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Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards to outduel Aaron Rodgers, and the Chiefs rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel for a shocking 19-14 victory Sunday that ended the Packers‘ 19-game winning streak. It was their first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, at New England.
Green Bay’s streak was second only to a 21-game run by New England in 2003-04. Rodgers was 17 of 35 for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he also scampered 8 yards for a TD with 2:12 left in the game. But the Packers were unable to recover the onside kick, and the Chiefs picked up a couple of first downs to secure the victory.
Ryan Succop kicked four field goals for Kansas City, which had lost five of its previous six games and fired coach Todd Haley on Dec. 12. Jackie Battle added a short touchdown plunge with 4:53 left in the game, points that came in handy when Rodgers led one last scoring drive.
Colts 27, Titans 13
INDIANAPOLIS — Dan Orlovsky threw one touchdown pass, a key block on an 80-yard TD run and Indianapolis stunned Tennessee to avoid becoming the second 0-16 team in league history.
For the first time in 10 career starts, Orlovsky finished the game with the traditional kneel down, and the Colts also avoided becoming the first team in franchise history to go 0-14.
The Titans had nobody to blame but themselves for this stumble. Matt Hasselbeck was picked off twice before being pulled in favor of rookie Jake Locker. Chris Johnson was held to 55 yards on 15 carries.
Had Tennessee closed out the season with three wins, it likely would have reached the postseason. Now the Titans need to win their last two games and probably need help just to get in.
Panthers 28, Texans 13
HOUSTON — Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, DeAngelo Williams ran for a score and Carolina ended Houston’s seven-game winning streak.
Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards, outplaying opposing rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. The Panthers led 21-0 at halftime.
Texans (10-4) are playing for home-field advantage in the playoffs after clinching the AFC South last weekend. But their top-ranked defense looked vulnerable without coordinator Wade Phillips, who’s on medical leave.
Lions 28, Raiders 27
OAKLAND, Calif. — Matthew Stafford threw a 6-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson with 39 seconds remaining to cap a 98-yard scoring drive as Detroit rallied from 13 points down late in the fourth quarter to stun Oakland.
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