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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) reacts after scoring the winning touchdown in the last minute Sunday against the New Orleans at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. USA TODAY Sports.

NFL Roundup: Panthers in, Bears fate in question

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Cam Newton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds remaining to lift the Carolina Panthers to a 17-13victory against the New Orleans Saintsand clinch a playoff berth in Charlotte, N.C.

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The outcome broke a tie atop the NFC South, with the Panthers capable of clinching the division with another victory.

Carolina (11-4), in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, can grab the first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the NFC and secure at least one home game by winning its finale at Atlanta.

Eagles 54, Bears 11

The Philadelphia Eagles destroyed Chicago's hopes of clinching a playoff berth on Sunday in a 54-11 blowout that sends both teams into a winner-take-all season finale next week.

The Bears (8-7) could have clinched the NFC North with a victory, but their chance slipped away quickly in Philadelphia where the Eagles scored the game's first 24 points and kept piling on.

Philadelphia (9-6) now heads to a season-ending match-up with Dallas Cowboys (8-7) that will determine the NFC East title and a post-season spot.

Chicago will have their own division and the playoffs at stake when they host a winner-take-all against Green Bay (7-7-1) next week.

Broncos 37, Texans 13

Peyton Manning passed for 400 yards and set an NFL single-season mark for touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West crown with a crushing road win over the Houston Texans.

With his 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Julius Thomas at the 4:28 mark of the fourth quarter, Manning recorded his 51st scoring pass this season and eclipsed the mark set by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2007.

Manning will enter the season finale 266 yards shy of Drew Brees' single-season record of 5,476 passing yards set in 2011 with New Orleans.

Denver (12-3) sent the Texans (2-13) to their 13th consecutive loss.

Panthers 17, Saints 13

Cam Newton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds remaining to lift the Carolina Panthers to victory against the New Orleans Saintsand clinch a playoff berth.

The outcome broke a tie atop the NFC South, with the Panthers capable of clinching the division with another victory.

Carolina (11-4), in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, can grab the first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the NFC and secure at least one home game by winning its finale at Atlanta.

Colts 23, Chiefs 7

Donald Brown scored touchdowns as a rusher and receiver and the Indianapolis defense forced four turnovers by the normally sure-handed Kansas City Chiefs in bone-chilling cold weather.

After falling behind on a quick Kansas City touchdown, Indianapolis ran off 23 unanswered points.

The Colts earned their 10th victory of the season and will host a first-round game in the AFC playoffs in two weeks.

Kansas City's defeat and Denver's victory over Houston eliminated any chance the 11-4 Chiefs had of winning the AFC West and locked them into the fifth seed in the AFC.

Cowboys 24, Redskins 23

Quarterback Tony Romo rallied the desperate Dallas Cowboys from a nine-point deficit with less than seven minutes left to edge the Washington Redskins and stay alive in the NFC East race.

After running back DeMarco Murray lost nine yards on third-and-goal from the Washington 1-yard line, Romo had all the time in the world to find him for the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 left.

The Cowboys (8-7) can win the division by beating the Philadelphia Eagles at home next Sunday. The Redskins sank to 3-12 with their seventh straight defeat, the second in a row by a point.

Bills 19, Dolphins 0

The Buffalo Bills dealt a devastating blow to Miami's postseason hopes as they kept the Dolphins scoreless.

The Bills improved to 6-9, while the Dolphins, who had won three straight, dropped to 8-7 and limp home to face the New York Jets with quarterback Ryan Tannehillnursing a knee injury.

Jets 24, Browns 13

Quarterback Geno Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver David Nelson and rushed 17 yards for a third score as the New York Jets stormed back from a 10-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Browns in front of a sparse home crowd.

Rams 23, Buccaneers 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked seven times and lost a key fumble as the St. Louis Rams overcame a handful of mistakes offensively to win at home.

Titans 20, Jaguars 16

Playing for nothing but pride at this point in the season, the Tennessee Titans wrapped up their road schedule with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was intercepted by safety George Wilson on Jacksonville's potentially game-winning drive in the final minutes.

Cardinals 17, Seahawks 10

The Arizona Cardinals (10-5) halted the coronation of the NFC's top team and kept their own postseason hopes alive while ending the Seattle Seahawks' home winning streak at 14 games as they knocked off the team that had the NFL's best record.

Wide receiver Michael Floyd's diving, 31-yard touchdown reception with 2:13 remaining and the ensuing two-point conversion proved to be the final scoring play.

Seattle had a chance to make a heroic drive of its own.

Quarterback Russell Wilson's pass on the first play of the drive was intercepted by Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby after bouncing off the arm of outstretchedSeattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin with 1:56 remaining. A replay review upheld the call on the field and the Seahawks fell to 12-3.

Chargers 26, Raiders 13

The San Diego Chargers' quest for the playoffs is alive after their third consecutive victory.

Quarterback Philip Rivers threw a go-ahead, 4-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen and the Chargers overcame three turnovers to beat theOakland Raiders.

Giants 23, Lions 20 (OT)

Josh Brown kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime, and the New York Giants handed reeling Detroit its third consecutive loss as the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention.

New York forced overtime when safety Will Hill intercepted a deflected pass from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown with less than five minutes left in regulation.

Patriots 41, Ravens 7

Quarterback Tom Brady passed for 172 yards and a touchdown, running back LeGarrette Blount rushed for two scores, and the Patriots' defense dominated throughout as New England thrashed the Baltimore Ravens.

New England (11-4) clinched its fifth consecutive AFC East title before kickoff thanks to the Miami Dolphins' loss to Buffalo earlier in the day.

Steelers 38, Packers 31

The Pittsburgh Steelers held off Green Bay's last throw into the end zone to deal the Packers' playoff hopes a blow with a wild win.

The Packers had two major penalties in the final two minutes - an offside and a false start - that were costly. They had the ball inside the 5 with 1:03 left on the clock, but couldn't score to tie the game.

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