Aaron Rodgers directs his receivers as he avoids pressure from the Saints defensive line.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers doesn't want to come out of a game under any circumstances, but his coaches figured not being able to focus with his right eye was serious enough to send him to the bench during a critical stretch of the third quarter.
Things nearly fell apart for the Green Bay Packers when backup Graham Harrell fumbled in the red zone. Then Rodgers returned, only to throw an interception.
Tiger Woods took the lead in his match here on the 17th green, but it wasn't enough as Europe Martin Kaymer sunk his put on the 18th to win the Ryder Cup
By Cameron Morfit, Senior Writer, GOLF Magazine
MEDINAH, Ill. -- What looked like a potential runaway for the Americans turned into a thriller as Europe, playing in memory of Seve Ballesteros, dominated the Sunday singles and won the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah, 14 ½-13 ½.
With the score tied 13-13, the Cup came down to the final two matches, and four players who had yet to win a point. Martin Kaymer made a clutch, six-foot par putt on 18 to defeat Steve Stricker, 1 up, and give the Europeans a 14-13 lead. That guaranteed them at least a tie, which meant they would retain the Cup because they won the 2010 matches at Celtic Manor in Wales.More »
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons never trailed in their first three games.
Now they know they can play from behind, too.
Rallying in the final minute from their 1-yard line, the unbeaten Falcons scrambled into position for Matt Bryant 's 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining and pulled out a 30-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Atlanta (4-0) is off to its best start since 2004, when the Falcons reached the NFC championship game.
This team has even higher goals.
"We're not good enough to play every game from ahead," coach Mike Smith said. "This showed the mettle of the guys in that locker room. They showed a lot of resiliency."More »
Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd celebrate after a fourth quarter touchdown
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft waited in the Ralph Wilson Stadium tunnel to welcome back the regular NFL officials, who returned from a lockout after reaching a new eight-year agreement with the NFL.
After shaking hands with most of the members of referee John Parry's crew, Kraft stuck around for Tom Brady to congratulate the quarterback as the two laughed and chatted on their way to the locker room.
Just like that, all seems well in New England (2-2) once again.More »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers were coming off a stunning road loss, angry and missing home.
They headed back with an impressive win and looked again as though they're one of the NFL's elite teams.
Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown, and Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick - on a wildcat-style option - all ran for scores as the 49ers cruised to a 34-0 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
"After the last game," linebacker Aldon Smith said of San Francisco's 24-13 loss at Minnesota last week, "some people were questioning us and we knew what we were capable of."
Rex Ryan's Jets, meanwhile, have plenty to answer for right now, which is why he sent his players home for two days to do some soul searching.More »
Michael Vick scrambles for a first down.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When Lawrence Tynes got a do-over, LeSean McCoy couldn't watch.
"I was so nervous, praying please let him miss it," McCoy said.
The sellout crowd that prematurely celebrated a victory seconds earlier likely felt the same when Tynes got a second chance because Eagles coach Andy Reid had called a timeout in an attempt to ice the Giants' kicker.
NEW YORK (AP) -- R.A. Dickey became the first knuckleballer to win 20 games in more than three decades, tying his career-high with 13 strikeouts and leading the New York Mets over Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Thursday behind David Wright 's tiebreaking, three-run homer.
A 37-year-old knuckleballer who had never won more than 11 games in any previous season, Dickey (20-6) overcame an outstanding, climbing catch by Travis Snider more than 2 feet above the right-field wall that robbed Mike Baxter of a tying home run in the second inning.
Dickey, throwing his hard knuckler at about 78 mph, fell behind 2-0 and 3-1. Former Texas teammate Rod Barajas doubled in a run and homered, but the Mets clawed back in their final home game of the season and took a 6-3 lead on Wright's homer in the fifth and held on in a nervous ninth.More »