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Special Teams

_ Rob Bironas, Titans, kicked three field goals in a 23-22 victory over Houston.

_ Richard Goodman, Chargers, returned a kickoff 105 yards for a score as San Diego ended Oakland’s playoff hopes by beating the Raiders 38-26.


_ Charles Tillman, Bears, gave Chicago the lead for good with an interception return for a TD in the second quarter of a 17-13 victory over the Vikings.

_ Jared Allen, Vikings, had 3 1/2 sacks in a 17-13 loss to Chicago. Allen finished the season with 22 sacks, behind Michael Strahan’s mark of 22 1/2 for the New York Giants in 2001.

_ Tarell Brown, 49ers, had a pair of interceptions that led to touchdowns in a 34-27 victory over the Rams.


Denver lost to Kansas City 7-3, but the Broncos celebrated the end to their six-year playoff drought once San Diego beat Oakland 38-26 later Sunday. The Broncos won their first division title since 2005 on a tiebreaker.


The Saints set several NFL single-season records, including offensive yards with 7,474, team yards passing with 5,347 and first downs with 416. … Drew Brees 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. Brees finished the season with 5,476 yards, a single-season record. New England’s Tom Brady finished the regular season with the second most yards, 5,235. Brees also surpassed 300 yards passing for the seventh straight game and 13th time this season, both NFL records he already held. … Darren Sproles had an NFL record 2,969 combined yards, easily breaking the previous mark of 2,690, set by Derrick Mason with Tennessee in 2000. … Minnesota dropped to 3-13 with a 17-13 loss to Chicago, matching the worst record in franchise history, set first in 1984. … Rob Bironas made a 43-yard field goal for the Titans, extending his own NFL record by kicking a field goal of 40 yards or longer for the 10th consecutive game. … New England’s Rob Gronkowski set the single-season record for tight ends with 1,327 yards receiving after gaining 108 on eight catches. That broke the mark of 1,310 set earlier Sunday by Jimmy Graham of the Saints. The previous mark of 1,290 was set in 1980 by Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers. … The Raiders set single-season records for penalties and yards penalized by committing eight for 64 yards. That gave them 163 for 1,358 yards, surpassing the totals of 158 for 1,304 set by the 1998 Chiefs.

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