Watch Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett Connect For Insane Score

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Even the camera could hardly keep up with the rocket being thrown across the field on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 7.

On 1st-and-20 with under a minute left in the first half, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got it done before halftime.

The quarterback aired a deep ball 60 yards to receiver Tyler Lockett, giving Seattle a 27-14 lead.

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OHMYGOODNESS RUSSELL WILSON!! DEEEEP TD to @TDLockett12! (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/xq12BOXBI5— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 26, 2020

Sheesh.

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49ers’ Fred Warner, Emmanuel Moseley React To Interceptions On Cam Newton

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It was not a good day at the office for New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton.

The Patriots signal-caller threw three interceptions and completed just nine passes in a 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Newton’s first interception came on a pass intended for receiver Jakobi Meyers. 49ers’ Fred Warner was the beneficiary of the play, which came on the first snap of New England’s third possession.

“We just came out and they ran, I guess you call it a drift by the receiver, and it ended up turning into an over route when I was trying to carry him and Cam (Newton) made a bad throw and I came up with it,” Warner told reporters after the game. “… But the entire team as a whole, getting those turnovers were huge for us today.”

Emmanuel Moseley came away with the 49ers second interception just before the half. Newton’s downfield pass, again intended for Meyers, came with less than 30 seconds remaining. San Francisco took a 23-3 lead at the break.

“I just saw the guy running fast so I figured he was going to run the post,” Moseley said after the win. “I see Cam Newton’s arm going up like he was going to throw it. Then the guy tripped and the ball was sailing so I wanted to make sure I caught it first and then returned it.”

Newton’s third interception of the game was a pass thrown behind Julian Edelman, who tipped it in the air and into the arms of 49ers’ Josh Taylor. It was Newton’s last pass of the game as he was then pulled for quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

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Patriots Notes: Joe Thuney Injury Update; Rookie Tight End Debuts Vs. 49ers

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Some assorted notes and nuggets from the San Francisco 49ers’ 33-6 shellacking of the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium:

— The Patriots lost three players to injuries in the loss: wide receiver N’Keal Harry (head), guard Joe Thuney (ankle) and offensive tackle Justin Herron (ankle). All three left the game and did not return.

Thuney’s injury is believed to be a mild low ankle sprain, according to a report from NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero — good news for a player who has not missed a game in his five-year NFL career.

Before leaving Sunday’s game, Thuney, a second-team All-Pro last season, hadn’t missed an offensive snap since Week 7 of last season.

— Second-year pro Jakobi Meyers replaced Harry on offense and was one of the few bright spots for New England, finishing with four catches on six targets for a team-high 60 yards.

Meyers’ other two targets resulted in Cam Newton interceptions, but neither was within the young wideout’s reach.

Ten Patriots players caught passes in the game, but only Meyers and running back Rex Burkhead (three for 35 yards) caught more than one. Receivers Julian Edelman (three targets), Damiere Byrd (two targets) and Harry (two targets) each finished with one reception.

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— The Patriots made a change to their tight end depth chart for this game, swapping out one third-round rookie (Devin Asiasi) for another (Dalton Keene).

Keene made his NFL debut following a streak of four straight healthy scratches. The Virginia Tech finished with one catch on one target for 8 yards and saw ample playing time as he rotated with starter Ryan Izzo.

Asiasi, who has yet to receive a target in five games this season, sat out as a healthy scratch.

— Slow starts have plagued the Patriots all season. They have scored just seven first-quarter points through six games, and those came on a Devin McCourty pick-six in Week 2. The offense has yet to score in the opening frame.

New England did get a Nick Folk field goal seconds into the second quarter Sunday but failed to score a single touchdown. That had not happened since 2016, when Jacoby Brissett was shut out 16-0 by the Buffalo Bills.

— Speaking of Buffalo, the 2-4 Patriots trail their 5-2 division foes by 2 1/2 games in the AFC East. On tap next Sunday: a matchup with the Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.

New England then will face the winless New York Jets on “Monday Night Football” before welcoming the formidable Baltimore Ravens to Gillette Stadium in Week 10.

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What Was Message In Patriots’ Locker Room After Brutal Loss To 49ers?

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FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have fallen to 2-4 on the 2020 season after an embarrassing Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but the team is staying on message.

Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who subbed in for starter Cam Newton in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss, relayed what was communicated to the team after the game.

“The message after the game was: We all have a lot to work on,” Stidham said. “We all have a lot to work really hard on to get better to improve, and then that’s where our focus needs to be. Our focus needs to be coming in starting tomorrow and getting better and working and doing everything that we can to get better and to improve on a daily basis.”

Patriots wideout Jakobi Meyers passed along special teams captain Matthew Slater’s message.

“I feel like Slate said it best,” Meyers said. “He said we’ve all got to prepare and be better and execute better. This is the NFL and people are not going to come here and lay down because we’re the Patriots. We’ve got to go out and be the best team we can be and I feel like we’ll do that moving forward.”

Slater told reporters after the game that he continues to believe in his teammates despite the loss.

The Patriots play the AFC East-leading 5-2 Buffalo Bills on the road in Week 8.
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Bruce Arians Denies Tom Brady Had Anything To Do With Bucs Signing Antonio Brown

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If Tom Brady is getting some reps at general manager while playing quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Bruce Arians is denying it.

Yet, the six-time Super Bowl Champion now has two former New England Patriots teammates in his receiving corps.

Following the Buccaneers win Sunday in Week 7 over the Oakland Raiders, Arians told reporters that Brady had nothing to do with the signing of elite wideout Antonio Brown to a one-year deal.

“Tom had nothing to do with this,” Arians said. “This is something (the actual general manager) Jason (Licht) and I have been talking about for some time.”

It formerly was reported that the Brady was a “driving force” in the team’s decision to give Brown another shot in the league, as Arians wasn’t originally keen on dealing with Brown or the baggage he comes with.

The Bucs have been dealing with some injuries, but it’s hard to believe the G.O.A.T. had no input. Especially considering there were rumors floating around that Brady wanted to bring Brown with him back in March.

Whatever you say, Bruce.

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Patriots Playing For Their Jobs After ‘Embarrassing’ Loss To 49ers, Devin McCourty Says

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FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have lost three games in a row. They’re 2-4 on the season. If things don’t change soon, some of their players won’t be here much longer.

That’s the message veteran safety and co-captain Devin McCourty stressed after Sunday’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium — the largest home defeat of the Bill Belichick era.

McCourty called the loss “embarrassing” multiple times during his postgame video conference.

“You don’t ever want to come out and get embarrassed the way we did today,” McCourty said. “… It’s just embarrassing the way we went out there and played.

“We’ve got to go out there and play to keep jobs right now. I know Coach Belichick, the Krafts, they’re not fielding a team for us to go out there and play like that. So we’ve got to improve, and we’ve got to improve in a hurry.”

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The 49ers dominated the game in every facet, outgaining the Patriots 467 yards to 241, averaging 7.4 yards per play to the Patriots’ 4.9, punting just once (on their final possession) and intercepting four passes from Patriots quarterbacks Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham. (The former was benched early in the fourth quarter.)

New England intercepted two Jimmy Garoppolo passes, but one came on an end-zone heave in the final seconds of the first half.

Since excelling against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, the Patriots’ defense has forced just three total points in losses to the Denver Broncos and 49ers and has surrendered points on 12 of opponents’ last 19 possessions, excluding kneeldowns.

The Niners scored touchdowns on four of their five red-zone trips and went 5-for-9 on third down (the Patriots were 1-for-7). San Francisco rushed for 197 yards and repeatedly gashed New England on pop passes and other quick throws.

Eight of Jimmy Garoppolo’s 20 completions and 103 of his 277 passing yards came on passes completed behind the line of scrimmage, though the ex-Patriots QB did deliver a 35-yard bomb to Brandon Aiyuk that set up one 49ers touchdown.

Asked what went wrong defensively, McCourty replied: “Everything.”

“We never had control of the game,” he said. “Inside runs, outside runs, a couple different big plays, the wheel route in the passing game. A lot of the passes were that kind of missile/jet sweep — it’s like a run, but it’s a pass — and the bubble passes. But (when) you give up 33 points, I don’t think we did anything really well today.”

The Patriots trail the 5-2 Buffalo Bills by 2 1/2 games in the AFC East. They’re scheduled to visit the Bills next Sunday.

“When you lose 33-6, you can’t say we’re close,” McCourty said. “It just is what it is. We’re 2-4. We can’t say we’re right there. We’ve just got to put our head down and work.”

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Why Hasn’t Jakobi Meyers Been Playing In Patriots’ Offense All Along?

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FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers immediately became quarterback Cam Newton’s favorite target as soon as he entered New England’s Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

So, why wasn’t Meyers, who caught four passes on six targets for 60 yards in New England’s 33-6 loss, playing all along?

Meyers entered the game with just one 7-yard catch on 22 snaps through the first six weeks of the 2020 season while playing behind Damiere Byrd, N’Keal Harry, Julian Edelman and even practice squad wideout Isaiah Zuber in one of the NFL’s weakest wide receiver rooms. Meyers, a 2019 undrafted free agent, was a healthy scratch in Week 4 and while the second-year pro dressed for Week 6, he didn’t get on the field.

After Harry exited Sunday’s game with a head injury, Meyers played the majority of snaps the rest of the way.

Meyers said Sunday he tries not to question why he’s not receiving more playing time.

“All I know is if I keep focusing on what I don’t have, then I won’t be ready for when I do get it,” Meyers said. “Just keep trying to focus on when my name is called will I know the play? Because there’s nothing worse than a guy who complains and then when that chance comes, he doesn’t handle it right.”

In 2019, Meyers played 36.2 percent of Patriots offensive snaps and finished third among wide receivers with 26 catches for 359 yards. Harry, a 2019 first-round pick, played 19.2 percent of offensive snaps and finished with 12 catches for 105 yards last season.

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The Patriots clearly think more of Harry based on his first-round pedigree, but Meyers has been the more productive player on a per-snap basis through the first two seasons of their NFL careers. Meyers also dealt with a shoulder injury in training camp.

“It’s a business,” Meyers said. “And I know if I don’t perform no matter what the excuse is, what happened prior to me being in there — if I don’t perform when I get in there, they won’t need me anymore. I just want to come in and prove that I can be there, be that guy that they rely on when tough times happen. And hopefully, I show something to move forward and play more.”

Newton threw interceptions on both of his incompletions to Meyers. The first one was thrown low into double coverage, and the second was overthrown into double coverage. Meyers tripped on the overthrow but probably would have struggled to catch up with Newton’s pass anyway.

The Patriots’ offense has become stagnant over the last two weeks, and Meyers did provide a small spark when he was on the field. The Patriots should shuffle their receiver snaps moving forward to see if anyone on the current roster could breathe some life into the offense.

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Patriots’ Cam Newton Admits His ‘Wi-Fi’ With Julian Edelman Is ‘Definitely Off’

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FOXBORO, Mass. — After another quiet day for Julian Edelman, Cam Newton acknowledged his connection with the New England Patriots’ most accomplished pass-catcher is not where it needs to be.

“Our Wi-Fi is definitely off,” the New England Patriots quarterback said after being benched in the fourth quarter of his team’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium.

“And it’s frustrating because knowing the person Julian is and knowing the body of work that he puts in each and every week and day and from preparation to biometrically with his body, you fall in love with a person like that. And with me, I just want to win. I just want to find a way to win. And here of late, that hasn’t been the case.”

Newton threw in Edelman’s direction just once against the Niners, and the pass was well behind the veteran receiver. It tipped off Edelman’s hands and straight to cornerback Jamar Taylor for an interception — one of three Newton threw in the loss.

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Edelman received two targets from backup QB Jarrett Stidham, and one of those was intercepted, as well. He finished with one catch for 13 yards.

Since Newton returned from his one-game COVID-related absence, Edelman has three catches on nine targets for 21 yards. He has more passing yards (38) during that same span.

This isn’t a new development, either. Since tallying a career-high 179 receiving yards in a Week 2 loss in Seattle, Edelman has provided only modest offensive production, catching eight passes on 21 targets for 79 yards and no touchdowns over four games (three with Newton).

“We’ve got to figure it out,” Newton said. “We’ve got to figure it out.”

Edelman also has been the Patriots’ third receiver in terms of playing time this season, trailing Damiere Byrd and N’Keal Harry in snaps as he continues to nurse a nagging knee injury.

When Harry left Sunday’s game with a concussion, Jakobi Meyers, not Edelman, took over the bulk of his snaps.

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Tom Brady Is NFL’s Leader For All-Time Passing Touchdowns After Week 7

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Who will go down as the quarterback with the most passing touchdowns in NFL history?

That depends on whose career lasts longer between Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Unless of course, the former keeps putting up numbers like he did in Week 7.

Brady on Sunday passed the New Orleans Saints’ longtime signal-caller in all-time passing touchdowns during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-20 win.

His 559th career toss into the end zone was his fourth of the game. The 43-year-old completed 33-of-45 attempts for 369 yards and had a rushing touchdown as well.

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[email protected] making it look easy : #TBvsLV on FOX pic.twitter.com/mCKoE0unUF— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020

Gronk Spike for #NationalTightEndsDay : #TBvsLV on FOX pic.twitter.com/6o8eNPmHz5— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020

Scooter for 33 yards on his second TD of the season : #TBvsLV on FOX pic.twitter.com/7D0MpqsWRB— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020

LFG @CGtwelve_ : #TBvsLV on FOX pic.twitter.com/ilkhxX7PW1— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020

With that TD pass to @T_muhneyy10, @TomBrady moves into the top spot for TD passes in league history.: #TBvsLV on FOX pic.twitter.com/W5VxPHpeVP— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020

Brees threw for two touchdowns as the Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Brady has scored 15 total touchdowns so far this season, while the New England Patriots simultaneously had one of their worst games of the Bill Belichick era at the hands of their old backup, Jimmy Garropolo.

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Brandon Aiyuk Chuckles, Gives Blunt Response To Question About Patriots Secondary

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The New England Patriots defense had pretty much nothing good to offer Sunday night.

They missed tackles like it was their job. They got gashed in the running game. They allowed Jimmy Garoppolo to throw for 277 yards, the quarterback’s most since Week 17 of last season.

All told, the San Francisco 49ers walloped the Patriots 33-6 at Gillette Stadium.

Rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk was a favorite target of Garoppolo’s, catching six of his seven targets for 115 yards. He did that while at times being marked by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.

Although New England’s front seven isn’t a strength, the secondary long has been a solid positional group. Aiyuk was asked about burning them, and his response was, in a word, interesting.

Here was the exchange:

Reporter: “Brandon this is viewed as one of the best secondaries in the league, the Patriots have, and you guys had a lot of success against them — you especially. What was your impression — especially going against Stephon Gilmore — and how much do you feel you learned going against a corner like that.“

Aiyuk: “It was a good secondary, and, I mean, (chuckles) just it was a good secondary I guess.“

Maybe he does truly believe that it’s a good secondary. That said, no one could blame him for not giving the highest of praise to the Patriots defense.

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