Sunday in the NFL | 49ers defeat Dolphins 33-17, but lose Jimmy Garoppolo

Reports from Sunday’s NFL games.

The 49ers defeat the Dolphins 33-17

Rookie Brock Purdy threw two touchdown passes after replacing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with a right foot injury, and the 49ers San Francisco, still dominant defensively, defeated the Miami Dolphins in a 33-17 win on Sunday. Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season with the 49ers.

Garoppolo was transported to the locker room in a golf cart and did not return, leaving the game in the hands of Purdy, who had thrown just nine passes.

After the clash, the head coach of the 49ersKyle Shanahan, has made it known that Garoppolo will have to undergo surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

“It’s very devastating. We know what Jimmy’s been through and how hard he works, Shanahan said. It was a very pleasant game as a team. With everything we’ve been through, to be able to overcome some things. It’s a special victory, but emotions are mixed regarding Jimmy. »

The 49ers (8-4), who sit first in the National Conference West Division, had positioned themselves as title contenders, but they will have to continue the season with Purdy. Young quarterback Trey Lance saw his season come to an end when he injured his ankle in the second week of action.

This is the third time since joining the 49ers, halfway through the 2017 campaign, that Garoppolo suffers an injury that disrupts his season. He injured his knee in Game 3 of 2018 and missed eight games with ankle injuries in 2020.

When Garoppolo was healthy, the 49ers reached the Super Bowl in 2019 and the Nationals final in 2021.

In the field, Sunday, the 49ers allowed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sherfield on the first play from the line of scrimmage, but gave the Dolphins very few quality plays (8-4) until the fourth quarter.

The 49ers picked up a fifth straight win and limited an offense that had scored at least 30 points in its last four games.

Jimmie Ward and Deommodore Lenoir intercepted a pass from Tua Tagovailoa in the third quarter, leading to two field goals.

The 49ers saw their four-game second-half scoreless streak snapped when Tagovailoa threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The 49 defenseers capped off his performance when Nick Bosa forced a fumble that Dr. Greenlaw returned 23 yards for a major.

The Dolphins saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. This was head coach Mike McDaniel’s first game against the 49ersafter five years as an assistant in San Francisco.

Purdy capped off his first offensive streak of the game by throwing a three-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk to give the 49 a 10-7 lead.ers.

« He had butterflies, » Purdy said. I told myself that I would be able to. It wasn’t like I arrived on the pitch and didn’t know what to do. Every week I act like I’m the starting quarterback and prepare accordingly. »

Purdy then orchestrated a fine offensive streak to end the half. He completed six passes for 75 yards, including a three-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey.

Purdy completed 25 of 37 passes during the game for 210 passing yards. He threw two touchdowns and an interception.

« Brock played a lot of football and you can see that, » Juszczyk said. Simply with the way he plays at quarterback. He understands things and he trusts him. I thought he had done a very good job in the caucuses. He commanded the respect of all and he executed the plays. I think we can definitely do great things with Brock. »

Josh Dubow, Associated Press

The Cowboys score 33 points in the 4e quarter and defeat the Colts 54-19


Rodney McLeod (26) of the Indianapolis Colts and CeeDee Lamb (88) of the Dallas Cowboys

Malik Hooker returned a 38-yard fumble for a major against his former team in a 33-point Cowboys fourth quarter, propelling Dallas to a 54-19 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

The Cowboys led 21-19 early in the fourth quarter when Dak Prescott threw the last of three touchdown passes to set the tone for a crazy quarterback.

Hooker’s middle finger was the first of four turnovers for the Colts in the fourth quarter, and they all led to touchdowns.

It was the highest scoring quarterback for the Cowboys (9-3) since at least 1991 and the third time in NFL history that a team has scored 33 or more points in the final. quarter.

Matt Ryan threw his third intercepted pass of the game and caused a fumble during a nightmarish end to the game for the Colts (4-8-1). The Indianapolis squad saw their record drop to 1-3 under interim head coach Jeff Saturday and lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Ryan, who threw two touchdown passes, has 18 turnovers this season (13 interceptions, five fumbles lost) and leads the NFL in that regard. He has three more turnovers than Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Michael Gallup caught two touchdown passes while CeeDee Lamb grabbed the other after running over safety Rodney McLeod Jr. The Cowboys remain two games behind the Philadelphia Eagles, the National Conference East leader.

Tony Pollard, Ezekiel Elliott and rookie Malik Davis scored majors in the fourth quarter. Pollard also scored a touchdown in the second quarter.

Associated Press

Victorious return for Deshaun Watson


Deshaun Watson (center)

Deshaun Watson struggled in his first game in 700 days, but the Cleveland Browns still defeated the Houston Texans 27-14 on Sunday.

In the same stadium where he played his last game, Watson had 131 aerial yards and he threw an interception in his debut with the Browns (5-7), against his former team.

Watson returned to action after serving an 11-game suspension due to sexual misconduct allegations.

« It’s not going to be perfect, especially playing late-season football when it’s the first week for me, » Watson said. But it was fun. It was great to be on the pitch with my teammates. The defense played a hell of a game. The return of the special teams was important for us. This is what we needed at that time. It’s a team sport. »

Several fans attended the game wearing Watson’s number 4 jersey, both the Texans (1-10-1) and the Browns, but there were also several detractors who booed him copiously every time he touched to the ball.

« They’re supposed to boo, » admitted Watson, once the fan favorite in Houston. « I’m a Cleveland Brown now. »

The Browns trailed 5-0 early in the game, but a 76-yard punt return from Donovan Peoples-Jones gave the visitors a 7-5 lead in the second quarter.

Denzel Ward then returned a four-yard fumble for a major that gave the Browns a 14-5 lead early in the third quarter.

« He’s human, » Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said of Watson. « Coming back here, for his first game in a while, his teammates have been supporting him. »

The Browns didn’t score on offense until a field goal from 43 yards extended the lead to 17-8 with about 10 minutes remaining. Tony Fields then intercepted a pass from Kyle Allen and returned the ball 16 yards to give Cleveland their second defensive touchdown of the game.

Allen had a very difficult game, in his second start replacing Davis Mills. He had 201 passing yards while being the victim of an interception and a fumble.

It was Watson’s first start since Jan. 3, 2021, when he threw for three touchdowns and 365 yards in a 41-38 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Soon after, he became unhappy with the team’s management and demanded a trade. Then two dozen women accused him of sexual harassment or assault during massage therapy sessions.

Watson stayed on the Texans roster last year, but sat out the entire season before being traded to the Browns in March.

Watson accepted the lengthy suspension, a $5 million fine and required professional counseling and therapy after an independent arbitrator ruled he violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Watson completed 12 of 22 passes and finished the game with a 53.4 efficiency rating, the worst of his NFL career.

Nick Chubb rushed for 80 yards for the Browns while Kareem Hunt added 56 yards.

Kristie Rieken, Associated Press

Burrow and Bengals edge Mahomes and Chiefs 27-24


Stanley Morgan of the Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes, scored a rushing major and led the Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in their first game since the Kansas City team won. Cincinnati in last season’s AFC title game.

Samaje Perine rushed for 106 yards — his season-high — for the Bengals.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs lost their chance to avenge two losses to Burrow and the Bengals last season. The Bengals defeated the Chiefs on Jan. 2 to clinch the AFC North Division title, then won four weeks later in overtime — also by a score of 27-24 — to reach the Super Bowl. for the first time in 33 years.

« We missed the chance to score more points, but we always find a way to win, » Burrow said. We still have five weeks left. Let’s keep this train rolling. This team knows what it takes to win these games. We’ve been there. We are in December. It’s time to distance ourselves from our rivals. »

In this game between elite quarterbacks, it was a defensive play in the fourth quarter that proved to be the turning point.

With the Chiefs leading 24-20, Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt knocked the ball off Trave Kelce and picked up the fumble.

Burrow, who was working from his own 47 line, then completed six of seven pass attempts for a 53-yard streak. He capped off the streak with an eight-yard pass to Chris Evans, which gave the Bengals the lead with 8:54 to go.

« He’s playing like a league MVP — definitely, » Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. He gives us a lot of confidence. »

The Chiefs’ next attack was interrupted by Joseph Ossai, who made a sack on Mahomes. Kicker Harrison Butker then missed a 55-yard field goal attempt.

Burrow converted two third downs on passes to Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins to buy the Bengals the necessary time.

Mahomes completed 16 of 27 passes, including a touchdown, for 223 yards. He also scored a major by running.

Burrow found takers on 25 of 31 throw-ins for 286 passing yards. Chase, back after missing four games with a hip injury, had seven receptions for 97 yards.

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press

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