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Last-second kick lifts Titans


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.

Tennessee is tied with Houston for the AFC South lead.

Texans 21, Jaguars 20 At Houston, Tom Savage threw for 260 yards after Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter, and Lamar Miller scored Houston’s only TD with less than three minutes remaining.

Jacksonvil­le fired coach Gus Bradley after the game.

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.

Patriots 16, Broncos 3 At 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.

Raiders 19, Chargers 16 At 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 70,000seat 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.

Packers 30, Bears 27 At 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 game-time temperatur­e was 11 degrees with a minus-4 wind chill.

Bills 33, Browns 13 At Orchard Park, N.Y., bumbling Cleveland is two losses from 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 secondwors­t 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 16-game season.

Falcons 41, 49ers 13 At 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.

Saints 48, Cardinals 41 At Glendale, Ariz., Drew Brees snapped out of a twogame 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.

Colts 34, Vikings 6 At Minneapoli­s, Andrew Luck threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, Robert Turbin rushed for two touchdowns and 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 inju-

 ?? CHARLIE RIEDEL / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop (4) celebrates after making the winning field goal in a 19-17 road win Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
CHARLIE RIEDEL / ASSOCIATED PRESS Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop (4) celebrates after making the winning field goal in a 19-17 road win Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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