New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, bottom, lies on the ground after being sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills' Jerry Hughes (55) reacts after the play. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes)

The Latest: Tom Brady, Pats have rough half against Bills

December 03, 2017 - 2:56 pm

The Latest on the 13th Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times Eastern):

2:45 p.m.

Quite a rough start for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Buffalo Bills have found ways to contain and fluster Brady, who was only 8 of 14 for 96 yards while getting sacked three times during the first half.

The Patriots settled for three field goals while building a 9-3 halftime lead against their AFC East rival.

That's New England's fewest points in a first half since a 16-0 loss to Buffalo on Oct. 2, 2016. That was a game Jacoby Brissett started for the Patriots in place of Brady, who was serving the fourth and final game of his "Deflategate" suspension.

New England is at least having success running the ball, with 130 yards rushing — the most by the Patriots through two quarters since they had 141 in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 16, 2014.

Brady entered Sunday 26-3 against Buffalo, one win short of breaking Brett Favre's record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent. Favre beat Detroit 26 times.

— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.


2:35 p.m.

This is what the Green Bay Packers need to do if they want to win without an injured Aaron Rodgers: Get big plays from their defense and special teams.

That formula helped Green Bay take a 17-10 halftime lead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Defensive lineman Dean Lowry returned Jameis Winston's fumble 62 yards for a TD following a sack by Kenny Clark with a little under 4½ minutes left in the second quarter.

Earlier in that period, the Packers blocked a punt to set up a short drive that ended with Jamaal Williams' touchdown run.

It's exactly the kind of all-around game that coach Mike McCarthy was hoping for with backup QB Brett Hundley starting his sixth game in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers.

For the Buccaneers, Winston is 13 of 20 for 164 yards with a touchdown in his first action after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

— Genaro Armas reporting from Green Bay, Wisconsin.


2:25 p.m.

Frank Gore is nearing the top five on the NFL's career rushing list.

The 34-year-old Gore gained 42 yards on 10 carries for the Indianapolis Colts in the first half against Jacksonville, raising his total to 13,678 in 13 seasons.

That allowed Gore, who played his first 10 years for San Francisco, to overtake Jerome Bettis (13,662 yards) for sixth in league history — and close in on No. 5 LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684).

Curtis Martin holds the fourth spot with 14,101.

The Jaguars lead the Colts 16-3 at the break.

— Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville, Florida.


2:10 p.m.

Had to miss sometime, probably.

Kansas City Chiefs rookie kicker Harrison Butker's team-record streak of making 23 consecutive field-goal attempts ended when he pushed a 38-yard try wide right against the New York Jets.

The kick grazed the right upright early in the second quarter, with the Chiefs and Jets tied at 14.

It was just the second NFL field goal missed by Butker — and the first since the initial attempt of his career, a 46-yarder against the Washington Redskins in Week 4.

— Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.


1:55 p.m.

That didn't take long: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell owns the franchise record for sacks in a season.

Campbell got one in the first quarter against Indianapolis, giving him 12½. That breaks the previous team mark of 12, set by Tony Brackens in 1999.

The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Campbell has been solid all season, his first in Jacksonville.

The former Arizona Cardinals standout signed a four-year, $60 million contract in April that included $30 million guaranteed.

He's one of the main reasons the Jaguars are in the playoff mix. The league's best free-agent acquisition in 2017, Campbell sets the tone for the NFL's top-ranked defense.

— Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville, Florida.


1:45 p.m.

Safety Eric Reid was among three San Francisco 49ers players who knelt during the national anthem before facing the Chicago Bears.

In all, eight players around the NFL made some sort of statement during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the early games.

Reid recently left a group of players negotiating with the NFL about the protests, saying that Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins excluded Colin Kaepernick from meetings and asked about the possibility of ending demonstrations if the league made charitable donations.

Reid joined former 49ers QB Kaepernick in kneeling a year ago.

On Sunday, Reid, receiver Marquise Goodwin and nose tackle Earl Mitchell each took a knee during the national anthem in Chicago, while everyone on the Bears' sideline stood.

In Miami, a trio of Dolphins players knelt, as usual: Julius Thomas, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas.

In Baltimore, Ravens rookie linebacker Tyus Bowser knelt in end zone for first few verses of anthem, then moved to the sideline and stood at attention for the rest, as he has done before.

The one Titans player who has been protesting by staying off the field, receiver Rishard Matthews, was inactive Sunday. He came onto the field after the anthem ended.

After the anthem ended, a trio of Titans players raised their fists overhead: Brian Orakpo, Jurrell Casey and Wesley Woodyard.


12:30 p.m.

The most noteworthy development in Week 13 of the NFL season is not happening at a game with much significance in the standings: When the New York Giants face the Oakland Raiders, Eli Manning's starting streak with end.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP has been benched by the Giants. He had started 210 consecutive games, a run that began all the way back in 2004.

Instead, the last-place Giants announced they will start New York Jets castoff Geno Smith at Oakland.

The biggest games Sunday involve NFC South teams, especially when the New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers. Both enter the day atop the division with 8-3 records.

The third-place club, the reigning conference champion Atlanta Falcons, are 7-4 going into their game against NFC North leader Minnesota.


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