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Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 520 yards and five TDs and his opponent, Green Bay backup Matt Flynn, passed for 480 yards with six touchdowns in the Packers’ 45-41 victory over the Lions, becoming the first pair of opposing quarterbacks to throw from more than 400-plus yards and five-plus touchdowns in an NFL game, according to STATS LLC.
Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 169 yards, clinching the NFL rushing title and breaking Fred Taylor’s single-season franchise record. … Tennessee’s Chris Johnson ran for 61 yards to go over 1,000 for the fourth consecutive season. … New Orleans receiver Marques Colston broke the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his six pro seasons. … Patriots coach Bill Belichick became the only coach in NFL history with at least 13 regular-season wins in five different seasons. … 49ers new coach Jim Harbaugh is just the fourth rookie head coach to win 13 games and third by the 49ers, topped by George Seifert’s 14-2 showing in 1989. … Roddy White passed Terance Mathis for the most yards receiving with the Falcons. Mathis had 7,349 yards from 1994-2001. White began Sunday 44 yards behind Mathis and set the mark in the third quarter. He finished with 69 yards Sunday. … Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had five catches and became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches. Ward and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice are the only players with 1,000 receptions and more than one Super Bowl win.
The 36-year-old Jake Delhomme, signed by the Texans Nov. 29 in the wake of season-ending injuries to starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart, saw his first NFL action since December 2010. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 211 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass for Houston in a 23-22 loss to Tennessee.
With a 19-13 loss to Jacksonville, the Indianapolis Colts (2-14) locked up the top pick in April’s NFL draft, setting the stage to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. … The Rams (2-14) will have the second pick because of tiebreaker based on opponents’ strength of schedule. … By losing to Chicago, the Minnesota Vikings (3-13) ensured themselves the third slot in the first round of the draft.
The Jets gave up six third-down conversions during the Miami’s 21-play, 94-yard drive for their only touchdown in a 19-17 loss to the Dolphins. … The Jets gave up 126 points off turnovers this year, the most in the NFL. … The Eagles set a franchise record for total yards with 6,386 but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. … Philadelphia’s Michael Vick threw for 335 yards, becoming the second player to have consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing. … The Saints had a franchise record 617 yards of total offense in a 45-17 victory over the Panthers. … The New England Patroits set the NFL record for most yards passing allowed, 4,727. The previous mark of 4,541 was set by the Atlanta Falcons in 1995.