PHILADELPHIA -- Counted out bytheir own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and RobertGriffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years.

Griffinthrew a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a kneeinjury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals tobegin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles27-20 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the Washington 5 before his intentional grounding penalty ended the game.

TheRedskins (9-6) can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas athome next Sunday. They haven't won it since 1999 and last reached theplayoffs in 2007.

Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles(4-11) fell short in what could've been Andy Reid's last game coachingthe team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his15th season next year.

NFL coverage on


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime, and New Orleans damaged Dallas' playoff hopes.

DrewBrees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and led a drive to thewinning kick. The Saints lucked out before the winning kick when afumble by Marques Colston rolled forward about 20 yards to the Dallas 2.Jimmy Graham recovered.

The Cowboys lost despiterallying for two touchdowns in the final 3:35 of regulation. Tony Romo,who threw for 416 yards and four scores, hit Miles Austin for the tyingtouchdown with 15 seconds left in regulation.

Theplayoff hopes for the Saints (7-8) ended with Minnesota's win againstHouston. The Cowboys (8-7) lost control of their playoff fate.


KANSASCITY, Mo. -- Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-seasonrookie record, and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in thefourth quarter put Indianapolis in the playoffs.

Lucksurpassed Cam Newton's year-old record of 4,051 yards passing by arookie in the second quarter, and then came through in the closingminutes. He marched Indy to the Chiefs 7, then found Wayne in the backof the end zone on third-and-goal for the go-ahead score.

It was the seventh time Luck has rallied his team to victory in the fourth quarter.

DariusButler returned an interception 32 yards for a TD in helping the Colts(10-5) join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only NFL teams to win atleast 10 games after losing 14 or more the previous season. The Chiefsare 2-13.


PITTSBURGH-- Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining toput Cincinnati in the playoffs and eliminate Pittsburgh from postseasoncontention.

Brown missed a 56-yarder earlier in thequarter, but earned a second chance when Reggie Nelson picked off BenRoethlisberger and returned it to the Pittsburgh 46 with 14 secondsremaining. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for 21 yards on the next play,setting up Brown's game-winner to put the Bengals in the playoffs forconsecutive years for the first times since 1981-82.

Daltoncompleted 24 of 41 for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals(9-6), who snapped a five-game losing streak to Pittsburgh (7-8).


HOUSTON-- Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the2,000-yard mark, yet helping Minnesota keep its playoff hopes alive.

Christian Ponder threw a touchdown pass, Toby Gerhart added a score and Blair Walsh kicked three field goals.

The loss kept the Texans (12-3) from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Petersonhad his lowest rushing total since getting 79 yards on Oct. 14 in aloss at Washington. He has 1,898 this season and needs 208 yards tobreak the NFL single-season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson.

The Texans failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 2006.


BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as Baltimore won the AFC North.

TheRavens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime and cruised to the finish behind ashort-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limitedNew York (8-7) to 186 yards.

Baltimore scored touchdownson its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards -including 289 in the first half alone. The victory ended a three-gameskid for the Ravens and assured them of a home playoff game in the firstweekend of January.

The defending Super Bowl championGiants (8-7) can't win the NFC East, but still have a chance to make theplayoffs as a wild card.


DENVER -- Denver won its 10th straight game as Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for the 72nd time of his career.

Denver (12-3) pulled into a tie for first place in the AFC with Houston, which fell 23-6 to the Vikings.

Manningfinished with 339 yards on 30-for-43 passing. Von Miller was in on twosacks for the Broncos, the second of which knocked Browns quarterbackBrandon Weeden out of the game with a right shoulder injury.

If Denver defeats Kansas City at home next week and Houston loses at Indianapolis, the Broncos would be the AFC's top seed.


SEATTLE-- Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to move into second placefor TD passes by a rookie, Marshawn Lynch scored twice, and led bytheir rocking crowd Seattle clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs with arout of San Francisco.

Wilson threw TDs to Lynch,Anthony McCoy and two in the second half to Doug Baldwin to give him 25for the season, one shy of Peyton Manning's record of 26. Lynch added111 yards rushing and a 24-yard TD run on Seattle's opening drive thatset the tone.

Richard Sherman returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown and added an interception for the Seahawks (10-5).

ColinKaepernick and the 49ers (10-4-1) struggled with the deafening noiseechoing around CenturyLink Field, making for a miserable 49th birthdayfor 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago's defense scored two touchdowns to keep the Bears' playoff hopes alive.

CharlesTillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score, the third pickhe's brought back for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall byChicago, one shy of the NFL record. Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yardfor another Bears score.

Brandon Marshall caught sixpasses for 68 yards and a TD, breaking the Bears franchise record foryards receiving in a season in the process.

Chicago(9-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the secondtime in seven tries. The Cardinals (5-10) lost for the 10th time in 11games


GREEN BAY,Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another,Ryan Grant scored twice and Randall Cobb set a single-season franchiserecord for net yardage.

The victory ensured the Packers(11-4) will at least be the NFC's No. 3 seed. They still have a shot atthe No. 2 - and the first-round bye that goes with it - if Seattle beatsSan Francisco on Sunday night.

It was the first time the Packers have scored more than 50 points since 2005.

Jake Locker was sacked seven times and picked off twice, and Tennessee (5-10) scored with 1:39 left to avoid the shutout.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tom Brady overcame a rough start by throwing two touchdown passes for playoff-bound New England.

Brady threw two interceptions in the first quarter, the second helping the Jaguars (2-13) build a 10-0 lead.

Butthe Jaguars faded in the third quarter for the fourth consecutive week,lost for the 11th time in the last 12 games and set a franchise recordfor losses in a season.

Brady hooked up with Wes Welkerfor a 2-yard score on the second play of the fourth quarter, putting thePatriots (11-4) ahead 23-13.


EASTRUTHERFORD, N.J. -- San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining thequarterback's first NFL start, and Philip Rivers threw two touchdownpasses for the Chargers.

McElroy, the third-stringer whowas starting for the benched Mark Sanchez, moved the offense for theJets (6-9) early but faced pressure all game.

With achance to get New York back into it with less than 5 minutes remaining,McElroy was sacked by Shaun Phillips and lost the ball. Phillipsrecovered and San Diego (6-9) sealed the win.

Rivers had touchdown tosses of 37 yards to Danario Alexander and 34 yards to Antonio Gates.


CHARLOTTE,N.C. -- Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60yards and another score as Carolina won for the fourth time in its lastfive games.

The Panthers (6-9) held the Raiders to 189total yards and 12 first downs in a game featuring several shovingmatches, plenty of heated exchanges and six unnecessary roughnesspenalties - including one that sidelined Oakland quarterback CarsonPalmer for the day.

Even Newton drew a flag afterbumping an official with his chest for what he perceived as the latestin a series of late hits by Raiders defenders. He was not ejected.

The Panthers built a 14-3 lead at halftime. Newton accounted for 231 of the 271 yards.


TAMPA,Fla. -- Sam Bradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes and rookiecornerback Janoris Jenkins scored his fourth TD of the season.

Bradfordconnected with Lance Kendricks on an 80-yard scoring play on the firstplay of the third quarter. The Rams (7-7-1) intercepted Josh Freemanfour times, turning three of the turnovers into TDs, including Jenkins'pick and 41-yard return early in the second quarter.

StevenJackson rushed for 81 yards and one TD, moving within 10 yards ofreaching 1,000 for the eighth consecutive season for the Rams. Tampa Bayfell to 6-9 after its fifth straight loss.


MIAMI -- Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run for Miami.

Six minutes after they won, the Dolphins (7-8) were eliminated from playoff contention when Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh.

The Bills (5-10) came into the game assured of missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year.

Bush's first TD catches of the season covered 17 and 12 yards.

Read or Share this story: