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NFL Today, Week 9

NFL Today, Week 9

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 5

Eagles at Saints (8:30 p.m.). Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-4) look to end a three-game losing streak against Drew Brees and the Saints (2-5).

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STARS

PASSING

-Andrew Luck, Colts, was 30 for 48 for an NFL rookie record of 433 yards and added two touchdown passes in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami. Luck has four 300-yard passing games, tied with Peyton Manning (1998) for the most by a rookie in a season.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 27 of 35 for 291 yards with three TD passes and two interceptions in Denver's 31-23 victory over Cincinnati. Denver trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter before Manning threw two touchdown passes to put the Broncos ahead for good. It marked Manning's 48th winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, passing Hall of Famer Dan Marino (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.

-Jay Cutler, Bears, was 19 for 26 for 229 yards with three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Matt Schaub, Texans, was 19 for 27 for 268 yards with two touchdowns in Houston's 21-9 victory over Buffalo.

-Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, finished 22 for 38 for 290 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

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RUSHING

-Doug Martin, Buccaneers, had 25 carries for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 42-32 win over Oakland. Martin joins Mike Anderson (Dec. 3, 2000) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game. Martin had TD runs of 70, 67, 1 and 45 yards in the victory. The rookie is the first player in NFL history with touchdowns rushing of at least 70, 65 and 45 yards in a game.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 17 carries for 182 yards with two touchdowns in Minnesota's 30-20 loss to Seattle.

-Isaac Redman, Steelers, finished with 26 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 24-20 win over the New York Giants.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, finished with 16 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 51-20 loss to Chicago.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 26 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 30-20 win over Minnesota.

-Arian Foster, Texans, had 24 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Mikel Leshoure, Lions, had 16 carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

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RECEIVING

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had seven catches for 129 yards in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

-Andre Johnson, Texans, had eight catches for 118 yards in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Donnie Avery, Colts, had five catches for 108 yards in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami.

-Jermaine Gresham, Bengals, had six catches for 108 yards in Cincinnati's 31-23 loss to Denver.

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DEFENSE

-Michael Boley, Giants, returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in New York's 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

-Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman, Bears. Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and Tillman had four forced fumbles in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Von Miller, Broncos, had three sacks in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

-Corey Wootton, Bears, returned a blocked punt 5 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Phil Dawson, Browns, was 5 for 5 on field goals in Cleveland's 25-15 loss to Baltimore.

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STATS

This season, there have been nine individual 300-yard passing games by a rookie. That is the most in a single season in NFL history. ... The Bears scored 51 points against the Titans, their highest total since 1980. The Bears have returned an interception for a touchdown a club record seven times - no other NFL team had returned six for TDs through the first seven games of any season. ... Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes in the Packers' 31-17 win over Arizona. Rodgers, who has 25 touchdown passes in Green Bay's first nine games this season, is the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 TDs in his team's first nine games in two different seasons. Rodgers, who had 28 touchdown passes in the Packers' first nine games last season, has done it in consecutive seasons. ... Green Bay finished with a season-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries, its most since Oct. 25, 2009. ... The Lions' Matthew Stafford became the second-fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards in NFL history, reaching the milestone in 37 games. Former St. Louis Rams star Kurt Warner did it in 36 games. ... The Broncos have scored 37, 21, 35, 34 and 31 points in their past five games, winning four of them. ... The Browns' Trent Richardson is the first rookie to run for more than 100 yards against the Ravens since Jacksonville's Fred Taylor in 1998.

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STREAKS

The Ravens won their 10th straight game over Cleveland and 11th in a row inside the AFC North. ... Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake recorded a sack in his fifth consecutive game. ... The Bears have won six consecutive games. ... The Packers have won four consecutive games and have won 17 of their past 18 regular-season games at Lambeau Field. ... The Cardinals and Jaguars have each lost five in a row. ... The Bengals have lost four in a row. .... Texans running back Arian Foster has scored in five straight games. ... The Buccaneers have scored at least 28 points in a franchise-record four straight games.

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SIDELINED

Oakland running back Darren McFadden left the field shortly before halftime because of an ankle injury, the latest setback for the Raiders' top rusher. X-rays on McFadden were negative during a 42-32 loss to Tampa Bay. Oakland coach Dennis Allen didn't say which ankle was hurt and didn't provide additional information. Earlier in the game, Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was taken to a hospital because of a fast heartbeat. No further details were announced about Bryant, in his fourth season out of Harvard. ... Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Washington wide receiver Santana Moss were among other players who left early. Matthews hurt his hamstring injury after a failed sack and Packers receiver Jordy Nelson injured his ankle. Brown, the Steelers' top receiver, left in the first half of a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants with a left ankle sprain. Moss sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 21-13 loss to Carolina.

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SPEAKING

``His presence is felt every day in the facility. But to see him in the flesh, in the locker room, to hear him speak I think gave all the guys a boost.'' - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on coach Chuck Pagano after Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

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``There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much. There were so many emotions going on, I didn't know what to expect from it. But maybe we were able to take their minds off their problems just a little.'' - quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers beat the Giants 24-20 in storm-ravaged New Jersey.

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Justin Tucker missed a game-tying PAT, but the Ravens aren't fazed at all

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Justin Tucker missed a game-tying PAT, but the Ravens aren't fazed at all

Justin Tucker making an extra point for the Baltimore Ravens is a sure thing.

As sure as the sun will rise each morning, Tucker's dependability and success have been a constant for the team. But on an afternoon where winds of around 17 mph were a factor though 60 minutes, Tucker's success came to a shocking halt. 

After Joe Flacco and the offense made their way downfield, Flacco found wide receiver John Brown in the end zone to make the score 24-23 with 24 seconds left in regulation.

In walked the most accurate kicker in NFL history to do what he's done so many times before; keep the Ravens in the game. As the ball sailed off Tucker's foot, it took a right and became the first point-after-touchdown the kicker has ever missed.

"I felt like when the ball came off my foot, that I hit it just how I wanted to," Tucker said at the podium following the Ravens' Week 7 loss to the Saints. "Don't get me wrong, today was a challenging day to kick the ball in our stadium, to the right of our bench."

Two hundred and twenty two-straight PATs. 222 consecutive makes, including 112 consecutive since PATs were moved back to the 15-yard line in 2015. Tucker was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September, marking the fifth time he's been awarded the honor.

From the field to the press box and all the way to the nosebleeds, M&T Bank Stadium was in shock. 

"A lot of things go through your mind, but I've been there plenty of time," Flacco said. "If you play football long enough, you're going to be there at some point. We're a very tight team here, and the first thing you think about is your brother and him dealing with it. Justin's the best in the world at what he does, and he's the most confident person that I know. It's not going to be an issue." 

"We're a tight group – we are light years better than we've been in the past," safety Eric Weddle said in the locker room after the loss. "Shoot, 'Tuck' is going to win us some games. We're not worried about that missed kick. Shoot, I think it's the first extra point ever that he's missed. Let's not get on him too hard. He's going to be hard on himself. That wasn't the only reason we lost." 

The support for Tucker, in what was a one-off for their teammate, was apparent throughout the entire locker room. When Tucker took to the podium to address the media, long snapper Morgan Cox and punter Sam Koch stood in the interview room while their kicker tried to explain what went wrong in a show of support.

"This one just happened to get away from me," Tucker added. "I'll have to look at it. I can't tell you exactly what happened, but at the end of the day, I feel like I cost us the game. Every single one of my teammates thus far has told me the opposite, and no one plays wins or loses a game, but that's a tough thing to grapple with when you're the guy in the situation at the end of the game."

Even members of the Saints were in disbelief. Almost everyone was mentally preparing for overtime as Tucker's accuracy is known around the league.

"When [Tucker] missed it, I thought, 'Let's get up and get out of here,'" running back Mark Ingram said. "I mean, that guy is good, so I was shocked."

"I automatically was thinking about overtime and what we were going to do," quarterback Drew Brees added. "I was very, very surprised when he missed it."

What the Ravens and fans alike can take solace in is that Tucker's stats speak for themselves showing more positive plays than negative. While it was probably the most heartbreaking loss they've had since Week 17 of the 2017 season, Tucker's point of emphasis when speaking with the media postgame was about more than a missed extra point.

"But, more than anything, I just wanted to be here [at the podium]," he said. "If I was going to ever teach my son or any young person about accountability, I felt like it was really important that I stand up here and answer whatever questions you guys may have."

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 24-23 loss to the Saints

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 24-23 loss to the Saints

The Baltimore Ravens' top-ranked scoring defense clashed with the New Orleans Saints' top-ranked scoring offense in a game fans will soon never forget.

After a constant back and forth and a chance to tie the game, Justin Tucker missed his first ever point-after-touchdown attempt with seconds to spare.

Here's what you need to know from the Ravens' 24-23 loss over the Saints.

— We knew this game was going to be interesting and the Saints didn't waste any time getting things rolling. Facing a fourth down, New Orleans faked a punt for a five-yard gain from third-string quarterback Taysom Hill. The 20 play, 69-yard drive was highlighted by four fourth-down attempts, two challenges from the Ravens and a fumble recovery by nose tackle Michael Pierce on the final fourth down attempt at the six-yard line.

Not only was the 9:58 drive the longest opening drive by a team this season, it was the longest opening drive to result in zero points since the Browns' 9:59 opening drive Week 1 of 2015, per NFL research.

— Drew Brees continues making history during the 2018 season. The QB threw his 500th career touchdown to former Raven Ben Watson in the second quarter joining Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the prestigious club. Then when the clock hit zero and the Saints came away with the win, Brees also joined Manning and Favre as the third QB to beat all 32 NFL teams.

Prior to Sunday, Brees was 0-4 against the Ravens. He also became the NFL's all-time leading passer back in Week 5.

— It only took seven weeks, but rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson scored his first NFL touchdown with four seconds left in the first half. While it was only from one-yard out, it was nice to see Jackson kick it into gear with the clock ticking. He wasn't the only guy from the Ravens' 2018 draft class to make an impact. Tight end Mark Andrews scored an eight-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to put the team up 17-7 and left guard Bradley Bozeman and right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. held down the O-line for much of the afternoon. 

— The Ravens' streak of not allowing a second-half touchdown in the 2018 season came to an end Sunday. Drew Brees gave the ball to running back Alvin Kamara at the top of the fourth quarter resulting in a two-yard touchdown. Kamara finished the day with 17 attempts for 64 yards and one touchdown. 

— Jimmy Smith's first start of 2018 didn't go quite as well as he'd like.

Smith was hit with two pass interference calls, with one of them coming in the end zone leading to a Saints touchdown and the other on one of many third downs. The cornerback had trouble covering wide receiver Michael Thomas, who heading into Week 7 was ranked fourth in the NFL,  all afternoon. One of their meetings resulted in a touchdown to put the Saints up 21-17.

— Then there was, of course, Justin Tuckers' first-ever PAT miss. After Joe Flacco hit John Brown in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown with 0:24 left on the clock, the Ravens were preparing to go into overtime until that wasn't necessary. Tucker, who is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, was on the wrong side of history when his kick went wide right.

From the field to the nosebleeds, M&T Bank Stadium was in shock as the clock expired and the final score was 24-23.

Postgame, Tucker took responsibility for the team's loss while his head coach and teammates all reiterated that a game never comes down to just one play.