- Associated Press - Sunday, December 11, 2011

CINCINNATI — A rookie quarterback led the biggest drive in Houston Texans history, one that took them to the end zone and their first playoff berth.

T.J. Yates threw a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left on Sunday for a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that put the Texans in the playoffs for the first time.

With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of the playoffs. They hugged on the field then headed to the locker room, waiting for the final seconds of Tennessee’s game to play out.

Broncos 13, Bears 10

DENVER — Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to another comeback victory, with Matt Prater’s 51-yard field goal with 8:34 left in overtime giving the Denver Broncos a 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Prater’s 59-yarder with 2 seconds left in regulation tied the score.

It was Denver’s sixth straight win, and half of them have come in OT since Tebow was promoted to starter.

Cardinals 21, 49ers 19

GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Skelton stepped in for the injured Kevin Kolb and threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona rallied to hand the San Francisco 49ers just their third loss of the season, 21-19 on Sunday.

Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 149 yards, including a 46-yarder for a touchdown and a 53-yarder to set up the go-ahead score in the fifth victory in six games for Arizona.

Packers 46, Raiders 16

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in less than three full quarters, and Ryan Grant rushed for two touchdowns as Green Bay ran its record to 13-0 by trouncing Oakland.

Saints 22, Titans 17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the fourth quarter to lead New Orleans past Tennessee for its fifth stright victory.

The NFC South-leading Saints had little trouble picking up yards but struggled to score until Brees and Colston connected on passes of 35 and 28 yards.

Brees threw for 347 yards and joined Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in 40 straight games.

Lions 34, Vikings 28

DETROIT — Minnesota backup quarterback Joe Webb fumbled deep in Detroit territory in the final seconds, allowing the Lions to escape with a victory.

Matthew Stafford threw for two scores in the first quarter to give Detroit one of its three-touchdown leads. But the Vikings, playing for pride, nearly rallied from a 31-14 halftime deficit.

Jets 37, Chiefs 10

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as New York kept pace in the AFC playoff race by crushing Kansas City.

The Jets scored 28 points in the first half , while the Chiefs managed just 4 yards in the first two quarters.

Falcons 31, Panthers 23

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Ryan threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rookie Julio Jones, and Atlanta erased a 16-point deficit to defeat Carolina.

Ryan threw for 320 yards and tied a career high with four touchdowns passing. The Falcons avoided a costly loss to stay alive in the NFC wild card race.

Eagles 26, Dolphins 10

MIAMI — Philadelphia forced three turnovers and scored four times during a nine-minute span in the second quarter, and racked up nine sacks to beat Miami.

Michael Vick, back after missing three games with broken ribs, threw for 208 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy scored two touchdowns for the Eagles to hike his season total to 17.

Chargers 37, Bills 10

SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and San Diego throttled Buffalo.

The Chargers have won two straight following a six-game losing streak.

The Bills have lost six straight.

Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. | Maurice Jones-Drew scored four times, setting the franchise record for career touchdowns, and Jacksonville rolled up 41 unanswered points.



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