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49ERS 31, GI­ANTS 21

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — C.J. Beathard threw for 288 yards and two touch­downs and ran for a third score to lead the San Fran­cisco 49ers to their first win of the sea­son, 31-21 over the New York Gi­ants on Sun­day.

Beathard con­nected on an 83-yard TD to Mar­quise Good­win and a 47-yarder to Gar­rett Celek in the sec­ond quar­ter as the 49ers (1-9) took ad­van­tage of an­other list­less ef­fort by the Gi­ants (1-8) to win for the first time un­der coach Kyle Shana­han.

Beathard’s time as

start­ing quar­ter­back in San Fran­cisco fig­ures to be num­bered af­ter the team ac­quired Jimmy Garop­polo two weeks ago in trade from New Eng­land. Garop­polo has been learn­ing the of­fense and could take over when the team re­turns from the bye in two weeks.

While the Nin­ers could be mak­ing a quar­ter­back change soon, this per­for­mance will only heighten the ques­tions about whether the Gi­ants will need to change coaches. Ben McA­doo has been un­der fire af­ter a re­port this past week from ESPN that quoted an anony­mous player as say­ing the play­ers have given up on the sea­son and don’t view McA­doo as a leader.

The Gi­ants have not fired a coach dur­ing the sea­son since 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was let go af­ter a 0-7 start and re­placed by John McVay.


AT­LANTA — Adrian Clay­born set an At­lanta record with six sacks, Matt Ryan threw a pair of short touch­down passes and the Fal­cons romped to vic­tory over Dal­las.

The Cow­boys looked ane­mic of­fen­sively in their first game with­out sus­pended run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott.

Ryan hooked up with Justin Hardy on a 3-yard pass for At­lanta’s first of­fen­sive touch­down in the third quar­ter this sea­son. Early in the fourth, Ryan put the game away for the Fal­cons (5-4) by toss­ing one to Austin Hooper for a 1-yard score.

While the Cow­boys (5-4) sure missed El­liott, who fi­nally be­gan serv­ing a six-game sus­pen­sion for al­le­ga­tions of do­mes­tic abuse af­ter three le­gal re­prieves, they re­ally no­ticed the ab­sence of left tackle Ty­ron Smith. He sat out the game with back and groin in­juries, leav­ing third-year player Chaz Green to pro­tect Dak Prescott’s blind side.

It didn’t go well for Dal­las. Beat­ing Green time af­ter time, Clay­born forced two fum­bles, re­cov­ered one of them and sur­passed the team record of five sacks, held by Chuck Smith and Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey.

Even more im­pres­sively, Clay­born’s per­for­mance matched the sec­ond-most sacks in NFL his­tory.


LOS AN­GE­LES — Robert Woods caught two of Jared Goff’s three touch­down passes dur­ing a dom­i­nant third quar­ter, and surg­ing Los An­ge­les re­turned af­ter a month away from home for their fourth straight vic­tory, 33-7 over de­pleted Hous­ton.

Af­ter strug­gling to a 9-7 lead dur­ing a quiet first half for the NFL’s high­est-scor­ing team, the Rams (7-2) ran away with a se­ries of big throws by Goff, who passed for a ca­reer-high 355 yards.

Woods caught a 94-yard TD pass to break it open be­fore Sammy Watkins and Woods made TD catches 19 sec- onds apart late in the third quar­ter. The Rams de­fense shut out Hous­ton in the sec­ond half and won at the Coli­seum for just the third time in 11 games since re­turn­ing to Los An­ge­les last sea­son.

Woods fin­ished with eight catches for 171 yards, mak­ing the long­est catch of his NFL ca­reer be­fore fol­low­ing it up with a 12-yard TD.

Bruce Elling­ton caught a 26-yard TD pass for the Tex­ans (3-6), who have lost three straight and four of five.

Tom Sav­age passed for 221 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions for Hous­ton, which lost its sec­ond straight since los­ing rookie quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son for the sea­son with a knee in­jury.


IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s 32-yard com­ple­tion to An­to­nio Brown with 35 sec­onds set up a 33-yard field goal from Chris Boswell as time ex­pired.

The Steel­ers (7-2) have won four straight over­all and five in a row in the se­ries.

But it sure wasn’t easy as the Colts (3-7) held Roeth­lis­berger, Brown and Le’Veon Bell in check. Pitts­burgh needed two sec­ond-half TD passes from Roeth­lis­berger to fight its way out of a 17-3 third-quar­ter deficit. And Roeth­lis­berger re­verted to his tra­di­tional form on the Steel­ers’ fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

The two -time Su­per Bowl cham­pion me­thod­i­cally marched the Steel­ers 70 yards in the fi­nal 3 min­utes, 10 sec­onds to give Pitts­burgh its only lead.

Roeth­lis­berger was 19 of 31 for 236 yards with one in­ter­cep­tion. Bell had 26 car­ries for 80 yards and Brown, the league’s lead­ing re­ceiver, caught three passes for 47 yards.


LAN­DOVER, Md. — Case Keenum threw touch­downs to four dif­fer­ent re­ceivers to build a big lead, and the NFC North­lead­ing Vik­ings won their fifth in a row.

With Teddy Bridge­wa­ter ac­tive for the first time since Jan­uary 2016 af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing knee in­jury, Keenum was 21 of 29 for 304 yards and TD passes to Ste­fon Diggs, Adam Thie­len, David Mor­gan and Jar­ius Wright. He was picked off on con­sec­u­tive throws by D.J. Swearinger. Thie­len had eight catches for a sea­son-high 166 yards.

Latavius Mur­ray also ran for a score as five play­ers got into the end zone for Min­nesota (7-2), which was 8 of 12 on third downs. The Vik­ings won their first game out of the bye week for the sec­ond time in eight sea­sons as they try to avoid a re­peat of the swoon that cost them a play­off spot last sea­son.

Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins had three TDs — two rush­ing and one pass­ing — and was 26 of 45 for 327 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion. The Red­skins (4-5) failed to build off an up­set vic­tory at Seat­tle and now find them­selves on an up­hill climb in the wild-card race.


CHICAGO — Brett Hund­ley threw for 212 yards and a touch­down, Nick Perry had three sacks and the Pack­ers snapped a three-game los­ing streak.

Hund­ley, start­ing his third game for an in­jured Aaron Rodgers, threw a 17-yard touch­down to Da­vante Adams to make it 23-13 with 5:29 to play, and the Pack­ers (5-4) hung on to beat the Bears (3-6) for the eighth time in nine games.

It was the first vic­tory for a Pack­ers QB not named Rodgers or Brett Favre since 1989.

Chicago’s Mitchell Tru­bisky threw for a ca­reer-high 297 yards. The rookie hit Josh Bellamy for a 46-yard touch­down in the fourth quar­ter, but the Bears dropped their sec­ond in a row af­ter win­ning back-to-back games.

The win was Green Bay’s first since a nar­row vic­tory at Dal­las on Oct. 8. A week later, Rodgers got driven to the turf by the Vik­ings’ An­thony Barr in a loss at Min­nesota week and the Pack­ers haven’t been the same since then.

Hund­ley com­pleted 18 of 25 passes to help the Pack­ers win their eighth straight at Sol­dier Field count­ing the play­offs.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mar­cus Mar­i­ota tossed a 7-yard touch­down pass to DeMarco Mur­ray with 36 sec­onds left , and the Ti­tans ral­lied for their fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

It’s the long­est win­ning streak for the Ti­tans (6-3) since takin five straight in 2009, and it’s their best start to a sea­son since 2008 when the Ti­tans last reached the play­offs as the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

Mur­ray ran for two touch­downs, and Mar­i­ota fin­ished with 264 yards pass­ing.

The Ben­gals (3-6) lost for the third time in four games de­spite sacking Mar­i­ota four times. They started with three de­fen­sive starters scratched and lost a fourth when line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict was ejected in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter push­ing the arm of an of­fi­cial.

Cincinnati took its only lead at 20-17 on a 70-yard TD pass from Andy Dal­ton to A.J. Green with 5:03 left, but the Ben­gals couldn’t stop the Ti­tans, who drove 73 yards for the win­ning TD.


JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. — Josh Lambo kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 re­main­ing in over­time, lift­ing the Jaguars in a wild game.

Lambo’s kick got tipped at the line of scrim­mage and still cleared the cross­bar. The for­mer soc­cer player and one-time Charger ran the other way and slid on both knees near mid­field be­fore get­ting mobbed by team­mates.

It gave Jack­sonville its first three­game win­ning streak since 2013.

The game ended up in over­time af­ter a wacky fi­nal two min­utes of reg­u­la­tion that in­cluded a fum­ble, two in­ter­cep­tions, a taunt­ing penalty and a costly flag for rough­ing the passer. At times, it looked as if nei­ther team wanted to win.

Af­ter all the chaos, Lambo drilled a 34-yard field goal to send it to the ex­tra pe­riod.

Af­ter Jack­sonville punted, A.J. Bouye in­ter­cepted a pass from Philip Rivers on third down and re­turned it to the 2-yard line. But a taunt­ing call on cor­ner­back Aaron Colvin pushed the Jaguars (6-3) back 15 yards. Lambo hit the win­ner a few plays later.

The Charg­ers are 3-6.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matthew Stafford lofted a 29-yard, tiebreak­ing touch­down to Eric Ebron early in the fourth quar­ter and the Lions went on to beat the win­less Browns.

The Lions (5-4) ral­lied from first- and sec­ond-half deficits to earn con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries for the first time since win­ning the first two games this sea­son. The Browns, who fell to 0-9 on the sea­son, led 10-0 early in the game for their first dou­ble-digit lead of the sea­son, and were up 24-17 in the third af­ter Deshone Kizer led two con­sec­u­tive touch­down drives.

Detroit is the only fran­chise to have a 0-16 sea­son in 2008.

Cleve­land’s chances to fi­nally win this sea­son were hurt when Kizer took a shot to the ribs by blitz­ing de­fen­sive back Quan­dre Diggs late in the third pe­riod.

The rookie quar­ter­back, who came back to play late in the fourth, had per­haps his best game. He com­pleted 21 of 37 passes for 232 yards with a 19yard touch­down pass to Kenny Britt in the first quar­ter. Kizer ran seven times for 57 yards, in­clud­ing a go-ahead, 1-yard sneak with 6:01 left in the third.


TAMPA, Fla. — Ryan Fitz­patrick led two long scor­ing drives and Tampa Bay limited the Jets to less than 200 yards of of­fense un­til late in the fourth quar­ter to snap a five-game los­ing streak.

With Fitz­patrick fill­ing in for in­jured quar­ter­back Jameis Win­ston, the Buc­ca­neers (3-6) used three field goals to build a 9-3 lead. Charles Sims put the game out of reach with a 6-yard touch­down re­cep­tion with just over six min­utes re­main­ing.

Fitz­patrick, fac­ing the team he played for the past two sea­sons, com­pleted 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards and was in­ter­cepted once.

The 34-year-old Fitz­patrick, one of just four play­ers in NFL his­tory to throw TD passes for seven dif­fer­ent teams, led a seven-minute drive that pro­duced a field goal in the first quar­ter. He fin­ished a 15-play, 81-yard march, also last­ing more than seven min­utes, with his TD pass to Sims to make it 15-3.

Josh McCown, also fac­ing one of his for­mer teams, was 23 of 39 for 263 yards, one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion. Robby An­der­son caught a 38-yard TD pass in the fi­nal minute for the Jets (4-6), scor­ing for the fourth straight game to give New York one last chance.


DEN­VER — Tom Brady threw three touch­down passes and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots matched their own AFC record with their 12th con­sec­u­tive road vic­tory, pum­mel­ing the Den­ver Bron­cos 41-16 on Sun­day night.

These teams have rep­re­sented the AFC in the last four Su­per Bowls, and the Bron­cos (3-6) were hop­ing a visit from their ri­vals would help shake them from their funk, one that in­cluded a 28-point loss at Philadel­phia a week ear­lier. With a win, “the swag, the en­ergy in this locker room, it’ll sky­rocket,” sug­gested Aqib Talib. In­stead, the Bron­cos fiz­zled. They saw their los­ing streak reach five games, their long­est skid in seven sea­sons, and they lost back-to-back games to the Pa­tri­ots (7-2) in Den­ver for the first time since 1966.

Avoid­ing Von Miller all night and throw­ing for 266 yards on 25-of-34 pass­ing, Brady im­proved to 8-9 against the Bron­cos, the only team he has a los­ing record against, and won for just the fourth time in 11 trips to Den­ver.

His 86th reg­u­lar-sea­son road win broke a tie with Pey­ton Man­ning for most all-time.

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