NFL Highlights for Sunday December 10
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles were able to wrap up the NFC East title on Sunday, but they now face the prospect of spending the rest of the season and the playoffs without their starting quarterback.
Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury late in the third quarter of Philadelphia's 43-35 win over the Rams at Los Angeles. Two sources familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that doctors believe Wentz tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and will be out until training camp. That would leave the offense in the hands of Nick Foles, who led the Eagles on a fourth-quarter comeback as they improved to a conference-leading 11-2.
Jake Elliott kicked the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 3:45 left, his fourth 3-pointer of the game. He also hit a 41-yarder after Todd Gurley's second TD run put the Rams ahead 35-31 early in the fourth quarter.
Jared Goff threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns in his first game against Wentz, 20 months after they were selected 1-2 in the NFL draft.
The Rams fell to 9-4 and still lead the NFC West by one game over Seattle.
Pittsburgh was the other NFL team to clinch a division crown on Sunday.
Chris Boswell booted a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left to complete the Steelers' fourth-quarter comeback in a 39-38 triumph over the Ravens. Pittsburgh trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter and by nine with 3 ½ minutes left until Le'Veon Bell ran 11 yards for a TD. Bell had 125 yards rushing, and Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback with three games of at least 500 passing yards. Roethlisberger finished with 506 and two touchdown throws as the Steelers improved to 11-2.
Javorius Allen scored two touchdowns for the 7-6 Ravens.
Checking out the rest of the NFL's Week 14 schedule:
— The Panthers won a battle of division leaders. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns as Carolina ended the Vikings' eight-game winning streak 31-24. Cam Newton threw for 137 yards and a touchdown while providing 75 of the Panthers' 216 rushing yards. Carolina has a one-game lead over New Orleans in the NFC South at 9-4, while the 10-3 Vikings are still a win away from wrapping up the NFC North crown.
— Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' seventh win in nine games since an 0-4 start, 30-13 over the Redskins. Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and Hunter Henry supplied another scoring grab for the 7-6 Chargers. Rivers had 256 passing yards for Los Angeles, which is tied with Kansas City atop the AFC West at 7-6.
— The Chiefs halted a four-game skid and won for just the second time in their last eight games by silencing Oakland, 26-15, dropping the 6-7 Raiders one game off the AFC West lead. Kareem Hunt ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Alex Smith threw for 268 yards. Kansas City blanked Oakland until Marshawn Lynch's 22-yard touchdown run with 8:51 to go.
— The Jaguars intercepted three passes by Russell Wilson and won for the sixth time in their last seven games to take over the AFC South lead, 30-24 against Seattle. Blake Bortles threw two perfect passes for touchdowns and Jaydon Mickens set up another score with a 72-yard punt return to help Jacksonville improved to 9-4, one game ahead of Tennessee. Bortles threw an 18-yard TD pass to rookie Dede Westbrook and a deep pass that hit Keelen Cole in stride for a 75-yard score.
— Phil Dawson drilled four second-half field goals and the Cardinals dropped the Titans a game behind the Jags by holding off Tennessee 12-7. Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of 26 for 178 yards and no interceptions, but was sacked eight times, most by a Cardinals quarterback this season. Marcus Mariota threw a pair of second-half interceptions and the Titans managed just 65 yards rushing in slipping to 8-5.
— Matthew Stafford made his 109th consecutive start and passed for 381 yards despite an injured throwing hand before Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal lifted the Lions past the Buccaneers 24-21. Stafford completed 36 of 44 attempts for the 7-6 Lions, hitting Golden Tate for a five-yard touchdown in between scoring runs by Theo Riddick. The Bucs scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-7 deficit before dropping to 4-9.
— The Packers improved their fading playoff hopes and kept the Browns winless on Brett Hundley's 25-yard scoring strike to Davante Adams in overtime, giving Green Bay a 27-21 victory at Cleveland. Adams also grabbed a one-yard TD toss that tied the game with 17 seconds left in regulation before Hundley finished 35 of 46 for 265 yards and three touchdowns for the 7-6 Packers. DeShone Kizer threw for three touchdowns but was intercepted just before the game-ending TD that dropped the Browns to 0-13.
— The Bills also won in overtime as LeSean McCoy's 21-yard scoring run with 1:33 left in the extra period completed a 13-6 victory against Indianapolis. Playing on a snow-covered field and under whiteout conditions at times, McCoy finished with 156 yards rushing and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time. Nathan Peterman threw for 57 yards, one TD and no interceptions before suffering a concussion in the third period, causing Joe Webb to finish the game for the 7-6 Bills.
— Dallas and the Giants were tied 10-10 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter before Dak Prescott threw his second and third touchdown passes of the afternoon to lead the Cowboys to a 30-10 win at the Meadowlands. Jason Witten provided the go-ahead, 20-yard TD catch before Rod Smith turned a short pass into an 81-yard score for the 7-6 Cowboys. Eli Manning returned to the Giants' starting lineup and was 31 of 46 for 228 yards and a touchdown, but he threw two late interceptions as New York fell to 2-11.
— Demaryius Thomas had eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos blanked the Jets 23-0 to stop an eight-game losing streak. Trevor Siemian had 200 passing yards for Denver, which ended its longest losing skid in 50 years. The Broncos' defense gave up just 100 total yards and knocked quarterback Josh McCown from the game twice by hard hits.
— The Bengals destroyed their slim playoff hopes by dropping a 33-7 decision to the Bears. Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the 4-9 Bears dropped Cincinnati to 5-8. Chicago piled up a season-high 482 yards, while rookie Mitchell Trubisky threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his best showing of the season.
— Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as the 49ers' starting quarterback after passing for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 win at Houston. Garoppolo broke a 16-16 tie by hitting Garrett Celek for a six-yard TD late in the third quarter, a few plays after Celek hauled in a 61-yard pass. T.J. Yates threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns for the 4-9 Texans after Tom Savage left with a concussion in the second quarter.