EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Cam Newton and the New England Patriots appeared headed to a fifth straight loss — this one against the winless New York Jets, of all teams.
Then came the fourth quarter, and potential embarrassment turned into big-time relief.
Nick Folk kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to win it 30-27 on Monday night after Newton rallied the Patriots from a 10-point deficit to avoid the franchise’s first five-game skid since 1995.
“It shows the character of this team,” said Rex Burkhead, who had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. “Just battling, fighting. It shows the strength we have. We’re not going to quit. We’re not going to lay down.”
Newton had two touchdown runs, with the second tying it at 27 with 1:57 remaining. He also brushed off his struggles of the past few weeks, including a fumble against Buffalo last week that sealed a loss.
“I’m getting tired of sucking,” said Newton, who was 27 of 35 for 274 yards passing. “It’s simple. As a competitor, you know what your standard is. Taking pride in your work, that’s what it comes down to.”
After the Jets (0-9) went three-and-out for the first time all night, the Patriots (3-5) got the ball back with 47 seconds left and went to work.
Newton had a 5-yard run on third-and-1 from the New England 42 and then spiked the ball with 8 seconds remaining. He followed with a 20-yard pass to Jakobi Meyers to put Folk _ who made several big kicks for the Jets from 2010-16 — in position for the winning field goal.
“I had a lot of good memories here at MetLife (Stadium),” said Folk, who had been dealing with a back injury. “I just added one to the other sideline tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Jets dropped to 0-9 for the first time in franchise history, and this was one was particularly agonizing.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said wide receiver Jamison Crowder, whose 20-yard TD catch shortly before halftime gave the Jets a 20-10 lead. “That was a tough loss right there. That was a game we should’ve won.”
After Folk’s 29-yarder with 6:04 left cut the Patriots’ deficit to 27-20, quarterback Joe Flacco — having a solid night until that point while starting for an injured Sam Darnold — tried to put the game away.
Instead, he swayed the momentum in New England’s favour.
Flacco’s deep pass down the middle for Denzel Mims was picked off by J.C. Jackson. That set up Newton’s tying TD — and deflated the Jets, who couldn’t recover.
“I don’t think I would’ve made a different decision in the moment,” Flacco said. “But, obviously, I’d like to have that one back.”
Flacco was 18 of 25 for 262 yards and three touchdown passes — two to Breshad Perriman and one to Crowder — but had the game-changing interception.
With the Patriots down by 10, Newton marched them down the field to open the second half, capping a 14-play drive with Burkhead’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone to make it 20-17.
But the Jets answered right back, with Flacco finding a wide-open Perriman in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown and a 27-17 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
A miscue by the Jets on special teams kept the Patriots’ next drive alive.
After Newton stumbled on third-and-1 and was stopped for a 4-yard loss, New England appeared to have to settle for a 32-yard field goal. But the Jets were called for 12 men on the field — resulting in a first down for the Patriots. The defence made up for the mistake, getting a red-zone stop — with an assist from a holding penalty on New England right tackle Mike Onwenu — and holding the Patriots to a field goal to make it 27-20 with 6:04 left.
But New England got the ball right back when Flacco was picked off by Jackson, who has interceptions in four straight games.
With the Jets looking for a stop on third down, Bless Austin was called for defensive holding, keeping the drive alive.
Damien Harris ran for 21 yards to get New England into Jets territory. He followed with a 9-yard gain, but it was called back because of an offensive holding penalty on Meyers. Harris also took a big hit on the run and was down for several minutes before walking gingerly to the sideline.
Three plays later, Newton completed a 19-yard pass to Meyers and then ran for 3 yards on fourth-and-1. Newton hit Damiere Byrd for 31 yards to put the ball at the 3.
With a taxed Jets defence tiring, Newton ran for 2 yards on first down, was stopped for no gain and then pushed his way into the end zone for his second rushing TD of the game to tie it with 1:57 remaining.
“It was a good win,” coach Bill Belichick said. “I thought we made the plays we needed to make at the end of the game. Certainly some things we can do better. But we played good complementary football at the end of the game.”
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Flacco passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana (40,551) for 20th on the NFL’s career yards passing list on his first TD pass to Perriman, a 50-yarder in the second quarter that put the Jets up 13-7. Flacco has thrown for 40,726 yards.
Meyers had 12 catches for a career-best 169 yards, joining Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman as the only Patriots players with 150 or more yards receiving in a game in the past five seasons.
Patriots: LT Isaiah Wynn left briefly in the first half with an ankle injury, but returned.
Jets: Rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton left in the first half with a chest injury, but coach Adam Gase was unsure if it was a torn pectoral. Cornerback Brian Poole was also ruled out at halftime after injuring a knee in the second quarter.
Patriots: Host the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday night.
Jets: Bye week. New York is at the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 22.
NFL Week 12 Takeaways: Mahomes, Hill outclass Brady and his Buccaneers – Sportsnet.ca
At one point in the game, Hill and Mahomes had connected on seven receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first quarter. That’s only happened three times in the last 30 seasons.
It’s safe to say Hill has cemented his reputation as one of the fastest wideouts in the NFL with 14 touchdowns of 50-plus yards since he entered the league in 2016 — the most by any receiver in that time.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 29, 2020
Unfortunately for Tom Brady, this is the second time he’s watched Mahomes air out a 75-yard touchdown on the sidelines. Brady himself had two interceptions, increasing his total to 11 on the season to match his total from 2018.
The Buccaneers did make it interesting as they eventually got to within three points of the Chiefs, but it was Mahomes who came out victorious with 462 passing yards — the second-most of his career.
Broncos have forgettable week
No team in the NFL has felt the impact of COVID-19 like the Denver Broncos did on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Without a starting quarterback, the Broncos had to turn to practice roster receiver Kendall Hinton, who hasn’t played the position since 2018. Unfortunately for Hinton, he only completed one pass for 13 yards and had two interceptions.
Denver went the entire first half without completing a pass, something the team has saw once before when Tim Tebow did the same back in 2011. Fortunately for the Broncos, they did manage to score three points, which was the same total Brady and the Bucs had back in Week 9.
The Broncos also became the first team since the 1998 San Diego Chargers to complete just one pass for 15 or fewer yards. Back in Week 3 of the ’98 season, quarterback Ryan Leaf went 1-of-15 for four yards and two interceptions against the Chiefs.
King Henry runs wild on Colts
Going up against one of the top run defences in the NFL, Derrick Henry showed the Indianapolis Colts why he is their kryptonite.
The Colts have only allowed a player to rush for 100 or more yards twice this season — it was Henry both times. This time around, he finished the game with 27 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns
Henry now sits ahead of Dalvin Cook as the NFL’s rushing leader, and has been instrumental in the Titans’ success as of late. It shouldn’t be surprising that teammate A.J. Brown called for Henry to be put in the MVP conversation.
Henry has 100 or more rushing yards in eight straight road games, tying Chris Johnson for the second-longest stretch since the 1970 merger, trailing Barry Sanders’s record of 10 straight games.
Chinn has memorable performance
While the Carolina Panthers lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Minnesota Vikings, Jeremy Chinn had a day to remember.
The rookie safety had a career-high 13 tackles and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns on consecutive plays. It was a first in the Super Bowl era, and he was the fastest player to do so as the plays came within 10 seconds of game time.
For the Vikings, the victory almost got away from them when Chad Beebe muffed a punt at the Minnesota 14-yard line. Fortunately for Beebe, his defence bailed him out as they held Carolina to a field goal, and the Vikings marched down the field to score with the receiver hauling in a 10-yard touchdown.
Playoff picture getting interesting
There was a lot of movement in the NFL standings in Week 12, highlighted by the Titans regaining the AFC South and the New York Giants moving into top spot in the NFC East.
With the NFL extending the playoff format, more teams have a chance to earn a post-season berth, which means the next few weeks will be crucial for any team on the bubble.
The Baltimore Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday is a crucial one considering the Ravens (6-4) sit on the outside looking in as the eighth seed in the AFC. The Colts’ loss to the Titans opens up a chance for the Ravens (6-4) to jump back into the playoff picture as they have the tiebreaker.
Sitting behind them are the Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) who suffered a tough loss to the Atlanta Falcons while the New England Patriots (5-6) kept themselves in the conversation with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.
In the NFC, there will likely be some movement depending on what happens on Monday night between the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks.
The Eagles can reclaim the lead in the division with a win. With Daniel Jones expected to miss time with a hamstring injury, Philadelphia could be in a race with just the Washington Football Team from now until the end of the season, which is what we all expected ahead of the campaign.
The Chicago Bears missed a big opportunity to move past the Cardinals with their loss to the Green Bay Packers but still have a chance to get back into a playoff spot. Chicago owns the tiebreaker over Arizona as they have one more conference win but need to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 13 and for the Cardinals to lose against the Los Angeles Rams to move into the seventh seed in the NFC.
Both the Vikings and San Francisco 49ers earned big wins to stay in the playoff hunt, but face a tough road if they expect to leapfrog the Bears and Cardinals.
Diego Maradona's death was manslaughter: Report – Toronto Sun
Police in Argentina are now treating the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona as a case of manslaughter.
Multiple media reports said on Sunday that detectives raided the home of his personal doctor, Dr. Leopoldo Luque.
Maradona, 60, died Wednesday at his Buenos Aires home.
Argentine prosecutors were sanctioned by a judge and are now trying to determine if Maradona was the victim of medical negligence.
Reports said Maradona had fought with his doctor in the days before he died of heart failure.
According to the U.K. Sun, the searches were ordered after the soccer icon’s daughters, Dalma and Giannina, gave statements that questioned whether the meds their dad was receiving were appropriate.
Now, Luque is under official investigation for negligence. However, there is no suggestion he will be charged with a crime.
Maradona’s legal eagles are asking for a probe to be opened into his death. They claim the ambulance took more than 30 minutes to reach the stricken star and that he did not receive any medical checks in the 12 hours before he died.
His nurse allegedly lied about checking on him.
Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys during his career.
He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina before he retired from professional football in 1997.
Mahomes, Hill have huge day, Chiefs hold off Bucs – TSN
TAMPA, Fla. — When Tyreek Hill draws single coverage, Patrick Mahomes is going to find a way to get the ball to the Kansas City Chiefs’ most explosive receiver.
Mahomes threw for 462 yards, including touchdowns of 75, 44 and 20 yards to Hill, who finished with 13 catches for 269 yards in the reigning Super Bowl champions’ 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
“It feels good, you know, but I feel like there’s still a lot of work for me to do,” Hill said after going over 1,000 yards for the season.
“I’m always trying to get better, got to be consistent with what you do,” Hill added. “Those same people showing you love this week, you make a bad play next week, they’re going to hate you.”
Mahomes outplayed Tom Brady to win the fourth career matchup between the MVPs, completing 37 of 49 passes and holding the ball for more than 10 minutes without scoring on Kansas City’s last two possessions to put the game away.
Hill benefited from Sammy Watkins‘ return to the Chiefs lineup after being sidelined since Week 5 with a hamstring injury and got the best of a matchup with Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis, who often had no help trying to contain the speedy receiver.
“We don’t get that a lot, especially with that guy and his ability,” Mahomes said. “So when we do, we try to take advantage of it.”
Hill had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, joining Qadry Ismail (210 in the third quarter on Dec. 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in the first quarter on Nov. 19, 2006) as the only NFL receivers since 1980 to have 200 yards worth of receptions in a single quarter.
The fifth-year pro’s last catch — an 8-yarder on third-and-7 in the final minute — gave Mahomes an opportunity to run out the clock.
“The last one, I learned a long time ago, you don’t give Tom Brady another shot,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s why he’s the G.O.A.T. So, don’t give them the ball back. That was the mindset there.”
The Chiefs (10-1) won their sixth straight game and clinched their seventh 10-win season in eight years under Reid.
The defending champs improved to 6-0 on the road and have won nine straight away from home going back to last year.
“Very very few guys that I’ve seen in this league or any league that can backpedal eight, nine, 10, 11 yards in the pocket and throw a dime 25 yards down the field,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of Mahomes. “And he can read the defence as he does it. That makes him more explosive.”
Brady was 27 of 41 for 345 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of second-half interceptions in falling to 2-2 against Mahomes, who built an early 17-0 lead and also had the Chiefs up by 17 entering the fourth quarter.
The Bucs (7-5) made it close, with Brady throwing TD passes of 31 and 7 yards to Mike Evans, the latter trimming his team’s deficit deficit to 27-24 with 4:10 remaining.
Tampa Bay, which has lost three straight home games, never got the ball back.
“We battled back but we left ourselves a big deficit,” Brady said. “When you play a good offence we’ve got to do our job offensively and keep them off the field.”
The Chiefs led 20-7 at halftime. The Bucs were fortunate they weren’t in a bigger hole.
Kansas City ran 42 plays to Tampa Bay’s 22 in the first two quarters, outgaining the Bucs 377 yards to 131 with Mahomes throwing for 359 yards and Brady 117.
Three drives inside the Bucs 20, however, only netted a pair of short field goals. Shaquil Barrett sacked Mahomes, forcing a fumble that William Gholston recovered at the 14 with the Chiefs looking to build on a 17-0 lead.
Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu picked off Brady. The Chiefs hurt themselves with a pair of roughing the passer penalties on the 10-play, 73-yard drive the six-time Super Bowl champion put together to close the gap to three points.
The loss comes on the heels of home defeats to New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams, games in which Brady played poorly and left his new team searching for answers about the offence’s inconsistency.
Brady isn’t listening to critics, who feel the Bucs aren’t tailoring their scheme to what he’s done best during his career.
“Just external noise. When you’re losing that’s what you deal with,” Brady said. “I love playing with the guys, and the whole organization is unbelievable. I’ve just got to do a better job in the final four games.”
The Chiefs beat Tampa Bay for the first time since Sept. 5, 1993, when Joe Montana led Kansas City to a 27-3 victory. The Bucs had won five straight in a series the Chiefs lead 8-5.
Chiefs: LB Dorian O’Daniel suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a concussion. LT Donovan Smith was active after not practicing all week and being listed as questionable with an ankle injury suffered last week against the Los Angeles Rams.
Chiefs: Host Denver next Sunday night, the lone home game during a stretch that’ll see Kansas City play four of five on the road.
Buccaneers: Bye week.
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