The Latest: Rivers and Chargers gain 354 yards in 1st half
The Latest on Week 14 of the NFL season: (all times local):
Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense started out on a roll against Washington.
The Chargers racked up 354 yards against the Redskins while taking a 23-6 lead. Those 354 yards were the most a first half for the Chargers since at least 1991 and their most in any half since 2010.
Rivers passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns while passing Warren Moon for ninth place in NFL history in yards passing.
The Chargers didn’t punt, but were forced to kick three field goals. They also made an 81-yard drive in the final 85 seconds before halftime, but Austin Ekeler was tackled at the 4 on a 33-yard run as time ran out.
– AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham reporting from Carson, California
The Seattle Seahawks were held scoreless in a first half for the first time in more than a year.
Jalen Ramsey intercepted one of Russell Wilson’s deep passes, Blair Walsh missed a 38-yard field goal at the end of the half and the Jaguars led Seattle 3-0 at the break.
It was the first time the Seahawks were held without points in an opening 30 minutes since playing at Arizona in October 2016. That game ended in a 6-6 tie.
– AP Sports Writer Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville, Florida
Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona now stands third on the NFL’s all-time receiving list.
The Cardinals wide receiver caught a 23-yard pass early in the third quarter against Tennessee to give him 15,303 yards receiving. That pushed him past Randy Moss who had 15,292 yards. Fitzgerald used to wash Moss’ car for cash and borrowed it for the prom.
Only Jerry Rice (22,895) and Terry Owens (15,934) have more yards receiving in NFL history than Fitzgerald.
Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is out against the Arizona Cardinals with a back injury.
Lewan went to the locker room with a back injury in the first half, and the tackle who was a Pro Bowl lineman last season was questionable to return. But he came out for the second half without his gear.
Backup Dennis Kelly replaced Lewan at left tackle.
The Associated Press has counted at least 16 NFL players protesting during the national anthem in Week 14.
After five players protested during the early games, the count jumped with the late afternoon games.
Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his fist as he does every game before kickoff against Washington.
In Arizona, Titan wide receiver Rishard Matthews stayed off the field during the anthem and then joined his teammates on the sideline once it ended. Titans linebacker Nate Palmer raised a fist and looked to the sky during the anthem.
Rams linebacker Robert Quinn held up his right fist for most of the anthem. Punter Johnny Hekker had his arm around Quinn in support.
At least seven Seattle Seahawks players sat or knelt for the national anthem in Jacksonville. The group included defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Marcus Smith and Branden Jackson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown. All seven have sat or knelt previously.
Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams have jumped on top quickly in the showdown between the first two draft picks of the 2016 NFL draft.
This game between Goff and Carson Wentz’s Eagles marks just the eighth time in the Super Bowl era that quarterbacks taken No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the same draft have squared off. Goff was the first pick overall in 2016, followed by Wentz.
The No. 1 pick is 5-2 in such matchups.
Wentz and the Eagles got the ball first. But Wentz was intercepted on the third play from scrimmage, and the Rams scored three plays later for a 7-0 lead for Goff.
The last No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup came on Sept. 13, 2015, when the No. 2 pick in that year’s draft, Marcus Mariota, led Tennessee to a 42-14 victory vs. Jameis Winston (No. 1) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their NFL debuts.
Before that, it was all the way back to 1998, when the top pick that year, Peyton Manning, led the Colts to a 17-12 victory against second pick Ryan Leaf and the San Diego Chargers.
Drew Bledsoe (No. 1, 1993) and Rick Mirer (No. 2) faced off three times – Mirer was with a different team each time – and Jim Plunkett (No. 1, 1971) and Archie Manning (No. 2) faced off twice.
– AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson reporting from Los Angeles
The Minnesota Vikings have missed their chance to clinch the NFC North with both chances Sunday, starting with a 31-24 loss to Carolina. The Vikings still could’ve clinched with losses or ties by Detroit and Green Bay only to see the Lions beat Tampa Bay 24-21 and the Packers kept Cleveland winless with a 27-21 overtime victory.
Philadelphia could have clinched before its game with the Rams, but Dallas beat the Giants 30-10.
Buffalo’s 13-7 overtime win over Indianapolis means both New England and Pittsburgh will have to win their own games to clinch playoff berths.
Kansas City beat Oakland 26-15 to take sole possession of the top of the AFC West to itself.
Chicago routed Cincinnati 33-7, and San Francisco beat Houston 26-16.
Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman has been shaken up after a run and replaced by third-stringer Joe Webb in Buffalo’s game against Indianapolis.
Peterman took off to his right and dived headfirst as he was being tackled in a cloud of snow by linebacker Antonio Morrison and tackle Johnathan Hankins.
Peterman lay on the field for a moment and was slow to get up before going to a medical tent on the sideline. He was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation of a head injury.
The rookie fifth-round pick was starting in place of Tyrod Taylor, who is sidelined by a bruised left knee.
Third-stringer Joe Webb took over.
– John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.
Tom Savage will not return to Houston’s game against the San Francisco 49ers because of a concussion.
Savage was injured when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil with about nine minutes left in the second quarter. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms lifted upward shaking.
He was taken to the medical tent where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series. He threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston’s team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline after that possession.
Savage tried repeatedly to enter the game on the next series. But a team official kept grabbing Savage’s jersey and finally his arm and pulled him away from the field. He then could be seen arguing with that person and the team’s trainer before being escorted to the locker room.
He was replaced by T.J. Yates.
– AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken reporting from Houston.
Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has left their game against Kansas City after getting his right leg rolled under while blocking downfield late in the second quarter.
Cooper had missed the past couple games with a concussion, but he cleared the NFL’s protocol earlier this week. He was still questionable with a left ankle sprain, and it was the opposite leg that got caught under a defender as Cooper blocked downfield on DeAndre Washington’s run.
Cooper dominated the Chiefs in their meeting earlier this season, catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
– AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri.
Josh Gordon has his first touchdown in nearly four years.
Cleveland’s troubled wide receiver, who recently returned after being suspended for two seasons, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against Green Bay. It was Gordon’s first TD since December 2013. The 26-year-old played his first game since 2014 last week.
The winless Browns are hoping Gordon can stay sober and resurrect his Pro Bowl career. He caught a 38-yard pass on Cleveland’s first play from scrimmage .
– AP Sports Writer Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.
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