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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo's 38-yard field goal made it 14-10 49ers, but Jameis Winston cost his team a touchdown with that unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing with an official. He has to keep his emotions in check. They could have gone for it on fourth-and-1, but instead, they were pushed back to fourth-and-16.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Landry Jones with two dimes on that drive - a teardrop to Antonio Brown and a shot to Darrius Heyward-Bey in the corner for a 13-yard score. There's a ballgame.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

There is still 6:02 left in the first half and Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers already has 102 rushing yards (11 carries) against the 49ers. The Niners gave up 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns last week to LeSean McCoy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A feel for the Patriots' TE usage: Rob Gronkowski has played 23 of the first 26 offensive snaps of the game, as the only package he isn't a part of is the 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-FB-1-RB package. In turn, Martellus Bennett has played 13 of the first 26 offensive snaps. He isn't part of the 3-WR, 1-TE, 1-RB package or the 2-WR, 1-TE-2-RB package. The Patriots lead 14-0 with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick just threw his first interception of the season courtesy of a poor decision. Kaepernick had room to run up the middle but tried to force it outside the numbers across his body to TE Vance McDonald. The Niners simply aren't good enough to overcome those kind of costly turnovers and Tampa Bay has a good chance to tie it up here.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DE Mario Williams said there was no extra good feelings beating the Bills. He's just happy the team got a win.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills C Eric Wood says Aaron Williams left today's Bills game in an ambulance. Williams sustained a head and neck injury on a hit by Jarvis Landry.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Evans returned to action after having his abdomen area checked. Evans has become the focal point of the Bucs' passing game. His 12.4 targets per game are more than any other player in the league.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley: "I know it's going to go right to quarterback but we all need to take responsibility."

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Brad Keselowski is out of the Chase after his engine died with 44 laps left in the race at Talladega. He had led 90 laps before the engine went up in smoke.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said he had cramps down the stretch because it's the most carries he's had in a long time. He's fine heading into the bye week.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Smart call from the Patriots to get the ball to RB James White on the screen pass for a TD. That breaks some tendencies from a defensive perspective. Third and short. Spread set. There isn't a high-alert for the screen in that situation.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers defense getting decent pressure up front in forcing Tom Brady to use his legs for two third downs. But Pittsburgh is usually better defending the screen - Lawrence Timmons and Robert Golden got cleared out by blocks on that 19-yard, clear-path touchdown for Patriots RB James White.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

James White's 19-yard touchdown catch-and-run, on a beautifully executed screen, has given the Patriots a 7-0 lead with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter. It capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive that covered 7 minutes and 22 seconds. One key on the drive was Tom Brady extending a few plays on third down that resulted in conversions.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick quickly cashed in on LB Gerald Hodges' interception as he evaded pressure and squeezed a pass into tight space to RB Shaun Draughn for a 17-yard touchdown pass. It was Draughn's first snap of the game after playing behind Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris. The Niners now lead it 14-0 with 8 seconds left in the first quarter.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammie Coates is questionable to return. Left hand. Must have re-injured it.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is walking slowly off to the sideline with trainers after taking a big hit in the stomach from Jimmie Ward. Ward led with his head. The ball bounced out of Evans' hands and into Gerald Hodges' hands for a pick.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says he felt pain in his hamstring while running a route in the third quarter. He thought that was a "warning" and he wanted to "be smart" and shut it down for the game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler intercepted Landry Jones in the end zone on a third-down pass intended for Antonio Brown to end the Steelers' first drive. Butler was all over Brown, as Jones essentially threw up a 50-50 type ball. Butler has been craving more INTs for some time now and gets a big one there.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Carson Wentz is the 4th different rookie starting QB to beat a team 5-0 or better since the 1970 merger. He's the first to do so since Mark Sanchez beat the undefeated Colts in 2009.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer called the Vikings' performance "embarrassing in at least two phases." On Sam Bradford: "It's hard to evaluate his performance when we look like a sieve."

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the Eagles "were blitzing a lot. I mean, I would too. We weren't picking up anybody."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says Aaron Williams is still "undergoing evaluation for a head and neck injury." He's not aware if Williams had to go to hospital at all.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

With 50 laps remaining at Talladega, two drivers who can only guarantee themselves a spot in the next round with a win have shown race-winning potential: Brad Keselowski has led the most laps but Denny Hamlin, who won the Daytona 500, has shown the ability to get to the front. Other Chase bubble drivers with strong cars included Joey Logano and Chase Elliott.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy: "He was cleared to play. We thought he was fine." Ryan adds, "I don't know if he wasn't 100 percent" -- yes, you read that correctly.