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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 16, 2018 - 9:22 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger didn't want to use the word "crossroads." He did anyway. His team mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh...
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San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks a field goal from the hold of Bradley Pinion during overtime of an NFL football game to beat the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
December 16, 2018 - 9:03 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As if the San Francisco 49ers needed any reminder about how Seattle has dominated this once fierce NFC West rivalry of late, Kyle Shanahan and his coaching staff spent the night before the game reminding the players with highlights from the Seahawks' 27-point blowout just...
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Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
December 16, 2018 - 8:49 pm
Miami's Frank Gore hurt his left ankle on the second-to-last play of the first quarter and didn't return to the Dolphins' loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Gore, the NFL's active rushing leader, had five carries for 14 yards in Miami's 41-17 loss. Backup defensive tackle Ziggy Hood (hamstring) limped...
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Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
December 16, 2018 - 8:43 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010. Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game. Mixon ran for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday,...
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Indianapolis Colts' Eric Ebron (85) runs out of a tackle by Dallas Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie (24) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
December 16, 2018 - 8:19 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday. His teammates took the cue. The offensive line created enough space for Mack to run for a career-high 139 yards and two scores, an improving defense smothered the league's...
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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy celebrates after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. The Bears won 24-17. (AP Photo/David Banks)
December 16, 2018 - 8:11 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an...
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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm
The Latest on NFL's Week 15 (all times Eastern): 7:30 p.m. The Pittsburgh Steelers have beaten the New England Patriots for the first time since 2011. The Steelers' 17-10 win at Heinz Field kept the Steelers (8-5-1) ahead of the Ravens (8-6) in the NFC North. A loss would have put them on the...
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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, left, runs with the ball as New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) moves in for the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 16, 2018 - 6:23 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are hoping to get to the playoffs riding the tandem of Derrick and the Defense. It had been a perfect formula the last couple of weeks, and on a rainy Sunday it led to a third straight win and the Titans' first shutout in 18 years. Bruising halfback...
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster, second from left, celebrates with teammates after Foster scored a 42-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
December 16, 2018 - 6:22 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — After putting the Bills ahead with his arm, Josh Allen sealed Buffalo's 14-13 victory over the Detroit Lions with his leaping legs. All the rookie quarterback needed was a push. That's the way fullback Patrick DiMarco described Allen's 2-yard leap to convert a fourth-and-1...
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones catches a touchdown pass past Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson during the first half of a NFL football game on Sunday, Dec 16, 2018, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
December 16, 2018 - 6:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Falcons were struggling again, and quarterback Matt Ryan was looking for something to spark the team. Ryan got just what he wanted from his teammate, linebacker Deion Jones. "That was awesome to get us going," Ryan said. "I felt like the energy that really got everybody into it,...
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