- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2009

COLTS 28, BRONCOS 16: Indianapolis has shoved aside New England for the NFL record for consecutive regular-season wins.

Peyton Manning threw four TD passes Sunday, and the Colts’ defense held off Denver for a victory in Indianapolis. It gave the 13-0 Colts their 22nd consecutive regular-season win, one more than the Patriots’ streak that ended early last year.

The Colts also clinched the AFC’s top playoff seed and broke San Francisco’s record for wins in a decade. Indianapolis has 114, while the 49ers had 113 in the 1990s.

Denver receiver Brandon Marshall also got in on the act by breaking the single-game record with 21 receptions. He tied it on a 5-yard TD catch with 9:44 left to make it 21-16. He broke the record on the Broncos’ final play.

EAGLES 45, GIANTS 38: DeSean Jackson tied an NFL record for long touchdowns and carried Philadelphia to the top of the NFC East.

Jackson scored on a 72-yard punt return and a 60-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, sparking the Eagles to their most points this season in a shootout victory over New York in East Rutherford, N.J.

VIKINGS 30, BENGALS 10: Adrian Peterson ran as if he was angry about his recent struggles, and Minnesota rode his resurgence to an important victory.

Peterson had 97 yards and two touchdowns on 26 rushes without a turnover, pushing the Vikings past mistake-prone Cincinnati in Minneapolis.

TEXANS 34, SEAHAWKS 7: Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson put together their best game of the season to help Houston break out of a slump and keep its dwindling playoff hopes alive.

Johnson had a season-high 193 yards receiving and two touchdowns to lead the Texans to a home win over Seattle to break a four-game losing streak.

TITANS 47, RAMS 7: Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and also took a short pass 66 yards for another score, and Tennessee kept its faint playoff hopes alive by routing woeful St. Louis in Nashville, Tenn.

The Titans started a three-game homestand by handing the struggling Rams a fifth straight loss even with Vince Young sidelined by a strained right hamstring most of the game.

PACKERS 21, BEARS 14: Ryan Grant ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and visiting Green Bay beat Chicago after letting its lead slip away.

Grant broke off a season-long 62-yard touchdown on the Packers’ first play from scrimmage and scored the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter after Nick Collins intercepted Jay Cutler.

PATRIOTS 20, PANTHERS 10: New England showed up late and sent Carolina home with another loss.

Four days after coach Bill Belichick told four players to leave when they were tardy for a team meeting, the Patriots shook off a poor first half, went ahead with 1:06 left in the third quarter on Tom Brady’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson and beat the Panthers in Foxborough, Mass.

DOLPHINS 14, JAGUARS 10: Miami won another close game with another late defensive stop. This one put it right in the middle of the AFC playoff picture.

Chad Henne completed a team-record 17 consecutive passes, Ricky Williams ran for 108 yards and a score and the Dolphins beat host Jacksonville.

JETS 26, BUCCANEERS 3: Thomas Jones rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, Jay Feely kicked four field goals and New York’s second-ranked defense intercepted rookie Josh Freeman three times while holding sputtering Tampa Bay to 135 yards in a road victory.

Filling in for injured rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens completed 12 of 23 passes for just 111 yards.

BILLS 16, CHIEFS 10: Rian Lindell kicked three field goals, and Buffalo intercepted Matt Cassel four times in a road win over struggling Kansas City.

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