- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014


Monday, Dec. 2

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. ESPN. The quarterbacks will get a lot of the attention - the Broncos’ Peyton Manning for his perfect career mark against the Bengals, and Andy Dalton for his penchant to melt down in big games - in a matchup of teams trying to set themselves up for deep playoff runs. Denver (11-3) can clinch a first-round bye with a win, while Cincy (9-4-1) would wrap up a postseason berth with a victory.




Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns in Miami’s 37-35 win over Minnesota.

Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 30 for 40 for 322 yards and a score in Atlanta’s 30-14 win over New Orleans to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 31 for 40 for 318 yards and a TD in Green Bay’s 20-3 win over Tampa Bay to clinch a postseason berth.

Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 18 of 20 with four touchdowns in Dallas’ 42-7 win over Indianapolis to clinch the NFC East title.

Eli Manning, Giants, was 25 of 32 for 391 yards and three touchdowns in New York’ 37-27 win over St. Louis.



Arian Foster, Texans, rushed for 96 yards and threw for a TD in Houston’s 25-13 win over Baltimore to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, ran for 122 yards in Carolina’s 17-13 win over Cleveland.

Eddie Lacy, Packers, rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 20-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Andre Williams, Giants, rushed for 110 yards in New York’ 37-27 win over St. Louis.

Lamar Miller, Dolphins, ran for 92 yards and a score in Miami’s 37-35 win over Minnesota.



Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, had eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Rueben Randle made six receptions for 132 yards and a score in New York’s 37-27 win over St. Louis.

Randall Cobb, Packers, caught 11 passes for 131 yards and Jordy Nelson had nine receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 20-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Terrance Williams, Cowboys, caught two TDs in Dallas’ 42-7 win over Indianapolis.

Charles Clay, Dolphins, made six catches for 114 yards in Miami’s 37-35 win over Minnesota.

Julio Jones, Falcons, had seven catches for 107 yards in Atlanta’s 30-14 win over New Orleans.

Calvin Johnson, Lions, made six receptions for 103 yards in Detroit’s 20-14 win over Chicago.



Julius Peppers, Packers, had two sacks and forced a fumble and Clay Matthews had 2 1/2 sacks in Green Bay’s 20-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Kareem Jackson, Texans, had two interceptions in Houston’s 25-13 win over Baltimore.

Ndamukong Suh, Lions, had two sacks in Detroit’s 20-14 win over Chicago.

Jason Worilds, Steelers, had two sacks in Pittsburgh’s 20-12 win over Kansas City.


Special Teams

Randy Bullock, Texans, made a franchise-record six field goals in Houston’s 25-13 win over Baltimore.

Terrence Fede, Dolphins, blocked a punt for a decisive safety in Miami’s 37-35 win over Minnesota.

Vince Wilfork, Patriots, partially blocked a potential go-ahead 52-yard field goal attempt late in New England’s 17-16 win over the Jets.



Cowboys QB Tony Romo broke Troy Aikman’s franchise record for yards passing. He now has 32,971 career yards, 29 more than the three-time Super Bowl winner. … Texans QB Case Keenum, signed Monday off the St. Louis practice squad, got his first win in nine NFL starts. … Houston WR Andre Johnson had six receptions for 65 yards to make him the 10th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions (1,002). He passed Hines Ward for ninth in NFL history. … Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has 79 receptions, the most in NFL history for a player in his first 11 career games. He’s also the first rookie with at least 130 yards receiving and a touchdown catch in three consecutive games. Beckham and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans have each caught 11 touchdowns, the first time two rookie wide receivers have reached double figures in the same season. … Miami’s Jarvis Landry broke Terry Kirby’s team record for receptions by a rookie with 79. … The Patriots’ win was the 250th in 368 total games under Robert Kraft, tying him with Chicago’s George Halas for the fastest an owner has reached the milestone. … New England coach Bill Belichick broke a tie with Curly Lambeau for fourth place in overall NFL victories with his 230th.



Houston’s Arian Foster became the first running back to throw a touchdown pass in the NFL this season. It was the first time a Texans player other than a quarterback threw for a score since Jabar Gaffney and James Allen both did it in Houston’s inaugural season in 2002. … The Bucs were held to a season-low 109 yards by the Packers. … In 17 career games against Tampa Bay, Julius Peppers has 17 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception returned for a TD. … The Vikings haven’t won in Miami since 1976. … The Saints lost five straight at home in a season for the first time since 1980, when Archie Manning was quarterback and New Orleans went 1-15. … Ryan Tannehill’s four touchdown passes were the most by a Dolphins quarterback since Dan Marino in 1998. … The Patriots have clinched a first-round bye for the fifth straight season, the longest streak since the current playoff format began in 1990. … The Bills ran for just 13 yards in their loss to Oakland, their worst rushing performance since gaining 4 yards against Tennessee on Nov. 23, 1997.



Pittsburgh and Green Bay clinched playoffs berths with wins, and Dallas wrapped up the NFC East title with a rout of Indianapolis. Seattle got in before its game kicked off. The Steelers beat Kansas City 20-12, and the Packers defeated Tampa Bay 20-3. New England earned an AFC first-round bye with its 17-16 victory at the New York Jets.



Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel had his second start cut short by a hamstring injury. He was hurt late in the first half of a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. … Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers played most of a 20-3 win over Tampa Bay with a strained left calf. … Bills DT Marcell Dareus had to leave a loss to the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury. … Rams rookie CB E.J. Gaines was carted off with a concussion after getting his helmet knocked off in a collision with teammate T.J. McDonald late in the third quarter of a loss to the New York Giants.



Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Buccaneers’ stadium after their loss to Green Bay, injuring seven people, officials and witnesses said. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said. The strike kicked up rocks and gravel and knocked a few people down when it hit around 4 p.m.



“Anytime when a person gets hurt you don’t celebrate. I have had that done in my career and it just takes the integrity out of the game. For the crowd to respond in that sort of way - we’re better than that.” - Panthers QB Cam Newton after some Carolina fans cheered when Browns QB Johnny Manziel left with an injury.


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