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NFL Roundup: Former Gopher Decker helps Denver sink K.C.

Denver wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes one of his four touchdown receptions against Kansas City's Marcus Cooper on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. USA TODAY Sports.

The Denver Broncos established control of the AFC West by beating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

With four games left in the regular-season schedule, the Broncos are 10-2 and hold a one-game lead over the 9-3 Chiefs, a team that Denver has beaten twice in the last three weeks.

Quarterback Peyton Manning threw a pair of interceptions in his first nine pass attempts that created a 14-point deficit for the Broncos. But Manning bounced back quickly, making up for those giveaways by throwing five touchdown passes, with four to wide receiver Eric Decker.

Giants 24, Redskins 17

Eli Manning threw for 235 yards and a touchdown as visiting New York kept alive its slim playoff hopes and handed Washington its fourth consecutive defeat.

Andre Brown ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Giants (5-7) overcome a 14-point deficit to win for the fifth time in six games and stay within two games of NFC East co-leaders Dallas and Philadelphia. New York's defense clinched the victory when Will Hill ripped the ball out of wide receiver Pierre Garcon's hands with 1:21 to play.

Robert Griffin III slowed down after a nearly flawless first half, finishing 24-of-32 for 207 yards and a touchdown and rushing for a season-high 88 yards while getting sacked five times - four by Justin Tuck. Garcon had nine catches for 61 yards but Alfred Morris was limited to 26 yards and a TD for the Redskins (3-9), who were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

Washington was forced to punt on four of its first five second-half possessions, getting a go-ahead 33-yard field goal by Kai Forbath following an interception by Brandon Meriweather. A botched snap on a punt put the Giants at Washington's 46-yard line and led to Andre Brown's lunging 1-yard touchdown run for a 21-17 lead with 14:26 to play before Josh Brown's 39-yard field goal made it 24-17 with 2:32 remaining.

Both quarterbacks combined for only three incompletions in 29 attempts in a first half that saw the Redskins bolt to a 14-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Morris and Griffin's 19-yard scoring pass to tight end Logan Paulsen. The Giants responded with Andre Brown's 23-yard TD run and Manning's 22-yard scoring strike to tight end Brandon Myers with 35 seconds left in the half.

49ers 23, Rams 13

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 275 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught nine passes for 98 yards, and the San Francisco 49erscontinued their playoff push with a victory against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers (8-4) won their second consecutive game, snapped the Rams' two-game winning streak and beat St. Louis (5-7) for the second time this season.

Tight end Vernon Davis caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown for San Francisco, while Frank Gore rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Bengals 17, Chargers 10

The Cincinnati Bengals maintained their comfortable lead in the AFC North while distributing a haymaker to the San Diego Chargers' dwindling playoff chances.

With the win, the Bengals remain two games ahead of the Baltimore Ravens.

The Chargers (5-7) lost for the fourth time in five games, as they continue to slip from the playoff conversation. The Bengals (8-4) took advantage of three Chargers turnovers in winning for the third straight time on the West Coast, a streak which dates to last year.

Falcons 34, Bills 31 (OT)

Matt Bryant kicked a 36-yard field goal with 12 minutes remaining in overtime as the Atlanta Falcons snapped a six-game road losing streak and defeated theBuffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre.

The win improved the Falcons to 3-9. The Bills dropped to 4-8.

The Bills were moving down the field on their first possession of overtime, but tight end Scott Chandler was stripped of the ball by Falcons safety William Moore, and the ball was recovered by Atlanta cornerback Robert Alford and advanced to the Bills 47.

Patriots 34, Texans 31

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski drilled a pair of 53-yard field goals in the fourth quarter to help New England to victory over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

The Patriots (9-3) snapped a three-game road losing skid as quarterback Tom Brady passed for 371 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

New England amassed 307 yards in the second half and overcame a surprisingly game effort from the Texans (2-10), whose four rushing touchdowns were a franchise best but could not halt a losing streak that stretched to 10 games.

Panthers 27, Buccaneers 6

Quarterback Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and scored on a rushing play as the Carolina Panthers won their eighth game in a row, shredding theTampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina's stout defense made it difficult on rookie quarterback Mike Glennon as Tampa Bay's three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Panthers (9-3) pulled within a half-game in the NFC South of the New Orleans Saints, who play Monday night at Seattle. The Panthers and Saints will meet next week at New Orleans and Dec. 22 in Charlotte.

Eagles 24, Cardinals 21

Quarterback Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Eagles held off the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field to keep pace withDallas in NFC East.

The Eagles (7-5) are tied for first place with the Cowboys, although Dallas holds a tiebreaker since the Cowboys beat the Eagles earlier in the season. The Cardinals (7-5), meanwhile, lost ground in their bid for a wild-card playoff berth as the Eagles intercepted Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer twice and sacked him five times.

Colts 22, Titans 14

Fifth-year running back Donald Brown ran six times for 46 yards and a touchdown on the decisive drive to help the Colts defeat the Tennessee Titans.

Brown had eight carries for eight yards in the game before providing the spark during an 11-play, 92-yard drive that burned 6:12 off the clock. His four-yard touchdown run with 1:56 remaining left the Titans in desperation mode.

Tennessee had a chance to answer in the final minute, but Indianapolis linebacker Jerrell Freeman intercepted Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to end the threat.

Dolphins 23, Jets 3

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and a pair of touchdown passes and the Miami Dolphins manhandled the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Wide receivers Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace caught touchdowns for Miami and kicker Caleb Sturgis booted three field goals as the Dolphins (6-6) moved into a tie for the final AFC wild card spot the Jets held just two weeks ago.

Tannehill finished 28-of-43 with an interception in the fifth 300-yard game of his career. Hartline had nine catches for 127 yards, Wallace had seven catches for 82 yards and tight end Charles Clay added seven receptions for 80 yards for the Dolphins, who outgained the Jets 453-177.

Jaguars, 32, Browns 28

The Jacksonville Jaguars overcame four deficits and quarterback Chad Henne threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cecil Shorts with 40 seconds left to defeat the Cleveland Browns.

A pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden to wide receiver Josh Gordon covering 95 yards with 3:55 left gave the Browns their fourth lead of the day, 28-25, but they could not hold it.

The Jaguars have won three of their last four games and are 3-9. The Browns have lost six of their last seven and are 4-8.