Sun Dec 4 7:33pm ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, foreground left, celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to running back Christian McCaffrey with offensive tackle Daniel Brunskill, middle, as Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) reacts during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vsquez)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vsquez)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after sacking Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with teammates Samson Ebukam (56) and Fred Warner (54) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vsquez)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, left, passes against Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Zach Sieler during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
Miami Dolphins players celebrate after a touchdown pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) to wide receiver Trent Sherfield, left, during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Rookie Brock Purdy threw two touchdown passes after replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers used another dominant defensive performance to beat the Miami Dolphins 33-17 Sunday for their fifth straight win.
The 49ers (8-4) allowed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sherfield on the opening play from scrimmage but little else until the fourth quarter against a high-powered attack for Miami (8-4) which had scored at least 30 points in four straight games.
Jimmie Ward and Deommodore Lenoir intercepted Tua Tagovailoa in the third quarter to lead to two field goals.
The 49ers had their four-game, second-half shutout streak snapped when Tagovailoa threw a 45-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill in the opening minute of the fourth quarter but held on from there. They capped the performance with a strip-sack from Nick Bosa that Dre Greenlaw returned for a 23-yard score.
The Dolphins had their five-game winning streak snapped in coach Mike McDaniel's first game against the 49ers after spending the past five years as an assistant in San Francisco.
Purdy, dubbed ''Mr. Irrelevant'' as the last pick of this year's NFL draft, proved to be quite important to the 49ers when Garoppolo hurt his foot on a sack on the final play of the opening drive.
Garoppolo was taken to the locker room on a cart and didn't return, leaving the game in the hands of Purdy, who had thrown his only nine passes in mop-up duty of a Week 7 loss to Kansas City.
Purdy capped his first drive of the game by throwing a 3-yard TD pass to Kyle Juszczyk to give San Francisco a 10-7 lead.
He then led a well-executed two-minute drive at the end of the half, completing six passes for 75 yards with a 3-yard TD to Christian McCaffrey with 4 seconds left in the half to make it 17-10.
Purdy finished 25 for 37 for 210 yards, two TDs and one interception.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan won two challenges in the fourth quarter to overturn completed passes by Miami. The second came on a fourth-and-2 play with the Niners leading by six with about six minutes left.
The Niners held the ball for nearly four minutes and made it a two-score game when Robbie Gould kicked a 48-yard field goal for his fourth of the day.
The Dolphins wasted little time showing off their speed when Tagovailoa connected on the long touchdown to Sherfield on the first play from scrimmage.
It marked the first time a team scored on the first play after the opening kick since the Niners did it in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Jets with an 80-yard run by Raheem Mostert.
The touchdown ended a scoreless streak of more than 94 minutes for the 49ers, who hadn't allowed a point since the second quarter against Arizona two weeks ago.
Miami hadn't scored a TD on the first play from scrimmage following the opening kick since the final game of the 2004 season when Sage Rosenfels threw a 76-yard pass to Chris Chambers against Baltimore.
Dolphins: WR Jaylen Waddle left in the first half with a leg injury but returned to the game.
49ers: There was no immediate word on the extent of Garoppolo's injury. San Francisco already lost starter Trey Lance to a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2. The only other QB under contract is Jacob Eason, who is on the practice squad. ... DT Hassan Ridgeway (pectoral) left in the fourth quarter and didn't return.
Dolphins: Visit Chargers on Sunday night.
49ers: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.
New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore made just two catches in a Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Moore was targeted six times in a game where Mike White threw the ball 57 times. His two catches totaled seven yards, but he added one run play for 10 yards as well. It was another disappointing performance from the sophomore wide receiver, who looked like a breakout player at the end of last season. At this point, he's little more than an end-of-bench stash in most fantasy formats.
Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 27-of-41 pass attempts for 275 yards and two touchdowns along with a lost fumble in Sunday's tie against the New York Giants. After weeks of middling play from the 29-year-old, he passed for his second-most yards of the season in Week 13. However, it did not result in a win as neither the Commanders nor the Giants could seal the deal in overtime. After a stretch of ground-and-pound victories, Washington now has tougher matchups for the rest of the season. We'll see if Heinicke's passing numbers continue to improve after their Week 14 bye.
Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson had nine carries for 39 yards along with two receptions for 20 yards in Sunday's tie against the New York Giants. The 24-year-old was questionable throughout the week with a foot injury, but ended up dressing for Week 13. Gibson has taken a noticeable backseat to rookie Brian Robinson lately, and that trend continued this week. Robinson ended up out-touching the third-year back 22 to 11. These are concerning numbers for Gibson managers as his rest-of-season outlook appears to be taking a dive. With an upcoming bye in Week 14, he'll hopefully see more work in a rematch against the Giants in Week 15.
Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson had 21 carries for 96 yards along with two receptions for 15 yards in Sunday's tie against the New York Giants. After his productive game in Week 12, the rookie running back picked up where he left off in Week 13. With 111 total yards today, he's now gone over 100 yards in back-to-back weeks. Now that Robinson appears to be the lead man in this Washington backfield, he could be a candidate for solid RB2 production for the rest of the season. After a Week 14 bye, the Commanders will have a rematch against the Giants in Week 15. The rookie should be in line for another solid performance then.
New York Jets kicker Greg Zuerlein made five field goals and an extra point in a Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Zuerlein was perfect on all six of his kicks, going 5-for-5 on field goals and nailing the only extra point try he took. Zuerlein made a 60-yard kick and also made field goals from 48, 36, 30, and 26 yards out. It was an excellent fantasy performance by Zuerlein, who could end up with another one in the Jets next game against the Buffalo Bills.
Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught eight-of-12 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's tie against the New York Giants. After having a couple of down weeks in a row, the 27-year-old came out with one of his best performances of the season in Week 13. McLaurin continues to be the target leader in this Washington offense, and he doesn't appear to be slowing down. With a bye coming in Week 14, Washington's next game will be a rematch against the Giants in Week 15. McLaurin will aim to dominate the New York secondary once again in their next matchup.
Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson caught five-of-nine targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's tie against the New York Giants. After seeing little to no usage for the last three weeks, Dotson finally returned to the solid production he had early in the season. The rookie's day was highlighted by a game-tying 28-yard touchdown that marked his first score since Week 4. With this strong day, Dotson could see an increased role down the stretch. We'll see if his solid production continues in Week 15 after next week's bye.
Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel caught six-of-seven targets for 63 yards along with three carries for 23 yards in Sunday's tie against the New York Giants. After a disappointing Week 12, where he didn't see a single target, Samuel had himself a rebound in Week 13 as he saw plenty of usage in the passing game as well as the run game. The 26-year-old has had a stretch of up and down weeks while Taylor Heinicke has quarterbacked this offense. Hopefully, this kind of usage continues after Washington's Week 14 bye when they rematch with the Giants in Week 15.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 17 times for 80 yards and failed to catch his lone target in a 27-14 win over the Houston Texans in Week 13. Chubb was productive but could have had a better game against a vulnerable Houston run defense had the Cleveland offense and Deshaun Watson looked a bit crisper. That being said, Chubb has rushed for at least 80 yards in four of his past six games and has 12 rushing touchdowns in as many games. He will be a solid RB1 in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matthew Wright made all four of his field goals and added an extra point in a 19-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Wright was perfect in the contest, booming field goals from 46, 46, 48, and 33 yards out in the three-point win. The veteran kicker has been productive in his four games with the Steelers, having made 12 of his 14 field goals in place of the injured Chris Boswell (groin). Boswell can theoretically be activated from his four-game stint on injured reserve ahead of a Week 14 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, but it remains to be seen whether he is ready to play. Stay tuned.
The Pittsburgh Steelers notched one sack and forced one turnover in a 19-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Pittsburgh held the Falcons to 306 yards of total offense and just one touchdown in the win. They got a game-sealing interception from Minkah Fitzpatrick late in the fourth quarter while Cameron Heyward provided the sack. Pittsburgh will look to keep it going in Week 14's divisional matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin made just two catches in a Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Conklin saw seven targets but was only able to come down with the two grabs, gaining nine yards total. Conklin has been a solid fantasy tight end this season, but that says much more about other tight ends in the league than it does about Conklin. With the Jets clearly now a passing offense, Conklin should remain on the TE1/2 border at least with a (relatively) decent floor.
Dynasty | Christian Watson scored two more touchdowns on Sunday. Dynasty Analysis: We mentioned earlier in the week that Christian Watson was rising from his WR37 rank at DLF. His two scores versus the Chicago Bears will do nothing to slow that roll. The rookie scored through the air and on the ground on Sunday and totaled 94 yards from scrimmage. The rushing touchdown was a game clinching end-around that was housed from 46 yards out. The Packers will continue to get creative getting him the ball.
Dynasty | Cole Kmet caught six-of-seven targets for 72 yards. Dynasty Analysis: Cole Kmet is slowly getting more involved in the Chicago passing attack as the offense continues to evolve under Justin Fields. Sunday marked the fourth time in five contests that the Notre Dame grad saw at least six targets. Over that span the TE12 at DLF has hauled in 21-of-30 targets for 249 yards and four scores. The arrow is pointing up for the 23-year-old.
New York Jets running back Ty Johnson had a role in the passing game almost exclusively in a Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He carried the ball just once, gaining three yards. He did see seven targets in the passing game though, catching six of them for 38 yards. Johnson should continue to play a small support role once Michael Carter (ankle) returns, which could be as soon as Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth caught three of his five targets for 76 yards in a 19-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Freiermuth led the Steelers in receiving while finishing second in targets and catches on an afternoon where the team only passed for 197 yards. The second-year tight end did most of his damage on a 57-yard reception in the second quarter which set the Steelers up for a touchdown pass to Connor Heyward. Other than that, Freiermuth was relatively quiet in the contest. Freiermuth will be a locked-in TE1 heading into a Week 14 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
New York Jets rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson had a big game in a Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He was targeted 15 times, catching eight of those passes for 162 yards. Unfortunately, he was unable to score a touchdown, but he did come down with a 60-yard pass. He led the team in targets, catches, and yards. With the Jets now clearly a run-first offense, Wilson is likely to be a WR1 more often than not going forward.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (knee) didn't return on Sunday versus the Broncos. Fortunately, the knee injury he suffered won't keep him out for the rest of the year. However, head coach John Harbaugh couldn't say for certain how long he'd be out for. That said, Jackson will undergo more testing on Monday, although there's a chance he won't play in Week 14 against Pittsburgh. If that's the case, Tyler Huntley, who threw for 187 yards and a pick while adding 10 carries for 41 yards in Week 13, is expected to remain under center.
New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis made five catches in a Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Davis was targeted 10 times, catching half of those targets for 85 yards, including a long gain of 31. Davis was second on the team in targets and yards behind rookie Garrett Wilson, and ended up third in catches. Davis should see his fantasy value improve a bit now that the Jets are very clearly a passing offense.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught five of his 11 targets for 60 yards in a 19-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. As he has most weeks this season Johnson led the Steelers in targets but finished with a pedestrian outing in the three-point victory over Atlanta. Johnson is still looking for his first touchdown of the season and has not been the reliable PPR fantasy option that he was over the previous two seasons. Johnson will be a low-end flex heading into a Week 14 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.