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Here is a recap of Week 6 of the 2014 NFL Season with Tuesday Afternoon QB. Thanks again to the AP Sports/Pro 32 for photos & articles.
Week 7 Byes: Eagles, Buccaneers
Jets 25, Patriots 27
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — After New England held off the struggling New York Jets, usually reserved Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised two of his players who have dealt with some tough times.
Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the Patriots’ 27-25 win over the Jets on Thursday night.
This time, the defensive tackle didn’t commit a penalty as he did last season on Folk’s failed 56-yard try in overtime that gave the kicker another chance — a 42-yard that kick gave the Jets a 30-27 win.
Danny Amendola hasn’t lived up to the $28.5 million, five-year contract he signed before last season but caught a 19-yard touchdown pass — just his fifth reception this season — that gave the Patriots a 27-19 lead.
That the outcome wasn’t decided until the final play was a surprise.
The Jets hadn’t won since their opener and Geno Smith was last in passer rating in the NFL. But he completed 20 of 34 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
The Jets (1-6) dropped their sixth straight game, the longest losing streak in Rex Ryan’s six years as coach.
The Patriots (5-2) have a 1 1/2-game lead in the AFC East over Buffalo.
Falcons 7, Ravens 29
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have a longstanding tradition of playing lock down defense — a trait the current unit intends to uphold.
Elvis Dumervil and Pernell McPhee each had two sacks, and Baltimore punished Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in a 29-7 victory Sunday.
One week after scoring 48 points at Tampa Bay, the Ravens (5-2) built a 17-0 halftime lead in their second straight blowout.
Baltimore allowed only four first downs in the pivotal first half, finished with five sacks and had a shutout going over the first 52 minutes.
The performance conjured memories of a Baltimore defense that shined for years with Ray Lewis in the middle and Ed Reed at safety.
The Falcons (2-5) averted their first shutout loss since December 2004 when Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 4-yard touchdown with 7:12 remaining to make it 20-7. It was Atlanta’s first fourth-quarter score in five games.
It was small consolation to a team that has lost four straight, progressively scoring fewer points in each of those games.
After the touchdown, Atlanta’s next possession ended with Terrell Suggs sacking Ryan for a safety.
Joe Flacco sealed Baltimore’s fourth win in five games with 1:46 remaining, connecting with Torrey Smith for a 39-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-9.
Flacco went 16 for 25 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions — both by Robert Alford. Justin Forsett gained 95 yards on 23 carries.
The victory, combined with Cincinnati’s loss to Indianapolis, thrust the Ravens into first place in the AFC North. Baltimore faces the Bengals on the road next Sunday.
Ryan completed 29 of 44 passes for 228 yards and lost a fumble. He got little help from a running game that generated only 68 yards.
After outgaining the Falcons 175-61 in the first half, Baltimore continued the pressure in its opening possession of the third quarter. Flacco connected with Steve Smith for a 49-yard completion to set up a 38-yard field goal by Justin Tucker for a 20-0 lead.
The Ravens then kept the ball on the ground for the most part, content in allowing the defense to protect the advantage.
A first half marred by three turnovers and 10 penalties — including three holding infractions against Baltimore rookie left tackle James Hurst — ended with the Ravens scoring twice in the final 2 minutes, 38 seconds.
Panthers 17, Packers 38
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Randall Cobb got messy on his Lambeau Leap.
A fan spilled ketchup on the receiver’s uniform during his post-touchdown celebration in the second quarter of Green Bay’s 38-17 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.
It was about the only stain on an otherwise flawless first half for the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, Cobb torched the Carolina secondary for 121 yards and a score on six catches and Green Bay dominated after building a 28-3 lead at halftime.
The sure-tackling Packers (5-2) limited quarterback Cam Newton. Green Bay scored on its first three series, and the 25-point lead at halftime eliminated the threat of the Panthers’ ground game.
Cobb said it might have been the team’s most complete performance of the season.
Newton, who had a career-high 17 carries last week, had 41 yards rushing on seven attempts. He passed for 205 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown for Carolina (3-3-1).
His Packers counterpart was masterful against the Carolina defense. The 2011 MVP was 19 of 22 for 255 yards before leaving early in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
It was Rodgers’ sixth straight game without an interception, tying Bart Starr for the franchise record set in 1964.
Rodgers finished Sunday with a quarterback rating of 154.5, and the Packers said he was just the second player in NFL history with a rating of 150 or more in two of the first seven games of the season. New England’s Tom Brady also did it in 2007.
This was Rodgers’ fourth straight game with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions, tying Brady (2007) for longest streak in a single season.
Vikings 16, Bills 17
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Kyle Orton keeps delivering in the clutch since taking over the starting job in Buffalo. And receiver Sammy Watkins is certainly showing signs of playing up to his dynamic first-round draft-pick promise for the Bills.
The 10-year NFL journeyman and 21-year-old rookie combined for a 2-yard touchdown with 1 second left in a 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Facing second-and-goal, Orton accepted the shotgun snap and immediately turned to his left, where he zipped a pass to Watkins who was a few yards deep in the end zone and had a step on cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
The touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive in a game the Bills offense turned the ball over four times and lost starting running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injuries.
Orton shook off an interception and a lost fumble to finish 31 of 43 for 283 yards and two touchdowns, both to Watkins who finished with nine catches for 122 yards.
The player selected with the No. 4 pick out of Clemson then smiled and referred to his teammates when asked about his rookie status, “I never really feel like a rookie except when those guys make me feel like one.”
Orton, who signed with Buffalo a week before the start of the season, improved to 2-1 since replacing second-year starter EJ Manuel.
He won his first start three weeks ago with a drive that set up Dan Carpenter’s 58-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in a 17-14 win at Detroit.
The Bills (4-3) snapped a two-game home losing streak, and bounced back from a 37-22 loss to New England.
The Vikings (2-5) lacked finish on both defense and behind the Teddy Bridgewater-led offense that managed one touchdown — Cordarrelle Patterson’s 4-yard catch — and three field goals on five trips inside the Bills 40.
Saints 23, Lions 24
DETROIT (AP) — A brilliant performance by Drew Brees turned sour in the fourth quarter, leaving the New Orleans Saints to deal with another close loss on the road.
Brees threw a crucial interception late in the fourth, and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final minutes to lift the Lions to a 24-23 victory over New Orleans on Sunday. The Saints made several mistakes that helped Detroit’s dramatic rally. New Orleans has now dropped seven straight regular-season road games.
The Saints (2-4) were in control late in the fourth quarter when Stafford found Golden Tate for a 73-yard catch-and-run that made it 23-17 with 3:38 remaining. Then Brees was intercepted on third down by Glover Quin, whose 23-yard return gave the Lions (5-2) the ball at the New Orleans 14.
Detroit caught another break when Rafael Bush was called for pass interference on fourth down. Stafford eventually connected with Corey Fuller in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown with 1:48 to play.
The Saints committed 12 penalties for 134 yards.
Detroit won for the second straight week without star receiver Calvin Johnson, who is nursing an ankle problem. The Lions sputtered for most of the game before Tate caught Stafford’s pass around his own 35, turned up the field and outran two New Orleans defenders who looked as if they had good angles to make the tackle.
All four New Orleans defeats this season have been on the road, and the Saints led three of those games late in the fourth quarter.
Brees did throw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, including a 46-yarder to Kenny Stills in the third quarter that put New Orleans ahead 17-3.
Stafford forced a pass into coverage late in the first quarter, and Keenan Lewis picked it off, giving the Saints the ball at the Detroit 29. Brees found Austin Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
Matt Prater kicked a 21-yard field goal for the Lions, banking it through off the left upright. Not to be outdone, Shayne Graham banked a 27-yard field goal through off the left upright on the final play of the half, giving New Orleans a 10-3 lead.
Seahawks 26, Rams 28
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Special teams brought down the Seattle Seahawks.
Russell Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 100 yards and pass for 300 yards, and the Seahawks had a huge statistical advantage over the St. Louis Rams.
The effort was wasted because Seattle was burned for three big plays and couldn’t climb out of an early hole in a 28-26 loss on Sunday.
Coach Pete Carroll couldn’t help but admire the tricks the Rams pulled.
Wilson had 106 yards on seven carries, including a 19-yard TD run. He was 23 for 36 for 313 yards passing, with Doug Baldwin stepping up and catching seven passes for 123 yards and a TD, and six others had at least one reception.
The 100-yard game was Baldwin’s third in four seasons counting the postseason. Baldwin confirmed reports he’d scuffled with receiver Percy Harvin, traded to the Jets on Friday for a conditional draft pick.
The Seahawks were prepared for a fake punt, just not on fourth-and-3 from the St. Louis 18 when Johnny Hekker passed for a first down that helped run out the clock. Hekker is also the holder and has one career TD pass for the go-ahead score in a victory over Seattle in 2012.
Stedman Bailey had a 90-yard touchdown on a trick return that fooled the Seahawks into thinking another player was going to catch the punt, and Benny Cunningham’s 75-yard kickoff return out of the end zone on a squibbed kick that had the Seahawks counting on a touchback set up an early touchdown for the Rams (2-4).
The Rams won for just the third time in 19 games against Seattle after somehow recovering a fumble by Tre Mason in the final minute. The Seahawks’ Richard Sherman had the ball after it popped out of Cory Harkey’s grasp, but Harkey apparently grabbed it back in the scrum
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said the play was reviewed by the league and that there was “no evidence of a clear recovery by either St. Louis or Seattle.”
Hekker was a high school quarterback and is 4 for 5 for 60 yards and a touchdown in three seasons. He also serves as the emergency quarterback.
The Seahawks (3-3) have lost two straight for the first time since the middle of the 2012 season.
Seattle outgained the Rams 463 yards to 272. Baldwin’s’ 9-yard reception cut the deficit to two with 3:18 to go, but the Rams were able to run out the clock after Hekker’s completion to Cunningham on fourth-and-3.
Wilson was sacked three times by St. Louis, which trailed the NFL with just one in the first five games. Robert Quinn’s got his first of the season; Quinn led the NFC with a franchise-record 19 sacks last year.
The Rams led by at least two touchdowns at home for the third straight game and Bailey’s punt return made it 21-3 midway through the second quarter. They couldn’t hold on the first two times, coughing up a 14-0 advantage last Monday night against the 49ers, and a 21-point cushion against Dallas in Week 3.
Bengals 0, Colts 27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Dalton expected more out of Cincinnati’s offense.
Indianapolis’ defense was just too much.
Nothing went right for the Bengals in a 27-0 loss to the Colts, who got two touchdown passes from Andrew Luck and a rushing TD from Ahmad Bradshaw on Sunday.
The Bengals had 135 total yards, matched a franchise record with 11 punts, and were shutout for the first time since the final regular-season game of the 2009 season.
Dalton finished 18 of 38 for 126 yards. Giovanni Bernard carried seven times for 17 yards. Jermaine Gresham accounted for more than one-third of the Bengals’ total yards with 10 catches for 48 yards.
The Bengals (3-2-1), who were without receiver A.J. Green for the second straight game, had only two first downs in the first half and converted only one third down.
The Bengals played without three starting linebackers for much of the game. Emmanuel Lamur and Rey Maualuga were on the inactive list with injuries and Vontaze Burfict left the game early with a cervical sprain.
Over the previous four weeks, all wins, Indy (5-2) had forced eight turnovers, got 16 sacks and limited opponents to 18.8 points. This week, Indianapolis’ defense was every bit as good
Dalton was sacked three times Sunday compared with a league-low two in the previous five games.
Ten of Kevin Huber’s punts followed three-and-outs.
And when the Colts needed a fourth-quarter red-zone stop to preserve the shutout, they got that, too.
The Bengals ran just eight plays in Colts territory and never had a chance after Dwayne Allen’s brilliant 32-yard catch-and-run made it 17-0.
Indy did all that with Robert Mathis, the 2013 NFL sacks leader, relegated to waving a towel; starting defensive tackle Arthur Jones inactive; and starting linebacker Erik Walden ejected late in the first half for making contact with umpire Bruce Stritesky.
Luck, who finished 27 of 42 and posted his sixth 300-yard game of the season, enjoyed every minute.
Luck wasn’t the only one applauding Indy’s breakout performance.
With his six-game suspension over, Jim Irsay returned to the owner’s suite for the first time since the preseason. After three years of preaching about the need to have a balanced offense and stingy defense, Irsay and each defensive player received a game ball.
It was Indy’s first shutout since beating Tennessee in the final game of the 2008 season.
T.Y. Hilton finished with seven catches for 107 yards, his second straight 100-yard game. Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 15 yards to give him 14,000 yards. He’s the ninth NFL player in that club. Bradshaw scored twice, including his first TD rushing of the season. In all, the Colts had 506 total yards.
Browns 6, Jaguars 24
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns missed Pro Bowl center Alex Mack maybe even more than they envisioned.
Without Mack in the lineup for the first time in his six-year career, the Browns hardly got anything going on the ground in a 24-6 loss at Jacksonville.
Cleveland ran 30 times for a season-low 69 yards, and without the help of play-action passes, Brian Hoyer was hurried and harassed into several poor throws and a couple of mistakes.
Ben Tate ran 16 times for 36 yards, and that included an 18-yard scamper in the first half. Rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were equally ineffective.
And with not much of a running game, Hoyer found himself in trouble most of the day. He completed 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards, with an interception. He also was sacked three times and fumbled.
The Browns (3-3) settled for field goals in two trips inside the 20-yard line and failed to convert on fourth-and-1 at the 24. Cleveland managed just three points off rookie Blake Bortles’ three interceptions.
No doubt, though, Cleveland’s biggest problem was stagnant ground game. The Browns entered Sunday with the league’s third-best rushing attack, but it held in check most of the day.
Playing without Mack may have been the culprit.
The Browns made two changes along their offensive line in an effort to replace Mack, who broke his left leg last week and had season-ending surgery. Right guard John Greco slid to center, and Paul McQuistan, who was with Seattle last season, stepped in at guard.
The Jaguars took advantage, getting steady pressure up the middle.
Titans 16, Redskins 17
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Charlie Whitehurst and the Tennessee Titans were clinging to a lead with 5 1/2 minutes left, and their defense had just forced a punt.
And so naturally, the Titans began a drive — one they hoped would seal a victory — by committing a penalty.
Center Brian Schwenke was whistled for illegal use of hands, his second such infraction of the game.
That made it first-and-20, and the Titans wound up having to punt the ball back to the Washington Redskins with plenty of time on the clock.
The Redskins drove nearly the length of the field to Kai Forbath’s 22-yard field goal as time expired, shortly after — what else? — a third down penalty on Titans cornerback Jason McCourty, and Washington won 19-17.
The loss was Tennessee’s fifth in its past six games.
In all, the Titans were called for 11 penalties for 96 yards.
That total included at least one penalty apiece on each of five offensive linemen: starters Schwenke, right guard Chance Warmack, right tackle Michael Oher and left guard Andy Levitre, and reserve Chris Spencer. Only rookie left tackle Taylor Lewan did not have his number announced after a flag was tossed.
And, most of all, there was the defense that allowed Redskins third-string quarterback Colt McCoy, who replaced Kirk Cousins at halftime, to complete a career-long 70-yard touchdown toss to Pierre Garcon on his first pass of the game.
McCoy completed his first six passes, and wound up 11 of 12 for 128 yards.
Dolphins 27, Bears 14
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Marshall said it over and over again, more than a dozen times in all. The loss to Miami, Chicago’s home record, the Bears’ sputtering start to the season — all unacceptable to the Pro Bowl wide receiver.
The Bears showed more fight in the postgame locker room than they did on the field during a 27-14 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Matt Forte scored two second-half touchdowns, but Chicago’s rally fizzled in the fourth quarter as its win less start at home reached three games.
“It’s unacceptable. We’re 3-4. It’s halfway into the season,” Marshall said. “It’s unacceptable. Want me to say it again? Unacceptable.”
The Bears had just 224 yards of offense in their fifth loss in their last seven games at Soldier Field, dating to last year. Jeremiah Ratliff had a career-best 3 1/2 sacks, but Chicago was unable to stop Ryan Tannehill in an efficient performance for the third-year quarterback.
Jay Cutler threw an interception and lost a fumble as Chicago (3-4) dropped to 0-4 when he throws at least one pick. He was 21 for 34 for 190 yards after he threw for 381 yards in last Sunday’s 27-13 victory at Atlanta.
Tannehill connected on his first 14 passes and was 25 of 32 overall, helping Miami bounce back from a brutal 27-24 loss to Green Bay. It looked as if the Dolphins were on their way to a big win over the Packers before Aaron Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds.
Tannehill finished with 277 yards and two touchdowns through the air, to go along with 48 yards on six carries.
Lamar Miller also had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Dolphins (3-3), who had lost three of four since an opening victory over New England.
Chiefs 23, Chargers 20
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers were slapped back to reality by Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs.
After five straight wins, the last three of which came against teams with inexperienced quarterbacks, the Chargers lost to the Chiefs on Sunday, 23-20.
Now it’s on to Denver, where the Chargers face Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Thursday night.
Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left to snap the Chargers’ five-game winning streak.
The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Smith, who completed three straight passes on the drive for 43 yards.
Smith was playing on the same field where he led Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships.
Coming off their bye, the Chiefs (3-3) pulled within 1 ½ games of San Diego (5-2). The Denver Broncos (4-1) hosted San Francisco on Sunday night. Had the Chiefs lost, they would have dropped three games behind San Diego.
The Chargers flunked their sternest test in a month and lost for the first time since a defeat at Arizona in the season opener.
Jamaal Charles scored once and gained 95 yards to give him 6,113 for his career, moving him to the top of Kansas City’s career list. He passed Priest Holmes, who had 6,070.
The Chargers, facing an established quarterback for the first time in four games, allowed Smith to complete 19 of 28 passes for 221 yards.
San Diego’s Philip Rivers was 17 of 31 for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
Cardinals 24, Raiders 13
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — There have been plenty of low points in a decade of losing for the Oakland Raiders.
This just might be the lowest one yet.
Carson Palmer threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in his return to Oakland and the Arizona Cardinals sent the Raiders to their 12th straight loss with a 24-13 victory Sunday.
The Raiders (0-6) have not won a game in more than 11 months and are off to their worst start since losing their first 13 games in 1962 — the year before late owner Al Davis joined the franchise.
There are still 10 games left for Woodson to get an answer to that question. The Raiders have already fired coach Dennis Allen and are left with few options to turn this season around.
Oakland has not had a winning record or playoff berth since 2002 in a dismal stretch for a franchise once known for winning.
While the Raiders are the NFL’s only winless team and in the midst of their worst stretch in more than a half-century, the first-place Cardinals (5-1) are off to their best start since 1976.
Stepfan Taylor caught one touchdown and ran for another and Andre Ellington gained 160 yards from scrimmage to lead the way on offense.
Palmer and a stingy defense are the big reasons for Arizona’s success. Despite throwing Arizona’s first interception of the season, Palmer has mostly avoided the big mistakes that often doomed him during his year and a half in Oakland.
He also has shown the ability to make the key throw, with his two biggest being a 33-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd in the second quarter and a 22-yarder to John Brown on third-and-8 late in the fourth.
That set up Chandler Catanzaro’s 41-yard field goal that sealed the win with 29 seconds to go as Palmer won in his first game here since being traded following the 2012 season.
Ellington, who was slowed by a rib injury, had 24 carries for 88 yards and caught six passes for 72 more yards.
Rookie Derek Carr struggled to find the big plays he had last week when he threw four touchdown passes in a 31-28 loss to San Diego. He hit one deep pass to Brice Butler, but most of his other completions were short. Carr went 16 for 28 for 173 yards.
The Raiders fell behind 14-0 early, but cut it to 14-13 midway through the third quarter when Sebastian Janikowski hit a 53-yard field goal with new holder Matt Schaub.
The Raiders made the switch after Janikowski struggled with punter Marquette King and then missed a 53-yard field goal last week.
Ellington then keyed a big drive for Arizona, running for 40 yards, catching a 16-yard pass and drawing a 20-yard pass interference penalty on Miles Burris. Taylor replaced him and scored on a 4-yard run.
The Raiders were unable to cross midfield on their final three drives and lost again.
Giants 21, Cowboys 31
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — If Tony Romo really is becoming the second option in the Dallas offense, he’s perfectly happy handing the leading role to DeMarco Murray.
And now Murray is the first running back in NFL history to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games, breaking Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s 56-year-old record. Murray ran for 128 yards and a late touchdown that came after a replay reversal, which denied Romo his fourth touchdown pass.
Romo settled for three scoring tosses, and the Cowboys (6-1) kept rolling after beating Super Bowl champion Seattle on the road last week. It’s their best start since winning six of their first seven on the way to a 13-3 finish in 2007, when they were the top seed in the NFC before losing to New York in their first playoff game.
Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants (3-4), who have lost road games to the NFC East’s top two teams in consecutive weeks. New York now has two-game skids on either side of a three-game winning streak.
Second-year Dallas tight end Gavin Escobar had his first two-touchdown game, and Dez Bryant finished with a season-high 151 yards receiving. Romo was 17 of 23 for 279 yards with an interception.
Eli Manning was 21 of 33 for 248 yards.
49ers 17, Broncos 42
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night.
Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre’s record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving him 510.
Manning surpassed Favre’s mark with an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter. As he went to retrieve the football, his teammates decided to have some fun.
Thomas tossed the historic ball over Manning and to Emmanuel Sanders, who then lobbed it to Wes Welker. From there, Welker dished it back to Sanders, who then flipped it to Julius Thomas — all of Manning’s favorite targets getting into the act.
Finally, Manning got the ball along with congratulations from his teammates and coaches. The souvenir won’t end up on Manning’s mantle, however — the Pro Football Hall of Fame has a nice spot all ready for it.
During the celebration on the sideline, Manning watched the giant scoreboard high above him in the south end zone as his boss, GM John Elway, and then Favre, offered their kudos.
Manning added a 40-yard TD throw to Thomas after Aqib Talib’s interception in the third quarter that made it 28-10, and then Thomas set up another score with a 49-yard catch.
This time, running back Ronnie Hillman darted through the line for a career-long 37-yard run that made it 35-10. He added a 1-yarder as the Broncos (5-1) finally found a ground game to go with Manning’s passing prowess.
Manning completed 22 of 26 passes for 318 yards with no interceptions to go with his four TD throws.
Demaryius Thomas caught eight of those throws for 171 yards, giving him an eye-popping 521 yards receiving and five TDs over the last three games.
The 49ers (4-3) did very little right in seeing their three-game winning streak snapped. Their only real highlight was Colin Kaepernick’s 4-yard TD pass to Stevie Johnson with 11 seconds left in the half brought the 49ers to 21-10.
Kaepernick completed 24 of 39 passes for 263 yards with one TD and one interception. He was sacked six times — DeMarcus Ware had three and Von Miller two.
His backup, Blaine Gabbert, threw a 20-yard TD pass to Bruce Ellington with a minute left.
This night belonged the Manning from start to finish.
Texans 23,Steelers 30
ITTSBURGH (AP) — One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.
Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight.
Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le’Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total offense and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a momentum-swinging touchdown pass in his first NFL start.
Arian Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29 over the final three quarters. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Texans were undone by three turnovers.
Watt recovered a fumble and picked up his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most of the second half.
By then, the Steelers were on their way to the win.