NASHVILLE - San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 16-yard run with 7 minutes, 29 seconds left in overtime, after the Chargers rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, to beat the Tennessee Titans, 23-17, yesterday for their third straight victory and seventh in nine games.
Tennessee (7-6) had a chance to run out the clock in a game the Titans desperately needed to stay close to Cleveland and Jacksonville in the chase for the AFC's two wild-card berths. But they gave the football back to San Diego (8-5) with 2:24 left in regulation and went three-and-out in overtime.
The loss wasted a great performance by the Tennessee defense, which had five sacks and three interceptions. But the Titans couldn't get close enough to Philip Rivers, who overcame a sore left knee and two interceptions to throw two TD passes in the final 7:29 - the last with nine seconds left.
Packers 38, Raiders 7
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay didn't need Brett Favre to throw the ball all over the field to clinch the NFC North, relying on the running of Ryan Grant and a pair of special-teams touchdowns from Will Blackmon in the romp over Oakland (4-9).
The Packers (11-2) assured an end to their two-year absence from the postseason with three games left to play.
Grant, who was acquired in a trade with the New York Giants just before the season and took over as the starter last month, rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown, his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Bills 38, Dolphins 17
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Miami Dolphins confirmed they are the worst team in football this season - and maybe ever - by making Buffalo's popgun offense and banged-up defense look spectacular in dropping their 13th straight game.
Rookie Trent Edwards' four touchdown passes - two each to Lee Evans and Robert Royal - were the most since Drew Bledsoe had that many for Buffalo in 2004, leading Buffalo (7-6) over the woeful Dolphins (0-13).
The Bills' running attack produced two 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1996, with Fred Jackson having 115 and Marshawn Lynch adding 107.
Buffalo's defense did its part, racking up a season-high five sacks and forcing four turnovers, including safety George Wilson returning rookie quarterback John Beck's fumble 20 yards for a score.
Colts 44, Ravens 20
BALTIMORE - Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, including the 300th of his career, and Indianapolis (11-2) built a 30-point lead in the second quarter en route to a rout of Baltimore (4-9).
The win assured the Colts of a sixth consecutive trip to the postseason.
Manning finished 13 for 17 for 249 yards and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw 300 touchdown passes.
Jaguars 37, Panthers 6
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville's defense turned in its best performance in two months.
Fred Taylor topped it with the longest run in team history, an 80-yard touchdown bolt.
Together, they helped the Jaguars move a step closer to securing an AFC playoff berth.
Taylor ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, the defense looked like its old self, and Jacksonville (9-4) beat Carolina (5-8).
Texans 28, Buccaneers 14
HOUSTON - Sage Rosenfels threw for three touchdowns to lead Houston (6-7) over Tampa Bay (8-5).
Rosenfels, replacing the injured Matt Schaub, lost two fumbles, but the Bucs were able to convert only one into points. Rosenfels finished 27 of 36 for 209 yards.
Bengals 19, Rams 10
CINCINNATI - Rudi Johnson ran 1 yard for a touchdown, Shayne Graham kicked four field goals on a nasty day, and Cincinnati (5-8) took advantage of the Rams' novice quarterback to beat St. Louis (3-10).
A steady, often driving rain on a 38-degree afternoon made it tough to hold onto the slick footballs - not what the Rams wanted on a day when they were down to Brock Berlin, their third-string quarterback.
Seahawks 42, Cardinals 21
SEATTLE - Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes - the most of his soaring season - and Seattle (9-4) clinched its fourth consecutive NFC West title with an emphatic victory over Arizona (6-7).
Hasselbeck completed 22 of 33 for 272 yards and no interceptions.
Arizona got a career-high five interceptions from a rattled Kurt Warner, who was also sacked five times. Patrick Kerney had his third three-sack day in four games. He leads the NFL with 131/2 sacks.
Vikings 27, 49ers 7
SAN FRANCISCO - Even with rookie sensation Adrian Peterson completely shut down by San Francisco (3-10), Minnesota's 311-pound defensive lineman Kevin Williams returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play, and Chester Taylor had an 84-yard scoring run in the Vikings' (7-6) fourth straight victory.
Peterson finished with a career-low 3 yards on 14 carries.
Broncos 41, Chiefs 7
DENVER - Denver (6-7) manhandled Kansas City (4-9) as Jay Cutler threw a career-best four touchdown passes, Selvin Young rushed for a career-high 156 yards on 17 carries, and Elvis Dumervil collected three sacks and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown.
Browns 24, Jets 18
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, and Joe Jurevicius recovered two late onside kicks as Cleveland (8-5) held on to a slippery victory over New York (3-10).
The Browns' Jamal Lewis had a touchdown catch and added a 31-yard TD run.