Sundays NFL Roundup

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INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning threw three TD passes in the first 23 minutes, then was picked off three times, but the Colts earned their 22nd consecutive regular-season win with a 28-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Colts' defence held off the Broncos as Indianapolis broke the Patriots' record victory streak set last year. Indianapolis is one of seven NFL teams to go 13-0, including this year's New Orleans Saints.
While the Colts (13-0) won their 114th game of the decade, breaking a tie with the 1990s San Francisco 49ers, and took a franchise record 13th consecutive home game, Denver receiver Brandon Marshall broke the league's single-game record with 21 receptions.
Marshall tied the mark on a 5-yard TD catch with 9:44 left in the game to make it 21-16 and broke the record on the Broncos' final play.
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Saints 26, Falcons 23
At Atlanta, Drew Brees was 31 for 40 and threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Vilma came up with two huge defensive plays, and New Orleans remained perfect with another tight win.
Garrett Hartley won it on a 38-yard field goal with a 4:42 remaining after Atlanta rallied from 14 points down. The offensive-minded Saints (13-0) then turned to defence to preserve another victory - Vilma came up with an interception, then doled out a big fourth-down hit on Jason Snelling to finish the Falcons' final drive.
New Orleans set a franchise record for wins in a season, clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs and moved a step closer to ensuring home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes to Reggie Bush and another to Marques Colston.
The Falcons (6-7) lost for the sixth time in eight games. Atlanta played without two of its biggest stars, quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner, both out for the second week in a row.
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Vikings 30, Bengals 10
At Minneapolis, Adrian Peterson had 97 yards and two touchdowns, pushing Minnesota past mistake-prone Cincinnati.
Peterson added 40 yards receiving and set a single-season team record with 14 rushing touchdowns, moving Minnesota (11-2) within one more win of a second straight NFC North title.
Brett Favre completed 17 of 30 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Vikings.
Cincinnati's Carson Palmer was 15 for 25 for a season-low 94 yards and one touchdown, and Cedric Benson's 16 carries for 96 yards gave him his first 1,000-yard season but left the Bengals short of 100 for the first time in a month.
The Bengals (9-4) committed 11 penalties for 85 yards, failing in their first chance to clinch the AFC North.
Migraines that bothered Minnesota wide receiver and kickoff returner Percy Harvin all week forced the rookie to miss a game for the first time.
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Texans 34, Seahawks 7
At Houston, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson put together their best game of the season to help Houston snap out of a slump and keep its dwindling playoff hopes alive.
Johnson had a season-high 193 yards receiving and two touchdowns to lead the Texans (6-7) over Seattle (5-8), breaking a four-game losing streak.
Schaub had 336 yards passing before halftime and finished with 365 yards and two touchdowns. His first-half yardage was the second-most in a first half this season in the NFL.
The defence did its job too, returning an interception for a touchdown and hurrying and harassing Matt Hasselbeck into a sub-par performance. The quarterback had three fumbles, was sacked three times and take down numerous other times and finished with 247 yards.
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Packers 21, Bears 14
At Chicago, Ryan Grant ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Green Bay beat Chicago after letting a lead slip away.
Grant broke off a season-long 62-yard touchdown on the Packers' first play from scrimmage and scored the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter after Nick Collins intercepted Jay Cutler.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 180 yards, Jermichael Finley caught five passes for 70, and Charles Woodson added his 44th career interception for the Packers (9-4), who have won five straight.
The Bears (5-8) lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Tied for the NFL lead entering the game, Cutler has 22 interceptions after getting picked off twice. He threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns even though Devin Hester missed the game with a calf injury.
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Ravens 48, Lions 3
At Baltimore, Ray Rice ran for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, and Baltimore enhanced its playoff hopes with a rout of Detroit.
Baltimore (7-6) built a 20-3 halftime lead behind the play of Rice, who had 155 yards rushing on only nine carries, and four catches for 53 yards. His 59-yard touchdown run made it 17-3, and the Ravens cruised to the finish in handing the hapless Lions (2-11) their 19th straight road loss.
Rice was pulled early in second half, and his backups continued the assault. Le'Ron McClain scored from the 3 and Willis McGahee added touchdown runs of 6 and 19 yards to make it 41-3 entering the fourth quarter.
Backup quarterback Troy Smith ran in from the 15 with 5:02 left to cap the rout.
The five rushing TDs was a single-game record for the Ravens, who finished with a team-record 548 yards. The 48 points tied a team mark, set in 2005 against Green Bay.
Rice has 1,041 yards rushing this year and 69 catches for 652 yards.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco went 13 for 20 for 230 yards and a touchdown.
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Patriots 20, Panthers 10
At Foxborough, Mass., New England shook off a poor first half, went ahead with 1:06 left in the third quarter on Tom Brady's 5-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson and beat Carolina.
The Patriots (8-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and maintained their one-game lead in the AFC East. The Panthers (5-8) lost for the third time in four games.
The Patriots lost two fumbles and an interception before Brady's pass to Watson broke a 7-7 tie, and Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 48 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter. New England didn't score its first touchdown until 1:08 remained in the first half when Kevin Faulk ran in from 3 yards.
The Panthers had taken a 7-0 lead on Matt Moore's 41-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith with 2:43 left in the first quarter. But all they could manage after that was John Kasay's 36-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.
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Bills 16, Chiefs 10
At Kansas City, Mo., Rian Lindell kicked three field goals, and Buffalo intercepted Matt Cassel four times to beat struggling Kansas City.
Buffalo (5-8) overcame three turnovers and an ineffective passing game to finally close out a win in the fourth quarter. The Bills had lost seven times this season when they were within a touchdown headed into the final 15 minutes, pulling this one out with two interceptions in the final 2:11.
Kansas City (3-10) got a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown from Jamaal Charles, but couldn't overcome another shaky game from Cassel, who threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for just 86 yards on 12-of-20 passing with an interception. He tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens and relied on Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, who combined for 183 yards.
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Jets 26, Buccaneers 3
At Tampa, Fla., Thomas Jones ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns, Jay Feely kicked four field goals, and the New York Jets intercepted rookie Josh Freeman three times while holding sputtering Tampa Bay to 135 yards.
Filling in for injured rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens completed 12 of 23 passes for just 111 yards. Receiver Brad Smith had the Jets' longest completion of the day - 27 yards - when he threw to Eric Smith on a fake punt play.
The Jets (7-6) climbed over .500 for the first time since beating Oakland to improve to 4-3 on Oct. 25. The Bucs (1-12) lost for the third straight week to a backup quarterback.
Freeman was 14 of 33 for 93 yards and sacked three times by the Jets, who got interceptions from David Harris, Darrelle Revis and Kerry Rhodes.
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Dolphins 14, Jaguars 10
At Jacksonville, Fla., Chad Henne completed a team-record 17 consecutive passes, Ricky Williams ran for 108 yards and a score and Miami beat Jacksonville.
The loss snapped Jacksonville's five-game winning streak at home, and now the Jaguars (7-6) no longer control their wild-card hopes.
Miami (7-6), which won its sixth consecutive game decided by seven points or less, stopped David Garrard on fourth-and-3 with 1:20 remaining and then sacked Garrard on the final play to seal the victory.
Miami held Maurice Jones-Drew to 59 yards and a touchdown, sacked Garrard three times and forced six three-and-outs on Jacksonville's first eight possessions.
Henne set the team record for most consecutive completions in a game. He fell one shy of Chad Pennington's franchise mark of 18 set over two games in 2008. Henne finished 21 of 29 for 220 yards.
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Chargers 20, Cowboys 17
At Arlington, Texas, Philip Rivers hit Antonio Gates for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, lifting San Diego over Dallas.
San Diego (10-3) won its eighth straight and is on the verge of a playoff berth. The Chargers also won their 16th straight in December, all with Rivers.
Dallas coach Wade Phillips fell to 3-8 in December with the Cowboys (8-5). They have dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.
Tony Romo was 19 of 30 for 249 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions for the Cowboys. He fell to 5-10 in Decembers. Miles Austin caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and went over 1,000 yards for the first time.
Rivers was 21 of 32 for 272 yards with a touchdown - the 100th of his career - and an interception, his first in five games. Vincent Jackson caught seven passes for 120 yards, and Gates had 44 yards receiving to go over 1,000 for the second time.
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Titans 47, Rams 7
At Nashville, Tenn., Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and took a short pass 66 yards for another score to lead Tennessee to a rout of woeful St. Louis.
The Titans (6-7) must win out and get plenty of help after their 0-6 start. But they started a three-game homestand by handing the struggling Rams (1-12) a fifth straight loss even with Vince Young sidelined by a strained right hamstring most of the game.
The Titans intercepted five passes they turned into 20 points, ruining the NFL debut of rookie Keith Null as St. Louis' third quarterback this season.
Rob Bironas kicked four field goals with a long of 50 yards, Vincent Fuller returned an interception 45 yards for a TD and Collins even tossed a TD pass. Keith Bulluck and Cortland Finnegan had two interceptions apiece.
Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher, set a couple of franchise records. His 17-yard run at the end of the first half pushed him past Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell's mark of 1,981 yards from scrimmage in 1980. Johnson also has the team mark to himself with eight straight 100-yard rushing games.
Steven Jackson came in second to Johnson in rushing, but had only 47 yards on 19 carries.
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Redskins 34, Raiders 13
At Oakland, Calif., Jason Campbell threw two touchdown passes to give Washington the lead, and Quinton Ganther put it away by running for two fourth-quarter scores.
The Redskins (4-9) had lost three straight, blowing leads of six, eight and 10 points, before beating the bottom-dwelling Raiders (4-9).
Ganther capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-13. JaMarcus Russell threw an interception to LaRon Landry on the next play and Ganther scored on another 1-yard run four plays later.
The Redskins then teed off on Russell, getting six of their eight sacks in the second half. Rookie Brian Orakpo finished with four sacks.
Russell, who lost his job last month after completing just 46.8 per cent of his passes and committing 14 turnovers, entered to start the third quarter for Oakland after Bruce Gradkowski injured a knee.
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Eagles 45, Giants 38
At East Rutherford, N.J., DeSean Jackson scored on 72-yard punt return and a 60-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, sparking the Eagles to their most points this season.
The second-year wide receiver missed last week with a concussion, but was in sensational form in boosting Philadelphia (9-4) into the NFC East lead. Jackson has eight touchdowns of 50-plus yards this year, tying the NFL mark.
New York (7-6) also had its share of big plays, including TD passes of 68 and 61 yards by Eli Manning in a game marked by shoddy tackling on both sides. But the Eagles, whose previous high in 2009 was 40 points in a Nov. 1 rout of New York, prevailed despite being outgained 512-374.
With Dallas (8-5) losing to San Diego, Philly is looking back at the rest of the division.

Organizations: NFL, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints Bengals New York Jets Ravens Panthers Chargers Cowboys Redskins

Geographic location: INDIANAPOLIS, Atlanta, New Orleans Minnesota Cincinnati Baltimore Houston Chicago Minneapolis Green Bay Kansas City Seattle New England Oakland Miami Jacksonville San Diego Dallas Detroit Foxborough, Mass. AFC East St. Louis Buffalo Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay New York Jacksonville, Fla. Arlington, Texas Decembers Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee Washington East Rutherford, N.J. Philadelphia NFC East

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