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Chiefs knock off Love- led Packers 13- 7


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jordan Love may be the future for the Packers, but this team still needs unvaccinat­ed quarterbac­k Aaron Rodgers for the present mission.

Love, 23, made his first NFL start on Sunday while Rodgers isolates after testing positive for the coronaviru­s, and what a learning experience it was as the Packers fell to the Chiefs 13- 7. The result snapped Green Bay’s seven- game winning streak ( 7- 2) while Kansas City ( 5- 4) has won consecutiv­e games for the first time this season.

With some better support from the special teams, Love might have sparked an upset against a team that is still sputtering with its once- prolific offense.

The Packers had a missed field goal attempt by Mason Crosby ( 40 yards), a blocked 37- yard field goal attempt and a muffed punt return that was recovered by Kansas City and led to a field goal. Without those gaffes, Love would have had more of a fighting chance – especially with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense missing so much rhythm.

Love completed 19 of 34 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and an intercepti­on. The passer rating ( 69.5) wasn’t pretty, but Love improved as the game progressed. He also rushed for 23 yards on five scrambles and seemed to gain confidence in moving around the pocket with his decisions on when to bolt from the pocket.

Maybe next time. Now isn’t the time.

– Jarrett Bell


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – James Conner ran for two TDs and caught a 45yard TD pass from backup quarterbac­k Colt McCoy for short- handed Arizona.

The Cardinals ( 8- 1) were playing without quarterbac­k Kyler Murray and receivers DeAndre Hopkins and A. J. Green but still had little trouble completing the season sweep against the 49ers ( 3- 5).

Conner finished with 173 yards from scrimmage and now leads the NFL in TDs with 11, all scored in the past seven games.

– The Associated Press


CINCINNATI – Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for 137 yards and the Browns, sparked by cornerback Denzel Ward’s early 99- yard intercepti­on return for a TD, capped a chaotic week by smashing the Bengals.

The Browns ( 5- 4) came in desperate for a win after dropping three of four. Their situation turned dramatic on Wednesday when star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was exiled for poor behavior and the team decided to release him.

But like last year, when Mayfield played more freely after Beckham suffered a season- ending knee injury at Cincinnati, Cleveland’s quarterbac­k was on target. The Browns put together their most complete game this season to humble the Bengals ( 5- 4), who hurt themselves with mistakes as they dropped their second straight.

Burrow threw two intercepti­ons and was sacked five times – three by blitzing cornerback Troy Hill – and Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase dropped two passes, one in the end zone.

– AP


PHILADELPH­IA – Justin Herbert threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Dustin Hopkins kicked a 29- yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining. Herbert threw for 356 yards, completing 32 of 38 passes. He got 1 yard on a sneak on 4th- and- 1 from the Eagles 28 with 1: 45 left, setting up Hopkins’ kick.

The Chargers ( 5- 3) snapped a twogame losing streak. The Eagles ( 3- 6) still haven’t won a home game in four tries under rookie coach Nick Sirianni.

– AP


JACKSONVIL­LE, Fla. – Jacksonvil­le had the better Josh Allen on this Sunday, with the standout linebacker intercepti­ng a pass, making a sack and recovering a fumble in the upset.

Buffalo’s star quarterbac­k with the same first and last names turned over the ball three times, including twice in the second half. He didn’t have a second- half turnover in any previous game this season.

The Bills ( 5- 3) lost for the second time in seven games. The Jaguars ( 2- 6) rebounded from a debacle at Seattle a week ago.

The first of two deciding moments came on a 3rd- and- 2 play at the Jaguars 37 with about 5 1⁄ minutes remaining.

Allen fumbled after getting pressured by Dawuane Smoot. The other Josh Allen recovered.

Jaguars kicker Matt Wright missed three straight field goal attempts – all left – in a matter of minutes in the third quarter. Wright did have three field goals for all of his team’s points, hitting from 39, 55 and 21 yards.

– AP


BALTIMORE – Justin Tucker kicked a 36- yard field goal with 16 seconds left in overtime. The AFC North- leading Ravens ( 6- 2) rallied from a 14- point thirdquart­er deficit and survived an acrobatic intercepti­on by Minnesota’s Anthony Barr on the first possession of overtime. Barr tipped Lamar Jackson’s pass and caught it out of the air, giving the Vikings the ball at their 38, but Minnesota went three- and- out, and Baltimore drove into Tucker’s range again.

This was a much easier kick than Tucker’s previous winning effort – a record- setting 66- yarder to beat Detroit earlier this season.

It was the third overtime game of the season for each team. They both had split their first two. It was another agonizing loss for the Vikings ( 3- 5), who have not dropped a game all season by more than seven points.

– AP


NEW ORLEANS – Matt Ryan hit Cordarrell­e Patterson for a 64- yard gain with a minute to go, setting up Younghoe Koo’s 29- yard field goal as time expired.

Ryan passed for 343 yards, connected twice with Olamide Zaccheaus for touchdowns, and the veteran quarterbac­k also ran for a score on a bootleg. Ryan’s second scoring pass gave the Falcons ( 4- 4) a 24- 6 lead with 10: 39 left in the fourth quarter. But the Saints ( 5- 3) rallied to briefly take the lead on Trevor Siemian’s 8- yard pass to Kenny Stills with 1: 01 left.

New Orleans then missed a twopoint conversion try for the second time in the game.

– AP


EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – Xavier McKinney returned an intercepti­on 41 yards for a touchdown early in the second half and picked off another errant throw by Derek Carr late.

Daniel Jones threw a 30- yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram and Graham Gano added three field goals – the last after McKinney’s second pick – for New York ( 3- 6).

Carr threw a 2- yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow for the Raiders ( 5- 3).

– AP


CHARLOTTE, N. C. – Mac Jones overcame two early turnovers and threw for 139 yards and a touchdown and J. C. Jackson returned one of three Sam Darnold intercepti­ons for an 88- yard touchdown for New England.

Rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson had 106 yards from scrimmage before leaving with a head injury, and Damien Harris and Hunter Henry scored touchdowns as the Patriots ( 5- 4) improved to 4- 0 on the road.

Darnold had another miserable outing for Carolina. He finished 16 of 33 for 172 yards with three picks, two by Jackson after the Panthers ( 4- 5) reached the red zone.

– AP


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – In the NFL’s most turnover- filled game in more than five seasons, the Dolphins got 244 yards passing and a touchdown throw from surprise starter Jacoby Brissett.

The game between two teams that entered with 1- 7 records and both on seven- game losing streaks lived up – or down – to its billing. The Dolphins and Texans combined for nine turnovers. Miami had five, Houston four, and somehow the Dolphins ( 2- 7) won anyway.

It was Miami’s first win while committing at least five turnovers since Oct. 18, 1990. The Dolphins had been 021 in such games since.

– AP

 ?? JAY BIGGERSTAF­F/ USA TODAY SPORTS ?? Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce catches a touchdown pass as Packers free safety Darnell Savage defends Sunday.
JAY BIGGERSTAF­F/ USA TODAY SPORTS Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce catches a touchdown pass as Packers free safety Darnell Savage defends Sunday.

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