RG3, Redskins closing in on Giants with 17-16 win
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., , Dec. 3, 2012. RG3 has the Redskins within a game of first place after leading a fourth-quarter rally in a 17-16 Monday night victory over the Giants. Washington has a three-game winning streak in which it has dispatched each of its division rivals - Philadelphia, Dallas and now New York - one by one.
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Romo sets TD mark as Cowboys beat Eagles, 38-33
Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys throws the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Romo threw three touchdown passes to break Troy Aikman's career franchise record, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33. The Cowboys (6-6) trailed 27-24 when Romo led an 86-yard drive that was sparked by a 35-yard pass to Dez Bryant on third down. Bryant gave Dallas the lead when took a screen pass from the 6 and got inside the pylon with 5:40 remaining.
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Chiefs beats Panthers at somber Arrowhead Stadium
Players huddle in prayer following the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamaal
Charles ran for 127 yards in the victory over their Carolina Panthers. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak during one of the most difficult seasons the franchise has ever experienced. The win came just one day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times at a residence near Arrowhead Stadium, then drove to the team's practice facility and turned the gun on himself as general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel looked on.
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Pats clinch AFC East title by beating Miami 23-16
Wes Welker (83) of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Tom Brady had his least efficient game of the year and even threw an interception, but the Patriots took advantage of the Dolphins' mistakes to clinch their fourth consecutive AFC East title with a 23-16 win. A botched punt, roughing-the-punter penalty and fumble by Miami led to 17 New England points, and another penalty negated a Dolphins touchdown.
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Texans clinch playoff berth, down Titans 24-10
Jake Locker (10) of the Tennessee Titans is tackled by Antonio Smith (94) and Brandon Harris (26) of the Houston Texans during the game at LP Field on December 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Texans forced six turnovers and also had six sacks in beating the Titans 24-10 to clinch a second straight playoff berth. Rookie linebacker Whitney Mercilus recovered a fumble and had two sacks as the Texans (11-1) remain tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NFL with their sixth straight win.
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Manning throws 3 TDs as Broncos top Bucs 31-23
Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos runs for a touchdown after intercepting a pass during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Buccaneers 31-23 to wrap up their second straight AFC West title. Miller's pick-6 marked the first career interception and the first career touchdown for last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year, who is making a stronger case by the week for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
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McElroy replaces Sanchez, leads Jets to 7-6 win
Greg McElroy (14) of the New York Jets celebrates throwing his first touchdown in the NFL to Jeff Cumberland (86) against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. McElroy threw a touchdown pass to cap his first NFL drive early in the fourth quarter, leading New York to an ugly 7-6 victory and sending the Arizona Cardinals to their eighth straight loss.
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Rice TD gives Seahawks 23-17 OT win over Bears
Sidney Rice (18) of the Seattle Seahawks scores the game winning touchdown as he's tackled by Major Wright (21) of the Chicago Bears in the end zone on December 2, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Russell Wilson threw two late touchdowns, connecting with Rice for a 13-yard score with 7:33 left in overtime to lift the Seahawks to a wild 23-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.
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Steelers stun Ravens 23-20
Running back Isaac Redman (33) of the Pittsburgh Steelers is pulled down by a pack of Baltimore Ravens defenders in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired, and the Steelers rallied behind Charlie Batch to shock the Ravens 23-20. Playing without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a third straight week, the Steelers turned to the 37-year-old Batch for the second game in a row. He went 25 for 36 for 276 yards, threw a touchdown and moved the Steelers 61 yards before Suisham's game-winning kick.
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Andrew Luck-led Colts rally to beat Lions 35-33
Andrew Luck (12) of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles out of the reach of Ndamukong Suh (90) of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery with no time left to lift the Colts to a dramatic 35-33 comeback win over the Lions. With the final seconds ticking away, the rookie quarterback moved up in the pocket, flipped a short pass to Avery, and the receiver ran untouched into the end zone to complete a rally that started with Lions up 12 points midway through the fourth quarter.
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Greg Zuerlein (4) of the St. Louis Rams is congratulated by his teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 2, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 16-13 in overtime. Zuerlien's 53-yarder at the end of regulation forced another extra period for teams that tied 24-24 in San Francisco on Nov. 11. In overtime, the Rams let the play clock run down instead of trying to get closer on fourth-and-inches from the 36, making sure the 49ers wouldn't have much time if Zuerlein missed. They needn't have worried. He split the uprights.
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Falcons pick off Brees 5 times, beat Saints 23-13
Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after throwing an interception against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory Thursday night. The Falcons moved to the brink of clinching the NFC South and dealt a big blow to the Saints (5-7) and their fading playoff hopes.
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