Ryan Tannehill tied a career-high with four touchdown passes to help the Tennessee Titans clinch the AFC seed with a 28-25 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The 12-5 Titans, who won their second straight AFC South title last week, are the AFC’s No.1 seed for the third time since leaving Houston in 1997 and the first since 2008 They also have a first round pass.
Tannehill threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter to give the Titans a 21-0 lead at halftime.
But the Texans (4-13) woke up in the second half, scoring 18 unanswered points to move closer to 3 before Julio Jones caught his first touchdown pass of the season on a 3-yard grab that carried him. at 28-18 with about seven minutes. remaining.
Houston reduced the lead to three again when Danny Amendola’s second touchdown of the game made it 28-25 with four and a half minutes remaining. Tennessee got a first down on third and -2 with about three minutes to go and missed time to secure the victory.
Tannehill’s big day came after he netted four career-high interceptions in a 22-13 loss in Tennessee’s first meeting against Houston this season on Nov. 21. On Sunday, he was 23 of 32 for 287 yards.
Houston’s Davis Mills threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns to give him 2,604 passing yards this season to pass David Carr (2,592) for the most yards passing through a rookie in franchise history.
Amendola had seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since November 28.
In the fourth quarter, the Texans capped an eight-game, 82-yard practice with a seven-yard touchdown by Amendola early in the fourth quarter. Mills joined Amendola again on the two-point conversion to reduce the lead to 21-18.
Indianapolis Colts 11-26 Jacksonville Jaguars
The Indianapolis Colts gravely missed a chance to secure a wild card spot for the AFC by losing at Jacksonville 26-11 Sunday in the ‘Clown Game’, their seventh straight road loss to the Jaguars .
The Colts have been playing the clown.
NFL Champion Jonathan Taylor was limited to 77 yards, Carson Wentz returned the ball twice – leading to 10 points – and Indy (9-8) did little to stop the terrible Jaguars (3-14).
The Colts looked more like those who should have been decked out in giant bowties, makeup, wigs and colorful suspenders.
With a playoff berth on the line, Indianapolis was a no-show one day from 80F in Jacksonville.
The 15-point result could have been a bigger blowout if the Jags had scored touchdowns instead of settling for two bulleted field goals inside the 5-yard line. Nonetheless, Jacksonville enjoyed some leeway in a game for the first time in all season.
And they still managed to lock down the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row because Detroit stunned Green Bay.
The Colts could still clinch a playoff berth despite the loss, but they needed Baltimore to beat Pittsburgh, Las Vegas to beat the Los Angeles Chargers and New England to beat Miami.
It’s an unlikely trio of events. Indy is more likely to end the season on a two-game slippage when a single win would have put him in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers 16-13 Baltimore Ravens (OT)
Ben Roethlisberger delayed his retirement a few hours and possibly more, guiding Pittsburgh to a 16-13 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, which left the Steelers on the brink of an unlikely playoff berth.
Chris Boswell had a 36-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining to win the game for the Steelers, who will now make the playoffs until Sunday night’s Chargers-Raiders game ends in a tie. Roethlisberger set up the winning kick when he sent a 10-yard pass to Ray-Ray McCloud’s cross in the fourth and eighth of the Baltimore 41.
The Steelers (9-7-1) and Ravens (8-9) would both have been eliminated if this game had ended in a tie.
After the winning field goal, Roethlisberger raised his right fist in celebration and slowly walked up to midfield to empathize with Ravens linebacker Justin Houston.
Baltimore and Pittsburgh both had slim playoff prospects. The Steelers had to win and lose Indianapolis to Jacksonville for any chance of extending Roethlisberger’s career with a playoff appearance. The Ravens needed a win, a Colts loss – and losses to the Dolphins and Chargers later in the day.
The most unlikely part of these scenarios – Indianapolis losing to modest Jacksonville – actually happened. The crowd in Baltimore, which included many Pittsburgh fans waving napkins, roared in approval when highlights from that game aired.
Latavius Murray gave the Ravens the 10-3 lead with a 46-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but Baltimore lost its sixth straight game to end the season. Five of the losses in that skid were three points or less.
Cincinnati Bengals 16-21 Cleveland Browns
Case Keenum claimed his second victory, replacing Baker Mayfield on Sunday as the Cleveland Browns ended their dismal season with a 21-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, who left quarterback Joe Burrow at home and have played their backups.
Keenum threw touchdown passes to Jarvis Landry and Demetric Felton as the Browns (8-9) completed a surprising sweep of the AFC North champions. Ernest Johnson ran for 123 yards, and star running back Nick Chubb had just nine carries and finished the season with 1,259 yards.
Keenum, who replaced Mayfield and beat Denver earlier this season, joined Landry on a scoring 26-yard pass in the first quarter. He then gave a pass to Felton, who made his way to the end zone to bring the score to 21-10.
Meanwhile, the Bengals played against their “B” team. Burrow stayed in Cincinnati to seek treatment for a painful right knee. He is therefore ready to play next week when the Bengals (10-7), who have gone from last place to first in the division, organize a playoff game.
Burrow said he would have played if there had been more on the line, but Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor was taking no chances and started Brandon Allen, who threw a 4-yard pass to Chris Evans with 2:26 to play.
The Bengals also sat wide receiver Tee Higgins, and running back Joe Mixon was out after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.
New York Giants 22-7 Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson ran for a career-high 146 yards, scored a touchdown and capped his first 1,000-yard rushing season by leading Washington to a 22-7 victory over New York on Sunday in what could have been the last. Dave Gettleman’s match as Giants. General manager.
Bobby McCain returned the first of his two 30-yard interceptions for a touchdown, and Joey Slye netted three field goals as Washington (7-10) finished a season in which he rose from division winner a year ago also ran.
Third string Jake Fromm threw a 22-yard fourth-quarter touchdown at Darius Slayton as the Giants (4-13) finished a miserable second season under Joe Judge with a six-game losing streak.
Gettleman’s four-year tenure as general manager is likely over after a fourth consecutive season of double-digit losses. He was marked by injuries, including one that sidelined quarterback Daniel Jones in the past six weeks.
The judge’s status depends on what co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch want. He has a group that plays hard, but just doesn’t have enough talent, especially on the offensive line.
Washington never lagged as Slye scored 23 and 43 yards in the first half for a 6-0 lead. McCain’s interception of a pass from Fromm and a jaunt into the end zone in the third quarter made it 12-0. Washington failed on a two-point try.
Fromm’s first pass in the NFL TD put New York at 12-7 early in the fourth quarter, but Washington came back just behind its running game (226 yards). Gibson marked his day with an 18-yard run down center for his touchdown.
Green Bay Packers 30-37 Detroit Lions
Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes in the first half and missed the second half with nothing on the line as the Detroit Lions beat the Green Bay Packers 37-30 on Sunday.
Substitute Jordan Love threw two interceptions late in the game, sealing a loss that didn’t affect Green Bay’s positioning in the playoffs.
NFC champion North Packers (13-4) entered Motor City after already clinching the No.1 seed in the conference and his only first-round pass.
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who could win the award for the fourth time, finished 14 of 18 for 138 yards.
He threw a one-yard pass to Allen Lazard to cap a 13-play, 74-yard drive that took 7:18 on the clock to open the game and a 29-yard pass to the fourth-year wide receiver at the end. of the second quarter. for another note.
Rodgers changed his helmet to a baseball cap at halftime and watched the rest of the game from the sideline out of harm’s way.
The Lions (3-13-1) closed the first season of coach Dan Campbell with great pride and a few games to lose nothing.
With the win, however, they lost a shot at having the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft, which was possible because Jacksonville toppled Indianapolis.
Chicago Bears 17-31 Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins tallied 172 yards and three second-half touchdowns to lead the Minnesota Vikings’ return to beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday in a two-team eliminated clash with a head coach in danger of being fired .
Justin Jefferson tied the score and KJ Osborn got the green light touchdown for the Vikings (8-9), who gave coach Mike Zimmer something to cheer about in this pad-the-stats game while outclassing the Bears 28-3 after halftime.
Bears coach Matt Nagy chose to try his luck on fourth on six occasions, failing all but one. Andy Dalton took three sacks and threw an interception, and Patrick Peterson knocked him out late in the fourth quarter and turned it into a 66-yard touchdown return.
Darnell Mooney had 12 catches for 126 yards to pass the 1,000-yard mark for the Bears (6-11), who are 30-35 in four seasons under Nagy without a playoff win.
DJ Wonnum and Anthony Barr each had two of Minnesota’s seven sacks from Dalton, who scored 33 for 48 for 325 yards and a touchdown pass to Damien Williams who gave the Bears a 14-0 lead just before the mid- time. The victory gave Zimmer a 72-56-1 record in eight years, including 2-3 in the playoffs. The Vikings have missed the playoffs in three of the past four years.