UNDATED (AP) — Denver clinches the AFC West and Peyton Manning earns another entry into the NFL record books. Those are the highlights of the Broncos 37-13 win over Houston.
Manning threw for four touchdowns to give him 51 for the season, breaking Tom Brady's single-season mark. The record-breaking toss was a 25-yarder to Julius Thomas with just over four minutes left in the game.
Manning threw for 400 yards for the 12-3 Broncos. He completed 32-of-51 passes with no interceptions.
The Denver victory, combined with Kansas City's home loss to Indianapolis, gives the division title to the Broncos as well as a first-round bye.
Houston drops to 2-13 with a franchise-record 13th straight loss.
Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards and a touchdown to lead Indianapolis to a 23-7 win over Kansas City. The 10-5 Colts took advantage of four turnovers by the Chiefs to win for the fifth time in their last six tries against Kansas City. Donald Brown scored twice for the Colts, once taking a short pass from Luck and rumbling 33 yards. He also scored on a 51-yard touchdown run.
Indianapolis has already clinched the AFC South title. If the Colts end up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs, and the Chiefs are the fifth seed, the two teams will meet again in the post-season, indoors at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Kansas City's Alex Smith threw for 153 yards, but fumbled once and was picked off twice after throwing just six interceptions his first 14 games. Jamaal Charles ran for 106 yards and the game's opening score, but Kansas City failed to keep him involved as the Colts scored the final 23 points.
Cam Newton connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dominek Hixon with 23 seconds left to beat New Orleans 17-13 and clinch a playoff spot for the Panthers.
It's the first post-season berth for the franchise since 2008. The victory also puts 11-4 Carolina in position to wrap up the NFC South and first round bye with a win over Atlanta next week. The loss kept the Saints from clinching the division title.
After being held to 116 yards passing for the game's first 59 minutes, Newton led the Panthers 65 yards in 32 seconds for the go-ahead score.
The Panthers intercepted Drew Brees twice and sacked him six times to avenge a 31-13 loss two weeks ago. Brees was 30-of-44 for 281 yards and a touchdown.
The last-minute loss continues the road woes for the 10-5 Saints this season. They have dropped five of their last six games away from the Superdome.
Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes as the Bengals pulled away to a 42-14 victory over Minnesota. The win combined with Miami's 19-0 loss to Buffalo earned the Bengals an unprecedented third straight playoff appearance. They can clinch the AFC North title if Baltimore lost at home to New England later Sunday.
Dalton has now thrown 31 touchdown passes this season, one off the team record. He finished the game 27-38 for 366 yards and no interceptions.
Linebacker Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Bengals remained perfect at home this season.
The Vikings (4-10-1) had knocked off playoff contenders Chicago and Philadelphia in the past three weeks. Minnesota entered the game giving up the second most points in the league. They have now allowed 40 or more in a game three times.
Tony Romo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on fourth down with 1:08 remaining, and Dan Bailey's extra point won it as Dallas edged Washington 24-23. The Cowboys victory sets up a winner-take-all regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles next week for the NFC East title.
After a one-point, meltdown loss to the Green Bay Packers the previous week, the Cowboys nearly pulled a repeat — blowing a second-half lead after committing turnovers on back-to-back drives.
But Romo recovered and rallied the Cowboys from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit. He hit Murray after a long scramble as Dallas snapped a two-game skid — as well as a four-game losing streak in the month of December.
Murray rushed for 96 yards and scored twice.
The 8-7 Cowboys host the Eagles next week for the division crown. The 3-12 Redskins have lost seven straight.
Buffalo added to its NFL leading sack total with seven more and shutdown Miami's offense in 19-0 win. The Dolphins loss gave the AFC East title to New England.
It also dealt a severe blow to Miami's playoff chances by dropping them to 8-7. Miami entered the game needing to win the last two games to clinch a post-season spot. But now they need help to reach the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
The Bills defense limited the Dolphins to a season-low 103 total yards. Buffalo now has a franchise-record 56 sacks for the season.
Fred Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown for the 6-9 Bills who also got four field goals from former Dolphin Dan Carpenter.
Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes to David Nelson and ran for another score as the Jets topped Cleveland 24-13.
The rookie quarterback had his first game with at least two TD passes since October and committed no turnovers.
Smith finished 20 of 36 for 214 yards and ran for 48 more. Chris Ivory had 109 yards on 20 carries for the 7-8 Jets.
Jason Campbell was intercepted twice as the 4-11 Browns lost their sixth straight.
Nate Washington scored on a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter, as Tennessee ended a three-game losing streak with a 20-16 victory over Jacksonville. The 6-9 Titans overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and won for just the third time since September.
Washington finished with six catches for 117 yards.
The 4-11 Jaguars were in position to retake the lead, but Maurice Jones-Drew was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 play at the Tennessee 20 with 5:21 remaining.
It was the seventh fourth-down attempt in a fairly entertaining game. The highlight of the game came when Jacksonville got retiring center Brad Meester his first career reception, on a screen pass. Meester had checked in as an eligible receiver on the play and gained nine yards before running into one of his blockers.
Zac Stacy rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown to pace St. Louis to a 23-13 victory over the Tampa Bay.
Robert Quinn had three of the seven sacks of the Buccaneers' Mike Glennon to give him an NFC-high 18, breaking Kevin Carter's franchise record of 17 sacks in 1999.
The 4-11 Buccaneers managed just 170 total yards, setting a season low for the second straight week. The Rams improved to 7-8.