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NFL Today, Week 9
Question of the Day
Monday, Nov. 7
Chicago (4-3) at Philadelphia (3-4), 8:30 p.m. EST. The Eagles have won two in a row to ease back into the NFC picture, and the Bears also won their past two.
_ Aaron Rodgers, Packers, completed 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards and four touchdown passes in Green Bay’s 45-38 win over San Diego. He has an NFL-high 24 TD passes. Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 26 of 46 for 385 yards with four touchdown passes and three interceptions.
_ Eli Manning, Giants, completed 20 of 39 for 250 yards and two touchdown passes, including a 1-yarder to Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left, in New York’s 24-20 win over New England. Tom Brady, Patriots, was 28 of 49 for 342 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
_ Drew Brees, Saints, was 27 of 36 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in New Orleans’ 27-16 win over Tampa Bay. Brees is the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards through the first nine games of a season.
_ Matt Moore, Dolphins, was 17 for 23 for 244 yards for three touchdowns in Miami’s 31-3 win over Kansas City.
_ Andy Dalton, Bengals, finished 22 for 39 for 217 yards with three touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 24-17 win over Tennessee.
_ Willis McGahee and Tim Tebow, Broncos. McGahee had 20 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns and Tebow had had 118 yards on 12 carries in Denver’s 38-24 win over Oakland. Denver ran for 298 yards, its highest total since a 300-yard game against Seattle in 2000 and the Broncos‘ most ever against the Raiders.
_ Arian Foster and Ben Tate, Texans. Foster had 19 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown and Tate had 12 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown in Houston’s 30-12 win over Cleveland. The Texans finished with a franchise-record 261 yards rushing.
_ Steven Jackson, Rams, finished with 29 carries for 130 yards in St. Louis’ 19-13 loss to Arizona.
_ Frank Gore, 49ers, had 19 carries for 107 yards in San Francisco’s 19-11 win over Washington.
_ Vincent Jackson, Chargers, finished with seven catches for 141 yards and three touchdowns in San Diego’s 45-38 loss to Green Bay.
_ Wes Welker, Patriots, had nine catches for 136 yards in New England’s 24-20 loss to New York.
_ Julio Jones, Falcons, had three catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta’s 31-7 win over Indianapolis. They were the rookie’s first TDs.
_ Brandon Marshall, Dolphins, had eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown and Miami got its first win over the season with a 31-3 victory over Kansas City. Steve Breaston, Chiefs, had seven catches for 115 yards.
_ Roy Helu, Redskins, caught a franchise-record 14 passes for 105 yards coming out of the backfield in Washington’s 19-11 loss to San Francisco.
_ Patrick Peterson, Cardinals, returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a 19-13 victory over the Rams. It was the second punt return to win a game in overtime in NFL history. The other was 86 yards by Tamarick Vanover of Kansas City to beat San Diego on Oct. 9, 1995. It was the second-longest punt return in NFL history (Robert Bailey, Rams, 103 yards, Oct. 23, 1994.)
Calais Campbell, Cardinals, blocked Josh Brown’s 42-yard field goal attempt as regulation ended to force overtime.
_ Eddie Royal, Broncos, returned a punt 85 yards for the tiebreaking score in Denver’s 38-24 win over Oakland.
_ David Akers, 49ers, was 4 for 4 on field goals in San Francisco’s 19-11 win over Washington.
_ Charlie Peprah and Tramon Williams, Packers. Peprah returned one of his two interceptions 40 yards for a touchdown and Williams returned an interception 43 yards for a score in Green Bay’s 45-38 win over San Diego.
_ The Rams‘ defense got two safeties off Cardinals QB John Skelton on consecutive plays in the third quarter. But Arizona won 19-13 in overtime.
_ Jerraud Powers, Colts, returned an interception 6 yards for a touchdown in Indianapolis’ 31-7 loss to Atlanta.
Arizona QB John Skelton, starting in place of Arizona’s Kevin Kolb, gave up safeties on consecutive plays in the third quarter. It was the first time a player yielded two safeties in a quarter since Aaron Rodgers did it against Minnesota on Nov. 9, 2008. The last player to have safeties on consecutive plays was Kordell Stewart of Pittsburgh against Jacksonville on Oct. 3, 1999. The safeties marked the first time in NFL history a team had scored a total of four points in a quarter.
STILL AT A LOSS
Miami’s win at Kansas City left the Colts (0-9) as the only team in the NFL without a victory. They have lost five straight home games for the first time since 2001. Indy has been outscored 75-14 in the first half and 120-24 over the past three weeks.
Arian Foster rushed for 124 yards and Ben Tate ran for 115 and both scored touchdowns to lead the Texans past Cleveland. The Texans (6-3) finished with a franchise-record 261 yards rushing. It was the first time the Browns allowed two 100-yard rushers in the same game since the Baltimore Colts did it against them in 1956. … Miami WR Brandon Marshall finished with eight catches for 106 yards and a TD. The former Bronco has 52 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games against Kansas City in his career. … The Dolphins sacked Kansas City’s Matt Cassel five times. The Chiefs came into the game having allowed 13 sacks all season, tied for sixth best in the league. … New Orleans gained 195 yards on the ground in a 27-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after rushing for only 56 yards at St. Louis a week earlier. … Rookie RB Roy Helu received his first NFL start and broke the Redskins’ record for most receptions in a game, finishing with 14 for 105 yards. The previous record for receptions was 13, reached twice by Hall of Famer Art Monk (1985 and 1990) and once by Kelvin Bryant (1986). Helu’s 14 receptions are the most by an NFL running back this season and the most by a running back since Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook caught 14 passes against Dallas on Nov. 4, 2007. Helu’s 14 receptions are the most by any NFL rookie this season.
The Green Bay Packers are the third defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 8-0, joining the 1990 San Francisco 49ers and 1998 Denver Broncos. … The 49ers have won six in a row, their longest winning streak since 1997, and are 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1992. … The Bengals have won five in a row, their longest winning streak since 1988 when they won the AFC championship. … New Orleans QB Drew Brees‘ first scoring strike to Lance Moore in the first quarter gave him TD passes in 36 straight games, tying Brett Favre for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Connecting on 27 of 36 passes, Brees also extended his NFL record of consecutive games with 20-plus completions to 29. … The Giants and Patriots was the only game this season to enter halftime 0-0. … Reggie Bush had his first touchdown rushing since Nov. 15, 2009 in Miami’s 31-3 win.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin can’t seem to keep his hamstrings healthy, and a miserable season for Indianapolis got worse when tight end Dallas Clark went down with a left leg injury. After missing two games earlier this season with a left hamstring problem, Austin hurt his right one in a 23-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Now, the Cowboys could be without their Pro Bowl receiver again. … Already minus Peyton Manning all season because of neck surgery, the winless Colts could be without their top two tight ends. Clark (lower left leg) and Brody Eldridge (hand) both left early in a 31-7 loss to Atlanta and coach Jim Caldwell provided no updates after the game. … Saints cornerback Tracy Porter hurt his neck early in a 27-16 win over Tampa Bay. Porter was injured on the second play from scrimmage while breaking up a pass with a hard hit on receiver Mike Williams. Porter lay face down for several seconds and was strapped to a stretcher by trainers and paramedics, but was able to move his extremities and gave a thumbs-up before being taken to a hospital as a precaution.
“He’s a special young man. I’m glad that we have him on our football team _ my new son.” _ Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt on Patrick Peterson who returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a stunning 19-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, bringing a dramatic end to Arizona’s six-game losing streak.
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