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Taylor's TD romp sparks Jaguars to 49-11 victory, NFL playoff berth

Taylor's TD romp sparks Jaguars to 49-11 victory, NFL playoff berth

Fred Taylor's 62-yard touchdown run on Jacksonville's opening play set the tone for Sunday's 49-11 rout of the Oakland Raiders that propelled the Jaguars into the National Football League playoffs.
Taylor finished with 111 yards as the Jaguars (11-4) won for the sixth time in seven games and clinched the No. 5 seed in the AFC half of the playoff bracket.
The Raiders (4-11), who suffered their worst loss of the season, eventually inserted No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell, who completed 7-of-23 pass attempts for 83 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble.
Giants 38, Bills 21
In Orchard Park, New York, the Giants clinched a playoff berth by overcoming a Bills team inspired by Buffalo tight end Kevin Everett's return to the field where he was injured.
Brandon Jacobs scored twice and Ahmad Bradshaw had an 88-yard TD run in sloppy conditions as the usually pass-happy Giants leaned heavily on their running attack. Kawika Mitchell's 20-yard interception return produced the go-ahead points and sparked a three-touchdown fourth-quarter rally.
Everett, who was feared paralyzed after making a tackle in the Bills' season opener Sept. 9, is now walking on his own, watched the ugly and sloppy game from a suite near midfield.
Bengals 19, Browns 14
In Cincinnati, Derek Anderson's consecutive interceptions set up a pair of touchdowns late in the first half, and he threw four in all in a loss that left the Browns scrambling for a playoff spot.
Cleveland (9-6) could have clinched with a victory over the already eliminated Bengals (6-9), who had nothing more than pride on the line and several starters out with injuries.
Eagles 38, Saints 23
In New Orleans, Donovan McNabb passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns, jeopardizing the Saints' chances for making the playoffs.
McNabb scrambled 40 yards on the third play that led to a bizarre touchdown after his fumble was recovered in the end zone by Kevin Curtis. McNabb also had touchdown passes of 31 yards to Reggie Brown and 7 yards to Curtis.
Drew Brees threw for 289 yards and a touchdown, but lost his best receiver when Marques Colston left the game in the first half with a chest contusion.
Bears 35, Packers 7
In Chicago, Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career, going 85 yards, and Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards to lead the Bears and destroy Green Bay's chances of clinching home-field advantage through the playoffs.
Brett Favre was at his worst on a chilly, windy and at times snowy afternoon, and the Packers took their second loss at the hands of their archrivals. He passed for just 9 yards in the first half and 153 overall, giving him 4,058 this season and putting him over the 4,000-yard mark for the fifth time.
The Bears (6-9) blocked two punts by Jon Ryan, who also dropped a snap and booted a 9-yarder.
Colts 38, Texans 15
In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, Joseph Addai and Clifton Dawson ran for TDs, and the Colts scored on six of their first eight possessions.
In what was likely to be the last significant action for Indianapolis' starters until mid-January when the AFC's No. 2 seed will play in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Colts offense finished with 458 yards, scored 38 unanswered points and won their sixth in a row.
Lions 25, Chiefs 20
In Detroit, the Lions (7-8) snapped a six-game losing streak and surpassed the most victories they've had in any of seven seasons under team president Matt Millen. Kansas City (4-11) has dropped eight straight, the franchise's worst skid since losing nine in a row in 1987.
T.J. Duckett ran for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown, and Detroit had a 19-point lead in the first half, but the victory wasn't sealed until Chiefs receiver Samie Parker foolishly dived to the ground at the Lions 30 after getting a lateral with no time left.


Updated : 2021-02-26 09:15 GMT+08:00