- The Washington Times - Monday, December 21, 2009

TITANS 27, DOLPHINS 24 (OT): Tennessee might fall short of making NFL history by rebounding from an 0-6 start to make the playoffs. It won’t be for lack of trying.

Rob Bironas kicked a 46-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans beat Miami in Nashville on Sunday after blowing an 18-point lead.

Tennessee kept alive faint playoff hopes for another week as Vince Young threw for a career-high three touchdowns and Chris Johnson ran for 104 yards. The Titans (7-7) reached .500 for the first time this year but made it far too interesting by blowing the big lead.

The Dolphins (7-7) also viewed this as an elimination game for their own playoff hopes. They trailed 24-6 in the third quarter before rallying, tying on Ricky Williams’ two-point conversion run with 1:34 left.

FALCONS 10, JETS 7: The Atlanta offense kept stalling in the cold of the Meadowlands until finally busting through New York’s top-ranked defense at the end.

Tony Gonzalez caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan on a fourth-down play with 1:38 remaining to lift the Falcons to a victory in East Rutherford, N.J.

A day after the Falcons (7-7) were eliminated from playoff contention, they likely also ended the chances for the stunned Jets (7-7), whose three-game winning streak was stopped.

Ryan, starting after missing two games with a toe injury, drove Atlanta downfield for the win at a cold, windy and half-filled Meadowlands. Frustrated Jets fans in the upper deck tossed snow, the remnants of a major snowstorm in the Northeast, and booed loudly after the score.

BROWNS 41, CHIEFS 34: Jerome Harrison ran from nowhere into the record books. Joshua Cribbs topped even himself.

Embattled Cleveland coach Eric Mangini should thank them both.

Harrison scored his third touchdown with 44 seconds left and rushed for a team-record 286 yards and Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to lift Cleveland to a win over host Kansas City.

Cribbs started the Browns (3-11) off with kickoff returns of 100 and 103 yards in the first half, breaking the NFL career record and tying the single-game mark.

PATRIOTS 17, BILLS 10: Turns out there’s nothing wrong with Randy Moss or New England that facing their perennial patsy, Buffalo, can’t fix. Doesn’t mean it was pretty.

A week after being accused of quitting by Carolina Panthers defenders, Moss bounced back with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in a victory in Orchard Park, N.Y. Tully Banta-Cain had three of New England’s six sacks to anchor a banged-up defense.

CARDINALS 31, LIONS 24: Kurt Warner threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left, lifting Arizona to a win over host Detroit.

TEXANS 16, RAMS 13: Matt Schaub had his eighth 300-yard passing game and Andre Johnson set a season best with 196 yards receiving, helping Houston hold off host St. Louis.

RAIDERS 20, BRONCOS 19: Benched a month ago, JaMarcus Russell returned to Oakland’s lineup and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens with 35 seconds left to damage host Denver’s playoff chances.

CHARGERS 27, BENGALS 24: Nate Kaeding kicked a 52-yard field goal with three seconds left, and playoff-bound San Diego pulled out a dramatic home win over grieving Cincinnati (9-5).

BUCCANEERS 24, SEAHAWKS 7: Rookie Josh Freeman shook off his ninth interception in just over two games to throw two touchdown passes in the second half, rallying Tampa Bay on the road to a win over Seattle (5-9).

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