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CINCINNATI -- No points in the second half.More penalties than first downs.The Bengals playoff chances were extinguished with a fitting meltdown.A 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday took care of the defending division champions. Cincinnati (5-8-1) had its club-record streak of five playoff seasons snapped.They lost in the first round each season, and still havent won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest stretch of futility in NFL history.Were so used to the past five years of going to the playoffs every year, defensive tackle Domata Peko said. Its the first time we havent in a long time, and it hurts. It really hurts me.How they faded hurt the most.The Bengals matched the club record with 12 wins last season, only to lose at home to Pittsburgh in the opening round of the playoffs.Jeremy Hills fumble and penalties on Vontaze Burfict and Adam Pacman Jones moved the Steelers in range for the winning field goal in the final seconds, one of the biggest meltdowns in playoff history.They melted down again in the second half on Sunday.After scoring on their first four possessions for a 20-9 halftime lead, they managed only 38 yards in the second half. They had more penalties (seven) than first downs (four).Chris Boswell tied the club record with six field goals for Pittsburghs first 15 points, and the Bengals drew penalties on four consecutive plays -- including Pat Sims personal foul -- that set up Ben Roethlisbergers decisive touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.Burfict and Jones got flagged again during the game -- the linebacker for tackling Roethlisberger after he got rid of the ball, and the cornerback for taunting. The Bengals were left fuming.They let Pittsburgh do whatever they wanted to, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. They shouldve been calling stuff on them, too.The Bengals had one take-that moment while building the lead. Hill scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, saw a Terrible Towel that a fan had thrown onto the field, picked it up and tried to tear it. Unable to do that, he threw it to the ground again.It was just lying there, Hill said. Spur of the moment.The Bengals were good at finishing off games last season, until they met Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Theyve been unable to do it this season, preventing them from reaching the playoffs.We just havent been able to find the finishing touches, left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. We just havent found what it takes there at the end.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Indianapolis Colts Jerseys . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. 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Pettersen, winner of last years Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France. The second-ranked Norwegian made her season debut after missing the LPGA Tours opening event last month in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Oakland Raiders are giving up yards like this franchise has never done before, leaving plenty for coach Jack Del Rio to clean up.Making corrections is so much easier, though, with the Raiders 2-1.Oakland beat Tennessee 17-10 Sunday despite allowing the Titans to roll up 393 yards total offense, with the Raiders allowing 1,428 yards through three games. That tops the 1,330 yards allowed by the 1961 Raiders and ranks eighth-worst in NFL history since at least 1940 through three games, according to Pro Football Reference.Yet, Oakland stripped Marcus Mariota of a fumble and intercepted two passes. The Raiders also sacked the Titans quarterback.Better yet, the Raiders drew two crucial penalties on Tennessees final drive and clinched the victory when cornerback TJ Carrie harassed Titans receiver Harry Douglas enough to keep him from catching Mariotas pass in the end zone.Del Rio said he saw glimpses Sunday of what his defense should look like.Its nowhere near what it should be yet, but theres certainly reasons to be optimistic, which I am, Del Rio said. Im very optimistic about the men we have and the work were putting in. Weve got a lot of things to clean up, but were 2-1.Del Rio made some changes Sunday to his starting lineup, putting in rookie safety Karl Joseph and rookie linebacker Cory James. Joseph, the No. 14 pick overall out of West Virginia, led the Raiders with 10 tackles, while James tied for second with six tackles himself.Hey, Karl was coming up hitting, Raiders cornerback Sean Smith said. I was surprised being so small that he was throwing his body in there at those big backs theyve got. I think he came in, he played fast, he was loud, made all his callls.dddddddddddd I was happy for him.Still, the Titans came in averaging 339.5 yards offense through the first two games and had their best production this season. The Raiders also gave up 10 plays of at least 14 yards or longer.For all the tackles and big plays by Oaklands defense, the Raiders still allowed DeMarco Murray to run for 114 yards on 16 carries -- 7.1 yards per carry. Derrick Henry ran 10 times for 45 yards himself. Mariota threw for 95 of his 214 yards on the final drive and appeared to have tied it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with 22 seconds left.But officials flagged Johnson for offensive pass interference because Carrie went down after the wide receiver, with more catches and yards receiving than any other active player in the NFL, stiff-armed him near the goal line. That was after an unnecessary roughness penalty on Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan pushed Tennessee back from the Oakland 3.Carrie helped clinch the victory when he defended Douglas so closely that the Titans receiver was falling as the ball went harmlessly out of bounds. Carrie said he had excellent coverage on the play inside and was able to slip under Douglas.I was not looking for a flag at all, Carrie said. I was ready to look for excitement and get up and know that we just won the game.In the end, thats all that matters for Oakland.To make a play in that point in time was big for us, so it was dope, Smith said.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping China NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys From China ' ' '

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