Packers 21, Bears 13
Green Bay clinched its second straight NFC North title with a road victory over archrival Chicago. James Jones caught all three touchdown passes thrown by the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has won 12 straight against NFC North opponents, the longest streak in the NFL. Brandon Marshall had a 15-yard TD catch for the Bears, who have lost five of six and are in danger of missing the playoffs after beginning the year 7-1. Clay Matthews continued his torture of Jay Cutler with two sacks, and Alshon Jeffery hurt the Bears with three offensive pass interference calls late in the second half.
Chi—Marshall 15 pass from Cutler (Mare kick)
GB—J.Jones 29 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)
GB—J.Jones 8 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)
GB—J.Jones 6 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)
Chi—FG Mare 34
Chi—FG Mare 34
|Total Net Yards||391||190|
|Time of Poss.||33:23||26:37|
RUSHING—Green Bay, Green 13-35, Grant 8-32, Harris 5-27, Rodgers 4-14, Kuhn 2-5. Chicago, Forte 20-69, Cutler 1-9, Allen 2-5.
PASSING—Green Bay, Rodgers 23-36-0-291. Chicago, Cutler 12-21-1-135.
RECEIVING—Green Bay, Cobb 6-115, Finley 5-61, J.Jones 5-60, G.Jennings 4-50, Green 2-6, Rodgers 1-(minus 1). Chicago, Marshall 6-56, Forte 5-64, Allen 1-15.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Green Bay, Crosby 43 (WR), 42 (WL).
Texans 29, Colts 17
Houston is the AFC South champion for the second straight year after beating visiting Indianapolis. Andre Johnson had 151 yards receiving and a touchdown, Bryan Braman (Shadle Park) scored a special teams TD on a blocked punt, and Shayne Graham kicked five field goals. The Colts had won three straight and needed a win to clinch a playoff berth a year after going 2-14. But Houston held them off, thanks in part to three sacks from J.J. Watt. The Texans will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if they win out.
Hou—FG S.Graham 29
Hou—Johnson 3 pass from Schaub (S.Graham kick)
Ind—FG Vinatieri 26
Hou—FG S.Graham 35
Hou—Braman 8 blocked punt return (S.Graham kick)
Ind—Hilton 61 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Hou—FG S.Graham 27
Ind—Allen 8 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Hou—FG S.Graham 46
Hou—FG S.Graham 33
|Total Net Yards||272||417|
|Time of Poss.||26:54||33:06|
RUSHING—Indianapolis, Ballard 18-105, Luck 2-10, Moore 4-6, Allen 1-3. Houston, Foster 27-165, Tate 5-13.
PASSING—Indianapolis, Luck 13-27-0-186. Houston, Schaub 23-31-0-261.
RECEIVING—Indianapolis, Hilton 3-78, Avery 3-37, Allen 3-36, Wayne 3-14, Fleener 1-21. Houston, Johnson 11-151, Daniels 4-40, Posey 3-46, Walter 2-11, Foster 2-4, Casey 1-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Houston, S.Graham 50 (WL).
Redskins 38, Browns 21
Rookie Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns filling in for injured star Robert Griffin III, leading Washington to its fifth straight win, at Cleveland . Cousins connected with Leonard Hankerson for both TDs in his first career start and the Redskins barely missed a beat without the talented and multi-dimensional RG3, who sat out with a sprained knee. Last week, Cousins came off the bench after Griffin got hurt. Cousins was behind center from the start of this one and delivered a performance that extended Washington’s longest winning streak since 2007 and moved the Redskins into a tie for first in the NFC East. Rookie Trent Richardson had a pair of TD runs for the Browns.
Cle—Richardson 6 run (Dawson kick)
Was—Hankerson 54 pass from Cousins (Forbath kick)
Was—FG Forbath 44
Cle—Richardson 1 run (Dawson kick)
Was—Morris 3 run (Forbath kick)
Was—Hankerson 2 pass from Cousins (Forbath kick)
Was—Royster 4 run (Forbath kick)
Cle—Benjamin 69 pass from Weeden (Dawson kick)
Was—Morris 8 run (Forbath kick)
|Total Net Yards||430||291|
|Time of Poss.||36:17||23:43|
RUSHING—Washington, Morris 27-87, Cousins 3-22, Young 3-10, Royster 2-3. Cleveland, Richardson 11-28, Cribbs 1-16, Weeden 1-9, Hardesty 2-5.
PASSING—Washington, Cousins 26-37-1-329. Cleveland, Weeden 21-35-2-244.
RECEIVING—Washington, Garcon 6-65, Moss 5-57, Morgan 4-60, Paulsen 4-47, Hankerson 2-56, Royster 2-30, Morris 2-6, Young 1-8. Cleveland, Little 5-74, Cameron 3-34, Gordon 3-27, Richardson 3-4, Massaquoi 2-16, Watson 2-12, Smith 2-8, Benjamin 1-69.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Vikings 36, Rams 22
Adrian Peterson ran for a season-best 212 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown that fueled Minnesota’s big second quarter in a victory that spoiled St. Louis’ home finale. Peterson has 1,812 yards rushing, leaving him 294 shy of breaking the NFL’s single-season record of 2,105 by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. The Vikings scored 10 of their 23 points in the second quarter off turnovers by Sam Bradford, including a 29-yard interception return by defensive end Everson Griffen. They were up by 26 before Bradford threw touchdown passes to Danny Amendola and Lance Kendricks in the fourth quarter.
Min—Ponder 5 run (Walsh kick)
StL—Quick 4 pass from Bradford (Zuerlein kick)
Min—Peterson 82 run (Walsh kick)
Min—FG Walsh 50
Min—Griffen 29 interception return (Walsh kick)
Min—FG Walsh 38
Min—FG Walsh 42
Min—FG Walsh 53
StL—Amendola 6 pass from Bradford (Zuerlein kick)
StL—Kendricks 6 pass from Bradford (Amendola pass from Bradford)
Min—FG Walsh 51
|Total Net Yards||322||432|
|Time of Poss.||30:27||29:33|
RUSHING—Minnesota, Peterson 24-212, Ponder 4-6, Gerhart 5-(minus 5). St. Louis, Jackson 13-73, Bradford 2-9, D.Richardson 3-5.
PASSING—Minnesota, Ponder 17-24-0-131. St. Louis, Bradford 35-55-1-377.
RECEIVING—Minnesota, Simpson 4-27, S.Burton 3-22, Rudolph 3-22, Carlson 3-17, Gerhart 2-21, Jenkins 1-11, Wright 1-11. St. Louis, Jackson 8-73, Gibson 6-76, Amendola 6-58, Pettis 5-55, Kendricks 3-35, D.Richardson 3-25, Quick 2-12, Givens 1-22, Harkey 1-21.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—St. Louis, Zuerlein 57 (WR).
Saints 41, Buccaneers 0
Drew Brees passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and New Orleans recorded its first shutout since 1995 in a home victory over Tampa Bay, virtually ending the Buccaneers’ already slim playoff hopes. Josh Freeman endured one of his worst outings of the season for Tampa Bay, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble. Jabari Greer made two interceptions, Rafael Bush and Isa Abdul-Quddus the others. Cameron Jordan forced Freeman’s fumble on a sack and recovered it. The Saints also bottled up standout rookie running back Doug Martin, holding him to 16 yards on nine carries.
NO—D.Thomas 9 pass from Brees (Hartley kick)
NO—FG Hartley 25
NO—Sproles 2 pass from Brees (Hartley kick)
NO—Moore 7 pass from Brees (Hartley kick)
NO—Morgan 34 pass from Brees (Hartley kick)
NO—FG Hartley 36
NO—Ingram 11 run (Hartley kick)
|Total Net Yards||386||447|
|Time of Poss.||28:12||31:48|
RUSHING—Tampa Bay, Blount 4-25, Tandy 1-18, Martin 9-16, Freeman 2-8. New Orleans, Ingram 14-90, Sproles 5-22, P.Thomas 4-13, Henderson 1-13, Brees 1-11.
PASSING—Tampa Bay, Freeman 26-47-4-279, Orlovsky 4-7-0-51. New Orleans, Brees 26-39-0-307.
RECEIVING—Tampa Bay, Clark 8-42, Jackson 6-81, Williams 4-63, Underwood 3-46, Stocker 3-23, Martin 3-19, Ware 2-32, Owusu 1-24. New Orleans, Graham 5-69, Sproles 5-21, Moore 4-42, Colston 3-60, P.Thomas 3-26, Morgan 2-61, D.Thomas 2-21, Collins 1-4, Cadet 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Falcons 34, Giants 0
Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns passes and Atlanta handed visitng New York its first regular-season shutout since 1996. Julio Jones caught a couple of scoring throws from Ryan, who broke his own franchise records for completions and passing yards in a season. He finished 23 of 28 for 270 yards. The Falcons, who have already clinched the NFC South, moved within a win of locking up home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Eli Manning threw two interceptions for New York, which is tied with Washington and Dallas in the NFC East.
Atl—Turner 1 run (Bryant kick)
Atl—Gonzalez 12 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)
Atl—FG Bryant 38
Atl—Jones 40 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)
Atl—FG Bryant 19
Atl—Jones 3 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick)
|Total Net Yards||256||394|
|Time of Poss.||21:03||38:57|
RUSHING—N.Y. Giants, Wilson 12-55, Lumpkin 9-42. Atlanta, Turner 16-52, Snelling 6-39, Rodgers 11-25, Jones 1-18, Douglas 1-(minus 1), Ryan 1-(minus 1), McCown 2-(minus 3).
PASSING—N.Y. Giants, Manning 13-25-2-161. Atlanta, Ryan 23-28-0-270.
RECEIVING—N.Y. Giants, Hixon 5-80, Nicks 3-40, Cruz 3-15, Bennett 1-15, Wilson 1-11. Atlanta, Jones 6-74, Gonzalez 6-49, Douglas 3-83, Snelling 3-14, White 2-16, Rodgers 1-14, Cox 1-11, Turner 1-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—N.Y. Giants, Tynes 30 (WL).
Broncos 34, Ravens 17
Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown, and visiting Denver beat skidding Baltimore for its ninth straight victory. Peyton Manning threw for 204 yards and a score in his ninth consecutive win against the Ravens, the first with Denver. Baltimore was playing its first game under offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who replaced the fired Cam Cameron. The Ravens’ offense sputtered in the first half, gaining only 119 yards and committing two turnovers that led to 10 Denver points. It was the third straight loss for the Ravens.
Den—FG Prater 27
Den—Hester 1 run (Prater kick)
Den—Harris 98 interception return (Prater kick)
Bal—FG Tucker 45
Den—Decker 51 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Den—Moreno 6 run (Prater kick)
Bal—Pitta 31 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
Den—FG Prater 36
Bal—Pitta 61 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
|Total Net Yards||350||278|
|Time of Poss.||38:34||21:26|
RUSHING—Denver, Moreno 22-118, Hillman 14-29, Hester 7-20, Osweiler 2-(minus 4). Baltimore, Rice 12-38, Pierce 5-20, Flacco 2-(minus 2).
PASSING—Denver, Manning 17-28-0-204. Baltimore, Flacco 20-40-1-254.
RECEIVING—Denver, Decker 8-133, D.Thomas 4-13, Dreessen 2-36, Moreno 2-8, Stokley 1-14. Baltimore, Pitta 7-125, J.Jones 3-51, Rice 3-3, Doss 2-28, D.Reed 2-22, Leach 2-11, T.Smith 1-14.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Denver, Prater 45 (WL).
Dolphins 24, Jaguars 3
Miami kept former teammate Chad Henne out of the end zone, making three fourth-down stops deep in their own territory and benefiting from an odd penalty in beating visiting Jacksonville. Henne, playing in Miami for the first time since he departed as a Dolphins bust last offseason, threw for 221 yards with no turnovers. But the Dolphins turned back three scoring threats, and a go-ahead TD for the Jags came off the board because of an illegal-substitution penalty.
Jac—FG Scobee 37
Mia—FG Carpenter 53
Mia—Lane 4 pass from Tannehill (Carpenter kick)
Mia—FG Carpenter 30
Mia—FG Carpenter 31
Mia—Fasano 2 pass from Tannehill (Fasano pass from Tannehill)
|Total Net Yards||299||389|
|Time of Poss.||24:22||35:38|
RUSHING—Jacksonville, Owens 11-47, Murphy 6-20, Henne 3-16, Jones 1-3. Miami, Bush 21-104, Tannehill 8-52, L.Miller 6-18, Thomas 1-6.
PASSING—Jacksonville, Henne 18-34-0-221. Miami, Tannehill 22-28-0-220, Fields 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Jacksonville, Shorts 6-101, Blackmon 6-93, Lewis 3-8, Shipley 2-13, Owens 1-6. Miami, Fasano 6-56, Hartline 5-77, Matthews 3-23, Mar.Moore 2-33, Clay 2-8, Lane 2-6, Thigpen 1-15, L.Miller 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Panthers 31, Chargers 7
Mike Tolbert scored twice against his former team and DeAngelo Williams turned a tipped pass from Cam Newton into a 45-yard touchdown reception as visiting Carolina beat San Diego and eliminated the Chargers from playoff contention for the third straight season. Tolbert capped Carolina’s first two drives with 1-yard scoring runs. His second TD was set up when Philip Rivers lost a fumble, his 21st turnover this season and 46th in less than two seasons.
Car—Tolbert 1 run (Gano kick)
Car—Tolbert 1 run (Gano kick)
Car—D.Williams 45 pass from Newton (Gano kick)
Car—FG Gano 33
Car—S.Smith 4 pass from Newton (Gano kick)
SD—Gates 9 pass from Rivers (Novak kick)
|Total Net Yards||372||164|
|Time of Poss.||37:32||22:28|
RUSHING—Carolina, D.Williams 22-93, Tolbert 9-40, S.Smith 1-15, Newton 4-7, A.Smith 3-0. San Diego, Brinkley 6-42, Mathews 4-22, Rivers 3-4, Battle 3-2.
PASSING—Carolina, Newton 19-33-0-231. San Diego, Rivers 16-23-0-121.
RECEIVING—Carolina, S.Smith 6-57, Olsen 5-56, D.Williams 2-51, Tolbert 2-24, Murphy 2-18, Barnidge 1-20, Hartsock 1-5. San Diego, Gates 4-31, Brinkley 3-14, Mathews 3-8, Floyd 2-39, Battle 2-12, Rosario 1-9, Spurlock 1-8.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Cardinals 38, Lions 10
Greg Toler brought back an interception 102 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, the longest return in franchise history, to seal Arizona’s victory over Detroit in Glendale, Ariz., snapping the Cardinals’ nine-game losing streak. Detroit’s Calvin Johnson became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 1,600-yard receiving seasons and tied an NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard receiving game.
Det—Leshoure 1 run (Hanson kick)
Ari—Wells 5 run (Feely kick)
Ari—Wells 1 run (Feely kick)
Ari—Johnson 53 interception return (Feely kick)
Ari—FG Feely 51
Det—FG Hanson 41
Ari—Toler 102 interception return (Feely kick)
Ari—Wells 31 run (Feely kick)
|Total Net Yards||312||196|
|Time of Poss.||31:14||28:46|
RUSHING—Detroit, Leshoure 14-55, Bell 7-24, Thomas 1-5. Arizona, Wells 17-67, Stephens-Howling 5-20, Lindley 2-8, Powell 5-4.
PASSING—Detroit, Stafford 24-50-3-246. Arizona, Lindley 14-21-1-104.
RECEIVING—Detroit, C.Johnson 10-121, Scheffler 3-36, Heller 2-18, Logan 2-18, Bell 2-13, Leshoure 2-4, Durham 1-14, Smith 1-13, Robiskie 1-9. Arizona, Fitzgerald 4-22, Floyd 3-37, Roberts 3-22, Housler 2-13, King 1-7, Stephens-Howling 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Raiders 15, Chiefs 0
Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards and the Raiders shut out Kansas City in Oakland, Calif. The Raiders held Jamaal Charles to 10 yards rushing on nine carries, giving him 14 yards on 14 carries in two games against Oakland this season. Chiefs QB Brady Quinn was 18 for 32 for 136 yards and an interception as he missed injured WR Dwayne Bowe.
Oak—FG Janikowski 20
Oak—FG Janikowski 50
Oak—FG Janikowski 57
Oak—FG Janikowski 30
Oak—FG Janikowski 41
|Total Net Yards||119||385|
|Time of Poss.||19:54||40:06|
RUSHING—Kansas City, Charles 9-10, Hillis 1-0. Oakland, McFadden 30-110, Goodson 13-89, Palmer 2-4.
PASSING—Kansas City, Quinn 18-32-1-136. Oakland, Palmer 18-29-0-182, Pryor 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Kansas City, McCluster 7-59, Moeaki 3-36, Charles 3-18, Draughn 3-11, Newsome 1-6, Wylie 1-6. Oakland, Streater 5-62, Moore 5-46, McFadden 4-39, Myers 2-15, Goodson 1-14, Reece 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Oakland, Janikowski 51 (WL).