The Newest: Rams D helps LA take early lead over 49ers

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The Newest on Week 17 of the NFL’s common season (all instances Jap):

5:15 p.m.

The Rams have pressured three turnovers by the 49ers within the first quarter.

After Aqib Talib returned a fumble contained in the San Francisco 10 on the Niners’ opening drive, Cory Littleton and Blake Countess intercepted tipped passes from Nick Mullens.

Los Angeles scored touchdowns off the primary two turnovers, taking a giant early lead regardless of working 5 solely offensive performs for 19 yards.

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The playoff-bound Rams can clinch a first-round bye with a win.

They hadn’t pressured three turnovers within the first quarter of a sport since September 2009.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles

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5:10 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks’ hopes of tying the NFL document for fewest turnovers in a season ended within the first quarter towards Arizona.

Russell Wilson was intercepted by David Amerson on Seattle’s first offensive possession. The Seahawks had 10 turnovers on the season and have been attempting to match that mark set by the 2010 New England Patriots and 2011 San Francisco 49ers, who each completed the season with simply 10 turnovers. It was simply the second turnover by the Seahawks up to now six video games, each Wilson interceptions.

Wilson rebounded to throw a 29-yard landing go to Tyler Lockett to develop into Seattle’s all-time chief in TD passes with 196.

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5:05 p.m.

Early on, Philip Rivers is off course. The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has been picked off by Broncos defensive backs Isaac Yiadom and Will Parks within the first quarter.

Rivers has thrown two interceptions in three straight video games.

He has 31 TD passes this season and 12 interceptions.

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5 p.m.

Jaguars decision-maker Tom Coughlin blasted working backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon after the season finale in Houston.

Fournette, who was inactive due to foot/ankle accidents, and Yeldon have been caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and chatting whereas the offense had the ball a lot of the sport. They have been clearly disengaged with teammates and coaches.

“I’m disillusioned within the conduct right this moment from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette,” Coughlin stated. “They have been disrespectful, egocentric and their conduct was unbecoming that of an expert soccer participant.”

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4:45 p.m.

Former Ravens extensive receiver Breshad Perriman caught a 28-yard landing go to provide the Browns a 7-Three lead over Baltimore.

Perriman, a former No. 1 decide, was a bust with the Ravens they usually minimize him earlier than this season started.

After the rating, he was booed soundly by the hometown followers who know Baltimore should win this sport to clinch the AFC North title and finish a three-year playoff drought.

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4:40 p.m.

Tyreek Hill has set the Chiefs’ franchise document for receiving yards in a season, hauling in a 67-yard landing go from Patrick Mahomes to cap their opening drive towards Oakland.

Hill got here into the sport with 1,378 yards. His lengthy landing catch on a superbly thrown publish route moved Hill previous Derrick Alexander, who set the earlier document of 1,391 yards in 2000.

It was the 49th landing go of the season for Mahomes, who earlier within the drive set the Chiefs document for completions in a season. He entered the sport tied with Trent Inexperienced with 369.

The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West and No. 1 seed within the playoffs with a win over the Raiders.

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4:25 p.m.

The Houston Texans clinched the AFC South title as Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a landing, and DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving in a 20-Three win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Texans (11-5) gained 9 in a row after beginning 0-Three to save lots of their season and can make their fifth playoff look after profitable the division for the fifth time in franchise historical past.

Houston returns to the postseason for the third time in 4 years after bouncing again from final 12 months’s 4-12 document in a season the place Watson and J.J. Watt sustained season-ending accidents.

Additionally in Sunday’s early video games, Tom Brady threw for 3 first-half touchdowns and the New England Patriots clinched their ninth straight first-round bye within the playoffs with a 38-Three victory over the New York Jets.

The Patriots (11-5) completed the season undefeated at house, they usually assured themselves no less than one playoff sport in Foxborough. New England may nonetheless earn the No. 1 seed within the AFC if each Kansas Metropolis and the Los Angeles Chargers lose later Sunday.

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Four p.m.

The Jaguars are sticking with coach Doug Marrone, high decision-maker Tom Coughlin and common supervisor Dave Caldwell in 2019.

Workforce proprietor Shad Khan made the announcement minutes after Jacksonville’s season finale, a 20-Three loss at Houston.

Khan stated he gave Coughlin the choice of constructing modifications, however that he “most well-liked getting into the 2019 season with as a lot stability as affordable or potential on the high of our soccer operation.” Coughlin agreed.

Khan gave all three one-year contract extensions after Jacksonville made the 2017 AFC championship sport.

“I’ve the identical belief in Tom, Dave and Doug as I did upon their introduction two years in the past, and I do consider our greatest path ahead for the second is the one much less disruptive and dramatic,” Khan stated.

“Stability shouldn’t be confused with satisfaction, nonetheless. I’m removed from content material with the established order and whereas it’s greatest to place 2018 behind us, I can’t overlook how poorly we accounted for ourselves following a 3-1 begin.

“There have been far too many lengthy Sundays over the past three quarters of the season, with right this moment’s loss in Houston being the ultimate instance, that can’t repeat itself in 2019. That’s my message to our soccer individuals and gamers, but additionally our sponsors and followers, each of whom have been outstanding.”

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3:25 p.m.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ up-and-down season has ended with a concussion.

The Inexperienced Bay Packers confirmed the prognosis early within the fourth quarter, trailing 24-Zero to the Detroit Lions. Rodgers misplaced his helmet on a sack on his second play of the sport.

He performed two extra sequence earlier than strolling again to the locker room early within the second quarter, when he was changed by DeShone Kizer.

Rodgers was additionally coping with lingering left knee and groin accidents.

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3:10 p.m.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive finish Robert Quinn, and Buffalo Payments offensive sort out Jordan Mills have been ejected following a late hit on quarterback Josh Allen through the third quarter.

Allen was already sliding when Alonso dived in entrance of him and kicked the quarterback within the helmet.

A scuffle broke out amid a bunch of gamers, and Quinn got here working in at full pace from about 20 yards and dived atop the pile.

Alonso was ejected for kicking Allen, whereas Quinn and Mills have been ejected for private foul penalties.

Quinn remained on the sideline for the rest of the Payments sequence, which ended with LeSean McCoy scoring on a 9-yard run.

Officers then went to the Dolphins sideline, and Quinn was escorted to the locker room.

— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.

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Three p.m.

Halfback Saquon Barkley has joined Corridor of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as the one rookies with no less than 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL historical past.

He hit the plateau with a 68-yard run within the third quarter that arrange a TD go to TE Evan Engram.

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Three p.m.

Patriots defensive again Devin McCourty suffered a head damage early within the third quarter and the group stated his return was questionable.

McCourty was injured on the identical play as linebacker Dont’a Hightower and security Patrick Chung.

McCourty went to the group’s damage tent behind the bench earlier than heading to the locker room. The opposite two gamers returned to the sport.

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2:20 p.m.

Saquon Barkley has damaged Reggie Bush’s NFL document (88) for many catches by a rookie working again. The No. 2 general decide within the draft got here into the sport needing two catches to interrupt the document set in 2006. He tied it within the first quarter and claimed it late within the second with a 17-yard dump-off go over the center. The Giants path 14-7 on the half.

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2 p.m.

Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walked again to the locker room with 10:36 left within the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

It’s unclear when Rodgers might have gotten harm, however he misplaced his helmet throughout a sack early within the first quarter. He has additionally been coping with lingering left knee and groin accidents.

The primary half has been painful general for the Packers, who path 14-Zero to the Detroit Lions. The second landing got here after kicker Matt Prater took a direct snap after lining up for a field-goal attempt to discovering a wide-open Levine Toilolo for an 8-yard landing

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1:30 p.m.

Referee Walt Coleman is officiating the ultimate regular-season sport of his 30-year profession on the Patriots-Jets sport.

Appropriately, it’s in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

New Englanders bear in mind Coleman from the snowy 2002 playoff sport towards Oakland during which he cited the then-obscure “Tuck Rule” to overturn a fumble name and preserve the Patriots alive.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady misplaced the ball, however as a result of he had not tucked the ball again into his physique it was thought of to be within the act of throwing and thus an incomplete go. A fumble would have primarily clinched the sport for the Raiders. As a substitute, Adam Vinatieri tied it with a area aim and kicked one other in sudden dying to win it.

And Coleman by no means referred to as one other Raiders sport in his profession.

The sport is regarded upon as the beginning of the Patriots’ dynasty.

AP freelancer Ken Powtak reporting from Foxborough, Mass.

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1:20 p.m.

Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer has been escorted off the sphere after being knocked woozy by successful from Payments tight finish Logan Thomas.

McTyer was monitoring Payments working again Chris Ivory working up the center of the sphere, when Thomas leaned his shoulder and bowled him over close to the aim line on Buffalo’s opening possession.

McTyer was on the sphere and was gradual getting up earlier than being instantly escorted up the tunnel.

The Dolphins introduced McTyer was being evaluated for a concussion.

McTyer was beginning instead of Xavien Howard, who missed his fourth consecutive sport with a knee damage.

— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.

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1 p.m.

The Buffalo Payments have honored retiring defensive sort out Kyle Williams earlier than their season finale towards the Miami Dolphins.

Williams was the ultimate Payments participant out of the tunnel and was then greeted by his spouse, Jill, and 5 youngsters on the 35-yard line. He pumped his fist whereas working out on the sphere to a big cheer from the followers.

Williams on Friday introduced this will probably be his closing sport and that he’s retiring after 13 seasons, all with the Payments. As he’s carried out all 12 months, Williams was among the many first gamers on the sphere and hung out sitting on the Payments bench.

He’s Buffalo’s longest-tenured energetic participant and holds Payments information amongst defensive tackles with 183 video games performed and entered the sport with 48½ sacks.

Earlier than the Payments took the sphere, the group aired on the stadium video scoreboards quite a lot of interviews of gamers congratulating Williams, adopted by a word which learn, “Thanks, Kyle Williams.”

— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York

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12:30 p.m.

There are many playoff implications heading into the ultimate day of the NFL’s common season on Sunday.

Already within the playoffs, the Texans want a win over the Jaguars to clinch the AFC South.

In Kansas Metropolis, the Chiefs want a win over Oakland to clinch the AFC West and home-field benefit all through the AFC playoffs.

The Patriots want a win over the New York Jets to safe a first-round bye and would clinch home-field benefit all through the AFC playoffs with a win and losses by Kansas Metropolis and the Chargers. If Houston wins and the Patriots lose or tie the Texans would obtain a first-round bye.

Baltimore would clinch the AFC North with a win over Cleveland and would clinch the division and a first-round bye with a victory and losses by New England and Houston.

The Chargers want a win over Denver and a loss by Kansas Metropolis to clinch the AFC West and home-field benefit all through the AFC playoffs.

The Colts will earn a playoff berth with a win over Tennessee. They might win the AFC South with a victory and a loss by Houston. The Titans would win the AFC South with a win and a loss by Houston. They may safe a first-round bye with a victory and losses by Houston, New England and Baltimore.

The Steelers would clinch the AFC North with a win over Cincinnati and a loss or tie by the Ravens.

Within the NFC, the Rams want a win or tie over San Francisco or a loss or tie by Chicago to safe a bye within the first spherical.

The Bears would get a first-round bye with a win and a loss by the Rams.

The Vikings would clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie towards Chicago or a loss or tie by the Eagles at Washington.

The defending Tremendous Bowl champion Eagles want a win and a loss by the Vikings to earn a playoff berth.

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