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Thomas Rawls is ‘fully back’ and he’s just what the Seahawks offense needed -
Rawls lit the spark for Seattle’s offense in a 40-7 thumping of the Panthers.

Nick Fairley smacked Matthew Stafford in the face mask for no reason -
Not cool.

Earl Thomas’ retirement talk was ‘a little bit of an exaggeration,’ says Richard Sherman -
The Seahawks safety pondered retirement on Twitter after suffering a broken leg, but his teammates don’t think it’ll happen.

Matthew Stafford is looking more dynamic than ever for the Lions -
Stafford isn’t just a big arm that puts up a ton of yardage — he’s becoming a smarter, better quarterback and growing with an evolving offense.

Cam Newton's tie issues a statement about his owner's alleged dress code violation -
The slighted piece of neckwear issued a terse press release.

Jay Gruden is not ready to talk about the NFL playoffs -
Washington fell out of the No. 6 seed on Sunday causing its coach to rip into his team.

Tom Brady beat everybody on his way to be the NFL’s all-time winningest QB -
Tom Brady beat all 31 teams en route to his NFL-record 201st career win.

Khalil Mack is still a monster, as the Bills found out -
This guy.

Chiefs and Lions fluked their way to being good -
The Lions and Chiefs are proving that "fake it until you make it" works at a team level, too.

Eric Berry made plays the Chiefs needed in emotional Atlanta homecoming -
Berry was able to seal the game for his Chiefs to beat the Falcons on the road.

Cam Newton admits he was benched for not wearing a tie -
Newton also said that his lack of neckwear was not the reason the Panthers lost 40-7 to the Seahawks.

Earl Thomas breaks leg against Panthers and says retirement is running `through my mind` -
The Seahawks safety missed the first NFL game of his career last week.

Lions, I'm sorry I didn't believe in you -
The Lions deserve more respect than anyone has given them, including me.

Jeff Fisher's problems are never his fault, and he has a contract extension to prove it -
Nobody in the NFL is as good at being bad at their job as Jeff Fisher, but he’s got a million excuses for that. Let’s review them.

NFL scores and more, Week 13: What happened Sunday -
Eric Berry is AMAZING. The Seahawks can’t replace Earl Thomas. All that and everything else from Week 13 in the NFL.

Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Chargers
Who got this week's Game Ball?

5 Standouts from Bucs vs. Chargers
A few players who impressed in the Buccaneers' Week 13 victory over the Chargers.

Watch: Bucs vs. Chargers Press Conferences
HC Dirk Koetter and QB Jameis Winston were among Bucs who spoke to the media following the team's victory over the Chargers.

Watch: Koetter's Postgame Speech
HC Dirk Koetter delivers a speech in the locker room following the Bucs' Week 13 victory against the Chargers.

Streaking Buccaneers Rally Past Chargers
Cam Brate's touchdown catch and Keith Tandy's goal-line interception pushed the Buccaneers to a 28-21 win in San Diego and a tie for first in the NFC South.

Bucs Complete Cali Sweep In San Diego, Beat Chargers 28-21
The Tampa Bay Bucs won their fourth game in a row after traveling to San Diego and coming away with a 28-21 win over the Chargers.

Bucs Hit The Gas On Playoff Drive | Pewter Report
The Tampa Bay Bucs just improved their chances for reaching the playoffs in a massive way by beating the San Diego Chargers, 28-21.'s Most Impressive: Buccaneers at Chargers
Check out's list of Most Impressive Bucs players following their 28-21 win in San Diego Sunday, their fourth straight victory.

Shelton: With Takeaways, Bucs Defense Is Snatching Victories | Pewter Report
The Bucs defense had two second half takeaways at San Diego that propelled Tampa Bay to a 28-21 win, the team's fourth straight as it makes a playoff push.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Cecil Shorts out with right knee injury
The Buccaneers fear wide receiver Cecil Shorts might have suffered a significant right knee injury during the first half of Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers, a source told ESPN's Adam Kaplan.

Jameis Winston now a comfortable pocket passer - Stats & Info- ESPN
The Buccaneers have won four in a row and one reason is that Jameis Winston's Total QBR no longer resembles that of Brian Hoyer and Blaine Gabbert.

Bucs win fourth straight to move into tie for first in NFC South - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers grinded their way to a fourth straight win and caught the Falcons for the top spot in the NFC South.

NFL flexes Bucs' game at Dallas on Dec. 18 to Sunday Night Football | Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Bucs' four-game winning streak and surge into the NFC playoff chase will now get a national audience in two weeks.

Bucs journal: Tandy predicted Chargers route before end-zone interception | Tampa Bay Times
SAN DIEGO — Seconds before he made a leaping interception in the end zone to clinch the Bucs' 28-21 win Sunday, S Keith Tandy told teammate Vernon Hargreaves exactly what play was coming based on the alignment he saw from the Chargers' offense.

NFL playoffs: Everything goes Bucs' way to put Tampa Bay on the inside of playoff picture | Tampa Bay Times
SAN DIEGO — Not only did the Bucs win their fourth straight game Sunday, but nearly everything else across the league went their way, giving an additional boost to their playoff chances with four games remaining.

Jones: A very loud play for quiet leader Lavonte David | Tampa Bay Times
SAN DIEGO — The ball ricocheted into the air and came down in the sure hands of Bucs linebacker Lavonte David. All that was in front of him was 15 yards of wide open spaces, the end zone, his team's first lead of the day.

Shorthanded Bucs rally to beat Chargers for fourth straight win | Tampa Bay Times
SAN DIEGO — The hit came on their third play.