NFL Today, Week 13 Print
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday night, Dec. 3
New England (11-0) at Baltimore (4-7). The Patriots already have clinched the AFC East, but had their closest game last week in 31-28 win over Philadelphia. Baltimore has lost a franchise-record five in a row and been outscored 143-72 during skid.

STARS
Passing
-Luke McCown, a Buccaneers backup, was 29-of-37 for 313 yards and two touchdowns in leading Tampa Bay to a 27-23 victory at New Orleans.
-Peyton Manning, Colts, threw for 288 yards and four TDs, two after Indianapolis won replay challenges, in a 28-25 win over Jacksonville.
-Gus Frerotte, Rams, was 23-of-35 for 311 yards and three touchdowns in St. Louis' 28-16 victory over Atlanta.
-Vince Young, Titans, threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in rallying Tennessee to a 28-20 victory over his hometown Houston Texans.
-David Garrard, Jaguars, was 24-of-29 for 257 yards and two TDs, but Jacksonville lost at Indianapolis 28-25.

Rushing
-LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers, had 177 yards and two TDs on 23 carries in San Diego's 24-10 victory at Kansas City.
-Derrick Ward, Giants, ran for 154 yards and a touchdown in New York's 21-16 win at Chicago, but injured his left ankle and left the stadium on crutches.
-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, wearing a brace on his right knee and playing for the first time in three weeks, rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters as Minnesota routed Detroit 42-10.
-Justin Fargas, Raiders, carried 33 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's 34-20 win over Denver.
-Fred Taylor, Jaguars, had 104 yards on 14 carries, his second straight 100-yard game after having none this season, but Jacksonville lost 28-25 at Indianapolis.

Receiving
-Reggie Wayne, Colts, had eight catches for 158 yards and a TD in Indianapolis' 28-25 win over Jacksonville.
-Roddy White, Falcons, caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown, but Atlanta lost 28-16 at St. Louis.
-Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs, had 10 receptions for 140 yards in Kansas City's 24-10 loss to San Diego.
-Joey Galloway, Buccaneers, had 159 yards receiving on seven catches in Tampa Bay's 27-23 win at New Orleans.
-Braylon Edwards, Browns, caught seven passes for 149 yards and a TD, but Cleveland lost 27-21 at Arizona.

Special Teams
-Rian Lindell, Bills, kicked five field goals, all in the second half, including a 36-yarder that gave Buffalo a 17-16 victory at Washington.
-Mike Nugent, Jets, kicked four field goals and four extra points in New York's 40-13 rout at Miami.
-Aundrae Allison, Vikings, returned a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown in Minnesota's 42-10 win over Detroit.

Defense
-Lofa Tatupu, Seahawks, had three interceptions in Seattle's 28-24 win at Philadelphia.
-Richard Marshall, Panthers, returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown in Carolina's 31-14 victory over San Francisco.
-Shawne Merriman, Chargers, had three of San Diego's eight sacks in a 24-10 victory at Kansas City.
-Rod Hood, Cardinals, had a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown in Arizona's 27-21 win over Cleveland.
-Patrick Willis, 49ers, had 18 tackles, 17 solo, in San Francisco's 31-14 loss at Carolina.
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MILESTONES
an Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw more than 20 in each of their first 10 NFL seasons. ... St. Louis' Isaac Bruce caught four passes for 31 yards in the Rams' 28-16 win over Atlanta to give him 14,911, passing Cris Carter for fifth place on the career list. ... Pittsburgh's Hines Ward caught two touchdown passes to break John Stallworth's Steelers record for career scoring catches (64) in a 24-10 win over Cincinnati.
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STREAKS
Antoine Bethea's interception of David Garrard in Indianapolis' 28-25 loss was the first against the Jacksonville QB in 231 passes this season. ... Miami's 40-13 loss to the New York Jets extended a franchise-record losing streak to 15 games, and Cam Cameron remained winless as an NFL coach. ... Oakland ended a 12-game home skid to AFC West rivals by beating Denver 34-20, a week after snapping a 17-game losing streak in the division by winning 20-17 at Kansas City. ... Pittsburgh ended a seven-game winning streak by road teams in its AFC North rivalry with Cincinnati by winning 24-10. The home-field win was the first in the series since the Steelers beat the Bengals in Pittsburgh 28-17 in 2004.
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TAYLOR TRIBUTE
The Washington Redskins honored former teammate Sean Taylor, who died Tuesday after he was shot during a burglary attempt at his home, by lining up only 10 players on the first defensive play against Buffalo and keeping his spot at safety empty. The emotional day ended with Rian Lindell kicking a 36-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give the Bills a 17-16 victory.
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SWINGS
Indianapolis' first two TDs in its 28-25 win over Jacksonville came after replay challenges. The first came on the Jaguars' opening possession when Robert Mathis sacked David Garrard and knocked the ball free. Officials first ruled Jacksonville recovered at its 11, but coach Tony Dungy appealed and referee Terry McAuley ruled the Colts' Raheem Brock recovered. Two plays later, Peyton Manning threw a 5-yard TD pass to Dallas Clark. On the Colts' next possession, officials ruled Ben Utecht fumbled. Dungy appealed, McAuley ruled it an incomplete pass, and on the next play, Manning threw a 48-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne. ... San Diego's 24-10 win at Kansas City gave Norv Turner his first victory over the Chiefs in seven tries as a head coach.
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RED-FACED REDSKINS
Bills win it 17-16.
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SCORING
Thomas Jones' 1-yard touchdown run in New York's 40-13 win at Miami was his first touchdown with the Jets. He came in with no scores in 207 carries. ... Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen, after getting two sacks, shocked the San Diego Chargers by catching a 2-yard touchdown pass in the Chiefs' 24-10 loss.
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SLOPPY
Philadelphia's A.J. Feeley threw four interceptions in the Eagles' 28-24 loss to Seattle, and already has thrown two more interceptions than Donovan McNabb in just 2 1/2 games. His seventh pick came on his 93rd pass of the season. McNabb has been intercepted just six times in 326 attempts. ... Oakland scored 24 points off four turnovers to snap a five-game losing streak to Denver with a 34-20 win. ... Derek Anderson threw for 304 yards and had two touchdown tosses, but was intercepted twice and fumbled the ball away once in Cleveland's 27-21 loss at Arizona. Two of the turnovers came on Cleveland's first two possessions and led to touchdowns: Rod Hood's 71-yard interception returned for a score, and Anderson's fumbled snap led to Kurt Warner's 5-yard TD pass to Leonard Pope.
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BRIEF DEBUT
Oakland's JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall draft pick out of LSU, made his long-awaited first NFL appearance in the second quarter of the Raiders' 34-20 win over Denver. He threw a 16-yard completion to Jerry Porter on his first play and moved Oakland downfield, but was unable to lead the Raiders to any points on his two drives. He finished 4-for-7 for 56 yards in his two series before Josh McCown came back in.
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UNSAFE AT HOME
Kansas City fell to 0-5 at home with a 24-10 loss to San Diego, giving the Chiefs five home defeats for the first time since 1980.
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STEPPING UP
Buffalo's Fred Jackson, making his first NFL start because of injuries to Marshawn Lynch and Anthony Thomas, ran for 82 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 69 yards in the Bills' 17-16 win at Washington.
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LUCKY
Tampa Bay had 466 total yards, far better than New Orleans' 246, but had to hold on for a 27-23 win because two early drives ended with Matt Bryant's field goals of 27 and 31 yards, and another drive ended with a missed field goal.
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SIDELINED
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter after dislocating his left shoulder. ... Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams hurt his right knee against the Minnesota Vikings, ending his afternoon in the second quarter. ... Derrick Ward of the New York Giants injured his left ankle against Chicago and left the stadium on crutches. ... Miami running back Jesse Chatman aggravated an ankle injury and missed most of the second half of the Dolphins' 40-13 loss to the New York Jets. ... Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin dislocated a toe on his left foot in the Cardinals' 27-21 win over Cleveland.
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SPEAKING
``It makes your heart drop all the way to your feet. We wanted to come out here and win one for Sean, and try to keep ourselves in the playoff run.'' - Washington quarterback Jason Campbell after the Redskins lost 17-16 to the Buffalo Bills, the first game since safety Sean Taylor died from a gunshot wound last Tuesday.
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``It seems like we're doing this for some other reason than victories. There seems to be something else going on out there. It definitely doesn't seem like we're all after the same thing. If you have competitive spirit, you want a victory. You don't want to go down in history as the worst team ever.'' - Miami nose tackle Keith Traylor, after the Dolphins fell to 0-12 after a 40-13 loss to the New York Jets.
 

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