Colts 27, Titans 17
The Indianapolis Colts tied the NFL record for longest winning streak, beating the Tennessee Titans 27-17 Sunday for their 21st consecutive regular-season victory.
The only other team to win that many in a row: New England from 2006-08. The Colts (12-0) can break the record next week at home against Denver.
Peyton Manning threw one TD pass, Joseph Addai ran for two scores and the Colts spent the second half protecting the lead against the Titans (5-7). It was the first time in six games Indy didn't need a fourth-quarter comeback to win.
Tennessee's Chris Johnson ran 27 times for 113 yards, his seventh straight 100-yard game, but failed to become the first player in league history to top 125 yards rushing in seven straight.
Raiders 27, Steelers 24
Louis Murphy caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Bruce Gradkowski with nine seconds remaining, his second score in the final 5 1/2 minutes, and Oakland scored three late touchdowns to deal Pittsburgh its fourth consecutive loss.
The Steelers (6-6), in danger of missing the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl for a second time in four seasons, went ahead 24-20 on Ben Roethlisberger's 11-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward with 1:56 remaining, only to have the Raiders (4-8) rally and win it.
Pittsburgh, seemingly in good position to secure a high seed in the AFC playoffs after starting 6-2, has lost to two of the NFL's worst teams in the last three weeks, the Chiefs (3-9) and the Raiders.
Eagles 34, Falcons 7
Michael Vick took the snap, sprinted to his right, made a quick cut to the left, broke a tackle and dove into the end zone.
He wasn't done, either.
Turns out, No. 7 still rules Atlanta.
Making quite a return to the Georgia Dome, Vick accounted for a pair of touchdowns - one running, the other passing - and basked in the cheers of his former home and Philadelphia thoroughly dominated the short-handed Atlanta.
The Eagles (8-4) pulled two games ahead of the reeling Falcons (6-6) in the NFC wild-card standings, bringing a little more clarity to the playoff race. But most of the attention was on Vick's first game in Atlanta since he went off to prison for dogfighting.
Chargers 30, Browns 23
LaDainian Tomlinson scored his 150th career TD and stiff-armed Hall of Famer Jim Brown for eighth place on the career rushing list and San Diego won its seventh straight and 15th in a row in December by beating Cleveland.
Antonio Gates set a career high with 167 yards receiving for the Chargers (9-3), who dragged their cleats early and only led 13-7 at halftime. But Philip Rivers led San Diego on touchdown drives of 85 and 83 yards in just over nine minutes in the third quarter to open a 27-7 lead.
Tomlinson's 4-yard TD run with 5:58 left in the third put the Chargers up by 20, and placed the running back in elite company among NFL greats.
Tomlinson reached 150 TDs in 137 games, fastest in league history.
The Browns (1-11) have lost seven straight games.
Bengals 23, Lions 13
Running back Cedric Benson returned from a two-game layoff because of an injured hip and tied the team record with his fifth 100-yard game of the season, setting up Cincinnati's victory over Detroit that had even greater significance for the franchise.
The Bengals (9-3) assured themselves of a winning record for only the second time in 19 years. The other one came in 2005, when Cincinnati won the AFC North and lost its opening playoff game to Pittsburgh.
After a solid first quarter, the Lions (2-10) went nowhere and had the game end badly. Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford aggravated his non-throwing shoulder with 3:37 to go and didn't return, watching the final minutes from the bench.
Jaguars 23, Texans 18
David Garrard threw two touchdown passes, Josh Scobee kicked three field goals and Jacksonville stayed in the AFC wild-card hunt with a victory over Houston.
It was Jacksonville's fifth straight victory at home and came in front of an announced crowd of 42,079 - the lowest in franchise history.
Garrard threw for 238 yards, completing passes to nine different receivers, and enjoyed his first turnover-free game in a month. He had four fumbles and an interception the past three weeks. Two of his four turnover-free games this season have come against the Texans (5-7), who have lost four in a row and appear out of the playoffs for the eighth time in as many years.
The Jaguars (7-5) rebounded from last week's 20-3 loss at San Francisco and remained in position for a wild-card berth.
Panthers 16, Buccaneers 6
Jonathan Stewart rushed for 120 yards and the game's only touchdown, and the Panthers intercepted rookie Josh Freeman five times - three times near the goal line - in a victory over Tampa Bay.
With struggling QB Jake Delhomme (broke finger) sidelined, Matt Moore made his fourth professional start and his first since the end of the 2007 season for Carolina (5-7).
Moore threw for 161 yards, including a 66-yard pass to Steve Smith that set up John Kasay's third field goal with 7:12 left that put it away.
But the defense won the game for the Panthers. Jon Beason had two interceptions near the end zone, and Tampa Bay (1-11) had a stretch of four trips inside the 20 with no points.
Bears 17, Rams 9
Jay Cutler fizzled after a strong start, throwing for 143 yards and a touchdown without an interception, and Chicago beat St. Louis.
Cutler threw for 131 yards in the first quarter as the Bears built a 10-0 lead. After that? Chicago went to the run, St. Louis rallied and Bears receiver Devin Hester left the game with a calf injury.
The Bears (5-7) gave up 112 yards rushing to Steven Jackson but kept the Rams (1-11) out of the end zone for the fourth time this season.
Broncos 44, Chiefs 13
Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes and Denver used a punishing running game to manhandle Kansas City.
Denver had 245 yards rushing to turn the 99th meeting between AFL originals into a laugher. Correll Buckhalter ran for 113 yards and Knowshon Moreno had two touchdown runs to help the Broncos (8-4) stay within reach of San Diego in the AFC West.
The Chiefs (3-9) didn't put up much of a fight on the day they retired Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas' number.
Seahawks 20, 49ers 17
Olindo Mare kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to send Seattle over San Francisco, which wasted a career passing day from Alex Smith and many other opportunities.
After San Francisco called time out to try to ice the veteran on a cold day, Mare made his second field goal of the final quarter and extended his team record of 18 consecutive makes for the Seahawks (5-7). They also kept alive hopes for a winning season, if not a playoff berth.
The Seahawks also severely damaged the postseason hopes of the 49ers (5-7).