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The New York Jets will look to cap off a three-game losing streak with what looks to be a very winnable game against the Miami Dolphins.
With five minutes left in Sunday's game, the New England Patriots were down to the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, following a Dan Bailey 26-yard field goal. But that was exactly the situation Tom Brady wanted, though it took two drives to get it done. On the second one, Brady had 2:31 left on the clock and 80 yards to go. The drive began and ended with passes to Aaron Hernandez, the latter an eight-yard reception.
Brady drops back, looks around and spots Aaron Hernandez crossing the middle of the field. He fires one off and hits Hernandez for the game-winning touchdown and the 20-16 victory.
When the San Francisco 49ers saw the clock reach zero on Sunday afternoon for a victory over the Detroit Lions, head coach Jim Harbaugh enjoyed an exuberant celebration that included dancing and jumping across the middle of the field. It ended with a hand shake, more of a slap, with Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, which didn't sit well with the coach. That led Schwartz to run after Harbaugh once he left the immediate area. Schwartz had to be held back to end the confrontation.
After the game, Harbaugh told reporters that he gave Schwartz "too hard" of a handshake, but Schwartz is also known for his excessive celebrations. According to Schwartz, Harbaugh shoved him out of the way and cursed at him, but there's no way to verify the validity of his comment.
The NFL will certainly look into this situation and possibly fine Schwartz for the altercation, but this would likely be a far bigger story if it happened between two players.
Tampa Bay stopped New Orleans to claim first place in the NFC South behind a strong day from Josh Freeman.
Baltimore's defense shut down the short-handed Texans, and consistent, unspectacular offense helped the Ravens cruise against Houston.
Tom Brady staged another fourth quarter comeback to rescue the Patriots against the Cowboys.
With starting quarterback Jason Campbell out due to injury, the Raiders had to get creative to beat the Browns. Enter Shane Lechler.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who had to be separated from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh following the 49ers' win at Ford Field on Sunday, explained during his post-game press conference why he was so upset. From John Niyo of the Detroit News:
"I went to congratulate Coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way," he said. "And then I didn't expect an obscenity at that point. So it was a surprise to me at the end of the game."
Later, he added, "I went to shake an opponent's coach's hand and obviously you win a game like that you're excited and things like that. But there's a protocol that goes with this league."
It's too bad the coaches weren't mic'd up so we could verify Schwartz's claim that Harbaugh swore, but as you can see in the GIF below, Harbaugh clearly didn't take time to exchange post-game pleasantries with Schwartz. Harbaugh admitted during his post-game presser that his "handshake was too hard," but he barely took the time to look Schwartz in the eye before giving him a forceful pat on the back:
"It was a very emotional game," [Harbaugh] said. "I was just really revved up. I shook his hand too hard, kind of a slap-grab handshake and that was on me, just a little too hard. And then there was some chest-bumping, I think. ... I don't know. But as I say, that was on me, the too-hard handshake."
Schwartz had to be annoyed at losing such a close game -- including the preseason, this was Detroit's first loss since Dec. 5, 2010 -- so it's not surprising he took umbrage at being brushed off. His reaction may have been over the top, and it'll almost certainly result in a fine from the NFL, but it likely earned him even more respect among Detroit's players.
Jason Campbell has already left the Raiders' Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns with a shoulder injury. But now that his injury has reportedly been diagnosed as a broken collarbone, Oakland may have to get used to life without their starting quarterback.
Campbell has been replaced by Kyle Boller today, and Boller has been adequate in relief, completing a bit more than 50% of his passes and throwing no interceptions. But the Raiders have little depth behind Boller, and would need to turn to underseasoned rookie Terrelle Pryor if anything happened to him.
Or, just maybe, the Raiders could use Shane Lechler as a quarterback. The punter has Oakland's only passing touchdown on the day, a 35-yard throw to Kevin Boss on a fake field goal.
For more on the Raiders, head to SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride. For Week 6 NFL scores and news, Week 6 NFL video highlights, and Week 6 fantasy football stats and updates visit our comprehensive StoryStreams.
Jim Harbaugh's antics following the San Francisco 49ers win over the Lions were seen as over-the-top by Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz, and it caused a bit of a skirmish after the game. Harbaugh danced around, untucked his shirt and celebrated wildly as he headed to midfield for the postgame handshake, concluding the theatrics with an exaggerated hand-slap for Schwartz.
Following the handshake, Schwartz and Harbaugh got into a bit of a tussle, with the Lions head coach letting the 49ers head coach know he didn't appreciate the antics. Postgame handshakes are meant to be civil, and are a prim and proper thing in the NFL.
But was Harbaugh over-the-top? Should Schwartz have been mad? Remember, Schwartz has his own postgame celebration -- the big fist-pump -- and it even has its own fan page.
Boys will be boys and after an emotional game, tensions were high. It's not too big of a surprise that Schwartz took exception to Harbaugh's antics.
The Cleveland Browns are not having a particularly good day on the road against the Oakland Raiders. Darren McFadden is having a terrific game so far, and despite the fact that the Raiders have to deal with an injury to Jason Campbell, they're still easily beating the Browns 24-7 through three quarters. To add injury to insult, Browns starting running back and possible star of your fantasy team Peyton Hillis has come out with an injury.
According to John Clayton of ESPN, Hillis has a hamstring injury. The Browns have not yet specifically commented on the severity of the injury. Hillis was having a seriously rough day before he was removed, rushing six times for just 14 yards without contributing in the receiving game at all. He's been replaced primarily by Monterio Hardesty.
It isn't just the NFL's players who are getting hurt in Week 6. Sean Payton's injured, too — and the Saints coach's injuries may be the most serious of the day in the league. Payton was injured when tight end Jimmy Graham was tackled into the sideline on this fourth quarter play.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Payton suffered an MCL tear and a tibia plateau fracture; that amounts to a broken knee and tibia, the sort of injury that would typically knock a player out for the season or year.
But Payton has continued to coach from the Saints sideline, sitting on a cart. It's a fair bet that Payton will say "You have to coach hurt," or something like it, after the Saints' NFC South tussle with the Buccaneers is over.
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Jason Campbell has left the Raiders' Week 6 game against the Browns with an apparent shoulder or collarbone injury after hurt his shoulder on an awkward landing on this scramble.
Campbell is being examined the sideline after the injury, and the Raiders have inserted Kyle Boller for him. Campbell was six for nine through the air for 52 yards before leaving.
Campbell has led the surprising Raiders to a 3-2 record in 2011, and the wide open AFC West appeared to be within Oakland's reach.
Boller inspires few as the Raiders' second-string quarterback, but the emergency quarterback is even less proven — Terrelle Pryor, who spent most of the early part of 2011 in NCAA limbo, is Boller's understudy.
Oakland Raiders kick return man Jacoby Ford showed off a little of the speed that former Raiders owner Al Davis prized so much among his skill players with a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Cleveland Browns today.
Here is a video of Ford’s run and touchdown.
Notice how skillfully Ford maneuvers to stay in bounds, stepping lightly to keep his feet on the field. That touchdown gave Oakland a 14-7 lead over the Browns.
Ford, a second-year player out of Clemson, had a 101-yard kick return touchdown last year, and a total of three kick return touchdowns for the season. This was his first kick return touchdown of the 2011 season.
In addition to his return work, Ford has two catches for 16 yards in the game as a wide receiver. A win today would move the Raiders to 4-2 and tied with the Chargers, on a bye this week, for the AFC West lead.
Quarterback Josh Freeman hit wide receiver Arrelious Benn for a 65-yard touchdown that will surely make it on any highlight video from week 6 in the NFL. Speaking of the highlight video, here is video of Benn’s second quarter catch.
Benn’s touchdown gave Tampa Bay a 10-7 lead over the New Orleans Saints. Benn has two catches for a total of 70 yards in the game so far. Tampa has a nearly five minute edge in time of possession over the Saints, a key to beating one of the league’s most prolific offenses.
Tampa Bay is looking to get their season on track after a blowout loss to the red hot San Francisco 49ers last week. Last year Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers gave the league a mild surprise with successful, inspired play from a team used to struggling. Things have been more mixed this season.
Prior to this game, Benn had just 12 receptions on the season for 160 yards and one touchdown.
Jim Harbaugh is already making waves in the NFL, both with his wins and his demeanor. And it's pretty great to watch unfold. Tell me you weren't entertained watching Harbaugh dance around like a fool after his San Francisco 49ers beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday. And tell me it wasn't entertaining to see his little "skirmish" with Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz.
So what happened? Handshake was too hard, Harbaugh said.
"I was really revved up. That wasn't me, just shook his hand too hard. ... That's on me. Handshake was too hard."
This quote is the best quote. Just picture Harbaugh, all revved up and intense, muttering that he shook Schwartz's hand with too much vigor.
In reality, Schwartz was probably upset with both the public celebration right in his face and the breach of decorum following the game. Coaches are supposed to shake hands and be civil, then go celebrate. Harbaugh did it all at once.
But does it matter? Harbaugh can dance if he wants to dance, and following a huge victory, he just wanted to get down with his bad self. Next time, though, be careful with the handshake, Jim.
San Francisco came back to beat Detroit behind Alex Smith. But Jim Harbaugh's demonstrative celebration didn't sit well with Jim Schwartz.
Ahmad Bradshaw's three rushing touchdowns helped the Giants give the Bills their second loss of the season.
Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in the second quarter as Green Bay cruised against St. Louis.
Andy Dalton led a balanced attack, and the Bengals' defense sealed their win over the Colts. With the victory, Cincinnati's now 4-2 in 2011.
Rashard Mendenhall and the Pittsburgh defense helped the Steelers hold on against the Jaguars.
There may or not be an actual "Calvin Johnson Rule", but Nate Burleson at least won't have to worry about it. The Detroit Lions wide receiver made a nice catch in the back of the endzone that referees originally ruled incomplete because the ball came out when he tried to regain his balance. Thing was, Burleson had already made about 15 steps (yes, I'm exaggerating) before dropping the ball. It would have been a rather new low if replays had not given Burleson the score.
Atlanta shut down Cam Newton and rode Michael Turner for a much-needed win in Week 6.
Rex Grossman threw his fourth interception of the game, this one picked off by Eagles defensive end Kenyon Coleman. Four interceptions will mark the end of the day for Grossman, and the beginning of the John Beck era in Washington. Here’s a video of Grossman’s pick.
Beck replaced Grossman to start the fourth quarter. Grossman finished his day with 143 yards on nine completions in 22 attempts to go with his four picks.
Many wondered if the Redskins wold start Beck to begin their season after Beck performed well in preseason play. Head coach Mike Shanahan opted to go with the veteran, and it looked like the right move after two wins to start the season, including an opening week defeat of the New York Giants. Prior to their week five bye, Grossman threw two picks against the lowly St. Louis Rams, which almost allowed them to come back in that game if not for their own incompetence.
Michael Vick left the field in Washington after getting hit in the head while scrambling in the second half against the Redskins. He re-entered the game on the Eagles ensuing possession. The Eagles said Vick was not injured, but had to come off the field because he had dirt in his eye.
Here's video of Vick on the sideline:
Vick was replaced by Vince Young, who the Eagles acquired this offseason as a free agent. Young had not taken a regular season snap with the Eagles this season. Young was flushed out of the pocket before making the errant pass. Earlier this season, Philadelphia
Cam Newton gave the Carolina Panthers over the Atlanta Falcons early in the third quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run that made it 17-14. Newton’s touchdown capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive that burned more than eight minutes of clock time.
Newton then added a little flair to the touchdown with a little celebration dance. Watch him go right here.
Cam Newton has five rushes for 49 yards and a touchdown on the day so far. As a passer, Newton has completed 15 of 23 passing attempts for 164 yards. He also has thrown one interception in the game.
A win would give the Panthers a nominal lead over the Falcons in the NFC South, putting Atlanta in last place with just two wins on the season. Carolina was not expected to compete this year with a rookie quarterback at the helm, but Ron Rivera’s team has been more than willing to take chances, almost pulling off some major upsets.
Cooley has struggled so far this year after enjoying a career year in 2010. He has just six catches and 66 yards in four games this season. Video of the play in which Cooley was injured is embedded below -- it didn't look serious, so it's possible he may be able to return. Cooley has been dinged up quite often this year -- earlier this week, he had his surgically-repaired knee drained, although he downplayed the procedure to reporters.
Update: Cooley suffered a broken left index finger, according to Grant Paulsen on Twitter.
Green Bay is in the process of putting the Rams away early on Sunday. Starting inside your own 10-yard line? No problem. Rodgers pump fakes and finds Nelson for the score, the fourth-longest pass in Packers franchise history. The touchdown gave Green Bay a 17-0 lead.
Here's video of the play:
Rodgers is having a great day, having already racked up 200+ yards passing and two touchdowns before the half.
For more on the Packers, check out or Green Bay community at the blog Acme Packing Company.
DeMarcus Ware is one of the scariest men in the National Football League, especially if you're a quarterback lining up opposite the Cowboys outside linebacker. He's an elite pass rusher, and he reached a milestone stat that proves it (via The Dallas Cowboys official Twitter account):
When the category is sacks and the company is Reggie White, you're doing something right. This season Ware is tied for fourth in the league with 5 sacks and Dallas has already had its bye week. It's no wonder that Alec Shane at SB Nation's Patriots blog has been worried about him all week.
For more on the Patriots, visit SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit. For more on the Cowboys, visit SB Nation's Cowboys blog, Blogging The Boys. And for all things DeMarcus Ware, visit his player page, which includes updated stats and the latest posts featuring the Cowboys outside linebacker.
Brandon Pettigrew did something very NFL players get to say they've done: beat Patrick Willis. The Detroit Lions tight end made a nice leaping grab, wrestling away the ball from Willis. The touchdown was Matthew Stafford's 14th of the season in just the Lions sixth game.
Just to add insult to injury, the 49ers were flagged with a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick off when head coach John Harbaugh threw his challenge flag after the deadline. Late challenge flags were made illegal this year.
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson broke off an 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Bills a 7-7 tie with the New York Giants. Lined up in the pistol formation, which Chan Gailey is working his hardest to bring back, Jackson broke loose up the middle. Check out the video.
Ryan Fitzpatrick later connected with Naaman Roosevelt to make it a 14-7 lead for the Bills.
The Giants scored first on a 1-yard run from Ahmad Bradshaw.
Fred Jackson has 92 yards on five carries so far in this game, continuing what has quietly been one of the best starts to the season of any NFL running back. Prior to this game, Jackson had 480 yards on 90 rushing attempts to go with five touchdowns. He’s caught 19 passes for 232 yards.
For more on Jackson and the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings, SB Nation’s Bills community.
Tons of juicy matchups are on tap from 1 p.m. on Sunday to Monday night. We have the complete list of times and teams right here.
The Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings face off at Soldier Field on Sunday. Both teams hope that a win can help salvage rocky starts to the season.
The Indianapolis Colts are still looking for their first win of the season. Will Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals be able to keep the Peyton Manning-less team the opposite of undefeated?
The San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions have just one loss between them heading into their match-up this weekend. Can Frank Gore and Alex Smith finish the undefeated season bid for the Lions?
The St. Louis Rams will take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday as significant underdogs. A fully healthy Steven Jackson will hope to kickstart a sputtering offense.
The Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons square off in an NFC South clash. Both teams are looking to rebound and pick up a win. For more on the Panthers head over to Cat Scratch Reader. For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. Follow the rest of preseason week two at SB Nation NFL.
The upstart Buffalo Bills hope to take out their second NFC East opponent in as many weeks when they take on the New York Giants on Sunday. The G-Men need to shore up their offensive and defensive fronts to get back on track for the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles head to Washington to take on an upstart Redskins squad. The Eagles hope to put their playoff hopes back on track with a critical divisional win.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers square off in Heinz Field. Both teams do not have a ton of turnover since last season and thus are using the preseason to get tuned up for week one. For more on the Jaguars head over to Big Cat Country. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain.
The Houston Texans head to Baltimore to take on a ferocious Ravens defense Sunday. Houston will have to roll without two of their best players in Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, hoping to recover from a 48-3 loss to the 49ers last week. They will do so with Earnest Graham starting in place of the injured LeGarrette Blount.
The Dallas Cowboys head to Foxboro Sunday to take on the New England Patriots. Coming off a week of rest, the Cowboys will look to light up a beleaguered Pats secondary.
The Cleveland Browns visit the Oakland Raiders in front of what is sure to be an electric atmosphere following the passing of Al Davis last week.
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