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Baker Mayfield’s game-winning drive shocks Raiders in miracle comeback win

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The chances had been in opposition to Baker Mayfield from the beginning of this recreation between the Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders. 

He was scooped off waivers by the Rams after being launched by the Carolina Panthers earlier this week. Mayfield received the playbook on Tuesday night time whereas flying to Los Angeles to fulfill together with his new coaches and teammates, giving him between 36-48 hours to be taught the performs if he was going to step underneath middle. 

However Mayfield, the previous first total number of the 2018 NFL Draft, didn’t simply grind out his first recreation within the hardest of circumstances. He led a miracle comeback to defeat the Raiders, 17-16, at SoFi Stadium in his first begin as a Ram. 

Van Jefferson #12 of the Los Angeles Rams catches the sport profitable landing in opposition to Sam Webb #27 of the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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The Rams’ beginning quarterback wasn’t introduced till Los Angeles ran out on the sector for the primary time, and it was John Wolford underneath middle. He was coping with a neck harm heading into the sport and the Rams weren’t certain if he’d be able to go. 

Seems, he won’t have been as a result of Mayfield jogged onto the sector proper after the Rams went three-and-out. 

Mayfield’s first cross off play-action was full for 21 yards to Van Jefferson, however he wanted a bit extra time to settle into the sport. Bear in mind, he had round 36-48 hours to be taught his new playbook, to not point out chemistry with receivers, checks pre-snap and way more. 

Mayfield’s first drive would result in three factors for Los Angeles, however he wouldn’t get extra till late within the fourth quarter when a 17-play, 75-yard drive resulted in Cam Akers simply moving into the top zone on a run play one yard out. 

That made it 16-10 and Los Angeles would power a Raiders punt on the following drive to at the very least give themselves an opportunity. But it surely needed to be a 97-yard miracle. 

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Given the state of affairs Mayfield discovered himself in, it was a troublesome hill to climb. However what did Mayfield must lose at this level within the recreation? 

Due to an unsportsmanlike conduct name after getting sacked, Mayfield and the Rams had been out of their very own finish zone and started working. Ben Skowronek made a unbelievable, contested seize for 32 yards on the following play, getting LA into Raiders’ territory. Mayfield continued to run the no-huddle offense and spiked it with 16 seconds left on the clock on the Vegas 23-yard line. 

Then, he dialed it as much as the defacto high huge receiver, Jefferson, who fought via contact and beat his man down the left sideline, hauling within the game-winning landing. 

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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Matt Homosexual nailed the additional level for the lead, and on the following possession, Derek Carr’s first cross was intercepted by security Taylor Rapp to ice the gorgeous comeback win, as LA snaps a six-game dropping streak to maneuver to 4-9 on the season.

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Regardless of the percentages set in opposition to him, Mayfield was 22 of 35 for 230 yards and one landing to gather simply his second win as a starter this season. He went 1-5 with the Panthers earlier than they launched him. 

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For the Raiders, it was one more head-scratching loss, particularly with how they set the tone on their first drive of the sport. Carr and the offense went 12 performs and 75 yards with Josh Jacobs busting it into the top zone to make it 7-0 early on. 

Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a reception against Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a reception in opposition to Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Los Angeles Rams throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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The Raiders’ protection was doing their job, too, recognizing Mayfield was studying the offense on the fly and feeding off that. Nonetheless, Carr couldn’t maintain drives for Las Vegas, particularly within the second half after they had been solely capable of safe one subject aim. He additionally threw an interception in the long run zone throughout the first half, which trying again now, was a game-changing play. 

Carr would end the sport 11 of 20 via the air with 137 yards and two interceptions, whereas Jacobs had 99 yards on 27 carries. 

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Davante Adams had a sick one-handed seize off Jalen Ramsey on the third play of the sport for the Raiders, however he’d end with simply three receptions on seven targets for 71 yards. 

The Raiders got here into this recreation nonetheless within the AFC playoff hunt and a win to maneuver to 6-7 would’ve helped their probabilities to safe a wild card spot down the stretch. 

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a cross throughout the first half of an NFL soccer recreation in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.
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As an alternative, Mayfield reminded everybody why he was the primary total choose to play spoiler on Thursday night time.   

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Russell Wilson hopes to stay with Broncos, wants to win 2 more Super Bowls

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Russell Wilson finished his second season with the Denver Broncos on the bench as the team failed to make the playoffs for the eighth straight year.

While it appeared that the Broncos could be on the way to trading Wilson, Denver head coach Sean Payton said in January the team was still mulling a “final decision” on the quarterback.

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Wilson told Brandon Marshall on the “I Am Athlete” podcast he wanted to stay with the Broncos.

Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos scrambles against the New England Patriots at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Dec. 24, 2023. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

“I’ve got more fire than ever, honestly, especially over the past two years and what I’ve gone through,” the 35-year-old Super Bowl champion said. “Whether it’s in Denver or somewhere else. I hope it’s in Denver. I hope I get to finish there. I committed there. I want to be there.”

He added that he wanted to win at least two more Super Bowls in the next five years.

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“For me, it’s about winning. In the next five years, I want to win two,” Wilson said. “I want to feel the chill of that trophy again. I love the city and everything else, but you also want to be in a place that loves you, too. I want to win, that’s all I care about.”

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Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton, center, watches quarterbacks Russell Wilson, left, and Jarrett Stidham at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2024. (RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/Denver Post via Getty Images)

Wilson was benched for the final two games of the season. He also revealed the Broncos approached him during the team’s bye week and informed him that he would be benched unless he reworked his contract.

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According to Wilson, the conversation revolved around the guarantee against injury in his five-year, $245 million contract he signed last year. The contract kicks in next season.

Wilson has an estimated $37 million salary in 2025, which becomes fully vested in March. If the quarterback suffered a significant injury at any point in the season, it would complicate his financial situation, NFL Network reported.

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Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Dec. 31, 2023. (Perry Knotts/Getty Images)

Payton and Wilson appeared to have a hot and cold relationship throughout the season. Cameras caught Payton yelling at Wilson on the sideline multiple times during the season.

The high point of the quarterback-coach relationship came during a five-game winning streak. Wilson lifted the team to three straight wins after the bye week before the Broncos dropped three of their next four games.

Denver finished 8-9 on the year. It was the most wins they’ve recorded since its nine-win season in 2016.

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Tyronn Lue aiming to fix what ails Clippers after another double-digit loss

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After seeing so much decline in his team’s recent play, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue is determined to find a solution.

His potential fix? More practice.

In the wake of the Clippers’ 123-107 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night at Crypto.com Arena, Lue will have plenty of justification for pushing his players in practice over the next two days.

The Clippers have struggled since the All-Star break, their defense barely to be found and their offense stagnant. They are 1-2 since the break, with both losses coming by double digits. They lost by 22 points on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

Lue said his practice sessions will have a simple theme: “Just get better.”

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“We’re going to practice the next two days just to make sure we understand what we need to do on offense and what we need to do on defense and continue to keep getting better,” Lue said before Sunday’s loss. “And so we’ve had some slippage on both sides of the ball as far as what we need to do. And so we have these two practice days to get better and hopefully get back on track to the way we’ve been playing before.”

The Clippers next play Wednesday when the Lakers will be the visiting team.

Against the Kings, Lue did not have one of his stars, with Paul George out because of left knee soreness.

Norman Powell filled in for George in his first start of the season, finishing with 21 points.

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The Clippers trailed by 18 points after the third quarter but managed to close to within five in the fourth before the Kings pulled away. Six Sacramento players scored in double figures, with De’Aaron Fox finishing with a game-high 33 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists, and Harrison Barnes finished with 22 points.

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Clippers. James Harden had 20 points and eight assists, and Ivica Zubac finished with 16 points and six rebounds.

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Bill Belichick’s son reveals father’s intentions after not landing head coaching job

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Steve Belichick, the son of legendary NFL coach Bill Belichick, revealed what’s in store for his father after he didn’t land a head coaching job this offseason. 

Steve Belichik made an appearance on “Green Light with Chris Long,” where he divulged his father’s intentions heading into the new NFL season, which includes a role in television.

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“He’s definitely pursuing some other stuff, whether it’s TV or a regular on ‘Green Light’ or whatever it may be,” he said of his father.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick chats with his son, assistant coach Steve Belichick. (John Tlumacki/Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Steve Belichick also commented on how his father was holding up after leaving the Patriots following 24 years of dominance that included six Super Bowl rings.

“I think he’s good, you know?” Steve Belichick said after being asked if his father was “OK” leaving the Patriots. “Let the stuff roll off your back and move forward. He doesn’t dwell unless we lost the game and need to get on some guys, but eventually you’ve got to turn the page. Honestly, I wasn’t too involved in any of that stuff. He did his thing, I did my thing and that was kind of that.”

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It wasn’t for the lack of trying that Bill Belichick didn’t land a head coaching job. He interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons twice following his mutual parting of ways with the Patriots, which came after a dismal 4-13 season. 

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However, the Falcons and owner Arthur Blank decided to go with Raheem Morris, the former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator, for the job. Several other teams, including the Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders didn’t bring in Belichick as well.

In turn, a media role became a topic of conversation in NFL circles with regard to Belichick.

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Bill Belichick speaks to the media during a press conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Jan. 11, 2024. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Of course, Belichick was known for being stoic when asked questions by the media during his many years as a head coach. But an appearance before the Army-Navy Game this year on ESPN’s “College GameDay” might have changed some minds about what he’d be like as an NFL analyst, especially after he put a 1962 Navy helmet on his head.

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“I hope he just goes out and is himself and … shows his personality a little bit, which he doesn’t do most of the time, unless you’re in the building,” Steve Belichick said. “… Putting on the helmet and stuff like that, he does s— like that a lot but no one ever sees it. And so, I was happy that people at least saw a better side of him that not a lot of people see.”

Steve Belichick took the Washington Huskies’ defensive coordinator position this month despite Jerod Mayo, his father’s successor with the Patriots, offering him and his brother, Brian, a spot on his staff, per Sports Illustrated. 

He joined his father’s staff in New England in 2012, serving as a coaching assistant before working up the ranks. He was named safeties coach prior to the 2016 season, when the Pats eventually won it all on the famous Malcolm Brown interception at the goal line against the Seahawks.

Steve Belichick in November 2023

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He started calling defensive plays in 2019 following Brian Flores’ departure, and the Patriots went on to beat the Rams in the Super Bowl, which was the lowest scoring title game of all time.

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