THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Monday, November 26, 2018
CHARGERS 45, CARDINALS 10 CARSON, CALIF. Philip Rivers tied the NFL record for consecutive completions and set marks for the most to start a game and the highest percentage in a game as the Los Angeles Chargers rolled to a 45-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The 15-year veteran completed his first 25 passes and was 28-of-29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters. It was also his 11th straight game with multiple TD passes. Rivers completed 25 straight passes in the first 2½ quarters, tying Ryan Tannehill's mark from 2015. The Dolphins QB completed his last seven passes against the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 18, 2015, and then his first 18 the following week against the Houston Texans. Rivers tied the mark with a four-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen midway through the third quarter. He had his only incompletion on the next possession when he was rushed and was unable to connect on a short pass to Austin Ekeler. Rivers did break Mark Brunell's record for most completions to start a game. Brunell had 22 straight for Washington against the Houston Texans on Sept. 24, 2006. Rivers's 96.8 per cent accuracy surpassed Kurt Warner's 92.3 per cent, which was set in 2009 when he went 24of-26 for Arizona against Jacksonville.
SEAHAWKS 30, PANTHERS 27 CHARLOTTE, N.C. Russell Wilson threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lift Seattle Seahawks to a come-frombehind victory over Carolina. After Graham Gano missed a 52yard field goal with 1 minute 40 seconds left in the game that would have given the Panthers the lead, Wilson moved around in the pocket until finding Tyler Lockett downfield for a 43-yard completion, setting up the winning kick. The victory puts Seattle (6-5) firmly in the hunt for a wildcard spot in the NFC, while the Panthers (6-5) are reeling after losing three straight and having their 10-game home winning streak snapped. Lockett finished with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, while David Moore had four receptions for 103 yards and a score. The Panthers spoiled a record-setting performance from Christian McCaffrey, who had a franchise-record 239 yards 462 Passing yards for Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger who had 41 completions in 56 attempts and one touchdown in the Steelers' loss to the Broncos 133 Rushing yards for New England RB Sony Michel on 21 carries and one touchdown in the Patriots' win over the Jets 189 Receiving yards for Pittsburgh WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on 13 catches and one touchdown in the Steelers' loss to the Broncos from scrimmage. He had 17 carries for 125 yards and 11 catches for 114 yards, becoming the first Carolina player to surpass 100 yards in both receiving and rushing in the same game. Cam Newton finished 25-of-30 for 256 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception in the end zone. He ran for 63 yards on eight carries.
BROWNS 35, BENGALS 20 CINCINNATI Baker Mayfield threw a career-high four touchdown passes in another growing-up-fast performance, and Cleveland ended one of the NFL's longest streaks of road futility with a victory over Cincinnati, which lost quarterback Andy Dalton to a thumb injury. Cleveland (4-6-1) got its first road win since 2015, emphatically snapping a streak of 25 straight road losses that was one shy of the Lions' NFL record.
EAGLES 25, GIANTS 22 PHILADELPHIA Jake Elliott kicked a 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining, and Philadelphia rallied for a victory over New York.
The defending Super Bowl champions trailed 12-0 early and were down 19-14 in the fourth quarter before Carson Wentz made key throws and undrafted rookie Josh Adams delivered big runs. Adams scored on a one-yard touchdown run and ran up the middle for the 2-point conversion to put Philadelphia ahead 22-19. After the Giants tied it on Aldrick Rosas's third field goal, a 29-yarder, the Eagles controlled the ball for 5:27.
Coach Doug Pederson went for a fourth-and-one at the Giants 42 and Wentz completed a 12-yard pass to Nelson Agholor right before the two-minute warning.
Adams ran three times and Elliott made the go-ahead kick. The Giants started at their 34 with 16 seconds left but couldn't do much.
The Eagles (5-6) stayed in the mix in a mediocre NFC East. Dallas and Washington are tied for first place at 6-5. The Giants fell to 3-8.
RAVENS 34, RAIDERS 17 BALTIMORE Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for a touchdown and threw for a score, Terrell Suggs returned a fumble 43 yards for a TD and Baltimore ran past Oakland. Cyrus Jones took a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to help the Ravens (6-5) win a second straight game for the first time since September. Gus Edwards rushed for 118 yards as part of an effective ground game that enabled Jackson to pass just enough to keep the Raiders (2-9) off guard - and off the field. Baltimore expanded a three-point halftime lead to 27-17 with two run-heavy touchdown drives that consumed a total of nearly 16 minutes.
BILLS 24, JAGUARS 21 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. Josh Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter and the Bills beat the Jaguars in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette and Buffalo defensive end Shaq Lawson. Fournette scored twice to tie it at 14 in the second quarter. He finished with 95 yards on 18 carries before he was thrown out with 2:57 left in the third. Allen also threw a 75yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster in the rookie quarterback's first game since missing four with a sprained throwing elbow. Rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie scored on a six-yard run off a sweep, and Buffalo (4-7) came off its bye week off to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Jaguars (3-8) dropped their seventh consecutive game in their longest losing streak since a nine-game slide in 2016, which led directly to Gus Bradley being fired and replaced by current coach Doug Marrone.
BUCCANEERS 27, 49ERS 9 TAMPA BAY Jameis Winston threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns to help Tampa Bay snap a fourgame losing streak. Winston, benched last month after turning the ball over 11 times in 14 quarters, completed 29-of-38 passes without an interception. The fourth-year pro, who's shared the starting job with Ryan Fitzpatrick, tossed scoring passes of six yards to Cameron Brate and 28 yards to Adam Humphries on a play he extended by scrambling to his right before throwing back toward the centre of the field. Tampa Bay (4-7), meanwhile, had four sacks and forced a turnover on defence for the first time in eight games, with Ryan Smith and Isaiah Johnson coming up with the team's first interceptions since a loss to Pittsburgh on Sept. 24.
COLT 27, DOLPHINS 24 INDIANAPOLIS Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes, Adam Vinatieri kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired and Indianapolis beat Miami for its fifth consecutive victory. Indianapolis (6-5) scored 13 points in the final 8½ minutes to erase a 10-point deficit. It's the longest win streak for the Colts since 2014. Miami (5-6) has lost 10 of its past 11 on the road, perhaps none more frustrating than this one. The Dolphins picked off Luck twice, recovered a fumble and partly blocked a punt on their way to a 24-14 lead. It still wasn't enough to derail the resurgent Luck, who was 30-of-37 for 343 yards. He also had the first catch of his NFL career, a fouryard reception on fourth-and-one late in the first half. Luck capped that drive with a one-yard TD pass to Jack Doyle.
BRONCOS 24, STEELERS 17 DENVER Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger's two-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to seal Denver's win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Steelers' six-game winning streak. The Broncos (5-6) used four takeaways to counter a 97-yard touchdown toss from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger was 41-of-56 for
462 yards, but he was intercepted twice and the Steelers (7-3-1) lost two fumbles in losing for the first time since September. Phillip Lindsay rushed for 110 yards and the game-deciding touchdown on just 14 carries for Denver.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield flashes a smile after helping to take down the Bengals 35-20 in Cincinnati on Sunday, the same day he threw four TD passes - a career high. FRANK VICTORES/AP