The Kansas City Chiefs clinched another division title by overcoming the New England Patriots, while the Seattle Seahawks' winning streak was ended.

The Chiefs handed the Patriots a second straight loss and secured the AFC West crown for the fourth consecutive NFL season.

Seattle's winning streak came to an end at five after losing to NFC West rivals the Los Angeles Rams.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans posted big wins and the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.

 

CHIEFS CLINCH

Patrick Mahomes helped the Chiefs past the Patriots 23-16 at Gillette Stadium.

Mahomes was 26 of 40 for 283 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Chiefs improved to 9-4.

The Patriots dropped to 10-3 and had two TDs taken away by controversial officiating calls.

Tom Brady's right elbow was heavily wrapped after the loss, the quarterback finishing 19 of 36 for 169 yards, a TD and an interception.

 

SEAHAWKS' RUN SNAPPED BY RAMS

The Rams stopped the Seahawks' run with a 28-12 victory.

Jared Goff went 22 of 31 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (22 of 36 for 245 yards and an interception) struggled.

The Seahawks are now 10-3 and second in the NFC West, while the Rams (8-5) are chasing a wildcard.

 

CHARGERS, TITANS CRUISE

The Chargers ended a three-game losing run by thrashing the Jacksonville Jaguars 45-10.

Philip Rivers led the Chargers, completing 16 of 22 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

However, the Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Titans extended their winning streak to four by crushing the Oakland Raiders 42-21.

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes, completing 21 of 27 for 391 yards for Tennessee (8-5), who are in the wildcard chase.

GAROPPOLO EARNS PRAISE, RAVENS ROLL ON

Jimmy Garoppolo threw four TDs in the San Francisco 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the New Orleans Saints, earning praise from head coach Kyle Shanahan.

"He's unbelievable. No matter what happens," Shanahan said. "He's had a lot of good games this year.

"He has had some times where he's made some mistakes. But he's the same guy every day. Just to be able to deal with that crowd noise and to deal with adversity that went in and out throughout the game, to be able to deal with me, he's the same and a lot of fun to coach."

The Baltimore Ravens booked their spot in the playoffs thanks to a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills.

However, tight end Mark Andrews (knee), linebacker Chris Board (concussion) and safety Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle) suffered injuries.

"Mark is not serious, maybe a thigh bruise type of thing," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.

"Anthony is not serious, ankle. Both those guys told me they'd be back Thursday. We'll see how that goes as the week goes on."

 

WEEK 14 SCORES:

Atlanta Falcons 40-20 Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Ravens 24-17 Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns 27-19 Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers 20-15 Washington Redskins
Denver Broncos 38-24 Houston Texans
Minnesota Vikings 20-7 Detroit Lions
San Francisco 49ers 48-46 New Orleans Saints
New York Jets 22-21 Miami Dolphins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35 Indianapolis Colts
Los Angeles Chargers 45-10 Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs 23-16 New England Patriots
Tennessee Titans 42-21 Oakland Raiders
Los Angeles Rams 28-12 Seattle Seahawks

Tom Brady downplayed his elbow injury after the New England Patriots' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL on Sunday.

The Patriots slipped to a second straight defeat, edged 23-16 by the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium to fall to 10-3 this season.

Brady's right elbow was heavily wrapped as he arrived to face the media, but the quarterback insisted he was OK.

"I just got hit right on my elbow, it's fine," the 42-year-old told reporters.

"Probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday [against the Cincinnati Bengals]."

Brady went 19 of 36 for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to the Chiefs.

The six-time Super Bowl champion, who was unwilling to criticise officials despite some controversy, said the Patriots' offense was simply unable to deliver at key times.

"We got the ball, we moved it, we had some plays there where we could've scored and just couldn't quite," Brady said.

"We had a fourth down, we had some other ones in a red area, couple of fourth downs, just didn't make the plays when we needed to make 'em."

He added: "We've just got to go out and try to play better and try to win next week's game so, disappointing but not going to feel sorry for ourselves, try to go back to work and do a better job."

Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson said it was "pretty cool" to clinch an NFL playoff berth, but the quarterback is already looking ahead.

The Ravens claimed a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday to improve to 11-2 and secure their place in the playoffs.

But Jackson wants more from the Ravens, who are among the favourites to win the Super Bowl.

"It's pretty cool, but we're trying to finish out," he said.

"We've got the [New York] Jets on Thursday, quick turnaround, we've got to focus on them now."

Jackson went 16 of 25 for 145 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against the Bills, while also rushing for 40 yards.

The 22-year-old said the clash against the Bills (9-4) at New Era Field felt like a playoff game.

"Very tough. We came into New Era Field, great environment, the Bills fans came, they were basically on the field, it was so loud here, defense came out to play," Jackson said.

"It was just a playoff game."

The Baltimore Ravens became the first AFC team to qualify for the playoffs after beating the Buffalo Bills to earn a franchise-record ninth win in a row.

MVP contender Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and closed in on Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback.

Boasting an 11-2 record, the Ravens will prove a threat to any challengers in the postseason.

Elsewhere, the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints produced a 94-point thriller and Drew Lock starred for the Denver Broncos against the Houston Texans.

RAVENS STAR JACKSON IN A RUSH TO CATCH VICK

Jackson showed his class once again in a stellar display as he became only the second QB in NFL history to go past 1,000 rushing yards.

He is now just 23 shy of Vick's record, having managed 40 on Sunday, though his collection of touchdown throws proved more valuable. 

The Bills squandered the opportunity to tie the game with their final play as Josh Allen's pass into the end zone was incomplete.

WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOULD

Robbie Gould held his nerve to kick the 49ers to glory, providing the perfect tonic to their rare loss against the Ravens last time out.

In a match between two playoff hopefuls, it was the Niners who got the job done in a thrilling 48-46 triumph sealed by Gould's 30-yard field goal.

The result ended a five-year winless streak for the Niners in New Orleans, giving them their highest tally of victories in a season since 2013.

LOCK HAS THE KEY

Quarterback Lock entered the history books as he became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to total at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in his first start on the road.

That telling contribution from the 2019 second-round pick laid the foundations for the Broncos' 38-24 victory over the Houston Texans, improving the visitors to 5-8.

It was also a result that eased the frustration of a long-running theme for Denver, who had scored 24 points or fewer in 21 consecutive games prior to Sunday's clash.

BROWNS, JETS AND VIKINGS PREVAIL

Elsewhere in the early games on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals were brought back down to earth with a 27-19 loss against the Cleveland Browns.

The Bengals had won for the first time in Week 13, beating the New York Jets, who themselves bounced back to secure a last-gasp 22-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

And the Minnesota Vikings tamed the Detroit Lions in a 20-7 success, making it five wins on the bounce against the same opponents.

 

Week 14 scores:

Carolina Panthers 20-40 Atlanta Falcons

Indianapolis Colts 35-38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Miami Dolphins 21-22 New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers 48-46 New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions 7-20 Minnesota Vikings

Denver Broncos 38-24 Houston Texans

Baltimore Ravens 24-17 Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals 19-27 Cleveland Browns

Washington Redskins 15-20 Green Bay Packers

Shaq Thompson has signed a four-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers to keep him with the franchise through 2023.

Agent Doug Hendrickson told ESPN it is a $54.2million pact with a maximum value of $57m, with $28m guaranteed and containing a signing bonus of $16m.

Thompson, 25, was due to become a free agent at the end of the season as he was playing under the fifth-year option.

He was drafted with the 25th overall pick in 2015 and has started every game for the 5-7 Panthers so far this season, making a career-high 93 tackles along with having three sacks and the same number of passes defended.

"Shaq is our type of person and our type of player," general manager Marty Hurney said as the team announced the extension on Saturday. 

"He's proven that he can play linebacker at a very high level, and he's got all the traits you want. 

"He's smart, he's physical, he can run and he's very versatile. He fits the blueprint for what we want at the position."

Thompson said of his new deal: "It means everything. What this organisation has done for me and my family, it's just tremendous.

"It feels good. It shows they have trust in me and faith in me to go on with the future of this young team that we have. 

"They see that I can help and I can be a part of the leadership of this group. That's really big for me. 

"They showed loyalty and love towards me and my family. I was able to show them that I have potential. This is my first year being a starter and I've been able to show what I can do.

"I want them to know I'm going to give it my all. This is just the beginning for me."

The Cleveland Browns have activated tight end David Njoku off injured reserve ahead of their Week 14 encounter with Ohio rivals the Cincinnati Bengals.

Njoku, who has not played since suffering a wrist injury in the win over the New York Jets in Week 2, will now return to give quarterback Baker Mayfield another weapon over the final four games.

A first-round draft pick in 2017, he had four touchdowns in each of his first two seasons in the NFL and caught a pass in the end zone from Mayfield in Week 1 of the 2019 campaign against the Tennessee Titans.

The Browns are 5-7, two games back from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who currently hold the final berth in the wildcard race.

Eli Manning will start for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 after Daniel Jones was officially ruled out of the game.

Quarterback Jones - who took over as the Giants' starter in Week 3, leading the team to back-to-back victories in his first two NFL outings - has not practiced all week due to a high ankle sprain.

The rookie suffered the injury in the 31-13 home loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, a result that extended New York's losing streak to eight games.

Manning will now make his 245th start for the franchise in an all-NFC East battle in Philadelphia on Monday.

"He looks good. He's had a good week. He always has a good look in his eye," Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula said on Friday.

The two-time Super Bowl winner will be aided in his return by the availability of Golden Tate. The wide receiver is set to feature after clearing concussion protocol, but tight end Evan Engram is again out.

They will also be without Jabrill Peppers; the safety has been placed on injured reserve, bringing an end to his campaign, due to a back injury. 

Sean Chandler - signed off the practice squad - takes Peppers' place on the roster, while the fit-again Kareem Martin replaces fellow linebacker Chris Peace, who - like Peppers - is also done for the season.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown has apologised to "the organisations I offended" as he bids to return to the NFL and "repair what I broke".

Brown is without a team after he was released by the New England Patriots earlier in the season amid allegations of sexual assault against him, which he strenuously denies, and misconduct.

The 31-year-old's departure from the Patriots in September was the latest move of a chaotic 12 months, with the player having also left the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Oakland Raiders.

Brown clashed with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before getting a trade away from the Steelers, joining the Raiders.

However, he never played for Oakland, ultimately calling for the team to release him - and getting his wish - after numerous controversies, including a holdout with the NFL and a fine from the Raiders.

A stint with the Patriots was cut short, too, but Brown hopes to make amends - despite previously saying he would not return to the league.

"First and foremost, I'd like to apologise to my family, friends and anyone who I offended," he wrote on Instagram on Friday.

"I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn't thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I've worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth.

"Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn't handle those challenges in the manner that I should have.

"Over the past few weeks I've had the opportunity to think about everything that's transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I've offended.

"While my behaviour was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret.

"I do take full responsibility for my actions and I'm working everyday to repair what I broke.

"I do know that if I'm ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I'm going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance.

"To the organisations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals."

Bill Belichick jokingly suggested he may try to tempt Wes Welker out of retirement as the New England Patriots continue to search for a solution to their kicking issues.

The Pats boast a 10-2 record this season despite having to chop and change the identity of their kicker, using four different players in the role so far.

Stephen Gostkowski was the starter before being placed on injured reserve and, after Mike Nugent failed to successfully fill the void, Nick Folk's spell with the team was cut short when he had an appendix operation.

Kai Forbath was on duty for the Week 13 defeat to the Houston Texans, kicking a field goal while landing one of his two extra-point attempts, but he was subsequently released on Monday.

While there are reports Folk may return to New England in time for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, they had still yet to have a recognised kicker on their roster early on Friday.

Asked about the situation in his news conference, Belichick said: "We will just have to see how it goes. We will go with what we've got, or… I don't know, see how it goes."

The Patriots head coach was then questioned over reports Folk is set to return, though when asked if an announcement was expected, he simply replied: "Nope".

Punter Jake Bailey is an option having accepted the added responsibility of kick-off duties in Gostkowski's absence, though Belichick seemed relaxed over the situation as he proposed the idea of a familiar face coming back to the team.

Welker's name cropped up during the media session as the wide receiver was occasionally utilised as an emergency kicker during his NFL career – including slotting over an extra point for the Pats in 2010.

"We were talking about him the other day – maybe we can see if we can round him up," Belichick jokingly said of Welker, who is now on the coaching staff at the San Francisco 49ers.

On a more serious note, he added: "If we lost three guys in any position it would be a problem."

Frustrated Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was cut off from a radio interview on Friday after swearing live on air.

The Cowboys slumped to 6-7 with defeat against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, after which Jones bemoaned "losing, losing, losing".

As pressure builds on Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, Jones was apparently still unhappy as he began an interview with 105.3 The Fan the next day.

The owner initially responded to criticism, saying: "Get your damn act together yourself, OK? Settle down just a little bit.

"I don't like your attitude to come in. I've been travelling all night and don't have the patience to jack with you today."

However, Jones was soon cut off following a question that suggested the team had "quit" on Garrett, as the 77-year-old complained about "bull****".

The station said Jones had been automatically taken off air by the studio system due to his swearing, although the interview then continued.

The Cowboys, who remain top of a poor NFC East, will hope to lift Jones' spirits against the Los Angeles Rams next week.

Odell Beckham Jr. may have admitted he was unsure of what the future holds, but the Browns receiver insisted that did not equate to unhappiness in Cleveland.

Former first-round pick Beckham was traded to the Browns by the New York Giants in the offseason but the three-time Pro Bowler has failed to live up to the hype.

He has caught just two touchdowns in 2019 and has gone six games without passing 100 yards receiving, a milestone he has only surpassed twice in 12 games.

With the Browns 5-7 and facing an uphill battle to make the postseason, Beckham was noncommittal when asked about his future on Thursday.

"What's the future hold? I don't know, I don't know the answers for that," he said at a news conference.

"Right now, I'm just taking it a day at a time, trying to finish healthy, trying to win these last four games and see what happens."

Beckham addressed the fallout from those comments on Friday, though he did not clarify if he wanted to remain a Brown beyond this season, with his contract in Cleveland running until 2023.

"Ok... I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I'm hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz," he wrote on Twitter.

The Chicago Bears are fearful linebacker Roquan Smith's pectoral injury may be serious.

Smith, the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, left Chicago's 31-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter after trying, unsuccessfully, to stop Ezekiel Elliott scoring a touchdown.

It was the Bears' third straight victory, keeping them in the mix for a playoff berth in the NFC, but head coach Matt Nagy hinted Smith could be missing for his team's final three games.

The linebacker had arguably the best game of his career in Week 13, having contributed 16 tackles and two sacks in the Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions.

"He has a pec[toral injury]. We'll get more details here in the next couple of days," Nagy told reporters.

"It doesn't look real good for him.

"It could be a big loss. The way that Roquan has been playing the last couple of weeks, flying around, making plays, you just love that confidence that he's bringing to the defense.

"The depth that Ryan [Pace, Bears general manager] and his guys have created on this roster allows someone like Kevin Pierre-Louis to step up and make plays. You feel bad for Roquan but we know we have guys that can fill in."

The Bears season appeared to be heading south when they were beaten by the Los Angeles Rams in mid-November to drop to 4-6.

However, much-maligned quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's recent good form has helped to turn their campaign around, with the 25-year-old throwing six touchdowns and just two interceptions over the past two weeks.

"Right now, the identity between the defense and offense, it doesn't feel like one of those deals where if we don't hold them to under 14 points, we don't have a chance to win," Nagy added.

"We feel like we're finally, in all three phases, working together.

"When you have that, you know going into most games you're going to have a chance to win."

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not try to sugarcoat his team's latest loss after they fell to a third straight defeat against the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

A 31-24 loss at Soldier Field increased the pressure on Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who had been defended by Jones in the wake of the Thanksgiving defeat to the Buffalo Bills.

Jones had said he would not make a coaching change last week and was hopeful of the Cowboys embarking on a winning streak, but the latest loss leaves Dallas at 6-7, albeit they are still top of a poor NFC East.

Asked if he thought the team was "going backwards", Jones told reporters: "It's levelled out here. It's losing, losing, losing.

"I'm not trying to be funny here, but the point is that we've got to win a football game. I don't care what the standings are, what the numbers are."

Jones has already said he expects Garrett to be "coaching in the NFL next year", though he did not explicitly say that will be with his franchise.

Yet the Cowboys owner denied the uncertainty surrounding Garrett's position has led to Dallas' on-field struggles.

"The same way that my praise of them has contributed," he argued.

"You may have noticed I've been praising them too. So much for words, seriously. So much for words.

"I don't think so.

"We know that that score didn't indicate how bad they beat us. The score was a lot closer, they beat us real good."

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played down his toe and elbow injuries as the NFL Super Bowl champions prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs.

Patriots star Brady was limited in practice on Thursday, with a toe and right elbow issue hampering the veteran.

However, the 42-year-old – a six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time MVP in the NFL showpiece – made light of the injury report.

"That might be the first time my toe's ever been on the injury report. You know us Patriots," Brady told Westwood One Sports.

"We're pretty diligent about listing everything, so I guess we have to make mention of my toe now as well."

"Isn't there some HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] violation or something like that, when I start talking about all my injuries? I'm doing pretty good," Brady added of his elbow.

"At this time of the year, I'll take it. I'll take anything if I'm still able to go out there and feel like I can play my best. I'm feeling really good, really positive about this week. We have a really great challenge ahead of us."

Brady was speaking ahead of Sunday's showdown against the Chiefs (8-4), with the Patriots (10-2) looking to bounce back from last week's 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans.

"It is going to be a very, very tough game," Brady said. "Hopefully we can go out there and play with the fire and energy we have, and go out there and have a great performance."

In 12 games this season, Brady has completed 297 throws for 3,268 yards – fifth in the NFL – and 18 touchdowns.

Mitchell Trubisky led the way as the Chicago Bears boosted their NFL playoff hopes with a 31-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Bears quarterback Trubisky had four total touchdowns to help Chicago (7-6) to a third consecutive win on Thursday.

Trubisky – who finished 23 of 31 for 244 yards – threw three TD passes, while he also rushed for one against the slumping Cowboys in Chicago.

After being held scoreless in the second and third quarters, the Cowboys (6-7) rallied to outscore the Bears 17-7 in the final period.

However, the Bears held on to see off the Cowboys at Soldier Field and heap further pressure on under-fire head coach Jason Garrett following a third straight loss.

The Cowboys struck first on the road – running back Ezekiel Elliott rushing for a two-yard touchdown with six minutes remaining in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead.

That was as good as it got for the Cowboys, with the Bears taking control courtesy of Trubisky's arm.

Trubisky connected with Allen Robinson on a five-yard touchdown pass to level the game at 7-7, after the Bears QB had highlighted the drive by throwing a 30-yard pass to JP Holtz.

The Bears settled for a 36-yard field goal, which Eddy Pineiro converted, before they moved 17-7 ahead thanks to Trubisky's pass to Robinson with 10 seconds remaining in the half.

That lead stretched out to 24-7 in the third quarter when a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky found Anthony Miller, though Elliott's two-yard TD run reduced the deficit with 15 minutes remaining.

But Trubisky dashed the Cowboys' hopes after he ran for a 23-yard TD of his own to give the Bears a 31-14 advantage, with Dak Prescott's touchdown pass to Amari Cooper not enough for Dallas.

Cowboys quarterback Prescott was 27 of 49 for 334 yards and a touchdown.

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