NFL Game Wraps

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Let the healing begin in Kansas City.
One day after teammate Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, the Chiefs went out and beat the visiting Carolina Panthers 27-21 to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two TDs, and Jamal Charles ran for 127 yards to help Kansas City earn its second win in 12 games this season.
Coach Romeo Crennel (kreh-NEHL') says playing the game was absolutely the right thing to do, no matter the outcome.
Cam Newton threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns for the 3-9 Panthers, who were informed the game would be played as scheduled while they were heading to Kansas City on Saturday.

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Andy Dalton scrambled up the middle for a 6-yard touchdown with 4:11 left for the go-ahead score and the Cincinnati Bengals won their fourth straight game, 20-13 over San Diego. The 5-7 Bengals remained tied with Pittsburgh in the race for the AFC's second wild-card berth.
The 4-8 Chargers lost their fourth straight game and for the seventh time in eight games, and remain only mathematically alive in the wild-card chase.

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When in a pinch, go back to Batch. That's Charlie Batch. The Steelers relied on their seldom-used third-string quarterback due to injuries to Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) and Byron Leftwich and Batch came through with a big game in their 23-20 win over Baltimore in the latest renewal of the NFL's best rivalry.
Batch completed 25 of 36 passes for 278 yards. He also calmly directed Pittsburgh 61 yards on its final drive to set up Shaun Suisham's (SWEES'-hahmz) game-winning 42-yard field goal at the final gun. That ends the Ravens' 15-game home winning streak.

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The Denver Broncos wrapped up the AFC West with a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay that also clinched the NFC South title for Atlanta, which won on Thursday night. The 9-3 Broncos have won seven in a row. Peyton Manning threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He now has 29 touchdown passes on the season, moving past Jake Plummer and John Elway for the most by a Denver quarterback in a single year.
Manning threw two of the scores to Demaryius Thomas, who finished with eight catches for 99 yards. Broncos linebacker Von Miller returned an interception for his first NFL score.
The Broncos defense did its part, holding star Tampa running back Doug Martin to 56 yards on 18 carries.

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The Houston Texans clinched their second straight playoff berth and set a franchise record for wins in a season with a 24-10 road victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Houston's defense forced six turnovers they turned into 10 points and had six sacks of Jake Locker. Rookie linebacker Whitney Mercilus recovered a fumble and had two sacks to help the Texans get to 11-1 and stay tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NFL. It was their sixth win in a row and second straight in OT.
The Texans swept Tennessee, the team they replaced in Houston, for only the second time. Matt Schaub threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and Arian Foster ran for a TD.

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Tom Brady led a clock-consuming drive in the fourth quarter that helped the Patriots beat Miami 23-16 to clinch their fourth consecutive AFC East title.
Brady finished 24 for 40 for 238 yards and was sacked four times. He also was intercepted for the first time in 203 passes. And for just the fourth time this season.
The Dolphins didn't help themselves any. A botched punt, roughing-the-punter penalty and fumble resulted in 17 New England points, and another penalty negated a Miami touchdown.
The Patriots have won six consecutive games and are 9-3. It is their 12th straight winning season.
The Dolphins hurt their already slim playoff chances and lost to New England for the fifth consecutive time. Miami is 5-7.

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Russell Wilson connected with Sidney Rice on a 13-yard touchdown with 7:33 left in overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a wild 23-17 victory over the Bears in Chicago.
Seattle took a short-lived lead late in regulation on Russell Wilson's 14-yard pass to Golden Tate. But Bears kicker Robbie Gould (gohld) booted a 46-yard field goal as time expired to send it into OT.
Seattle improves to 7-5 and leads the NFC wild-card after winning for just the second time in seven road games.
The 8-4 Bears fall into a tie with Green Bay atop the NFC North standings.

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The Packers overcame a monster day by Adrian Peterson and beat the division-rival Vikings 23-14.
Peterson's 210 yards on the ground are the most he's had since blowing out a knee last December.
James Starks had Green Bay's first rushing touchdown in almost two months.
Morgan Burnett intercepted Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder twice and Green Bay turned both picks into field goals.
The Packers' 10th straight victory over an NFC North opponent moves them to 8-4 and into a tie with Chicago for the NFC North lead..
The Vikings are 6-6.

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Andrew Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery with no time left to lift the Indianapolis Colts to a dramatic 35-33 comeback win at Detroit. The Lions led by 12 points midway through the fourth quarter.
The Colts improve to 8-4 and stay in control of the AFC wild-card race. Detroit's fourth consecutive defeat drops them to 5-8. They've lost their last three home games after leading in the final quarter.
Luck has won more games than any rookie quarterback drafted No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era. He broke the mark by Sam Bradford, who helped St. Louis win seven games two years ago, and also surpassed Jim Plunkett in New England during the 1971 season. Luck finished the day connecting on 24 of 54 passes for 391 yards.
Calvin Johnson had a career-high 13 receptions for 171 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown that gave Detroit a 31-20 lead late in the third quarter.

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St. Louis narrowly avoided a second tie in three weeks against the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers. Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired in regulation before making good on a 54-yarder with 26 seconds left in OT, lifting the Rams past the Niners 16-13.
The Rams scored twice in the final 3:04 of regulation, getting their lone touchdown when rookie Janoris Jenkins returned an errant pitchout by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) 2 yards for a score. St. Louis has won two straight after an 0-4-1 skid and sits 5-6-1 on the season.
Forty-Niners kicker David Akers was barely wide right on a 51-yard attempt with 4:11 to go in overtime. Akers is just 7 for 15 from 40 yards and beyond.
Zuerlein is 7 for 11 from the 50 and beyond.
The Niners fall to 8-3-1.

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Third-string quarterback Greg McElroy led the Jets to their only points of the day and New York beat visiting Arizona 7-6. The scoring drive was capped by a 1-yard TD grab by Jeff Cumberland.
With second stringer Tim Tebow inactive as he heals from two broken ribs, coach Rex Ryan pulled beleaguered Mark Sanchez for McElroy late in the third quarter, much to the delight of the home crowd. Sanchez went 10 for 21 for 97 yards and threw three interceptions.
The Jets improve to 5-7.
Arizona lost its eighth straight game after a 4-0 start.

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Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards and a touchdown and the Cleveland Browns did just enough to snap a 12-game road losing streak by beating the Oakland Raiders 20-17. That's the first road win since Sept. 18, 2011 for the 4-8 Browns.
The Raiders fell to 3-9.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick directed five straight scoring drives in a 34-18 victory over visiting Jacksonville that keeps the 5-7 Bills slim playoff hopes alive.
Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Fred Jackson had 101 yards rushing and C.J. Spiller scored on a 44-yard run that put Buffalo up 34-10 early in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars fall to 2-10 a week after snapping a seven-game losing streak with a win over Tennessee.


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