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A capsule look at NFL action in Week 15


* BENGALS 30, BROWNS 0: At Cleveland, Johnny Manziel spent his first NFL start being chased and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the hyped rookie quarterback to the league with a demolition of the Browns (7-7). The AFC North-leading Bengals (9-4-1) built a 20-point halftime lead and rolled to their fourth straight road win. Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Manziel finished 10-for-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions.

* PATRIOTS 41, DOLPHINS 13: At Foxborough, Mass., New England clinched the AFC East title for the sixth straight season as Tom Brady threw two TD passes in a big third quarter. Leading 14-13 at halftime, the Patriots (11-3) scored on four consecutive series while piling up 24 points, the most in any third period in team history. Miami (7-7) saw its slim postseason hopes dwindle further.

* SEAHAWKS 17, 49ERS 7: At Seattle, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown, Russell Wilson threw a TD pass to rookie Paul Richardson, and the Seahawks (10-4) knocked archrival San Francisco from playoff contention. The defending Super Bowl champions remained in contention for a division title and No. 1 seed in the NFC. The loss and Detroit's win eliminated San Francisco (7-7) from contention.

* COLTS 17, TEXANS 10: At Indianapolis, Andrew Luck threw two TD passes and the Colts won their second straight AFC South title. Indianapolis (10-4) has won four straight. Luck was 18-for-34 for 187 yards and one interception. Houston (7-7) lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with a left leg injury in the second quarter. Rookie Tom Savage (Cardinal O'Hara) replaced Fitzpatrick and was ineffective, going 10-for-19 for 127 yards.

* STEELERS 27, FALCONS 20: At Atlanta, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards and William Gay returned an interception for a TD as the Steelers (9-5) remained a half-game behind Cincinnati in the AFC North with their second straight win. The Falcons (5-9) ensured themselves of a losing season and slipped out of first place in the NFC South.

* RAVENS 20, JAGUARS 12: At Baltimore, the Ravens sacked rookie Blake Bortles eight times and returned a blocked punt for a TD. Baltimore (9-5) gained only 31 yards rushing through three quarters and scored just once on offense. But the defense and special teams helped the Ravens stay in the AFC playoff chase. Jacksonville (2-12) is still winless on the road.

* PANTHERS 19, BUCCANEERS 17: At Charlotte, N.C., Derek Anderson threw for 277 yards and a TD, Graham Gano kicked four field goals and the Panthers remained in the NFC South playoff race. The win, coupled with Atlanta's loss to Pittsburgh, gave the Panthers (5-8-1) a percentage points lead over New Orleans in the division. The Saints (5-8) can move into first place if they win at Chicago tonight. Anderson is 2-0 as a starter in place of Cam Newton, sidelined while recovering from a car accident that left him with two fractures in his lower back. Tampa Bay is 2-11.

* CHIEFS 31, RAIDERS 13: At Kansas City, Alex Smith threw for 297 yards and two scores, while Kansas City shut down Derek Carr and the Oakland offense. Knile Davis had touchdowns running and receiving, and De'Anthony Thomas returned a punt 81 yards for another score as the Chiefs (8-6) got even for a 24-20 loss to Oakland (2-12) last month.

* BRONCOS 22, CHARGERS 10: At San Diego, Peyton Manning, playing through a thigh injury and flu-like symptoms, had enough left to help Denver (11-3) clinch its fourth straight AFC West title. Manning came out of the game late in the second quarter after apparently hurting his thigh while blocking on a run by C.J. Anderson. He returned for the start of the third quarter. Denver's 12th straight division road win tied San Francisco's NFL record (1987-90). The Chargers (8-6) saw their wild-card chances diminished.

* LIONS 16, VIKINGS 14: At Detroit, Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining pulled the Lions (10-4) into a tie for first place in the NFC North with Green Bay, which lost to Buffalo. The Vikings (6-8) held a 14-0 lead before a pair of second-quarter interceptions helped the Lions start their rally. Detroit had to sweat out Blair Walsh's a 68-yard field goal attempt, which was short, on the game's final play.

* JETS 16, TITANS 11: At Nashville, Tenn., Chris Ivory scored on a 1-yard TD run with 3:09 left, and New York beat the Tennessee Titans as the Jets (3-11) got their first road win this season in the first NFL game to end with a 16-11 score. They also snapped a three-game skid. The Titans (2-12) have lost eight straight and 11 of 12, the franchise's worst skid since 1994.