From The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Justin Fields threw for 179 yards and a touchdown and ran for 82 yards and another score, and the Bears’ defense forced returning Patriots starter Mac Jones back on the bench to give Chicago a 33-14 win bring New England.
In a quarterback matchup from the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game, Fields outplayed Jones, who led Alabama to victory over Fields’ Ohio State. And Fields also outplayed Patriots rookie Bailey Zappe, who came on after Jones managed just two three-and-outs and one interception on his return after missing three games with a high ankle sprain.
As the wet crowd at Gillette Stadium shouted “Zappe! Zapp!” The fourth-round draft pick from Western Kentucky led the Patriots to back-to-back touchdowns and a 14-10 lead. However, Chicago then ran out 23 unanswered points.
Fields had a 25-yard scoring pass to Khalil Herbert and then, after Zappe fumbled for the last 2 minutes, the Bears (3-4) added a field goal to make it 20-14 at halftime.
Zappe was 5 of 6 for 109 yards and a touchdown in the first half. But in the second he was 9 of 16 for 76 yards and two interceptions. Jones completed 3 of 6 passes for 13 yards with one interception. Rhamondre Stevenson caught eight passes for 59 yards and ran 11 times for 39 for the Patriots (3-4).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The New York Jets moved quickly to replace the injured rookie running back Breece Hall.
The Jets traded a conditional late-round draft pick to Jacksonville for James Robinson, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the deal had not yet been formally finalized.
Robinson, a third-year pro who lost his starting job to former Clemson star Travis Etienne two weeks ago, has yet to pass a physical.
Robinson has 81 carries for 340 yards and three touchdowns this season, plus nine catches for 46 yards and one score. In his first two years with Jacksonville, he totaled 1,837 rushing yards, 566 yards receiving and 18 total TDs.
Robinson could be an adequate replacement for Hall, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Denver on Sunday. Hall, a second-round pick from Iowa State, was one of the NFL’s top rookies and a key playmaker in the Jets’ 5-2 start. He has a team-leading 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 80 attempts.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The NFL said it is investigating what happened between two game officials and Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans in the tunnel at Bank of America Stadium after the Buccaneers’ 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
A reporter captured video of judge Jeff Lamberth and linesman Tripp Sutter approaching Evans as he made his way to the locker room.
There is a brief inaudible exchange between the GMs and Evans before the player turns around and is given a note. A second video posted by a reporter from 1340 AM Fox Sports appears to show Evans writing something while Lamberth stood beside him as Tampa Bay players walked past them into the locker room.
According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, game officials are not permitted to “ask players, coaches or other team members for autographs or memorabilia.”
The CBA goes on to say that it recognizes that game officials may need to obtain player autographs or team merchandise or memorabilia for personal or charitable purposes, but said such requests should be made through the official department and never directly to a player or team employee.
Lamberth is in his 20th season as an NFL official and Sutter is in his fourth.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts thought Matt Ryan would help them get on a playoff run, maybe even win a championship. Instead, the injured and battered 15-year veteran is benched.
Coach Frank Reich announced that second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger will make his starting XI debut against the Washington Commanders on Sunday.
The move comes a day after a 19-10 loss at Tennessee left Indy 1 1/2 games behind the Titans in the AFC South. Ryan threw two interceptions and was dismissed three times, the first of which apparently resulted in a separated throwing shoulder late in the first half.
He was 18 of 21 with 123 yards and a second-half touchdown but failed to complete his fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. Even if Ryan hadn’t been injured, Reich said the decision would have been the same.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Nantz will retire from hosting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament after next year and will be succeeded by Ian Eagle.
Nantz has been part of CBS coverage of the tournament since 1986. He was a studio host for five years before calling his first Final Four in 1991. Nantz, 63, will continue to be the main voice of the network’s NFL coverage, leading his golf team. CBS has The Masters and PGA Championship.
Eagle has been with CBS since 1998. In addition to officiating the tournament, he is part of the network’s No. 2 NFL team. The 53-year-old Eagle is also part of Turner’s NBA coverage and has called Brooklyn Nets games since 1995.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phil Kessel equaled the NHL record for consecutive games played in the Vegas Golden Knights’ 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Chandler Stephenson got the go-ahead 42 seconds into the third period, and Nicolas Roy and Michael Amadio also scored for Vegas. Logan Thompson made 23 saves.
Kessel equaled defenseman Keith Yandle’s Ironman record by playing in his 989th straight game. The 17-year veteran will break the mark Tuesday in San Jose.
Yandle’s streak began in 2009 and ended in March of last season. Kessel’s streak began in November 2009.