Latest from the NFL: Broncos win but lose lots of players
The latest from NFL games around the league on the 13th Sunday of the season (all times EST):
Brock Osweiler is 3-0 in place of Peyton Manning and the Broncos have improved to 10-2 with their 17-3 win at San Diego. But they got beat up in the process.
Among the Broncos injured today were running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), tight end Vernon Davis (head), linebacker Danny Trevathan (head), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hand) and safety David Bruton Jr. (lower body).
Still, the Broncos have just one more road game - in two weeks at Pittsburgh.
They've got Oakland at home next week and then wrap up with games against the Bengals and Chargers at home in Weeks 16 and 17.
The Patriots went deep into the playbook trying to overcome a deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles.
With a 3rd-and-3 at their own 25, New England had a direct snap to running back James White, who handed off to receiver Danny Amendola on a reverse.
The receiver then threw a pass to quarterback Tom Brady, who was all alone on the right sideline. It was just the second reception of his career for the 38-year-old Brady. He lumbered down the sideline for a 36-yard gain to the Eagles' 39 before stepping out of bounds.
But the quarterback gave it back to the Eagles on the next play, throwing an inception when Bryon Maxwell picked him off in the end zone.
Brady was picked off for just the second time in five career games against the Eagles. Earlier in the game, Malcom Jenkins caught a deflected pass at the Eagles' 1 and returned it for a score that made it 21-14.
The Broncos hold a 17-3 fourth-quarter lead in San Diego and are trying to get to 10-2. But they've lost three more players in the process.
Running back C.J. Anderson is out with a sprained ankle and tight end Vernon Davis and linebacker Danny Trevathan are under concussion protocol.
Before he went out, Trevathan had a pick-6.
The Broncos were without four starters to begin the game as DeMarcus Ware missed his fourth straight game with a bad back and three players stayed back in Denver: Peyton Manning, T.J. Ward and Sylvester Williams.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw the Oakland Raiders extra point off the upright and matched it with a botched snap.
The AFC West rivals traded missed extra points in the second half, keeping their game tied at 20.
The first came after Lee Smith caught a 5-yard TD pass to give the Raiders the lead. Sebastian Janikowski then watched his streak of 225 made extra points snapped when he hit the upright.
After Carr threw an interception that was returned down to the 2, the Chiefs tied the game on Jeremy Maclin's 1-yard run. But Kansas City was unable to take the lead when holder Dustin Colquitt struggled to get down the snap and ended up throwing the ball away.
The Saints have struggled this season but they've come up with some history today.
They're the first team in NFL history to score 2 points defensively on a failed extra point attempt.
Linebacker Stephone Anthony returned the blocked kick 82 yards to the opposite end zone to give New Orleans a 16-13 lead over the unbeaten Carolina Panthers.
Carolina was attempting a potential game-tying point-after kick following Jonathan Stewart's 5-yard touchdown run on a pitch from Cam Newton. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams pushed through the middle of the line to block Graham Gano's kick.
The ball bounced to Anthony, who scooped it up in stride and went untouched the other way to give New Orleans a 16-13 lead late in the second quarter.
That gave Anthony 8 points in the game, including his touchdown on strip of Stewart, recovery and 31-yard return.
This past offseason, the NFL made a rule change moving back the line scrimmage for point-after kicks from the 2-yard line to the 15 while allowing defenses to return any type of conversion for 2 points.
New England quarterback Tom Brady threw his 421st career touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter Sunday against Philadelphia to move into third place on the NFL's all-time list.
Brady moved past of Hall of Famer Dan Marino, throwing a toss to the right flat the running black James White that moved the Patriots ahead 7-0.
Denver QB Payton Manning holds the all-time mark with 539 TDs. Brett Favre retired with 508.
After scoring in an NFL record 38 straight quarters, including all four quarters for eight straight games, the Patriots have now been shut out in a full quarter three weeks in a row.
They did not score in the first against Philadelphia on Sunday, but made it 7-0 on the first play of the second when Tom Brady hit James White from 4 yards out.
-Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman was carted off the field with 4:50 left in the first quarter after a bit hit from Denver Broncos safety David Bruton Jr., who was taking the place of injured safety T.J. Ward.
Inman caught a 15-yard pass for a first down, holding onto the ball as he was sandwiched between Bruton and linebacker Brandon Marshall.
He was strapped to a head board and taken for a medical evaluation.
The Seattle Seahawks' 38-7 thrashing of the Vikings in Minnesota has knotted up the NFC North. Both the Vikings and Packers are tied atop the division at 8-4.
The Packers got Week 13 off to an incredible start with Aaron Rodgers' 61-yard Hail Mary to Richard Rodgers on an untimed down to cap a comeback from a 20-0 deficit Thursday night.
Arizona maintained its three-game cushion over Seattle in the NFC West with a 27-3 win over St. Louis this afternoon.
The Bills beat the Texans 30-21 to tighten up the AFC playoff race. And the Bengals moved closer to a playoff berth with a 37-3 rout of the Browns.
Also, the Dolphins edged the Ravens 15-13; the Buccaneers edged the Falcons 23-19; and the Titans beat Jacksonville 42-39 to snap an 11-game home losing streak.
Two games went into overtime with the Jets outlasting the Giants 23-20 and San Francisco beating the Bears 26-20.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins broke the franchise record for receiving touchdowns with his 10th of the season against the Buffalo Bills today.
Hopkins caught a 19-yard pass from Brian Hoyer with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter. Hopkins broke the franchise record that was set by Andre Johnson in 2009.
Hopkins has five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. He entered the game 130 receiving yards shy of setting a career high which he set last season.
San Francisco will be without tight end Vance McDonald and linebacker Michael Wilhoite for the rest of its game at Chicago.
McDonald left with a head injury after a 12-yard reception in the second quarter. Wilhoite hurt an ankle in the first quarter.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman missed part of the game with a head injury, but returned. Linebacker Aaron Lynch, who leads the team with 6 1/2 sacks, was questionable for the remainder of the game after his own head injury.
3:25 p.m. - Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins is being evaluated for a concussion for the second time, both times after getting hit by a teammate.
The team says his return is questionable.
Jenkins was sent for a second round of testing after David Johnson's 10-yard TD catch put the Cardinals up 17-3 late in the third quarter. He missed just five plays earlier in the game.
Rams tight end Lance Kendricks also is being evaluated for a concussion.
The Rams announced that 51,115 tickets were distributed, the lowest attendance of the season. Capacity is 66,000 at the Edward Jones Dome and the stadium appears around half-full.
-R.B. Fallstrom reporting from St. Louis.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been cleared and returned to the sideline after being taken to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol. McCoy was tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus after a gain of three yards up the left side and was taken out of the game.
McCoy had 14 carries for 83 yards and no catches.
McCoy was injured not long after Bills first-year starting QB Tyrod Taylor broke the team record for most consecutive passes without throwing an interception. Taylor broke the previous record of 175 straight passes without an interception set by Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
Taylor broke the record with an incomplete pass to wide receiver Chris Hogan along the left sideline.
Two interceptions off deflected passes 20 seconds apart helped the Miami Dolphins build a 15-0 lead against the visiting Baltimore Ravens late in the first half.
Matt Schaub's short pass was touched by DT Jordan Phillips and grabbed by Reshad Jones, who returned the ball to the Ravens' 38. On the very next play, Dolphins WR DeVante Parker leaped in the end zone to catch Ryan Tannehill's pass for the game's first score.
On the ensuing drive, Schaub's pass short was tipped and intercepted by by DE Derrick Shelby, who ran 22 yards for a touchdown. Miami's Jay Ajayi ran for the 2-point conversion after two unsuccessful PAT attempts - one missed, one blocked - were negated by off-sides penalties against Baltimore.
-Steven Wine reporting from Miami.
The Seattle Seahawks have their biggest halftime lead in 20 games - 21-0 over the Vikings in Minnesota.
The Vikings need a win to stay ahead of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. The Packers began Week 13 with that incredible victory at Detroit on Thursday night when Aaron Rodgers completed a 61-yard Hail Mary on an untimed down to cap a comeback from a 20-0 deficit.
If the Seahawks hang on to win today, the Vikings will fall into a tie with the Packers at 8-4. But the Packers would hold the tie-breaker thanks to their 30-13 win at Minneapolis on Nov. 22.
The Vikings visit Lambeau Field on Jan. 3.
The resurgent Seahawks (6-5) are seeking their third straight win.
More bad news for the injury-plagued Baltimore Ravens.
Tight end Crockett Gillmore has left Baltimore's game at Miami late in the first half with a back injury. The Ravens said won't return.
Gillmore had a catch for 7 yards before leaving. For the season, the Colorado State product has 33 receptions for 412 yards and 4 TDs.
--Steven Wine reporting from Miami.
The San Francisco 49ers finally scored their first touchdown in the first quarter this season.
Jimmie Ward had his first career interception and returned it 29 yards for his first touchdown to put the Niners on the board late in the first at Chicago.
Andy Dalton has joined Peyton Manning on a unique list.
Cincinnati's quarterback eclipsed 3,000 yards passing this season in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Cleveland. It's the fifth straight year Dalton has passed for over 3,000 yards, making him the only QB other than Manning to throw for at least that many yards in their his five NFL seasons.
Dalton ran for a TD in the first quarter and then hooked up with A.J. Green for a 23-yard TD pass in the second quarter to put the Bengals (9-2) ahead 14-0.
--Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy has reached 7,500 career yards in his 100th game.
Bills officials say he's the sixth active running back to reach the mark.
McCoy passed the milestone on his third run of the day, a 32-yarder on the Bills' second drive. He entered the game 28 yards short of 7,500.
- John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.
The Minnesota Vikings were already missing starting defensive tackle Linval Joseph because of injury. Two drives into the game against Seattle, and the defense has been weakened even further.
Starting safety Harrison Smith (hamstring) and linebacker Anthony Barr (groin) had to leave the game with injuries and are questionable to return.
Joseph, Smith and Barr are arguably the Vikings' three best defensive players, and the Seahawks drove right down the field to take a 7-0 lead after Barr and Smith left.
-Jon Krawczynski reporting from Minneapolis.
Browns left guard Joel Bitonio has been taken to the locker room with a left ankle injury. He missed the last two games with a severely sprained left ankle. He was blocking on a running play when rookie Duke Johnson rolled up on the back of his legs. Rookie Cam Erving replaced Bitonio.
- Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.
The New York Giants are starting two rookies at offensive tackle for their game against the New York Jets.
The Giants are giving Bobby Hart the start at right tackle with regular Marshall Newhouse inactive with a back injury. Top draft pick Ereck Flowers has started at left tackle all season.
The Jets are third overall on defense and first against the rush. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has eight sacks.
Mark Herzlich is getting the start at strong side linebacker with Devon Kennard out and Craig Dahl is starting for the injured Brandon Meriweather at safety.
Buster Skrine is starting at cornerback for the Jets with Darrelle Revis and Marcus Williams inactive with injuries.
- Tom Canavan reporting from East Rutherford, N.J.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will be missing one of his top targets as tight end Tyler Eifert, the NFL's touchdown leader, will miss their game against the Browns with a neck injury.
Eifert has 12 TD catches this season, three of them coming in Cincinnati's 31-10 win over the Browns on Nov. 5. Eifert has 46 catches for 522 yards.
Eifert had been listed as doubtful this week. He sustained a neck stinger in last Sunday's win over St. Louis. Tyler Kroft will start in place of Eifert on Sunday. Kroft has just one catch for four yards.
The Bengals (9-2) are closing in on their fifth straight playoff appearance and an AFC North title.
The Browns (2-9) decided not to activate wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, the former NFL quarterback who was signed earlier this week.
Cleveland is also missing Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, who missed his fourth straight game with a concussion. Haden has sustained two concussions this season.
- Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.