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Game balls: Who starred in Week 12

Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is now 4-0 as a starter this season, and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are among Sunday's top performers.

Kearse: We left it all out on the field (0:45)
Winston disappointed in game, not situation (0:43)
OBJ doing OBJ things (0:26)
Zimmer: This was a big win for us (0:45)
Maclin on turnaround: I got back to the basics (0:44)


Carroll: We're going to miss Graham

Seattle coach Pete Carroll and QB Russell Wilson both say how difficult it will be to replace Jimmy Graham, who was lost for the season with a torn patellar tendon.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots lead the Broncos 7-0 after the first quarter and a fast start was the key. The kickoff coverage unit got it started, then the defense forced the Broncos into a three-and-out, turning it over to the offense. Four plays later, Rob Gronkowski was in the end zone and the team had an early 7-0 lead. One of the key plays of the opening quarter was Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler taking a 14-yard sack on third down to push Denver out of field-goal range.

OBJ makes another mind-blowing catch

This diving, one-handed TD grab might be the second most famous catch in Odell Beckham Jr.'s career, but it was still pretty darn good.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowskis touchdown reception to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead in the first quarter against the Broncos is the 63rd receiving touchdown of his career. That breaks a tie with Shannon Sharpe for third place on the all-time NFL list for a TE. Tony Gonzalez (111) and Antonio Gates (101) are No. 1 and No. 2 on that list.

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Rob Gronkowski's TD reception is 63rd receiving TD of his career. That puts him alone at No. 3 on all-time NFL list, passing Shannon Sharpe.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

SEAHAWKS 39, STEELERS 30 (final): Russell Wilson delivered one of the finest performances of his career, completing 21 of 30 passes for 345 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. At 6-5, the Seahawks are tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the second wild-card spot.

Seahawks beat Steelers, lose Graham

Russell Wilson threw five touchdowns and Seattle held on for a 39-30 win against the Steelers, but in the process lost Jimmy Graham for the rest of the season with a torn patella, per coach Pete Carroll.


Patriots (10-0) at Broncos (8-2), 8:30 p.m. ET

Brock Osweiler will make the 2nd start of his career. Since 2001, quarterbacks in their first or second career start are 1-8 against Bill Belichicks Patriots. The only QB to beat New England within his first two career starts in that span was Mark Sanchez in 2009. Follow live

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll: Jimmy Graham has a patellar tendon injury. Will have surgery, and his season is over.

Graham out for season with patella injury

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says TE Jimmy Graham has a torn patella tendon and needs surgery. "We're gonna miss the heck out of him for the rest of the season," Carroll said. Story

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Carr comes through for go-ahead TD

Raiders QB Derek Carr floated the ball perfectly to Seth Roberts for a 12-yard TD that gave his team a 24-21 win against the Titans.


Jackson takes his sweet time on TD catch

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson flew past the secondary on this long TD grab, then leisurely strolled into the end zone early in the Redskins' 20-14 win against the Giants.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger is in the NFL's concussion protocol. Uncertain when the hit occurred. Roethlisberger won't be addressing the media in the locker room.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers (11-0) will have to wait until next week to lock up a playoff spot with Seattle winning. A win by Carolina at New Orleans not only will secure a playoff berth but a third straight NFC South title. The Panther have a two-game lead over Arizona (9-2) for the NFC's best record

Final: Seahawks 39, Steelers 30

  • SEA QB R. Wilson: 21-of-30, 345 yards, 5 TDs
  • SEA WR D. Baldwin: 6 rec, 145 yards,
  • PIT QB B. Roethlisberger: 36-of-55, 456 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
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Highlight: Cards beat Niners, improve to 9-2

Carson Palmer's 8-yard scamper in the fourth quarter lifted Arizona over San Francisco 19-13.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"The officials were struggling...mightily. They couldn't count to three." -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after the game.