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Tom Brady scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass off his back foot http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-cody-barton-jersey , the sort of thing a less-experienced, less-accomplished and, well, less-cool QB might do. Patriots were on their way to a second consecutive defeat.More importantly — and more interestingly — they were on their way to a five-loss season for the first time in nearly a decade.And, finally, they were on their way to putting this thought in the minds of other teams around the NFL: Maybe, just maybe, the Patriots are not who they’ve been for oh-so-long. Maybe, just maybe, they’re not heading to another Super Bowl.“Not playing well enough to win,” is the way Brady put it.The 17-10 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday dropped Bill Belichick’s club to 9-5 overall, 3-5 on the road.New England probably will wind up winning a 10th consecutive AFC East title; it only needs one more victory to do that.“We’re still in a decent position Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey ,” the 41-year-old Brady said.That’s true, of course. And no one would be foolish enough to write off the Pats just yet. But two consecutive close late-season setbacks — last week’s “Miracle in Miami,” then this week’s penalty-fest in Pittsburgh, with 14 flags against the Patriots — certainly make them look vulnerable.Then there’s this: New England is currently slotted into the No. 3 seed in the conference standings, behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, which would translate to a wild-card slot and no bye in the playoffs. Why is that significant? Belichick’s Patriots never have reached the Super Bowl without a bye.As for that pivotal interception thrown by Brady, a week after he blew a scoring chance at the end of the first half in the loss at the Dolphins? Down 14-10 with about 8 minutes left, but inside Pittsburgh’s 20, Brady was flushed out of the pocket and basically threw the football up for grabs — into the hands of Steelers defensive back Joe Haden.“I was just trying to flick it out of bounds,” Brady said. “Didn’t want to take a sack.”Sure, Tom.But what you did was worse than a sack.“I’m not used to seeing Tom Brady just throw the ball up and just panic like he’s a rookie,” former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said on NBC’s “Football Night in America.”The rest of the league isn’t used to seeing Belichick, Brady and Co. seem this vulnerable.In case you missed it http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-phil-haynes-jersey , here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 15th Sunday:NICK OF TIMEWell, well, well, here we go again with Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles, right? A back injury kept Carson Wentz out of Philadelphia’s night game at the Los Angeles Rams, a must-win for the reigning champions. So in came Foles, who replaced a hurt Wentz late last season and ended up as the Super Bowl MVP; he went 24 of 31 for 270 yards in the Eagles’ 30-23 victory over LA, helping them improve to 7-7 and hold onto their slim chance at a postseason berth.WORST TO FIRSTRookie coach Matt Nagy and new pass-rusher Khalil Mack (another 2½ sacks Sunday) have the Chicago Bears back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 after beating the rival Green Bay Packers 24-17 to improve to 10-4 and clinch the NFC North. The Bears were fourth in the division last season, meaning that in 15 of the past 16 years, at least one NFL club has gone from worst to first.ON BENDED KNEEThere was more good news for the Bears: After their game, offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. dropped to a knee right there on the turf in the middle of the stadium, pulled out a box with a ring in it and proposed to his girlfriend. She said “Yes” — and some of Leno’s teammates helped him celebrate the occasion. Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s take: “I’m very happy for Charles. He planned it out pretty well.”JANIKOWSKI JOGS OFFKicker Sebastian Janikowski was involved in quite a sequence during Seattle’s 26-23 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers, which prevented the Seahawks from locking up a playoff spot. After the Seahawks scored the game’s first touchdown Ugo Amadi Jersey , Janikowski missed an extra point. Then his kickoff was returned 97 yards for a score by San Francisco’s Richie James Jr. — and the Twitterverse made note of Janikowski’s complete lack of interest in making a TD-saving tackle on the runback. Instead, he just got out of James’ way and sashayed to the sideline. KANSAS CITY, Mo. �? The Kansas City Chiefs walked out of Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles late Monday night confident that they could beat the Rams if they should get a rematch in the Super Bowl.If only they don’t have to beat themselves, too.For all the positives the Chiefs could take from their 54-51 shootout loss to the Rams �? and there were plenty �? the glaring mistakes overshadowed them. Patrick Mahomes tossed a trio of interceptions, lost a pair of fumbles and was sacked three times. The defense gave up too many big plays. Harrison Butker missed an extra point. And the Chiefs were penalized 13 times for 135 yards.Yet the Chiefs still led the Rams in the fourth quarter in a record-setting, back-and-forth offensive bonanza. They still had a chance to beat one of the NFL’s top teams on the road.So yes, they walked away with a loss. But also with a lot of confidence.“I mean, the fact that we were in this game with three scoring turnovers, we gave them 21 points off turnovers and they’re a good team,” Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley said.“If we can eliminate those penalties and those turnovers, this game is a different game. If we can score off those drives, it’s a different game. It all comes down to being disciplined and executing.”The Chiefs (9-2) had done that most of the season. They had only eight turnovers over their first 10 games, and while penalties have been a constant problem Dwayne Haskins Jersey , they had been able to overcome them.That all changed under the bright Monday night lights.Los Angeles linebacker Samson Ebukam returned Mahomes’ first fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter. He returned an interception 25 yards for another score in the third. And two interceptions in the final minutes scuttled any chance of setting up Butker for a tying field goal.“You go back in a game like this, heck, I wish I would have called some different plays. We can all do better,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We can learn from this in a lot of different ways. We’ve got to look at it individually, even though we talk team, and that helps us become a better team when we do that and be real with ourselves.”The Chiefs will have a bit of extra time for that self-assessment. They returned to Kansas City for their bye week, giving them an opportunity to reflect and recover.There were plenty of positives to reflect upon in Los Angeles, too.�? Mahomes threw for 478 yards, the second-most in franchise history, and matched his own club record with six touchdown passes. His quarterback rating just edged that of Rams counterpart Jared Goff, while his TD total set a record for a game on Monday night.�? Tyreek Hill had a career-high 10 catches for 215 yards and two TDs. It was the second-highest yardage total in Chiefs history, trailing only Stephone Paige’s 309 yards against San Diego in 1985.�? Tight end Travis Kelce also had 10 catches for 127 yards and a score, extending his streak of games with a reception to 74 �? the third-longest in franchise history.�? Kareem Hunt ran for 70 yards while catching three passes for 41 yards and a score. That made him the first player since Lenny Moore of the Baltimore Colts in 1961 to have seven touchdowns through the air and on the ground in his team’s first 11 games.There are dozens more statistical superlatives from Monday night’s game David Long Jersey , and indeed, from the first 11 games of the season.But perhaps the most important fact is that Kansas City’s two losses have come on the road against powerhouses in the Rams and Patriots. The Chiefs also remain atop the AFC West and have the No. 1 seed in the playoffs still firmly in their sights.If the Chiefs want that rematch with the Rams in the Super Bowl, the one they are confident they can win, earning a playoff path through Arrowhead Stadium will be paramount down the stretch.“You wanted to go win that game going into the bye week against a good team like that, a playoff team. But at the same time, we still control our own destiny,” Mahomes said.“We can go out there and win football games after the bye week. It’s kind of like that reset, get your body right and come back with that mentality that we’re going to win and we can still get home-field advantage, hopefully.”100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta


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