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Lions rally to beat Eagles 26-23 in OT


Lions rally to beat Eagles 26-23 in OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime as the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.

Held in check most of the game, Matthew Stafford led Detroit to 17 points in the fourth quarter. He threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score.

Detroit had two shots from the Eagles 1 yard line after a pass interference penalty on Colt Anderson with 13 seconds left in regulation. But Stafford misfired on both passes and Hanson kicked a 19-yard field goal to send it to overtime.

The Lions (2-3) sacked Michael Vick on the first two plays of the extra quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started at midfield.

Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 17-yard gain to the Eagles 27 on first-and-20. A few plays later, Hanson nailed the game-winner.

The Eagles (3-3) head into their bye week with two straight losses.

Aaron Rodgers set a career high and equaled a Packers record with six touchdown passes, three to Jordy Nelson, as Green Bay trounced the previously unbeaten Texans 42-24 at Houston.

James Jones caught two touchdown passes for the Packers (3-3). Tom Crabtree had the other one, a 48-yarder that Rodgers threw just before taking a hit from Houston linebacker Brooks Reed.

Rodgers completed 24 of 37 passes for 338 yards. He tied Matt Flynn's game record for TD passes, set in last year's regular-season finale against Detroit.

Washington's Robert Griffin III ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard run with 2:43 to play, as the Redskins ended an eight-game home losing streak with a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

A week after he left the game early with his first NFL concussion, Griffin also completed 17 of 22 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Russell Wilson passed to Sidney Rice for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining as the Seattle Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to beat the New England Patriots 24-23, while Matt Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks - 55-yard shot with 1 second remaining - to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 23-20 home win over the Oakland Raiders.

Jairus Byrd's second interception of the game set up Rian Lindell's 25-yard field goal 3:50 into overtime as the Buffalo Bills edged the Cardinals 19-16, ending Arizona's eight-game home winning streak.

At San Francisco, Antrel Rolle intercepted two passes by Alex Smith and Prince Amukamara picked off another for New York as the Giants thrashed the 49ers 26-3 in a rematch of last season's National Football Conference championship game.

Jacoby Jones equaled an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return as the Baltimore Ravens squeaked past the Dallas Cowboys 31-29, while Josh Freeman threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 38-10 win over Kansas City Chiefs.

In other games, The Cleveland Browns downed the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24, the New York Jets trounced the Indiana Colts 35-9 and the Miami Dolphins beat the St. Louis Rams 17-14.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.