Minnesota Vikings 16

New York Giants 28, Philadelphia Eagles 23

Carolina Panthers 13, Los Angeles Rams 10

New Orleans Saints 41, San Francisco 49ers 23

Indianapolis Colts 31, Green Bay Packers 26

San Diego Chargers 43, Tennessee Titans 35

Oakland Raiders 30, Denver Broncos 20

Seattle Seahawks 31, Buffalo Bills 25

Highlights

Jamie Collins sported Pokemon hair in his Browns debut.

The Browns-Cowboys game started off with a helmet-throwing fight that got two players ejected.

The Jaguars defended themselves against an interception.

The Vikings have a new OC and now Sam Bradford is catching his own passes.

Calvin Pryor was flagged for taunting for brushing his jersey. COME ON, NFL.

Eli Manning’s new audible is “Brown PS” but it sounds NSFW.

Chris Ivory wrecked a dude.

Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for a first down, then busted out a rugby-like lateral. And it worked!

Odell Beckham Jr. is scoring touchdowns faster than anyone in 50 years.

No, Cole Beasley wasn’t mocking LeBron with his TD celebration.

An Eagles field goal attempt didn’t stand a chance against Jason Pierre-Paul.

Even with Ben Roethlisberger back, the Steelers looked like poop on offense in the first half against the Ravens.

Joe Flacco’s slide was so bad he broke his knee brace.

300-pound DL Jordan Phillips picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick, and then majestically hurdled a dude.

Ezekiel Elliott capped off his gazillionth touchdown of the season with a “Chicken Noodle Soup” dance.

Travis Kelce was ejected for throwing a towel at a ref.

Golden Tate went butt-first to beat the Vikings in OT.

Whoops, the Steelers forgot about a Ravens player and got their punt blocked and returned for a TD.

Double whoops, the Steelers attempted the worst onside kick you’ve ever seen. Even worse than the one the Rams tried where they forgot the, y’know, onside kick part.

Damn Johnny Hekker, that was a nice punt.

Steve Smith was back after missing a few games, and he’s ready to fight people again.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix emerged as Andrew Luck’s favorite target. Reminder: Clinton-Dix plays cornerback for the Packers.

Robert Turbin celebrated a tackle he made after a Luck interception. You know what? Good for him.

Aaron Rodgers zipped a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that appeared to go through a Colts defender. AND it was a free play.

Rams fans were chanting for Jared Goff. And Tim Tebow. Basically, anyone who isn’t Case Keenum.

Chip Kelly had his defenders hold on purpose for a play before the half. It was actually a smart move.

This brutal hit on Cam Newton was totally legal.

Squirrel on the field at Packers-Colts! We repeat: squirrel on the field!

The 49ers tried to Michael Thomas. He still grabbed a touchdown from Drew Brees that bounced off a defender.

Dropping a perfect (!) throw from Case Keenum is more 7-9 BS from the Rams.

Sorry quarterbacks: Von Miller found a way to be even more terrifying.

The Cowboys celebrated win No. 7 by doing the Mannequin Challenge — on a plane!

Raiders punter Marquette King pinned the Broncos and then rode an imaginary pony off the field. He’s the best.

Kapri Bibbs zigged and zagged for a 69-yard touchdown against the Raiders. Gronk would be proud.

Richard Sherman talked some smack with Rex Ryan after picking off Tyrod Taylor.

Things got weird when the Bills tried a field goal before halftime. The referees’ mistakes ended up costing Buffalo.

Tyvis Powell threw a monster block that knocked out two Bills at once.

Jimmy Graham made a vintage play to grab a one-handed touchdown while wrapped up with a defender, then DID IT AGAIN later in the first half.

Major injuries

Jeremy Maclin, who has been dealing with a groin injury, left early against the Jaguars. He was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Jets cornerback Marcus Williams did not return after leaving with an ankle injury.

The Steelers lost another WR when Darrius Heyward-Bey went down in obvious pain with a right foot injury. He was carted off the field.

Victor Cruz was ruled out after leaving to get X-rays on his ankle. Giants OL Justin Pugh also did not return after exiting with a knee injury.

Browns DL Carl Nassib did not return against the Cowboys due to an eye injury.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey left with a thumb injury, returned, and then left again.

Ryan Fitzpatrick left in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins with a knee injury. Bryce Petty replaced him, taking the first snaps of his NFL career, but Fitzpatrick later returned to the game. He’ll get an MRI on Monday.

Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off with an elbow injury. He was later declared out for the remainder of the game.

Bills center Eric Wood is likely out for the season with a broken leg.

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NFL standings 2016: The AFC West is wide open

It’s officially crunch time!

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As the NFL heads into Week 10, the remaining games are crucial for the teams that want to clinch a playoff berth. While no one has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, there is no room for error.

The New England Patriots are up by three games in the AFC East, and they will likely win the division again the year. The Oakland Raiders are sitting at the top of the AFC West with seven victories, but the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs have six. The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for first in the AFC North. However, the Ravens hold the tiebreaker because they have more division wins.

The Houston Texans are leading the AFC South at 5-3, but the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans are on Houston’s tail at 4-5. The AFC North, AFC South, and AFC West are still up for grabs.

In the NFC, the Cowboys are the hottest team at 7-1, and they are first in the NFC East. While the New York Giants have five wins, the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington have four.

In the NFC North, the Vikings started off at 5-0, but they are now on a three-game loosing streak. However, Minnesota is still ahead in the division, but the Lions are only one game away from taking the division lead.

The Matt Ryan-led Atlanta Falcons are ahead by two game in the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints are right behind Atlanta with four victories. The Seattle Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West and got a bit of breathing room in the division with a win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. Seattle has now won five games, and the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals both have three wins.

AFC East W L T Division record Conference record
New England Patriots 7 1 0 2-1 6-1
Miami Dolphins 4 4 0 2-1 4-3
Buffalo Bills 4 5 0 1-3 1-4
New York Jets 3 5 0 1-1 3-4
AFC North W L T Division record Conference record
Baltimore Ravens 4 4 0 2-0 4-2
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 4 0 1-1 3-3
Cincinnati Bengals 3 4 1 1-1 3-3
Cleveland Browns 0 9 0 0-2 0-6
AFC South W L T Division record Conference record
Houston Texans 5 3 0 2-0 3-2
Indianapolis Colts 4 5 0 1-2 2-4
Tennessee Titans 4 5 0 1-2 3-4
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 6 0 1-1 1-5
AFC West W L T Division record Conference record
Oakland Raiders 7 2 0 2-1 5-1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 2 0 2-0 5-2
Denver Broncos 6 3 0 1-2 4-2
San Diego Chargers 4 5 0 1-3 3-4
NFC East W L T Division record Conference record
Dallas Cowboys 7 1 0 2-1 5-1
New York Giants 5 3 0 2-1 4-3
Washington 4 3 1 2-1 2-2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 4 0 0-3 2-4
NFC North W L T Division record Conference record
Minnesota Vikings 5 3 0 1-2 3-3
Detroit Lions 5 4 0 1-2 4-2
Green Bay Packers 4 4 0 2-1 3-3
Chicago Bears 2 6 0 2-1 2-3
NFC South W L T Division record Conference record
Atlanta Falcons 6 3 0 3-1 4-2
New Orleans Saints 4 4 0 1-1 3-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 5 0 2-1 3-3
Carolina Panthers 3 5 0 0-3 3-4
NFC West W L T Division record Conference record
Seattle Seahawks 5 2 1 1-1-1 2-2-1
Arizona Cardinals 3 4 1 1-1-1 2-2-1
Los Angeles Rams 3 5 0 2-1 3-4
San Francisco 49ers 1 7 0 1-2 1-6

Giants wrap up Week 10 with win over Bengals

NFL scores 2016: Giants keep pace in NFC East with narrow win over Bengals

The Steelers and Cowboys gave us the most entertaining game of the year, and on Sunday night, the Patriots and Seahawks almost topped it. The Giants and Bengals had a pretty good Monday, too.

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As we close the door on Week 10 of the NFL season, the postseason race is starting to sort itself out. The Baltimore Ravens climbed one step closer to earning a playoff berth by beating the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football to take a lead in the AFC North, and several teams improved their position Sunday.

There were eight games in the 1 p.m. ET slate with a pivotal NFC game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles on tap. The Eagles ended a two-game losing skid with the 24-15 win and are back above .500 again. Meanwhile, the Vikings continued their skid with their fourth straight loss, falling to 5-3-1 Washington.

The Denver Broncos topped the New Orleans Saints, but not without a little controversy. The Saints were attempting the go-ahead extra point, but the Broncos blocked it and brought it back for the game-winning score. The officials reviewed the play to see if Denver’s Will Parks stepped out of bounds on the return, but they upheld the call. Broncos win, 25-23.

Elsewhere, the Kansas Chiefs came back to beat the Carolina Panthers in an ending that had EVERYTHING, and the Los Angeles Rams won for the second time this season without scoring a touchdown. Marcus Mariota has the Tennessee Titans back to .500 with a win over the free-falling Green Bay Packers.

In the second group of games, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys gave us perhaps the best game of the season. Dak Prescott led the Cowboys into Pittsburgh, where the Steelers were trying to end a three-game losing streak. It looked like the Cowboys might seal a victory when Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown with less than two minutes left to give the Cowboys the lead. Then, the Steelers drove right down the field and Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown on a fake spike touchdown to give them the lead.

But the Cowboys weren’t done, and Elliott struck again, this time sprinting untouched for a 32-yard game-winning touchdown to break the Steelers’ hearts.

To close out the day on Sunday Night Football, the New England Patriots host the Seattle Seahawks gave us a Super Bowl rematch for the ages. Once again, the game came down to the 1-yard line. This time, the Seahawks came out on top.

On Monday night, the New York Giants earned a huge home win over the Cincinnati Bengals to stay in second place in the NFC East. New York might have a tough time catching up with Dallas, but these wins will be crucial if the team wants to land a wild card spot.

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Baltimore Ravens 28, Cleveland Browns 7

Kansas City Chiefs 20, Carolina Panthers 17

Houston Texans 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 21

Denver Broncos 25, New Orleans Saints 23

Los Angeles Rams 9, New York Jets 6

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Atlanta Falcons 15

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36, Chicago Bears 10

Tennessee Titans 47, Green Bay Packers 25

Washington 26, Minnesota Vikings 20

Miami Dolphins 31, San Diego Chargers 24

Arizona Cardinals 23, San Francisco 49ers 20

Dallas Cowboys 35, Pittsburgh Steelers 30

Seattle Seahawks 31, New England Patriots 24

New York Giants 21, Cincinnati Bengals 20

Highlights

Another Seahawks game ended in a no-call, but this time the refs got it right.

Why in the world did the Seahawks go for 2 when they were up 7 late in the game?

The Seahawks settled for a field goal, even though it looked like they had already scored a touchdown.

Nothing was going to stop LeGarrette Blount from scoring this touchdown, even if he had to take the entire Seahawks defense with him.

Heavens to Betsy, it finally happened! The Patriots threw an interception!

Richard Sherman was called for a facemask penalty when all he did was grab Julian Edelman’s shoulder pad. I’m sure we won’t hear anymore about this, huh?

Dez Bryant honored his father, who passed away Saturday. The team gave Bryant the game ball after the win.

Jerry Jones and his son celebrated the Cowboys’ big win awkwardly.

The officials missed a pretty blatant facemask penalty that happened to Cole Beasley.

Whoops, the Steelers blocked their own two-point conversion attempt.

Dak Prescott threw a perfect 50-yard bomb to Dez Bryant against the Steelers, and Tony Romo approved.

Philip Rivers joins the exclusive 300th passing TD club, but he also threw two late picks, including a pick-six, to seal the Chargers’ loss to the Dolphins.

The Cardinals avoided the horror of going to overtime against the 49ers with a game-winning field goal.

The refs missed a helmet-to-helmet hit and Eagles WR Jordan Matthews wasn’t happy about it.

Marcus Peters wants to be the Chiefs’ second-string punter so much that he booted a football toward the crowd.

Ezekiel Elliott outran every Steelers defender for an 83-yard touchdown.

Alex Smith threw the ball twice in one play. Yeaaaah, you can’t do that.

There’s no napping in football, Tajae Sharpe.

The Titans started the game off with a terrible onside kick. The Packers later matched them.

We did NOT need to see that much of Carson Palmer.

Not a great penalty for the Eagles to take so late in their game.

Cam Newton smiled after Eric Berry leveled him, but he probably wasn’t happy after Berry snagged an interception and brought it back for a score.

The Titans learned that if you mess with Aaron Rodgers, you get the rest of the Packers, too.

The longest drive in Panthers’ franchise history ended with a punt.

Jameis Winston made the Bears defense look a little silly on what might be the play of the season.

See? Jay Cutler CAN throw touchdowns and not just interceptions (but he still throws a lot of those too).

It takes more than just five defenders to stop Cam Newton from scoring.

Bryce Petty has his first TD pass — on a hook-and-ladder play.

Blake Bortles threw his ninth career pick-six and then just stood still instead of making a tackle. Later, he added this odd turnover that bounced off his teammate.

Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan earned his second ejection of the year.

DeMarco Murray is playing some outstanding football against the Packers.

The Bengals pulled a Jedi mind trick on the Giants with their ‘Star Wars’ formation.

Odell Beckham Jr. danced to “Thriller” after scoring a go-ahead touchdown before halftime.

Beckham Jr. also helped defend against a Hail Mary with a little help from his head.

Jeremy Hill matched OBJ by offering up a dance of his own.

Cincinnati LB coach Jim Haslett got caught picking his nose by TV cameras.

Injuries

Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll was ruled out of the game with a concussion.

Lamar Miller left the Texans game with what appeared to be an ankle injury but later returned to action.

Kyle Long has an ankle injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Punter Andy Lee left with a hamstring injury and did not return, leaving kicker Graham Gano to handle punting duties.

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes did not return after leaving with a possible concussion.

Vikings tackle Jake Long is likely done for the season with a torn Achilles injury. Long is the third offensive tackle the team has lost this season.

Larry Fitzgerald left briefly against the 49ers after getting flipped, but he was OK.

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A competitive playoff picture across the NFL got slightly clearer following an exciting Week 11.

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Week 11 of the NFL season has come to a close, and it was an interesting one across the league. The weather was colder, some playoff races had crucial results, and NFL kickers missed extra points at a historic rate — this week, at least.

The red-hot Dallas Cowboys improved their NFL-best record to 9-1, earning their ninth straight win of the season against the Baltimore Ravens and their top-ranked defense. Dak Prescott connected with Dez Bryant twice in the end zone, and Ezekiel Elliott broke Tony Dorsett’s Cowboys rookie rushing record.

Elsewhere in the NFC East, the New York Giants continued their own winning streak. The Giants have now won five in a row after a 22-16 victory over the Chicago Bears.

The Ravens are still on top of the AFC North, but are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who easily dispatched the winless Cleveland Browns. Speaking of tenuous division leads, the Detroit Lions remain in first in the NFC North after a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Minnesota Vikings snapped their losing streak and are right there at 6-4 with the Lions.

Right behind them in the division, the Green Bay Packers suffered a fourth straight loss, thanks to a porous defense allowing Kirk Cousins and Washington to have their way on Sunday Night Football.

In the late afternoon slot, the Seattle Seahawks basically ran out of running backs but saw quarterback Russell Wilson throw one touchdown pass and catch another in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle improved to 5-0 at home this season, staying in good shape for a first-round bye.

In the Bay Area, Tom Brady finally got to play near his hometown after 17 years in the NFL, and threw four touchdowns in a New England Patriots win over the San Francisco 49ers.

No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff is made his NFL debut for the Los Angeles Rams, who led most of the game against the Miami Dolphins before falling in the final two minutes.

The week concluded in Mexico City, where the Oakland Raiders finished off a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans to keep pace in a tough AFC West. The Raiders, Broncos, and Chiefs are all now tied with 7-3 records after 11 weeks this season.

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Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Carolina Panthers 23, New Orleans Saints 20

Buffalo Bills 16, Cincinnati Bengals 12

Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Cleveland Browns 9

Dallas Cowboys 27, Baltimore Ravens 17

Detroit Lions 26, Jacksonville Jaguars 19

Indianapolis Colts 24, Tennessee Titans 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, Kansas City Chiefs 17

Minnesota Vikings 30, Arizona Cardinals 24

New York Giants 22, Chicago Bears 16

Miami Dolphins 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

Seattle Seahawks 26, Philadelphia Eagles 15

New England Patriots 30, San Francisco 49ers 17

Washington 42, Green Bay Packers 24

Oakland Raiders 27, Houston Texans 20

Highlights

Blake Bortles managed to throw yet another wonky interception.

Sometimes you just have to use a TE like a running back. Just ask the Lions.

Give Giants punter Brad Wing the Oscar after this flop.

Fans threw trash on the field after the Browns kept giving the Steelers free chances to score a touchdown.

The Browns can’t get a win in the NFL, so their fans now want Bama.

Steve Smith caught his 1,000th pass — not too shabby for an old guy.

Flea-flicker with a pass interference? The Vikings are not complaining.

Who knew Frank Gore could run the wildcat so well?

Jameis Winston plays hot potato with a football before fumbling it away.

Tajae Sharpe tweaked his napping TD celebration so he wouldn’t get fined this week. Take that, NFL.

Everyone — except the center! — false started for the Titans.

The Vikings delivered their biggest hit of the day against this poor Fox sound guy.

Terrelle Pryor is mad that the 0-11 Browns can’t protect their quarterbacks.

Similarly, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was tearful saying postgame, “I’m tired of losing.”

We’re still not sure how this Russell Wilson throw became a touchdown pass.

NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson took a shot at Colin Kaepernick for not voting.

The Ravens didn’t beat the Cowboys, but Terrance West still had time to steal the TD celebrations of Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant.

Speaking of Dallas, you won’t look at breakfast the same way after watching this Cowboys video.

Joe Flacco insisted that his Ravens should have beaten the Cowboys.

Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin hooked for a sweet touchdown pass for the Seahawks, but in the opposite of what was expected!

The Rams tried to draw the Dolphins offsides when it didn’t really make much sense.

The Dolphins punted 10 times and threw an interception in their first 11 possessions on Sunday. Then they scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to stun the Rams.

With the loss, Rams coach Jeff Fisher is tied for second-most losses in NFL history, four shy of the dubious record.

Washington running back Rob Kelley introduced himself as “Fat Rob” on ‘Sunday Night Football.

After the Bengals’ loss to the Bills, Vontaze Burfict flipped the double bird to his home crowd.

Referees may have robbed DeAndre Hopkins of a touchdown when he was running along the sideline.

The Texans’ kick returner had the best view of a crucial fumble when the ball bounced off his helmet.

A fan pointed a laser pointer on the field during the Texans-Raiders game.

Nothing like a 75-yard touchdown by a fullback.

Houston might’ve gotten screwed out of a first down by the referees.

Injuries

Leonard Floyd was taken off the field with a scary neck injury in the Bears game. He went to the hospital, but had movement in his extremities and was released in time to return to Chicago with the rest of the team.

Cody Kessler did not return after leaving the game to get evaluated for a concussion.

Linebacker Dee Ford did not return for the Chiefs after suffering a hamstring injury.

Zach Miller broke his foot and is likely out for the Bears for the rest of the season.

LeSean McCoy needs surgery to repair his dislocated thumb, but is expected to play next week.

A.J. Green was carted from the field in the opening quarter of the Bengals game and could be done for the season with a hamstring tear.

Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne tore part of his pelvic bone.

C.J. Prosise left the Seahawks’ game against Philadelphia with a scapula injury, and is expected to be “out a while.”

Bengals running back Gio Bernard suffered a torn ACL in Cincinnati’s loss to the Bills.

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The Cowboys became the first 10-win team of the 2016 season with a win over Washington during Thursday’s triple-header. No team is going to catch them for that mark, not this Sunday anyway. However, a few could get one step closer to double digits.

The Sunday Night Football affair was a back-and-forth struggle in Denver. Trevor Siemian came alive in the second half to throw three touchdown passes, but the Chiefs forced overtime with a touchdown to Tyreek Hill in the final seconds, then kicked a game-winning field goal — doinked off the left upright but still through! — in the final minute of overtime for the win.

Kansas City moved to 8-3 and in second place in the AFC West, behind the 9-2 Raiders, who withstood a furious Panthers rally earlier in Oakland.

New England had a tough time with the rival New York Jets, but pulled it out in the end. It was win number 200 for Tom Brady, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most of all time by a quarterback (playoffs included).

In the NFC, the Cardinals-Falcons game didn’t live up to expectations as Atlanta’s hot offense proved to be far too much for their foes from Arizona. New Orleans hosted the Rams, and it was an absolute one-sided contest and Sean Payton made sure the score reflected it.

On Monday night, the Packers kept their hopes alive in the NFC North with a big win over the Eagles. Aaron Rodgers had one of his best games of the season by throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead Green Bay to victory.

In the AFC, the Bills shook off a slow start and, thanks to some help from Gus Bradley and the officiating, handed the Jaguars their sixth straight loss.

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Week 12, Scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Detroit Lions 16, Minnesota Vikings 13 (Thursday)

Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington 26 (Thursday)

Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Indianapolis Colts 7 (Thursday)

Atlanta Falcons 38, Arizona Cardinals 19

Tennessee Titans 27, Chicago Bears 21

Buffalo Bills 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 21

Baltimore Ravens 19, Cincinnati Bengals 14

New York Giants 27, Cleveland Browns 13

New Orleans Saints 49, Los Angeles Rams 21

Miami Dolphins 31, San Francisco 49ers 24

San Diego Chargers 21, Houston Texans 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14, Seattle Seahawks 5

Oakland Raiders 35, Carolina Panthers 32

New England Patriots 22, New York Jets 17

Kansas City Chiefs 30, Denver Broncos 27 (OT)

Green Bay Packers 27, Philadelphia Eagles 13

Highlights

Trevor Siemian did a dumb thing and it somehow ended up with a highlight-reel TD.

Aqib Talib shoved Broncos teammate Jordan Norwood after a muffed punt.

Justin Houston has been back for two games and he’s already destroying teams.

Tyreek Hill ran a punt back for a TD and high-fived De’Anthony Thomas before reaching the end zone.

After 145 losses from 2003-2015, most in the NFL, the Raiders improved to 9-2 on Sunday, clinching their first winning campaign since 2002.

Tampa Bay’s defense was a nightmare all day for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

The Patriots’ comeback win against the Jets was sealed on a late fumble by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Jets scored a butt touchdown against the Patriots.

Cam Newton finally got a roughing the passer call, his first since 2014.

But Newton only threw for 18 yards in the first-half in Oakland, and threw a pick-6 to Khalil Mack, who scored his first career touchdown for the Raiders.

Things were so bad in the first half for Carolina that backup quarterback Derek Anderson drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for yelling at referees from the sideline.

But Newton recovered to throw this beautiful 88-yard touchdown bomb to Tedd Ginn, Jr. in the third quarter.

Richard Sherman definitely knows the rules of the game.

Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner picked off a pass 2 days after his father’s passing, then broke down in tears on the sideline.

Great punt? Pin your opponent? Might as well dab, right Marquette King?

Colin Kaepernick is going to win the ga— oh, never mind, he was 2 yards short.

Sean Payton running up the score against his former defensive coordinator? Is anyone surprised?

See Jason Pierre-Paul. See him score a pick-six. Roll, big man, roll!

When in Cleveland, celebrate like LeBron. Just ask OBJ.

Mom and dad — er, Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams — are fighting again on the Rams’ sideline.

LeSean McCoy puts on a clinic on how to run long touchdowns.

Veterans like Larry Fitzgerald know it’s not always about the personal glory.

Look at Taylor Gabriel go! The Cards defense couldn’t keep up!

Justin Tucker sure knows how to celebrate a successful 57-yard field goal.

Flopping may forever be known as “The Burfict.”

DeAndre Hopkins must have played a lot of hot potato as a kid.

Check out this sick catch by Larry Fitzgerald.

What was Aaron Rodgers up to in that weird sideline tent?

A perfect punt, courtesy of the Packers.

The Rodgers magic was back on this touchdown pass to Davante Adams.

Clay Matthews got absolutely crushed by a bruising block from Allen Barbre.

Injuries

Derek Carr’s pinkie was facing the wrong way after a snap, forcing the Raiders quarterback into the locker room in the third quarter.

Rob Gronkowski left with a back injury against the Jets.

Dolphins ended up finishing the game without a sick Mario Williams.

DeVante Parker did not return for Miami due to a back injury.

John Brown is out for the Cardinals with a hamstring injury.

Odell Beckham Jr. was on the sidelines with an injured thumb, but he returned.

Bills corner Ronald Darby left and did not return due to a concussion.

Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews left the game in the second quarter after suffering an ankle injury.

Odell Beckham Jr. does LeBron celebration in Cleveland

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With Thanksgiving in the rearview window, the NFL season entered its final stretch run in Week 13. Plenty of teams are still alive in the playoff chase and nearly every game from here on out has big stakes.

The Indianapolis Colts got back to .500 with a 41-10 win over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. That vaults them into a three-way tie with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans atop the AFC South.

Week 13 has no shortage of games featuring teams trying to solidify their postseason positioning. The Atlanta Falcons were about to seal a win over Kansas City when the first pick-two to ever be scored in the NFL gave the Chiefs the win. The Baltimore Ravens held on to the AFC North pole with a convincing win over the once-red-hot Miami Dolphins. The Green Bay Packers were completely at home in the snow as they continued to build on their momentum with a win over the Houston Texans, whose lead in the AFC South is slowly slipping away.

The late afternoon slate featured the Oakland Raiders coming back from two scores back to beat the Buffalo Bills. Khalil Mack was a monster on defense for the Raiders, whose offense also kicked into gear in the second half to reclaim to No. 1 seed in the AFC at 10-2.

The Steelers held off the Giants to keep pace with the Ravens atop the AFC North, while the Buccaneers beat the Chargers to leapfrog Washington for the sixth seed in the NFC. Washington fell to the Cardinals in Arizona.

This week’s Sunday Night Football game doesn’t look as exciting as it did in August, with the Seattle Seahawks hosting a fading Carolina Panthers team. It was more of the same on Sunday night, with the Seahawks blasting the Panthers 40-7.

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Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Dallas Cowboys 17, Minnesota Vikings 15

Kansas Chiefs 29, Atlanta Falcons 28

Baltimore Ravens 38, Miami Dolphins 6

Chicago Bears 26, San Francisco 49ers 6

Cincinnati Bengals 32, Philadelphia Eagles 14

Green Bay Packers 21, Houston Texans 13

Denver Broncos 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

New England Patriots 26, Los Angeles Rams 10

Detroit Lions 28, New Orleans Saints 13

Oakland Raiders 38, Buffalo Bills 24

Arizona Cardinals 31, Washington 23

Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Giants 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, San Diego Chargers 21

Seattle Seahawks 40, Carolina Panthers 7

Indianapolis Colts 41, New York Jets 10

Highlights

The 11-1 Cowboys didn’t play Sunday, but still became the first NFL team in 2016 to clinch a playoff berth.

Raiders punter Marquette King was flagged for celebrating a roughing the kicker penalty.

Le’Veon Bell fumbled for the first time since his rookie season.

Later in that game, the Steelers and Giants fought after Bell was tackled on his neck.

Larry Fitzgerald moved to third all-time in NFL history with his 1,103rd reception.

Sebastian Janikowski doinked an extra point inside the uprights on Sunday for the Raiders, the third such made kick in the last two weeks.

Chip Kelly coached the 49ers on Sunday even though his father passed away on Friday.

A receiver knows a good catch when he sees it. Odell Beckham Jr. was all smiles after this TD catch by Antonio Brownagainst the Giants.

The Giants couldn’t get out of their own way in the first half against the Steelers.

Calais Campbell tipped this Kirk Cousins pass, but then couldn’t find it until it hit him in the hand.

Legarrette Blount is pretty sure Jeff Fisher knows the names of all the Patriots’ running backs after a convincing New England win.

Chargers kicker Josh Lambo missed a field goal about as badly as possible, with this curveball.

Lots of people are slipping on the Raiders’ field in Oakland.

The Lions got their first win of the season that they didn’t have to come back from a deficit.

Eric Berry made sure his team kept the lead over the Falcons.

Pick six? Maybe it should be renamed the Bortles?

The Kansas City Chiefs put on a clinic on how to run a fake punt.

Some guys are just better at their jobs than others. Right, Mike Nugent?

Ummmm… Aren’t they supposed to call penalties like this?

Devontae Booker simply refused to be tackled.

Can you spell slow start? We can: B-E-A-R-S-vs-4-9-E-R-S

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!’ — Live from Green Bay!

Even refs have to get in on the action now and then.

Sometimes, if you’re Nick Fairley, you just gotta smack a Lion in the face.

There are runs and then there are RUNS. LeGarrette Blount made this look easy.

Pat McAfee followed up a perfect punt with an even better (and very classy) celebration.

Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen hooked up for three TDs in the first half against the Jets.

Injuries

Earl Thomas fractured his left tibia against the Panthers.

Joey Bosa suffered a left leg injury for the Chargers

Jason Pierre-Paul left the Giants’ game against the Steelers with a groin strain.

Dorial Green-Beckham has been sent by the Eagles for x-rays on his ribs.

Danny Amendola has been ruled out for the Patriots.

Braxton Miller is out with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.

Atlanta offensive lineman Jake Matthews has left the game with a knee injury.

Dolphins had Kiko Alonso sidelined with an injury.

Lamar Miller left the Texans vs. Packers game with an injury but returned.


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The Cowboys lost. The Bucs, Lions and the Titans are red hot. Harry Douglas took a cheap shot, and he wasn’t the only player. Let’s digest Week 14 together.

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The Cowboys lost for only the second time this season. And they lost to the Giants, again, coming up short with a chance to clinch the NFC East. Dallas fell to 11-2 after a 10-7 loss, and the Giants get the sweep over their rivals for the season series.

Credit the Giants defense for playing one hell of a game. The secondary didn’t give Dallas’ receivers any room to work. The pass rush, without Jason Pierre-Paul, gave the vaunted Cowboys offensive line no quarter.

Down by three in the fourth quarter, Dak Prescott finally hit Dez Bryant for what should’ve been a much-needed first down. Dez even caught it this time! But then he fumbled it. The Giants recovered and burned one critical minute off the clock, giving Dallas the ball with barley a minute left.

It looked like Dez caught a 17-yard pass on a critical fourth-and-10, but the ruling was overturned. No catch.

Prepare yourself. The Tony Romo takes are coming. They’ll be here all week, probably beyond that.

“Dallas would’ve won that game with Romo at quarterback” is the general theme.

Whatever. Prescott helped get the Cowboys to 11-2 and probably to a No. 1 seed in the NFC. That hot take also ignores the fact that the Giants defense was very good on Sunday night, and there’s no guarantee that Romo or any other quarterback would’ve played any better.

Rise of the forgotten teams

The next biggest story from Sunday, the overarching theme that will have ramifications for the playoffs and beyond, was the surprise teams showing up to tell us that they aren’t really a surprise anymore. They are, to use the old cliche, for real.

Realest of the bunch may be the Tennessee Titans, a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2008, when Jeff Fisher of all people, was still running the team. All the Titans did this week was embarrass the Super Bowl champion Broncos, their defense in particular.

Tennessee had 138 rushing yards on 26 attempts in the first half this season (Denver had 12 rushing yards through the first two quarters). They also had a 13-0 lead. Their passing game didn’t do much, but it never really needed to.

They’re tied with the Texans at 7-6 in the AFC South. However, Houston has an edge because they’re 4-0 against the division while the Titans are 1-3. The Titans play the Jaguars in two weeks and then it’s a Week 17 showdown with the Texans, in Nashville, that could determine the division winner.

Also in the department of WTF, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep on winning, beating the Saints 16-11 and making Drew Brees look all too human in the process. Keith Tandy intercepted Brees in the final minute of play to seal the win. Their defense is quietly pretty damn good.

Roberto Aguayo didn’t even miss any kicks!

Tampa is tied with Atlanta, which also won this week, at 8-5, but the Falcons have the edge after sweeping their series with the Bucs this year. The Bucs and Cowboys are playing next Sunday night in primetime.

The Bucs and the Titans vying for playoff spots. The Broncos and Packers holding on for dear life. The 2016 NFL season is starting to get fun!

Deflated balls and defeated Rex Ryan

Before the games kicked off on Sunday there were two stories commanding most of the oxygen.

The biggest one was the revelation that the Giants had measured the Steelers’ game balls and found them to be a little under-inflated. Deflategate 2? Maybe not. The matter hasn’t been officially reported to the league, so it hasn’t quite risen to that level yet. Ben Roethlisberger laughed it off after beating the Bills on Sunday, telling reporters that they used “Nerf balls.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan needed a big game after a report went around Sunday morning said that he could be fired this week.

Ryan needed a big performance from his team. Instead, the Bills allowed Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell to rush for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 62 receiving yards, making him the only player besides Jim Brown with at least 225 rushing yards, three touchdowns and at least 50 receiving yards in a game. Yes, Le’Veon Bell may have gotten Rex Ryan fired.

Aqib Talib had a good reason for going after Harry Douglas

Cheap shots happen every week. Usually, you just don’t see them or for one reason or another they aren’t as blatant as the one Broncos cornerback Chris Harris took from Harry Douglas.

There’s no excuse for what Douglas did to Harris, but he found one anyway, saying the Harris should have known it was coming.

Talked to Harry Douglas in #Titans locker room and he insisted it was a clean hit, that Harris clearly saw him, knew cut block coming https://t.co/47lOyyLhJz

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) December 11, 2016

I’ve heard better excuses from children, or even Jeff Fisher!

Aqib Talib took it upon himself to retaliate. I honestly can’t say that I blame him. Douglas didn’t get penalized for that play. He’ll probably get a fine, which is kind of meh.

I wish I had some salient point about how the league could deal with this. I’m not sure there really is an easy way. An eye for eye usually causes more problems than it solves, but if someone’s going after a teammates knees, what do you expect to happen.

Ryan Tannehill goes down

Douglas’ play was dirty.

Deshazor Everett’s hit on Darren Sproles was a dirty one too.

K.J. Wright’s hit on Richard Rodgers falls into that category as well.

A lot of people thought Calais Campbell’s hit on Ryan Tannehill was a cheap shot, but it really wasn’t. Campbell went low, and it looked like he might have even been pushed into him.

This was the hit on Tannehillhttps://t.co/bcwMcWFYcy

— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) December 11, 2016

It’s virtually the same hit Campbell put on Cam Newton, one that Newton complained about because it didn’t get called in the game. Campbell did get fined for that one, and he may get fined for this one too. But it doesn’t look like a dirty play and Campbell doesn’t have a reputation for those kind of hits either.

Tannehill’s teammates didn’t agree. Coach Adam Gase did.

The Dolphins quarterback probably has a torn ACL, leaving Miami to chase a Wildcard spot with Matt Moore under center. It’s probably not a death blow to their playoff hopes, at least not as bad as it seems on first glance.

Tannehill had 10 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 96.9 QB rating since the Dolphins started their 7-1 run back in Week 6. It means more work on the offensive line and the running game, but with their next two against the hapless Jets and Bills, it’s possible. They catch the Patriots in Week 17, but New England could be resting its starters at that point.

Tough break for the Dolphins. They finally seemed to be evolving into something better than an ongoing disappointment.

Seahawks have become the Steelers of the NFC

One thing I’ll never understand about the Steelers is how they can be such a great team, loaded with talent, and then go on the road and lose a game where they should’ve won. I realized something watching Russell Wilson’s five-interception day in Seattle’s 38-10 loss to Green Bay: this is what the Seahawks have become.

This is an immensely talented team that takes fans to the highest of highs, like a beatdown of the Panthers last week at home and 31-24 road win over the Patriots in Week 10. And then they’ll lose a game like this one or one against the Buccaneers in Week 12.

The Seahawks have weaknesses. It certainly doesn’t help trying to defend against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers without Earl Thomas. They didn’t have him against the Bucs either. And that offensive line, woof! But they seem to able to muddle through with whatever terrible o-line they have from time to time.

Russell Wilson threw a career-high five interceptions. His passer rating over his last three games is 53.3, a mark only Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer have bested. The difference is Wilson is a perennial MVP favorite, deservedly so.

Every team has bad games, terrible stretches and forgettable seasons. It’s just weird to see a team go from such extremes week to week, but the Steelers and Seahawks are doing their best to normalize it.

Aaron Rodgers is the real MVP

How’s this for a not-so-hot take, Aaron Rodgers is playing his hobbled legs off and the Packers are right back in the thick of a playoff race. He is once again immune to Mike McCarthy’s Midas touch of mediocrity.

His 32 touchdown passes lead the NFL, and he’s on pace to match his 2014 MVP numbers. There’s nothing else to the Packers offense right now. Rodgers is doing the heavy lifting and they’re going places because of it. Is there anything more to being an MVP than that?

Let us praise the losers

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you win or lose. Or something like that.

Cleveland Browns — Give them credit for pulling out all the stops, giving no fucks and going for it. At one point they even went for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 21-yard line. They did this stupid flea flicker that ended with an interception. They blocked a kick, made a bunch of laterals and still got nowhere on the return. Even the mascot, Brownie the Elf, couldn’t get ahold of the ball.

Jeff Fisher — You feel sorry for the Browns. You feel satisfaction when the Rams and Jeff Fisher lose. Sunday’s 42-14 loss to the Falcons wrapped up Fisher’s fifth straight losing season with the Rams and tied him for the most losses by any NFL coach ever!

Arizona Cardinals — It rained and rained and rained on the Cardinals. “But when it continually pours when you have the ball, which was kind of odd, it’s tough, it makes it tough,” Arians said after the game.

San Diego Chargers — Just when you think things couldn’t get worse for the Chargers, they do. This week it was Melvin Gordon who had to be carted off the field with a hip injury. We still don’t know how severe it is. They had a chance, but that slipped away too when a pick-six turned into a safety for the Panthers.

New York Jets — Beating the 49ers in a battle of also-rans dropped them from the fourth spot in the draft order to the eighth.

Eli Manning — Why, Eli, whyyyyyyyy?

And the Worst Throw of the Season Award goes to… pic.twitter.com/4dv7EjUMJp

— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) December 12, 2016

Full scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Kansas City Chiefs 21, Oakland Raiders 13

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Buffalo Bills 20

Carolina Panthers 28, San Diego Chargers 16

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Cleveland Browns 10

Detroit Lions 20, Chicago Bears 17

Houston Texans 22, Indianapolis Colts 17

Minnesota Vikings 25, Jacksonville Jaguars 16

Miami Dolphins 26, Arizona Cardinals 23

Washington 27, Philadelphia Eagles 22

Tennessee Titans 13, Denver Broncos 10

New York Jets 23, San Francisco 49ers 17 (OT)

Green Bay Packers 38, Seattle Seahawks 10

Atlanta Falcons 42, Los Angeles Rams 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, New Orleans Saints 11

New York Giants 10, Dallas Cowboys 7

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots, Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Highlights

Dez Bryant’s only catch of the game came with two minutes remaining, and was immediately fumbled away.

Odell Beckham Jr. sprinted by the Cowboys for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown, then did the moonwalk in the end zone.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey could only laugh after his 55-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar and missed.

Eli Manning fumbled because Giants tackle Ereck Flowers barely even blocked a Cowboys defender.

Giants running back Shane Vereen left in the second quarter with a concussion.

That first quarter touchdown pass to Terrance Williams might have been the Cowboys’ easiest TD of the season.

Aaron Rodgers was 18-for-23 with three passing touchdowns in Green Bay’s blowout of the Seahawks. With 10 TDs and no interceptions over his last four games, Rodgers is playing at an MVP level again for the Packers.

The Buccaneers’ win over the Saints has them tied atop the NFC South with the Falcons, and has Tampa Bay looking like legitimate contenders.

After San Francisco blew a 14-0 lead against the Jets to lose in overtime, Chip Kelly now has a worse record than Jim Tomsula as head coach of the 49ers.

The Rams’ loss to the Falcons guaranteed a fifth straight losing season for head coach Jeff Fisher.

Falcons LB Vic Beasley had a Von Miller-type game against the Rams, with three sacks.

Packers TE Richard Rodgers made an amazing catch and held on despite taking a cheap shot to the head from K.J. Wright.

Russell Wilson was looking forward to returning to the cold of Wisconsin, but be careful what you wish for — he threw five interceptions for the first time in his career against the Packers.

Ezekiel Elliott of the playoff-bound Cowboys tried to eat snowflakes before their game against the Giants.

Elliott wasn’t alone; several Cowboys had fun in the snow before the game.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was the latest player to trash Terrelle Pryor, whom he called ‘garbage.’

Ben Roethlisberger laughed off accusations of deflated footballs, says Steelers use Nerf balls.

This is probably the horrible start that Rams fans expected in this week’s game.

David Johnson has had 13 games with 100-plus total yards. That ties the NFL record!

The Eagles had to dig deep in their long snapper depth chart on this field goal.

Matthew Stafford weaves around foes, plows over teammates on his way to a TD.

This strip sack by Jadaveon Clowney is what defensive coordinators dream of.

DeSean Jackson channeled Willie Mays on this over-the-shoulder catch.

If you’re going to make an incredible catch, you might as well make it look like this.

Here’s the story of Ryan Tannehill and the ugliest little pass attempt of all time.

Cheap shots are the worst. So are stupid fights between the Broncos and Titans.

That cheap shot was so dirty that Aqib Talib wants to fight Harry Douglas, in their agent’s office.

The Browns show everyone how NOT to run a flea flicker.

Aren’t you supposed to throw the flag on the guy who committed the penalty?

Block that kick, Browns! Block that kick! Uh… lateral that ball! Lateral that ball!

The first career interception has to be one of the sweetest, especially against Big Ben.

Injuries

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers limped off the field late in their blowout of the Seahawks.

49ers receiver Torrey Smith suffered a concussion against the Jets.

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was carted off the field with an ankle injury in the second quarter against Seattle, though he returned before halftime.

Miami QB Ryan Tannehill limped off the field with a knee injury.

Darren Sproles took a dirty hit to the head and is out of the game for Philly.

Joey Bosa left the Chargers game to get concussion evaluation and will not return.

Matthew Stafford reportedly dislocated his thumb joint and tore ligaments in his middle finger in a win over the Bears, and will have to wear a glove for the remainder of the season.

Safety Mike Mitchell injured his knee and but returned for the Steelers.

Devin Funchess had a mouth injury but returned for the Panthers.

Melvin Gordon has been carted off the field in the Chargers game.

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The Packers, Titans, and Patriots were among teams to earn crucial wins in Week 14.

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Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season is officially in the books after another exciting slate of games across the league.

On Monday night, the New England Patriots hung on for a 30-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. A pair of fumbles on special teams almost cost New England the game, but it hung on to deliver a huge blow to the Ravens’ chances of winning the AFC North.

In the early games on Sunday, the Houston Texans took a step ahead of the Colts in the AFC South with a 22-17 victory over Indianapolis. Of course they are still tied in first place with Tennessee thanks to a solid win by the Titans over the Broncos, 13-10.

Business really picked up in the late afternoon slate when the red-hot Green Bay Packers had their way with the Seattle Seahawks at a frozen Lambeau Field. Russell Wilson had the first five-interception game of his career.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers outlasted the New Orleans Saints in a defensive battle, keeping pace with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. Atlanta dominated out west against the Rams in LA.

Stop me if you heard this before: Sunday Night Football featured an NFC East matchup. It was a defensive struggle between the Cowboys and Giants, with New York prevailing for a season sweep of Dallas.

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Full scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Kansas City Chiefs 21, Oakland Raiders 13

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Buffalo Bills 20

Carolina Panthers 28, San Diego Chargers 16

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Cleveland Browns 10

Detroit Lions 20, Chicago Bears 17

Houston Texans 22, Indianapolis Colts 17

Minnesota Vikings 25, Jacksonville Jaguars 16

Miami Dolphins 26, Arizona Cardinals 23

Washington 27, Philadelphia Eagles 22

Tennessee Titans 13, Denver Broncos 10

New York Jets 23, San Francisco 49ers 17 (OT)

Green Bay Packers 38, Seattle Seahawks 10

Atlanta Falcons 42, Los Angeles Rams 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, New Orleans Saints 11

New York Giants 10, Dallas Cowboys 7

New England Patriots 30, Baltimore Ravens 23

Cowboys/Giants highlights

Dez Bryant’s only catch of the game came with two minutes remaining, and was immediately fumbled away.

Odell Beckham Jr. sprinted by the Cowboys for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown, then did the moonwalk in the end zone.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey could only laugh after his 55-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar and missed.

Eli Manning fumbled because Giants tackle Ereck Flowers barely even blocked a Cowboys defender.

That first quarter touchdown pass to Terrance Williams might have been the Cowboys’ easiest TD of the season.

Ezekiel Elliott of the playoff-bound Cowboys tried to eat snowflakes before their game against the Giants.

Elliott wasn’t alone — several Cowboys had fun in the snow before the game.

Tom Brady got very angry at a water bottle after blowing a possible TD pass.

Shea McClellin’s hops were on display when he blocked a Ravens field goal.

The Patriots’ special teams had some fumbling issues against Baltimore.

Earlier highlights from Sunday

Aaron Rodgers was 18-for-23 with three passing touchdowns in Green Bay’s blowout of the Seahawks. With 10 TDs and no interceptions over his last four games, Rodgers is playing at an MVP level again for the Packers.

The Buccaneers’ win over the Saints has them tied atop the NFC South with the Falcons, and has Tampa Bay looking like legitimate contenders.

After San Francisco blew a 14-0 lead against the Jets to lose in overtime, Chip Kelly now has a worse record than Jim Tomsula as head coach of the 49ers.

The Rams’ loss to the Falcons guaranteed a fifth straight losing season for head coach Jeff Fisher.

Falcons LB Vic Beasley had a Von Miller-type game against the Rams, with three sacks.

Packers TE Richard Rodgers made an amazing catch and held on despite taking a cheap shot to the head from K.J. Wright.

Russell Wilson was looking forward to returning to the cold of Wisconsin, but be careful what you wish for — he threw five interceptions for the first time in his career against the Packers.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was the latest player to trash Terrelle Pryor, whom he called “garbage.”

Ben Roethlisberger laughed off accusations of deflated footballs, says Steelers use Nerf balls.

This is probably the horrible start that Rams fans expected in this week’s game.

David Johnson has had 13 games with 100-plus total yards. That ties the NFL record!

The Eagles had to dig deep in their long snapper depth chart on this field goal.

Matthew Stafford weaves around foes, plows over teammates on his way to a TD.

This strip sack by Jadaveon Clowney is what defensive coordinators dream of.

DeSean Jackson channeled Willie Mays on this over-the-shoulder catch.

If you’re going to make an incredible catch, you might as well make it look like this.

Here’s the story of Ryan Tannehill and the ugliest little pass attempt of all time.

Cheap shots are the worst. So are stupid fights between the Broncos and Titans.

That cheap shot was so dirty that Aqib Talib wants to fight Harry Douglas, in their agent’s office.

The Browns show everyone how NOT to run a flea flicker.

Aren’t you supposed to throw the flag on the guy who committed the penalty?

Block that kick, Browns! Block that kick! Uh… lateral that ball! Lateral that ball!

The first career interception has to be one of the sweetest, especially against Big Ben.

Injuries

Giants running back Shane Vereen left in the second quarter with a concussion.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers limped off the field late in their blowout of the Seahawks.

49ers receiver Torrey Smith suffered a concussion against the Jets.

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was carted off the field with an ankle injury in the second quarter against Seattle, though he returned before halftime.

The Dolphins feared QB Ryan Tannehill has a torn ACL, but it was a sprain.

Darren Sproles took a dirty hit to the head and did not return for Philly.

Joey Bosa left the Chargers game to get concussion evaluation and did not return.

Matthew Stafford reportedly dislocated his thumb joint and tore ligaments in his middle finger in a win over the Bears, and will have to wear a glove for the remainder of the season.

Melvin Gordon was carted off the field in the Chargers game with a hip injury. He’s hopeful he’ll be back this season.

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The Rams fall to 4-10 with the loss.

Firing Jeff Fisher didn’t make a difference for the Los Angeles Rams this week, as they fell 24-3 on the road to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.

These division rivals first met in Week 2 of the regular season, battling to a 9-3 Seahawks win in Los Angeles. This Week 15 matchup featured more scoring, but only by the Seahawks.

After a slow start, and a scoreless first quarter, Seattle surged back and dominated Los Angeles. The Seahawks’ defense sacked Jared Goff four times and forced a fumble.

Russell Wilson bounced back from a terrible Week 14 performance in a 38-10 loss to the Packers in Green Bay to finish Thursday’s game 19 of 26 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and one late-game interception.

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Wilson also was kind enough to tie teammate Thomas Rawls’ shoe during a timeout.

Four different players left the game to be evaluated for concussions. Rams quarterback Jared Goff left the game after a hit by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and was replaced by Case Keenum.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and Rams defensive back Michael Jordan were removed from the game to be evaluated for concussions during the matchup, also.

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan had perhaps the most exciting play of the game, when he carried a fake punt 26 yards, converting the first down along the way. He fumbled, but the ball was recovered by Seattle’s Neiko Thorpe.

Ryan, however, took a hard hit at the end of the play, and he also was removed from the game to be evaluated for a concussion.

The Seahawks clinch the NFC West and a spot in the playoffs with the win over Los Angeles.