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N.F.L. Week 13: A Benched M.V.P., a Pick-Two and That Winning Feeling

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:33:48 GMT

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton answered questions after the loss to the Seattle Seahawks.In Week 13, a superstar was benched, a 2-point interception won a game, and the Raiders proved they are the team to beat in the A.F.C. Here’s what happened.

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Steelers 24, Giants 14: Steelers End Giants’ Six-Game Winning Streak

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:58:35 GMT

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown making a 22-yard catch over the Giants’ Janoris Jenkins for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Steelers’ win.Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and used short passes to pick apart the Giants, who had a dismal first half and struggled inside the red zone.

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Odell Beckham Criticizes Officiating Crew That Worked in Giants’ Loss

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:20:47 GMT

The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. warming up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.The wide receiver said he did not blame the officials for the defeat, but he said he thought the crew should not work in more Giants games.

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Monday’s N.F.L. Matchup: Indianapolis Colts (5-6) at Jets (3-8)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:25:26 GMT

Although only two wins separate these sub-.500 teams, the Colts remain in contention in the A.F.C. South while the Jets are buried in the A.F.C. East.

A Stirring Victory for a Texas High School. Then the Unthinkable.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:48:06 GMT

Mark Kirchhoff, the coach of Iraan High School’s football team, hugging Steven Garlock on Friday after a playoff victory. A few hours later, Steven’s mother was injured and his aunt killed in a bus crash.Hours after Iraan High School won a state football quarterfinal, a bus carrying cheerleaders and their sponsors was struck on a highway, leaving one dead.

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In the Bloom of Youth, the Giants Find the Seeds of Their Rebirth

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:53:53 GMT

Landon Collins after an interception late in a 22-16 victory over Chicago last month. Collins, a safety, has played like a Pro Bowler in his second season for the Giants, who are 8-3 after a 2-3 start.After a 2-3 start, Ben McAdoo, the team’s first-year coach, has increasingly turned to his younger players. The Giants have won six in a row since.

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Colts and Cardinals Struggle to Patch Up Offensive Lines

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:43:34 GMT

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked by Tennessee Titans tackle Austin Johnson in Indianapolis last month.Indianapolis and Arizona have found themselves with losing records in large part because of uncertainty in their offensive lines, which have given up the second- and third-most sacks this season.

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N.F.L. Schedule: Who We Think Will Win in Week 13

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:49:02 GMT

Matt Ryan’s Falcons offense is averaging 31 points a game and will meet the Chiefs defense on Sunday.Chiefs vs. Falcons may be the best of five Sunday matchups of teams separated by one win.

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Man Who Police Say Admitted Shooting Joe McKnight Is Freed Without Charge

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:25:19 GMT

Friends and family of the former N.F.L. player Joe McKnight gathered at the site of his fatal shooting in Terrytown, La., on Thursday.Ronald Gasser, 54, had been held in the possible “road rage” episode in which the former N.F.L. player was killed.

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Did Patriots’ Title Hopes Go Down With Rob Gronkowski? Not So Fast

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:03:15 GMT

Rob Gronkowski (87) has a herniated disc in his lower back and is most likely out for the rest of the season.Gronkowski gets a lot of attention, but New England remained the favorite with oddsmakers to win the Super Bowl despite Gronkowski’s back injury that may sideline him for the season.

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Dallas Cowboys Are 11-1 After Edging the Vikings

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:50:15 GMT

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) fended off Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter.Adam Thielen turned the ball over on a fourth-quarter punt return, opening the door for Dallas to take the lead for good.

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Joe McKnight, Former Jets Player, Killed in Possible Road Rage Episode

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:23:11 GMT

Joe McKnight of the New York Jets in 2010.McKnight, 28, who was a standout at the University of Southern California, was shot multiple times, officials said.

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Fantasy Football: Players to Start in Week 13

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:03:01 GMT

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has had two down weeks in fantasy leagues, but should bounce back against the Chiefs, making wide receiver Julio Jones a good play as well.Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Bears running back Jordan Howard have favorable matchups this week.

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Thursday’s N.F.L. Matchup: Dallas Cowboys (10-1) at Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:51:08 GMT

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter playing against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 24.The rookie quarterback Dak Prescott of the Cowboys faces a sack-happy, ball-hawking Vikings defense in a clash of N.F.C. teams.

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Tyreek Hill, Rookie Receiver for Chiefs, Tries to Put Abuse Episode in Past

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:30:51 GMT

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs running for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 27.Hill was not a particularly popular draft pick after being involved in a domestic violence episode in college, but he has performed well on and off the field in Kansas City.

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Mind Over Body: Playing in the N.F.L. at 38

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:05:23 GMT

The Vikings’ Terence Newman, the oldest cornerback in the N.F.L. by nearly five years, watched a Monday night game at his apartment in Minneapolis.Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is a step slower, so he tries to outsmart opponents to stay on top of his game.

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8 Reasons the Detroit Lions Won’t Win a Playoff Game

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:22:41 GMT

Matt Prater was congratulated by his teammates after kicking a 40-yard game-winning field goal against the Vikings last week. Every Lions victory this season has been by 7 or fewer points.The Lions are 7-4 and lead the N.F.C. North, but haven’t won a playoff game since 1991.

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Peyton Manning Visits the Giants and Offers Some Wisdom

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:36:10 GMT

Eli Manning, right, with his brother Peyton Manning after a game in 2013.Manning, in his first visit to the Giants’ complex, sat in on a quarterback meeting and gave tips on how the team’s offense might attack the Steelers on Sunday.

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Packers 27, Eagles 13: Green Bay Packers End Losing Streak Behind 2 Touchdowns From Aaron Rodgers

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:44:55 GMT

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers tried to scramble away from Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks during the third quarter on Monday.Rodgers threw for more than 300 yards and had two scoring passes to Davante Adams in the win at Philadelphia.

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TV Sports: ESPN Pays Top Dollar for Football, but Audience Isn’t Buying

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:13:31 GMT

The “Monday Night Countdown” set on Nov. 14. Comparing ESPN’s and other networks’ N.F.L. investments, an ESPN executive said, “is apples and oranges to the nth degree.”ESPN pays $1.9 billion annually for its N.F.L. rights, nearly twice what NBC shells out, but “Monday Night Football” is not the powerhouse it once was.

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At 41, Henry Burris Adds an Exclamation Point to a Great Canadian Career

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:08:48 GMT

The Ottawa Redblacks’ Henry Burris, right, after defeating the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup in overtime on Sunday. He was the oldest quarterback to win a Grey Cup.The quarterback, from Spiro, Okla., was named the Grey Cup’s M.V.P. for a second time as the Ottawa Redblacks beat heavily favored Calgary for the C.F.L. title.

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