- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 1, 2012

GREEN BAY, WIS. — Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw a touchdown pass to Jermichael Finley with 1:10 left, giving the Green Bay Packers a 45-41 victory over the Detroit Lions in a wild regular-season finale in cold and windy conditions at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

With Aaron Rodgers resting for the playoffs, Flynn set Packers franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns. It was an ideal afternoon for the Packers, who got to rest Rodgers and several other big-name players without losing playoff momentum.

Flynn barely got the Packers past Matthew Stafford, who threw for 520 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions for the Lions. Detroit has lost 21 straight road games to the Packers, including the postseason.

According to STATS LLC, it was the first time in NFL history opposing quarterbacks each threw for 400-plus yards and five-plus touchdowns in a game. The teams’ combined 971 net yards passing broke the record of 906 set earlier this season in a Week 1 game between New England and Miami.

Saints 45, Panthers 17

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns, and New Orleans set a slew of NFL and club records in a blowout of Carolina.

The NFL single-season records set by the Saints, who head into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak, included offensive yards with 7,474, team yards passing with 5,347 and first downs with 416.

Brees, who was 28 of 35, finished with a record 468 completions this season, breaking Peyton Manning’s 2010 mark of 450. He finished the season completing 71.6 percent of his passes, breaking his own 2009 NFL record 70.6 completion percentage.

Tight end Jimmy Graham had 97 yards receiving, finishing with an NFL record 1,310 for a tight end.

Chiefs 7, Broncos 3

DENVER — Tim Tebow fell short in his latest comeback bid, yet Denver still is going to the playoffs. Former Bronco Kyle Orton got his revenge in leading Kansas City past Denver, but it’s the Broncos who clinched the AFC West and are headed to the postseason. Denver celebrated the end to its six-year playoff drought once San Diego beat Oakland.

Patriots 49, Bills 21

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady led New England back from a three-touchdown deficit as it scored 49 straight points, routed Buffalo and clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Brady finished the regular season with the second most yards passing in NFL history, 5,235, after throwing for 338. Drew Brees, who last week broke Dan Marino’s record of 5,084 with the Miami Dolphins in 1984, added 389 Sunday for the New Orleans Saints and ended with 5,486.

Dolphins 19, Jets 17

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