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Redskins make playoffs with 27-6 win over Cowboys

Redskins make playoffs with 27-6 win over Cowboys

The Washington Redskins reached the postseason Sunday with a 27-6 victory over the archrival Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas rested anyone who was questionable with an injury because it had clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
The Redskins (9-7) will travel to Seattle on Saturday for a rematch of a 2005 division playoff won 20-10 by the Seahawks.
Clinton Portis ran for two touchdowns and had 104 yards on 25 carries and 27 yards on four receptions.
Titans 16, Colts 10
In Indianapolis, Kerry Collins spent most of the season waiting for a chance to prove he could still play.
With a playoff spot at stake, Tennessee's backup quarterback delivered the biggest win of the season.
He led the Titans to three second-half field goals, including a 54-yarder from Rob Bironas to retake the lead in a 16-10 victory that left Tennessee celebrating and Cleveland grimacing. The Titans visit San Diego next Sunday.
The Titans (10-6) had to win to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003. A loss would have given Cleveland its first playoff berth since 2002.
Broncos 22, Vikings 19, OT
At Denver, Jason Elam kicked a 30-yard field goal less than a minute into overtime.
The Vikings (8-8) needed a win and a Washington loss to top-seeded Dallas to sneak into the playoffs, but neither the Redskins nor the Broncos (7-9) obliged.
With the playoffs out of his reach, Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson settled for the NFC rushing title. He gained 36 yards on 11 carries.
Chargers 30, Raiders 17
In Oakland, California, LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 56 yards to win his second straight rushing title, Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes, and the Chargers spoiled JaMarcus Russell's first career start.
By ending the season with six straight wins, the Chargers (11-5) beat out Pittsburgh for the No. 3 seed. San Diego will host Tennessee next Sunday instead of playing Jacksonville, the last team to beat the Chargers.
Ravens 27, Steelers 21
In Baltimore, So Musa Smith ran for 83 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start, helping Baltimore (5-11) end a nine-game losing streak.
The Steelers (10-6) had already clinched the AFC North and were locked into a wild-card game at home next weekend. They could have earned the third seed by defeating Baltimore, coupled with a loss by San Diego, but Pittsburgh downplayed that scenario.
Pittsburgh will open the playoffs Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Browns 20, 49ers 7
In Cleveland, Joshua Cribbs returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, Jamal Lewis rushed for 128 yards and rookie quarterback Brady Quinn made his long-awaited NFL debut as Cleveland beat San Francisco.
The Browns (10-6), just 4-12 a year ago, just missed the AFC playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Derek Anderson threw a TD pass to Braylon Edwards and Phil Dawson kicked two field goals as the Browns finished 7-1 at home for the first time in club history.
Bears 33, Saints 25
In Chicago, Devin Hester sprinted 64 yards for a TD with a punt return _ his NFL-record sixth kick runback for a score this season to break his own mark set a year ago _ and also caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.
New Orleans' slim chances hinged on beating the Bears (7-9) and hoping for losses later in the day by the Redskins and Vikings.
Drew Brees set a single-season NFL record for completions (443), passing the previous mark of 418 set by Rich Gannon in 2002. Brees completed 35 of 60 passes for 320 yards with three TDs.
Packers 34, Lions 13
In Green Bay, Wisconsin, Brett Favre extended his quarterback-record consecutive starts streak to 253 games, but didn't keep his helmet strapped on for very long. Favre led the Packers (13-3) to touchdowns on their first three possessions before handing the ball to backup Craig Nall in the second quarter.
The Lions delivered an uninspired performance in going from 6-2 to 7-9.
Falcons 44, Seahawks 41
In Atlanta, Chris Redman gave the Falcons a feel-good finish to an ugly season. Redman set a career high with four touchdown passes, including two to Alge Crumpler, and the Falcons rode three fourth-quarter touchdowns to victory.
The Falcons (4-12) ended a six-game losing streak, giving interim coach Emmitt Thomas his first win in three tries.
Texans 42, Jaguars 28
In Houston, Andre' Davis returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against Jacksonville, which rested many starters with their playoff spot secure. The victory gives the Texans (8-8) a .500 finish for the first time in their six-year history, and their 42 points are a team record.
Davis' returns came on consecutive kickoffs, good for 97 and 104 yards. He became the first player in the NFL this season to return two for scores in a game and the seventh player in league history to achieve the feat.
Panthers 31, Bucs 23
In Tampa, Florida, the Bucs, resting most of its starters for the playoffs, didn't stop Carolina from treating its season finale as a meaningful game and giving Vinny Testaverde a nice send-off.
DeAngelo Williams rushed for 121 yards and two second-half touchdowns, lifting the Panthers with the retiring 44-year-old Testaverde taking the last snap in the same city where he began his NFL career in 1987.
Bengals 38, Dolphins 25
In Miami, Carson Palmer threw for 316 yards and Miami staggered to the end of the worst season in franchise history. The Dolphins became the eighth team to finish 1-15.
Palmer went 23-for-32 and threw for three scores to help the Bengals finish 7-9.
Eagles 17, Bills 9
In Philadelphia, With the Eagles eliminated from a playoff spot, Brian Westbrook still gave their fans a reason to celebrate with a pair of team records.
Westbrook set Eagles records for catches in a season and total yards from scrimmage, putting the finishing touches on a Pro Bowl season.
Westbrook's third reception gave him 89 this season, one more than Irving Fryar's total in 1996. He also gained 10 yards on his first carry to set the franchise record for yards from scrimmage. Westbrook finished the season with 2,104.
The Bills (7-9) missed the playoffs for an eighth straight year, establishing the longest drought in franchise history.


Updated : 2021-01-24 19:10 GMT+08:00