Brady seizes all-time win mark

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Brady be­came the NFL’s ca­reer leader in vic­to­ries by a quar­ter­back, earn­ing his 201st by throw­ing for 269 yards and a touch­down. Brady, who was 33 of 46, had tied Pey­ton Man­ning last week in a win over the New York Jets. His lone touch­down came on a 14-yard pass to Chris Ho­gan in the first quar­ter. LeGar­rette Blount scored the game’s first touch­down, rum­bling for a 43-yard, an­kle-break­ing score in the first quar­ter while spin­ning around safety Mau­rice Alexan­der in the process. He fin­ished with 88 yards on 18 car­ries. The Pa­tri­ots (10-2) have won seven of their last eight. On the same day that Los An­ge­les coach Jeff Fisher and gen­eral man­ager Les Snead were given con­tract ex­ten­sions, the re­cently re­lo­cated Rams (4-8) proved they still have a long way to go af­ter los­ing for the sev­enth time in eight out­ings.


Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touch­downs to rally the Oak­land Raiders to their big­gest come­back in 16 years with a 38-24 vic­tory over the Buf­falo Bills on Sun­day. Af­ter fall­ing be­hind 24-9 fol­low­ing touch­downs on the first two drives of the sec­ond half for Buf­falo (6-6), the Raiders (10-2) took the game over with 29 straight points and won their sixth straight to re­main one game ahead of Kansas City in the tough AFC West. Oak­land scored touch­downs on three straight drives, in­clud­ing scor­ing strikes from Carr to Michael Crab­tree and Amari Cooper for his sixth fourthquar­ter come­back of the sea­son. This was the big­gest come­back for the Raiders since over­com­ing a 21-point deficit to In­di­anapo­lis to win 38-31 on Sept. 10, 2000. The de­fense also tight­ened by forc­ing three straight three-and-outs and then get­ting a turnover when Khalil Mack de­flected Ty­rod Tay­lor’s pass that Nate Allen in­ter­cepted .


Thomas Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touch­downs in the first half, Tyler Lock­ett took a re­verse 75 yards for a score to open the sec­ond half and Seat­tle routed Carolina. An­other prime-time game in Seat­tle was clouded with odd story lines right from the out­set when Carolina quar­ter­back Cam New­ton was benched for the first play, only to watch backup Derek An­der­son throw an in­ter­cep­tion. The Sea­hawks (8-3-1) rolled up a sea­son-high 534 yards and kept a three-game lead over Ari­zona in the division with four re­main­ing. Rawls fin­ished with 106 yards on 15 car­ries, quiet in the sec­ond half af­ter briefly be­ing checked for a con­cus­sion. Rus­sell Wil­son was 26 of 36 for 277 yards and a touch­down. Seat­tle safety Earl Thomas broke a bone in his lower left leg dur­ing a first-half col­li­sion with team­mate Kam Chan­cel­lor while try­ing to in­ter­cept New­ton’s pass. X-rays re­vealed a “cracked tibia,” coach Pete Car­roll told Seat­tle’s ra­dio broad­cast. Carolina dropped to 4-8.


Eric Berry re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down, and then brought back an­other pick for a 2-point con­ver­sion that gave Kansas City an im­prob­a­ble vic­tory over At­lanta. The Fal­cons (7-5), ral­ly­ing from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan’s 5-yard touch­down pass to Aldrick Robin­son with 4:32 re­main­ing. At­lanta de­cided to go for 2, look­ing to stretch the mar­gin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan’s pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their win­ning mar­gin. It came af­ter Den­ver won a game in sim­i­lar fash­ion last month, re­turn­ing a blocked PAT for the win­ning points at New Or­leans. Berry had an­other huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, pick­ing off Ryan’s pass over the mid­dle and bring­ing it back 37 yards for a touch­down. Af­ter reach­ing the end zone, the subur­ban At­lanta na­tive handed the ball to his mother sit­ting in the stands at the Ge­or­gia Dome. Those weren’t the only big plays for the Chiefs. New Eng­land Mi­ami Buf­falo N.Y. Jets

Bal­ti­more Pitts­burgh Cincin­nati Cleve­land

Hous­ton Ten­nessee In­di­anapo­lis Jack­sonville

Oak­land Kansas City Den­ver San Diego


Car­son Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touch­downs and David John­son scored twice. The loss by the Red­skins (6-5-1) clinched a play­off spot for the 11-1 Dal­las Cow­boys. Palmer’s 25-yard touch­down pass to John­son with 11:09 to play put Ari­zona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the sec­ond half. Af­ter a Wash­ing­ton field goal, Palmer’s 42-yard pass to J.J. Nel­son with 1:56 padded gave the Car­di­nals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead. Wash­ing­ton drove to the Ari­zona 28-yard line be­fore Pa­trick Peter­son’s in­ter­cep­tion of Kirk Cousins’ pass with 41 sec­onds left sealed the vic­tory. John­son, who also scored on a 1-yard run, be­came the sec­ond player in NFL his­tory to top 100 yards from scrim­mage in the first 12 games of a sea­son. Edger­rin James was the other.


Ben Roeth­lis­berger passed for 289 yards and two touch­downs, Le’Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of to­tal of­fense, and Pitts­burgh’s resur­gent de­fense ha­rassed Eli Man­ning into a flurry of mis­takes. An­to­nio Brown edged good buddy Odell Beck­ham Jr. in their per­sonal show­down, catch­ing six passes for 54 yards and an ac­ro­batic scor­ing grab at the back of the end zone. Tight end Ladar­ius Green added six re­cep­tions for 110 yards, both ca­reer highs, and a touch­down as the Steel­ers (7-5) won their third straight to keep pace with Bal­ti­more atop the AFC North. Man­ning com­pleted just 24 of 39 passes for 195 yards with two touch­downs and two picks in the red zone for the Giants (8-4), whose six-game run ended with a thud. Beck­ham was largely a non-fac­tor de­spite a game-high 10 re­cep­tions for 100 yards.


Jameis Win­ston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touch­down pass to Cameron Brate mid­way through the fourth quar­ter and Keith Tandy in­ter­cepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Buc­ca­neers their fourth straight vic­tory.

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299 241 230 319 Rivers had the Charg­ers on the move in the fi­nal min­utes be­fore Tandy got in front of a pass to Don­trelle In­man and picked it off. Tandy’s mo­men­tum car­ried him into the end zone, giv­ing the Bucs the ball on their 20. They ran out the clock. The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with At­lanta atop the NFC South. Rivers threw two sec­ond-half in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing Lavonte David’s pick-6. The Charg­ers (5-7) were try­ing to get back to .500 for the first time since Week 2. x-Dal­las N.Y. Giants Wash­ing­ton Philadel­phia

Detroit Min­nesota Green Bay Chicago

At­lanta Tampa Bay New Or­leans Carolina

Seat­tle Ari­zona L.A. Rams San Fran­cisco


Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touch­downs, and the Pack­ers pulled away with two fourth-quar­ter touch­downs. The Pack­ers (6-6) weath­ered snowy con­di­tions at Lam­beau Field, mak­ing just enough plays on the cold turf. Brock Osweiler con­nected with DeAn­dre Hop­kins for a 44yard touch­down pass with 1:51 left to get within eight for Hous­ton. Nick Novak missed the ex­tra point, with foot­ing slip­pery at Lam­beau. The Tex­ans (6-6) had one last shot af­ter the Pack­ers failed to run out the clock. But Osweiler’s last­ditch pass-and-lat­eral play from Hous­ton’s 12 with 4 sec­onds left failed, hand­ing Hous­ton its third straight loss and drop­ping it into a tie with Ten­nessee atop the AFC South. Nel­son fin­ished with eight catches for 118 yards and a touch­down for Green Bay.


Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touch­downs. Golden Tate ex­ploited a cov­er­age break­down on third-and-long for a 66-yard touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter when Detroit (8-4) was cling­ing to a six-point lead. The Lions, who’ve won seven of eight, dom­i­nated sta­tis­ti­cally, but four op­por­tu­ni­ties inside the New Or­leans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, al­low­ing the Saints (5-7) to stay close un­til the fourth quar­ter. This time, how­ever, the Lions pulled away for their most com­fort­able vic­tory of the sea­son af­ter seven pre­vi­ous vic­tory mar­gins of one to seven points. The Lions also be­came the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from com­plet­ing a touch­down pass, al­though tight end Coby Fleener had a pass bounce off his hands at the goal line. Kansas City 29, At­lanta 28; Detroit 28, New Or­leans 13; New Eng­land 26, Los An­ge­les 10; Den­ver 20, Jack­sonville 10; Green Bay 21, Hous­ton 13; Cincin­nati 32, Philadel­phi 14; Bal­ti­more 38, Mi­ami 6; Chicago 26, San Fran­cisco 6; Oak­land 38, Buf­falo 24; Pitts­burgh 24, NY Giants 14; Ari­zona 31, Wash­ing­ton 23; Tampa Bay 28, San Diego 21; Seat­tle 40, Carolina 7. 11 8 6 5

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Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touch­downs, and the Ravens over­whelmed the Dol­phins in the first half to end Mi­ami’s six-game win­ning streak. Bal­ti­more (7-5) led 240 at half­time be­hind Flacco and a dom­i­nant per­for­mance from the league’s sec­ond-ranked de­fense. Flacco went 27 for 34 for 258 yards and three scores over the first 30 min­utes, and the Ravens yielded only 115 yards and in­ter­cepted a Ryan Tan­nehill pass. That was enough to pro­vide the Ravens with their fourth win in five games. Mi­ami also is 7-5. Flacco fin­ished with a fran­chise-record 36 com­ple­tions in 47 at­tempts, by far his most im­pres­sive out­ing in an un­even sea­son. He en­tered with 11 TD passes and 10 in­ter­cep­tions.


Bradley Roby re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 51 yards for a touch­down, helping the Bron­cos gain ground in the AFC play­off pic­ture. Roby picked off Blake Bor­tles’ wob­bler across the mid­dle in the third quar­ter and went un­touched the other way. Star line­backer Von Miller hit Bor­tles as he re­leased the ball. It was the 11th pick-6 of Bor­tles’ three-year ca­reer and his third in the last four games. Hous­ton and Detroit also re­turned in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs in games the Jaguars lost by less than seven points. The lat­est one re­sulted in a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive loss for Jack­sonville (2-10) and se­cured an­other mis­er­able milestone for the small-mar­ket fran­chise. The Jaguars be­came the fifth team in NFL his­tory to post dou­ble-digit losses in six con­sec­u­tive sea­sons, join­ing Tampa Bay (1983-94), Detroit (2001-06), Oak­land (2003-09) and Cleve­land (2008-13). Jack­sonville had a chance to tie in the fi­nal min­utes, but Bor­tles fum­bled try­ing to make a play in the pocket. The Bron­cos (8-4) re­bounded from an over­time loss against Kansas City, and with Mi­ami’s loss at Bal­ti­more, moved into position to get one of the con­fer­ence’s wild-card spots.


Andy Dal­ton threw a pair of touch­down passes and Cincin­nati fi­nally got its depleted of­fense mov­ing with­out re­ceiver A.J. Green. The Ben­gals (4-7-1) got their first win since Oct. 23, beat­ing a team that’s in a swoon of its own. The Ea­gles (5-7) opened the sea­son with three straight wins, but have dropped seven of nine. Dal­ton had com­ple­tions of 50, 44, 29, 23 and 21 yards. The Ben­gals scored on each of their first six pos­ses­sions for a 29-0 lead, rein­vent­ing them­selves with Green and run­ning back Gio­vani Bernard side­lined by in­juries. The pre­vi­ous time they scored on their first six pos­ses­sions was 2009 against the Bears. The only bad mo­ment: Mike Nugent missed an­other PAT kick wide to the right, his fourth miss in a span of five tries. Nugent made field goals from 32, 33, 26 and 38 yards, the last one de­flect­ing off the left up­right.

BEARS 26, 49ERS 6

Jor­dan Howard ran for 117 yards and a ca­reer-high three touch­downs and the Bears handed San Fran­cisco its 11th straight loss. The 49ers (1-11) ex­tended their fran­chis­ere­cord los­ing streak and set a club low with 6 yards net pass­ing on a day when Colin Kaeper­nick got lifted for Blaine Gab­bert. The Bears (3-9) fin­ished with a sea­son high in points and picked up a rare win in a matchup be­tween two of the NFL’s worst teams.

Matt Barkley, mak­ing his sec­ond start with Jay Cut­ler side­lined by a sea­son-end­ing shoul­der in­jury, went nearly the en­tire first half with­out a com­ple­tion. But he led a touch­down drive near the end of the sec­ond quar­ter and fin­ished 11 of 18 for 192 yards. — AP

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