NFL Roundup: Rodgers engineers miracle to put Pack in playoffs
CHICAGO -- Aaron Rodgers returned after missing seven weeks with a broken collarbone to throw a stunning touchdown pass in the final minute as the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 Sunday in dramatic fashion on the road.
In a battle for the NFC North and a playoff berth, Rodgers escaped an all-out blitz on fourth down and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randall Cobb with 38 seconds remaining.
Eagles 24, Cowboys 22
LeSean McCoy rushed for 131 yards, Bryce Brown ran for a key touchdown with 6:09 remaining and Brandon Boykin had a late interception to lead visiting Philadelphia to a hard-fought victory over Dallas and the NFC East title.
Chargers 27, Chiefs 24
The Chargers capitalized on the reprieve to finish the regular season 9-7 and qualify for the playoffs at the expense of Pittsburgh.
Kansas City, which had already secured fifth seed in the AFC, went 11-5.
Bengals 34, Ravens 17
The AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals completed their first undefeated season at home since 1988 with a win over the Baltimore Ravens and knocked the defending Super Bowl champions out of the AFC playoff chase in the process.
Quarterback Andy Dalton overcame a career-high four interceptions by throwing for 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns plus running for the go-ahead touchdown as the Bengals finished the regular season 11-5.
The Ravens became the 15th Super Bowl champion to fail to reach the playoffs the following season.
Panthers 21, Falcons 20
With the win, the Panthers (12-4) clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. Quarterback Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes.
Jets 20, Dolphins 7
The Jets, who also finished 8-8 but were never in the running for a playoff berth, scored 20 unanswered points after Miami opened the scoring.
Steelers 20, Browns 7
The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) scored a comfortable home win over the Cleveland Browns, but had their playoff ambitions snuffed out when the San Diego Chargerslater won their game with Kansas City to advance to the postseason.
The Steelers won their third straight game and also beat the Browns for the 10th consecutive time in Pittsburgh.
Colts 30, Jaguars 10
Indianapolis, (11-5) is in the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 seasons.
Giants 20, Redskins 6
Titans 16, Texans 10
The Houston Texans lost their 14th straight game, this time at the Tennessee Titans.
Houston (2-14) lost every game after starting the season with two wins, giving it the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Vikings 14, Lions 13
Minnesota dominated the stats in the first half and held on at home to end the season 5-10-1, while the Lions went 7-9.
Patriots 34, Bills 20
The New England Patriots, finishing a perfect home season, got a career game from running back LeGarrette Blount and clinched the No. 2 AFC seed and a first-week playoff bye with a rain-soaked victory over the Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots finished the regular season 12-4 as Blount ran for 189 yards, the fifth-highest in franchise history, including touchdown runs of 36 and 35 yards.
Saints 42, Buccaneers 17
Quarterback Drew Brees reignited a slumbering offense with first-half touchdown passes to four different receivers, powering the New Orleans Saints to victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and into the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.
The Saints (11-5) locked up an undefeated home record by scoring touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions, not counting a kneel-down at the end of the first half.
49ers 23, Cardinals 20
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 21-of-34 for 306 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers won their sixth straight game to end the regular season 12-4.
Broncos 34, Raiders 14
Quarterback Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns in a sparkling - and abbreviated - performance that capped a record-setting season and secured the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs for the Denver Broncos.
Manning, who was replaced by Brock Osweiler in the second half, completed 25-of-28 passes for 266 yards, giving him an NFL single-season record of 5,477 yards passing.
The Broncos (13-3) will have a first-round bye and home advantage in the playoffs.
Seahawks 27, Rams 9
The Seattle Seahawks (13-3) finally clinched the NFC's top seed and West title with a win over the St. Louis Rams in a penalty-filled game.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch gained 97 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while quarterback Russell Wilson completed 15 of 23 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown.