Brady rallies Pats by Texans with 5th TD
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<p>FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rob Gronkowski saw the looks in his teammates' eyes in the huddle before his team's final drive Sunday.</p>
<p>"We all looked at each other and counted on each other to make plays," Gronkowski said. "Not one player in that huddle didn't make a play."</p>
<p>And the leader of that huddle, quarterback Tom Brady, again worked his magic, taking his team 75 yards to pull out a dramatic 36-33 victory over the Houston Texans.</p>
Kraft on Trump: 'Deeply disappointed'
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<p>During the NFL's Sunday of Solidarity, perhaps the most poignant remarks and reactions to President Donald Trump's attack on dissident players were those by the New England Patriots.</p>
<p>And it goes beyond the fact that they are, after all, named the Patriots.</p>
<p>All of Sunday's pregame anthems included a show of solidarity by each team against harsh remarks that Trump renewed at dawn, tweeting, "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!"</p>
Eagles top Giants on 61-yard FG at :00
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<p>PHILADELPHIA -- Just a couple of weeks ago, Jake Elliott was toiling on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, wondering about his future.</p>
<p>His future sure looks bright now.</p>
<p>The rookie kicker connected on a 61-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Philadelphia Eagles a dramatic 27-24 victory over the New York Giants Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.</p>
Rodgers' deep pass keys Packers' OT win
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<p>GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Master of the Free Play, struck again.</p>
<p>This time, it sent Green Bay to a come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Lambeau Field.</p>
<p>On third-and-10 on Green Bay's first possession of overtime, Rodgers coaxed defensive end Michael Johnson offside. Rodgers took advantage of the free play and went deep to Geronimo Allison, who caught the ball at the Bengals' 44 and weaved his way through the secondary to the 7. One play later, Mason Crosby booted a 27-yard field goal to give the Packers the victory.</p>
Tate stopped at 1, Falcons slip by Lions
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<p>DETROIT -- Brian Poole was sure he touched Golden Tate before he reached the end zone. Poole had no idea that would be the last play of the game.</p>
<p>The cornerback contacted Tate's shoulder as the wide receiver's knee hit the turf just shy of the goal line, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to escape with a 30-26 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.</p>
<p>The officials originally ruled that Tate had scored on a 1-yard pass from Matthew Stafford with eight seconds remaining, but a replay review overturned that call. A 10-second runoff was required and since the Lions were out of timeouts, the game was over.</p>
Howard's TD in OT gets Bears by Steelers
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<p>CHICAGO -- Jordan Howard had already been forced to leave Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice after his right shoulder took a pounding. Regardless of the pain, however, the Chicago Bears running back was determined not to allow the injury to stop him.</p>
<p>One final 19-yard run on Sunday proved to be the perfect remedy.</p>
<p>Howard's scoring run in overtime lifted the Chicago Bears to their first victory of the season, a 23-17 win over the Steelers at Soldier Field.</p>
Seahawks, Titans, Steelers skip anthem
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<p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Neither the Seattle Seahawks or Tennessee Titans were on the field for the national anthem before Sunday's game at Nissan Stadium.</p>
<p>While Meghan Linsey sang the anthem, both teams remained in the locker room.</p>
<p>"We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of this color in this country," Seattle players said in a statement that was released on social media prior to kickoff. "Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms."</p>
Unbeaten Chiefs drop Chargers to 0-3
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<p>CARSON, Calif. -- It was a week of adjustments for Alex Smith as he prepared to play the Los Angeles Chargers. That work paid off as the Kansas City Chiefs thumped Los Angeles 24-10 on Sunday.</p>
<p>But it was more the name of his opponent than its defense that befuddled Smith.</p>
<p>"That's hard to get used to," said Smith, who grew up in San Diego. "I always know them as the 'San Diego Super Chargers.'"</p>
Cousins has 3 TDs, Redskins rout Raiders
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<p>LANDOVER. Md. -- The Oakland Raiders knew coming into the Sunday night game that Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson was a weapon.</p>
<p>That didn't make it any easier to stop him.</p>
<p>Thompson had six receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown, Kirk Cousins passed for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and the Redskins posted a convincing 27-10 win over the Raiders on Sunday night.</p>
Brees has 3 TDs, Saints roll by Panthers
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<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The New Orleans Saints knew their season was trending in the wrong direction and it would take a monumental performance to alter the path.</p>
<p>They received that with a smothering defense and efficient offense in Sunday's 34-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers.</p>
<p>Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes as the Saints cracked one of the NFL's top defenses at Bank of America Stadium.</p>
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(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to start his first NFL game Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to The Houston Chronicle.
The Chronicle reported that Watson's injured right ankle held up fine during practice Tuesday, removing the only potential obstacle to having the first-round draft pick make his starting debut at Paul Brown Stadium as the replacement for veteran Tom Savage.
During the portion of practice open to reporters, Watson took every snap.
The Texans are going with Watson for multiple reasons, including his superior mobility and elusiveness while operating behind a porous offensive line.
Although Watson was sacked four times during a 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and experienced some rough fundamental moments where he threw off his back foot, he did throw one touchdown pass and displayed an ability to escape pursuit.
Although the 0-1 AFC South franchise is poised to launch the Watson era, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien played it close to the vest Tuesday and declined to make it official and name a starting quarterback.
"I don't think there's a rule that says I have to publicly announce it," O'Brien said when asked if this was a potential game-time decision.
Unless Watson suffers a setback between now and kickoff, he's scheduled to start his first game since manufacturing a BCS national championship victory over Alabama with a game-winning touchdown pass.
"The health of any player is the first determinant in whether they play or not," O'Brien said of Watson, who didn't speak with reporters Tuesday.
After replacing Savage at halftime Sunday, Watson completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 60.4 passer rating.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is already convinced his defense will be competing against Watson.
"We're kind of planning on it being Deshaun," Lewis said during a conference call with Houston reporters. "Because if they made the change like they did at halftime, I would imagine it would be him coming forward here, at least this week."
The first-round draft pick, consensus All-America and national championship game-winner from Clemson completed 52.2 percent of his throws against Jacksonville and had a second interception nullified by a penalty. He rushed for 12 yards on two carries.
"He's a playmaker with good instincts and he's young," Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said. "He's going to make some mistakes, and it's on us to keep working with him and minimize his mistakes and get rid of them, not repeat them, and keep moving forward with him."
The Texans have started Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler and Savage in O'Brien's time as head coach. Watson becomes the ninth different starting quarterback over the past four seasons.
O'Brien is hoping he won't continue to have a revolving door under center.
"I can tell you that we're pretty close to making a decision as to who's going to play," O'Brien said. "In this case, a lot of different factors go into it that aren't really in our control, maybe. I think that we'll make a good decision for the team.
"I try not to look too far into the future. It's definitely, obviously, for Thursday, but you're also saying you're going to try your best to stick with the decision."