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Ben Roethlisberger won't let Steelers fall out of playoff picture

PITTSBURGH -- Nearly four weeks ago, Ben Roethlisberger stood outside his locker and delivered two simple words about his leadership plans for the season's second half: Follow me.

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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul injured his groin against the Steelers on Sunday. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.

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Tiger silences the doubters

It took all of seven days for Tiger Woods to put to rest any debate over whether the fire is still burning for the 14-time major champion.

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How will the new man in charge of the U.S. men's team approach the batch of talented young players differently than his predecessor?

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Benavidez takes split decision over Cejudo

Joseph Benavidez outworked Henry Cejudo on Saturday night, as the opposing coaches on Season 24 of "The Ultimate Fighter" put on a classic flyweight duel in Las Vegas.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Carr put up another MVP-caliber performance. Khalil Mack wrecked shop in his push to be the NFL's defensive player of the year. And the Raiders (10-2) cleared another hurdle with another comeback win, this one 38-24 after trailing 24-9 in the third quarter. But a bigger challenge awaits...and on a short week...and on the road. Paging the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3).

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Buccaneers beat Chargers 28-21 to move into a tie for first place in the NFC South. The ViewFromVegas is they did it as 3.5-point road underdogs and +160 on the money line. The game stayed just under the closing betting total of 49.5 points.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Ladarius Green's 17 fantasy points were a career high, and he had nearly as many targets (11) as he played snaps in Week 12 (12, that his previous season high).

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor went 10-of-26 passing for 89 yards after the first quarter as the Bills collapsed against the Raiders, 38-24. Oakland's 29 unanswered points effectively buried the Bills' playoff chances as they fall to 6-6 and now must need four consecutive wins, and most likely a lot of help from other teams, in order to snap their 16-year playoff drought.

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders rally to beat Bills 38-24 to improve to 10-2. The ViewFromVegas is they also covered as 3-point home favorites and improve to 8-4 ATS. The game also flew over the betting total of 49 points to make the Raiders also 10-2 with the over.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A Christmas wish for Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion).

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Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

How do you win games in the fourth quarter? With a big-time pass rush (or pass-rusher). That's what the Raiders have in Khalil Mack, who just clinched a game for the second consecutive week with a strip sack. Mack is a great player regardless, but he seems to shift into competitive overdrive in the fourth quarter. The Raiders will take it.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has moved into third place on the NFL's all-time receptions list, passing Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison today. The NFL receptions record of 1,549 is held by Jerry Rice.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

David Johnson has also now scored more fantasy points in 12 games (244) than any running back did all last season; Devonta Freeman's 230 led in 2015.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Remarkable: David Johnson, with his 26 fantasy points today, isn't that far off the OVERALL (all positions) lead: Aaron Rodgers 263 Drew Brees 255 Matt Ryan 246 Johnson 244

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

29 unanswered points from Oakland have put the Bills in a deep hole, 38-24, with eight minutes remaining. Bills' offense has been utterly ineffective on past four possessions, and tired defense has appeared limp against Raiders' hot offense.

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Sereita Cobbs ESPN.com 

It's halftime at the Women's College Cup in San Jose. USC leads WVU 1-0. The Trojans stellar goalkeeper Sammy Prudhomme snags 4 saves to keep a clean sheet. The Mountaineers had 5 corner kicks, but couldn't find a way to put one in the back of the net.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Gillislee, who has vultured two touchdowns from LeSean McCoy today en route to matching a career high with 16 fantasy points, was started in 1.05 percent of ESPN leagues. Gillislee has four of the Bills' five rushing attempts within five yards of the Raiders' goal line. Jerome Felton had the fifth.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

With 8 catches today against Washington, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has moved into third place on the NFL's all-time receptions list. He passed Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison, and now sits behind No. 1 Jerry Rice and No. 2 Tony Gonzalez.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Make it two sacks for Olivier Vernon today. Now has 8.0 this season and seven in past five games. He's earning that money.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

There's that smooth route running ability from Raiders WR Amari Cooper. The slant and go. Double-move. Cooper set up the CB to take the bait on the TD pass from Derek Carr. Raiders now up 30-24 over the Bills in the fourth quarter.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals RB David Johnson having a balanced game so far. He has 54 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards to put him over 100 yards from scrimmage for the 12th straight time this season – he's done it in every game. Only one other player in NFL history has had 100 or more yards in their first 12 games of the season: Edgerrin James in both 2000 and 2005.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Pivot route on the Michael Floyd TD...Looks like a pick concept from a defensive perspective with Floyd releasing outside. And that puts the DB in an outside leverage position. Cardinals take a 17-13 lead on the Redskins.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Davey Johnson was passed over for Hall of Fame selection. He received fewer than five votes among the 16 voters and needed 75 percent. John Schuerholtz (16 votes) and Bud Selig (15) were selected.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants used a lot of window dressing on the screen pass to Rashad Jennings for the score. Boot action plus the reverse look. That puts some stress on defensive eye discipline. Giants cut the Steelers lead to 14-7 in the third quarter.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Momentum has shifted here in the Black Hole, the Raiders answering the Bills' two third-quarter TDs with two of their own, The question, as has been all season, is this - can Oakland's defense stay stout as Buffalo leads 24-23 with 57 seconds to go in the third quarter.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Crabtree played with fire on his post-TD celebration. Twice before this season Crabtree was flagged for taunting when refs thought he was doing a throat slash, rather than a Kenny Powers-inspired finger sniff celebration. So had Crabtree been interpreted as doing another throat slash, he would have been ejected from the game with his second personal foul, having been flagged earlier for taunting.

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Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham had one catch on one target in the first half. Has been targeted on six of the first nine plays of the second half. Four catches on this drive, which just came up short on fourth down at the goal line.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It's cold but otherwise the weather turned nice for today's game between the Panthers and Seahawks.

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Sereita Cobbs ESPN.com 

Wow! USC's Morgan Andrews with the very early goal in the Women's College Cup. The Trojans lead WVU 1-0 less than 2 minutes into the National Championship.