After another loss, Rams appear out of sync and headed the wrong direction

1:36 AM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballLOS ANGELES -- Jared Goff asserted himself as an MVP candidate, and the Los Angeles Rams made a prime-time statement that they were Super Bowl favorites. That was a month ago, in a thrilling victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. On Sunday, the Rams continued a downward trend in an uninspiring 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagl.. Read More

The biggest injuries of NFL Week 15

8:52 PM ETESPN.comHere's the latest on all the major injuries from our NFL Nation reporters, including the prognosis on each player for the rest of the season: Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay PackersJones left in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. It's not believed to be serious, although with only two games to play, there's a chance he could be done for the season. The Packers had only one other halfback, Jamaal Williams, on their active roster Sunday, along wit.. Read More

Week 15 overreactions: Is Jason Garrett back on the hot seat?

10:15 PM ETDan GrazianoESPN Staff Writer CloseJoined ESPN in 2011 New Jersey native and author of two published novelsIsn't it amazing that, even with 15 weeks of regular-season evidence in the hopper, so many of us still lock in on one-week samples? A week ago, the Cowboys were flying high, Eli Manning was looking like the Giants' quarterback of the foreseeable future, the Chargers couldn't beat the Chiefs, the Vikings' offense was broken and the Redskins didn't have a .. Read More

Griffin irked as ‘terrible call’ costs Seattle in OT

12:42 AM ETBrady HendersonESPN SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks committed a season-high 14 penalties for a franchise record 148 yards in their 26-23 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin took issue with one of the flags -- a pass interference penalty called against him that set up San Francisco's game-winning field goal in overtime. "The penalty that they called on me, it was a terrible call," he said inside a silent Seahawks locker room,.. Read More

Foles sparks Eagles’ biggest upset since 1995

1:52 AM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer CloseLOS ANGELES -- The magic of Saint Nick reappeared Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, helping the Philadelphia Eagles to a 30-23 win over the Los Angeles Rams in one of the biggest upsets of the season. The drill is quite familiar by now: Nick Foles steps in for Carson Wentz, the public doubts Foles' ability to lead the charge, and the team responds by rising to improbable heights. That story began to unfold at this very stadium thi.. Read More

‘It means a ton’ as Niners end skid vs. Seahawks

10:58 PM ETNick WagonerESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Rams for nine years for stlouisrams.com Previously covered University of Missouri football Member of Pro Football Writers of AmericaSANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Call it the week of broken streaks. One day after the Cleveland Browns ended the Denver Broncos' 11-game winning streak against them and three days after the Los Angeles Chargers put a stop to the Kansas City Chiefs' nine-game hex over them, the San Francisco 49ers made it a tr.. Read More

Tomlin backs Boswell after FG helps seal victory

10:30 PM ETJeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer CloseESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports.com University of Florida graduatePITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has his kicker's back, and it seems that will continue for the rest of the season. After practicing to keep his job late last week because of struggles all year, Chris Boswell helped seal Sunday's 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots with a 48-yarder in the final minutes. He had missed a 3.. Read More

Clunker is proof Giants’ offense might not be fixed after all

6:39 PM ETJordan RaananESPN Staff Writer CloseEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pump the brakes on that illogical playoff talk. Hold off on the idea that the New York Giants offense is fixed. At least that is obvious after watching them stumble their way through Sunday's 17-0 loss in the steady rain to the Tennessee Titans. It was the second time the Giants were shut out in the span of less than a year. They were also blanked last December in Arizona. It was the seventh time Manning was shut out as .. Read More

Seahawks’ sloppy loss means playoff berth will have to wait

12:54 AM ETBrady HendersonESPN SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While talking this week about the damage a resurgent Seattle Seahawks team is capable of doing in the playoffs, veteran receiver Doug Baldwin noted that they've got to get there first. It's all but certain they still will, but their 26-23 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday means that berth will have to wait. And it means you can put on hold for now any talk of the Seahawks (8-6) making a deep run in the playoffs. Tha.. Read More

Steelers finally slay Patriots dragon with one Joe Haden leap

9:18 PM ETJeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer CloseESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports.com University of Florida graduatePITTSBURGH -- Coach Mike Tomlin promised "Redemption Sunday." Instead, he got the Gronk hurdle. Steelers cornerback Joe Haden's leaping interception over New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter was the signature play of the year for a Pittsburgh defense that finally exorcised the Patriots demon. The red zone jump w.. Read More

Tevin Coleman’s career day gives Falcons something to ponder

7:17 PM ETVaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Bears for seven seasons at Chicago Tribune Also worked at Chicago Sun-Times, Fresno Bee Honorable mention, Football Writers Association of America for enterprise writing, 2002ATLANTA -- Sure, it was the lowly Arizona Cardinals, but the quality of the opponents wasn't Tevin Coleman's fault. All Coleman could control was how he performed with nothing except pride on the line. His 5-9 Atlanta Falcons were officially eliminated from th.. Read More

No winning season or playoffs, only disappointment for Lions

7:45 PM ETMichael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal GazetteORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Detroit Lions trudged off the field late Sunday afternoon, some faster than others, all pretty quickly. There wasn’t much else to do after a loss that effectively ended their season with two games remaining. A chance at the playoffs: extinguished. A third consecutive winning season, something the .. Read More

Don’t bury the Patriots yet: Why their playoff path isn’t daunting

10:43 PM ETIan O'ConnorESPN Senior Writer CloseIan O'Connor has won numerous national awards as a sports columnist and is the author of three books, including the bestseller, "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter." ESPN Radio broadcasts "The Ian O'Connor Show" every Sunday from 7 to 9 a.m. ET. Follow Ian on Twitter »PITTSBURGH -- The New England Patriots do not really look, act or play like the New England Patriots anymore, and the truth is any other aging and declining NFL con.. Read More

Bears LT pops question to girlfriend after win

7:36 PM ETJeff DickersonESPN Staff Writer CloseDickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. He is the co-host of "Dickerson & Hood" on the ESPN Radio national network, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000.CHICAGO -- Bears left tackle Charles Leno was in a celebratory mood Sunday afternoon. Minutes after the Bears clinched their first NFC North title since 2010 with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers, Leno got on one knee at midfield and proposed to his girlfriend, Jenni.. Read More

Colts are a team nobody wants to face in playoffs after blanking Cowboys

6:10 PM ETMike WellsESPN Staff Writer Close Previously worked at Indianapolis Star, covering the Indiana Pacers for nine seasons Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer PressINDIANAPOLIS – Need further proof the Indianapolis Colts are a team nobody would want to face if they make the playoffs? Beat a Houston team on a nine-game winning streak? Check. Beat a Dallas team on a five-game winning streak the following week? Did that, too. And what made ending the winning streaks of the Texans and C.. Read More

Tipped pass gives Redskins reprieve and saves their season

7:57 PM ETJohn KeimESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994 Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland BrownsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In a stretch when little has gone right, when every break seemingly went the other way, the Washington Redskins finally caught one. Quarterback Josh Johnson's pass floated down the field, headed toward disaster -- possibly an interception, likely an incompletion. .. Read More