Atlanta Falcons edge Cousins, Redskins
FALCONS 27, REDSKINS 26
ATLANTA — Desmond Trufant deflected Kirk Cousins' pass on a potential winning 2-point conversion with 18 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Falcons edged the Washington Redskins.
The Falcons (4-10) scored 20 points off seven Washington turnovers. The Redskins (3-11) tied a team record with five lost fumbles.
Cousins passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns, but had three turnovers in his first start of the season after coach Mike Shanahan decided to bench Robert Griffin III.
Steven Jackson ran for two touchdowns for Atlanta. Alfred Morris had 98 yards rushing, but lost two fumbles for Washington.
DOLPHINS 24, PATRIOTS 20
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tom Brady's latest comeback bid came up short, and the Miami Dolphins helped their playoff chances with a 24-20 breakthrough victory Sunday over the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.
A fourth-down pass from Brady was intercepted by reserve safety Michael Thomas, in his first NFL game, in the end zone with 2 seconds left, and Miami held on to win.
VIKINGS 48, EAGLES 30
MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Cassel passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the injury-depleted Vikings over Philadelphia, snapping the Eagles' five-game winning streak.
With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out, Matt Asiata rushed for the first three touchdowns of his career and Greg Jennings caught a career-high 11 passes for 163 yards for the Vikings (4-9-1). Asiata ran for 51 yards on 30 carries.
49ERS 33 BUCCANEERS 14
TAMPA, Fla. — Vernon Davis caught a touchdown pass for the fifth straight game and Michael Crabtree scored his first TD since returning from injury to help the San Francisco 49ers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The victory was the fourth straight for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (10-4), who pulled away for good with a 10-minute, fourth-quarter drive that produced a field goal.
SEAHAWKS 23, GIANTS 0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Richard Sherman had two interceptions, Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting, triple-effort 2-yard run, and Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals as Seattle manhandled the New York Giants for its sixth road win.
The Seahawks (12-2) are closing in on the NFC West title and their best overall record; they went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
BEARS 38, BROWNS 31
CLEVELAND — Jay Cutler shook off some early rustiness and threw three touchdown passes in his first start since Nov. 10, leading Chicago past Cleveland.
Cutler, who missed Chicago's previous four games with a sprained left ankle, threw a 4-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett with 5:41 left as Bears (8-6) rallied in the second half and stayed in contention for an NFC playoff spot. Cutler finished 22 of 31 for 265 yards and validated coach Marc Trestman's decision to stick with him over backup Josh McCown, who had played well while filling in for Chicago's starter.
COLTS 25, TEXANS 3
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, and Robert Mathis broke Indianapolis' single-season and career sacks records by forcing a second-half safety to lead the Colts past Houston.
Luck finished 19 of 32 for 180 yards with one interception and needed only two quarters to put up 20 points, four short of Indy's combined first-half point total from the previous six games. But the Colts (9-5) did it against a team that has lost 12 straight overall and is 0-12 all-time in Indy.
BILLS 27, JAGUARS 20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading the Buffalo Bills to a victory against the banged-up Jacksonville Jaguars.
Manuel bounced back from the worst game of his rookie season – a four-interception performance at Tampa Bay last week – and left his college state with his first win in five road starts.
The former Florida State star didn't do anything spectacular, just dinking and dunking the Jaguars for 193 yards. He also ran for 37 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Manuel completed 17 of 24 passes.
CHIEFS 56, RAIDERS 31
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game, Alex Smith threw five TD passes and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 on Sunday to clinch at least a wild-card spot.
The Chiefs (11-3) became the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series.
PACKERS 37, COWBOYS 36
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge and the Green Bay Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history, rallying from 23 points down at halftime to beat the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 Sunday.
Tony Romo had two interceptions in the final 3 minutes.
The Packers (7-6-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with Aaron Rodgers possibly returning next week.
The Cowboys (7-7) stayed a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.
CARDINALS 37, TITANS 34
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Arizona Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
Still, the Cardinals (9-5) won their sixth in seven games. With San Francisco and Carolina winning, they remain a game back of both for a NFC wild-card berth.
The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation to force overtime.
They won the toss and drove to the Cardinals 43 before Antoine Cason intercepted his second pass of the game.
RAMS 27, SAINTS 16
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Drew Brees threw interceptions that led to touchdowns on the first two possessions and the St. Louis Rams got big days from Zac Stacy, Robert Quinn and on special teams to top the New Orleans Saints 27-16 on Sunday.
Quinn had two sacks, giving him an NFC-leading 15, and his quarterback hit on the Saints' first snap of the game altered the flight of the ball on T.J. McDonald's interception.
The Saints (10-4) missed their first chance to clinch a playoff berth