Friday, December 15, 2017
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Graham's grabs, botched call help carry Seahawks

SEATTLE — Jimmy Graham needed only one hand to catch two first-half touchdowns from Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks held off a late rally for a 31-25 win over the Bills on Monday night.

Seattle won its 11th straight Monday night game behind a huge game from its tight end. Still less than a year removed from a major knee injury, Graham used his right arm to catch a 17-yard touchdown from Wilson on the first play of the second quarter and later used the same arm to cradle an 18-yard TD pass in the final moments of the first half.

But the Seahawks had to hold on in the final seconds as quarterback Tyrod Taylor led the Bills inside the Seattle 10 in the final seconds. Taylor was sacked by Cliff Avril on third and goal from the 8, and on fourth down Taylor's pass into the end zone fell incomplete.

Buffalo might not have needed a touchdown if not for mistakes by the officiating crew at the end of the first half that cost it a chance at a shorter field goal. Dan Carpenter eventually missed a 54-yarder on the final play of the half, only after Seattle's Richard Sherman got away with an unnecessary roughness penalty that wasn't called and a delay of game caused in part by the officiating crew standing over the ball.

FALCONS EXTEND GM: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff signed a three-year contract extension, ending questions about whether this season, the final year of his deal, would be his last with Atlanta.

SIEMIAN SAFE, FOR NOW: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is sticking with struggling quarterback Trevor Siemian. "I feel really good about what Trevor is doing," Kubiak said. "But Trevor is like any other player. He has to get better."

BENGALS: The team re-signed defensive end Wallace Gilberry, its first move to fix a defense that has slipped badly.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Alex Smith, who sat out Sunday's game after going through concussion protocol, will return next weekend barring setbacks, coach Andy Reid said. And linebacker Justin Houston, who had ACL surgery in the offseason, could be activated from the physically unable to perform list this week.

COWBOYS: Quarterback Tony Romo, out all season with a fractured vertebrae, was cleared to practice with the team.

GIANTS: Left guard Justin Pugh will be sidelined indefinitely with a sprained right knee.

JETS: Defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are regularly late for or miss team meetings, leading coach Todd Bowles to bench them for the first quarter Sunday, according to multiple reports. … Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a sprained knee, and his status for Sunday's game is uncertain.

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