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The Panthers closed out Week 15 with a win over Washington. Catch up on all the scores and highlights from around the NFL here.

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The NFL playoff picture continues to sort itself out as several teams punched their tickets in Week 15. The Cowboys were the first team to clinch a spot earlier this month, and this week, the Seahawks, Raiders, and Patriots joined them.

The biggest game of the 1 p.m. slate Sunday featured the Giants hosting the Lions. The Giants proved, once again, that their defense can play with a hot offense and come away with the win.

Green Bay earned a hard-fought win over the Bears in sub-zero temperatures, and the Packers’ hot streak takes them one step closer to the Lions and the NFC North title. This division likely won’t be decided before Week 17.

In the late afternoon, the Patriots won easily in Denver and are back in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage. The Raiders won as well and are back on top in the AFC West. Oakland’s win clinched their first playoff berth since 2002.

Sunday Night Football saw Dak Prescott complete 32 of 36 passes in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over the red-hot Buccaneers, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped.

And on Monday night, the Panthers dealt a blow to Washington’s playoff chances with a 26-15 victory. Carolina has back-to-back wins and improves to 6-8 as it tries to finish strong in a disappointing season.

Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Seattle Seahawks 24, Los Angeles Rams 3

Miami Dolphins 34, New York Jets 13

Baltimore Ravens 27, Philadelphia Eagles 26

Buffalo Bills 33, Cleveland Browns 13

Green Bay Packers 30, Chicago Bears 27

Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Cincinnati Bengals 20

Houston Texans 21, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Tennessee Titans 19, Kansas City Chiefs 17

Indianapolis Colts 34, Minnesota Vikings 6

New York Giants 17, Detroit Lions 6

New Orleans Saints 48, Arizona Cardinals 41

Atlanta Falcons 41, San Francisco 49ers 13

New England Patriots 16, Denver Broncos 3

Oakland Raiders 19, San Diego Chargers 16

Dallas Cowboys 26, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

Carolina Panthers 26, Washington 15

Highlights

Ezekiel Elliott scored and jumped into the Salvation Army kettle. He got flagged for it, but said he’d match any fine he got with a donation to the organization.

Jameis Winston headbutted a Dallas defender and then the Cowboys tipped one of his passes into the waiting hands of Adam Humphries.

Mark Ingram got MAD when Sean Payton pulled him from the game at the goal line.

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey wasn’t happy with the loss, and called for a referee to be fired.

T.J. Ward’s stupid unnecessary roughness penalty ruined the Broncos’ slim comeback chances against the Patriots.

The Broncos’ defense is getting fed up with the offense not pulling its weight.

Michael Crabtree made a great catch in the end zone and showed impressive footwork on the sideline for a Raiders touchdown.

Peyton Manning is retired, but the Broncos are still calling plays with “Omaha.”

Giant human Calais Campbell ran a fumble back 53 yards for a touchdown for the Cardinals.

Raiders fans took over Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and booed the home team Chargers.

OBJ followed up a one-handed touchdown with full routine to “Beat It.”

Alex Smith doesn’t just score touchdowns, he lays blocks, too.

The Lions stole the Packers’ kickoff trick and used it to their advantage.

Erik Swoope, former basketball player, scored the first touchdown of his career.

RGIII just remembered how to play like RGIII. But be safe, man!

It was so cold in Chicago that decals were flying off helmets after hits, and helmets were straight-up cracking.

Robert Turbin rolled through multiple Vikings and scored a touchdown.

Jeremy Hill destroyed a Terrible Towel, which did not end up working out well for the Bengals.

Getting benched isn’t likely how Brock Osweiler expected this season to go.

Who knew this Marcus Mariota guy could throw so well?

Spinning is a good move. Unless you time it horribly like Carson Wentz.

Justin Tucker continues to be amazing this year, even tying an NFL record.

And that’s NOT how you hurdle a long snapper.

Tyreek Hill shows everyone how you catch and run in the NFL.

Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a pass, but the refs ruled it a catch anyway.

Kirk Cousins wiped out a Washington cheerleader, but she got right back up.

Washington’s Chris Baker did the dab after sacking Cam Newton.

Newton took a hit to the head, then got a taunting penalty for his reaction to the play.

Jonathan Stewart hurdled Josh Norman en route to a first down.

DeSean Jackson made a very difficult catch look way too easy against Carolina.

Injuries

Falcons safety Keanu Neal suffered a gnarly dislocated finger against the 49ers.

Steelers tight end Ladarius Green left the Bengals game early and is now in concussion protocol.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen took a hard hit against the Coltsand left with a neck injury.

Lions cornerback Darius Slay injured his hamstring injury against the Giants and will undergo an MRI Monday.

Janoris Jenkins left the game against the Lions with a back injuryand did not return. He will have an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, but the team is hopeful that he’s fine.

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The Cowboys finished strong in a 42-21 win over the Lions on Monday night to wrap up an exciting Week 16.

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Christmas Day fell on a Sunday this year, so the NFL moved the bulk of its Week 16 schedule to Saturday. That left us with a three-day bonanza of holiday football, with games taking place on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Playoff races are coming down to the wire, and it was a thrilling weekend.

Monday night’s game lost a lot of drama when the Cowboys clinched the NFC East and No. 1 seed thanks to the Giants, who lost to the Eagles on Thursday night. The 42-21 win by Dallas was still an impressive showing that dealt a blow to the Lions’ chances of winning the NFC North.

Christmas Day had just two games, but what games they were. The Steelers and Ravens clashed in a de facto AFC North championship match. These teams have one of the fiercest rivalries in football, and with the stakes so high, plus the holiday atmosphere, the game lived up to the hype. The two teams traded leads in the final quarter, and with nine seconds left, the Steelers scored the game-winning touchdown and won the division.

In the evening, the Chiefs officially ended any hope the Broncos had of repeating as Super Bowl champs. Denver is out after the 33-10 loss in Kansas City.

A lot of Saturday’s games didn’t have anything at stake besides draft position, but the Bills, Vikings, and Colts suffered crucial losses. The Titans and Raiders suffered worse potential losses though when their quarterbacks went down with broken fibulas.

Yet perhaps the biggest game of the day was one that didn’t involve any playoff stakes. The Browns finally won their first game of the season, and the team shared an emotional moment with Hue Jackson after the win.

In a Christmas Eve miracle, the league’s other two worst teams — the 49ers and Jaguars — also won Saturday.

The primetime game featured Tom Savage making his first career start for the Texans, against a Bengals team that’s out of the race but still playing feisty football. Houston held on for the win and clinched the AFC South title.

Complete scores

Thursday

Philadelphia Eagles 24, New York Giants 19

Saturday

New England Patriots 41, New York Jets 3

Washington 41, Chicago Bears 21

Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Tennessee Titans 17

Green Bay Packers 38, Minnesota Vikings 25

Cleveland Browns 20, San Diego Chargers 17

Atlanta Falcons 33, Carolina Panthers 16

Miami Dolphins 34, Buffalo Bills 31 (OT)

Oakland Raiders 33, Indianapolis Colts 25

San Francisco 49ers 22, Los Angeles Rams 21

New Orleans Saints 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

Arizona Cardinals 34, Seattle Seahawks 31

Houston Texans 12, Cincinnati Bengals 10

Sunday

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 27

Kansas City Chiefs 33, Denver Broncos 10

Monday

Dallas Cowboys 42, Detroit Lions 21

Highlights

Undrafted tight end Joshua Perkins made a miraculous TD catch while getting sandwiched by two Carolina defenders.

Jay Ajayi showed off his strength on an impressive touchdown run.

Nobody could stop Kenyan Drake, even after he ran backwards in a loop to cut upfield.

Here’s one of the worst snaps you’ve ever seen, courtesy of the Vikings.

Minnesota wideout Adam Thielen ran circles around the Green Bay secondary in the first half.

Tom Brady threw a touchdown to his new tight end target Matt Lengel.

The Jets wouldn’t let the Patriots run out the clock in the first half, so New England went and scored a touchdown instead.

Even the referees were laughing at the Jets’ struggles on Saturday afternoon.

The Bills were robbed of a touchdown when Miami’s Spencer Paysinger got away with a defensive pass interference.

A trick play gave Blake Bortles his first career NFL touchdown reception.

The Bills and Dolphins weren’t in the holiday spirit during a sideline fight in Buffalo.

The Browns avoided 0-16 because the Chargers rushed and missed a last-second, game-tying field goal attempt.

Rex Ryan made a weak attempt to ice the Dolphins kicker. The Bills lost in OT and extended their playoff drought to 17 straight seasons.

Russell Wilson never stood a chance when the Seahawks OL let a Cardinals defender go untouched for a sack.

The Rams have something to celebrate: Punter Johnny Hekker broke an NFL record with his 47th punt inside the 20.

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers went for the two-point conversion — and got it — to beat the Rams.

Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll couldn’t believe that the Seahawks missed yet another kick against the Cardinals.

No one was more excited about Jadeveon Clowney’s sack than J.J. Watt.

The Bengals blocked an extra point late in the game, but then Randy Bullock (former Texans kicker) missed a field goal that would’ve given Cincinnati the win.

Antonio Brown tied Marvin Harrison’s record with four straight seasons of 100 or more catches.

Don’t tell Odell Beckham, but Eli Rogers took out a kicking net.

Le’Veon Bell juked the entire Ravens defense with this move.

Antonio Brown reached across four Ravens defenders to save the Steelers’ season.

Tyreek Hill torched the Broncos for a 70-yard touchdown.

Merry Christmas, Alex Smith. Travis Kelce scored an 80-yard touchdown on a screen pass for you.

You know who’s not fast? Kickers. So surprise, the Broncos’ fake field goal did not work out.

A fan ran on the field and a Chiefs security guard made an amazing diving tackle.

Devontae Booker have us the most Football Follies fumble ever.

Dontari Poe, all 346 pounds of him, threw the heaviest touchdown pass ever against the Broncos.

Ezekiel Elliott ran 55 yards for a TD, and finished it off with a big end zone leap.

Zach Zenner went off against the Dallas defense in the first half Monday.

Matthew Stafford scrummed his way to a rugby-like TD against the Cowboys.

An incredible one-handed catch by Dez Bryant adds to his impressive highlight reel.

Dallas punter Chris Jones laid out returner Andre Roberts with a big hit.

Injuries

Jets quarterback Bryce Petty suffered a left shoulder injury while tackling a Patriots defender after a fumble. He did not return to the game.

The Packers had a scare when Aaron Rodgers stayed down following a sack, but he soon returned to the game.

Marcus Mariota had to be carted off the field during Titans-Jaguars after breaking his leg.

Robert Griffin III left the Browns’ game against San Diego after taking a big hit in order to be evaluated for a possible head injury.

Thomas Rawls missed the second half against the Cardinals due to a shoulder injury.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett suffered a gruesome leg injury and is done for the year.

Derek Carr had to be helped off the field. He was later diagnosed with a broken fibula and is out indefinitely.

Carlos Hyde tore his MCL against the Rams and is done for the season.

Cowboys offensive lineman Tyron Smith left the game Monday night with a knee injury.

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It’s the final week of the regular season, and playoff seeding was finalized.

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A roller coaster of an NFL season reaches its conclusion on New Year’s Day. A lot of teams played for pride and draft positions, and the final playoff standings were at stake for some. You can keep track of the NFL playoff picture here.

We already know which AFC teams will be playing next week, but the AFC West title and top seed are still to be determined. The Raiders suffered a devastating blow when quarterback Derek Carr broke his leg last week, then saw backup Matt McGloin leave this week with a shoulder injury. Oakland’s loss to the Broncos coupled with the Chiefs’ win in San Diego gave Kansas City the AFC West title, and pushed the 12-4 Raiders to the No. 5 seed.

In the NFC, there were a few teams battling for two open spots. Washington was eliminated with a home loss to the Giants, putting the Packers and Lions both in before their Sunday Night Football tilt. Green Bay outlasted Detroit for their sixth straight win to capture the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the conference.

In draft order news, the Browns locked up the No. 1 overall pick by losing to the Steelers in overtime.

Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Cincinnati Bengals 27, Baltimore Ravens 10

Indianapolis Colts 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 14

Minnesota Vikings 38, Chicago Bears 10

New York Jets 30, Buffalo Bills 10

Philadelphia Eagles 27, Dallas Cowboys 13

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cleveland Browns 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Carolina Panthers 16

Tennessee Titans 24, Houston Texans 17

Atlanta Falcons 38, New Orleans Saints 32

Denver Broncos 24, Oakland Raiders 6

Arizona Cardinals 44, Los Angeles Rams 6

Kansas City Chiefs 37, San Diego Chargers 27

Seattle Seahawks 25, San Francisco 49ers 23

New York Giants 19, Washington 10

Green Bay Packers 31, Detroit Lions 24

Highlights

Two late turnovers ended Washington’s playoff hopes in an ugly home loss to the Giants.

Jeremy Kerley made a sensational one-handed grab against the Seahawks.

Tyreek Hill returned a punt 95 yards against the Chargers, tying a Chiefs rookie record with his 12th overall touchdown of the season.

Jahleel Addae picked off Alex Smith and somehow avoided several Chiefs on his way to a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.

A frustrated Josh Norman headbutted Odell Beckham Jr.

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett equated winning with the Patriots to having sex.

The Rams and Cardinals traded interceptions in a sloppy sequence in Los Angeles.

Antonio Gates caught his 111th career TD pass, tying Tony Gonzalez for most all-time for a tight end.

Alshon Jeffery guaranteed he’ll win a Super Bowl next season … but didn’t say for which team.

Broncos CB Aqib Talib ripped off the gold chain of Raiders WR Michael Crabtree.

The Jets accidentally kicked an onside. And then scored on it!

Do you think Tom Brady gets tired of setting records? Here’s another…

Good job on setting the completion percentage record, Sam Bradford.

The Browns had a pick-6! Oh, wait… nevermind. They are the Browns.

Who knew wide receivers could lay such devastating blocks?!?

Trick play touchdown pass! By the Bears!

Ah, yes, that IS the Mark Sanchez we all remember. Nice interception!

Tom Brady just passed Dan Marino in career passing yards — vs. the Dolphins.

Tipped interceptions have to be the worst for QBs — right, Jameis Winston?

Who remembers Tony Romo? Apparently the Cowboys do! He’s playing!

Hey! Looks like Malcolm Floyd can catch touchdowns even in a Pats jersey.

Martellus Bennett scored a touchdown, then scarfed down a banana on the sideline.

Injuries

Raiders backup QB Matt McGloin exited with a left shoulder injury against the Broncos, and is questionable to return.

Cardinals RB David Johnson was carted off after a leg injury against the Rams.

Officials sent Houston’s Tom Savage to get concussion testing, and he was ruled out.

LeSean McCoy was thought to be out for the game but went back to the sidelines.


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The best highlights from Friday’s preseason games

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The first week of the preseason continued with three more games on Friday.

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Highlights and results from Friday’s preseason action.

Final: 49ers 27, Chiefs 17

Recaps:Niners Nation | Arrowhead Pride

The very first play for the Chiefs of preseason was just Tyreek Hill being too fast for people.

Jeremy Maclin is gone now, so the Chiefs are going to need those kinds of contributions from Hill on the outside.

Alex Smith led the Chiefs straight down the field for the remainder of the drive, capped by a short rushing touchdown by Spencer Ware.

The next drive didn’t go as well for Smith.

Going the other way!

Rashard Robinson picks off Tyler Bray! #SFvsKCpic.twitter.com/3apr4x2Hoy

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

The 49ers don’t have a rookie quarterback to look forward to as much as the Chiefs do. C.J. Beathard will be in later, but the real interest will be in the performance of the rookie defenders, namely Solomon Thomas, who stood out early.

#3 overall pick with a big time inside pass rush pic.twitter.com/nJjhkJaZY6

— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) August 12, 2017

This probably could’ve gone better for San Francisco.

There’s my 49ers. pic.twitter.com/y0IMylGBki

— James Brady (@JamesBradySBN) August 12, 2017

The 49ers’ offense hasn’t been explosive, but they keep finding themselves in the red zone. Punching it in has been a different story.

Patrick Mahomes’ first play from scrimmage was a huge deep ball down the right sideline, but the 40-yard completion was wiped out by a holding penalty. Who cares? Still happened.

Mahomes throws deep on his first attempt. Called back for holding. pic.twitter.com/BBLoWhnfLs

— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 12, 2017

Instead, the first drive for Mahomes fizzled with a sack and a screen pass.

Special teams in preseason really don’t matter much, but this was just fun and kind of hilarious to watch. Cue the Benny Hill track.

PUNT. BLOCKED.@Chiefs block the SF punt and recover in the red zone! #SFvsKCpic.twitter.com/fXjZ26Bv5E

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

Mahomes got his first touchdown of the game a few plays later with a dangerous throw against his body into traffic. Hey, it’s only dumb if it doesn’t work.

Mahomes!@Chiefs rookie QB @PatrickMahomes5 tosses his FIRST TD pass of the preseason! #SFvsKCpic.twitter.com/EiIp5JIoxg

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

Beathard’s rookie debut came with much less fanfare than Mahomes’, but the Iowa product looked pretty good. He orchestrated a nice touchdown drive in the fourth quarter with a bomb to a wide open receiver.

.@49ers rookie QB C.J. Beathard tosses a 46-yard TD and this game is tied!#SFvsKCpic.twitter.com/vQPEFvSyG8

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

Beathard then tied the game with a perfect jump ball on the two-point conversion. He threw another touchdown on the next drive to give the 49ers the lead.

Mahomes finished his preseason debut with seven completions on nine passes for 49 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Final: Bengals 23, Buccaneers 12

Recaps: Cincy Jungle | Bucs Nation

Jameis Winston and Mike Evans probably won’t play much, but it only took them about a minute to remind us that they can be a deadly combination.

Confirmed: @MikeEvans13_ is already in midseason form! #TBvsCINpic.twitter.com/tjbIc4OLss

— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017

Look at Vernon Hargreaves with the toe tap. Whew.

Vernon Hargreaves picks off Andy Dalton! #TBvsCINpic.twitter.com/UQQxQuvJpR

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

The first touchdown of the night in Cincinnati was a Ryan Fitzpatrick rushing touchdown, just like everyone expected.

Ohhhh FITZMAGIC!

He will do it himself… END ZONE! #TBvsCINpic.twitter.com/IJnImPy5qB

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

Roberto Aguayo then missed the extra point try. That’s not a good way to get his second preseason started.

On the other side, rookie Jake Elliott is battling Randy Bullock for Cincinnati’s kicking job. They’re both doing ok for themselves, nailing 45- and 54-yard field goals in the first half, respectively.

Wait, is that Jeff Driskel or Barry Sanders?

Jeff Driskel just made some Bucs defenders look ridiculous pic.twitter.com/v1yw4w3bRO

— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) August 12, 2017

In the final minute of the game, Aguayo had another chance to kick, but missed again. This time it was a 47-yard field goal.

Final: Steelers 20, Giants 12

Recaps:Behind the Steel Curtain | Big Blue View

We probably won’t get to see Odell Beckham Jr. in the Giants’ preseason opener, but he went ahead and dazzled anyway before the game.

Are you for real, @OBJ_3?! #PITvsNYG

: @nflnetwork (7pm ET) pic.twitter.com/23XhaUTz5L

— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017

Pittsburgh hopes T.J. Watt can bring the same star power that his older brother, J.J., brought to the Texans. Well, he’s off to a good start with a sack on his first defensive drive in a Steelers uniform to force a Giants punt.

Beware of @_TJWatt at all times! #PITvsNYGpic.twitter.com/bEi812PssN

— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017

Oft-criticized Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers gave up the sack, but it really wasn’t his fault. The rest of the Steelers’ defensive line forced Johnson to run straight into Watt. Either way, guess who took notice:

@_TJWatt

— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 11, 2017

Just a few minutes later, Watt got his second sack when the Giants’ defense decided not to block him:

Wow.

Wow.

Wow.

This is @_TJWatt‘s 2nd sack of the night! #PITvsNYGpic.twitter.com/sK3vObnYKV

— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017

He’ll have to actually beat opposing lineman to be a success in the NFL, but there’s no doubt this is the kind of start that the Steelers can be excited about.

Joshua Dobbs, on the other hand, started his game with a couple unimpressive drives and then an ugly interception.

Valentino Blake with the PICK. #PITvsNYGpic.twitter.com/B0CRljjyXp

— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017

Dobbs threw another interception in the second quarter when a Giants defensive lineman surprised him by dropping into coverage.

The first big highlight for Dobbs didn’t come until later in the second quarter when he had a nice connection with Cobi Hamilton:

NICE catch!@josh_dobbs1 ➡️ @cobiham11… Gain of 44! #PITvsNYGpic.twitter.com/5SFtdU1YVi

— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017

He finished off the half with a nice touchdown pass. Altogether, we could probably call it a C performance for Dobbs.

Geno Smith looked like he was beating Josh Johnson in the race to be Eli Manning’s backup. But Smith ruined a lot of that momentum with an interception caught by Arthur Moats. It appeared to be a miscommunication with Travis Rudolph, so it’s anyone’s guess who was at fault on the play.

Davis Webb got to finish up the game for the Giants, but it was uneventful. He completed eight of his 16 passes for 67 yards.

Before the games

It’s preseason time in the NFL. While we’re a month away from the regular season (and about two weeks away from being sick of preseason), there’s still the excitement of football returning and a chance to see your favorite players for the first time since January.

Week 1 of the preseason has been a slow rollout, with one game on Wednesday night and six more on Thursday. There are three games taking place Friday night, all with varying levels of intrigue, even if the starters won’t be playing much.

The first game up features the Steelers taking on the Giants, with both teams looking to build on last year’s playoff campaigns. Rookie Joshua Dobbs will start in place of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. They also won’t have Le’Veon Bell, who is holding out and still hasn’t signed his franchise tender, but they’re potentially getting back Martavis Bryant after he sat out 2016 with a suspension.

The second game will see the Bucs playing the Bengals, who were snakebitten by injuries last season. Cincinnati revamped its offense with the additions of rookies Joe Mixon and John Ross, although Ross will probably sit this one out after missing the offseason program with shoulder surgery. Mixon will be aiming to beat out Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard for the starting RB job. A.J. Green might also be limited after a torn hamstring ended his 2016 season early. The Bucs don’t have any big injury concerns at the moment, though the backfield is one to watch with Doug Martin suspended for the first three games.

In the final game of the evening, the rebuilding 49ers face the Chiefs, who are shaking off a turbulent offseason that included general manager John Dorsey surprisingly getting fired despite two straight playoff appearances. The other big story in K.C. is Patrick Mahomes, the first-round QB who could overtake Alex Smith if he has a strong preseason. Look for Mahomes to get plenty of snaps here as the Chiefs break him in.

Here’s what happened Saturday night in preseason action

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Three more games were on tap as the first week of preseason continues.

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Highlights and results from Saturday’s preseason action.

Final: Cardinals 20, Raiders 10

Look who it is!

BeastMode BACK! #OAKvsAZpic.twitter.com/jXp5YnZtgV

— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2017

Nearly seven minutes into the first quarter, the Raiders are finally going to get a possession. The Cardinals opened the game with a 14-play, 70-yard touchdown drive capped by a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Brittan Golden.

Carson Palmer.

To @BrittanGolden

END ZONE! #OAKvsAZpic.twitter.com/ArKSzGF3j1

— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2017

The Cardinals are giving quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich a chance to call plays. That first drive was a good way to show he has some coaching chops.

Looks like we won’t be seeing Derek Carr or Marshawn Lynch tonight. The Raiders opened the game with EJ Manuel at quarterback and DeAndre Washington at running back.

More plays like this from Robert Nkemdiche will help the Cardinals get over the loss of Calais Campbell.

Nkemdiche is a freaking beast, man pic.twitter.com/YL9HHjQ6ii

— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) August 13, 2017

Beast Mode may not be playing, but he’s going to capture headlines anyway after it was revealed he sat during the playing of the national anthem before the game. He joins a lengthy list of players who followed in Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps with the protest.

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The Cardinals looked like they had a chance to scoop up a fumble and run for a touchdown, but Connor Cook came with the hit stick that nearly forced a fumble of his own.

Final: Rams 13, Cowboys 10

Oooh, those Rams helmets, though.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles RamsJayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Kupp got his first reception in a Rams uniform and then a few plays later got his first touchdown. He probably didn’t think it would come via fumble recovery, though.

Cooper Kupp looked very explosive falling on this football for a TD pic.twitter.com/wp1C4g1lqr

— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 13, 2017

No Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott tonight. KELLEN MOORE TIME INSTEAD WOO.

It was a short night for Jared Goff, but he completed three of four passes for 36 yards and looked pretty sharp. The Rams can be happy with what they got out of him.

The Cowboys hope Taco Charlton can be the premier pass rusher they’ve been looking for. This is a good sign that he might be.

Gerald Everett is already showing why the Rams thought highly enough of him to draft him in the second round. He has just two receptions for 12 yards, but he’s shown some athleticism and a nice gain on a crossing route was nullified by a holding penalty.

Kellen Moore couldn’t get the Cowboys in the end zone, but Cooper Rush dropped one right in the bread basket.

This @rush_cooper TD pass was absolutely PERFECT…

Wow. #DALvsLARpic.twitter.com/jMaWGLBm9K

— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2017

After the touchdown, Rush has completed all eight of his pass attempts for 99 yards. These rookie quarterbacks, man.

Luke McCown finished off the game for Dallas, but completed six of 13 passes for 31 yards and fumbled twice. It’s safe to say Rush got the better of him in the quarterback battle tonight.

McCown was still mid-hand signal when the ball was snapped. Missed it altogether. #Rams recover. Likely the game. pic.twitter.com/OiujT7qtzw

— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 13, 2017

The same could be said about Dan Orlovsky, who finished the game for the Rams, but was clearly outplayed by Goff and Sean Mannion.

Final: Jets 7, Titans 3

Uhh … Titans, you awake?

The Jets opened the game with a 53-yard bomb to Robby Anderson followed by a short touchdown pass to Charone Peake. Josh McCown is cooking early.

What a pass!

McCown. Anderson. Gain of 53! #TENvsNYJpic.twitter.com/zDedLIBEtC

— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2017

Just a few days ago Peake was trying to convince everyone that the Jets have at least one 1,000-yard receiver on the roster. That’s still really, really ambitious, but that’s a good way to start preseason and look less crazy.

Marcus Mariota is an awfully easy guy to root for. The Titans posted video of him having a special moment with a few fans before the game.

That’s my quarterback! #MahaloMariotapic.twitter.com/2fERa13fWy

— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 12, 2017

The Jets saw all they needed to see out of McCown on the first drive. He leaves the game after only four passes for 72 yards and now it’s Christian Hackenberg time.

The return of Mariota was pretty uneventful. He played two drives and finished with two completions on three attempts for 15 yards and another six rushing yards.

McCown gave the game an exciting start, but absolutely nothing happened between his exit after the first draft and halftime.

No touchdown here, but it was still one hell of a catch by Taywan Taylor that set up a field goal.

He was ruled down by contact…

But WHAT A GRAB by @SilentGrind2! #TENvsNYJpic.twitter.com/Xwj6D5Is8O

— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2017

Hackenberg played most of the game for the Jets, but leaned heavily on check downs. He finished 18-of-25 passing for 127 yards. Reminder: McCown had 72 passing yards on four attempts.

The Titans can hang their hat on a pretty solid defensive performance, with the exception of the first drive. There really aren’t many positives to take from the offensive showing.

Before the games

The first week of the NFL preseason has been an eventful one, with position battles playing out and rookies getting their chances to shine. Things will continue on Saturday evening with three more games on the schedule, featuring varying levels of intrigue.

The Jets have rock-bottom expectations heading into the season, and things could get truly ugly if Christian Hackenberg doesn’t show any signs of progress. Last year’s second-round pick should see plenty of snaps in the preseason opener against the Titans, if only because Josh McCown is an aging veteran and Bryce Petty is firmly at No. 3 on the depth chart. If it’s anything like Hackenberg’s training camp performances, we could be in for a bumpy ride.

The Titans, on the other hand, have a legit franchise QB in Marcus Mariota, who will get the start but only play a handful of snaps. Mariota is fully recovered from the broken leg that ended his 2016 season early, but Tennessee is wisely playing it safe with his health. The bigger injury concern is first-round rookie Corey Davis, who is week to week with a pulled hamstring.

The Cowboys and Rams both saw their depth charts upended this week, for entirely different reasons. Ezekiel Elliott got a six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, and Dallas has to figure out the short-term starter if his appeal fails. Darren McFadden is the direct backup, with Alfred Morris and Rod Smith also in the mix. Meanwhile, the Rams pulled off a stunning trade Friday, acquiring Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills and giving Jared Goff a legitimate No. 1 receiver. Watkins reunites with former Bills teammate Robert Woods, both of whom will likely hang out on the bench all night.

The last game of the night sees the Raiders taking on the Cardinals. Oakland’s big offseason move was luring Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, but he’ll probably get the veteran treatment and sit this game out. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will battle for the backup spot, which could be one to watch given Lynch’s recent injury history. Bruce Arians didn’t play most of his starers in the Hall of Fame Game and that might be the case again here. Blaine Gabbert could get a chance to build on his solid performance last week and win the No. 2 quarterback job from Drew Stanton.

Only the Cowboys/Rams game is airing nationally, on NFL Network and online at Watch NFL Network. Check your local listings for the other two games.

Complete Saturday schedule (all times Eastern)

Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets, 7:30 p.m. (Music City Miracles | Gang Green Nation)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m., NFL Network (Blogging the Boys | Turf Show Times)

Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals, 10 p.m. (Silver and Black Pride | Revenge of the Birds)

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NFL scores 2017: Results, highlights, and news from Aug. 20

Two games are set to take place on Sunday. Follow along with all the scores and highlights here.

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Sunday’s games are over, and here are all of the highlights.

FINAL SCORE: Saints 13, Chargers 7

Two more sacks on Cardale Jones and then an interception to end the game kept the Chargers on the losing end once more.

Saints 13, Chargers 7: A field goal extends New Orleans’ lead.

Saints 10, Chargers 7: Dexter McCoil’s celebration after his pick-six was one of the best things about this game.

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⚡️ @26Int_Hit, do ya dance ⚡️#NOvsLACpic.twitter.com/jcXMijdh1p

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 21, 2017

Saints 10, Chargers 7: Los Angeles did score, on a pick-six!

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— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 21, 2017

Saints 10, Chargers 0: It’s the end of the third quarter and no, we have no idea if the Chargers are ever going to score.

Saints 10, Chargers 0: The Saints have sacked the Chargers’ quarterbacks SIX times.

Halftime: The Saints carry a 10-point lead into the second half.

Saints 10, Chargers 0: The Chargers have managed to sack Chase Daniel twice, but they still trail by 10.

Saints 10, Chargers 0: What an acrobatic catch from Geremy Davis.

Saints 10, Chargers 0: The Saints defense has been relentless tonight. It is just preseason, but the pass rush and secondary look improved.

Saints 10, Chargers 0: New Orleans is still leading, but Chase Daniel got lit all the way up.

Saints 10, Chargers 0: A field goal extends New Orleans’ lead.

Saints 7, Chargers 0: Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara took the first play from scrimmage 50 yards to the house with this nifty run:

Here are all of the highlights from the Falcons taking on the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Final Score: Steelers 17, Falcons 13

Steelers 17, Falcons 13: IT’S A PICK-FEST!

Steelers 17, Falcons 13: Falcons fourth-string quarterback Alek Torgerson isn’t faring much better than Matt Simms.

Steelers 17, Falcons 13: Don’t look now, but the Falcons are blowing a lead. At least this time it’s just preseason.

Falcons 13, Steelers 10: Oh, dear. Things aren’t going well for Matt Simms.

Falcons 13, Steelers 10: But Matt Simms gave it right back to Pittsburgh.

Falcons 13, Steelers 10: What an interception by Falcons undrafted rookie Quincy Mauger. We’re gonna nickname him “Big Play Mauger.”

Falcons 13, Steelers 10: A few Falcons players got penciled in for roster cuts after the Steelers’ Trey Williams took this punt 64-yards for a touchdown.

Falcons 13, Steelers 3: The Steelers still trail by 10, but a beautiful special teams effort gives Pittsburgh’s defense a shot to stop the Falcons deep in Atlanta territory. And they did.

Halftime: The Falcons still have a 10-point lead, and the half ended on this blocked punt.

Falcons 13, Steelers 3: Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee, a fifth-round pick for Atlanta in 2017, left the field with an what looked to be an ankle injury.

Falcons 13, Steelers 3: Matt Simms hit undrafted rookie Reggie Davis with a pretty pass for a 44-yard gain, which set up another Bryant field goal.

Falcons 10, Steelers 3: Pittsburgh is on the board with a field goal.

Falcons 10, Steelers 0: Third-string quarterback Matt Simms came in after both Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub were done for the day. Simms led a 13-play, 76-yard drive and Matt Bryant’s field goal is good. Apparently everyone who plays for the Falcons is named Matt.

Falcons 7, Steelers 0: Mohamed Sanu picked up a first down with this absolutely disrespectful stiff arm. Terron Ward capped off the drive with a score.

The second week of the NFL preseason is nearly complete, with just two more games scheduled on Sunday before the Monday night contest wraps things up. Depth charts are starting to round into shape as we reach the halfway mark of the exhibition season.

The first game on Sunday pits the Falcons against the Steelers. Atlanta will be sitting out Devonta Freeman, who was diagnosed with a concussion last week. Freeman should be cleared well in time for the regular season, but the team is smartly being cautious with him. The Falcons are coming off a 23-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins, in which the defense gave up a 99-yard touchdown pass that decided the game.

The Steelers defeated the New York Giants, 20-12, last week, thanks to touchdowns by Terrell Watson and Cobi Hamilton. Rookie linebacker T.J. Watt was the star of the show, racking up five tackles and two sacks in limited action. He’ll likely earn a starting job out of the gate if he keeps up this kind of performance.

In the late game, the Saints travel to StubHub Center to take on the Chargers, who are smarting a bit after a 48-17 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. Philip Rivers led the starting offense on a strong opening-drive touchdown, but the wheels quickly fell off when the backups entered. Kellen Clemens was dismal as the No. 2 quarterback, completing only 4 of 10 passes, throwing two interceptions, and losing a fumble. It would not be a surprise if Cardale Jones got more playing time this week.

The Saints couldn’t generate much offense in a 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, but there were some positive notes from the game. Rookie running back Alvin Kamara did well as the starter, taking four carries for 35 yards while Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram sat on the bench. However, the defense is already getting burned by injuries — cornerback Delvin Breaux is out with a broken fibula (after a misdiagnosis led to the Saints firing two doctors), while first-rounder Marshon Lattimore is dealing with a knee injury.

Both games are being televised on NFL Network and streaming online at Watch NFL Network.

Complete Sunday schedule (all times Eastern)

Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4 p.m. (The Falcoholic | Behind the Steel Curtain)

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. (Canal Street Chronicles | Bolts From the Blue)

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All 12 games from our first NFL Sunday of the season are in the books. Only two Monday Night Football matchups remain. Here are the highlights (or lowlights) from Sunday:

Highlights

J.J. Watt got a hero’s welcome after raising $31 million (and counting) for hurricane relief efforts.

The Browns are off to a very Browns start to the season: the Steelers blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown.

The Raiders’ start was pretty much the exact opposite of the Browns’. Amari Cooper capped off Oakland’s first drive with an incredible touchdown.

Carson Wentz magically evaded all the tackles to throw a perfect 58-yard touchdown.

Jets cornerback Juston Burris almost had a pick-six — until Bills center Eric Wood pushed another Jets player into him.

Blake Bortles tried to show support for Allen Robinsonby slapping Robinson’s injured knee.

Who is Tarik Cohen? Well, the rookie running is small, but his 46-yard electrifying run for the Bears was huge.

Tony Romo isn’t just better than Phil Simms. He’s fantastic in the broadcast booth.

It only took one half for the Texans to replace Tom Savage with Deshaun Watson.

Andy Dalton has already thrown four interceptions agains the Ravens.

The Falcons scored an 88-yard touchdown, but the best part about it was THIS TOTALLY NASTY STIFF ARM.

Adoree’ Jackson hurdled the Raiders kicker like it was nothin’.

Marshawn Lynch reminded us why we missed him, and not just because he flipped the double birds at the Titans’ Karl Klug and interrupted Jack Del Rio’s press conference.

Ben Roethlisberger fights like a flopping dead fish.

The Jaguars blew out the Texans. Here are three reasons why.

Maybe the Texans should pay LT Duane Brown already.

The Bears might not be as bad as expected, if their near-upset of the Falcons is any indication.

Aaron Rodgers was saved the embarrassment of a big-man pick-six thanks to a penalty.

Michael Bennett sat during the national anthem. Here’s who else protested in Week 1.

The Packers wouldn’t let the Seahawks run out the clock, so Seattle scored on them instead.

A Colts receiver saved Scott Tolzien from a third pick-six. Unsurprisingly, Jacoby Brissett replaced Tolzien on the next drive.

Meet Marlon Mack, the Colts’ rookie running back who scored his first touchdown Sunday.

It took a year, but Jared Goff finally got his first win as a starting quarterback.

The Rams beat the Colts soundly. Here’s how it happened.

Chuck Pagano knew the Colts got their butts kicked, but he didn’t remember against which team.

No one’s better at the free play than Aaron Rodgers.

Johnny Hekker’s amazing trick punt was the best special teams play of Week 1

The Giants’ OL allowed a sack on Eli Manning during their Sunday Night Football intros.

Dak Prescott called an audible named “Shanahan” and yup, it was a run play.

Cole Beasley already has the catch of the 2017 season.

The Cowboys dominated the Giants on Sunday night in Dallas.

Major injuries

Allen Robinson left with a knee injury against the Texans. It was later diagnosed as a torn ACL.

Danny Woodhead did not return for the Ravens after leaving with a hamstring injury.

In his first game with the Eagles, cornerback Ronald Darby went down with a dislocated ankle injury. He did not return. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday.

J.J. Watt went to the locker room with a finger injury, but returned. Texans linebacker Brian Cushing and tight ends Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz all left with concussions.

David Johnson suffered a wrist injury against the Lions. X-rays were negative, but he’ll get an MRI on Monday and could miss significant time.

Bears wide receiver Kevin White left with a shoulder injury and he reportedly needs season-ending surgery again. The 2015 first-round pick has played in just five games in his career.

49ers rookie first-round pick Reuben Foster was carted off with a leg injury. X-rays were negative and Foster expects to be back on the field “very, very, very soon.

Odell Beckham Jr. was a game-time decision, but he’s officially out Sunday night against the Cowboys.

Final scores

Buffalo Bills 21, New York Jets 12

Atlanta Falcons 23, Chicago Bears 17

Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Cleveland Browns 18

Baltimore Ravens 20, Cincinnati Bengals 0

Oakland Raiders 26, Tennessee Titans 16

Philadelphia Eagles 30, Washington 17

Jacksonville Jaguars 29, Houston Texans 7

Detroit Lions 35, Arizona Cardinals 23

Los Angeles Rams 46, Indianapolis Colts 9

Carolina Panthers 23, San Francisco 49ers 3

Green Bay Packers 17, Seattle Seahawks 9

Dallas Cowboys 19, New York Giants 3

Before the games

The 2017 NFL season is finally here. After Thursday night’s appetizer between the Chiefs and Patriots, we’re getting the main course of Week 1 with 12 games scheduled on Sunday. There were originally 13 before the Buccaneers/Dolphins game was moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

One of the most intriguing contests of the early slate features a potential playoff preview between the Raiders and Titans. Last year, Oakland reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002, led by Derek Carr and Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack. The Titans went 9-7 and loaded up the offense with the additions of Eric Decker and Corey Davis, giving Marcus Mariota more weapons to work with. Both teams sport young, exciting talent, making this a must-see game.

Another early game to watch for will be the Eagles traveling to Washington in an NFC East showdown. The Eagles are hoping for big things from second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, while Washington needs Kirk Cousins to have another strong year after losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Both teams missed the playoffs last year and there will be no margin for error in a competitive division.

The biggest game of the week happens in the late afternoon when the Packers host the Seahawks. It’s another potential playoff preview between two teams heavily favored to win their divisions. Green Bay drubbed Seattle, 38-10, last season, but this game should be different with Earl Thomas and Russell Wilson both healthy. The Seahawks also bolstered the front seven by trading for Sheldon Richardson.

Sunday Night Football is another NFC East clash, this one pitting the Cowboys against the Giants. There are two major storylines going into this one — the status of Ezekiel Elliott and the health of Odell Beckham Jr. Elliott’s six-game suspension was upheld on appeal, but an injunction in federal court put the suspension on hold, meaning Elliott can play. Meanwhile, Beckham is still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in the preseason, and he’s questionable to play this week. The Giants’ offense will obviously suffer if they don’t have their star receiver on the field.

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Week 2 is almost over as the NFL settles into its regular season.

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After a 34-23 win for the Falcons over the Packers, only one game remains in Week 2: the Lions and Giants on Monday Night Football.

Here’s all the major news from Sunday:

Highlights

Joe Thomas played his 10,000th straight snap for the Browns. That’s UNREAL.

At one point, Rex Burkhead had scored the most recent touchdown for the Patriots AND the Bengals.

Gronk scored the 69th receiving touchdown of his career. Nice nice nice nice nice.

Martavis Bryant celebrated his first touchdown since being reinstated by shooting fake dice with his Steelers teammates.

Tom Brady talked the refs out of an OPI call on a Patriots touchdown.

Marcus Peters jokingly tried to peek at Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s play sheet.

Tony Romo is predicting plays in Patriots vs. Saints, just like last week. He would be the worst person to watch a movie with.

The Saints erased their own field goal, only to kick it again from the same spot. It actually made sense.

Zach Ertz caught a ricochet pass that was destined to be a pick.

Dexter McDougle took a pee break on the sideline against the Chiefs.

The Vikings’ failed punt attempt was even worse because of this half-assed throw.

Bruce Arians put the blame for the Cardinals’ struggles on Carson Palmer.

A sound guy wasn’t paying attention and steamrolled a Chiefs cheerleader.

Tom Brady caught the Saints with 12 men on the field before throwing a pick.

Cam Newton brought the dab back after declaring it dead.

Chris Jones’ big man interception set up the Chiefs’ even more impressive touchdown from Travis Kelce.

Kareem Hunt took a nap in the end zone after scoring his second TD against the Eagles. He earned the rest.

The winners and losers from the Patriots’ 36-20 victory over the Saints.

Jacoby Brissett wasn’t enough to save the hapless Colts.

The Raiders have Marshawn Lynch and a goal line pass audible called “Seattle,” but it wasn’t shade.

The Eagles’ loss was just part of a sad eight-minute window for Philly sports fans.

The Broncos-Cowboys game was delayed for an hour due to lightning.

The Rams still can’t fill up the LA Coliseum.

Marshawn Lynch scored his first touchdown in two years.

Michael Bennett raised his fist after sacking Brian Hoyer.

Jay Cutler threw one of the worst Hail Mary tries ever, but maybe by design.

Kenny Stills celebrated a TD against the Chargers with LaDainian Tomlinson’s signature move.

Antonio Gates now has the most touchdown receptions for a tight end in NFL history.

DeVante Parker made an amazing catch to save Jay Cutler from an interception.

Todd Gurley hurdled a dude like it was nothing on his way to a touchdown.

The Chargers lost in heartbreaking deja vu fashion.

Marshawn Lynch’s first game with the Raiders in Oakland lived up to the hype. The best moment came when he danced his butt off.

It took the Seahawks until the fourth quarter of their second game to score a touchdown, but it was enough to beat the 49ers.

It’s been a while since the Cowboys were dominated like they were in a 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Tony Romo’s greatest feat as a broadcaster was explaining how Bill Belichick screws with opponents.

The Falcons’ busted out the free throw TD celebration, set to the NBA on NBC theme.

Aaron Rodgers threw his 300th touchdown on the dinkiest shovel pass possible.

Top performers from Sunday’s action

Injuries

Jeremy Maclin left the Ravens game against the Browns with a shoulder stinger. He returned to the game after getting evaluated.

Unfortunately for the Ravens, they ended up losing two more players for the season: guard Marshal Yanda and linebacker Bam Bradley.

Greg Olsen limped to the locker room with a foot injury. He did not return. Olsen confirmed after the game that he broke his foot.

DeShone Kizer left with a migraine and the Browns replaced him with Kevin Hogan. Kizer would return in the third quarter.

T.J. Watt exited with a groin injury and did not return.

Cam Newton took a huge hit and left the field with an ankle injury. He came back in the game on the Panthers’ next possession.

Rob Gronkoswki left the Patriots’ game agains the Saints with a groin injury. He did not return. Rex Burkhead (ribs) and Phillip Dorsett (knee) also left with injuries.

The Cowboys lost cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) and Nolan Carroll (concussion) against the Broncos.

Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles was carted off with an injury.

Jordy Nelson exited the SNF matchup with a quad injury and did not return. Later, Randall Cobb also left with a shoulder injury.

Final scores

Carolina Panthers 9, Buffalo Bills 3

Tennessee Titans 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29, Chicago Bears 7

New England Patriots 36, New Orleans Saints 20

Kansas City Chiefs 27, Philadelphia Eagles 20

Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Minnesota Vikings 9

Arizona Cardinals 16, Indianapolis Colts 13 (OT)

Baltimore Ravens 24, Cleveland Browns 10

Miami Dolphins 19, Los Angeles Chargers 17

Oakland Raiders 45, New York Jets 20

Seattle Seahawks 12, San Francisco 49ers 9

Washington 27, Los Angeles Rams 20

Denver Broncos 42, Dallas Cowboys 17

Atlanta Falcons 34, Green Bay Packers 23

Before the games

Week 2 of the NFL season is now upon us. After an underwhelming Week 1 and a poor Thursday night game, we can only hope the action and excitement pick up as teams settle into a groove.

Perhaps the most interesting game of the early slate is the Chiefs vs. the Eagles. Kansas City stunned the Patriots on the road in Week 1 and will try to assert itself as a contender, but the loss of Eric Berry is a huge blow to its defense. The Eagles took care of Washington and are looking for big things from Carson Wentz, who had an impressive season debut.

Speaking of the Patriots, they head into the Superdome looking for their first win of the year. The Saints were strangely lifeless in their loss to the Vikings, with the defense getting shredded by Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson already grumbling about his role. Things could get ugly in NOLA if the Saints start off 0-2.

Another early game to watch is the Steelers vs. Vikings, both of whom are coming off workmanlike victories. Pittsburgh didn’t have to do much to beat the Browns, although Ben Roethlisberger’s road performances remain a concern going forward. Sam Bradford had no problem picking apart the Saints’ defense, but he has a slight knee injury that will need to be monitored.

The Dolphins and Bucs make their season debuts after Hurricane Irma forced them to postpone their Week 1 games. Jay Cutler and the Dolphins start off against the Chargers, playing in their first regular season game in Los Angeles. The Bucs have a home contest with the Bears, who put up a better fight than expected against the Falcons last week.

In the late afternoon, the big game to watch pits the Cowboys against the Broncos. This is setting up to be an extremely physical matchup, with Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ offensive line going up against Von Miller and the Broncos’ No Fly Zone. If you like beefy trench battles, don’t miss this one.

Sunday Night Football has an NFC Championship rematch with the Falcons hosting the Packers in the brand new Mercedez-Benz Stadium. The Falcons blew out the Packers last time they played, but this could be a much closer contest with Atlanta’s offense taking a slight step back from last year’s historic unit. Still, the Falcons have their gang all together again (Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman), so Aaron Rodgers will be asked to either keep up or stay ahead. On paper it looks like a shootout, but both defenses should be much improved this year, making it a hard matchup to predict. Either way, it has potential to be the best game of Week 2.

All the highlights and news from a doozy of a Sunday

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 3

Two of the NFC’s last three unbeaten teams square off, and more.

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It was A WILD DAY, everyone. The Jaguars and Ravens got Sunday started off early in London — or at least the Jaguars did. In the first international game of the year, the Jags destroyed the Ravens, 44-7. Most of the games that followed us a ridiculous moment, a ridiculous ending, or both.

Here’s everything you missed, both on and off the field.

Protest updates

Here’s a running list of the players who protested following President Trump’s critical comments of the NFL. Most teams have issued statements, as well.

Alejandro Villanueva, a U.S. Army veteran, was the lone Steeler on the field during national anthem.

FOX did not show kneeling players during the Falcons-Lions game. Rico Lavelle, the national anthem singer at the game, took a knee and raised his fist at the end of the song.

LeBron James shows support on Instagram for NFL players protesting during national anthem.

LeSean McCoy continued to warm up during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted that players locking arms shows solidarity, but that kneeling is “not acceptable.

The Seahawks said they will not participate in the national anthem, protesting “injustice that has plagued people of color.”

Travis Kelce took a knee during anthem, too.

Sean Payton says the White House needs “a little bit more wisdom.

Trump told reporters on Sunday that his comments on NFL player protests “have nothing to do with race.”

The Raiders’ entire offensive line will protest during the national anthem on Sunday Night Football.

Dolphins and Jets players embraced their “platform” following Trump’s comments.

Highlights

The Jaguars pulled off a perfect fake punt while up 37-0 on the Ravens.

Ageless Shane Lechler boomed a 68-yard punt against the Patriots.

The Bills’ first touchdown of the season was a hilarious accident.

DeShone Kizer’s mom got videobombed by a Browns fan practicing his sensual air guitar.

Jadeveon Clowney ended his perfect fumble recovery TD against the Patriots with a Gronk spike.

The end of the first half between the Bears and Steelers gave us a blocked kick, fumble at the 1-yard line, illegal bat out of the end zone, a false start, and it ended in a field goal. Trust us, it was nuts.

The Dolphins were already having an awful day against the Jets. It got worse with this fake punt interception.

Browns receiver Jordan Leslie pulled off an Odell Beckham Jr. impersonation for his first ever NFL catch.

Speaking of Odell Beckham Jr., he became the fastest receiver in NFL history to record 300 career catches. He also pretended to be a dog peeing to celebrate a TD.

Tom Brady threw a believably unbelievable TD pass to Brandin Cooks for last-minute win over the Texans.

The Texans lost in heartbreaking fashion, but at least Deshaun Watson has emerged as a legitimate star.

Von Miller got flagged for doing the “too slow” move on Tyrod Taylor.

Tarik Cohen almost scored the Bears’ game-winning touchdown in overtime, but Jordan Howard got the honors instead.

Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott MADE A 61-YARD FIELD GOAL to beat the Giants.

The Lions lost to the Falcons because of a 10-second runoff. Here’s why.

Things somehow got worse for the Lions: there was a food fire after their loss.

Richard Sherman was flagged three times on the same play. Later, he hit Marcus Mariota late out of bounds and caused a scuffle.

Check out this sick spin move by Rishard Matthews on his way to a touchdown for Tennessee.

Aaron Rodgers let the Packers sideline know that he thought this play was a “stupid f**king call.”

Tony Romo predicted the future again on a run play in Bengals vs. Packers.

The Bengals were flagged for 12 men on the field, even though one player was running off. Here’s why.

Aaron Rodgers beat the Bengals for the first time ever, got his first overtime win ever, and he did it all in dramatic fashion.

Chiefs fans took over with a chant at end of Chargers’ game in LA.

Kareem Hunt continued the ridiculous start to his NFL career.

Terrelle Pryor took out a camera guy and a kicking net on a 12-yard catch.

Injuries

Kelvin Benjamin was taken to the locker room and did not return with a knee injury. However, he’s expected to be OK.

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left with an ankle injury but later returned. Linebacker Lavonte Davis was carted off the field with an ankle injury. X-rays after were negative.

Darren Sproles broke his arm in the Eagles’ win over the Giants.

Week 3’s lineup and scores

Los Angeles Rams 41, San Francisco 49ers 39 (Thursday)

Jacksonville Jaguars 44, Baltimore Ravens 7

New Orleans Saints 34, Carolina Panthers 13

Minnesota Vikings 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

New York Jets 20, Miami Dolphins 6

Buffalo Bills 26, Denver Broncos 16

Chicago Bears 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (OT)

Atlanta Falcons 30, Detroit Lions, 26

Indianapolis Colts 31, Cleveland Browns 28

New England Patriots 36, Houston Texans 33

Philadelphia Eagles 27, New York Giants 24

Tennessee Titans 33, Seattle Seahawks 27

Green Bay Packers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 24 (OT)

Kansas City Chiefs 24, Los Angeles Chargers 10

Washington 27, Oakland Raiders 10

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals (Monday)

Before the games

Week 3’s primetime games may not offer much — Rams-49ers and Cowboys-Cardinals aren’t exactly barnburners — but a handful of Sunday’s showdowns could have major playoff implications. Two of the NFC’s three remaining undefeated teams will square off when the Falcons travel north to Detroit to face the league’s highest-paid player, Matthew Stafford. The winner will stand as the new favorite to haul in the conference crown come January.

The NFC’s other unbeaten, Carolina, will have its secondary put to the test against division rival New Orleans. Drew Brees threw for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week against the Patriots, but the Saints still fell in a 36-20 beatdown. The Panthers have dispatched the 49ers and the Bills so far this season, and a win Sunday would help validate their resurgence — at least for one more week.

Speaking of New England, the Patriots will host a showdown between two 2016 division champions when the Texans head to Foxborough. Houston got off to a rocky start in an opening-week loss to the Jaguars, but regrouped to give Deshaun Watson his first victory as an NFL quarterback. Watson showed off solid playmaking instincts in Week 2, but his passing was mediocre at best. He won’t get many opportunities to improve on Sunday, however.

Look out Deshaun Watson: No rookie QB has gone into NE & beaten Belichick since he took over in 2000. 0-8, 5 TD, 16 INT, 50.7 passer rating

— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 20, 2017

One of the most interesting matchups of the day may be in Nashville, where a struggling Seahawks team takes on the Titans. A shoddy offensive line has limited Seattle to only 21 points in its first two games, leaving the Legion of Boom defense to pick up the slack. They’ll have their hands full with Marcus Mariota and a Tennessee offense that just hung 37 points on the Jaguars.

The Chargers are just a pair of late-game field goals from possibly being 2-0, but instead have opened their inaugural season in Los Angeles winless. Those struggles may continue when they host one of the league’s hottest teams, the Kansas City Chiefs. Los Angeles has lost 11 of its last 13 games by eight points or less, so expect this one to come down to the wire before ultimately breaking the Chargers’ hearts.

In less exciting news, the Browns and Colts will also attempt to play something that could be charitably described as “football.”

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NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 4

The quarter mark of the NFL season is here as teams start to establish where they stand.

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It was an eventful Sunday in Week 4 of the NFL season. The day got started earlier when the Saints pitched their first shutout in five years when they blanked the Dolphins 20-0 in London.

In the afternoon, the (first-place) Bills handed the Falcons their first loss of the season. The Patriots — now tied at 2-2 with the Jets — fell at home for the second time this year, in a 33-30 defeat to the Panthers. The Cowboys also dropped to 2-2 with a loss at home to the 3-1 Rams.

Two games — the Jets’ win over the Jaguars, and the Cardinals last-minute victory over the 49ers — went to overtime.

Here’s all the highlights and major news from Sunday.

News

The Saints kneeled as a team before the national anthem and then stood during it.

Ravens fans boo their team for kneeling in prayer prior to the national anthem.

Marshawn Lynch wore an “Everybody vs. Trump” shirt before the Raiders-Broncos game.

The 49ers played for the first time since President Trump’s attack on the NFL. Some players kneeled and others placed their hands on their teammates’ shoulders.

Cam Newton doesn’t want to do any interviews after the Panthers’ win.

Alejandro Villanueva says he does not want to be used to push any national anthem agenda.

On Sunday Night Football, several Seahawks players, including Michael Bennett, sat during the national anthem. The Colts players linked arms.

Highlights

Julio Jones and Mohamad Sanu wore special Ric Flair tribute cleats.

The Rams’ uniforms are so mismatched it’s like their jerseys got lost in the wash.

Bilal Powell tackled himself, then ran 75 yards for the second-longest TD run in Jets history.

What the heck were the Ravens doing on this punt against the Steelers?

Antonio Brown flipped a cooler and screamed at coaches after not getting the ball thrown his way.

Kenny Britt dropped a ball into a defender’s arms in back-to-back Browns games.

Yeah, the the Steelers really had a nine-play, 15-yard drive.

Jonathan Stewart accidentally found himself lodged in a Patriots lineman’s butt.

Matt Ryan ate some turf when he tried to run out wide for a wildcat play.

The Bills scored on a fumble recovery that should have been an incomplete pass.

Deshaun Watson tied an NFL rookie quarterback record with five touchdowns.

Cam Newton looked like himself again and made history against the Patriots’ struggling defense.

The Rams beat the Cowboys, and Jeff Fisher’s ghost is exorcised.

Here are the four dumbest things about the Jets’ overtime win over the Jaguars.

O.J. Howard scored his first NFL touchdown and he couldn’t have been more open.

A.J. Derby also caught his first NFL touchdown for the Broncos, and it was a one-handed beauty.

Marquette King pretends to ride a pony against the Broncos again after his perfectly placed punt.

Eli Manning scored the Giants’ longest rushing touchdown in two years.

Tony Romo is at it again, this time predicting exactly how the Raiders would run out the clock.

The Raiders ran a horrible fake punt just three plays after Derek Carr’s injury.

The Eagles’ defense asked for crowd noise — and got it — in a road game against the Chargers.

Larry Fitzgerald saved the Cardinals with a last-minute TD in OT vs. the 49ers.

The Colts punted from the Seahawks’ 36-yard line and it paid off with a safety.

Jacoby Brissett shook off a pick-six to lead two consecutive Colts TD drives.

Injuries

Panthers safety Kurt Coleman will not return against the Patriots with a knee injury.

Julio Jones (hip) and Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) both left the Bills game with injuries. They were ruled out for the rest of the day.

Dalvin Cook suffered a scary non-contact knee injury. The Vikings fear it could be an ACL injury. Cook will get an MRI Monday.

Marcus Mariota left the game against the Texans with a hamstring injury. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday.

Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon re-aggravated an ankle injury and will not return.

Derek Carr left the game against the Broncos with a back injury.

Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson was carted off with a leg injury.

Complete schedule and results (all times Eastern)

New Orleans Saints 20, Miami Dolphins 0 (London)

Buffalo Bills 23, Atlanta Falcons 17

Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Baltimore Ravens 9

Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 7

Los Angeles Rams 35, Dallas Cowboys 30

Houston Texans 57, Tennessee Titans 14

Detroit Lions 14, Minnesota Vikings 7

Carolina Panthers 33, New England Patriots 30

New York Jets 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 20 (OT)

Arizona Cardinals 18, San Francisco 49ers 15 (OT)

Philadelphia Eagles 26, Los Angeles Chargers 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25, New York Giants 23

Denver Broncos 16, Oakland Raiders 10

Seattle Seahawks 46, Indianapolis Colts 18

Before the games:

We’re entering Week 4 of the NFL season, and while it’s still a bit early to tell who the real contenders and pretenders are, we’re starting to get a good idea of where teams stand in the last weekend of September.

Sunday’s schedule starts bright and early with another trip to London when the Saints take on the Dolphins. Both teams have shown some heavy flaws so far, with Miami looking weirdly flat in a blowout loss to the Jets. The Saints managed to dispatch the Panthers last week, but it was just their first win of the year. The loser of this game will see their playoff chances continue to dwindle.

The AFC North is typically a slugfest, and we could see more of the same when the Ravens host the Steelers. This is one of the better rivalries in football, but both teams didn’t really find their identity last week. The Ravens’ defense collapsed in a loss to the Jaguars, while the Steelers struggled to move the ball against the Bears. The winner here will have an early jump on the division lead, but it’s far from secure.

Another early game to watch is the Patriots taking on the Panthers. New England nearly lost to the Texans last week, but Bill O’Brien put too much faith in his defense and Tom Brady played the hero once again. The Patriots stay home to host the Panthers, who are 2-1 but have a broken offense at the moment. Cam Newton doesn’t seem recovered from shoulder surgery, and he’s missing important weapons with Greg Olsen on IR and Kelvin Benjamin dealing with a knee injury. Carolina needs its defense to step up more than ever right now.

In the late afternoon, the Eagles fly into Los Angeles to face the Chargers, still looking for their first win of the year. It’s a new city but familiar story for the Chargers, losing heartbreakers and suffering key injuries. Melvin Gordon is banged up again, which is a problem for Philip Rivers, who threw four interceptions in last week’s loss to the Chiefs.

The biggest game of the week is an AFC West showdown between the Broncos and Raiders. This game lost a bit of its sizzle after both teams turned in disappointing performances last week. Denver’s offense fell flat in a loss to the Bills, while Washington walked all over the Raiders, who barely even showed up on Sunday night. With the Chiefs looking like one of the best teams in football, Denver and Oakland should be motivated to bounce back and keep pace in a tight division.