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) -- PITTSURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are paying running back Le'Veon Bell $12.1 million this season so they want to maximize his contributions to the offense. But the days of Bell staying on the field for every offensive snap appear to be over.
The Steelers limited Bell's usage to 43 of the team's 60 offensive snaps in the opener against the Browns. He had just 32 rushing yards on 10 carries and three catches for 15 yards. It was a much lighter workload for Bell compared to last season when he stayed on the field for almost every snap.
Some of the usage had to do with easing Bell back into the swing of things after he missed training camp due to a contract dispute. But some of it also has to do with the Steelers believing they have better options in the passing game, which is a significant development considering Bell's receiving numbers in recent years.
The Steelers played nine snaps Sunday without a running back on the field. They replaced Bell with rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
"We've got a lot of guys we can get on the field," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We want to be able to get JuJu on the field. That's what that does. It creates an opportunity to get him on the field to create even more of a mismatch problem. I think you'll see more of it because it was very good to us."
That would mean less of Bell in the passing game. But the Steelers still plan to rely heavily on Bell in the running game. The game circumstances against the Browns made it difficult for him to get deeply involved in the opener.
The Steelers were heavily penalized in the first half, which put them in second- and third-and-long situations. That effectively took Bell out of the game in terms of running the ball.
"When you get penalties, you get backed up, you're not going to run the ball on second-and-20," Roethlisberger said. "You have to find ways to get some chunks back. The game dictated the way the game went and their defense dictated things. It wasn't, 'Let's shut Le'Veon out and let's see this that and the other.' It was how the game unfolded."
The Steelers will need a more balanced offense against the Vikings, who are expected to have one of the league's top defenses again this season.
The Vikings are coming off an impressive 29-19 victory over the Saints in their opener. Sam Bradford passed for 346 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook also chipped in with 127 rushing yards.
"It's about Sam Bradford and the things he's able to do," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "You know, oftentimes people forget how credible his resume is. The fact that he is a Heisman Trophy winner, first overall type guy. I think he threw for over 70 percent on the season last year, so the fact that he threw for 80 percent or so (against the Saints) is not surprising to me. He's got a wide array of people to work with, talented receivers, big-play guys, possession guys. They do a nice job of utilizing all of those guys."