Best of NFL: Ezekiel Elliott's 3 TDs, 219 yards lead Cowboys past 49ers

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Best of NFL: Ezekiel Elliott's 3 TDs, 219 yards lead Cowboys past 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott gained 219 yards from scrimmage and tied a career high with three touchdowns just days after a legal reprieve put his suspension on hold and the Dallas Cowboys beat the winless San Francisco 49ers 40-10 on Sunday.

Elliott was granted his second temporary restraining order on Tuesday, putting his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations on hold and then gave the Cowboys (3-3) a big boost on the field.

Elliott matched his season total of rushing touchdowns with two in the first quarter and then took a short pass from Dak Prescott 72 yards for another touchdown on Dallas' first possession of the second half to put the 49ers (0-7) away. Elliott ran for 147 yards on 26 carries to go with the big catch, setting a career high in scrimmage yards in a game.

That performance spoiled the starting debut of rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard, who was sacked five times, lost two fumbles and failed to lead the 49ers into the end zone until he scored on a run with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter (see full recap)

Super Mismatch: Patriots continue mastery of Falcons
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and the New England Patriots toyed with the Atlanta Falcons -- sound familiar? -- 23-7 in a fog-filled Super Bowl rematch Sunday night that wasn't particularly super.

New England scored the final 31 points to win the NFL championship in February. Placards and shirts reading 28-3 were ever-present in and around Gillette Stadium as the Patriots (5-2) scored the first 23 points in this prime-time mismatch. The Falcons (3-3), who led New England by that 25-point margin in the third quarter of the Super Bowl before folding, were outplayed throughout this one.

While Atlanta looked tentative, if not intimidated, Brady and his offense clinically tore apart the Falcons. Mixing runs and passes, New England controlled the clock and field position. And its defense, ranked at the bottom of the entire league through six weeks, stymied the NFL's fifth-ranked offense.

Brady threw a shovel pass to Brandin Cooks that traveled perhaps a foot, and the receiver used his speed to get into the left corner of the end zone. The other TD was a 2-yarder to James White, who had three touchdowns, including the winner, in the Super Bowl (see full recap).

Goff leads Rams to shutout as Cardinals' Palmer breaks arm
Already one of the more dynamic offenses in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams found a new gear against the Arizona Cardinals.

Jared Goffran for a touchdown and threw for another and Greg Zuerlein made four field goals as the Rams won for the first time in three appearances in Britain, beating the Cardinals 33-0 at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday.

Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for 235 yards with an interception and Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a touchdown for the NFC West-leading Rams (5-2), who finished with 425 yards of offense - their most in a game in more than three years.

Los Angeles has also won five of its first seven games for the first time since 2003, which was the last time the Rams finished with a winning record.

"We haven't been in this position, but we're definitely grateful," Gurley said. "We've just got to take it game by game."

Arizona (3-4), meanwhile, heads home with significant questions after quarterback Carson Palmer broke his left arm in the second quarter (see full recap).

Saints recover late to topple Packers 
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The way that the New Orleans Saints won on the road on Sunday might serve as a valuable lesson in their quest to return to the playoffs.

The defense gave up a long touchdown run on the first series to the Green Bay Packers. Drew Brees had two interceptions — and the Saints weren't even out of the first quarter yet at Lambeau Field.

But Brees bounced back to throw for a touchdown and run for another, Mark Ingram rushed for a score and the Saints recovered for a 26-17 win.

Green Bay lost its first game with Brett Hundley starting at quarterback for the injured Aaron Rodgers (see full recap).

Wilson throws 2 second-half TDs, Seahawks D dominates Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Russell Wilson threw three second-half touchdown passes and the Seattle Seahawk limited the New York Giants' receiver-depleted offense to 177 yards in a 24-7 win on Sunday.

Wilson hit Doug Baldwin with a go-ahead 22-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. He put the game away with a 38-yard TD throw to Paul Richardson on a play that had to be reviewed because of simultaneous possession and he closed out the scoring with a 1-yard toss to Jimmy Graham with 2:14 to go.

The Seahawks (4-2) limited the Giants (1-6) to 46 yards rushing, 14 first downs and just 24:34 in time of possession. The defense only forced one turnover, but the fumble by Eli Manning led to the Richardson touchdown.

The Giants, who stunned Denver on Sunday night for their first win, were only in this game because their defense made plays and limited the Seattle to a field goal in the first half despite being on the field for more than 20 minutes (see full recap)

Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

In a surprising move, Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown has retired.

The Eagles on Sunday placed Brown on the Reserve/Retired list just a few days before training camp practices begin.

I’m told Brown just thought it was time to step away from the game after four years in the NFL.

Brown, 26, just signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal in March as a free agent.

The Eagles were interested in Brown when the Chargers took him out of Akron in the fifth round back in 2016. They had to wait four years to sign him and now he won’t even be in the mix to take a roster spot.

There was no guarantee that Brown would have made the roster but he was the most experienced linebacker the Eagles had after Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill left as free agents.

This seemingly abrupt retirement leaves the Eagles lighter at a position where depth was already a problem. The Eagles’ top returning linebackers are Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton. They also drafted Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley in April.

This retirement is at least good news for guys like Bradley and Singleton, who are going to fight for roster spots this summer.

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Eagles activate linebacker Nathan Gerry from Reserve/COVID-19 list

Eagles activate linebacker Nathan Gerry from Reserve/COVID-19 list

The Eagles have activated Nathan Gerry from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which means the starting linebacker will be able to resume training camp with his teammates today. 

Gerry, 25, was placed on the list on July 29 so he spent about a week and a half out of the NovaCare Complex. Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata, who were also placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list that day, remain on it. 

The Reserve/COVID-19 list is for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or players have been exposed to someone who has. Teams can’t comment any further than roster status, but Johnson later confirmed that he contracted COVID-19. Doug Pederson also announced he contracted the virus. 

But Gerry will be able to resume normal activity today. The Eagles are still in the ramp-up portion of training camp. This week, on Wednesday, they’ll begin to have non-padded practices. Padded practices don’t begin until Aug. 17. 

Gerry is an important piece to Jim Schwartz’s defense as the top returning linebacker from the 2019 season. It’s likely that Gerry will get the most snaps of any linebacker this season. The converted safety is entering his fourth NFL season. 

In 2019, Gerry became a starter. He played in 16 games, started 12 and had 78 tackless, a pick-6 and 5 passes defensed. 

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