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San Francisco 32, Chicago 7: In his first career start, Colin Kaepernick out-dueled Jason Campbell and it was not even close. Kaepernick had 243 yards and two touchdowns to Campbell's 107 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The usually sticky-fi…Upvote Share Tweet
Eli Manning looks refreshed from week off, and NY Giants will need quarterback at best for Green Bay Packers gameReports had the ball flying out of quarterback Eli Manning’s hand with greater velocity and accuracy than at any time in the last four weeks.Upvote Share TweetIt was quite the starting debut for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick and pass rusher Aldon Smith put on a show Monday night as the 49ers throttled the Chicago Bears in a 32-7 victory. Kaepernick, starting in place of a concus…Upvote Share TweetThings are so bad in Philadelphia that reporters are just asking Andy Reid if he's going to quit to save himself the indignity of being fired. The Eagles were soundly defeated by the Redskins yesterday, 31-6, bringing Philly down to 3-7 and all by itsel…Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Nov 19, 2012It's hard believing a tough guy like Phil Simms would be troubled by reaction to his branding Eli Manning the un-elite. Yet watching a guy who spent a career on offense get so defensive Sunday on national television gives reason to believe he wished he …Upvote Share Tweet
Further review of this week’s key officiating callsEvery Monday on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk, former NFL official and current NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos looks at three of the questionable calls from the Sunday that was. This past Sunday, it was particularly ugly in Atlanta wheUpvote Share Tweet
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick losing 'genius' aura and Rob Gronkowski injury is just the latest examplenydailynews.com Nov 19, 2012Bill Belichick is certain to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he’s finished coaching three titles gets him in but to call him a football genius these days is completely outdated.Upvote Share TweetSeattle Seahawks guard James Carpenter has yet to be cleared to return to practice nearly three weeks after being with a concussion. Carpenter had not been cleared to return when the Seahawks reconvened following their bye week for a practice on Monday.…Upvote Share Tweet
After clearing Florence Sunday, Lions diagnose concussion MondayLions cornerback Drayton Florence made the tackle on Detroit’s first defensive snap in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, and he immediately looked like he might have suffered a concussion: He and Packers receiver Randall Cobb had a helmet-to-helmet collisUpvote Share Tweet
Your Monday Night Football Open ThreadChicago at San Francisco: So, this might have been a decent game but neither starting quarterback will be playing due to concussions. Instead it's Jason Campbell and Colin Kaepernick. Yikes. Kaepernick did surprise the Jets earlier this year with some s…Upvote Share TweetThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers are surging, with four wins in a row and a 6-4 record. They host the high-flying Falcons on Sunday, with a chance to narrow Atlanta’s once-insurmountable lead in the NFC South to two games. And 11,000 non-premium tickets are aUpvote Share Tweet
Brandon Jacobs, both starting quarterbacks inactive tonightIf Brandon Jacobs really does hate his boss, another game warming the bench is unlikely to change that. Jacobs, the 49ers running back who still hasn’t played this season, is inactive once again for tonight’s game against the Bears. As expected, bothUpvote Share TweetConcussions will keep quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Alex Smith out of Monday night's Chicago Bears-San Francisco 49ers game. Both starters were injured last Sunday and have not been cleared to return to the lineup. Jason Campbell will start in place of Cu…Upvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young for Thursday's game against Houston following what coach Jim Schwartz calls "unacceptable" behavior during Sunday's loss to Green Bay.Upvote Share TweetRaiders owner Mark Davis said after Sunday’s loss to the Saints that he expects to see progress, and right now his team isn’t giving him that. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said today that Davis is right to be upset. “Hey, I’m right there with him,”Upvote Share TweetFree-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress is expected visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers and take a physical for his former team, a league source told ESPN.Upvote Share TweetRedskins linebacker London Fletcher’s consecutive games played streak is in jeopardy again. Fletcher sprained his left ankle during Sunday’s 31-6 win over the Eagles and Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com reports that Fletcher’s ankle is in a walkUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens WR Jacoby Jones gives Michele Tafoya a wink and a ‘Thank you, gorgeous’ during SNF interviewBaltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones had another great game in his team's 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. His 63-yard punt return was the only touchdown the Ravens could come up with against Pittsburgh's typically impressive defense, and that …Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King Got A New Phone Number, So Stop Calling The Number He Accidentally TweetedOn Saturday, NFL writer Peter King accidentally tweeted out his phone number. We wrote about it. King brought up his phone number fiasco in this week's Monday Morning Quarterback column, in a section titled "The End of the 973-650-0966 Era": More »Upvote Share TweetIn the third quarter last night, Ravens safety Ed Reed drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for this helmet-to-helmet hit on defenseless Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who didn't even bother to fake an injury. This being Reed's third such violat…Upvote Share TweetHe was all over the field making plays for the Washington Redskins, and his name isn't Robert Griffin III. Now Brandon Meriweather's season is done after one game with a torn ACL in his right knee -- and right after his left knee had finally healed.Upvote Share TweetThe Giants got back to work on Monday after their bye and returned to face the same kinds of questions they were facing before being given the week off by coach Tom Coughlin. Those questions have to do with the team’s poor play in two losses before theUpvote Share TweetChad Henne is getting another shot at starting in the NFL.Upvote Share TweetFalcons backup offensive lineman Joe Hawley has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. The Falcons announced the suspension on the team’s official website. Hawley, who has played in six games wUpvote Share TweetPicking just a handful of moments to talk about from Sunday’s action would leave too much out so Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network is going to talk about everything you need to know from this weekend’s action. Tom Curran of CSN New England willUpvote Share Tweet
The Cardinals' Quarterbacking Situation Is Really, Really HopelessAh, 2011. I remember it like it was just last year. The powerfully frisky Cardinals clawed and pecked their way to 8-8 with a 7-2 finish. They beat the Eagles in Philly. They beat the Cowboys. They beat the Niners. They started woefully, but they finish…Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich fractured two ribs early in Sunday night's 13-10 loss to the Ravens and is unlikely to start this week, according to team and league sources.Upvote Share TweetDenver Broncos running back Willis McGahee has a torn MCL and will miss six to eight weeks.Upvote Share TweetWith 273 yards on 14 receptions, the Texans' Andre Johnson set a personal record for receiving yards, and it was his final catch of the game that was his most impressive.Upvote Share TweetCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt feels good about his decision to cut back on safety Adrian Wilson’s playing time, but that hasn’t pushed him to pull the trigger on a call about his starting quarterback for this week’s game against the Rams. Darren UrUpvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys likely will not have two of their valuable offensive talents for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins.Upvote Share TweetGiants quarterback Eli Manning returned to work after a bye week on Monday and reported the pop was back in his arm. Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin didn’t have quite the same return to health during Minnesota’s week off. Harvin didn’t participatUpvote Share TweetCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera says based on recent conversations with team owner Jerry Richardson he doesn't know if he'll remain the Carolina Panthers head coach beyond this season.Upvote Share TweetThe chain of reports regarding the broken arm suffered by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has included various accounts of his expected absence. The latest comes from our pal Tom Curran of CSN New England. Per Curran, Gronkowski will miss four to eig…Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan focused on Jets instead of tweaking PatsJets coach Rex Ryan is taking an unfamiliar tact ahead of his team's Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots. Humility.Upvote Share TweetCowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had a very productive Sunday. He caught 12 passes for 145 yards to help the Cowboys come back in the second half against the Browns and ultimately win the game in overtime. That didn’t stop him from hearing boos at CowboUpvote Share TweetAfter Andy Reid said he wasn’t going to quit on the Eagles, he moved on to updating the status of quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy. Both players are recovering from concussions and both are still at the first stage of the process.Upvote Share Tweet
ESPN Posts Robert Griffin III "'Merica" Meme To Facebook, Enrages Facebook UsersESPN's SportsCenter Facebook page attempted to capitalize on Robert Griffin III's solid game against the Eagles yesterday by posting the mangled meme you see above. In addition to the expected racist arguments, among the 1,000-so comments were dozens of…Upvote Share TweetAndy Reid said Monday that he won't resign as the Philadelphia Eagles' coach because quitting on his team would be a "cop out" after he has asked the players to keep fighting.Upvote Share TweetNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he is donating $1 million to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.Upvote Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers are still backing struggling kicker Mason Crosby.Upvote Share Tweet
Have an N.F.L. Question? Judy Battista Has AnswersJudy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, will answer questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
Week 11 NFL Splash Plays: Cards flip might be the play of the seasonCardinals grab a fumble return on a heady play If this isn't the play of the season, it's certainly the flip of the year -- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler rushing to pop the ball back inbounds on a Jason Snelling fumble. Sadly, the Cards couldn…Upvote Share TweetMike Holmgren’s tenure with the Browns doesn’t officially come to an end until the year is out, so he was in Dallas with the team on Sunday. After a week filled with talk about Holmgren’s interest in coaching the Cowboys and Jerry Jones’ appreciatUpvote Share Tweet
Report: The NFL Made Disability Payments For Brain Trauma While Publicly Denying That Football Causes Brain TraumaOfficially, it was three years ago that the NFL first acknowledged that repeated concussions can indeed have a long-term effect on mental health. In the six years before that, the league had taken the opposite stance, publishing a series of scientific p…Upvote Share TweetIt has become one of the favorite parlor games in sports broadcasting: When is Jon Gruden leaving ESPN?Upvote Share Tweet
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Nobody has lined up and beaten usThe Eagles have lost six straight games and are coming off a 31-6 pasting at the hands of a 4-6 Redskins team on Sunday afternoon. Players seem resigned to the fact that coach Andy Reid will be gone in the near future, although it seems that Reid will r…Upvote Share Tweet
Leading Off: Eyesores of All KindsYipes! Stripes! The Steelers' throwback uniforms were just one reason Sunday's game against the Ravens was tough to watch.Upvote Share Tweet
Arians likes the fact Luck was “mad at himself”There was one important reason Colts interim coach Bruce Arians wasn’t panicking about Andrew Luck’s performance in New England last night. “It was a lot better than the first day Peyton Manning came up here,” Arians said, via Mike Garafolo of USAUpvote Share Tweet
Jammal Charles wants Romeo Crennel to stick aroundThe Chiefs’ latest loss left quarterback Matt Cassel pretty sure that his run in Kansas City is coming to an end, but running back Jammal Charles isn’t ready to give up on coach Romeo Crennel. In the wake of Sunday’s 28-6 loss to the Bengals, CharleUpvote Share TweetMike Ditka was back to talking football on Monday morning, three days after he was hospitalized in Chicago with a minor stroke. The 73-year-old Ditka appeared on Mike and Mike in the Morning and said he’s feeling fine and eager to get back to work as anUpvote Share TweetMatt Cassel won’t say as much, but he seems to know it’s over. And Brady Quinn doesn’t seem to know where he is. After being benched for the second time this season, this time at halftime of a 28-6 loss to the Bengals, the Chiefs opening day startinUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Nov 19, 2012Josh Freeman wasn't perfect, but on Sunday he looked a lot like a recent Super Bowl winner, Peter King writes. He was just one QB who had an impact, good or bad, on Week 11.Upvote Share TweetThe Bills have gotten stability at cornerback with the addition of Stephon Gilmore. The Dolphins can look to the 2009 Jets for a glimmer of hope this season. CB Aqib Talib called his Patriots debut “sloppy” despite an interception return for a touchdoUpvote Share Tweet
A.J. Smith’s Hail Mary throw could be comingWith the Chargers losing to the Broncos and falling three games plus a tiebreaker behind the Broncos with six games to play, the chances of an AFC West crown have fallen into the gulf residing between “slim” and “none.” But the postseason remainsUpvote Share TweetBuccaneers safety Ronde Barber could enjoy yesterday’s win over the Panthers with a bit of familiarity. Because the team he saw on the other sideline was in many ways the same as the one he was on last year, the one that turned a 3-1 start into 4-12 andUpvote Share TweetJulian Edelman wound up stealing the show against the Colts, but as always, it's Tom Brady who makes the Patriots go.Upvote Share Tweet
Brady, eloquently, on Gronk: “It sucks”When Tom Brady left Gillette Stadium last night, he was enjoying a 59-24 win. The reality that he lost one of his most dangerous weapons didn’t kick in for about an hour afterward. “I know he got injured, but I obviously didn’t know the extent,” BUpvote Share TweetThe Lions didn’t stomp on any Packers Sunday. Keeping them off each other might have been more of a challenge. Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson was seen barking at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan after a conservative set of play-calls in the reUpvote Share Tweet
Week 11 MVPs: Schaub rebounds with a historic performanceMatt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans: In his last three games before Sunday's matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars -- games against the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and Chicago Bears -- Schaub had thrown for a total of five touchdowns. His one-score, tw…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL morning after: How I learned to stop worrying and love overtimeI used to think that I, and I alone, knew the perfect solution to the question of how overtime games should be decided. Nine years ago this week, I wrote about my proposal to reduce the importance of the coin toss in the NFL’s system of sudden-death oveUpvote Share TweetThe Ravens delivered a painful 13-10 loss to the Steelers -- pain Baltimore was all too happy to inflict, writes Chris Burke. Jacoby Jones' punt return was the game's biggest play.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Run & Shootaround: Dre Daygrantland.com Nov 19, 2012On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes...Upvote Share Tweet
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith says 49ers have best defenseNov 19San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith speaks to Michelle Beisner about the 49ers defense and the nice night by QB Colin Kaepernick.
Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers highlightsNov 19The San Francisco 49ers receive a stellar performance from QB Colin Kaepernick and an impressive showing from their defense to defeat the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night.
49ers Lead Bears At The HalfNov 19Tune to ESPN for live action.
49ers Lead Bears After 1st QuarterNov 19Tune to ESPN for live action.
Peter King: QBs make their mark on eventful Week 11, for both good and badNov 19Eleven main characters from an eventful Week 11 that had its share of drama.