Giants snap Cow­boys’ 11-game win­ning streak

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With a no-hud­dle of­fense and no-fool­ing-around de­fense, the New York Giants snapped the Cow­boys’ 11-game win­ning streak with a 10-7 vic­tory Sun­day night, pre­vent­ing Dal­las from clinch­ing the NFC East. Dal­las (11-2) hadn’t lost since the sea­son opener against the Giants (9-4), who so­lid­i­fied their po­si­tion in the NFC play­off chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dal­las in the di­vi­sion, and it can thank a stingy, ag­gres­sive de­fense for still hav­ing that op­por­tu­nity. Miss­ing star de­fen­sive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn’t stop rookie sen­sa­tion Ezekiel El­liott from rush­ing for 107 yards. But New York’s pres­sure stymied the other Cow­boys rookie stand­out, quar­ter­back Dak Prescott, blanked re­ceiver Dez Bryant un­til 2:13 re­mained - he fum­bled away the ball on that play - and held Dal­las to one con­ver­sion in 15 third-down at­tempts. The Giants had three sacks, con­tin­u­ally made Prescott un­com­fort­able, and he threw two picks. New York’s of­fense was un­sightly much of the night, blanked at half­time with only 84 net yards. Then it switched to the no-hud­dle and put to­gether a short drive to Rob­bie Gould’s 39-yard field goal, mak­ing it 7-3. But Odell Beck­ham Jr., stepped up, as he of­ten does, and sped through the Cow­boys on a 61-yard touch­down play. Beck­ham caught Eli Man­ning’s pass at the Giants 48 and raced all the way to the end zone for the lead the de­fense pre­served. Man­ning was 17 for 28 for 193 yards, one TD, one in­ter­cep­tion and two fum­bles. His main ad­ver­sary was line­backer Sean Lee, who had 18 tack­les. Prescott fin­ished 17 for 37 for 165 yards and a touch­down.


Robert Grif­fin III re­turned from in­jury but couldn’t keep Cleve­land from fall­ing closer to in­famy as the Cincin­nati Ben­gals built a big early lead and held off the win­less Browns in the snow. Andy Dal­ton threw two touch­down passes to Tyler Eifert as the Ben­gals (5-7-1) kept their play­off chances pul­sat­ing for an­other week. Grif­fin started for the first time since get­ting hurt in the opener. He couldn’t pro­duce a win for the Browns (0-13). RG3 did score on a 1-yard sneak in the third quar­ter, but the Browns lost their 16th straight dat­ing to Dec. 13 last sea­son. Cleve­land has lost 23 of 24 and 31 of 34 since the end of 2014. The Browns have three games left to avoid join­ing the 2008 Detroit Li­ons as the NFL’s only 0

16 teams. They are mak­ing his­tory with ev­ery loss. They are the sev­enth team since 1962 to start 0-13, join­ing the ‘08 Li­ons, 1980 Saints, 1976 Buc­ca­neers, 2011 Colts, 2007 Dol­phins and 1962 Raiders. Grif­fin fin­ished 12 of 28 for 104 yards. Isa­iah Crow­ell was a bright spot for Cleve­land, rush­ing for 113 yards on 10 car­ries. Dal­ton, who has had some of his best games against Cleve­land, con­nected twice in the first half with Eifert as the Ben­gals bul­lied the NFL’s worst team for 30 min­utes.


Streak­ing Tampa Bay bol­stered its play­off hopes by build­ing an early lead and hold­ing off Drew Brees and New Or­leans for its fifth straight vic­tory. Doug Martin scored on a 1yard run, Roberto Aguayo kicked three field goals and an im­prov­ing de­fense in­ter­cepted Brees three times while hold­ing the NFL pass­ing leader with­out a touch­down pass. Brees be­gan the day lead­ing the league in com­ple­tions, at­tempts, com­ple­tion per­cent­age, pass­ing yards and TD passes, but failed to throw for a touch­down for the sec­ond straight week, the first time he’s done that in con­sec­u­tive games since 2009. Safety Keith Tandy picked off the quar­ter­back’s fi­nal pass on fourth-and-1 from near mid­field in the fi­nal minute. The Bucs (8-5) have won five straight for the first time since 2002, the sea­son they went on to win their only Su­per Bowl. New Or­leans (5-8) en­tered hop­ing to tighten the NFC South race, but in­stead dropped three games be­hind di­vi­sion co-lead­ers At­lanta and Tampa Bay.

Pittsburgh Bal­ti­more Cincin­nati Cleve­land


DeMarco Murray ran for 92 yards and a touch­down, and the Ti­tans held on to and keep a piece of first place in the AFC South. With the win, the Ti­tans (7-6) also climbed above .500 for the first time all sea­son. The Ti­tans came in with the NFL’s third-best rush­ing of­fense and the AFC’s top run­ner in Murray, and they ran right over a Den­ver de­fense that came in 28th in that cat­e­gory. By half­time, the Ti­tans ran 26 times for 138 yards - the sec­ond-most rushes by any team in the first half this sea­son and most al­lowed in the first half by Den­ver since 2014. Ten­nessee then had to hold on as Trevor Siemian tried to rally Den­ver (8-5) de­spite a sprained left foot that kept him out last week. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Em­manuel San­ders with 9:58 left and drove the Bron­cos to first-and-goal at the Ten­nessee 7 be­fore rookie Aaron Wal­lace sacked him. Coach Gary Ku­biak set­tled for a 34-yard field goal by Bran­don McManus on fourth-and­goal at the 16 with 4:28 left. Siemian was driv­ing the Bron­cos again when A.J. Derby fum­bled af­ter a catch. Safety Daimion Stafford re­cov­ered with 53 sec­onds left, and the Ti­tans fin­ished off their big­gest win in years.


Aaron Rodgers passed for 246 yards and three touch­downs and Green Bay routed Seat­tle. Seat­tle’s Rus­sell Wilson threw a ca­reer­high five in­ter­cep­tions and the Pack­ers (7-6) won their third straight game to keep their New Eng­land Miami Buf­falo NY Jets

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Chris Thomp­son’s 25-yard touch­down run with 1:54 re­main­ing lifted Wash­ing­ton. Kirk Cousins threw two touch­down passes, in­clud­ing an 80-yard toss to DeSean Jackson, and had a pick-6. The Ea­gles took a 22-21 lead when Caleb Stur­gis hit a 41-yard field goal with 4:59 left af­ter holder Don­nie Jones got the high snap from third-string long snap­per Trey Bur­ton down in time. Car­son Wentz drove Philadel­phia to the Red­skins 14 in the fi­nal minute, but Ryan Ker­ri­gan sacked him to force a fum­ble and seal the win for Wash­ing­ton (7-5-1), which re­mained in the mid­dle of a jum­bled play­off race. The Ea­gles (5-8) have lost four in a row and eight of 10 af­ter a 3-0 start. Jackson made a twist­ing, over-the-shoul­der catch and spun away from Leodis McKelvin be­fore slow­ing down and jog­ging into the end zone to give the Red­skins a 14-13 lead in the third quar­ter. McKelvin in­ter­cepted Cousins and re­turned it 29 yards for a TD early in the fourth quar­ter, but Wentz’s pass to Jor­dan Matthews was knocked down on the 2point con­ver­sion. Cousins then con­nected with Pierre Gar­con on a 15-yard TD pass to ex­tend the lead to 21-13. 319 281 325 229

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Le’Veon Bell scored three times and set a fran­chise record with 236 yards rush­ing in find­ing trac­tion on a slick, snow-cov­ered field. The Steel­ers over­came three in­ter­cep­tions thrown by Ben Roeth­lis­berger to win their fourth straight and im­prove to 8-5 and keep pace in the AFC play­off race. The loss all but math­e­mat­i­cally elim­i­nated the Bills (6-7) from con­tention, and puts them in jeop­ardy of ex­tend­ing the NFL’s long­est ac­tive play­off drought to 17 years the long­est since New Or­leans ended a 20-year drought by reach­ing the post­sea­son for their first time in 1987. Af­ter scor­ing in the first half on 3- and 7-yard runs, Bell put the game away on the open­ing drive of the third quar­ter. He had nine rushes for 72 yards alone and capped the 82-yard drive by waltz­ing into the end zone .833 .615 .462 .308

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from 5 yards . Bell also had 62 yards re­ceiv­ing to ac­count for 298 of the 460 yards gained by Pittsburgh. It was the sec­ond three-TD game of his ca­reer, and first in which he scored three times rush­ing. Bell broke the fran­chise rush­ing record set by Wil­lie Parker, who had 223 yards against Cleve­land on Dec. 7, 2006.

Matt Ryan passed for 237 yards and three touch­downs and At­lanta forced five turnovers to beat the Los Angeles. Deion Jones re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 33 yards for a touch­down, and Vic Beasley forced a fum­ble by Jared Goff and re­turned it for an­other TD dur­ing At­lanta’s com­pre­hen­sive pum­mel­ing of the Rams (4-9), who have lost four straight and eight of nine in their in­creas­ingly mis­er­able home­com­ing sea­son. Tevin Cole­man caught a TD pass and rushed for an­other score for the Fal­cons (8-5), who opened up a 42-point lead in the third quar­ter and stayed atop the NFC South with their fourth win in six games. Even with­out in­jured re­ceivers Julio Jones and Mo­hamed Sanu, At­lanta had lit­tle trou­ble from the open­ing kick­off, which was fum­bled by Rams rookie Michael Thomas and re­cov­ered at the Los Angeles 3. 2 4 5 8

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Matt Asi­ata scored on a short touch­down run, Kai For­bath kicked four field goals and the Vik­ings won for just the sec­ond time in nine weeks. Asi­ata had a chance to score three times, but he was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run in the sec­ond quar­ter and fum­bled at the goal line in the fourth. Those mis­takes hardly hurt against the hap­less Jaguars (2-11), who dropped their eighth con­sec­u­tive game and fell to 0-6 at EverBank Field this sea­son. Min­nesota (7-6) hadn’t won on the road since Sept. 25 at Carolina. A loss to the Jaguars would have weak­ened their play­off chances. Sam Brad­ford com­pleted 24 of 34 passes for 292 yards and a touch­down. His 3-yard TD toss to Kyle Ru­dolph with 2:13 re­main­ing sealed the vic­tory. Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer re­turned af­ter a one-game ab­sence and was on the side­line. Zim­mer missed last week’s game against Dal­las be­cause of a de­tached retina and was un­sure ear­lier in the week whether he would be on the field or in an up­stairs box. Zim­mer, who needed a doc­tor’s clear­ance to fly to Jack­sonville, was wear­ing a patch over his right eye. He also had pro­tec­tive glasses on be­fore­hand, but ditched those when the game started.


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and the Tex­ans de­fense stopped An­drew Luck on Indy’s fi­nal drive. Hous­ton (7-6) re­tained a share of the AFC South lead with Ten­nessee by end­ing its three-game los­ing streak. The Tex­ans won for the sec­ond straight year in Indy, have won nine straight against di­vi­sion foes and got their first sweep of the Colts in fran­chise his­tory. Luck drove the Colts (6-7) to the Tex­ans 42-yard line with 1:24 left. But on fourth-and-1, a blitz forced an er­rant screen pass to Robert Turbin. Miller fin­ished with 21 car­ries for 107 yards, while Brock Osweiler was 14 of 24 for 147 yards with one in­ter­cep­tion. Luck was 24 of 45 for 276 yards with two TD passes, two in­ter­cep­tions and one fum­ble. T.Y. Hil­ton had nine catches for 115 yards and a 35-yard TD catch that closed Indy’s deficit to 19-17 early in the fourth quar­ter.


Carolina’s de­fense forced five turnovers by Philip Rivers and had five sacks and a safety. Cam New­ton was a pedes­trian 10 of 27 for 160 yards with one touch­down pass and one in­ter­cep­tion for Carolina (5-8), which snapped a two-game los­ing streak and kept its slim play­off hopes alive. Jonathan Ste­wart ran for 66 yards and a touch­down and Gra­ham Gano had four field goals. But it was Carolina’s de­fense that set the tone early - and later put the game away. De­spite play­ing with­out mid­dle line­backer Luke Kuechly and de­fen­sive end Charles John­son, the Pan­thers had four sacks on Rivers and forced three turnovers in the first half to build a 23 -7 lead. One of those turnovers, a strip-sack by Kawann Short, proved ex­tra costly for the Charg­ers (58). Run­ning back Melvin Gor­don, who came in av­er­ag­ing 117.5 yards from scrim­mage and had scored 12 touch­downs, was carted off with a hip in­jury af­ter his left leg twisted un­der a pile while at­tempt­ing to re­cover the loose ball. He did not re­turn. The Charg­ers later lost de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa to a neck in­jury.


Ryan Tan­nehill threw three touch­down passes be­fore be­ing side­lined with a knee in­jury, and An­drew Franks kicked a 21-yard field goal as time ex­pired. Tan­nehill limped to the locker room late in the third quar­ter af­ter be­ing hit around the legs by de­fen­sive tackle Calais Campbell as he re­leased a com­ple­tion. The Dol­phins led 21-9 when Tan­nehill de­parted, and backup Matt Moore failed to lead Miami to a first down in his first three se­ries. The Car­di­nals mounted touch­down drives of 99 and 50 yards to tie the game, but Miami forced a punt to start at the Ari­zona 47 with 1:29 left. Moore threw a 12-yard com­ple­tion to Kenny Stills for a first down, and then threw long to Stills for 29 yards to set up Franks’ win­ning kick. The Dol­phins (8-5) won for the sev­enth time in the past eight games and helped their bid to end an eight-year play­off drought. The Car­di­nals (5-7-1) fell fur­ther be­hind in the race for the fi­nal NFC wild-card berth.


Matthew Stafford ran for a go-ahead, 7-yard touch­down with 3:17 left af­ter throw­ing two in­ter­cep­tions in the fourth quar­ter, one that was re­turned for a score on the pre­vi­ous pos­ses­sion. Matt Barkley com­pleted two passes that put the Bears in a po­si­tion to at least at­tempt a ty­ing field goal in the fi­nal minute, but both were negated by penal­ties, be­fore Chicago turned over the ball on downs from the Detroit 44. The NFC North-lead­ing Li­ons (9-4) have won five straight and eight of nine, mov­ing them a step closer to win­ning a di­vi­sion ti­tle for the first time in 23 years. Chicago (3-10) has lost four of five. Stafford was picked off twice af­ter he threw only one in­ter­cep­tion the pre­vi­ous eight games. De­mon­tre Hurst in­ter­cepted Stafford’s pass in Chicago’s end zone af­ter it ric­o­cheted off team­mate Bryce Cal­la­han and re­ceiver Golden Tate early in the fourth quar­ter. Cre’Von LeBlanc re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 24 yards mid­way through the fourth to put Chicago up 17-13.

JETS 23, 49ERS 17, OT

Bi­lal Pow­ell ran for 145 yards, in­clud­ing the game-end­ing 19-yard touch­down in over­time, to help Bryce Petty and New York rally from 14 points down. Petty threw an in­ter­cep­tion on his first pass of the game and the Jets (4-9) trailed 14-0 less than 5 min­utes into the game. San Fran­cisco (1-12) led 17-3 at half­time, but fell flat af­ter that and lost a fran­chise-worst 12th straight game. Pow­ell took over from there and scored his sec­ond TD of the game on New York’s first pos­ses­sion of over­time af­ter Petty’s scram­ble and 26-yard pass to Robby An­der­son put the Jets in field goal range. Petty, who went 23 for 35 for 257 yards in his sec­ond ca­reer start, ral­lied the Jets back from a 17-3 deficit in the first half by lead­ing two fourth-quar­ter scor­ing drives. New York used a 15-play, 66-yard drive to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 5:04 left when Pow­ell bowled his way in for a 5-yard run and Petty ran in the 2-point con­ver­sion. New York then forced a punt and Petty led the Jets 33 yards to tie the game on Nick Folk’s 50-yard field goal with 38 sec­onds left. —AP

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