Cam Newton could be playing his final game in New England, but he has earned a place in the franchise’s record book
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Cam Newton could be playing his final game in New England, but he has earned a place in the franchise’s record book.
Newton’s 49-yard run on the Patriots’ opening drive Sunday against the Jets was the longest by a quarterback in franchise history. Steven Grogan held the previous record, twice posting 41-yard runs.
With the run Newton also passed Grogan for the single-season team record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Newton entered the game 26 yards behind Grogan, who had 539 rushing yards in 1978.
The Patriots’ drive ended with a 7-yard TD pass from Newton to James White to put the Patriots in front 7-0.
— Kyle Hightower, reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb went over 1,000 yards with style.
The Pro Bowler broke free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers to eclipse 1,000 yards for the second straight season. The Browns will make the playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a win.
Chubb, who rushed for 1,494 yards last season, missed four games earlier this season with a sprained right knee.
As a rookie, Chubb went over 1,000 yards before he was thrown for a loss late in the season finale and finished with 996.
The Tennessee Titans will be trying to win their first AFC South title in 12 years without a defensive lineman.
Tennessee placed rookie Teair Tart on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday hours before playing in Houston needing a victory over the Texans (4-11) to clinch the division. Tart has played seven games this season and got his first start last week in a loss at Green Bay.
The Titans also will be without four-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski who was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday. But three-time punter Brett Kern was activated off that list Saturday and will be available Sunday.
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