Ravens, Seahawks, Colts, Bengals play their way into the playoffs
The Baltimore Ravens are AFC North champions and appear to have ditched their December doldrums. Playing perhaps their best all-around game in months, the Ravens dispatched the New York Giants 33-14 before a delirious home crowd in Baltimore.
Joe Flacco outplayed Eli Manning in guiding the Ravens into the playoffs. Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Flacco also ran for a score as the Ravens ended their three-game slide. The Ravens racked up 533 total yards.
The Ravens defense looked like its defense of old. It held the Giants to 186 total yards. The 8-7 Giants are out of contention for the NFC East title and need a lot of help to make the playoffs. The Giants have lost five of seven and dropped the last two in embarrassing style. They lost 34-0 at Atlanta a week ago.
In other Week 16 action:
- The Seattle Seahawks earned a playoff berth by routing San Francisco 42-13. Rookie QB Russell Wilson tossed four TD passes for the Seahawks, who can still win the NFC West with a win and a San Francisco loss next week. The Niners already had clinched a playoff berth.
- The Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck are going to the playoffs. Luck broke the NFL's single-season rookie record for passing yards and threw a fourth-quarter touchdown to lift the Colts over the Kansas City Chiefs 20-13. Luck has thrown for 4,183 yards with one game left in the regular season.
- Cincinnati earned a playoff slot with a 13-10 win in Pittsburgh that eliminated the Steelers. Josh Brown's 43-yard field goal with four seconds left won it.
- Washington won its sixth in a row 27-20 over Philadelphia and can win the NFC East with a win next weekend at home against Dallas. Robert Griffin III Threw for 198 yards and two TDs after missing a week with a sprained knee.
- Denver won its 10th straight game as Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for the 72nd time of his career in a 34-12 victory over Cleveland. Manning finished with 339 yards on 30-for-43 passing.
-The Chicago Bears kept their playoff hopes alive by handing the Arizona Cardinals their 10th loss in 11 games, 28-13. The Bears defense scored two touchdowns to give them eight on the year, one shy of the NFL record.
- New Orleans hurt Dallas' playoff hopes with a 34-31 overtime win at Cowboys Stadium, winning on Garrett Hartley's 20-yard field goal barely four minutes into OT. Drew Brees (breez) threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and led a drive to the winning kick.
- Minnesota bolstered its postseason hopes with a 23-6 win at Houston to improve to 9-6. Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards and now needs 208 to break the NFL single-season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson.
- Green Bay scored more than 50 points for the first time in seven years as Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the Packers' 55-7 laugher against Tennessee.
- New England still has a chance to claim a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs following a 23-16 win at Jacksonville. Tom Brady shook off a pair of early interceptions and threw two TDs.
- Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown as Carolina beat Oakland 17-6. Newton also ran for 60 yards and a score for the Panthers. Oakland managed just 189 total yards and 12 first downs.
- San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times in a 27-17 win over the New York Jets. Philip Rivers passed for just 165 yards but threw a pair of third-quarter touchdowns that put the Chargers ahead.
- Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run to help Miami beat Buffalo 24-10.
- Sam Bradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes and rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored his fourth TD of the season as St. Louis beat Tampa Bay 28-13.