around the league
Seahawks 50, Bills 17: Quarterback Russell Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for a score as Seattle reached 50 points for the second week in a row in a rout of Buffalo. The Seahawks' 108 combined points over two weeks matched the NFL's third-highest total.
Packers 21, Bears 13: Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on all three touchdowns, and linebacker Clay Matthews had two sacks as Green Bay defeated Chicago to clinch its second consecutive NFC North title. After starting the season 2-3, the Packers (10-4) have assured themselves of a home playoff game.
Cowboys 27, Steelers 24: Brandon Carr intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards to the 1 in overtime, and Dan Bailey's 21-yard field goal gave Dallas the victory over Pittsburgh. The surging Cowboys (8-6) moved into a three-way tie for first in the NFC East.
Texans 29, Colts 17: J.J. Watt had three sacks as Houston rebounded from its debacle at New England and defeated Indianapolis to clinch the AFC South title. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked five times before his hometown crowd in Houston.
Falcons 34, Giants 0: Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns passes as Atlanta bounced back from a loss to last-place Carolina by handing New York its first regular-season shutout loss since 1996. Ryan was 23 of 28 for 270 yards and surpassed his own franchise season records for completions and yards, finishing the day with 369 and 4,202.
Vikings 36, Rams 22: Adrian Peterson piled up a season-best 212 yards on 24 carries, scoring on an 82-yard run to lead Minnesota past St. Louis. The Vikings scored 10 of their 23 points in the second quarter off turnovers by Sam Bradford, including a 29-yard interception return by defensive end Everson Griffen.
Redskins 38, Browns 21: Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns while filling in for an injured Robert Griffin III, leading Washington past Cleveland for its fifth consecutive victory. Cousins, making his first NFL start, connected with Leonard Hankerson on both touchdowns.
Broncos 34, Ravens 17: Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown, and Denver cruised past Baltimore for its ninth consecutive victory. Down 10-0 late in the first half, the Ravens had a first-and-goal at the Denver 4 when Harris picked off a pass by Joe Flacco and sprinted down the right sideline to the end zone.
Saints 41, Buccaneers 0: Drew Brees snapped out of his recent rut, passing for 307 yards and four touchdowns as New Orleans recorded its first shutout in 17 years in a rout of Tampa Bay. Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin was held to 16 yards on nine carries.
Dolphins 24, Jaguars 3: Ryan Tannehill was 22 of 28 for 220 yards and two scores, and he ran eight times for 52 yards. to lead Miami past Jacksonville. Quarterback Chad Henne failed to get the Jaguars into the end zone against his former team.
Cardinals 38, Lions 10: After enduring 21/2 months without a win, Arizona turned four turnovers by Detroit into touchdowns, including Greg Toler's 102-yard interception return, to end a nine-game losing streak.
Panthers 31, Chargers 7: Mike Tolbert scored twice against his former team and DeAngelo Williams turned a tipped pass from Cam Newton into a 45-yard touchdown reception as Carolina cruised past San Diego.