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Texans Gut Out Win in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- There weren't many style points in this one. J.J. Watt wasn't interested in them, anyway.

All that mattered was the result, and the Houston Texans will take that along with everything else they took from this game.

They took away the ball. They even took out the Chicago's quarterback in a 13-6 victory over the Bears on Sunday.

"I think we showed them we can win any game, any situation, any time, any place, tough weather conditions, tough place on the road, a very good football team," Watt said. "We won, so say what you want."

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Brees, Saints End Falcons' Perfect Season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons can forget about perfection, thanks to their resurgent rivals from the City that Care Forgot.

Of all the teams to end Atlanta's unbeaten run, it had to be the New Orleans Saints . And it had to be a memorable, drama-filled game that left the Falcons frustrated by the 1 meager yard they could not get to take a lead inside the final 2 minutes of a 31-27 loss Sunday.

"It's very frustrating," said Falcons coach Mike Smith , who is 2-7 against the Saints and 49-15 against the rest of the NFL in his four-plus regular seasons as Atlanta coach. "We were close. ... This will be something we will learn from."

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Who Would Win In a Slam Dunk Contest: Jordan or LeBron?

  • Hoophead
  • Jeremy Repanich
  • November 9, 2012, 2:06 PM

We’ve got a lot to get to in a busy week in the NBA. The Lakers and Nets are down, the Clippers and Knicks are up, the Spurs are, as always, the steady Spurs and the Heat are outstanding. But we wanted to have a little bit of fun with this week’s Hoophead by starting with a question from a reader…

Reader Questions of the Week
WolfCat33 asked…
Do you think LeBron James can beat Michael Jordan in a slam dunk contest?
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Saints Stay in Playoff Hunt by Beating Eagles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are having fun again. They hope it's a sign of things to come in the second half of the season.

Michael Vick kept picking himself up off the Superdome turf, the recipient of an awful beating.

The Philadelphia Eagles are down - and nearly out.

Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games, and Patrick Robinson returned an interception 99 yards for a score to lead the Saints past the reeling Eagles 28-13 Monday night.

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Patriots Acquire Star Cornerback Talib

  • November 6, 2012, 1:13 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots moved to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by obtaining cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians Sneak Preview!

NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians, the cartoon based on the NFL Rush Zone world, is set to premiere on Nicktoons on Friday, November 30. Can't wait? Well then you're in luck (at least a little bit of luck). We have an online exclusive preview clip! Check it out, and share your thoughts in the comments.
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Meet Erin DiMeglio, Florida's First Female High School QB

  • From the Mag
  • Christina M. Tapper
  • November 5, 2012, 4:05 PM

Erin DiMeglio knows how to take a hit. The 18-year-old senior at Florida's South Plantation High School has already suffered a broken nose, a concussion, and dislocated fingers. And that was on the basketball court with South Plantation's girls' varsity team. So in some ways she was well prepared for her next challenge: suiting up for the school's football team. DiMeglio is the third-string quarterback for the South Plantation Paladins, and on August 31, she became what is believed to be the first girl to play QB in a high school game. She took two snaps, handing the ball off both times, in her team's 31–14 win in the season opener. On September 21, she completed her first pass in a regular season game.

DiMeglio has played on a girl's flag football team since she was in the fourth grade and had been a ball girl and a manager for the Paladins before she was invited to an off-season workout last spring. DiMeglio went on to QB South Plantation's varsity team in a seven-on-seven tournament last summer, where she threw five touchdowns and earned her spot on this season's roster. SI KIDS asked DiMeglio to share what it's like to be the only girl leading a high school team on the gridiron.

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