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NFL Roundup: 49ers tighten West race with win over Seahawks

San Francisco running back Frank Gore (21) picks up yardage as Seattle's Bruce Irvin (51) pursues during the third quarter Sunday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. USA TODAY Sports.

Frank Gore burst through the Seattle Seahawks' line for a 51-yard run to set up a game-winning field goal by Phil Dawson in the San Francisco 49ers' 19-17 victory over their visiting NFC West rivals on Sunday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Dawson's game-winning, 22-yard kick with 26 seconds remaining was his fourth field goal of the game and improved the 49ers to 9-4 while preventing the Seahawks (11-2) from the division title.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 15 of 29 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown with one interception, while Seattle signal callerRussell Wilson hit on 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards and one TD with one interception.

Saints 31, Panthers 13

Drew Brees torched Carolina's much-vaunted defense with four touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints routed the Panthers 31-13 to regain control of the NFC South on Sunday.

A week after throwing for just 147 yards in a loss to Seattle, Brees picked the Panthers apart in a dominant performance that saw him pass for 313 yards.

The victory gave New Orleans (10-3) a one-game lead over Carolina (9-4) in the division with the two teams scheduled to meet again on December 22.

The Panthers, who had been on an eight-game winning streak coming into the game, took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter with two Graham Gano field goals, but it was all Brees from there.

The New Orleans quarterback tossed consecutive touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the second quarter and added a five-yard strike to Jimmy Graham for a 21-6 halftime lead.

Brees cooled a little in the second half, where he led New Orleans to a field goal in the third and another passing touchdown to Graham in the fourth, giving the home side a commanding 31-6 advantage.

Carolina's Cam Newton threw for 160 yards and ran for 48, throwing a 17-yard score to Steve Smith late in the fourth.

Broncos 51, Titans 28

Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal and quarterback Peyton Manning led Denver on a second-half charge as the Broncos rallied past theTennessee Titans in frigid weather to clinch a playoff berth.

The victory in coach John Fox's return to the sideline kept the Broncos (11-2) undefeated at home this season. Fox had missed the past month after undergoing heart surgery.

Manning completed 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards and four touchdown passes to overcome a 21-20 halftime deficit.

Ravens 29, Vikings 26

The Baltimore Ravens (7-6) maintained their hold on an AFC wild card berth in a frantic finish in the snow when quarterback Joe Flacco found receiver Marlon Brown for a nine-yard touchdown with four seconds left to beat the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota had taken the lead at 19-15 on a 41-yard run by Toby Gerhart with 1:27 left in the game. Baltimore's Jacoby Jones ran back the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a go-ahead score.

Vikings (3-9) quarterback Matt Cassel threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with 45 seconds left before Baltimore responded with the fifth touchdown over the final 2:05 of the game.

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher, had to be helped off the field early in the second quarter after a hard tackle with an apparent ankle injury.

Dolphins 34, Steelers 28

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not let snowy weather slow him down as he threw three touchdown passes to keep Miami in the thick of the AFC wild card playoff race with a victory over on road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Miami (7-6) snapped a five-game losing streak against Pittsburgh (5-8), who faded from the playoff picture despite a desperation effort to score on a five-lateral final play that ended on the 13-yard line.

Bengals 42, Colts 28

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Bengals beat the Indianapolis Colts in a battle of AFC division leaders in Cincinnati.

Dalton completed 24 of 35 passes for 275 yards for the AFC North leading-Bengals, who improved to 9-4 and moved into the third-seed position in the AFC playoffs pecking order.

AFC South-leading Indianapolis (8-5) and quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw four touchdown passes, fell behind 21-0 in the third quarter.

Eagles 34, Lions 20

Running back LeSean McCoy ran for two long touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Eagles rallied to victory over the Detroit Lions in snow-covered Philadelphia.

McCoy's touchdown runs of 40 and 57 yards offset two long touchdowns by Lions' returner Jeremy Ross, who scored on a 58-yard punt return to give Detroit a 14-0 lead in the third quarter and a 98-yard kickoff return that put the Lions up 20-14 in the fourth quarter.

The victory for the Eagles (8-5) gave them a half-game lead over Dallas in the NFC East, while the Lions (7-6) had their NFC North lead shrink to half a game over the Chicago Bears.

Patriots 27, Browns 26

The New England Patriots lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski before staging an improbable comeback victory over the visiting Cleveland Browns.

Quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in 30 seconds, including a one-yarder to wide receiver Danny Amendola with 31 seconds left after New England recovered an onside kick.

The win improved the AFC East-leading Patriots to 10-3, but their joy was tempered by a knee injury to Gronkowski who was carted off to the locker room after a hard hit. Cleveland dropped to 4-9.

Chiefs 45, Redskins 10

The Kansas City Chiefs broke their three-game losing streak with a snowy victory against the Washington Redskins in LandoverMaryland.

Kansas City raced to a 31-point lead barely 20 minutes into the game and were never threatened.

The Chiefs improved to 10-3 to further their hold on an AFC wild card berth, while the Redskins plunged to 3-10.

Cardinals 30, Rams 10

The Arizona Cardinals (8-5) stayed in the hunt for an NFC wild-card berth by battering the St. Louis Rams behind quarterback Carson Palmer, who had been listed as questionable with a sore right passing elbow.

Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown.

It was the fifth win in the past six games for the Cardinals.

Packers 22, Falcons 21

The Green Bay Packers, who were 0-4-1 since quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broke collarbone, finally notched a victory without their regular signal caller to stay alive in the NFC North.

Green Bay (6-6-1) rallied from a 21-10 halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons at home when quarterback Matt Flynn hit Andrew Quarless with a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Atlanta (3-10).

Chargers 37, Giants 14

The San Diego Chargers kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a 37-14 thumping of the New York Giants.

San Diego won for just the second time in their last six games and are tied with the New York Jets at 6-7, one game behind Baltimore and Miami for the second AFC wild-card spot.

Wide receiver Keenen Allen caught two touchdown passes from Philip Rivers.

Buccaneers 27, Bills 6

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacked Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel seven times and intercepted him four times in a home victory.

Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon also had a rough game, going 9-for-25 for a career-low 90 yards, but he threw a pair of touchdown passes to lift Tampa Bay (4-9) to victory over the Bills (4-9).

Jets 37, Raiders 27

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith bounced back from the first benching of his young career by accounting for 269 yards and two touchdowns as the New York Jetssnapped a three-game losing streak with their home victory.

Smith, benched at halftime last week, completed 16-of-25 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 50 yards and another score.

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