Monday, Dec. 23, 8:40, EST.
Atlanta (4-10) at San Francisco (10-4). A rematch of last season's NFC title game, with only the 49ers in a position to get back there. San Francisco has won four straight games.
-Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 32 for 51 for 400 yards and four touchdown passes in Denver's 37-13 win over Houston. Manning has 51 touchdown passes and passed Tom Brady (50 in 2007) for the most in a single season in NFL history. Manning is the first player to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season. Manning has 5,211 yards passing and is the fifth player to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a season. He joins Drew Brees (three times), Hall of Famer Dan Marino, Brady and Matthew Stafford.
-Andy Dalton, Bengals, was 27 for 38 for 366 yards and four touchdown passes in Cincinnati's 42-14 win over Minnesota.
-Nick Foles, Eagles, was 21 for 25 for 230 yards and two touchdown passes in Philadelphia's 54-11 win over Chicago.
-Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 17 for 27 for 226 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception in Dallas' 24-23 win over Washington.
-LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown, Eagles. McCoy had 18 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns and Brown had nine carries for 115 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run in Philadelphia's 54-11 win over Chicago.
-Le'Veon Bell, Steelers, had 26 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 38-31 win over Green Bay
-Fred Jackson, Bills, had 19 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's 19-0 win over Miami.
-Chris Ivory, Jets, had 20 carries for 109 yards in New York's 24-13 win over Cleveland.
-Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 13 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 23-7 loss to Indianapolis.
-Zac Stacy, Rams, had 33 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 23-13 win over Tampa Bay.
-Ryan Mathews, Chargers, had 25 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's 26-13 win over Oakland.
-Pierre Garcon, Redskins, had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 24-23 loss to Dallas.
-Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, Broncos. Decker had 10 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns and Thomas had eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 37-13 win over Houston.
-Nate Washington, Titans, had six catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 20-16 win over Jacksonville.
-Antonio Brown, Steelers, had six catches for 105 yards in Pittsburgh's 38-31 win over Green Bay.
-A.J. Green, Bengals, had seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati's 42-14 win over Minnesota.
-Dan Carpenter, Bills, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Buffalo's 19-0 win over Miami.
-Nick Novak, Chargers, was 4 for 4 on field goals in San Diego's 26-13 win over Oakland.
-Josh Brown, Giants, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 45-yarder in overtime in New York's 23-20 win over Detroit.
-Luke Kuechly and Greg Hardy, Panthers. Kuechly had 24 tackles and an interception and Hardy three sacks in Carolina's 17-13 win over New Orleans. Since tackles became a recognized stat in 1994, Kuechly's 24 are tied for the most in a game (New York Jets' David Harris, Nov. 4, 2007). Kuechly is the first player since Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks (Sept. 30, 2001) to make at least 20 tackles and an interception in the same game.
-Brandon Boykin and Trent Cole, Eagles. Boykin returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown and Cole had three sacks in Philadelphia's 54-11 win over Chicago.
-Cortez Allen, Steelers, returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 38-31 win over Green Bay.
-Will Hill, Giants, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in New York's 23-20 overtime over Detroit.
-Vincent Rey, Bengals, returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in Cincinnati's 42-14 victory over Minnesota.
-Robert Quinn, Rams, had three sacks in St. Louis' 23-13 win over Tampa Bay. He leads the league with 18.
All four division winners in the AFC have been determined. The Denver Broncos, who defeated Houston 37-13, clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye. The New England Patriots, who defeated Baltimore 41-7, clinched the AFC East. The Cincinnati Bengals, who beat Minnesota 42-14, clinched the AFC North. The Indianapolis Colts, who defeated Kansas City 23-7, had already clinched the AFC South entering Week 16.
In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers defeated New Orleans 17-13 and clinched a playoff berth. The Panthers join the Seattle Seahawks, who had already clinched a postseason berth, in the NFC playoffs field.
WINNER TAKE ALL GAMES NEXT WEEK
The Chicago Bears missed a chance to seal a playoff spot with a 54-11 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday night. Now, they'll host Green Bay next Sunday - the winner takes the NFC North, the loser is done. Several hours later, in the last game of the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles. The Sunday night showdown decides who wins the NFC East and who goes home.
STREAKS & STATS
The Lions were eliminated from the postseason after a 23-20 loss to the Giants. It was their fifth loss in six games, and they blew fourth-quarter leads in each setback. ... The Ravens' 41-7 defeat to New England was their most lopsided loss since a 37-0 defeat at Pittsburgh in 1997. ... Arizona has won seven of eight and ended the Seahawks' 14-game home win streak with a 17-10 victory. ... The Bills took the Dolphins 19-0 and earned their first shutout in more than two years - and first at Ralph Wilson Stadium since a 21-0 win over Miami on Dec. 17, 2006. Buffalo also won consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 2-3 of last season. Buffalo had seven sacks, increasing its total to 56 this season, breaking its previous high of 50 during a 14-game season in 1964. ... Houston extended its franchise-record skid to 13 games with a 37-13 loss to Denver. ... The Redskins lost their seventh straight, the second in a row by one point in a 24-23 loss to the rival Cowboys. ... The Browns have dropped six straight games.
Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 41-7 win at Baltimore as New England clinched the AFC East. Brady has led his team to 11 division titles, the most by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Denver's Peyton Manning, whose Broncos clinched the AFC West, has led his team to 10 division titles. Brady and Manning are the only two starting quarterbacks in NFL history to win at least 10 division titles. ... Andy Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs in his first three seasons. Pat Haden of the Rams, Dan Marino of the Dolphins, Bernie Kosar of the Browns and Joe Flacco of the Ravens are the other four QBs to accomplish the feat. ... Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 241 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 23-7 win at Kansas City. In his second season, Luck has 21 wins and tied Marino for the third-most victories by a starting quarterback in his first two NFL seasons during the Super Bowl era. Luck has 7,914 yards passing and passed Peyton Manning (7,874) for the second most by a player in his first two seasons. With one game remaining, Luck needs 7 yards to pass Cam Newton (7,920) for the most. ... Arizona coach Bruce Arians, in his first season with the club, won his 10th game with the Cardinals in the team's 17-10 win at Seattle. Arians joins Norm Barry (11 wins in 1925) as the only head coaches in franchise history to win at least 10 games in their first season with the franchise. ... Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon broke Hall of Famer Art Monk's franchise record for most catches in a season by getting to 107 with a game to go. Garcon eclipsed Monk with his 11th and final reception of a 24-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a 19-yard gain on a pass from Kirk Cousins that came with about six minutes left in the third quarter. That gave Garcon one more catch than the 106 Monk had in 1984.
Carolina top receiver Steve Smith, Denver star linebacker Von Miller and St. Louis left tackle Jake Long all were forced to leave games because of knee injuries. Also, Detroit cornerback Bill Bentley was being evaluated for a head injury after a frightening collision. He was able to walk off the field with some assistance.
Long was carted off the field after hurting his right knee on the Rams' first offensive series in a 23-13 win over Tampa Bay. Coach Jeff Fisher said he thought Long tore a ligament, adding, ''We are anticipating the worst.''
Smith was injured in the first quarter and tried to return in the second period but couldn't run on it. He's set for an MRI on Monday.
Miller left in the first quarter of a 37-13 win over Houston that clinched the AFC West for the Broncos. There was no update on his injury after the game.
''It wouldn't have surprised me if Julius would have went and handed it to some babe up in the stands, trying to get her phone number in exchange for the ball. That would be right up Julius' alley.'' -Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning joking about Julius Thomas not holding onto the ball after Manning's record-setting 51st TD pass of the season in a 37-13 win over the Texans.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Peyton Manning
- Tom Brady
- Dan Marino
- Bryce Brown
- Pierre Garcon