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Free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick led Pittsburgh with nine tackles and intercepted a pass in the Steelers’ 20-19 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

But it was another former Alabama All-American in the opposing secondary that had a strategic impact on the waning seconds of the game.

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After the Ravens drove 60 yards in eight plays in 96 seconds for a touchdown that cut Pittsburgh’s lead to one point with 12 seconds to play, coach John Harbaugh decided to try for a 2-point conversion instead of sending the game into overtime with an extra-point kick because Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover) was out of the game with an injury at an already depleted position.

“Trying to win the game right there,” Harbaugh said. “We were pretty much out of corners at that point in time. It was an opportunity to try to win the game right there.”

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews couldn’t quite connect on the 2-point conversion pass, leaving Baltimore with a one-point loss.

Humphrey, who made three tackles in the game, appeared to get hurt trying to keep Pittsburgh wide receiver Diontae Johnson out of the end zone on a 5-yard pass with 1:48 left to play. After completing that touchdown throw, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected on a 2-point conversion pass to put Pittsburgh ahead 20-13 after it had entered the fourth quarter with three points on the scoreboard.

After the game, Harbaugh said: “Marlon Humphrey has an issue. We’ll get an MRI, but it could be a while for Marlon, so we’ll see.”

Harbaugh declined to provide any specifics on the two-time Pro Bowler’s injury, but NFL Network reported Humphrey had sustained a shoulder injury that likely would sideline him for the rest of the season.

After getting his first interception of the season last week, Fitzpatrick got the 13th interception of his career to end Baltimore’s opening possession. He picked off Jackson’s throw to Andrews in the end zone.

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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 5, 2021

Pittsburgh’s first victory since Nov. 8 kept the Steelers in play in the AFC North. Baltimore still holds the division lead at 8-4, with the Cincinnati Bengals at 7-5 after a 41-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Pittsburgh went to 6-5-1 to edge ahead of the idle Cleveland Browns, who have a 6-6 mark.

Fitzpatrick and Humphrey were among the 36 former Alabama players who got on the field on the 13th Sunday of the NFL’s 102nd season.

Five other former Alabama players were involved in the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game:

· Anthony Averett started at cornerback for the Ravens. Averett made three tackles.

· Bradley Bozeman (Handley) started at center for the Ravens.

· Steelers defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs was designated as a game-day inactive. Buggs missed his second straight contest with an ankle injury.

· Najee Harris started at running back for the Steelers. Harris ran for 71 yards on 21 carries and caught five passes for 36 yards.

· Steelers offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer is on injured reserve.

In the other Sunday games:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Atlanta Falcons 17

· O.J. Howard (Autauga Academy) started at tight end for the Buccaneers. Howard did not record any stats.

· Falcons quarterback AJ McCarron (St. Paul’s Episcopal) is on injured reserve.

· Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is on the non-football injury list and not eligible to play. Ridley missed his sixth straight game.

Arizona Cardinals 33, Chicago Bears 22

· Eddie Jackson started at safety for the Bears. Jackson made five tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

· Cardinals safety Deionte Thompson played but did not record any stats.

Los Angeles Chargers 41, Cincinnati Bengals 22

· Jonah Williams started at left offensive tackle for the Bengals.

Detroit Lions 29, Minnesota Vikings 27

· Lions linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Carver-Montgomery) is on injured reserve.

· Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. is on injured reserve.

· Dalvin Tomlinson started at nose tackle for the Vikings. Tomlinson made one tackle. Tomlinson missed last week’s game on reserve/COVID-19, which broke a streak of 74 consecutive starts since the beginning of his NFL career.

Indianapolis Colts 31, Houston Texans 0

· Colts center Ryan Kelly was designated as a game-day inactive. Kelly missed the game after being placed on reserve/COVID-19 on Saturday.

Miami Dolphins 20, New York Giants 9

· Raekwon Davis started at nose tackle for the Dolphins. Davis made two tackles.

· Xavier McKinney started at strong safety for the Giants. McKinney made six tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

· Giants linebacker Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones) made six tackles.

· Aaron Robinson started at right cornerback for the Giants. In his first NFL start, Robinson reached a career high for tackles with seven and broke up a pass.

· Tua Tagovailoa started at quarterback for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa completed 30-of-41 passes for 244 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for 1 yard on two carries. Tagovailoa threw a 5-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left in the first half as Miami took a 10-3 lead and a 2-yard TD pass with 11:06 left in the game as the Dolphins went up 17-6.

· Jaylen Waddle started at wide receiver for the Dolphins. Waddle caught nine passes for 90 yards as Miami joined the 1994 Giants as the only teams in NFL history with five consecutive victories immediately after seven consecutive losses. Waddle also returned two kickoffs for 32 yards and one punt for 7 yards. With six games with at least eight receptions in 2021, Waddle joined Odell Beckham Jr. as the only NFL rookies who have had that many, and with at least eight receptions for the third game in a row, he joined Beckham and Saquon Barkley as the only rookies who have done that. Waddle has 86 receptions for 849 yards and four touchdowns in 2021. On Sunday, he broke Jarvis Landry’s team record for receptions by a rookie. Landry had 84 catches in 2014. Only eight rookies have caught more passes in one season than Waddle, and he has four games remaining in the current campaign. The NFL rookie record is 101 receptions by the Arizona Cardinals’ Anquan Boldin in 2003.

Philadelphia Eagles 33, New York Jets 18

· Landon Dickerson started at left guard for the Eagles.

· Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was designated as a game-day inactive. Hurts had started Philadelphia’s past 16 games, but he sustained an ankle injury in last week’s contest.

· Eagles safety Jared Mayden played but did not record any stats. Philadelphia elevated Mayden from the practice squad for the second straight game to make him eligible to play.

· C.J. Mosley (Theodore) started at linebacker for the Jets. Mosley tied for the team lead with 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops. While Sunday’s game was the seventh of Mosley’s career with at least 13 tackles, the 11 solo tackles equaled his career high, which was established on Oct. 21, 2018, against the New Orleans Saints while playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

· Jets center Ross Pierschbacher is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith caught two passes for 15 yards.

· Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) started at defensive tackle for the Jets. Williams made six tackles.

Washington Football Team 17, Las Vegas Raiders 15

· Jonathan Allen started at defensive tackle for Washington. Allen made two tackles and shared a sack.

· Raiders safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Washington safety Landon Collins was designated as a game-day inactive. A foot injury prevented Collins from practicing last week.

· Raiders guard Lester Cotton (Central-Tuscaloosa) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Raiders running back Kenyan Drake had one carry for no gain, one reception for 8 yards and one kickoff return for 19 yards. Drake sustained an ankle injury that caused him to be carted to the locker room, and he’s scheduled for an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

· Josh Jacobs started at running back for the Raiders. Jacobs ran for 52 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and caught nine passes for 38 yards. Jacobs scored on a 1-yard run with 10:57 left to play as Las Vegas cut Washington’s lead to 14-12. Before Sunday, Jacobs had never caught more than five passes in a game.

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— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 5, 2021

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· Alex Leatherwood started at right guard for the Raiders.

· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for Washington. Payne made three tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, and registered a quarterback hit.

· Washington wide receiver Cam Sims played but did not record any stats.

· Raiders defensive tackle Damion Square made one tackle.

· Raiders long snapper Carson Tinker handled the snaps for four punts and three field goals. Tinker signed with Las Vegas last week when the Raiders put long snapper Trent Sieg on reserve/COVID-19.

Los Angeles Rams 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 7

· Rams outside linebacker Terrell Lewis dressed for the game but did not play.

· Jaguars linebacker Dylan Moses is on the non-football injury list and not eligible to play.

· A’Shawn Robinson started at defensive end for the Rams. Robinson made five tackles and forced a fumble. Robinson caused Jacksonville running back Carlos Hyde to fumble, and Los Angeles recovered the loose football at its 45-yard line with 1:27 left in the third quarter. The Rams moved to the end zone from there for the game’s final touchdown.

· Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars.

Seattle Seahawks 30, San Francisco 49ers 23

· Forty-Niners cornerback Saivion Smith is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

Kansas City Chiefs 22, Denver Broncos 9

· Chiefs wide receiver Gehrig Dieter is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Chiefs running back Derrick Gore played but did not record any stats.

· Kareem Jackson started at strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made two tackles.

· Jerry Jeudy started at wide receiver for the Broncos. Jeudy caught four passes for 77 yards.

· Jarran Reed started at right defensive tackle for the Chiefs. Reed made five tackles and forced a fumble, which Denver recovered.

· Patrick Surtain II started at left cornerback for the Broncos. Surtain made one tackle and intercepted a pass. After intercepting two passes last week, the rookie made his fourth career interception to end Kansas City’s first possession of the second half. Surtain gathered in a deflected pass at the Denver 21-yard line.

Third interception in the last two games.

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— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 6, 2021

Week 13 kicked off on Thursday night, when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints 27-17. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs made his ninth interception of the season to set an Alabama record.

Week 13 concludes with the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills game at 7:15 p.m. CST Monday at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise the game.

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