Latest from NFL: Pats and fog dominate Super Bowl rematch
The Latest from week 7 of the NFL regular season (all times Eastern):
Do not adjust your TV sets.
A thick fog descended over Foxborough, Massachusetts, for the Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. The fog dipped in and out during the first half but sat heavily on the field in the second, making it hard for fans to see action at the far end of the field.
The TV picture was also fuzzy for all but the closest close-ups, forcing NBC to rely more on the mobile skycam that is manipulated around the field by wires.
The Falcons played like they were in a fog, falling behind 23-0.
— Jimmy Golen reported from Foxborough, Massachusetts
Chris Boswell did his best to match Kai Forbath’s day for the Minnesota Vikings only to come up just shy.
Boswell connected on all five of his field goal attempts scoring the last 15 points for Pittsburgh, and the Steelers finished off a 29-914 win over Cincinnati.
Forbath made all six of his field goals earlier Sunday in Minnesota’s win over Baltimore. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals in Tennessee’s 12-9 overtime win against winless Cleveland, including the game-winner.
The Dallas Cowboys lost kicker Dan Bailey to an injured groin, but not to worry. Safety Jeff Heath became the first non-kicker or punter in the NFL to connect on multiple extra points since 1980 as he made two of three attempts. Ted Thompson, now the Packers’ general manager, made all four of his extra points in 1980 as a Houston Oilers linebacker.
Not that the Cowboys had to sweat a field goal by Heath. They beat San Francisco 40-10.
The Chargers shut out Denver 21-0, and Seattle beat the Giants 24-7 in the other late games.
Dallas kicker Dan Bailey will miss the rest of the game with a right groin injury.
Bailey got hurt in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers. With Bailey hurt, the Cowboys went for a 2-point conversion after their third touchdown of the half but failed to convert. Bailey had made the first two extra points and is perfect on 23 kicks this season.
Safety Jeff Heath kicked off following the touchdown and managed to reach the goal line with his kick. Heath made an extra point after Dallas scored on its opening possession of the third quarter, then he missed a second extra point.
— Josh Dubow from Santa Clara, California.
Former San Francisco 49ers great Dwight Clark says he just wanted to see his teammates in an emotional halftime ceremony.
Clark announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The team brought in about 30 of Clark’s former teammates to honor him for his leaping grab in the back of the end zone for a yard TD in the final minute of a 28-27 win over Dallas in the NFC title game launched the 49ers dynasty.
The team played a video tribute narrated by Vin Scully and then Joe Montana introduced Clark, who spoke haltingly to the crowd while describing the one wish he had for this day.
“And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.
— Josh Dubow from Santa Clara, California
Days after the NFL declined to change its rule on the national anthem, about two dozen players protested around the league.
Associated Press journalists counted 22 players protesting during the anthems in some way before day games. Some took a knee, others sat on the bench, stayed in the tunnel or raised a fist.
On Sept. 25, days after President Trump said players should be fired for protesting during the anthem, more than 200 players protested.
On Sunday, the Seahawks and 49ers had the most protesters. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and seven Seahawks teammates did not stand before their game with the New York Giants.
In San Francisco, about a half-dozen 49ers kneeled led by Eric Reid, Marquise Goodwin, rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, Eli Harold, Adrian Colbert and K’waun Williams. All the Dallas Cowboys stood, but defensive tackle David Irving raised his fist after the anthem ended.
The NFL’s kickers took center stage at a handful of the early games with none having a better day than Kai Forbath for the Minnesota Vikings, and three others came through when it mattered most.
Forbath kicked six field goals to lift the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He made kicks of 52, 51, 43, 43, 34 and 32 yards.
Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, and his 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime lifted the Tennessee Titans to an ugly 12-9 win over winless Cleveland. The kick also extended Succop’s NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight.
Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka tied an NFL record for field goals 50 yards or longer with his 12th consecutive made kick. He had three field goals as the Bills beat Tampa Bay 30-27, his third a 30-yarder with 14 seconds left for the victory.
Cody Parkey kicked the only field goal between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, and his 39-yarder with 22 seconds left wound up the game-winner for the Dolphins in a 31-28 victory.
Even in the Los Angeles Rams’ 33-0 rout of Arizona, Greg Zuerelein pitched in four field goals for the win in London.
Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker has been carted from the sideline to the locker room after hurting his right leg in a 12-9 overtime victory against the Cleveland Browns.
Walker, a two-time Pro Bowl tight end, hurt his lower leg after catching a 16-yard pass on the sideline. He was helped to the sideline and didn’t put any weight on his right leg.
He had a team-high seven catches for 63 yards when hurt.
Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka has tied an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50 yards or longer.
Hauschka matched the mark set by four others with a 52-yarder to put Buffalo up 20-13 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 13:31 left in the fourth quarter. The record is shared by Blair Walsh, Robbie Gould and Matt Prater.
The Bills signed Hauschka in free agency this offseason after spending the previous six seasons in Seattle. He’s now hit five straight attempts from 50 or more yards in Buffalo.
Hauschka’s streak dates to the start of the 2015 season with the Seahawks. He’s not missed an attempt from beyond 50 yards since missing a 50- and 52-yarder in a 35-6 win over Arizona on Dec. 21, 2014.
— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.
The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings have combined to tie an NFL record with nine field goals made in their game.
Kai Forbath is 6 for 6 for the Vikings, and Justin Tucker is 3 for 3 for the Ravens.
This is the fourth time that an NFL game has produced this many made 3-pointers. The most recent one was in 2007, between Miami and Houston.
— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will not return to the game against the Rams in London after injuring his left arm in the second quarter.
Palmer was hit by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree with 5:48 remaining in the quarter on a play that resulted in an interception.
He was replaced by Drew Stanton, who led a 7-play, 17-yard drive on his first series before throwing an interception from his own 25-yard line with 41 seconds remaining in the first half.
Also, the Rams announced center John Sullivan has left the game with a knee injury and is questionable to return.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler has left the field with a chest injury after being shaken up when hit by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins.
Cutler landed hard on his left shoulder as he threw a long incompletion and was slow to rise. He walked off the field, and was examined on the sideline before going to the locker room.
The Miami quarterback was replaced by Matt Moore with the Dolphins trailing 21-14. Cutler drew boos in his Dolphins home debut two weeks ago, and some Miami fans cheered when Moore entered the game.
— Steven Wine reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida.
Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has been benched again after throwing interceptions on consecutive passes.
Kizer was picked off late in the first half and on Cleveland’s first possession of the third quarter — both picks by Titans safety Kevin Byard.
Browns coach Hue Jackson sat Kizer last week in Houston, hoping he would learn from the time on the sideline to learn. Kizer has thrown 11 interceptions, four inside the red zone. This time, Cody Kessler replaced Kizer and drove the winless Browns to a field goal that tied the score at 6 late in the third quarter.
— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland
The Indianapolis Colts have lost safety Malik Hooker, their first-round draft pick, late in the first half with what appears to be an injured right knee.
Hooker was injured on a 50-yard pass play from Blake Bortles to Allen Hurns — yet another tough moment in a rugged first half in which the Colts trailed Jacksonville 17-0. Hooker has been declared out for the rest of the game.
After a cart drove onto the field to take Hooker back to the locker room, the rookie got up and walked to the sideline under his own power.
Hooker has three interceptions this season and was tied for second in the league heading into Week 7.
— Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis.
The Baltimore Ravens are down to three healthy wide receivers, after losing Mike Wallace to the concussion protocol.
Wallace departed in the first quarter at Minnesota after a jarring hit from the shoulder of Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo that left him lying on his back for a few minutes before slowly leaving the field on his own power.
The Ravens announced Wallace’s return as questionable. The contact was hard enough to knock Wallace’s helmet off and draw an unnecessary roughness call on Sendejo.
Joe Flacco and the Ravens are already playing without wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), Breshad Perriman (concussion) and Chris Matthews (thigh). Wallace was also listed as questionable for the game because of a back injury.
Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore and Griff Whalen are the only healthy wide receivers remaining.
— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis.
Just one player appeared to protest visibly during the early NFL games Sunday, Rams linebacker Robert Quinn, who raised his fist during the U.S. anthem, then brought it down before “God Save The Queen.”
Most of the Indianapolis Colts locked arms before kickoff at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Cleveland, Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews stayed inside the tunnel during the national anthem . In Miami, Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas all stayed in the locker room during the anthem.
Reporters at the other early games did not notice any other obvious protests.
Both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, who have had several players protesting every week, play later Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers are off to a great start without their injured starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Jones’ 46-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive gave Green Bay a 7-0 lead over the New Orleans Saints. Hundley is making his first NFL start, but the best play by far for the Packers has been a handoff to Jones, a rookie. He has 70 yards on four carries.
Jones started in place of Ty Montgomery, who is active. Montgomery started last week in his first game back from broken ribs.
— Genaro Armas reporting from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The best game of Week 7 in the NFL will be under the lights when the Atlanta Falcons visit the champion New England Patriots in their Super Bowl rematch.
The Falcons have heard reminders for months about blowing their 28-3 lead as victims of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
The blown lead came on the NFL’s biggest stage, and even a win in the rematch won’t erase that.
The bulk of the schedule features eight games including another London game pitting the Los Angeles Rams and their NFC West rivals Arizona.