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Patriots-Steelers stats, box score
The Patriots picked off a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the end zone with time winding down to secure a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Sunday.
Pittsburgh had appeared to take the lead with 28 seconds to play when Roethlisberger connected with Jesse James for what would have been a 10-yard touchdown. But, following a replay review, the play was ruled an incompletion, setting up the game-sealing interception.
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Both teams are now 11-3 with two games remaining in the regular season.
Tom Brady threw for 298 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots, while Dion Lewis rushed for a score. Rob Gronkowski pulled in nine catches for 168 yards for New England.
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Ben Roethlisberger tallied 281 passing yards and two touchdowns for Pittsburgh in the losing effort. Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown left the game with a calf injury early in the second quarter and did not return.
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I've always believed NFL conference title games are the most pressure-filled of all playoff games. For any team other than the Patriots, for whom it's invariably Super Bowl victory or bust, a loss in this round is the ultimate downer.
I've been to the conference championship six times, and my teams won twice (1976 Vikings, 1999 Titans) and lost four times (Vikings in 1977, 1987 and 1998 and Titans in 2002). We lost the two Super Bowls in which my teams played, but it was absolutely more painful to lose in the NFC/AFC championship games.
As this year's final four teams are doing this week, we had done all of the logistics work to prepare for the Super Bowl. Planning meetings with the league office and officials in the Super Bowl city. Getting ready with the itinerary for Super Bowl week, ticket distribution, fan travel packages, hotel room allocations, team meeting rooms and offices ready to utilize at the team hotel, practice facility setup, buses reserved, arrival and post-game parties planned, family activities set up to keep them busy and not bothering the players and coaches.
It's such a disappointment to have all this planning in place and then lose, making it all for naught.
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Welcome to the latest edition of "What is a catch?" I'll be your party host.
In the third quarter of Super Bowl 52, Nick Foles connected (or not) on a touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement.
Nick Foles throws a DIME to Corey Clement for a TD.pic.twitter.com/VwRTHnZ5YV
— LeadingNFL ™ (@LeadingNFL) February 5, 2018
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It was an absolute dime from Foles to Clement, but upon closer look it appeared that Clement lost control of the ball and stepped on the end line without getting both feet in bounds first.
Here's the Corey Clement touchdown reception pic.twitter.com/2dqhkfJAeb
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) February 5, 2018
NFL officiating great (if there is such thing) Mike Pereira agreed with the call on the field.
I agree with the stands. It was close but the initial ruling dictated. Good for Riveron/Yurk to stay with the standard that it not obvious that the call was wrong. Slight movement of the ball and slight bobble but slight is not enough to overturn.
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The AFC North is a division in transition. Pittsburgh, winner of the last two (and three of the last four) AFC North titles, continues to be the standard. Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland all kept their head coaches for 2018, though there was a moment when it seemed liked none would be back.
Three of the franchises selected quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Cleveland's Baker Mayfield, Baltimore's Lamar Jackson and Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph probably will not be on the field come Week 1. Still, it's another piece of evidence that the division is transitioning toward the future.
In the present, will anybody catch the Steelers?
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Pittsburgh is still the best team in the division with one of the game's best players in Antonio Brown, but there is potential for drama. Ben Roethlisberger, 36, continues to inch closer to retirement. Le'Veon Bell's holdout is a concern, and the Steelers have a new offensive coo[......]Read More
A day later, if you were still asking who and what drove Washington to make such a heinous, reprehensible decision in claiming Reuben Foster, you didn't know much more than you did on the day the team claimed him.
Here’s what it looks like Washington did, though, by all accounts and appearances: It took one of the most beloved players in franchise history, and a handful of its own active players, and used them as human shields.
It’s par for the course. It’s what they do most, and do best. The organization run by Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen is still the gold standard for untrustworthiness and unaccountability. Why would this latest shameful episode in franchise history be any different?
Calling them a franchise and management that can’t get out their own way is being too kind. This is their own way. By now, the evidence is too plentiful and too convincing.
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Who made the call to add a player booted off his old team hours after his latest domestic violence arrest? Who did they consult on it, and who didn’t they? Who were used as the faces of the franchise’s choices? Not the owner, and not the team president.
They were behind the shield, and the shields were Doug Williams and the players on the roster from Alabama, where Foster played.
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A.J. Green is on the road to recovery.
The Bengals wide receiver underwent "a minor ankle procedure" Tuesday morning, according to NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources.
The latest report projects Green will miss "a few games" after he was previously expected to be healthy by Week 1.
Another update on #Bengals WR AJ Green: Following surgery, based on what they found cleaning out the ankle, he’s now expected to miss a few games, I’m told. Not ideal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2019
Green suffered a left ankle injury Saturday at practice and had to be carted off the field. While initial reports claimed he suffered a sprained ankle, ESPN later reported that Green sustained torn ligaments in the ankle and will likely be missing in action for six to eight weeks.
He previously missed the final five weeks of last season after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe.
Green, who turns 31 on Wednesday, is entering the final season of his four-year contract extension signed in 2015 and is set to be paid around $12.2 million. However, he'll be looking to secure a new deal next season and should have no problem doing so if he can stay healthy.
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It was a wild Week 4 in the NFL, with road teams posting an 11-4 SU record. Along with this, the visitor engineered seven outright upsets.
Looking at this week's slate, there seems little chance for a repeat. In fact, the Week 5 card on the surface has a very chalky appearance to it. That is why it was not nearly as easy to come up with three teams with true upset potential against the NFL odds. However, at the very least we are looking at a trio of squads that can beat the spread as the underdog.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
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Tampa Bay pulled off a stunner last week in beating the Los Angeles Rams with relative ease 55-40 as nine-point road underdogs.
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Seattle turned heads when it claimed Josh Gordon off waivers earlier this week, but it also considered bringing in another wideout to bolster its receiving corps.
The Seahawks looked into bringing free agent Antonio Brown on board, league sources told ESPN.
ESPN's report states quarterback Russell Wilson even lobbied for Seattle to sign Brown before it added Gordon, but that didn't pan out.
Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl player, has been in limbo since he was released by the Patriots in September after making just one appearance with the team. He has a host of off-field problems that have made teams reluctant to pursue him.
The 31-year-old is facing sexual misconduct, sexual assault and rape allegations and filed a record nine grievances against the NFL earlier this season — totaling more than $61 million.
Despite tweeting that he "will not be playing" in the NFL again after spending time with the Raiders and Patriots in 2019, teams are still somewhat interested in his talents.
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Myles Garrett claimed Mason Rudolph used racial slur prior to Browns-Steelers brawl; 'no such evidence,' NFL says
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During his appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett claimed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur right before a fight broke out between Cleveland and Pittsburgh at the end of their "Thursday Night Football" game on Nov. 14, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson.
An NFL spokersperson said the league looked into Garrett's allegation but "found no such evidence" Rudolph uttered a racial slur, per Schefter.
Garrett, however, indicated Thursday night on Twitter that Rudolph did say something objectionable.
— Myles "Flash" Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) November 22, 2019
Rudolph earlier Thursday denied Garrett's allegation through a Steelers spokesperson, who said Rudolph "will not discuss this accusation any further" and added "his focus remains on preparation for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals."
Rudolph was not available to speak to reporters following the team's Thursday afternoon practice, but his attorney, Timothy M. Younger, shared a statement on his behalf.
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