Patriots rout Texans 42-14 in key AFC matchup
Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots throws against the Houston Texans in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012, in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Brady threw for four touchdowns and 296 yards as New England
manhandled the team with the league's best record. The Patriots (10-3), who already own the AFC East title, won their seventh straight and moved one game behind the Texans (11-2) for the conference's top seed.
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Packers beat Lions 27-20, take NFC North lead
Aaron Rodger (12) of the Green Bay Packers runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions and then does a Lambeau leap at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers are a victory away from clinching the NFC North title after beating the Lions 27-20. Rodgers scored the longest TD run of his career and Mike Daniels returned a fumble 43 yards as the Packers (9-4) opened a one-game lead over Chicago. If they beat the Bears next weekend at Soldier Field, and Green Bay will win the NFC North for a second straight year
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Manning throws 4 TDs as Giants kick Saints 52-27
David Wilson (22) of the New York Giants celebrates his third touchdown of a game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on December 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Wilson returned a kickoff 97 yards for one touchdown, ran for 100 yards and two more scores and piled up a team-record 327 all-purpose yards in a 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints that also featured four touchdowns pass by Eli Manning.
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Grieving Cowboys beat Bengals 20-19 on FG
Lawrence Vickers (47) and Marcus Spears (96) of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The grieving Cowboys rallied for a significant
win, beating the Bengals 20-19 on Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal as time ran out. Dallas overcame a nine-point deficit in the closing minutes behind Tony Romo, who held his hand over his heart during a moment of silence to honor teammate Jerry Brown before the kickoff. Brown died in an auto accident early Saturday. Defensive lineman Josh Brent, who was driving, remained in jail in Irving, Texas, charged with intoxication manslaughter
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Seattle blows out Arizona in record fashion 58-0
Richard Sherman (25) of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown on a interception return against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. In a 58-0 rout of the inept Cardinals. Sherman and Bobby Wagner each had two interceptions, part of the eight turnovers forced by the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch had three touchdown runs and Seattle (8-5) kept firm grasp on the final NFC wild-card spot. It also kept alive slim chances of catching San Francisco in the NFC West.
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Gore, Kaepernick lead 49ers past Dolphins 27-13
Frank Gore (21) of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after Anthony Dixon scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park on December 9, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Gore, Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree pulled off the kind of grind-it-out win Jim Harbaugh wants to see during the December stretch run. Gore ran for a 1-yard touchdown and reached 1,000 yards rushing for the sixth time in his career, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 27-13.
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Newton, Panthers stun Falcons 30-20
Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers runs for a touchdown during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Four days after Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy promised "payback" and "punishment" for the Falcons over a loss at Atlanta in September, Newton threw for 287 yards and scored on a 72-yard run in a 30-20 victory. Newton piled up a career-high 116 yards on the ground to become the first player with 250 yards passing, 100 yards rushing, a touchdown run and a TD pass in a game.
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Peterson, defense lead Vikings over Bears 21-14
Adrian Peterson (28) of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against Nick Roach (53) and Dom DeCicco (58) of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter of the game on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peterson has his sights set squarely on 2,000 yards. Thanks to his latest jaw-dropping performance and an opportunistic defense, the Vikings still have their eyes on the playoffs. Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score to lead the Vikings to a 21-14 victory over the free-falling Bears.
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Jets stay in playoff hunt with 17-10 win over Jags
A Jacksonville Jaguars fan watches the action during the game against the New York Jets at EverBank Field on December 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell ran for short touchdowns and the
Jets kept their postseason hopes alive with a 17-10 win over the Jaguars. The Jaguars (2-11) were inept on offense most of the day, no surprise given how they have played at home in 2012.
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RG3 hurt, but Redskins top Ravens 31-28 in OT
Kirk Cousins (12) of the Washington Redskins reacts during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012, in Landover, Maryland. With the Redskins trailing the Ravens by eight late in regulation, Robert Griffin III sprained his right knee at the end of a 13-yard scramble. Eventually, he fell to the turf and could no longer continue. Fellow rookie Cousins stepped in and finished RG3's work, hitting Pierre Garcon for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining and then running in the 2-point conversion. Yet another rookie, Richard Crawford, returned a punt 64 yards in overtime to set up Kai Forbath's 34-yard field goal to give Washington a 31-28 victory.
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Browns win third straight, roll Chiefs 30-7
Wide receiver Travis Benjamin (80) of the Cleveland Browns gets a block from defensive back Johnson Bodemosi (37) on wide receiver Terrance Copper (10) of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Benjamin's electrifying 93-yard punt return touchdown early in the second quarter swung momentum in Cleveland's favor and the Browns won their third straight, 30-7 over the emotionally drained Chiefs. Benjamin's game-changer helped the Browns (5-8) continue their resurgence under second-year coach Pat Shurmur, whose future in Cleveland remains uncertain. With three games left, the Browns, who opened this season 0-5, have surpassed their win total from last season and have their longest winning streak since 2009
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Luck leads another Colts rally, beat Titans 27-23
Andrew Luck (12) of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The rookie quarterback led the Colts back from a 13-point
second-half deficit, and veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give Indianapolis the lead and a 40-yarder a little later to seal a 27-23 victory over Tennessee.
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Manning leads Broncos past Raiders 26-13
Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos celebrates after the Broncos scored a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California. Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Raiders on Thursday night. "These Thursday night games are tough, especially late in the year," Manning said. "I know I'm tired."
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