Frank Gore caught a 55-yard touchdown from an improvised Colin Kaepernick pass and ran for 119 yards in his first 100-yard game this year, leading the San Francisco 49ers past Philadelphia 26-21 on Sunday to hand the Eagles their first loss.
The 49ers delivered a late goal-line stand as they avoided their first three-game losing streak under fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh, containing the league’s top passer in Nick Foles. He threw two incomplete passes from the 1 in the waning moments.
On a day the 49ers gave up big plays on special teams, Gore came through. Kaepernick also threw a touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson, and Phil Dawson kicked four field goals.
In the key moment, an off-balance Kaepernick threw across his body and across the field, finding Gore open near the opposite sideline more than 20 yards away.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had one quite like that,” Kaepernick said. “It was a great job by Frank.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh did not see Gore open and had no idea where Kaepernick was going on that play.
The Buccaneers pulled off a stunning 27-24 win over the Steelers, with Mike Glennon hitting a diving Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown with 7 seconds remaining.
The Buccaneers lost to Atlanta by six touchdowns a week ago, but bounced back strongly.
Glennon passed for 302 yards in his first start of the season, including a 41-yard catch-and-run by Louis Murphy that set up Jackson’s score.
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Saints 38-17 with Tony Romo throwing three touchdown passes — two to Terrance Williams — and DeMarco Murray running for a pair of scores in another 100-yard game.
The Cowboys kept the Saints scoreless in the first half, but Drew Brees led two scoring drives early in the fourth quarter to cut a 31-3 deficit in half before Dallas, now level with Philadelphia for the NFC East lead, regained control.
Steve Smith had a big day at Baltimore, punishing his former team with seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 38-10 win over the Panthers.
In other games, the Packers had a 38-17 win over the Bears, the Charges beat the Jaguars 33-14 and the Vikings had a 41-28 win over the Falcons, who lost three starting offensive linemen to injuries.
At Houston, defensive end J.J. Watt had another highlight-reel play to help the Texans overcome a tough day offensively.
Houston was down by three in the third quarter and Ryan Fitzpatrick had just thrown a second interception when Watt put his hands up to block an E.J. Manuel pass, tipped it to himself and caught it with no Bills in front of him. Kareem Jackson blocked Manuel, and Watt raced to the end zone to put the Texans up 14-10 en route to a 23-17 win.
The Lions moved to 3-1 for the second straight season with a 24-17 win over the Jets, the Colts beat the Titans 41-17 at Indianapolis and the Dolphins beat the Raiders 38-14 at London, with Ryan Tannehill throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the latest international game.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions