2016 NFL Week 10 Tuesday Afternoon QB

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Here is a recap of Week 10 of the 2016 NFL Season with a Tuesday Morning QB & thanks again to AP Sports/ Pro 32 for photos & articles.

 Bye: Bills, Lions, Colts, Raiders

Browns 7, Ravens 28

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws to a receiver during the first half the team’s NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens gained sole possession of first place in the AFC North at the expense of the winless Cleveland Browns, who reached a historic low point in franchise history.

Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes, and the Ravens used a strong second half to notch a 28-7 victory Thursday night.

Baltimore trailed at halftime before gaining control during a third quarter in which Flacco went 10 for 12 with two scores.

The Ravens (5-4) have won two in a row following a four-game losing streak. Baltimore is the only team in the division above .500.

Cleveland (0-10) has opened a season with 10 consecutive losses for the first time since joining the NFL in 1950. The Browns have dropped 11 straight on the road since winning in Baltimore in October 2015.

The defeat left Cleveland’s all-time record at 461-461-10. The Browns have never been below .500.

Down 7-6 at halftime, the Ravens moved 64 yards on their first possession of the third quarter to take a 13-7 lead. Flacco connected with five different receivers on the drive, closing with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller.

Browns coach Hue Jackson then opted to insert Josh McCown at quarterback after watching starter Cody Kessler go 10 for 17 for 94 yards. McCown’s second pass was intercepted, giving Baltimore the ball at the Cleveland 40 with a chance to break the game open.

The Ravens moved to the 15 before Flacco heaved an ill-advised throw into the end zone that was picked off by Joe Haden.

Baltimore’s next drive, however, was run on a short field. After a 32-yard punt gave the Ravens the ball at the Cleveland 43, Flacco threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith, and a 2-point conversion made it 21-7.

A 27-yard touchdown throw to Breshad Perriman sealed it with 6:21 remaining and marked the 10th straight game in which the Browns yielded at least 25 points.

Flacco went 30 for 41 for 296 yards and two interceptions.

McCown went 6 for 13 for 59 yards. He was picked off twice and lost a fumble when hit by Terrell Suggs, who was playing with a torn biceps.

“Adrenaline. Adrenaline was working tonight,” Suggs said.

Jackson said Kessler will start the Browns’ next game, at home against Pittsburgh on Nov. 20.

The first time these teams played this season, the Ravens had to rally from 20 points down to pull out for a 25-20 win. Baltimore needed another comeback in this one, though the deficit wasn’t nearly as imposing.

After their first three series produced two punts and an interception , the Ravens gained possession at the Cleveland 48 following a punt and used a 25-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Kessler followed with a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Seth DeValve, and at that point the Browns looked very little like a team that hadn’t won a game in 11 months.

NOT EVEN CLOSE

It was the first time this season that the Ravens had a game decided by more than eight points. It was their most lopsided victory since a 20-10 win over Cleveland on Dec. 28, 2014.

QUOTABLE

Browns: “It’s fair to say we didn’t expect to be here, but it’s also fair to say we expect to grow from this,” McCown said.

Ravens: “Sizz is a once-in-a-generation type player,” Baltimore safety Eric Weddle said about Suggs, who had a sack and a forced fumble.

SMITH MOVES UP

Smith had five catches for 60 yards and moved into eighth place on the NFL career list with 14,349 yards receiving. He passed Reggie Wayne, and now is in pursuit of No. 7 Marvin Harrison (14,580).

INJURIES

Browns: CB Jamar Taylor (groin) was inactive.

Ravens: LG Alex Lewis injured his right ankle in the third quarter, was carted off the field and did not return. X-rays were negative. … C Jeremy Zuttah injured his right ankle on Smith’s TD.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host the Steelers, the first meeting of the season between the AFC North rivals.

Ravens: Travel to Dallas on Nov. 20 to face the Cowboys, a team they’re 4-0 against since the series began in 2000.

Falcons 15, Eagles 24

Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles’ Ryan Mathews celebrates a touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Mathews ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, a tenacious defense held down the league’s highest-scoring offense and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-15 on Sunday.

Carson Wentz threw for 231 yards and led the Eagles (5-4) to a comeback victory for the first time this season. Caleb Sturgis made three field goals, including a clutch kick from 48 yards to seal the win late.

“The run game was huge,” Wentz said. “It was good to get Ryan the ball, feed him the rock and he was running angry. That makes my job easier.”

Matt Ryan threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel in the fourth quarter to give Atlanta (6-4) a 15-13 lead, but Philadelphia answered.

Mathews ran in from the 5 and also converted the 2-point conversion for a 21-15 lead with 7:14 left in the game.

On Atlanta’s ensuing possession, Julio Jones dropped a pass on third-and-12 and the Falcons punted away. Jones couldn’t make a difficult catch on fourth-and-5 on Atlanta’s next drive.

Jones, sporting fashionable cleats to support the NFL’s Salute To Service, had 10 catches for 135 yards.

The Falcons came in averaging 33.8 points. But they settled for field goals of 38, 43 and 46 yards by Matt Bryant before Ryan connected with Gabriel.

“They outdid us in all phases,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We had our opportunities and we didn’t nail them. We had the lead and couldn’t close it.”

Mathews had just nine carries combined in the past two games while 33-year-old Darren Sproles was featured. But coach Doug Pederson made a point to establish the run right away. Mathews carried seven times for 34 yards on the first drive, taking it in from the 4 for a 7-0 lead.

Rookie Wendell Smallwood had 70 yards rushing and Philadelphia finished with a season-high 208 on the ground.

“That’s an explosive offense and I felt we had to possess the ball and running game had to be a factor,” Pederson said.

Ryan was 18 of 33 for 267 yards, one TD and one interception.

QUOTABLE: Matthews was upset after not getting a call on a shot to the head from Keanu Neal in the fourth quarter. He had a busted lip and needed to replace his facemask because it was bent. “They can look up at the screen and see it. Just get the call right,” he said.

STAY ON THE SIDELINE: Ryan and Atlanta’s high-powered offense spent a lot of time watching from the sideline. The Eagles dominated time of possession nearly 2 to 1 by controlling the ball for 38:10.

LINE PLAY: The Eagles won the battle on both sides, pushing the Falcons’ defense around and paving the way for the run game. Atlanta’s offensive line allowed Ryan to get pressured and forced him to make quick throws several times. He was sacked twice.

HOME DOMINANCE: The Eagles are 4-0 at home, including convincing wins over the Steelers and Vikings. They’ve outscored their opponents 108-38.

DOUBLE DUTY: Bryant had two decent punts after Matt Bosher left with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.

DRIVE-STOPPERS: Vic Beasley Jr. had two sacks, including a strip that forced Wentz to fumble and the Falcons recovered at their own 42. Philip Wheeler stopped Mathews at the 1 and Paul Worrilow tacked Mathews for a 1-yard loss on the next play to force a field goal in the fourth quarter.

PLAYING DEEP: On consecutive plays to end the first half, Jones and then Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham played deep safety to defend potential desperation passes.

INJURIES: Eagles CB Nolan Carroll left the game late in the first half after sustaining a concussion. … Falcons CB Desmond Trufant, RB Tevin Coleman and TE Jacob Tamme sat out with injuries. Eagles LG Allen Barbre missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT: The Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals, while the Eagles visit the Seattle Seahawks.

Bears 10, Buccaneers 36

Jay Cutler, Robert Ayers

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) fumbles as he is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers (91) in the end zone during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Cutler fumbled out of bounds resulting in a safety. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston kept retreating toward his own goal line, seemingly in disregard for the best interests of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The second-year quarterback often is at his best when he’s improvising, though, and the first overall pick from the 2015 draft kept scrambling into the end zone and back out before heaving a 38-yard completion to Mike Evans.

The play started at his own 23 and ended at the Chicago 38, where Evans made a leaping catch. On the next play, Winston threw his second TD pass in a 36-10 rout of the Bears on Sunday.

“That’s Jameis making plays,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, though that hardly crossed the coach’s mind while Winston was heading the wrong way with the Bucs clinging to a seven-point lead early in the third quarter.

“Throw it away. Throw it away. Do anything. Don’t take a safety,” Koetter recalled himself thinking.

“But, the thing about Jameis, Jameis is going to do some things that we don’t plan for and he’s going to do some things that sometimes I don’t like,” the coach added. “But Jameis is going to make some plays. That’s who he is. … You can’t coach that out of him. He’s a special player in that respect.”

Winston finished 23 of 33 for 312 yards with one interception, helping the Bucs (4-5) win at home for the first time this season. The Bears (2-7) are winless in five road games.

“That was a great play by him. … He retreated. I tried to get him again and he stepped up in the pocket and let it rip,” Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd said. “Great play by him.”

Winston threw for TDs of 10 yards to Cameron Brate and 43 yards to Freddie Martino, a former practice squad player with two career receptions.

Two weeks after returning from injury and helping the Bears (2-7) beat NFC North leader Minnesota, Jay Cutler threw two interceptions and fumbled twice, one resulting in a third-quarter safety that put the Bucs up 29-10.

The Bucs forced four turnovers overall and sacked Cutler four times. Even though the Bears are last in the league in scoring, it was a confidence-building performance for a defense that yielded 73 points and 1,087 yards — including 857 passing — in home losses to Oakland and Atlanta the previous two weeks.

Cutler missed five games with a sprained right thumb before playing well and not turning the ball over against the Vikings. The Bears had a bye last week, but the momentum they built against Minnesota didn’t carry over to the trip to Tampa.

The Bears scored on Cameron Meredith’s 50-yard TD reception on the final play of the first half. Cutler finished 16 of 30 for 182 yards, and Tampa Bay’s Chris Conte returned a first-quarter interception 20 yards to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead.

“Any given week, you can win, you can lose. It depends on how you execute,” Cutler said. “Obviously, we didn’t get the job done today.”

MARTIN’S RETURN

Bucs running back Doug Martin returned from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since Week 2. He rushed for 33 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 1-yard run that made it 36-10 late in the fourth quarter.

HAIL MARY

Deep in their own territory and down two touchdowns after turning the ball over four times, the Bears weren’t content with merely running out the final 31 seconds of the opening half. They used timeouts after Jeremy Langford’s 13-yard run and Cutler’s 4-yard completion to the reserve running back, then set themselves up for a final play when Ka’Deem Carey scampered 16 yards to midfield on a reception before getting out of bounds. Cutler heaved his 50-yard TD pass to Meredith in the back of the end zone to finish a four-play, 83-yard drive.

YOUNG PASSER

Winston’s second-quarter TD pass to Brate was the 40th of the second-year pro’s career. At 22 years, 312 days old, he’s the youngest quarterback in NFL history to reach that plateau, doing it in 25 games. He’s on pace to top 4,000 yards passing for the second straight year, and has thrown for 19 TDs vs. 10 interceptions this season.

INJURIES

Bears: Lost the right side of their offensive line in the first half, with guard Kyle Long leaving with an ankle injury and tackle Bobby Massie suffering a concussion. Defensive lineman Will Sutton (ankle) left early in the third quarter and did not return.

Buccaneers: Starting left guard Kevin Phamphile (concussion protocol) did not play.

UP NEXT:

Bears: Remain on the road, facing the New York Giants.

Buccaneers: Continue a stretch of four consecutive games outside the NFC South, traveling to Kansas City.

Packers 25, Titans 47

DeMarco Murray, Dennis Kelly, Blake Martinez

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs the ball as offensive tackle Dennis Kelly (71) blocks Green Bay Packers linebacker Blake Martinez (50) in in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans routed the Green Bay Packers 47-25 Sunday.

Five different Titans scored a touchdown in the first half as Tennessee put together its best scoring performance this season with 35 points.

With the win, the Titans (5-5) also matched the five victories over the past two seasons combined.

DeMarco Murray set the tone on the opening play from scrimmage, running 75 yards for a touchdown . He finished with 123 yards and also threw a TD pass, becoming the first non-quarterback to do that for this franchise in the same game since Earl Campbell on Sept. 7, 1980, for the then-Houston Oilers.

Brian Orakpo had two of Tennessee’s five sacks, and the Titans also forced three turnovers.

The Packers (4-5) started a three-game road swing by losing their third straight. Green Bay has lost four of five in dropping below .500 for the first time since Aaron Rodgers’ first year as a starter back in 2008.

Rodgers and Mariota came into this game tied for the most TD passes in the NFL over the previous five weeks with 13. Rodgers threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for another.

But Mariota completed his first 10 passes as Tennessee jumped on Green Bay at the start, and he completed TD passes of 9, 32, 6 and 33 — each to a different receiver.

STUNNING FIRST QUARTER

The Titans botched the first play of the game with an onside kick that went straight to the Packers. That was one of only two blemishes in the opening quarter. Tennessee outgained the Packers 231-26 in the first quarter and led 21-0. Murray cut inside left tackle Taylor Lewan and outraced everyone to the end zone for his longest TD this season, and he capped the next drive with a 10-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker.

PACKERS’ HOLE

Green Bay trailed by as much as 35-10 before a late TD in the first half. It was the Packers’ biggest deficit in the first half of a game started by Rodgers, topping a 21-point deficit against the Giants in 2012.

MURRAY’S DAY

The Titans running back also matched Campbell for the franchise record with a rushing TD in his fifth straight game. Campbell set the mark in 1979. Murray came into Sunday as the NFL’s second-leading rusher with 807 yards and a sore toe on his right foot that limited him in practice this week. He got his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season against a Green Bay defense that had been the NFL’s stingiest against the run, allowing just 75.8 yards per game.

OUT OF HERE

The Titans led only 7-0 when they lost left tackle Taylor Lewan . On the first play of their second drive, Packers defensive tackle Justin Guion was flagged for going unabated to the quarterback, and Lewan was arguing with Guion when back judge Steve Freeman tried to break it up. Lewan appeared on replays to knock Freeman’s hand away, and he was ejected for contacting an official. He was replaced by Dennis Kelly.

UP NEXT:

Packers: Remain on the road, facing the Washington Redskins.

Titans: Travel to Indy to face the AFC South rival Colts.

Rams 9, Jets 6

APTOPIX Rams Jets Football

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) throws under pressure from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Alec Ogletree saw the football zipping his way and knew he needed to get his hands on it.

The Los Angeles linebacker intercepted Bryce Petty with just under two minutes left, lifting the Rams to a 9-6 victory over the New York Jets in a snoozer Sunday.

Petty made his first NFL start in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, but couldn’t get much going against the Rams defense.

After getting the ball with 2:55 remaining and down by three, Petty tried to lead the Jets (3-7) down the field. But on second-and-7 from the 42, Petty’s pass to Quincy Enunwa was picked off by Ogletree, who took it out of the receiver’s hands and Enunwa then tried to wrestle it away from the linebacker to no avail.

“I had that area of zone and I was playing the receiver,” Ogletree said. “I saw him throw the ball. We kind of tied up and I was able to rip it out from him and make the play.”

Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals, including a go-ahead 34-yarder with 6:52 left, helping the Rams (4-5) snap a four-game losing streak and avoid their first five-game skid since Weeks 9-13 last season.

“We had to fight and scrap all the way to the end,” Ogletree said. “That’s what it takes to win and I was right there to make the play. We really couldn’t get on the plane without winning here.”

The game featured 15 punts — eight by the Jets and seven by the Rams — as neither offense were the models of efficiency or excitement. New York finished with 296 yards of total offense, while the Rams had 280.

Petty, a fourth-round draft pick out of Baylor last year, went 19 of 32 for 163 yards with a touchdown and the loss-sealing interception.

“I’m not going to let this define my career,” Petty said. “I’m not going to let this define me.”

Fitzpatrick was listed as questionable with a sprained left knee , suffered last weekend at Miami. Coach Todd Bowles said throughout the week that Fitzpatrick would remain the starter for Sunday’s game — as long as he was healthy enough to play.

After the game, Bowles said Fitzpatrick wasn’t “completely healthy.” The two split first-team snaps during practice all week.

Fitzpatrick was active for the game and served as Petty’s backup, while rookie Christian Hackenberg was inactive. Bowles would not commit to who his starter would be in the Jets’ next game against New England in two weeks.

While Rams fans have been clamoring for No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff to play, Case Keenum went a ho-hum 17 of 30 for 165 yards, but had no turnovers after throwing eight interceptions in his previous four games.

“No, I’m not going into the quarterback situation,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “As I said, I don’t believe it’s the quarterback play. Collectively, we’re just making mistakes here and there.”

Petty drove the Jets 99 yards on the team’s second possession, finishing with his first NFL TD pass with a little razzle-dazzle on a toss to Brandon Marshall, who flipped it to Bilal Powell for a 4-yard score.

Nick Folk was wide left on the extra point, his second miss of the season, leaving New York with a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Zuerlein tied it at 6 with 20 seconds left in the third quarter with a 38-yard field goal.

“I thought Case did a nice job,” Fisher said. “We didn’t get the ball in the end zone, but he scrambled and picked up some key first downs and kept drives alive. That’s what you have to do against a defense like this.”

SO CLOSE

Petty misfired on a long pass on third-and-14 from the Rams 32 that could’ve been an easy touchdown in the closing minute of the first half, slightly overthrowing Robby Anderson, who was wide open but had to reach high as the ball tipped off his hand.

GURLEY STILL GROUNDED

Todd Gurley, last season’s Offensive Rookie of Year, still has yet to run for 100 yards in a game this season after rushing for 125 or more five times last season. He finished with 64 yards on 21 carries. Gurley’s longest run of the season, 21 yards in the fourth quarter, was wiped out by Greg Robinson’s holding penalty.

FIELD FLIPPER

With the Rams pinned at their 17 on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter, Johnny Hekker blasted a 78-yard punt that had returner Jalin Marshall fielding as if he were catching a pass. After a 10-yard return by Marshall, the Jets had the ball at their 15 — and went three-and-out. It was the fourth-longest punt in franchise history.

UP NEXT

Rams: vs. Miami next Sunday.

Jets: bye week. Next game vs. New England, Nov. 27.

Vikings 20, Redskins 26

Sam Bradford, Preston Smith, Su'a Cravens

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is sacked by Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith (94) and safety Su’a Cravens (36) during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Washington defeated Minnesota 26-20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Sam Bradford grabbed his helmet with two hands and slammed it down on the sideline.

The Vikings quarterback had just been picked off late in what would become a 26-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Minnesota’s fourth consecutive defeat in a season that began with five consecutive victories and now is slipping away.

Afterward, Bradford was asked what he could have done better on this afternoon.

“Not throwing an interception in the fourth quarter would’ve helped,” Bradford replied.

Scoring a single point in the second half might have been useful, too.

“We’ve just got to be more consistent,” Bradford said.

Showing the sort of up-and-down play that encapsulates its season, Minnesota (5-4) trailed 14-0 less than a minute into the second quarter, put up three TDs in about 5 1/2 minutes at the end of the half to take the lead, and got outscored 12-0 the rest of the way.

“I’m concerned, obviously, but I still believe,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “I believe that (if) we do a couple things here or a couple things there, we’re going to win some games. … I just feel like if we can get over the hump, if we can keep fighting until we do that, positive things will happen. It doesn’t look like that right now.”

Sure doesn’t.

The Vikings had problems in all three phases of the game. Blair Walsh missed an extra point on the final play of the first half, making him only 15 for 19 on the season. This came after Minnesota invited a half-dozen free agents to a tryout during the week before deciding to keep Walsh.

“Honestly, I didn’t even see the kick, so I don’t know what happened on it,” Zimmer said, “other than he missed.”

Asked whether he would evaluate Walsh’s status again, Zimmer replied: “Yes, I will evaluate everything.”

Plenty for him to look at, including an offense that was shut out after halftime and twice failed to convert on third-and-1.

“There’s no excuse,” guard Brandon Fusco said, “for not getting a yard.”

The Vikings generally have become unable to run the ball since injuries to Adrian Peterson and starters along the offensive line. That last part only appeared to get worse on their final drive Sunday, when left tackle Jake Long — as it is, he was on the field because Matt Kalil is on IR — was carted off with an Achilles tendon injury. Zimmer said he believes Long is done for the season.

Then there’s the defense, which played at a level approaching historic greatness at the start of the season and now is merely OK.

If the Redskins had not repeatedly stalled inside the red zone, the Vikings might have allowed more than four field goals in the second half.

“We’ve got to create more turnovers. We’ve got to be better on third down. There’s a lot of things that aren’t happening for us right now,” defensive end Brian Robison said. “At the end of the day, we’ve got to figure out what it is that we’ve got to get back to doing.”

Robison was referring to the defense in particular, but he could have been talking about the entire team.

Zimmer insisted his players are still fighting, still putting in the right amount of effort to have more success.

That was the coach’s message to the media — and in the locker room.

“After a while, you get tired of hearing that, and you’ve got to win a … game,” guard Alex Boone said. “You can only say you played so tough for so long until it doesn’t count anymore. These are games you’ve got to win.”

Broncos 25, Saints 23

Will Parks

Denver Broncos defensive back Will Parks (34) grabs a blocked extra point and returns it for a safety as New Orleans Saints center Max Unger (60) pursues in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The Broncos won 25-23. (AP Photo/John McCusker)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Broncos safety Darian Stewart was in the right place at the right time, as Denver defenders often seem to be.

Shutting down quarterback Drew Brees for four quarters was always going to be a tall order, particularly with starting quarterback Aqib Talib and starting defensive end Derek Wolfe injured. Still, Denver’s dynamic defense produced four pivotal turnovers in a wild 25-23 victory over the previously surging Saints on Sunday.

“The Saints’ offense is real tough and we knew that coming in,” said Stewart, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery . “We had a lot of guys out injured, which only made the challenge more difficult. But we had a lot of guys who stepped in and made contributions. That was huge.”

The game ultimately was decided in the unlikeliest of ways. Denver rookie Justin Simmons blocked a potential go-ahead, extra-point kick by New Orleans’ Wil Lutz, and rookie teammate Will Parks grabbed the loose ball, returning it 84 yards for a defensive 2-point conversion with 1:28 left in the game.

Yet New Orleans might never have relinquished its 17-10, second-half lead if not for two fumbles forced by Denver’s defense.

The Broncos, who entered the game with the top-rated pass defense in the NFL, intercepted Brees twice in the first half.

Stewart made his first interception by anticipating Brees’ throw down the left sideline and cutting in front of intended target Travaris Cadet at the Denver 9-yard line. The second came when Stewart snagged a pass ripped from rookie receiver Michael Thomas’ grasp by defensive back Bradley Roby.

In the fourth quarter, Stewart once again found a ball landing in his lap when Roby punched the ball away from Thomas after a reception over the middle.

“That’s a play we work on,” Roby said of his strip. “In that situation, you have to say to yourself, ‘You’ve got to go for the ball.'”

Denver converted that turnover into Demaryius Thomas’ game-tying touchdown.

Then came defensive end Jared Crick’s crushing tackle of Thomas that forced another fumble, recovered by T.J. Ward to set up a field goal which put Denver ahead 23-17 with just under 3 minutes left.

Those plays helped Denver overcome Brees’ NFL-record 56th game with at least 300 yards and three TDs passing.

“The four turnovers, they cost us the game,” Brees said. “It made it a lot closer than it probably should have been.”

Here’s what else stood out in Denver’s victory over the Saints:

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Simmons said Denver had picked up on some of the Saints’ place-kicking tendencies and figured they might be able to block a kick by having a player hurdle the offensive line. Simmons said the Broncos worked on the play, called “Leaper,” all week.

“It’s something you work on all the time,” Denver coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s risky to do because if you touch somebody, it’s a penalty. There are certain situations in a game where you say it is worth the risk, and this was one of them.”

ELITE BREES: Brees passed for 303 yards with touchdowns on a 32-yard pass to Brandin Cooks , as well as 3- and 5-yard tosses to Willie Snead. He did it against a Broncos defense that entered the game allowing just 183.3 yards passing per game. Who knows what kind of numbers Brees might have had it three drives weren’t stalled by turnovers in which the ball was knocked from Michael Thomas’ hands?

MIXED BAG: The Broncos are still living with quarterback Trevor Siemian’s rookie mistakes. He threw two interceptions and didn’t seem to see cornerback Sterling Moore jumping the route on the first or Kenny Vaccaro standing right in the ball’s path on the second. He also took six sacks. But he made a number of clutch throws — not just on his TD passes of 14 yards to Jordan Taylor and 2 yards to Demaryius Thomas. He also completed a slew of drive-extending throws and the Broncos converted 11 of 19 third downs.

BETTER BLOCKING: Two of Denver’s best pass rushers — Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware — were held without a sack by a Saints offensive line that was missing starting left tackle Terron Armstead. Andrus Peat took over for Armstead, sliding over from left guard, and Senio Kelemete took Peat’s guard spot. Denver, which came in with 28 sacks, managed just one on Brees, by linebacker Shaquil Barrett.

QB PRESSURE: New Orleans ramped up its pass rush in a big way. The Saints had 11 sacks in their first eight games, but six different defenders got a sack apiece on Siemian: rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, end Cameron Jordan, safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Craig Robertson.

Chiefs 20, Panthers 17

Eric Berry, Fozzy Whittaker

Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry (29) returns and interception past Carolina Panthers’ Fozzy Whittaker (43) for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry grew up competing against Cam Newton in the Atlanta area.

On Sunday, Berry got the best of his better-known high school rival, intercepting the reigning league MVP and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown to help the Chiefs to a 20-17 come-from-behind win over Carolina Panthers.

“We always had battles back in the day from 7-on-7 camps to everything,” Berry said. “It’s good to come out on top.”

The Chiefs defense has been coming out on top all season.

They entered the game leading the league in takeaways with 20 and added two more on Sunday — both of those coming at key moments in the fourth quarter while the offense was struggling.

“You need a little spark there and we got it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

Berry’s fourth career interception return for a touchdown gave the Chiefs the spark they needed, cutting the lead to 17-14, and Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin to set up Cairo Santos’ winning 37-yard field goal as time expired.

It sounds as if Peters must have been listening to defensive coordinator Bob Sutton in practice.

“He’s a manic on that, about stripping the ball,” Reid said. “If you look at it close, (Benjamin) kind of juggled it just a bit and Marcus felt it and went for the rip.”

Here are a couple more things to know about the Chiefs and Panthers:

CHIEFS PENALTIES A CONCERN

For the second consecutive week, penalty flags provided some anxious moments for Reid. Last week, it was tight end Travis Kelce, ejected after two unsportsmanlike penalties against Jacksonville. Against Carolina, Reid waited out the officials after Peters punted the ball in celebration following his game-changing strip and fumble recovery.

“He does a lot of great things. He’s a gifted guy,” Reid said. “But he’s not a punter. I’m going to go block the next one.”

The penalty went for 5 yards for delay of game — not 15, for unsportsmanlike conduct. Cairo Santos kicked the game-winning field goal three plays later, from 37 yards.

“You’re talking about two emotional guys,” Reid said of Kelce and Peters. “I love them, but they’re giving me gray hair. I’m too old for this.”

NEWTON BACK ON THE RUN

The struggling NFC champion Panthers unleashed Newton on Sunday, giving him his most extensive action as a runner since his concussion on Oct. 2. Newton carried 12 times for 54 yards, including a 4-yard touchdownagainst a defense that hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 4.

Newton’s first carry went for 28 yards. Kansas City limited him to 26 more on 11 carries after that. Carolina finished with 99 yards rushing total.

“Coach kept calling my number,” Newton said. “We just have to find ways to run the football more, when we have to and when we want to.”

SMITH’S NEW SLANT ON SLIDING

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith missed last week’s game against Jacksonville after a couple of hits two weeks earlier against Indianapolis. The team says Smith wasn’t concussed, but he said coming into Sunday’s game against Carolina that he would either slide earlier — or not at all.

“(Sliding) is still a tool,” said Smith, who rushed four times for 13 yards against Carolina. “In traffic, you want to remain a football player. I’ve been playing a long time. Remain a football player, (keep) your eyes up. It’s a better way to get out of those situations. Even if you get the 15-yarder (penalty), you’re still defenseless to get teed-off on.”

PANTHERS PUNTER

Carolina could be in the market for a short-term punter after Andy Lee injured his hamstring in the first quarter. The Panthers host New Orleans on Thursday, so they might need to make a move soon.

Kicker Graham Gano punted four times Sunday for a 45.0-yard average. His longest went for 54 yards, although two sailed too long and went for touchbacks.

“Coach (Ron) Rivera is always talking about ‘next man up,’ so I just tried to step in, catch the ball and get it off,” Gano said.

HOT STREAK

The Chiefs’ five consecutive victories are part of a 17-2 record in their past 19 games. That’s the best record in the NFL during that stretch.

Texans 24, Jaguars 21

Stephen Anderson, Tashaun Gipson

Houston Texans tight end Stephen Anderson scores a touchdown on a 7-yard pass play as he runs past Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes, Kareem Jackson returned an interception 42 yards for a score and the Houston Texans handed the Jacksonville Jaguars another home loss, 24-13 Sunday.

The Texans (6-3) scored on offense and defense and set up another score with special teams, a complete team effort that led to their first road win of the season and kept them perfect (3-0) against the AFC South. They won their fifth in a row against Jacksonville.

The Jaguars (2-7) lost their fourth straight and fell to 0-4 at home. Coach Gus Bradley’s team rallied late, with Blake Bortles hitting Allen Robinson for a touchdown and again for a 2-point conversion.

But the Texans converted a third-and-5 play with 2 minutes to play, essentially ending the game. It dropped Bradley’s record to 14-43 in four seasons and prompted even the most loyal supporters to question why owner Shad Khan hasn’t made a change.

Houston had been downright dismal on the road this season, scoring just one touchdown in lopsided losses at New England, Minnesota and Denver. The Texans found Jacksonville to be much more hospitable, especially on the opening drive.

On the fifth play of the game, Jackson stepped in front of Allen Hurns, tipped the ball up, bobbled it, secured it and sauntered down the sideline before juking Bortles and high-stepping into the end zone.

Osweiler made it 14-7 later in the first quarter with a 1-yard pass to wide-open tight end Ryan Griffin. Punt returner Tyler Ervin did most of the work on Houston’s third touchdown, weaving his way for 57 yards and setting the Texans up at the 7-yard line. Osweiler hooked up with Stephen Anderson on the next play.

Nick Novak, who missed two field goals earlier in the game, connected on a 51-yarder with 8:32 remaining that gave Houston some breathing room.

The Jaguars struggled to move the ball consistently all afternoon and added to their lowlight reel in the second quarter when Bortles did the most Bortles thing of his career.

Under heavy pressure and trying to ground the ball near tightly covered running back T.J. Yeldon, Bortles hit Yeldon in the foot. The ball bounced up and landed in linebacker Whitney Mercilus’ hands for an interception. It was Bortles’ second pick of the day and his sixth in the last five games.

MISSING MEN

Even though it came against dysfunctional Jacksonville, Houston’s victory was somewhat impressive considering how many key players the team was without.

Starting receiver Will Fuller (knee), run-stuffing nose tackle Vince Wilfork (groin) and cornerback A.J. Bouye (ankle) were inactive. So was fellow receiver Jaelen Strong, leaving the Texans with just three healthy wideouts (DeAndre Hopkins, Braxton Miller and Keith Mumphrey). Houston turned to its tight ends for help.

DROUGHT CONTINUES

The Jaguars failed once again to score a touchdown on their opening possession, extending the NFL’s longest current TD drought to open games.

Jacksonville’s streak is now at 23 games after Bortles’ interception. The Jaguars haven’t found the end zone on their opening drive since Week 2 of the 2015 season against Miami. Since then, they have 17 punts, three field goals and three turnovers — all interceptions this season — in their initial possessions. Bortles also threw opening-drive picks against Green Bay and Chicago.

Dolphins 31, Chargers 24

Dolphins Chargers Football

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, runs past Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams during the first half of an NFL football game in San Diego, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kiko Alonso intercepted Philip Rivers’ pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:01 left to give Miami a wild 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Dolphins’ fourth straight.

The Dolphins (5-4) intercepted Rivers four times, all in the fourth quarter.

Alonso jumped in front of Tyrell Williams and outraced everybody into the end zone for the winning score.

Two plays into the ensuing drive, Rivers was intercepted again, by Tony Llippett, his second of the game.

Rivers threw three touchdown passes to move past John Elway for eighth place on the career list with 301.

Rivers’ 51-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 4:04 left gave the Chargers (4-6) a 24-21 lead.

Miami came right back to get a 27-yard field goal from Andrew Franks to tie it. That was set up by Ryan Tannehill’s 56-yard pass to DeVante Parker and a roughing-the-passer call that put the ball on the San Diego 10.

Damien Williams scored on a 2-yard run and on an 18-yard pass from Tannehill for the Dolphins.

Jay Ajayi ran for 79 yards, ending his streak of three straight 100-yard games, but he had big runs to set up two touchdowns by Damien Williams.

Williams scored on a 2-yard run on the opening drive of the second half to give Miami a 14-10 lead. Ajayi had a 40-yard run on the drive.

San Diego regained the lead at 17-14 on Rivers’ 7-yard pass to rookie Hunter Henry in the right corner of the end zone.

The Dolphins came right back and took a 21-17 lead when Tannehill threw an 18-yard pass to Williams. That drive was kept alive by Ajayi’s 21-yard run and Tannehill’s 18-yard scramble.

The Chargers blew a great opportunity to jump back into the lead after Jakeem Grant muffed a punt and Darrell Stuckey recovered it at the Miami 5. The Chargers had five chances from the 5 or closer — thanks a holding call against Byron Maxwell — and ended up with Rivers being intercepted by Lippett in the end zone after forcing a pass into double coverage.

After Miami went three-and-out, Rivers gave it right back when he was intercepted by Byron Maxwell with 6:49 to go. The Dolphins failed to capitalize.

Rivers threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates for a 10-0 lead. It was the 82nd time those two connected, extending their NFL record for a quarterback-tight end duo.

Gates needs two TD catches to tie Tony Gonzalez’s NFL record for touchdown grabs by a tight end (111).

Tannehill threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills in the first half.

WEST COAST WEEK

Since the Dolphins are playing at the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday, they’re staying in northern San Diego County this week. That gave Stills a chance to show some teammates where he went to high school and make a special visit. “I got to see my dog for the first time in like a year and a half,” said Stills, who stayed in Miami last offseason to work out.

INJURIES

Chargers CB Brandon Flowers left late in the third quarter and was being evaluated for a concussion. … Dolphins DE Mario Williams left with an ankle injury.

Cowboys 35, Steelers 30

Mike Mitchell, Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) dances into the end zone ahead of Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell (23) for a game-winning touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The Cowboys won 35-30. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have little interest in the big picture. Yes, the rookies understand the Dallas Cowboys are on a historic roll. Just don’t expect them to start thinking about what it all means.

“I really don’t think about what’s normal and what’s abnormal,” Prescott said.

Maybe because what’s happening in Dallas might be the new normal.

Elliott ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns — both in the final two minutes — and turned a screen pass into an 83-yard score as the Cowboys pulled off a thrilling 35-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.

Twice late in the fourth quarter Dallas (8-1) had the ball in Pittsburgh territory with a chance to run out the clock and attempt a game-winning field goal. Twice Elliott found himself running free into the end zone, the last a 32-yard sprint up the middle with 9 seconds left.

“It parted like the Red Sea,” Elliott said after pushing his season rushing total to an NFL-best 1,005 yards. “All I had to do was run.”

Prescott overcame an early fumble to pass for 319 yards and two scores and felt his jaw drop while watching Elliott score the third and final touchdown of a wild final 115 seconds.

“I was just shaking my head like ‘Wow,'” Prescott said. “We were just trying to get us in position to get in good field goal range and Zeke said otherwise.”

When safety Byron Jones pushed Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown out of bounds at the Dallas 20 on the final play, the Cowboys had perhaps their most impressive victory of an increasingly surprising season. Prescott also took another step toward stopping any discussion about the team’s starting quarterback.

Veteran Tony Romo practiced during the week and is nearly fully recovered from a broken bone in his back, but he spent his Sunday afternoon the same way he spent every other one this season: in street clothes watching Prescott do his thing.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones declined to name Prescott the permanent starter in the giddy aftermath, though there appears to be no plans — and really no reason — to make a switch even though Jones anticipates Romo being the backup next week against Baltimore.

“I think the longer (Prescott) plays like this, the more we have a chance to have another win,” Jones said. “Everybody here wants to do one thing and that’s win. There’s nobody that would introduce any other issue or any other consideration than doing what it takes to win the game.”

Asked if he’s been around a team where two rookies have done so much so quickly, and the 74-year-old gleefully shook his head.

“Not two that are so in sync to where they’re feeding off each other and the team feeding off them,” Jones said. “I haven’t seen that.”

DOING IT FOR DAD

Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant caught six passes for a season-high 116 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Cowboys a 23-18 lead. Rather than do his typical touchdown celebration — making an X with his forearms while barking at the crowd — Bryant pointed at the sky instead in tribute to his father, MacArthur Hatton.

Hatton passed away on Saturday, according to Jones. And while Bryant quietly ducked out of the locker room without speaking to reporters, his teammates figure Bryant’s play on the field did all the talking necessary.

“I think the game gives him peace,” Prescott said. “I told him ‘Your father is watching. He’s got the best seat in the house.’ I told him to honor him today and Dez went out and did exactly that and had a great night.”

AT A LOSS

Even another remarkable day by Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t prevent the Steelers (4-5) from a fourth straight loss. Roethlisberger passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 15-yard strike to Brown with 42 seconds to go that put the Steelers up by a point. Roethlisberger faked a spike to stop the clock and instead found Brown on a play similar to one by Hall of Famer Dan Marino for Miami against the New York Jets in 1994 .

Marino’s heady play won the game. Roethlisberger’s may have come a little too quickly.

“I guess we left them too much time,” said Roethlisberger, who moved past Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas and Warren Moon and into 10th on the career passing touchdown list with 292.

Brown finished with 14 receptions for 154 yards, and Le’Veon Bell added 134 total yards and scored two touchdowns.

TWO FOR THE SHOW?

The Steelers have made a habit of attempting 2-point conversions early in games hoping to dictate the tempo over the last two seasons, often with great success.

It stopped abruptly against the Cowboys. Four times Pittsburgh went for 2. And all four times the Steelers came up short, forcing them to chase points.

“We want to be aggressive,” Roethlisberger said. “We practice it every day. We need to be better at it.”

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Play their third AFC North team in as many weeks when the Ravens visit.

Steelers: Head to Cleveland to take on the 0-10 Browns next Sunday.

49ers 20, Cardinals 23

49ers Cardinals Football

Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) watches his game winning field goal split the uprights as Ryan Quigley (9) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-20. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — This time, Chandler Catanzaro connected.

Catanzaro kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Arizona Cardinals to a 23-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Catanzaro missed twice on game-winning field goal tries earlier in the season — a 47-yarder against New England and, most memorably, a 24-yarder in overtime of a 6-6 tie against Seattle.

“The past couple haven’t gone in, but I wanted this opportunity,” he said. “I just got on my kicking net, took a couple of deep breaths, definitely said a couple of prayers.”

This attempt was right down the middle as Arizona (4-4-1) narrowly averted a devastating loss.

“It was a game where I thought we had it in hand,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, “and gave it back and then weathered a storm and won it.”

The 49ers (1-8) lost their eighth in a row despite a strong game by Colin Kaepernick, who tied it at 20 with a 4-yard TD run with 1:55 to play .

That was enough time for Carson Palmer to gain redemption after three second-half turnovers, including an interception by Gerald Hodges that led to the tying touchdown.

“I was just mad at myself for putting our defense in that situation and putting our team in that situation,” Palmer said. “I can’t do that. They made the plays they needed to to get in the end zone, and we made the plays when we needed to to get back down there and get the field goal.”

Palmer completed 4 of 7 passes for 64 yards, including a leaping 26-yard sideline grab by Michael Floyd, as the Cardinals drove from their 15 to the San Francisco 16 to set up the winning kick.

Against the league’s No. 32-ranked rush defense, the Cardinals’ David Johnson was held to 55 yards on 19 carries.

Johnson finished with 101 yards from scrimmage, thanks to that late drive, for his ninth straight game of at least 100 total yards. He scored on a 3-yard reception and an 18-yard run , hitting the pylon with the ball in his outstretched arms as he slid out of bounds.

Kaepernick, returning to the scene of one of the worst games of his career a season ago, completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and ran 10 times for 55 yards.

“Every week that I get more reps, every day that I get more reps, it is more and more comfortable,” he said. “At this point when (coach) Chip (Kelly) is calling a play, I know what they are.”

Larry Fitzgerald caught 12 passes for 133 yards for Arizona, and Floyd had five receptions for 101 yards in his best game of what has been a difficult season.

Palmer was 30 of 49 for a season-high 376 yards and a touchdown, but the turnovers were almost his undoing.

Arizona, coming off a bye week after a one-sided loss at Carolina, jumped to a 14-0 lead and had a 20-10 advantage at the break, but couldn’t shake the 49ers.

“It hurts,” Kelly said. “As tough as they just played, it’s tough to give them words to make them feel better.”

FLOYD’S GAME

After struggling throughout the first half of the season, with a few untimely dropped passes and no big plays, Floyd was back to his old self in this one.

The fourth-year receiver from Notre Dame entered with 19 catches in eight games, 37 fewer than team-leading Fitzgerald.

“I had to regroup mentally,” Floyd said. “I had to tell myself it was like playing in the sixth grade, just going out there and making plays.”

KAEPERNICK’S REDEMPTION

It was the first time Kaepernick played in Arizona since his awful performance a year ago. In that 47-7 loss, two of his first four passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns. In all, he was intercepted four times that day.

This, his fourth start of the season, was his best this year.

FITZ MOVING UP

With his 42nd career 100-yard receiving game, Fitzgerald kept moving up on the NFL career lists.

Fitzgerald moved ahead of Terrell Owens into sixth place on the list for receptions. He also became the third-youngest player in league history to reach 14,000 yards receiving.

Seahawks 24, Patriots 31

Doug Baldwin,

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) catches a pass for his third touchdown of the game during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This time, Seattle won it at the goal line.

It certainly won’t make up for the Super Bowl loss two seasons back, but the Seahawks’ goal-line stand lifted them to a 31-24 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Tom Brady couldn’t connect with Rob Gronkowski on a fade pattern on fourth down as New England (7-2) failed four times from inside the 2 in the dying moments.

It was reminiscent of how the Seahawks (6-2-1) lost the 2015 Super Bowl when Malcolm Butler intercepted at the goal line to win the NFL title for the Patriots.

Doug Baldwin caught three touchdown passes, including a 15-yarder for the final margin. Strangely, Seattle went for 2 points and failed on the conversion, leaving the Patriots a chance to tie with a touchdown and an extra point kick.

But LeGarrette Blount, who earlier rushed for three touchdowns, couldn’t get into the end zone from close range, nor could Brady on a pair of sneaks.

PICK-FREE NO MORE

Brady’s interception in the second quarter derailed the Patriots’ chance to tie the 1960 Cleveland Browns for an NFL-record nine games without an interception. DeShawn Shead made the pick.

DON’T DEFER

Someday perhaps teams will learn not to defer when winning the opening coin toss against New England. The Patriots drove relentlessly for 75 yards and their opening touchdown after the Seahawks did precisely that.

New England has scored touchdowns on five of its opening nine drives this season, three of those with Brady at quarterback.

Oh yeah, Seattle went three-and-out with the second-half kickoff.

PROSISE’S IMPACT

Seattle RB C.J. Prosise didn’t get in the end zone Sunday, but his 17 carries for 66 yards and seven catches for 87 yards — both season highs — played a huge role in opening up the Seahawks offense.

Sharing carries with Christine Michael, Prosise helped sell play-action passes late in the game and made the Patriots defense account for an extra man in key situations. That, in turn, opened up throwing lanes for Wilson.

“I knew what I was capable of and that it was just a matter of time. It definitely showed at the right time, a road game against the Patriots,” Prosise said. “I’m going to go out there and do my job, and do what they tell me to do. If it’s blocking all week, I’m going to block. This week they had me out making plays in the passing game, and also running the ball. That’s what I was called upon to do this week, and I did it.”

BLOUNT FORCE

One thing that was overshadowed because of the Patriots’ loss was how effective RB LeGarrette Blount continues to be in New England’s offense this season.

Blount tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns, scoring on a par of 1-yard runs and a 13-yard run. For the game, he finished with 69 yards on 13 carries.

INTERCEPTION STREAK ENDS

There are no longer any NFL teams that haven’t thrown an interception this season.

The Patriots’ streak of eight straight games without a pick came to an end with 9:20 left the second quarter. Brady danced in the pocket to buy some time on first down, but his pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell was well short and intercepted by DeShawn Shead.

To that point, New England had thrown 258 passes this season without an interception.

The Patriots had a chance to tie the 1960 Cleveland Browns for an NFL-record nine games without an interception.

FUMBLE PROBLEMS

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said ball security will be an emphasis this week after his team had three fumbles on Sunday. They only lost one, but it was costly when Julian Edelman had the ball jarred loose by Kam Chancellor after a catch. The play set up Seattle’s final score — a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin.

“That’s definitely a problem. Our ball security is not what it needs to be,” Belichick said. “We’ve addressed it. We obviously have to keep addressing it more and find a way to improve it. We can’t keep turning the ball over.”

UP NEXT:

Seattle: The Seahawks host the Eagles.

New England: The Patriots also play on the West Coast next Sunday, at San Francisco.

 

Bengals 20, Giants 21

Bengals Giants Football

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals missed another chance to get a statement win.

A road game on Monday night against a winning team was an opportunity for the Bengals to reach .500 for the season.

The Bengals faltered in the fourth quarter, though, and lost to the Giants 21-20 to fall to 3-5-1.

Cincinnati dropped to 11-23 on Monday night, including 4-7 under coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals haven’t won a road game on Monday night since the 1990 season, also the last season the team won a playoff game.

The defeat also continued the Bengals’ struggles against some of the NFL’s top teams in 2016. They also have lost to Dallas, Denver, New England and Pittsburgh.

“We’ve got to find a way to flip the switch and get these games turned into wins rather than a tie in London and a one-point loss here tonight,” Dalton said.

“We’ve got to take a good, hard look at what we’re doing and correct the things that are hurting us.”

Penalties, an inconsistent offense and an inability to contain Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. combined to doom the Bengals.

Dalton was 16 of 29 for 204 yards with a touchdown pass to A.J. Green and an interception.

The Bengals finished with only 12 first downs and 264 yards.

The defense, which entered ranked 25th in the league, allowed 351 yards, and the Bengals were penalized nine times for 60 yards.

With his team trailing 21-20 early in the fourth quarter, Dalton was intercepted by Landon Collins. George Iloka intercepted Manning on the next play, but the Bengals were unable to take advantage as they failed to get a first down. The Bengals were forced to punt on their next two drives as the Giants sacked Dalton twice.

The fourth-quarter struggles overshadowed a strong start to the second half.

The Bengals used Alex Erickson’s 84-yard second-half kickoff return to set up the go-ahead score. Jeremy Hill had a 9-yard TD run and Cincinnati later added Mike Nugent’s 38-yard field goal for a 20-14 lead in the third quarter.

But the defense couldn’t hold the lead as the Giants went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3 and scored on Manning’s third TD pass of the game early in the fourth to retake the lead at 21-20.

Late in the second quarter, the Bengals missed an opportunity when they only mustered a field goal after Dre Kirkpatrick’s interception gave them the ball at the 7. They were held to a 25-yard field goal by Nugent for a short-lived 10-7 lead.

“We have opportunities on offense to put more points on the board and we end up having to kick field goals and that ended up probably being the difference in the football game,” Lewis said.

Manning then led a drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Beckham for a 14-10 lead at halftime.

With no team in control of the AFC North, the Bengals fell further behind in their hope to reach the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. They host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

“We’re trying to figure out what we need to do to have these outcomes be different, and there’s not one explanation for it,” Dalton said.

INJURIES

Giants second-year G Brett Jones made his first NFL start and lasted one series before leaving with a strained calf. New York WR-KR Dwayne Harris (toe) left in the second half as did the Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry (calf).

RING OF HONOR

The Giants inducted two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Coughlin, defensive end Justin Tuck and former general manager Ernie Accorsi into their Ring of Honor. Coughlin, who stepped down after last season, was the last to be introduced and he started by saying he wasn’t going to be “cheated” in giving his acceptance speech. He wasn’t. He spoke so long the teams had to wait for the second half to start.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Host the Bills on Sunday.

Giants: Finish a three-game homestand with a matchup against Chicago.

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