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December 22, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
PHOTO: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the focus on winning a Saturday Night Football showdown against the Rams, head coach Kyle Shanahan woke up at 3 AM to a call from 49ers’ backup quarterback C.J. Beathard.

The news from Beathard pushed the thought of the upcoming game to the back of Shanahan’s mind. Clayton Beathard, brother of 49ers’ backup quarterback, was brutally stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning in Nashville, TN. (READ MORE) by

Sean McVay stood against the wall of a dimly lit hallway behind the visitors’ locker room at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday night, his face still flushed with frustration, his mind racing with regret.

Twenty minutes earlier, McVay had been overcome with nausea as he stood on the sideline watching Robbie Gould’s 33-yard field goal as time expired give the San Francisco 49ers a 34-31 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. (READ MORE) by Michael Silver | NFL.com

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

he New England Patriots faced a must-win situation with the Buffalo Bills coming to town on Saturday afternoon. It felt like a playoff game. From the buzz in the crowd, to the focus of the players on the field. They needed to come out and play great, and they did. (READ MORE) by

The Buffalo Bills had a chance to bring the Patriots to overtime late on Saturday. Down 24-17 to New England in Foxborough with five minutes to go, the Bills pieced together their best drive of the day, and Josh Allen played the hero. The second-year quarterback converted a fourth-and-1 sneak that looked doomed before he sidestepped a defender, broke free of an uncalled face mask, and leaped for the first down. Two plays later, the Bills were within 8 yards of tying the game. (READ MORE) by

Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Bucs

Houston Texans v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Jameis Winston threw four interceptions and Ronald Jones lost a fumble. The Buccaneers had five turnovers this game. Winston threw three interceptions in the first half, including a pick-six, and threw another at the end of the game to ice it for Houston. From that point on, the Texans were able to kill the clock for a bit, punt, and then hang out to watch the Bucs flail against the dying light. (READ MORE) by

In Greek mythology, Icarus had wings made of feathers and wax. One time, he flew too close to the sun, the heat melted the wax, and Icarus crashed into the sea. Jameis Winston is the opposite of Icarus. He starts every game by crashing into the sea, but then he takes flight and heads directly for the sun. Winston’s 2019 has been one of the odder quarterback seasons in recent memory, but his performance in Tampa Bay’s 23-20 loss to the Houston Texans may go down as the quintessential game of his career. (READ MORE) by

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