Highlights of Sunday’s NFL games: Arizona Cardinals vs Eagles and more

By: | Published: December 21, 2015 11:01 PM

Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games.

Highlights of Sunday’s National Football League games.
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Arizona Cardinals 40, Eagles 17
The Arizona Cardinals clinched their first NFC West title since 2009 by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Cardinals (12-2) can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs if they beat the Green Bay Packers next week at home.
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Panthers 38, Giants 35
Carolina preserved a perfect season thanks to Graham Gano’s 43-yard field goal with five seconds remaining after blowing a huge third-quarter lead, beating the New York Giants 38-35.
The Panthers (14-0) wrapped up the top spot in the NFC playoffs and cinched homefield advantage, but it was a struggle in the last 20 minutes of the game.
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Steelers 34, Broncos 27
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns – including a game-winning 23-yard strike to Antonio Brown with 3:24 remaining – as Pittsburgh rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Denver.
Roethlisberger’s second touchdown pass to Brown, who had 16 receptions for 189 yards, broke a 27-27 tie and gave the Steelers (9-5) their fifth win in six games.
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Patriots 33, Titans 16
New England moved a step closer to wrapping up the top seed in the AFC with a victory over Tennessee. The Patriots (12-2) finished a 7-1 home season and clinched a first-round playoff bye.
Quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and defensive end Akiem Hicks recovered a fumble and scored New England’s first non-offensive touchdown of the season in the first half as the Patriots reached 12 wins for the 10th time, tying them with the Denver Broncos for third on the NFL’s all-time list. Brady finished 23 of 35 for 267 yards.
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Texans 16, Colts 10
Third-string quarterback Brandon Weeden came off the bench in the second quarter to throw the deciding touchdown pass, and Nick Novak kicked three field goals, leading Houston to a victory against Indianapolis and sole possession of the AFC South lead.
Weeden, who finished 11 of 18 for 105 yards, replaced T.J. Yates with 1:14 left in the first half after Yates sustained a serious knee injury on a 19-yard scramble.
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Chiefs 34, Ravens 14
Kansas City took advantage of several miscues and continued their recent surge toward the playoffs with an easy victory over Baltimore.
The Chiefs (9-5) became the first team in NFL history to bounce back from a five-game losing streak with eight straight wins in the same season. The Ravens (4-10) suffered their third, three-game losing streak of the season.
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Vikings 38, Bears 17
Teddy Bridgewater fired four touchdown passes and Minnesota won for the first time in a month, defeating Chicago.
Bridgewater also ran for a touchdown and passed for 231 yards as the Vikings (9-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and assured themselves of their first winning season since 2012.
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Redskins 35, Bills 25
Kirk Cousins tied his career high with four touchdown passes, including two to tight end Jordan Reed, and ran for another score as Washington defeated Buffalo to remain atop the NFC East.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught six passes for 153 yards, including a 77-yard score for the Redskins (7-7), who posted consecutive wins for the first time since Weeks 7-8 of last season.
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Falcons 23, Jaguars 17
Shayne Graham kicked three field goals, including a pair in the fourth quarter, to lift Atlanta over Jacksonville to end their six-game losing streak.
The game was tied at 17-17 entering the fourth quarter before Graham connected on a 33-yard effort with just over 10 minutes left. He then increased the lead to six points when he hit from 46 yards out with 1:42 left in the game as the Falcons moved to 7-7.
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Packers 30, Raiders 20
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 204 yards and a touchdown and rookie cornerback Damarious Randall returned an interception 43 yards for a score to lead Green Bay to victory.
The Packers (10-4) officially clinched a postseason spot midway through the first quarter when Carolina defeated the New York Giants with a last-second field goal. Green Bay outside linebacker Julius Peppers had 2 1/2 sacks, giving him 135 for his career.
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Bengals 24, 49ers 14
Jeremy Hill scored a pair of one-yard touchdowns in a second-quarter flurry fueled by San Francisco mistakes, and Cincinnati clinched a playoff spot and at least a share of the AFC North title with the victory.
AJ McCarron passed for 192 yards and a 20-yard score to backup tight end Tyler Kroft in his first start in place of injured Andy Dalton, who likely will miss the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb.
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Chargers 30, Dolphins 14
Danny Woodhead scored a career-high four touchdowns to lead the Chargers in what was potentially their final game in San Diego.
Woodhead scored on receptions of 20, 9, and 9 yards and had a 2-yard run. Philip Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers (4-10), who are among three NFL teams considering a move next season to the Los Angeles area.
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Seahawks 30, Browns 13
Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin hooked up on two more touchdown passes as Seattle rolled over Cleveland.
Wilson completed 21 of 30 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns – hitting Baldwin twice before connecting with rookie Tyler Lockett for a 27-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the game away.

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