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

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

Justin Tucker's 49-yard field goal as time expired meant the Baltimore Ravens edged past the San Francisco 49ers to win an eighth straight game.

On a quiet day for red-hot Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, Tucker kept his cool and showed why he is considered one of the NFL's best kickers.

Baltimore's AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals were also victorious, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans claimed key wins to boost their wildcard hopes.

 

NIP AND TUCKER AS RAVENS KICKER DELIVERS VICTORY

Sunday's most hotly-anticipated encounter saw the Ravens face the 49ers in a repeat of Super Bowl XLVII.

MVP favourite Jackson was kept to 105 yards passing in a contest where both teams gained more yards through rushing than passing.

Jackson had a rushing score to go along with 101 yards on the ground, though, and his team were victorious thanks to Tucker's field goal.

With the 20-17 victory Baltimore improved to 10-2, the same record that the 49ers have with four games to go.

 

DALTON ENJOYS VICTORIOUS RETURN AS BENGALS BEAT JETS

The last remaining winless team in the NFL claimed their first victory as Andy Dalton returned to lead the Bengals past the New York Jets 22-6 and give rookie head coach Zac Taylor a maiden win.

Cincinnati were 0-11 heading into Sunday's game and turned back to ninth-year quarterback Dalton having benched him following their Week 9 bye.

The move paid dividends as Dalton went 22-for-37 passing and threw one touchdown against a Jets team that had won their previous three games.

Two other struggling franchises, the Redskins and Dolphins, claimed their third wins of the season, Washington beating the Carolina Panthers 29-21 and Miami defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 37-31.

 

STEELERS CLAIM REVENGE OVER BROWNS

Two weeks after losing to the Cleveland Browns in an ill-tempered Thursday night encounter, the Steelers exacted a measure of revenge with a 20-13 success at Heinz Field.

Their previous meeting was marred by the ugly scenes which saw Myles Garrett rip off Mason Rudolph's helmet and hit the Pittsburgh quarterback with it.

Rudolph has since been benched, while Garrett is serving a suspension, and there was no sign of the bad blood on Sunday as the Devlin Hodges-led Steelers improved to 7-5.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was sacked five times, completed the game despite suffering a hand injury but it was his interception which ultimately sealed the win for Pittsburgh.

FOLES BENCHED, RODGERS THROWS FOUR TDs

Two former Super Bowl MVPs had contrasting afternoons, with Nick Foles benched by the Jacksonville Jaguars while Aaron Rodgers lit up the New York Giants secondary in the snow.

Foles, a big free-agent signing by the Jags in the offseason, was replaced by Gardner Minshew having committed three first-half turnovers as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised to a 28-11 triumph.

The Green Bay Packers bounced back from their loss to the 49ers last time out, Rodgers throwing four touchdowns - two of which went to Davante Adams - in a 31-13 win over the Giants.

Elsewhere, the Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.

 

Week 13 scores:

Tennessee Titans 31-17 Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals 22-6 New York Jets
Washington Redskins 29-21 Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Ravens 20-17 San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-11 Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers 31-13 New York Giants
Miami Dolphins 37-31 Philadelphia Eagles

T.Y. Hilton has been ruled out of the Indianapolis Colts' Week 13 encounter with the Tennessee Titans after suffering a setback on his comeback from a calf problem.

The star receiver – a third-round draft pick by the Colts in 2012 – missed three weeks due to a calf injury earlier in the campaign.

The 30-year-old returned to action in Week 12 against the Houston Texans but made two crucial drops which ultimately cost the Colts in a 20-17 defeat.

"I've got to make that," Hilton said. "That's what I get paid for. I've gotta make it. I let my team down today. One hundred percent on me."

But there was more bad news for the Colts and Hilton on Thursday, with general manager Chris Ballard confirming the receiver would miss Sunday's clash with the Titans.

It is a major blow for the Colts, who are 1-7 without Hilton in their starting line-up, with the receiver now considered "week-to-week".

The San Francisco 49ers continued to impress in the NFL on Sunday, while the New England Patriots scraped past the Dallas Cowboys.

The 49ers improved to 10-1 by comfortably beating Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium.

Also 10-1 are the Patriots, who edged the Cowboys in rainy conditions at Gillette Stadium.

There was also a big win for the Tennessee Titans over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

49ERS BRUSH PAST PACKERS

The 49ers were far too good for the Packers in a 37-8 victory.

San Francisco contained Rodgers, who was sacked five times and had just 104 passing yards and a TD on 20 of 33 completed passes.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was far better, throwing two touchdown passes and for 253 yards after completing 14 of 20, while George Kittle had 129 receiving yards and a TD.

Green Bay (8-3) managed just 198 total yards to San Francisco's 339, leaving them no match for the high-flying 49ers.

PATRIOTS EDGE COWBOYS

Tom Brady went 17 of 37 for 190 yards and the game's only touchdown in the Patriots' 13-9 victory over the Cowboys.

The quarterback's 10-yard pass to N'Keal Harry in the first quarter gave the Patriots a lead their defense were able to protect.

New England's defense is comfortably the best in the NFL so far this season, conceding just 117 points in 11 games. The 49ers (163 in 11) are the second best.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went 19 of 33 for 212 yards and an interception, while Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries.

TANNEHILL, TITANS PILE IT ON

The Titans scored 28 points in the third quarter of a 42-20 victory over the Jaguars.

A second straight win helped the Titans improve to 6-5, the same record as the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, which is led by the Houston Texans (7-4).

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw two TD passes on the back of 14 of 18 completed passes for 259 yards, while he also rushed for two scores.

A.J. Brown scored a TD and had 135 receiving yards, while Derrick Henry rushed for 159 – and two TDs – on 19 carries.

LUTZ SINKS PANTHERS AS GORE RUSHES INTO THIRD

Wil Lutz's 33-yard field goal saw the New Orleans Saints (9-2) get past the 5-6 Carolina Panthers 34-31.

"We continue to find a way to win when we are not really playing our best. It is a big team win and now we are off to a short week in Atlanta," Lutz said.

"I actually didn't hit the ball too well. My heart kind of sank a little bit to be honest. At the end of the day it was good [win] and a nice win."

Frank Gore moved into third for all-time rushing yards in the NFL during the Buffalo Bills' 20-3 win over the Denver Broncos.

"I'm blessed, I'm happy," Gore said after the Bills improved to 8-3.

"For me it was tough to get to the NFL. I've been doubted my whole career. I tore my two ACLs and a lot of people said you will be here only two or three years and now in my year 15 I'm still having fun and still making plays, still helping a team win games."

Lamar Jackson enhanced his MVP bid with his second perfect passer rating of the season as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Cincinnati Bengals 49-13 in Week 10 of the NFL season.

Patrick Mahomes, the reigning MVP, was unable to lead the Kansas City Chiefs past the Tennessee Titans, despite throwing for over 400 yards in his return from a dislocated kneecap.

Elsewhere, the Atlanta Falcons claimed a shock win over the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana, while  the Jets claimed New York bragging rights over the Giants.

 

RAVENS KEEP ROLLING AGAINST WINLESS BENGALS

Baltimore, fresh from handing the New England Patriots their first loss last week, moved to 7-2 with a 49-13 annihilation of the winless Bengals.

Ravens quarterback Jackson once again impressed, completing 15 of 17 passes and tossing three scores, while ripping off a 47-yard touchdown run too.

Ryan Finley was making his NFL debut after the Bengals benched Andy Dalton, but the quarterback managed just 167 yards through the air and saw an interception returned to the house by Marcus Peters.

TITANS SNEAK PAST CHIEFS AS MAHOMES IMPRESSES ON RETURN

The Chiefs had Mahomes back from a two-game absence on Sunday and though he threw for 446 yards, it came in a losing cause as the Titans upset Kansas City in Nashville.

Tyreek Hill had 157 receiving yards and a score as the Chiefs put up 530 yards of offense, but Derrick Henry had 188 yards and two scores on the ground for Tennessee, who went ahead with 23 seconds remaining through Adam Humphries' 23-yard catch.

Kansas City lined up for a field goal that would have forced overtime, yet Harrison Butker's attempt was blocked.

FALCONS STUN SAINTS

The Falcons picked up just their second win of the season, while the Saints suffered only their second loss as Dan Quinn's team claimed a 26-9 triumph on the road, kicker Younghoe Koo making four field goals on his Atlanta debut.

Daniel Jones threw four touchdowns but the Giants lost 34-27 to the Jets in the clash between the two New York teams, while the Cleveland Browns beat the Buffalo Bills 19-16 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed a 30-27 success over the Arizona Cardinals.

Matthew Stafford's streak of 136 successive starts came to an end as the Detroit Lions, for whom Jeff Driskel played at quarterback instead, were beaten 20-13 by the Chicago Bears.

Patrick Mahomes will return for the Kansas City Chiefs when they take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

The quarterback has not featured for the Chiefs since dislocating his right kneecap against the Denver Broncos on October 17 – a game Kansas won 30-6.

In Mahomes' absence, the Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers before overcoming the Minnesota Vikings 26-23, leaving them with a 6-3 record.

Matt Moore has been playing in place of Mahomes, who was selected as the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but the 24-year-old will start in Week 10.

"I'm in a good spot,'' Mahomes told reporters on Friday. "I'm ready to get out there."

"I knew I had a chance once I talked to those doctors and they said as long as I was functioning well, moving well, I could play this week.

"Coach [Andy] Reid still wanted me to take it day by day. I went out here in practice and took the reps and I haven't had any pain or any setbacks, and so as long as we keep going with that I'm glad to be back out there.

"Hopefully it was kind of a fluke thing. I'll always be I guess a tad bit higher [at risk] than the regular person, but whenever you're out on the football field, there's always a chance of injury.''

Reigning NFL MVP Mahomes has passed for 2,180 yards and 15 touchdowns so far in 2019, registering just the one interception.

Malcolm Butler could miss the remainder of the Tennessee Titans' season after suffering a wrist injury in Sunday's defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

Cornerback Butler left the game late in the second quarter after being beat to a touchdown pass from Kyle Allen by Curtis Samuel, which put the Panthers 17-0 up.

Carolina eventually triumphed 30-20, leaving the Titans with a 4-5 record.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel on Monday revealed Butler will sit out the Week 10 clash with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Asked if Butler could miss the rest of the season, Vrabel told a news conference: "That's a possibility.

"He's not going to make it this week, so I would say it's probably not good."

Russell Wilson led the way as the high-flying Seattle Seahawks rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-34 in overtime, while the Miami Dolphins ended their NFL drought.

Seattle quarterback Wilson continued his MVP-calibre season by tying a career high with five touchdown passes for the Seahawks on Sunday.

The Seahawks star hit Jacob Hollister on a 10-yard touchdown on the opening possession of overtime in Seattle, where the home side trailed 21-7 midway through the second quarter.

Seattle also overcame Jason Myers' missed 40-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of regulation as the Seahawks improved to 7-2.

Wilson – who posted his third career game with five TD passes – was 29 of 43 for 378 yards, while Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston finished 29 of 44 passing.

After seven consecutive defeats, the Dolphins finally opened their 2019 account with a 26-18 victory against fellow strugglers the New York Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick inspired the Dolphins by throwing three touchdown passes as the Jets suffered their fourth successive loss to Miami.

 

Allen impresses in first start

Brandon Allen was the star of the show for the Denver Broncos. Allen – a fourth-year quarterback – capped his maiden NFL start by leading the Broncos to a 24-19 win over the Cleveland Browns. The 27-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams two months ago, threw for 193 yards on 12-of-20 passing.

Melvin Gordon had a pair of touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers snapped a three-game losing streak courtesy of a 26-11 win against the Green Bay Packers. Michael Badgley also kicked four field goals.

 

Bears lack bite against Eagles

It was a forgettable outing for the Chicago Bears, who went down 22-14 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago had just nine yards in the first half and trailed 19-0 before the Bears got on the board in the third quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was 10 of 21 for 125 yards and was sacked three times as the Bears crashed to a fourth straight loss.

Sunday's results

Houston Texans 26-3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills 24-9 Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers 30-20 Tennessee Titans
Kansas City Chiefs 26-23 Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins 26-18 New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles 22-14 Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers 26-24 Indianapolis Colts
Oakland Raiders 31-24 Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos 24-19 Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers 26-11 Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks 40-34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OT)

Cowboys at Giants

The New York Giants (2-6) welcome the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) to MetLife Stadium on Monday. Dallas will be looking to post back-to-back wins after last month's victory over rivals the Eagles ended a three-game losing run.

There will be a World Series game in Washington D.C. for the first time since 1933.

Two quarterbacks are heading to the bench and Jalen Ramsey has finally been dealt.

While all of that has been going on there has been some monetary proposals in the NBA.

All that and more on this week in US Sports.

 

1. Nationals earn first World Series berth

It was a historic week in Washington D.C. after the Nationals swept the St Louis Cardinals in four games to earn the first World Series berth in Nationals/Expos history.

The Nationals were the 29th team to make the Fall Classic, leaving the Seattle Mariners as the only organisation to not have been to one.

While this is a big day for this franchise, it is also one for some very loyal Washington D.C. fans as this will be the first World Series played in D.C. since 1933 when the Senators faced the Giants and lost in five games.

The Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins.

 

2. Quarterbacks head to the bench

The Marcus Mariota era may be over in Tennessee, while the Josh Rosen era in Miami is at least on hold.

The Tennessee Titans announced this week that Mariota will be replaced under center by Ryan Tannehill going forward. The Miami Dolphins also announced Rosen will once again be on the bench and replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Rosen is still young having been taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft so he has some time to still find his way, but Mariota is bordering on being a veteran at this point, so this very well might be the end of his career as a starter.

 

3. Ramsey on the move

Ramsey finally got his wish this week as he was traded by the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams for first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.

This came on the heels of the Rams' trade of Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the day.

Ramsey asked to be traded by the Jaguars after a Week 2 spat with head coach Doug Marrone.

He got his wish and is thrilled to be playing for a NFL Super Bowl contender.

 

4. NBA contracts being weighed and measured

It is that time of year where players and teams figure out what they will be paid or what can be afforded, and Wednesday, several reports came out that players have been given some offers.

Pascal Siakam is weighing an extension with the Toronto Raptors, as is Bogdan Bogdanovic with the Sacramento Kings, but Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown turned down a four-year, $80million extension which came as a surprise to some.

At the same time, the Kings have apparently not offered guard Buddy Hield an extension and he may be open to a trade if they do not give him the money he is looking for.

The NBA season starts next week, but there is still plenty to be decided going forward.

Many NFL fans probably expected the New England Patriots to be one of the remaining undefeated teams as this season went on, but it is unlikely many guessed the San Francisco 49ers would join them.

The Carolina Panthers are another surprise success story, while the Dallas Cowboys have taken a turn for the worse over the last few weeks.

Here we look back at the biggest headlines from Week 6 and the impact they will have heading into Week 7.

 

Are quarterback changes coming to NFC South?

Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and fumbled twice in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss to the Panthers as they dropped to 2-4, but head coach Bruce Arians made it clear the team are not considering replacing him — yet.

"No. I look at the reasons why. What happened?" Arians told reporters, noting the team's battered line was partly to blame for the ugly outing. "If it happens again, yeah, it'll concern the hell out of me."

Similarly, the Panthers may not be looking to put Cam Newton back in and bench Kyle Allen after the second-year quarterback helped pull the Panthers out of their 0-2 hole to start the season. In fact, Allen could keep the starting job as long as he keeps winning, though coach Ron Rivera remained tight-lipped on the subject Sunday. 

"I'm not going to worry about it," Rivera said. "I'm not going to speculate on anything until I have to address that. So until then, we're going to stay in the now, stay in the focus of what we're doing right now. As far as I'm concerned, we're not going to deal with the question until it is time. And when the time comes, I will address it."

An ESPN report on Monday said Newton is almost ready to resume practicing. Both Carolina and Tampa Bay will be on their bye in Week 6, so stay tuned.

Mariota era could be winding down in Nashville

Quarterback controversy struck Tennessee as the Titans pulled the second draft pick of 2015 in the team's shut-out loss to the Denver Broncos for veteran backup Ryan Tannehill. Marcus Mariota was sacked three times and completed just seven of 18 passes for 63 yards with two interceptions before getting the hook. Tannehill was better, completing 13 of 16 passes for 144 yards with a pick.

As for who will start Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers, the team expect to have an answer by Tuesday.

"I think a decision will be made this evening, or tomorrow, and we’ll let everybody know — we’ll let the players involved know, and let the team know and then let you guys know," coach Mike Vrabel told reporters. "I just want to make sure we are going through everything that we need to go through and what we are doing offensively, and not use the emotion of the game to make a decision."

Can 49ers make statement by extending win streak?

With the Patriots on a bye, the Niners have a chance to match their perfect 6-0 record after dismantling defending NFC champions the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The 49ers held Los Angeles to 3.3 yards per play, which is the lowest average in Rams franchise history, and quarterback Jared Goff had his worst performance to date as he completed 13 of 24 for a career-low 78 yards.

San Francisco have shined as arguably the most surprising team this year after the 49ers managed just four wins all last season. Now 5-0 for the first time since 1990, the Niners may only gain momentum with matchups against the Washington Redskins, Panthers and Arizona Cardinals looming.

Falcons giving Quinn until bye week to turn things around

Atlanta will host the Rams and Seattle Seahawks in back-to-back games before getting some rest Week 9, and after a 1-5 start just two and a half years removed from their trip to Super Bowl LI, the team are running short of patience.

NFL Media reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to see progress over the next couple of weeks "or changes could come," with the fifth-year coach as one of them. Dan Quinn already fired all three of his co-ordinators before the season started, so the blame would have to fall on him.

Jay Gruden may have been the first coach to get the axe, but he certainly will not be the last, and it appears Quinn has two weeks to save his job.

Amari Cooper's potential absence could have big implications

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper's status for Week 6 reportedly "is in serious question" after he was diagnosed with a bruised thigh suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said the team are taking his injury day by day, but could not guarantee his availability.

The ailment could not come at a worse time considering Dallas have dropped three straight games and face a key game in Week 6 against NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. A fourth consecutive loss could officially put Garrett on the hot seat, though Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insisted it has not come to that yet.

"I haven't even glanced there in my mind about long-term future," Jones told reporters. "The big thing I want to say is it's not just him. This is across the board, and that had a lot of input out here tonight to get in that spot."

Garrett, who is entering the final year of his contract, reiterated that getting the team to the top of the NFC East is his main concern.

"I'm focused on doing my job as well as I can do it," Garrett said, per The Athletic.

A quarterback duel erupted in Kansas City on Sunday and Deshaun Watson was the signal-caller to come out on top.

The matchup between Watson and the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes pitted two of the NFL's most dynamic quarterbacks against each other and it made for an exciting matchup featuring some big throws and big carries. But ultimately Watson and the Houston Texans came away with a 31-24 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

Thanks, in part, to 21 unanswered points from the Texans in the second quarter. Watson continued to roll and helped put Houston ahead for good with a short one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth.

Watson finished 30-of-42 passing for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 42 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Reigning MVP Mahomes finished 19-of-35 passing for 273 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for his first pick of the year. 

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the San Francisco 49ers shut down the Rams offense and had a solid game from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to win 20-7 and move to 5-0 for the season.

Quarterback Sam Darnold made a successful return to the line-up as the New York Jets upset the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 for their first victory of the year.

Injury report

Texans first-round lineman Tytus Howard had to be carted off the field after going down with a knee injury in the second half of the game against the Chiefs.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly was carted the field in the first half against the Cleveland Browns with an Achilles injury that could cost him the rest of the season.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper appeared to have reinjured his quadriceps on the Cowboys' opening offensive possession early in the first quarter. He did not return.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left the game against the Baltimore Ravens with a left knee injury and did not return. Offensive lineman John Miller was also ruled out after suffering a left groin injury.

Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders was ruled out against the Tennessee Titans due to a knee injury.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham exited the matchup with the Minnesota Vikings after suffering an ankle injury. Tackle Jason Peters (knee) also sustained an injury and never returned.

By the numbers

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback to rush for 150-plus yards in a game since Colin Kaepernick ran for 151 yards in 2014.

Kyler Murray is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have 20-plus completions in each of his first six career games.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson finished the win over the Browns with a 117.6 passer rating. He now has a 100-plus passer rating in all six games this season. The only two other players with more 100-plus games to start a season in the Super Bowl era were Tom Brady (eight) in 2007 and Aaron Rodgers (12) in 2011 — both won NFL MVP that season.

Quotables

Eagles linebacker Zach Brown was mum's the word on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins after Philadelphia's 38-20 loss — and Brown called Cousins the "weakest link" earlier in the week: "I'm here to talk about the game. Is there any other questions besides about Kirk Cousins?" 

Ron Rivera addressed quarterback Cam Newton's absence, which has seemed less daunting with the success of Kyle Allen, who led the Carolina Panthers to a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London on Sunday: "I'm not going to speculate on anything until I have to address that. So until then, we're going to stay in the now, stay in the focus of what we're doing right now. As far as I'm concerned, we're not going to deal with the question until it is time... Our quarterback right now playing for us is Kyle. So we're not going to address it."

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston struggled across the pond, with five interceptions and a lost fumble, and head coach Bruce Arians wanted to make one thing clear: "Throw the damn ball away. You avoided one, you might've avoided two. You ain't throwing it anywhere — to a receiver. Throw it away."

Week 6 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Bills, Bears, Colts and Raiders

Thursday's game

Patriots 35, Giants 14

Sunday's games

Panthers 37, Buccaneers 26 Seahawks 32, Browns 28 Texans 31, Chiefs 24 Redskins 17, Dolphins 16 Vikings 38, Eagles 20 Saints 13, Jaguars 6 Ravens 23, Bengals 17 49ers 20, Rams 7 Cardinals 34, Falcons 33 Broncos 16, Titans 0 Jets 24, Cowboys 22

The Tennessee Titans benched starting quarterback Marcus Mariota in favour of veteran backup Ryan Tannehill against the Denver Broncos.

Tennessee withdrew Mariota late in the third quarter of Sunday's NFL clash against Denver, with Tannehill his replacement.

Mariota completed only seven-of-18 passes for 63 yards with two interceptions before getting the hook. The Broncos were leading 13-0 at the time.

The 25-year-old was also sacked three times, highlighting one of the big criticisms against him as he often holds onto the ball too long.

Mariota has never lived up to the huge expectations that came when he was drafted with the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

The Titans acquired Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins via trade in the offseason to back up Mariota, but it now appears he will challenge him for playing time moving forward.

All eyes were on the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys showdown that unfolded in the first Sunday afternoon game since 2001 to be broadcast to 100 per cent of the national audience, and it did not disappoint.

Green Bay led 24-0 midway through the third quarter before Dallas put the pedal to the floor, but it was too little, too late as the Packers won 34-24.

Packers running back Aaron Jones erupted for a career-high 182 scrimmage yards – 107 rushing and 75 receiving – and four touchdowns on 26 touches, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Denver Broncos spoiled Melvin Gordon's long-awaited return from his contract holdout with a 20-13 victory over the Chargers to end the team's eight-game losing streak. It was thanks to a stout defensive effort that forced three turnovers and a flawless performance by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.

Things went from bad to worse for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, who were routed by the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots respectively, to remain winless.

The Cincinnati Bengals were also defeated for the fifth straight game to drop to 0-5, but at least they put up a fight before falling 26-23 to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, who gave head coach Kliff Kingsbury his first NFL win.

Injury report

A scary scene unfolded in Pittsburgh as quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out after taking a brutal hit to the chin from Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph laid motionless on his back for several minutes as the Steelers' medical staff attended to him on the field, and he was later carried off to be taken to a hospital after apparent problems with the cart.

Rudolph was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, which will be closely monitored this week after the Steelers switched to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges. Team-mate and receiver James Washington was also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles was questionable to return with a quad injury but moved to fifth on the NFL's all-time in all-purpose yards list first.

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left the team's London game against the Raiders due to an elbow injury and did not return.

Chargers center Mike Pouncey was questionable to return after suffering a neck injury.

By the numbers

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved to third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during Sunday's game against the Redskins after surpassing Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838). Brady is set to pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game.

The Bengals are 0-5 for the first time since 2008. It is the seventh time Cincinnati have started 0-5 since 1990, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

Christian McCaffrey had a historic day in Carolina, as the Panthers running back logged 237 total yards to become the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to total 175-plus yards from scrimmage in four of a season's first five games. McCaffrey also reached a max speed of 21.95 mph on his 84-yard touchdown run Sunday, which is his fastest speed this season.

Quotables

Steve Smith Sr. was grateful to be back in Carolina as he was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Honour: "I'd like to thank Mr. Tepper for bringing me back … I never thought I'd be back in this stadium, but I am and I'm happy to be here."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden on dropping to 0-5: "If the key works Monday I'll keep working."

Thomas was remorseful for his brutal hit on Rudolph: "I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team. I hit the strike zone, I didn't go high. I didn't try to intentionally hurt him. I'm worried about him. I heard he's at the hospital and my prayers go out to him and his family."

Week 5 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Dolphins and Lions

Thursday's game

Seahawks 30, Rams 29

Sunday's games

Eagles 31, Jets 6
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Saints 31, Buccaneers 24
Bills 14, Titans 7
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Packers 34, Cowboys 24

Every game day in the NFL brings the potential for big surprises, but few deliver the twists and turns we saw in Week 4.

Jameis Winston threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a wild 55-40 victory, despite Jared Goff's career-high 517 passing yards on Sunday.

In Detroit, the Kansas City Chiefs scored a touchdown in the final seconds to remain undefeated and foil the Lions' upset bid via a 34-30 triumph.

In another surprising turn of events, the Cleveland Browns took control of the AFC North for the first time since 2014 as second-year rusher Nick Chubb exploded for three touchdowns in Baltimore against the league's third-ranked rushing defence – the Ravens, who fell 40-25.

Chubb was not the only running back with a huge Sunday. Jacksonville Jaguars star Leonard Fournette racked up a career-high 225 yards on 29 carries as he and quarterback Gardner Minshew rallied the team to a 26-24 win over the Denver Broncos, who have lost eight straight games dating to last season.

And on a day that saw young quarterbacks Josh Allen (concussion) and Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) lost to injury, rookie QB Daniel Jones completed 23-of-31 passes for 225 yards to become the first New York Giants quarterback to win his first two career starts since Danny Kanell in Weeks 7-8 of the 1997 season.

 

Injury report

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky left the game against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder and was later ruled out.

The Los Angeles Chargers suffered a litany of injuries as defensive end Melvin Ingram hurt his hamstring against the Miami Dolphins. Los Angeles also lost receiver Dontrelle Inman (quad), linebacker Denzel Perryman (concussion) and tight end Sean Culkin (ankle).

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry went into the medical tent at the end of the third quarter against the Ravens. He was eventually ruled out as the team announced he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen entered the concussion protocol after leaving the loss against reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots early in the fourth quarter. Allen was trying to run for a first down when Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones knocked him down with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

By the numbers

Allen stopped the Patriots from extending their impressive stoppage streak.

Meanwhile, another Bills player set his own record as Frank Gore became just the fourth running back in NFL history to rush for 15,000 career yards, joining Emmitt Smith (18,355 yards), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269).

Tennessee Tians QB Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback who has started every game this season and has yet to turn the ball over. The Titans also found a way to keep Mariota from getting sacked against the Atlanta Falcons after giving up a league-high 17 sacks through the first three weeks.

The Buccaneers-Rams matchup became the first game in the Super Bowl era where both teams made a field goal of at least 58 yards. Tampa Bay's 55 points in the win were also the most points in a game in franchise history.

Regardless of how the Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers showdown plays out on Monday night, the Browns will finish Week 4 in first place in the AFC North for the first time since Week 10 of the 2014 season.

Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald reached 1,326 catches against the Seattle Seahawks and passed Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325 catches) for second all-time on the NFL receptions list. He trails only Jerry Rice with 1,549 receptions.

Quotables

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield when asked if Rex Ryan's criticism fuelled the team's win: "Absolutely not. Rex Ryan does not get any credit for this week's win. No."

Bills head coach Sean McDermott voiced his concern for Allen after the quarterback was drilled by Jones with a helmet-to-helmet hit: "There's no room in football for a play like the hit on Josh Allen."

The Carolina Panthers have bounced back since their winless start, but Christian McCaffrey still thinks the team are behind: "It's huge for us. We're 2-2, but frankly we should be 4-0. That's the way we're going look at it, it's a week-to-week league. Sixteen, one-week seasons, so we're moving on to Week 5 and learn from the tape to see what we can do better."

Week 3 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

49ers and Jets

Thursday's game

Eagles 34, Packers 27

Sunday's games

Giants 24, Redskins 3
Chiefs 34, Lions 30
Titans 24, Falcons 10
Browns 40, Ravens 25
Raiders 31, Colts 24
Patriots 16, Bills 10
Panthers 16, Texans 10
Chargers 30, Dolphins 10
Buccaneers 55, Rams 40
Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10
Bears 16, Vikings 6
Jaguars 26, Broncos 24

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