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INTERCONFERENCE: Howard's 19-yard TD in o.t. lifts Bears over Steelers, 23-17

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INTERCONFERENCE: Howard's 19-yard TD in o.t. lifts Bears over Steelers, 23-17

CHICAGO - Jordan Howard pushed through the pain in his right shoulder to give the Bears the lift they needed.

Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead Chicago to a 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Howard's winning score came two plays after rookie Tarik Cohen broke off an electric run for what appeared to be a 73-yard game-winning touchdown . But he was ruled out at the Pittsburgh 37. Howard took over from there and got a big assist as he ran along the left side. Deonte Thompson might have grabbed Pittsburgh's Artie Burns while pushing him out of bounds. But no flag was thrown, and the Bears (1-2) came away with a surprising victory.

"You always dream about stuff like that but it never happens so it was real crazy," Howard said. "Definitely, it was a very wacky game but through everything that happened we found a way to win."

Howard came up clutching his right shoulder - which has bothered him since the opener - several times and wasn't sure he would make it through this game.

He wound up with 138 of Chicago's 220 yards rushing and two touchdown runs. It was just what the Bears needed with quarterback Mike Glennon delivering another lackluster performance.

The Steelers (2-1) stayed off the sideline for the national anthem in the wake of President Donald Trump's comments that players who kneel in protest should be fired. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva - an Army veteran - stood near the tunnel with his hand over his heart.

Once the game ended, they found themselves in a familiar spot - losing to a lesser team and losing in Chicago, where they are 1-13 against the Bears.

The Steelers have had at least one head-scratching loss every year going back to 2012.

Last year, Pittsburgh fell 34-3 to Philadelphia, which finished with a losing record. In 2015, the Steelers were surging toward a playoff spot, when they lost late in the season to a Baltimore team that went 5-11.

Despite the victory, Glennon did nothing to stop the calls in Chicago for No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky, throwing for just 101 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Marcus Cooper committed an inexplicable fumble after the Bears blocked a field goal in the closing seconds of the half. With a clear path to the end zone, he slowed down and had the ball poked away at the 1.

But the Bears won for just the first time in nine September games over three seasons under coach John Fox.

Ben Roethlisberger blamed himself for Pittsburgh's loss.

"I think I was off today," he said after throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown. "For whatever reason, I did not make all the throws I normally would and make the plays I normally should."

Antonio Brown had 110 yards receiving and a touchdown. And Le'Veon Bell ran for 61 yards and a TD for Pittsburgh.

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Brady off injury report, Van Noy out

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Brady off injury report, Van Noy out

Tom Brady and cornerback Malcolm Butler were taken off the Patriots final injury report of the week before their Monday night game in Miami.

Brady, bothered by an Achilles injury the past few weeks, missed back-to-back practices earlier in the week but practiced Friday and in the snow with the other healthy Patriots on Saturday in Foxboro.

Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon is again out, as is linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Wide receiver Chris Hogan is among the 11 Patriots listed as questionable but practiced all week and is expected to play.

The Patriots' Saturday injury report: 

OUT: OL Marcus Cannon (ankle), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf)

QUESTIONABLE: LB Marquis Flowers (knee), DL Trey Flowers (rib), CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle), RB Mike Gillislee (illness), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), RB Dion Lewis (illness), DB Brandon King (hamstring), CB Eric Rowe (groin), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle), DE Deatrich Wise (foot)

Something to get off his chest: Brady apologizes to McDaniels for outburst

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Something to get off his chest: Brady apologizes to McDaniels for outburst

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady deemed it was time for an apology. A public one. 

When he stepped to the podium on Saturday afternoon, following his team's final practice of the week before flying to South Florida for the Monday night game in Miami, Brady took the opportunity to make a brief statement. 

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"One thing I do want to say first is I want to apologize to Josh for last week in Buffalo," Brady said. "I know our coaches work really hard and they're responsible for putting us in a great position to succeed. So just want to get that off my chest."

Brady and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were involved in a fiery sideline exchange in the first quarter of their game last weekend against the Bills. Brady appeared to miss open receivers on both first and third-down plays in Buffalo territory, and McDaniels seemed to harp on that fact to Brady when the quarterback came to the sidelines. Something McDaniels said caused Brady to erupt, and the 40-year-old MVP candidate unleashed a series of expletives in McDaniels' direction. 

Perhaps it's all the discussion surrounding his outburst and comparing it to those of players like Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant. Perhaps it's that he has three children old enough to see their dad on television and wonder why he's acting the way he is. 

Whatever the reason, Brady felt bad and wanted to apologize. He did radio interviews on both WEEI and Westwood One during the week, but he waited until he was in front of cameras to get the mea culpa out there. 

"A lot of people see it," Brady said of his lashing out at McDaniels, "and they think the nature of our relationship would be something like that. But it's really the exact opposite of that. I just have been feeling bad all week and haven't had a chance to say it. He knows how much I love him."

Brady has long been open about how he believes in playing with emotion so long as it is channeled properly. He echoed those sentiments again Saturday, and he said his entire team will have to steer its emotions in the right way against the Dolphins on Monday night.

"I think you have to play the game with energy, emotion and enthusiasm," Brady said. "Absolutely. It's just directed in a positive way, toward winning and toward what we're trying to accomplish as a team. I have so much trust in the players and so much trust in our coaches and what we're all trying to accomplish. We all want the same thing.

"To go about that in the right way is what matters the most. We're gonna have to have a lot of enthusiasm, and we should because this is a great atmosphere. It means a lot. We're playing for a lot . . . Hopefully, all that energy is directed in the right way towards being the best team we can be, and me playing my best to help us win."

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