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NFL roundup — Dec. 15

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Steelers 30, Bengals 20

Antonio Brown caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a touchdown in a 64-second span in the first quarter and Pittsburgh beat visiting Cincinnati on Sunday night.

Shaun Suisham added three field goals for the Steelers (6-8), who built a 24-point lead.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-25 passes for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Le’Veon Bell added 117 yards of total offense.

The Bengals (9-5) were undone by a series of special teams miscues.

Andy Dalton completed 25-of-44 for 230 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but Cincinnati never recovered after getting staggered early at frigid Heinz Field.

Dolphins 24, Patriots 20

Tom Brady’s latest comeback bid came up short, and host Miami helped its playoff chances with a breakthrough victory over AFC East-leading New England.

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.

]Miami snapped a streak of seven consecutive losses against the Patriots (10-4). Ryan Tannehill threw for 312 yards and three touchdown passes, including a 14-yarder to Marcus Thigpen with 1:15 left that provided the winning margin.

Brady went 34-for-55 for 364 yards and two touchdowns. Julian Edelman made 13 catches for 139 yards.

Vikings 48, Eagles 30

Matt Cassel passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown to lead injury-depleted Minnesota over visiting 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.

Nick Foles threw for 428 yards with three touchdowns and one interception and DeSean Jackson had 10 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles (8-6).

Falcons 27, Redskins 26

Desmond Trufant deflected Kirk Cousins’ pass on a potential winning 2-point conversion with 18 seconds remaining, and Atlanta edged visiting Washington.

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. Griffin watched from the sideline. Cousins’ touchdown pass to Santana Moss gave Washington a chance to force overtime by kicking the extra point. Instead, Cousins’ attempted go-ahead 2-point pass for Pierre Garcon was deflected by Trufant.

Steven Jackson ran for two touchdowns for Atlanta.

49ers 33, Buccaneers 14

Vernon Davis caught a touchdown pass for the fifth consecutive game and Michael Crabtree scored his first touchdown since returning from injury to lead visiting San Francisco.

The victory was the fourth in a row 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. Kendall Hunter put it well out of reach, scooping up a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and diving 2 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.

Kaepernick completed 19-of-29 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Frank Gore rushed for 86 yards to go over 1,000 in a season for the seventh time in his career.

Seahawks 23, Giants 0

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 New York for its sixth road win.

Russell Wilson toyed with New York’s defense, running for 50 yards and throwing for 206 and a touchdown before sitting out the last few minutes. Eli Manning was picked off a career-worst five times, with Byron Maxwell also getting two. The Giants (5-9) have their first losing record since 2004.

Colts 25, Texans 3

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 visiting Houston.

Luck finished 19-of-32 for 180 yards with one interception and needed only two quarters to put up 20 points. But the Colts (9-5) did it against a team that has lost 12 in a row overall and is 0-12 all-time in Indy.

Mathis, the NFL sacks leader, now has 16½ this season and 108 in his career, breaking the franchise records held by longtime teammate and close friend Dwight Freeney.

Bills 27, Jaguars 20

EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown, leading Buffalo to a victory over host Jacksonville.

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

Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game and gained 215 yards from scrimmage as visiting Kansas City beat Oakland and clinched at least a wild-card spot.

Alex Smith threw five touchdown passes, going 17-for-20 for 287 yards to make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) 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.

Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while sharing time with Terrelle Pryor as Oakland (4-10) allowed the most points in franchise history and lost its fourth game in a row. The Raiders had seven turnovers overall.

Packers 37, Cowboys 36

Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge after an interception by Tony Romo gave them another chance, and visiting Green Bay rallied from 23 points down at halftime to beat Dallas.

Romo tossed two interceptions in the final 3 minutes, the first one giving Green Bay a chance for the go-ahead touchdown with the Cowboys in position to run out the clock with a 36-31 lead. Lacy scored with just over 1½ minutes left.

Panthers 30, Jets 20

Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown, Captain Munnerlyn had two sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown and host Carolina bounced back from its most lopsided loss of the season. Carolina’s defense, which surrendered 313 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-13 loss to New Orleans, came up big limiting rookie quarterback Geno Smith to 167 yards passing, while sacking him four times.

Rams 27, Saints 16

Drew Brees threw interceptions that led to touchdowns on visiting New Orleans’ first two possessions, and St. Louis got big days from Zac Stacy, Robert Quinn and on special teams for the win.

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 but made it look respectable with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Cardinals 37, Titans 34

Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and visiting Arizona edged Tennessee in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation to force overtime with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing two of his four touchdown passes to Michael Preston. They also recovered an onside kick to set up the tying touchdown with 10 seconds left in regulation. They won the toss and drove to the Cardinals 43 before Antoine Cason intercepted his second pass of the game.


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