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NFL Today, Week 13

NFL Today, Week 13

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Dec. 3

N.Y. Giants at Washington (8:30 p.m.). Robert Griffin III leads the Redskins (5-6) against Eli Manning and the first-place Giants (7-4) in an NFC East matchup.

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STARS

Passing

-Andrew Luck, Colts, was 24 for 54 for 391 yards and four touchdown passes and three interceptions in Indianapolis' 35-33 win over Detroit. Luck has 3,596 yards passing, the most by a rookie in his first 12 games. Luck's total already ranks third in NFL history for the most by a rookie in a single season, trailing Cam Newton (4,051) and Peyton Manning (3,739).

-Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 23 for 37 for 293 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's 23-17 overtime win over Chicago. Wilson has thrown a game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime three times. That is the most by a rookie since at least the 1970 merger.

-Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 27 for 35 for 286 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Green Bay's 23-14 win over Minnesota.

-Brandon Weeden, Browns, was 25 for 36 for a career-high 364 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in Cleveland's 20-17 win over Oakland.

-Matthew Stafford, Lions, was 27 for 46 for 313 yards and two TDs and an interception in Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis.

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Rushing

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 21 carries for 210 yards and a career-long 82-yard touchdown in Minnesota's 23-14 loss to Green Bay.

-Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 27 carries for 127 yards in Kansas City's 27-21 win over Carolina.

-BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals, had 25 carries for 118 yards in Cincinnati's 20-13 win over San Diego.

-Fred Jackson, Bills, had 25 carries for 109 yards in Buffalo's 34-18 win over Jacksonville.

-Shonn Greene, Jets, had 24 carries for 104 yards in New York's 7-6 win over Arizona.

-Bryce Brown, Eagles, had 24 carries for 169 yards in Philadelphia's 38-33 loss to Dallas.

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Receiving

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis. Johnson is the first player in NFL history with four consecutive games of at least 140 yards receiving in a season. He had at least 125 yards receiving for the fifth straight game, matching an NFL record set in 1966 by Pat Studstill with the Lions.

-Wes Welker, Patriots, had 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in New England's 23-16 win over Miami. It was the 17th game in Welker's career in which he had at least 10 catches, tied with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history.

-Brandon Myers, Raiders, had 14 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's 20-17 loss to Cleveland. He tied Tim Brown's franchise record for catches in a game.

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had 10 catches for 165 yards in Chicago's 23-17 loss to Seattle.

-Josh Gordon, Browns, had six receptions for 116 yards in Cleveland's 20-17 win over Oakland.

-Steve Smith, Panthers, finished with five receptions for 120 yards in Carolina's 27-21 loss to Kansas City.

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Special Teams

-Jason Hanson, Lions, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis.

-Greg Zuerlein, Rams, made a 53-yard field goal at the end of the regulation and a 54-yarder in overtime in St. Louis' 16-13 win over the 49ers.

-Shaun Suisham, Steelers, made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give Pittsburgh a 23-20 victory over Baltimore Ravens.

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Defense

-Morgan Burnett, Packers, had two interceptions in Green Bay's 23-14 win over Minnesota.

-Carlos Dunlap, Bengals, had two sacks, forced two fumbles (recovering one) in Cincinnati's 20-13 win over San Diego.

-Whitney Mercilus, Texans, recovered a fumble and had two sacks in Houston's 24-10 win over Tennessee.

-Demorrio Williams, Chargers, returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in San Diego's 20-13 loss to Cincinnati.

-Von Miller, Broncos, returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.

-Janoris Jenkins, Rams, had a 2-yard fumble return for a touchdown in St. Louis' 16-13 overtime win over San Francisco. It was his third defensive score in two weeks.

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PLAYOFF BOUND

Four teams clinched playoff berths on Sunday, including three division winners. The Atlanta Falcons clinched the NFC South with Tampa Bay's loss at Denver. The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East with a 23-16 win at Miami. The Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West with a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. The Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth with a 24-10 win at Tennessee.

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BIG WIN FOR THE CHIEFS

Just one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself, the Kansas City Chiefs banded together to play their finest game of the season, an inspired 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers that ended an eight-game losing streak suddenly rendered trivial. ``As far as playing the game, I thought that was the best for us to do, because that's what we do,'' coach Romeo Crennel said, tears forming in the corners of his eyes. ``We're football players and football coaches and that's what we do. We play on Sunday.''

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STREAKS

Tom Brady of the Patriots is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles. The Patriots have won six consecutive games and are assured of their 12th winning season in a row. ... Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana for the second-most division titles in NFL history with nine. ... The Broncos won their seventh straight game. ... Green Bay's win over Minnesota was its 10th straight over an NFC North opponent. Green Bay has won 24 of its past 26 regular-season games at home. ... The Texans set a franchise record for wins in a season and clinched a second straight postseason berth with a win over Tennessee. Houston is 6-0 on the road this season, the only unbeaten team away from home. ... The Arizona Cardinals were 0 for 15 on third down in a 7-6 loss to the New York Jets. ... The Raiders have lost five straight for the first time since a six-game losing streak in Lane Kiffin's first year as coach in 2006 and have been eliminated from playoff contention for a 10th straight year. ... The Lions lost for the fourth straight time, including three in a row at home after leading in the final quarter. They're the first team to lose three straight games when leading with 2 minutes left in regulation since San Diego did it in 2000, according to STATS LLC, and the first since at least 1983 to blow leads that late in three home games in a row. ... The Browns snapped a 12-game road losing streak with a 20-17 win over Oakland. The Browns won for the fourth time in seven games since an 0-5 start to match last season's win total. ... Cleveland's Phil Dawson had made a career-high 29 straight field goals before he had a third-quarter attempt blocked. ... Baltimore had its 15-game home winning streak snapped and also lost for the first time in 13 games against division foes. Baltimore's last defeat at home was against Pittsburgh in December 2010.

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STATS

Indy's Andrew Luck and Seattle's Russell Wilson became the first pair of rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to throw a game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation or overtime on the same day. ... Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is one of only seven players in NFL history to reach 8,000 yards rushing in 85 games or fewer. He joins Eric Dickerson (73), Jim Brown (80), Earl Campbell (83), Barry Sanders (83), Edgerrin James (84) and Emmitt Smith (85). ... The attendance of 43,641 was the lowest at Oakland since the Raiders drew 32,218 on Oct. 3, 2010.

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MOVE OVER TROY

Tony Romo set a Dallas Cowboys record with his 166th touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Aikman. Romo's record-breaking pass was a 23-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant in the third quarter of Sunday night's game against Philadelphia. It came in Romo's 89th career start.

Aikman started 165 games for the Cowboys from 1989-2000.

Romo is still second to Aikman for attempts, completions and yards passing.

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SPEAKING

``I can't say there are many Seattle fans in the locker room, but we appreciate the help.'' - Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on the Seahawks' overtime win over Chicago that gave the Packers (8-4) a share of the division lead with the Bears.

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``Calvin Johnson is always a bright spot. Maybe I should have had him on defense for the last play.'' - Lions coach Jim Schwartz after his star receiver had a career-high 13 receptions for 171 yards before Andrew Luck threw a game-winning TD pass on the final play in Indy's 35-33 win.

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Before Capitals' Barry Trotz, here are other coaches who didn't return after a championship victory

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Before Capitals' Barry Trotz, here are other coaches who didn't return after a championship victory

 Barry Trotz resigned as the coach of the Washington Capitals, the team announced Monday, less than a week after the team's Stanley Cup championship parade. 

In part of a statement via Trotz's agent, the departing coach said:

After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals. When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital.

As shocking as the news may be to fans who are still celebrating the team’s first Stanley Cup championship, Trotz isn’t the first coach to not return to a team following a title.

He joins a handful of hockey coaches who have made similar moves for differing reasons, including:

— Scotty Bowman (1978-79 Montreal Canadiens)

— Bob Johnson (1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins)

— Mike Keenan (1993-94 New York Rangers)

— Scotty Bowman (2001-02 Detroit Red Wings)

But this isn’t exclusive to hockey.

Multiple coaches in other sports have also called it quits after raising their respective trophies, and here are some of the notable ones.

Most recently, Zinedine Zidane caught everyone by surprise when he resigned as Real Madrid’s manager five days after leading the team to a third straight UEFA Champions League title.

After the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 NBA championship — also Michael Jordan’s final season in the Windy City — Phil Jackson resigned and took a year off before returning to coaching.

In 1990, Bill Parcells won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants and didn’t return, while Dick Vermeil did the same thing with the then-St. Louis Rams in 1999.

Jimmy Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl titles during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons before parting ways with the team.

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In a stunner, Barry Trotz steps down two weeks after leading the Capitals to the Stanley Cup

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In a stunner, Barry Trotz steps down two weeks after leading the Capitals to the Stanley Cup

Less than two weeks after Barry Trotz helped deliver the first Stanley Cup in Caps’ history, the veteran head coach has chosen to resign in a decision that stunned the hockey world Monday afternoon.

Under the terms of the four-year contract Trotz signed in 2014, winning the Cup at any point during the duration of the deal triggered a two-year extension. But with coaches’ contracts having exploded in value in recent years, Trotz’s representatives sought to negotiate a new extension for a bigger salary and a longer term.

The sides attempted to hammer out an agreement in recent days that would appease both the team and the coach but failed, leading to Trotz’s decision to step down.

Shortly after the team announced that Trotz would resign, the coach released the following statement via his agent, Gil Scott:

"After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals. When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital.

“We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans.  I would like to thank Mr. Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization.  I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”

The Caps released a statement of their own, expressing disappointment in Trotz’s decision to walk away while also thanking him for his contributions.

“Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals,” the statement read. “We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

Monday’s announcement was as much of a surprise as the Caps’ unexpected breakthrough in the playoffs, particularly given Trotz’s recent public comments. As recently as last week, in fact, he indicated that he was interested in staying.

The team’s plans to fill its suddenly vacant head coaching position were not immediately known, though its possible associate head coach Todd Reirden will receive serious consideration.

Trotz’s next move is also unclear. He’s technically under contract because of the two-year extension triggered earlier this month, but the Caps will grant permission to other teams to talk to him as though he’s a free agent.

GM Brian MacLellan will speak to reporters at 6 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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