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Best of NFL: Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL's last unbeaten

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Best of NFL: Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL's last unbeaten

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Le'Veon Bell ran for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 on Sunday.

The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.

And when their defense forced a quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no unbeaten teams.

Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week (see full recap). 

Dolphins rally from 17-point deficit to stun Falcons 
ATLANTA — Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins finally generated some offense.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons totally fell apart.

The result: a stunning 20-17 victory for the Dolphins.

Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and Miami rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit, rekindling memories of Atlanta's epic collapse against New England in the Super Bowl.

And next up for the Falcons — a rematch against the Patriots.

"It's tough," Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. said. "We experienced that feeling before in the Super Bowl."

Ryan, who had five interceptions in the two previous games, threw another crucial pick with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal (see full recap). 

Peterson scored twice as Cardinals hold off Bucs
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns and 134 yards in an impressive Arizona debut and the Cardinals held off a furious second-half Tampa Bay rally to beat the Buccaneers 38-33 on Sunday.

The Buccaneers (2-3) lost quarterback Jameis Winston to a right shoulder injury in the second quarter, with the Cardinals (3-3) leading 21-0.

But backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to bring Tampa Bay back from a 31-0, early third-quarter deficit.

Fitzpatrick's 37-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans cut the Arizona lead to 38-32 with 2:02 to play.

Larry Fitzgerald recovered the onside kick and, with no Tampa Bay timeouts remaining, the Cardinals ran out the clock (see full recap). 

Cousins inconsistent as Redskins hold on to beat 49ers
LANDOVER, Md. — Jay Gruden took solace in the fact he didn't feel as happy as he normally would when celebrating a victory.

There's reason for that after Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins sweated it out and barely held on to beat past - and possibly future - mentor Kyle Shanahan's winless San Francisco 49ers 26-24 on Sunday. The Redskins (3-2) blew a 17-point lead amid injuries and a pair of turnovers and survived a last-minute drive by 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.

"You can see that we're starting to turn a corner a little bit when you're not quite as ecstatic as you normally would be after a win," Gruden said. "I know we can play a lot better."

That includes Cousins, who threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and had an interception against the team he has been linked to for next season because of his connection with Shanahan. Gruden called Cousins' play "efficient" after the quarterback was 25 of 37 for 330 yards passing and added 27 yards on the ground (see full recap). 

Dolphins assistant coach Chris Foerster resigns amid apparent cocaine video

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Dolphins assistant coach Chris Foerster resigns amid apparent cocaine video

DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday and said he was seeking medical help after video surfaced on social media that appeared to show him snorting three lines of a white powdery substance at a desk.

Hours after the 56-second video was posted on Facebook and Twitter, Foerster announced his departure in a statement released by the team.

"I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions," he said. "I want to apologize to the organization, and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need, with the support of my family and medical professionals."

It's unclear when or where the video was made, or how it became public. Foerster, 55, has been an NFL assistant since 1992 and joined coach Adam Gase's staff in Miami last year.

"We were made aware of the video late last night and have no tolerance for this behavior," the team said in a statement that accompanied Foerster's resignation announcement. "After speaking with Chris this morning, he accepted full responsibility and we accepted his resignation effective immediately. Although Chris is no longer with the organization, we will work with him to get the help he needs during this time."

Gase said he learned of the video late Sunday, soon after the Dolphins' 16-10 victory over Tennessee.

"I don't think I can say what my reaction was," Gase said.

The coach said he phoned Foerster, who apologized. Gase declined to say whether Foerster volunteered to resign or was urged to quit.

"He's disappointed, he's upset, he's mad at himself," Gase said. "It's not fun, especially when you're close to somebody. But you've got to take the next step and move on."

The NFL was reviewing the matter, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Gase said he has known Foerster since 2008, when both were assistants with the San Francisco 49ers. Foerster joined the Dolphins shortly after Gase became head coach last year.

"Since I've been around him, he has always been a guy who just put his head down and worked," Gase said. "He was here at 4 in the morning and worked as hard as he could for us."

The video appears to show Foerster and the powdery substance on the desk. The man is holding a rolled-up $20 bill in his right hand and appears to adjust the camera with his left hand.

"Hey babe, miss you, thinking about you," he says. "How about me going to a meeting and doing this before I go?"

He then snorts the substance into his nose though the $20 bill and notes "those big grains falling" as residue lands on the desk.

"What do you think, I'm crazy?" Foerster asks after snorting the second line. "Ah, no, babe.

"It's going to be a while before we can do this again ... " he says, "But I think about you when I do it. I think about how much I miss you, how high we got together, how much fun it was. So much fun."

Before snorting the final line he says, "Last little bit before I go to my meeting."

Foerster's offensive line has played poorly this season, and the Dolphins (2-2) rank last in the league in points and yards per game. They planned an announcement later regarding his successor.

"Any time you lose a really good coach, it's not ideal," Gase said. "But we'll rally. We'll find a way."

The Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a season-ending knee injury in training camp, and their was opener postponed because of Hurricane Irma. Foerster's departure becomes the latest chapter in a turbulent season.

"That's the NFL, man," Gase said. "It's a league of distractions. You move on."

NFL Notes: Dolphins lift Lawrence Timmons' suspension

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NFL Notes: Dolphins lift Lawrence Timmons' suspension

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins' vanishing linebacker is back.

Miami lifted the suspension of Lawrence Timmons after one week Tuesday, and he's eligible to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints in London.

Timmons was suspended indefinitely after he went AWOL the day before the Dolphins' season-opening win at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dolphins filed a missing person report before making contact with the 11th-year veteran, who apparently was dealing with a personal matter.

Coach Adam Gase was angered by the disappearance of Timmons, who wasn't with the Dolphins at their opener and didn't fly back to South Florida on the team plane after Miami's 19-17 win. The game was the first Timmons has missed since 2010.

He wanted to rejoin the team last week, and several players said they would welcome him back. Linebacker is perhaps thinnest position for the Dolphins, who were again without Timmons when they lost Sunday at the New York Jets, 20-6.

Timmons signed a $12 million, two-year deal in March after 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

To make room for the reinstated Timmons, the Dolphins waived linebacker Justin March-Lillard.

Steelers: Fire chief resigns after calling Tomlin slur
PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh-area volunteer fire chief has lost his post after using a racial slur to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Paul Smith of the Muse fire company in Cecil Township wrote on Facebook that he added Tomlin to a list of "no-good" people he describes with the slur. Smith says he was upset that Tomlin had instructed his team to stay in a stadium tunnel instead of standing on the field for the national anthem ahead of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors says on its website Tuesday that Smith "is no longer the volunteer fire chief."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Smith resigned. He tells the newspaper he's "not the racist the media portrays me as."

He adds he "posted in anger."

Dolphins: Prosecutors won’t file charges against Landry
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry over allegations of domestic violence.

The Broward State Attorney's Office said an investigation determined there was "no reasonable likelihood" of a conviction. The case involved an April 1 encounter between Landry and Estrella Cerqueira, the mother of their daughter.

Cerqueira maintained Landry did not intent to touch her or strike her, but accidentally did so, according to a memorandum filed Monday by assistant state attorney Stefanie Newman. There were no witnesses to the encounter at Landry's residence, and video surveillance appeared to corroborate Cerqueira's account, the prosecutor said.

Cerqueira said in the statement in August that the couple had a "vocal disagreement," but that she never felt physically threatened and that nothing violent took place.

Packers: Injuries hammer away at O-line depth
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Injuries have hammered away at the offensive line depth of the Green Bay Packers.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari and fellow starter at right tackle, Bryan Bulaga, haven't played a game together since the second week of the preseason, a trend that could continue Thursday night against the Chicago Bears .

Bakhtiari and Bulaga were limited Tuesday in practice, which was scaled back because of injuries and the short turnaround from the overtime win Sunday against Cincinnati .

That both players practiced was key to their prospects for facing the Bears.

"If an individual doesn't get into the limited practice category today, I think he'd be hard pressed to play in the game Thursday," coach Mike McCarthy said before practice. "That's about as good as I can give you based on the information that I have."