around the league
Broncos 38, Chiefs 3: Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lift Denver over Kansas City to seal the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Broncos. Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards, only 41 short of his career high. Denver won its 11th straight and leaped past Houston for the top seed after the Texans lost to Indianapolis.
Patriots 28, Dolphins 0: Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and New England regained its dominance after a rare slump, earning a playoff bye with a win over Miami. Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns, and the Patriots defense racked up a season-high seven sacks.
Redskins 28, Cowboys 18: Robert Griffin III ran for a touchdown, and fellow rookie Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards and three scores as Washington won its first division title in 13 years by beating Dallas. The Redskins are the first team to rally from 3-6 to make the playoffs since Jacksonville in 1996.
Colts 28, Texans 16: Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns and Deji Karim swung the game with a 101-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, giving Indianapolis a win in coach Chuck Pagano's first game back since starting treatment for leukemia Sept. 26.
Vikings 37, Packers 34: Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's rushing record, finishing with 199 yards and powering Minnesota into the playoffs with a win over Green Bay. Blair Walsh kicked a 29-yard field as time expired to win it.
Seahawks 20, Rams 13: Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:39 left gave Seattle a win over St. Louis and an 8-0 home record.
Bears 26, Lions 24: Jay Cutler threw for 257 yards and a touchdown and helped seal the game with a late scramble. Chicago was denied a playoff berth when Minnesota beat Green Bay. The Lions lost their final eight games.
Giants 42, Eagles 7: Eli Manning threw a career-high five touchdown passes as New York routed Philadelphia, but the defending Super Bowl champion Giants' playoff hopes ended minutes later when the Bears beat the Lions.
Titans 38, Jaguars 20: Tennessee became the first team in NFL history with two players scoring twice on returns in a game as the Titans beat Jacksonville. Darius Reynaud scored on two punt returns, and rookie linebacker Zach Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Panthers 44, Saints 38: DeAngelo Williams rushed for 210 yards, including TD runs of 54 and 12 yards, for Carolina, which closed the season with four straight wins. New Orleans' defense allowed 530 yards, raising its season total to 7,042 to break the record of 6,793 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.
Bengals 23, Ravens 17: Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Cincinnati beat Baltimore.
Buccaneers 22, Falcons 17: Josh Freeman threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Doug Martin ran for 142 yards as Tampa Bay beat Atlanta, which already had clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Steelers 24, Browns 10: Ben Roethlisberger threw three short touchdown passes, and Pittsburgh avoided its first losing season in nearly a decade.
Bills 28, Jets 9: C.J. Spiller scored on a 66-yard catch and run and Bryan Scott returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's win over New York.