Cowboys 27, Steelers 24, OT
Brandon Carr found a way to silence thousands of Terrible Towel-waving Pittsburgh fans at Cowboys Stadium and send the Dallas crowd home happy. The Cowboys cornerback intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in overtime, returned it 36 yards to the 1, and Dan Bailey kicked a 21-yard field goal for a win over the Steelers on Sunday. Bailey’s kick — 1:24 into OT — won a game for the second straight week since Dallas practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident that led to manslaughter charges against teammate Josh Brent.
Packers 21, Bears 13
Green Bay clinched its second straight NFC North title with a victory over archrival Chicago. James Jones caught all three touchdown passes thrown by the visiting Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has now won six straight in the NFL’s oldest — and fiercest — rivalry. The Packers (10-4) have won 12 straight against NFC North opponents, the longest streak in the NFL.
Saints 41, Buccaneers 0
Drew Brees passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and host New Orleans recorded its first shutout since 1995 in a victory over the Buccaneers, virtually ending Tampa Bay’s already slim playoff hopes. Brees connected on his scoring passes with tight end David Thomas, running back Darren Sproles and receivers Lance Moore and Joe Morgan. Mark Ingram added an 11-yard touchdown run.
Vikings 36, Rams 22
Adrian Peterson ran for a season-best 212 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown that fueled Minnesota’s big second quarter in a victory that spoiled host St. Louis’ home finale. Peterson has 1,812 yards rushing, leaving him 294 shy of breaking the NFL’s single-season record of 2,105 by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.
Texans 29, Colts 17
The Houston Texans are AFC South champions for the second straight year after beating visiting Indianapolis. Andre Johnson had 151 yards receiving and a touchdown, Bryan Braman scored a special teams touchdown on a blocked punt, and Shayne Graham kicked five field goals.
Falcons 34, Giants 0
Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and host Atlanta handed New York its first regular-season shutout since 1996, blowing out the defending Super Bowl champions. Julio Jones caught a couple of scoring throws from Ryan, who broke his own franchise records for completions and passing yards in a season.
Dolphins 24, Jaguars 3
Host Miami kept former teammate Chad Henne out of the end zone, making three fourth-down stops deep in their own territory and benefiting from an odd penalty in beating Jacksonville. Henne, playing in Miami for the first time since he departed as a Dolphins bust last offseason, threw for 221 yards with no turnovers.
Broncos 34, Ravens 17
Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown, and visiting Denver beat skidding Baltimore for their ninth straight victory. Peyton Manning threw for 204 yards and a score in his ninth consecutive win against Baltimore, the first with the Broncos (11-3).
Panthers 31, Chargers 7
Mike Tolbert scored twice against his former team and DeAngelo Williams turned a tipped pass from Cam Newton into a 45-yard touchdown reception as Carolina beat host San Diego and eliminated the Chargers from playoff contention for the third straight season. Carolina (5-9) won consecutive games for the first time since last December.
Cardinals 38, Lions 10
Greg Toler brought back an interception 102 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, the longest return in franchise history, to seal host Arizona’s victory over Detroit, snapping the Cardinals’ nine-game losing streak. The Cardinals (5-9) intercepted Matthew Stafford three times, returning two of them for touchdowns and setting up a touchdown with the other, while sending the Lions to their sixth straight loss.
Seahawks 50, Bills 17
Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in leading the Seahawks to their second straight rout, a win over the Bills in Buffalo’s annual home game in Toronto. Wilson scored on runs of 14, 25 and 4 yards and then hit Zach Miller for a 4-yard touchdown in helping the Seahawks score 31 points on their first five possessions.
Raiders 15, Chiefs 0
Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards and host Oakland shut out Kansas City for the second time ever. The Raiders (4-10) overwhelmed the undermanned Chiefs (2-12) to snap a six-game losing streak.