NFL 2012 Season – Week 16 Recap
Seattle clinched an NFC playoff berth, while Indianapolis and Cincinnati locked up the last AFC playoff spots. Here’s a recap of all of Sunday’s action:
Seattle 42 — San Francisco 13
Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch scored twice in the first quarter, as the Seattle Seahawks routed the San Francisco 49ers, 42-13, in Seattle on Sunday night. Seattle (10-5) piled up a 21-0 lead on its way to securing an NFC playoff spot. The Seahawks can win the NFC West with a victory over St. Louis and a San Francisco (10-4-1) loss against Arizona next Sunday. Marshawn Lynch ran for 111 yards and a score for Seattle.
Cincinnati 13 — Pittsburgh 10
Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining, and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-10, in Pittsburgh on Sunday, clinching an AFC playoff spot in the process. After Brown missed a 56-yard attempt earlier in the fourth quarter, Cincinnati (9-6) rallied when Reggie Nelson intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it to the Pittsburgh 46-yard-line with 14 seconds to play. Andy Dalton completed 24 of 41 attempts for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals. A.J. Green caught 10 passes for 116 yards for Cincinnati. Roethlisberger threw for 220 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Pittsburgh (7-8).
Indianapolis 20 — Kansas City 13
Andrew Luck passed for 205 yards to break the single-season NFL rookie record, and the Indianapolis Colts secured a berth in the AFC playoffs by beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-13, in Kansas City on Sunday. Indianapolis (10-5) was led by Luck, who surpassed Cam Newton’s year-old record of 4,051 yards passing by a rookie. He completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 4:08 left to claim the victory. Jamaal Charles ran for 226 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City (2-13).
New Orleans 34 — Dallas 31 (OT)
Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal with 10:33 left in overtime, and the New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31, in Arlington, Tex. on Sunday. New Orleans drove for the game-winning score in the extra session after giving up a 14-point lead in the final 3:35 of regulation. Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns for New Orleans (7-8). The Saints’ Marques Colston and Darren Sproles had 153 and 104 yards receiving, respectively. The loss left Dallas (8-7) a game behind the Redskins in the NFC East standings. They’ll need to win against Washington next week to qualify for the postseason. Tony Romo passed for 416 yards and four scores for the Cowboys, while teammate Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore 33 — N.Y. Giants 14
Joe Flacco passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants, 33-14, in Baltimore on Sunday to lock up the AFC North title. Baltimore (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime on its way to an easy victory. New York (8-7) had just 186 yards of total offense. Bernard Pierce carried 14 times for 123 yards for the Ravens, while teammate Ray Rice had 24 carries for 107 yards.
Minnesota 23 — Houston 6
Adrian Peterson ran for 86 yards, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Houston Texans, 23-6, in Houston on Sunday. Christian Ponder threw a touchdown pass for Minnesota (9-6), which kept its playoff hopes alive. Houston (12-3) lost star running back Arian Foster to an irregular heartbeat during the game. Matt Schaub threw for 178 yards for the Texans.
Washington 27 — Philadelphia 20
Robert Griffin III threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and the Washington Redskins outlasted the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20, in Philadelphia on Sunday. Washington (9-6) won its sixth straight game and is in position to clinch the NFC East with a victory over the Cowboys at home next Sunday. Alfred Morris ran for 91 yards and a score for the Redskins. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles drove Philadelphia (4-11) into the red zone in the final seconds, but the game ended on his intentional grounding penalty. He finished with 345 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception. Eagles’ receiver Jeremy Maclin had eight receptions for 116 yards and a score.
Denver 34 — Cleveland 12
Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, and the Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns, 34-12, in Denver on Sunday. Denver (12-3) won its 10th straight game, tying Houston for the best record in the AFC. Manning passed for 339 yards for the Broncos, while teammate Demaryius Thomas caught nine passes for 102 yards and a score. If Denver beats Kansas City at home next week — and Houston loses to Indianapolis — the Broncos would clinch the AFC’s top seed. Brandon Weeden threw for 104 yards for Cleveland (5-10), before leaving after he sustained an injury on a sack by Von Miller.
Chicago 28 — Arizona 13
Charles Tillman returned his third interception for a touchdown this season, and the Chicago Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals, 28-13, in Glendale, Ariz. on Sunday. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown for Chicago (9-6), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 111 yards for Arizona (5-10).
New England 23 — Jacksonville 16
Tom Brady threw for 267 yards and two touchdown passes, and the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-16, in Jacksonville on Sunday. After falling behind 10-0 early, New England (11-4) rallied to take the lead for good behind Brady early in the third quarter. Quarterback Chad Henne passed for 348 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for Jacksonville (2-13)
Green Bay 55 — Tennessee 7
Aaron Rodgers threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score as the Green Bay Packers routed the Tennessee Titans, 55-7, in Green Bay on Sunday. Green Bay (11-4) can lock up the No. 2 seed in the NFC — and a first-round playoff bye — with a win over Minnesota next Sunday. Jake Locker had just 140 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Tennessee (5-10). He was sacked seven times.
Miami 24 — Buffalo 10
Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score, as the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills, 24-10, in Miami on Sunday. Miami (7-8) was eliminated from playoff contention when Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh. Ryan Tannehill threw for 130 yards and two scores for the Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 240 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Buffalo (5-10). Bills’ running back C.J. Spiller carried 22 times for 138 yards.
San Diego 27 — N.Y. Jets 17
San Diego sacked New York quarterback Greg McElroy 11 times, and the Chargers beat the Jets, 27-17, in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. Philip Rivers threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns for San Diego (6-9). McElroy finished with 185 passing yards and an interception for New York (6-9).
St. Louis 28 — Tampa Bay 13
Sam Bradford threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns, and the St. Louis Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-13, in Tampa on Sunday. St. Louis (7-7-1) intercepted Josh Freeman four times and sacked him on five occasions. Lance Kendricks caught four passes for 119 yards and a score for the Rams. Tampa Bay (6-9) turned the ball over five times. Buccaneers’ receiver Mike Williams caught seven passes for 132 yards and a score, while teammate Vincent Jackson had seven receptions for 108 yards. Freeman finished with 372 passing yards and a touchdown.
Carolina 17 — Oakland 6
Cam Newton passed for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, as the Carolina Panthers beat the Oakland Raiders, 17-6, in Charlotte on Sunday. Carolina (6-9) never trailed, as Newton accounted for 231 of the 271 yards of offense for the Panthers. Oakland (4-11) accumulated just 189 total yards and 12 first downs. Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer left after sustaining an injury early in the game.
[Stats and scores via NFL.com]