Steelers 27, Bengals 17
Antonio Brown returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and added a clinching 63-yard scoring grab with 2:50 to go and Pittsburgh clinched the AFC North with a home victory over Cincinnati. Running back Le’Veon Bell left in the third quarter with a hyperextended right knee following a collision with Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson.
Pit—A.Brown 71 punt return (Suisham kick)
Cin—Bernard 17 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick)
Cin—FG Nugent 39
Pit—FG Suisham 29
Pit—Bryant 21 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Pit—FG Suisham 25
Cin—Gresham 5 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick)
Pit—A.Brown 63 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
|Total Net Yards||337||346|
|Time of Poss||34:58||25:02|
RUSHING—Cincinnati, Hill 23-100, Bernard 3-8, Dalton 3-8. Pittsburgh, Bell 8-20, Harris 5-7, Roethlisberger 4-3, Archer 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Cincinnati, Dalton 27-38-2-244. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 24-38-1-317, Wing 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING—Cincinnati, Green 8-82, Bernard 7-56, Hewitt 3-31, Gresham 3-20, Tate 2-22, Hill 2-10, Sanu 1-16, Sanzenbacher 1-7. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 7-128, Bell 6-80, Miller 3-41, Wheaton 3-17, Archer 2-19, Bryant 1-21, Johnson 1-11, Pouncey 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Cincinnati, Nugent 50 (WR).
Colts 27, Titans 10
Andrew Luck threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the second half, and Indianapolis tuned up for the postseason by beating host Tennessee in Nashville. The AFC South champs swept their division a second straight season for the first time in franchise history.
Ind—Fleener 7 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—Doyle 1 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Ten—Wright 6 pass from Whitehurst (Succop kick)
Ind—FG Vinatieri 23
Ten—FG Succop 31
Ind—FG Vinatieri 26
Ind—Fleener 8 pass from Hasselbeck (Vinatieri kick)
|Total Net Yards||378||192|
|Time of Poss||33:26||26:34|
RUSHING—Indianapolis, Herron 10-35, Tipton 9-21, Richardson 6-11, Luck 1-5, Hasselbeck 4-(minus 8). Tennessee, Greene 11-94, Whitehurst 4-19, Sankey 4-18, Wright 1-10, L.Washington 2-2, Battle 1-0, Palmer 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Indianapolis, Luck 10-16-0-160, Hasselbeck 13-19-0-155. Tennessee, Whitehurst 12-28-0-72, Palmer 1-3-0-7.
RECEIVING—Indianapolis, Fleener 5-56, Doyle 4-21, Nicks 3-46, Herron 3-31, Moncrief 3-16, Wayne 2-91, Tipton 2-45, Richardson 1-9. Tennessee, Walker 7-43, Hagan 2-16, Andrews 2-11, Wright 2-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Indianapolis, Vinatieri 46 (WL).
Texans 23, Jaguars 17
J.J. Watt had three sacks and a safety and Andre Johnson had 134 yards receiving and a TD to lead Houston to a home win over Jacksonville. Johnson gave Houston a 21-17 lead with an 8-yard catch early in the fourth. Watt made it 23-17 when he sacked Blake Bortles in the end zone. The sack gave him 20 1/2 this season, making him the first player in NFL history to have two seasons with 20 or more sacks.
Hou—Foster 10 pass from Keenum (Bullock kick)
Jax—FG Scobee 53
Jax—Gratz 55 interception return (Scobee kick)
Hou—Blue 1 run (Bullock kick)
Jax—Todman 23 pass from Shorts III (Scobee kick)
Hou—A.Johnson 8 pass from Keenum (Bullock kick)
|Total Net Yards||233||358|
|Time of Poss||20:12||39:48|
RUSHING—Jacksonville, Bortles 3-61, Todman 7-52, Gerhart 4-8. Houston, Grimes 11-45, Blue 17-39, Foster 5-23, Keenum 6-16.
PASSING—Jacksonville, Bortles 14-33-0-117, Shorts III 1-1-0-23. Houston, Keenum 25-35-1-250.
RECEIVING—Jacksonville, Shorts III 5-47, Todman 5-46, Hurns 2-15, Lee 2-8, Sanders 1-24. Houston, A.Johnson 10-134, Blue 6-37, D.Johnson 3-33, Grimes 2-23, Hopkins 2-5, Foster 1-10, Griffin 1-8.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Jacksonville, Scobee 51 (WL).
Chiefs 19, Chargers 7
Kansas City beat visiting San Diego to eliminate the Chargers from playoff contention, but also failed to qualify. The Chiefs needed Cleveland to beat Baltimore and Jacksonville to beat Houston, and neither happened. KC’s Justin Houston had four sacks to finish with 22 this season, breaking Derrick Thomas’ franchise record.
KC—FG Santos 43
KC—Kelce fumble recovery in end zone (Santos kick)
SD—Oliver 1 run (Novak kick)
KC—FG Santos 21
KC—FG Santos 27
KC—FG Santos 31
|Total Net Yards||361||251|
|Time of Poss||31:21||28:39|
RUSHING—San Diego, Oliver 14-71, D.Brown 10-39, Rivers 1-2. Kansas City, Charles 13-54, Davis 9-23, Thomas 1-18, Daniel 3-16.
PASSING—San Diego, Rivers 20-34-2-291. Kansas City, Daniel 16-27-0-157.
RECEIVING—San Diego, Inman 5-79, Royal 4-95, Gates 4-67, Floyd 3-29, Oliver 2-4, Ajirotutu 1-9, D.Brown 1-8. Kansas City, Kelce 7-84, Bowe 3-30, Thomas 3-28, Charles 2-8, Avant 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—San Diego, Novak 52 (WL). Kansas City, Santos 50 (WL).
Vikings 13, Bears 9
Teddy Bridgewater threw the go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen in the third quarter, guiding Minnesota past Chicago in Minneapolis. Minnesota’s Audie Cole had 11 tackles in his first start of the season.
Min—FG Walsh 37
Chi—FG Feely 48
Chi—FG Feely 25
Min—Thielen 44 pass from Bridgewater (Walsh kick)
Min—FG Walsh 44
Chi—FG Feely 35
|Total Net Yards||264||311|
|Time of Poss||31:33||28:27|
RUSHING—Chicago, Forte 17-51, Cutler 3-39, Morgan 1-9. Minnesota, Asiata 19-91, Banyard 6-20, Bridgewater 6-18, Felton 1-3, Charle.Johnson 1-(minus 11).
PASSING—Chicago, Cutler 23-36-0-172. Minnesota, Bridgewater 17-25-1-209.
RECEIVING—Chicago, Bennett 8-59, Forte 8-23, Jeffery 2-34, Rosario 2-25, Wilson 2-18, Morgan 1-13. Minnesota, Thielen 3-68, Jennings 3-45, Ellison 3-23, Wright 3-23, Charle.Johnson 2-22, Asiata 2-17, Banyard 1-11.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Chicago, Feely 43 (WR).
Ravens 20, Browns 10
Baltimore earned a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs, rallying to defeat visiting Cleveland. Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left. Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it.
Bal—FG Tucker 25
Cle—FG Hartley 38
Cle—West 2 run (Hartley kick)
Bal—FG Tucker 28
Bal—T.Smith 16 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
Bal—Aiken 2 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
|Total Net Yards||259||419|
|Time of Poss||30:43||29:17|
RUSHING—Cleveland, West 18-94, Shaw 7-9, Crowell 4-6. Baltimore, Forsett 17-119, Pierce 6-8, Flacco 3-1, Toussaint 2-1.
PASSING—Cleveland, Shaw 14-28-1-177. Baltimore, Flacco 22-36-0-312.
RECEIVING—Cleveland, Hawkins 4-33, Gabriel 3-66, Cameron 3-41, West 2-12, Crowell 1-16, Benjamin 1-9. Baltimore, Smith Sr. 8-90, T.Smith 4-83, Daniels 2-46, Forsett 2-17, Aiken 2-13, Gillmore 1-22, M.Brown 1-17, Campanaro 1-17, Toussaint 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Cowboys 44, Redskins 17
DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant broke franchise records as Dallas prepped for the playoffs with a win over Washington in Landover, Maryland. Murray rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries, passing Emmitt Smith for the team single-season mark. Murray’s 1,845 yards bettered Smith’s 1,773 from 1995. Bryant caught two touchdowns to total 16 on the season, breaking Terrell Owens’ team record of 15 in 2007.
Dal—FG Bailey 36
Was—Jackson 69 pass from Griffin III (Forbath kick)
Dal—Bryant 65 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Dal—Bryant 23 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Dal—FG Bailey 32
Dal—Murray 9 run (Bailey kick)
Was—FG Forbath 25
Was—Griffin III 2 run (Forbath kick)
Dal—FG Bailey 23
Dal—Spencer 5 fumble return (Bailey kick)
Dal—Randle 65 run (Bailey kick)
|Total Net Yards||457||413|
|Time of Poss||30:24||29:36|
RUSHING—Dallas, Murray 20-100, Randle 4-69, Dunbar 1-4, Harris 1-1. Washington, Morris 12-43, Helu Jr. 6-42, Griffin III 6-19.
PASSING—Dallas, Romo 22-34-1-299. Washington, Griffin III 27-41-2-336.
RECEIVING—Dallas, Beasley 6-57, Bryant 4-99, Witten 4-49, Williams 3-68, Murray 3-21, Randle 1-3, Hanna 1-2. Washington, Reed 9-70, Helu Jr. 4-41, Moss 3-25, Jackson 2-86, Garcon 2-53, Morris 2-19, Paul 2-19, Young 1-9, Grant 1-7, Roberts 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Jets 37, Dolphins 24
New York won its season finale, which might not be enough to save coach Rex Ryan’s job. Geno Smith had his best game in a rocky season, throwing for a career-high 358 yards and three TDs to help the Jets beat host Miami. The Jets rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit, and Ryan ordered a fake punt with four minutes left that sealed it.
Mia—FG Sturgis 37
NYJ—Owusu 23 run (Folk kick)
Mia—Dan.Thomas 1 run (Sturgis kick)
NYJ—Ivory 8 pass from Smith (Folk kick)
Mia—Clay 23 pass from Tannehill (Sturgis kick)
Mia—Miller 97 run (Sturgis kick)
NYJ—Decker 74 pass from Smith (Folk kick)
NYJ—FG Folk 26
NYJ—FG Folk 23
NYJ—Cumberland 23 pass from Smith (Folk kick)
NYJ—FG Folk 39
|Total Net Yards||494||387|
|Time of Poss||31:16||28:44|
RUSHING—N.Y. Jets, Ivory 13-29, Owusu 1-23, C.Johnson 10-20, Smith 5-18, Kerley 2-11, Conner 2-3, B.Powell 1-0. Miami, Miller 19-178, Dan.Thomas 1-1.
PASSING—N.Y. Jets, Smith 20-25-0-358, Quigley 1-1-0-38, Kerley 0-1-0-0. Miami, Tannehill 23-39-0-259.
RECEIVING—N.Y. Jets, Decker 10-221, Amaro 3-34, Sudfeld 2-44, Cumberland 2-23, Owusu 1-36, Kerley 1-33, Ivory 1-8, C.Johnson 1-(minus 3). Miami, Hartline 5-94, Landry 5-55, Clay 5-45, Gibson 3-27, Williams 2-22, Sims 2-15, Dan.Thomas 1-1.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—N.Y. Jets, Folk 45 (WL). Miami, Sturgis 53 (WR).
Bills 17, Patriots 9
Kyle Orton threw for one touchdown, Anthony Dixon ran for another and Buffalo finished its first winning season in 10 years with a win over New England in Foxborough, Massachussets. With the top seed in the AFC playoffs already clinched, the Patriots used quarterback Tom Brady for only the first half and held out tight end Rob Gronkowski and five other starters.
Buf—Woods 6 pass from Orton (Carpenter kick)
NE—FG Gostkowski 24
Buf—Dixon 1 run (Carpenter kick)
NE—FG Gostkowski 44
Buf—FG Carpenter 48
NE—FG Gostkowski 35
|Total Net Yards||268||260|
|Time of Poss||29:03||30:57|
RUSHING—Buffalo, Jackson 18-58, Dixon 7-27, Spiller 5-17, Watkins 1-5, Orton 2-(minus 3). New England, Blount 10-62, Garoppolo 4-16, Bolden 5-15, LaFell 2-13, Brady 2-9, Vereen 2-1.
PASSING—Buffalo, Orton 16-23-0-176. New England, Brady 8-16-0-80, Garoppolo 10-17-0-90.
RECEIVING—Buffalo, Woods 4-39, Watkins 3-57, Gray 3-25, Chandler 1-20, Smith 1-18, Dixon 1-8, Jackson 1-4, Hogan 1-3, Spiller 1-2. New England, LaFell 4-70, Tyms 4-39, Amendola 4-24, Vereen 3-14, J.White 2-8, Wright 1-15.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Eagles 34, Giants 26
Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and Philadelphia’s special teams scored their seventh touchdown of the season in a win over New York in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Backup tight end Trey Burton returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score in the third quarter, and Nate Allen iced the game with a late interception.
NYG—A.Williams 1 run (J.Brown kick)
Phi—J.Matthews 44 pass from Sanchez (Parkey kick)
Phi—Celek 1 pass from Sanchez (Parkey kick)
NYG—FG J.Brown 38
NYG—FG J.Brown 20
NYG—FG J.Brown 36
Phi—FG Parkey 32
Phi—Burton 27 blocked punt return (Parkey kick)
NYG—FG J.Brown 53
Phi—Polk 1 run (Parkey kick)
NYG—Beckham Jr. 63 pass from E.Manning (J.Brown kick)
Phi—FG Parkey 39
|Total Net Yards||426||505|
|Time of Poss||25:23||34:37|
RUSHING—Philadelphia, McCoy 17-99, Polk 7-38, Sanchez 7-22, Sproles 1-5. N.Y. Giants, A.Williams 15-43, Jennings 10-33.
PASSING—Philadelphia, Sanchez 23-36-1-292. N.Y. Giants, E.Manning 28-53-1-429.
RECEIVING—Philadelphia, J.Matthews 8-105, Ertz 4-56, Maclin 3-49, Sproles 3-23, Cooper 2-37, McCoy 1-15, Huff 1-6, Celek 1-1. N.Y. Giants, Beckham Jr. 12-185, Randle 6-158, Jennings 3-21, A.Williams 3-19, Donnell 2-26, Parker 2-20.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Saints 23, Buccaneers 20
Drew Brees threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 1:57 remaining, helping New Orleans overcome a 13-point deficit to beat Tampa Bay and the host Buccaneers clinched the top pick in the NFL draft. Brees shrugged off three interceptions — two of them stopping promising third-quarter drives — to throw for 281 yards.
TB—FG Murray 39
TB—Evans 6 pass from McCown (Murray kick)
NO—K.Robinson 1 run (S.Graham kick)
TB—Sims 8 run (Murray kick)
TB—FG Murray 27
NO—Ingram 1 run (S.Graham kick)
NO—Colston 36 pass from Brees (S.Graham kick)
|Total Net Yards||338||280|
|Time of Poss||27:13||32:47|
RUSHING—New Orleans, Ingram 14-57, K.Robinson 7-15, Brees 2-(minus 2). Tampa Bay, Martin 19-108, Sims 18-69, McCown 2-6.
PASSING—New Orleans, Brees 24-38-3-281. Tampa Bay, McCown 14-23-1-115.
RECEIVING—New Orleans, J.Graham 6-54, Stills 5-82, Colston 2-51, K.Robinson 2-22, Watson 2-18, Cadet 2-9, Ingram 2-4, Toon 1-24, Meachem 1-16, Brees 1-1. Tampa Bay, Evans 5-54, Myers 4-21, King 2-13, Jackson 1-11, Shepard 1-10, Sims 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
49ers 20, Cardinals 17
Colin Kaepernick threw a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Miller late in the third quarter, and Jim Harbaugh won his last game as San Francisco’s coach, as the 49ers beat Arizona in Santa Clara, California. Anquan Boldin caught a 76-yard TD pass and went over 1,000 yards receiving. Frank Gore ran for 144 yards on 25 carries to go over 1,000 yards rushing for the eighth time in 10 NFL seasons.
Ari—Floyd 20 pass from Lindley (Catanzaro kick)
SF—Boldin 76 pass from Kaepernick (Dawson kick)
SF—FG Dawson 53
SF—FG Dawson 37
Ari—FG Catanzaro 36
Ari—Floyd 41 pass from Lindley (Catanzaro kick)
SF—Miller 3 pass from Kaepernick (Dawson kick)
|Total Net Yards||397||395|
|Time of Poss||30:36||29:24|
RUSHING—Arizona, K.Williams 17-67, Taylor 7-26, Hughes 1-5. San Francisco, Gore 25-144, Kaepernick 7-63, Alf.Smith 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Arizona, Lindley 23-39-3-316, Grice 0-1-0-0. San Francisco, Kaepernick 15-26-0-204.
RECEIVING—Arizona, Floyd 8-153, Jo.Brown 4-51, Grice 3-2, Fells 2-39, Fitzgerald 2-29, Housler 1-20, Hughes 1-10, Carlson 1-6, Ginn Jr. 1-6. San Francisco, Crabtree 4-41, Miller 3-17, Boldin 2-81, Gore 2-5, Patton 1-35, Lloyd 1-14, V.Davis 1-9, Alf.Smith 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Broncos 47, Raiders 14
C.J. Anderson ran for three touchdowns, and Denver earned a first-round bye and the AFC’s No. 2 seed with a rout of visiting Oakland. Peyton Manning guided the Broncos to at least a tie for the best record in the NFL for the third consecutive season since his arrival in Denver.
Den—FG Barth 49
Den—Anderson 11 run (Barth kick)
Oak—McGill 18 fumble return (Janikowski kick)
Den—Anderson 1 run (Barth kick)
Den—FG Barth 36
Den—Anderson 25 run (Barth kick)
Oak—Olawale 1 pass from Carr (Janikowski kick)
Den—FG Barth 35
Den—FG Barth 21
Den—T.Carter 20 fumble return (Barth kick)
Den—Green 1 pass from Osweiler (Barth kick)
|Total Net Yards||199||451|
|Time of Poss||26:59||33:01|
RUSHING—Oakland, Murray 10-37, McFadden 4-13, Reece 1-11, Carr 3-6. Denver, Anderson 13-87, Hillman 15-56, Stewart 4-5, Osweiler 1-(minus 1), Manning 1-(minus 5).
PASSING—Oakland, Carr 18-36-1-158. Denver, Manning 21-37-0-273, Osweiler 2-2-0-39.
RECEIVING—Oakland, Murray 4-60, Reece 3-30, Rivera 2-26, J.Jones 2-17, Holmes 2-10, McFadden 2-6, Butler 1-6, Thompkins 1-2, Olawale 1-1. Denver, D.Thomas 8-115, Sanders 6-73, Green 3-46, Welker 2-42, Anderson 2-20, Latimer 1-14, Hillman 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
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