Raiders lose Carr as Tex­ans, Fal­cons, Gi­ants reach play­offs

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CLEVE­LAND: The Browns are win­less no more. Cleve­land avoided that fate Satur­day by beat­ing the San Diego Charg­ers 20-17 for their first vic­tory in more than a year. San Diego’s Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal as time ex­pired, giv­ing the Browns (1-14) their first win in 377 days. When the kick sailed right, Cleve­land’s small crowd erupted in cel­e­bra­tion and Browns play­ers poured off their side­line as if they had just won the Su­per Bowl. The Browns avoided be­com­ing the sec­ond team to go 0-15, and no longer have to worry about join­ing the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to lose all 16 games. Cleve­land built 10-point lead in the third quar­ter and hung on - de­fen­sive tackle Jamie Meder blocked a po­ten­tial ty­ing field goal with 3:49 left - to give coach Hue Jack­son his first win with the Browns.The win also snapped Cleve­land’s 17-game los­ing streak dat­ing to last sea­son. The Charg­ers (5-10) lost their fourth straight and one that could st­ing for a while.


Blake Bor­tles’ best game of the sea­son helped the Jaguars end a nine-game los­ing streak. Bor­tles threw for 325 yards and a touch­down, and was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a 20-yard trick play that sealed the win with 5:25 re­main­ing. Rookie Jalen Ram­sey re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 30 yards on the en­su­ing play to set off a rau­cous - and long-awaited cel­e­bra­tion in Jacksonville. Bor­tles and the Jaguars (3-12) played in­spired foot­ball and won for the first time this sea­son at EverBank Field. Maybe they ral­lied around in­terim coach Doug Mar­rone. Maybe they played for ul­tra-pop­u­lar ex-coach Gus Bradley, who was fired six days ear­lier . Maybe they just wanted to avenge an em­bar­rass­ing loss to the Ti­tans (8-7) on na­tional tele­vi­sion in late Oc­to­ber. It was a de­ba­cle for the Ti­tans, who had won three in a row and needed a vic­tory to set up an AFC South ti­tle game next week against Hous­ton. Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota ap­pears to be done for the sea­son, leav­ing late in the third quar­ter with an air cast on his right an­kle.


The Fal­cons are back on top of the NFC South, cap­tur­ing their first di­vi­sion ti­tle since 2012. Matt Ryan threw for 277 yards and two touch­downs, Tevin Coleman had 135 yards from scrim­mage, in­clud­ing a piv­otal 55-yard fourth-quar­ter TD run. The Fal­cons then had to wait about 3 1/2 hours to cel­e­brate when the Saints de­feated the Buc­ca­neers to seal At­lanta’s first play­off ap­pear­ance in four years. The Pan­thers (6-9) were of­fi­cially elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention af­ter mak­ing the Su­per Bowl last sea­son. Ryan torched the Pan­thers for the sec­ond time this sea­son. He threw for 503 yards and four TDs in At­lanta’s Week 4 win over Carolina at the Ge­or­gia Dome, a vic­tory that set the stage for the Fal­cons’ play­off push.


Mark In­gram rushed for two-touch­downs and a game­seal­ing first down in the fi­nal min­utes. The Buc­ca­neers (8-7) needed a win to keep pace with Green Bay (9-6) for the fi­nal NFC wild card spot, but couldn’t keep up with the Saints’ ex­plo­sive of­fense. And their loss handed the NFC South to At­lanta, while giv­ing the New York Gi­ants a wild-card berth. Drew Brees was 23 of 34 for 299 yards and a touch­down for New Or­leans (7-8), which gained 417 to­tal yards and did not have a turnover against a with 26 take­aways - in­clud­ing three in­ter­cep­tions of Brees in the clubs’ pre­vi­ous meet­ing two weeks ear­lier. This time, it was New Or­leans’ de­fense pro­duc­ing turnovers; Jairus Bryd in­ter­cepted Jameis Win­ston twice. The first take­away set up In­gram’s sec­ond TD, and the sec­ond stalled a promis­ing Bucs drive into Saints ter­ri­tory. Now Tampa Bay must win the sea­son fi­nale and hope for losses by Wash­ing­ton and Green Bay next week. If that hap­pens, a com­pli­cated tie-breaker based on strength of vic­to­ries will de­cide the fi­nal play­off spot be­tween the Bucs and Pack­ers.


Derek Carr threw three touch­down passes in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore leav­ing in the fourth quar­ter with an in­jured right leg. Carr’s in­jury leaves a dark cloud over the best sea­son for the Raiders (12-3) in 14 years. Oak­land clinched its first play­off berth since 2002 last week and can win the AFC West and earn a first-round bye by win­ning next week in Den­ver or if Kansas City loses one of its fi­nal two games. But that is all sec­ondary to Carr’s health. The third-year quar­ter­back has led a resur­gence in Oak­land with 28 TD passes and seven fourth-quar­ter come­backs this sea­son. Now the Raiders may have to pre­pare for life with Matt McGloin at quar­ter­back. Carr got hurt with Oak­land lead­ing 33-14 early in the fourth quar­ter when he was sacked by Trent Cole. Carr stayed on the ground for sev­eral min­utes in pain as train­ers came out to treat him. With the crowd chant­ing “MV-P! M-V-P!” Carr limped off the field with­out putting any pres­sure on his right leg. He was then taken away on a cart. In­di­anapo­lis (7-8) will not make the play­offs.


Tom Brady passed for 214 yards and three touch­downs , and the Pa­tri­ots moved a step closer to se­cur­ing home-field ad­van­tage through­out the AFC play­offs. A loss or tie by the Raiders against the Colts later Satur­day would of­fi­cially give New Eng­land the AFC’s top seed. Mal­colm Butler added two in­ter­cep­tions and a fum­ble re­cov­ery , and LeGar­rette Blount had a pair of 1-yard touch­down runs. New Eng­land (13-2) took ad­van­tage of New York mis­cues all day, scor­ing on three of its first four pos­ses­sions. The Jets (4-11), who have lost six of seven, had four turnovers. The only re­ally good piece of news for the Jets came be­fore the game, when Todd Bowles re­joined the team and coached from the side­line a day af­ter a med­i­cal scare sent him to the hos­pi­tal.


Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four touch­downs, WHILE Jordy Nel­son shred­ded Min­nesota’s sec­ondary for 154 yards and two scores. The Pack­ers’ fifth straight win set up a win­ner-take-all show­down next week with Detroit for the NFC North ti­tle, while ex­tin­guish­ing the Vik­ings’ faint post­sea­son hopes. Green Bay (9-6) built a 2813 lead at half­time, with Rodgers ac­count­ing for all four scores. He fin­ished 28 of 38, and shrugged off his right calf in­jury af­ter scram­bling for a 6-yard touch­down late in the sec­ond quar­ter and mak­ing a rare Lam­beau Leap . Rodgers and Nel­son con­nected for scores from 21 and 2 yards in the first half. Play­ing again with­out run­ning back Adrian Peter­son, the Vik­ings (7-8) had suc­cess through the air af­ter Sam Brad­ford threw for 382 yards and three touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 71-yard touch­down pass to Adam Thie­len in the sec­ond quar­ter. Thie­len had a ca­reer-high 202 yards and two scores.


Jay Ajayi ran for 206 yards and broke loose for a 57yarder in over­time to set up An­drew Franks’ 27-yard field goal. In win­ning for the ninth time in 10 games, the Dol­phins (10-5) inched closer to their first play­off berth since 2008. Mi­ami can se­cure the AFC’s fi­nal wild-card berth as early as Sun­day if Den­ver loses to Kansas City. Den­ver needs to win its fi­nal two games to make the post­sea­son, and Bal­ti­more is elim­i­nated from the wild-card race and can only make the play­offs as the AFC North cham­pion. The Bills (7-8) were elim­i­nated from con­tention and ex­tended the NFL’s long­est ac­tive play­off drought to 17 sea­sons. Buf­falo’s drought is tied for the fifth long­est in NFL his­tory, and is the long­est since the New Or­leans Saints went 20 years be­fore qual­i­fy­ing for the play­offs for the first time in fran­chise his­tory in 1987. Ajayi is the fourth player in NFL his­tory to have at least three games with 200 rush­ing yards in a sea­son. Earl Camp­bell, OJ Simp­son, Tiki Bar­ber are the oth­ers. Franks forced over­time by hit­ting a ca­reer-best 55-yard field goal with 6 sec­onds re­main­ing.


The Ari­zona Cardinals con­tinue to give the Seat­tle Sea­hawks headaches at home. This time, it will likely end up cost­ing Seat­tle a first-round bye in the play­offs. Chan­dler Catan­zaro hit a 43-yard field goal on the fi­nal play. Seat­tle ral­lied from a 31-18 deficit, scor­ing two touch­downs in­side the fi­nal three min­utes to pull even 31-31. Jimmy Gra­ham had a 37-yard touch­down catch and Paul Richardson’s 5yard TD with 1:06 left tied it. Steven Hauschka missed the ex­tra point that could have given Seat­tle the lead, but it didn’t mat­ter in the end. Ari­zona went 50 yards in the fi­nal minute and Catan­zaro’s kick was good, de­liv­er­ing a huge blow to Seat­tle’s chances at the No. 2 seed in the NFC. It was the Sea­hawks’ first home loss this sea­son; all NFL teams have now been beaten in a home game.


Kirk Cousins threw for a touch­down and ran for two more, and the Red­skins gave their fad­ing play­off hopes a boost. DeSean Jack­son added 114 yards re­ceiv­ing, and Wash­ing­ton (8-6-1) in­ter­cepted Matt Barkley five times. Eighth in the NFC be­hind Green Bay and Tampa Bay com­ing in, Wash­ing­ton scored 14 points in the first quar­ter af­ter strug­gling early in re­cent games, and never re­ally was threat­ened by the Bears (3-12). Cousins, shaky against Carolina, was 18 of 29 for 270 yards. He threw a 17-yard touch­down to Chris Thomp­son in the first quar­ter and scored on a 9-yard run in the sec­ond. He also pushed in from the 1 late in the third to make it 31-14.

49ERS 22, RAMS 21

Colin Kaeper­nick threw a 10-yard touch­down pass with 31 sec­onds re­main­ing and scram­bled for a go-ahead 2point con­ver­sion as the 49ers over­came a 14-point deficit to end a 13-game los­ing streak. Kaeper­nick rolled to his right while look­ing for a re­ceiver be­fore tuck­ing the ball and bar­rel­ing into the end zone. That gave the 49ers a sweep in the re­newal of the in­state ri­valry with the Rams’ re­turn to Los An­ge­les this sea­son. Kaeper­nick threw for 257 yards, two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion and rushed for a touch­down for the 49ers (2-13). Kaeper­nick found Rod Streater on a slant pat­tern to cap a 10-play, 73-yard drive to make it 21-20. Jared Goff was in­ter­cepted by Rashard Robin­son with 16 sec­onds left as the Rams again squan­dered a late two-score lead for the sec­ond time in their past three home games. Goff, the No. 1 over­all draft pick, has lost all six of his starts for Los An­ge­les (4-11). — AP

OAK­LAND: Oak­land Raiders run­ning back Latavius Mur­ray (28) runs against In­di­anapo­lis Colts cor­ner­back Von­tae Davis dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game in Oak­land, Calif., Satur­day. — AP

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