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Calvin Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Johnson, who broke Jerry Rice’s record of 1,848 yards receiving the previous weekend, finished at 1,964 after catching five passes for 72 yards.
Buccaneers 22, Falcons 17
ATLANTA — Josh Freeman threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams, Doug Martin ran for 142 yards and Tampa Bay defeated Atlanta. The Falcons (13-3) had little to play for as they already have home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs.
Defensive end John Abraham, Atlanta’s best pass rusher, left with an apparent left ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Abraham couldn’t put his weight on the ankle as he was helped off the field. Starting cornerback Dunta Robinson suffered a head injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Seahawks 20, Rams 13
SEATTLE — Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:39 left gave Seattle a win over St. Louis Rams and an 8-0 home mark.
The Seahawks (11-5) will be the No. 5 seed in the NFC and face the NFC East champion — either Washington or Dallas — in the opening round next weekend.
Patriots 28, Dolphins 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, and New England Regained its dominance after a rare slump, earning a playoff bye by shutting out Miami.
Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns as the Patriots (12-4) used a ball-control offense and a defense that racked up a season-high seven sacks. Now, seeded second in the AFC, they have an extra week to prepare for their postseason opener.
Bengals 23, Ravens 17
CINCINNATI — Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, sending Cincinnati over Baltimore in a game that didn’t much matter to either playoff-bound team.
The Ravens (10-6) had clinched their second straight AFC North title, putting them in line to host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts next weekend. The Bengals (10-6) were locked into the sixth seed as the final wild-card team and will face Houston in the first round.
49ers 27, Cardinals 13
SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards and finished with a career-high 172 yards, leading San Francisco past Arizona to clinch a second straight NFC West title. Colin Kaepernick throew for a career-best 276 yards and two TDs for the Niners (11-4-1). Frank Gore ran for a 2-yard touchdown for his franchise-best 51st TD rushing.
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