Suc­cop’s field goal as time ex­pires seals Ti­tans’ win

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KANSAS CITY, MO. | Ryan Suc­cop kicked a 53-yard field goal into the wind as time ex­pired Sun­day to give the Ten­nessee Ti­tans a 19-17 vic­tory over the Kansas City Chiefs on a frigid af­ter­noon at Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

Suc­cop, who spent the first part of his ca­reer with Kansas City, came up short on his first try at the win­ner, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid had called a time­out just be­fore the snap. Given a sec­ond chance, Suc­cop knocked it through with a cou­ple feet to spare as the Ti­tans poured off the bench to cel­e­brate.

The Ti­tans’ ral­lied from a 17-7 hole, and Der­rick Henry’s sec­ond touch­down got Ten­nessee (8-6) within 17-16 with just over three min­utes left. But Ti­tans coach Mike Mu­larkey went for the 2-point con­ver­sion and the lead. Mar­cus Mar­i­ota was pres­sured im­me­di­ately and his pass never reached the end zone.

But the Chiefs (10-4), try­ing to clinch a play­off spot, were un­able to run out the clock and Ten­nessee got the ball back with a minute left. With no time­outs, Mar­i­ota calmly found Rishard Matthews for 19 yards and De­lanie Walker twice to set up Suc­cop’s field-goal at­tempt.

Ten­nessee is tied for the AFC South lead with Hous­ton.

Tex­ans 21, Jaguars 20

HOUS­TON | Tom Sav­age threw for 260 yards af­ter Brock Osweiler was benched in the sec­ond quar­ter, and La­mar Miller scored Hous­ton’s only with less than three min­utes re­main­ing.

The win was Hous­ton’s 10th straight in the di­vi­sion and left the Tex­ans (8-6) tied with Ten­nessee for the AFC South lead. But Hous­ton con­trols its play­off fu­ture with a 5-0 mark in the di­vi­sion.

Osweiler threw in­ter­cep­tions on con­sec­u­tive drives in the sec­ond quar­ter to help Jack­sonville build a 13-0 lead. Coach Bill O’Brien had in­sisted all sea­son he hadn’t thought about bench­ing Osweiler, but he’d seen enough af­ter that and brought in Sav­age. The move was met with a huge ova­tion from the home crowd that had been boo­ing Osweiler for most of the day.

The Jaguars got the ball back twice af­ter fall­ing be­hind, but they failed on a fourth-down con­ver­sion the first time and Blake Bor­tles was in­ter­cepted the sec­ond time. Bor­tles threw for 92 yards and ran for a touch­down for the Jaguars (2-12), who dropped their ninth straight.

Pa­tri­ots 16, Bron­cos 3

DEN­VER | Tom Brady over­came a slow start to lead the Pa­tri­ots to a rare win in Den­ver, deal­ing a crush­ing blow to the Bron­cos’ play­off hopes.

Brady missed his first six passes for just the sec­ond time in his ca­reer; the first was way back on Oct. 12, 2003, against the Gi­ants. But he came back to lead the Pa­tri­ots (12-2) to a record eighth con­sec­u­tive di­vi­sion ti­tle and a first-round bye.

Brady re­turned to the site of his worst beat­ing, a 20-18 loss in the AFC cham­pi­onship 11 months ago when he was hit a ca­reer-high 23 times. This time, he brought a power run game and a muchim­proved O-line with him.

The re­sult was just his third win in Den­ver in 10 tries, and it was the Bron­cos’ hopes of de­fend­ing their Su­per Bowl ti­tle that took a beat­ing. The Bron­cos (8-6) lost for the third time in four games and were sup­planted by the Dol­phins for the sixth and fi­nal play­off spot in the AFC race with two weeks re­main­ing.

Raiders 19, Charg­ers 16

SAN DIEGO | Se­bas­tian Janikowski kicked a 44-yard field goal with 2:40 left, his fourth of the game, and the Raiders beat the Charg­ers in the Re­lo­ca­tion Bowl to clinch a play­off berth for the first time since 2002.

Play­ing be­fore what looked like a home crowd at 70,000-seat Qual­comm Sta­dium, the vis­it­ing Raiders (11-3) earned a play­off nod on the same field where they made their last post­sea­son ap­pear­ance, an em­bar­rass­ing 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay in the Su­per Bowl on Jan. 26, 2003.

There was a sur­real at­mos­phere to the game, which might be the Charg­ers’ sec­ond-to-last in San Diego. Team chair­man Dean Spanos seems al­most cer­tain to move the Bolts (5-9) to the Los An­ge­les area af­ter fail­ing to get a big pub­lic sub­sidy to help him re­place ag­ing Qual­comm Sta­dium.

Pack­ers 30, Bears 27

CHICAGO | Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 60-yard pass to set up Ma­son Crosby’s 32-yard field goal as time ex­pired in one of the cold­est games ever played in Chicago.

Wide re­ceiver-turned-run­ning back Ty Mont­gomery ran for a ca­reer-high 162 yards and two touch­downs, and the Pack­ers (8-6) earned their fourth straight vic­tory de­spite blow­ing a 17-point lead in the fourth quar­ter. They also moved ahead of Min­nesota for sec­ond place in the NFC North and pulled within a game of di­vi­sion leader Detroit.

The Bears (3-11) tied it on a field goal by Con­nor Barth with 1:19 left. The Pack­ers took over at their 27, and on third down at the 26, Rodgers un­leashed a deep pass down the mid­dle of the field to Nelson, who got be­hind Cre’Von LeBlanc.

With no time­outs, the Pack­ers downed the ball be­fore Crosby booted his win­ner.

The game-time tem­per­a­ture was 11 de­grees with a mi­nus-4 wind chill. Chicago hosted the Pack­ers in 3-de­gree tem­per­a­ture and a mi­nus-15 wind chill — the low­est ever for a Bears home game — on Dec. 18, 1983. The Bears’ cold­est home game, tem­per­a­ture-wise, was against Green Bay on Dec. 22, 2008, when it was 2 de­grees with a mi­nus-13 wind chill.

Bills 33, Browns 13

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. | The bum­bling Browns are two losses short of be­com­ing the NFL’s sec­ond team to go 0-16 in one sea­son.

LeSean McCoy had a sea­son-best 153 yards rush­ing and scored twice, and the Bills kept their slim play­off hopes alive.

The Browns dropped to 0-14, match­ing the sec­ond-worst start to a sea­son set by the 1976 Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers and 1980 New Orleans Saints. The 2008 Detroit Lions , mean­while, are the NFL’s only team to go with­out a win in a 16game sea­son.

Cleveland has also lost 17 straight dat­ing to last year, mov­ing into a tie with the St. Louis Rams (2008-09) and Hous­ton Oil­ers (1982-83) for the league’s sixth-long­est skid. The Browns have now gone a cal­en­dar year since their last win, a 24-10 vic­tory over San Fran­cisco on Dec. 13, 2015.

Steel­ers 24, Ben­gals 20

CINCIN­NATI | Chris Boswell tied the club record with six field goals, and Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw a touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter.

The Steel­ers (9-5) have won five straight and can clinch the AFC North ti­tle with a vic­tory at home next Sun­day against Baltimore (8-6). As a first step, they ral­lied from a 14-point deficit — kick by kick — and elim­i­nated the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons at a place where they’re right at home.

Gi­ants 17, Lions 6

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. | Odell Beck­ham Jr. made an­other one-hand touch­down catch to de­light re­play fa­nat­ics, the de­fense turned in an­other sti­fling per­for­mance and the Gi­ants inched closer to their first play­off berth since 2011.

NFC North-lead­ing Detroit (9-5) had won five in a row.

The win was the eighth in nine games for the Gi­ants (10-4) and it gave them their best record through 14 games since 2008, when they were 11-3.

Fal­cons 41, 49ers 13

AT­LANTA | Devonta Free­man ran for three touch­downs, Matt Ryan passed for two more and the Fal­cons clinched their first win­ning sea­son since 2012.

Free­man rushed for 139 yards and capped his big day with a 34-yard touch­down run. Ryan com­pleted 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards, in­clud­ing a pair of 9-yard scor­ing tosses to Tay­lor Gabriel and Austin Hooper.

Aldrick Robin­son, step­ping up with At­lanta star Julio Jones miss­ing his sec­ond straight game with a toe in­jury, had a ca­reer-best 111 yards on four re­cep­tions.

Saints 48, Car­di­nals 41

GLEN­DALE, ARIZ. | Drew Brees snapped out of a two-game funk to throw for 389 yards and four touch­downs in the high­est-scor­ing game in the NFL this sea­son. Brees, who had no TDs and six in­ter­cep­tions his pre­vi­ous two games, com­pleted 37 of 48 with no picks.

Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for a ca­reer-best 186 yards for the Saints (6-8), in­clud­ing touch­down plays of 65 and 45 yards.

David John­son rushed for 53 yards and caught four passes for 55 yards for Ari­zona (5-8-1). The sec­ond-year back be­came the first player in NFL his­tory to have at least 100 yards from scrim­mage in the first 14 games of a sea­son.

John­son rushed for two touch­downs, giv­ing him 17 TDs this sea­son and 30 in the first 30 games as a pro.

Colts 34, Vikings 6

MIN­NEAPO­LIS | An­drew Luck threw for 250 yards and two touch­downs, Robert Turbin rushed for two touch­downs, Mike Adams forced a fum­ble and added an in­ter­cep­tion for the Colts (7-7).

Frank Gore rushed for 101 yards and In­di­anapo­lis won on the road for the fourth time this sea­son, dom­i­nat­ing a Vikings de­fense that has been among the best in the league.

Adrian Peter­son had just 22 yards on six car­ries and lost a fum­ble in his first game back from a knee in­jury for the Vikings (7-7).

The Vikings be­lieved they needed to win the fi­nal three games to make the play­offs. Sam Brad­ford threw for 291 yards with one in­ter­cep­tion and one lost fum­ble for Min­nesota.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ten­nessee Ti­tans kicker Ryan Suc­cop kicks the win­ning field goal as time ex­pires Sun­day to cap­ture a 19-17 vic­tory over the host Kansas City Chiefs. The Ti­tans ral­lied from a 10-point deficit.

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