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NFL | Redskins keep playoff hopes alive

MINNEAPOLIS - The Washington Redskins shut down Adrian Peterson and set up two early touchdowns with interceptions to take control of their playoff fate with a 32-21 victory over the sloppy Minnesota Vikings last night.

MINNEAPOLIS - The Washington Redskins shut down Adrian Peterson and set up two early touchdowns with interceptions to take control of their playoff fate with a 32-21 victory over the sloppy Minnesota Vikings last night.

Todd Collins was 22 for 29 for 254 yards and two touchdowns and Clinton Portis had 124 total yards, threw a TD pass and ran for another score for the Redskins (8-7), who can clinch the final NFC playoff spot with a win over Dallas next week.

Peterson had nowhere to go all night, gaining just 27 yards on nine carries. Tarvaris Jackson's rebound from a disastrous start came too little, too late for the Vikings (8-7), who could have clinched a playoff berth with a win.

Jackson threw two early interceptions and failed to move the offense as the Vikings fell behind, 25-0. He threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jim Kleinsasser in the third quarter and scored on a 6-yard run with just over 10 minutes to go in the game that cut the lead to 25-14.

Bengals 19, Browns 14

CINCINNATI - With Derek Anderson throwing four interceptions, Cleveland threw away a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Cleveland (9-6) could have clinched a playoff spot with a victory over the down-and-out Bengals (6-9).

With Cleveland's loss, the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the AFC North title.

Seahawks 27, Ravens 6

SEATTLE - Matt Hasselbeck shook off two interceptions to throw two TD passes, and Shaun Alexander had his biggest rushing day since Week 4 as Seattle (10-5) clinched the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a methodical victory over Baltimore (4-11).

Hasselbeck's scores gave him a career-high 27 TD throws this season. One went to Alexander, on a screen pass of 14 yards. That gave Seattle a 21-0 lead late in the first half.

Titans 10, Jets 6

NASHVILLE - Pro Bowler Kyle Vanden Bosch had three of Tennessee's six sacks of Chad Pennington, and Chris Brown ran for a touchdown as the Titans (9-6) beat New York (3-12).

The Titans watched the Bengals beat Cleveland, giving them the edge in tiebreakers if tied for the AFC's final wild-card berth once the regular season ends. They still must close out the season with a victory over the defending Super Bowl champs in Indianapolis.

Cardinals 30, Falcons 27

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Neil Rackers kicked a 29-yard field goal to force overtime, then booted one from 31 yards on the first possession of the extra session to give Arizona (7-8) the win over Atlanta (3-12).

Kurt Warner completed 36 of 53 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns, two to Anquan Boldin, who caught 13 for 162 yards. Boldin, 27, became the fastest to reach 400 career catches in NFL history.

Colts 38, Texans 15

INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, Joseph Addai and Clifton Dawson ran for TDs, and Indianapolis (13-2) scored on six of its first eight possessions in the rout of Houston (7-8).

Manning was 28 of 35 for 311 yards with a rating of 132.3 before leaving late in the third quarter. Three Indy running backs - Addai, Dawson and Kenton Keith - combined to give the Colts their first 100-yard rushing game since Thanksgiving night, and Dallas Clark broke the single-season franchise records for receptions and touchdown catches by a tight end.

Clark caught six passes for 60 yards and two TDs, giving him 57 receptions for 661 yards and 11 TDs this season. Hall of Famer John Mackey held the previous records of 55 receptions and nine TDs.

49ers 21, Buccaneers 19

SAN FRANCISCO - Shaun Hill passed for 123 yards and three touchdowns to remain unbeaten as an NFL starter, and the Bucs' Michael Clayton landed out of bounds with his catch on a 2-point conversion attempt with 1 minute, 20 seconds left in San Francisco's (5-10) victory over NFC South champion Tampa Bay's (9-6) reserves.

Bucs coach Jon Gruden removed his starters late in the first half.

Nate Clements' 62-yard interception return set up Frank Gore's TD catch with 14:11 left for the 49ers, who beat a team with a winning record for the first time this year. Darrell Jackson and Vernon Davis also caught touchdown passes for San Francisco.

Lions 25, Chiefs 20

DETROIT - Detroit's T.J. Duckett ran for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown, helping Detroit (7-8) hold on for a win over Kansas City (4-11).

The Lions had a 19-point lead in the first half, but the victory wasn't sealed until Chiefs receiver Samie Parker foolishly dived to the ground at the Lions' 30 after getting a lateral with no time left.

Jaguars 49, Raiders 11

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fred Taylor's 62-yard touchdown run on Jacksonville's opening play set the tone for the rout of Oakland.

Taylor finished with 111 yards on seven carries as the Jaguars (11-4) won for the sixth time in seven games and clinched the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Raiders (4-11), who suffered their worst loss of the season, finally turned things over to No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell, who was 7-of-23 passing for 83 yards with a touchdown throw to Zach Miller, three interceptions and a fumble.