Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.
After all the negative things Jay Gruden has said about Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins' coach found some positives to discuss after the quarterback earned his first complete-game win in more than a year.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Tre Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per carry last week. A critical lost fumble hurt the most for the St. Louis Rams' rookie running back, and he is looking for a bounce-back game against the New York Giants.
The Chicago Bears will start Jimmy Clausen at quarterback on Sunday against the Lions over the struggling Jay Cutler. The reaction on Twitter inevitably turned to former Kansas coach Charlie Weis and fantasy leagues.
Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.
Alex Smith passed for 311 yards Sunday but the Chiefs couldn't get the ball into the end zone in a 20-12 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Kansas City still could make the playoffs, but need other teams to lose and a win over the Chargers at Arrowhead next Sunday.
Follow along on your mobile device or desktop for stats and updates from Sunday’s Chiefs-Steelers game by Terez A. Paylor, The Star’s Chiefs beat writer, and other Star sportswriters and columnists. Kickoff is noon. The game is in Pittsburgh and is televised on CBS.
Matt Ryan threw for 322 yards and the Atlanta Falcons' maligned defense rose to the occasion in a season-saving 30-14 victory over New Orleans that dropped the erratic Saints out of the NFC South race.