– The Bears wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the NFC as Mitchell Trubisky threw one touchdown pass and Jordan Howard ran for another score in Chicago’s eighth win in nine games, 14-9 at San Francisco. Danny Trevathan made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Chicago’s stout defense kept the 49ers out of the end zone. The Bears are 11-4 and can earn a first-round bye with a win in their season finale and a loss by the Rams.
– The Packers erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit before Aaron Rodgers threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 6:23 left in overtime to give Green Bay a 44-38 triumph over the Jets. The loss for the 4-11 Jets overshadowed a dazzling performance by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who threw for a career-high 341 yards and three touchdowns.
– Minnesota is a step closer to the postseason after Kirk Cousins finished 21 of 28 for 253 yards with three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory at Detroit. Cousins threw a 44-yard Hail Mary to Kyle Rudolph as time expired in the first half to put the Vikings ahead to stay. The 8-6-1 Vikings had almost as many punts as yards until Cousins led an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs late in the first half.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
– It was a division-clinching afternoon for the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.
The Cowboys are NFC East champs after Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and Jaylon Smith returned a fumble 69 yards for a score in a 27-20 win over the Buccaneers. Prescott ran 7 yards to cap the only lengthy Dallas touchdown drive, a 75-yarder. He threw a 4-yard score to rookie Michael Gallup after Randy Gregory’s recovery of a Jameis Winston fumble.
Sony Michel ran for 116 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots beat the Bills 24-12 to earn their 10th straight AFC East title. Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers with at least 10 seasons of 4,000-plus passing yards, although the Pats QB was just 13 of 24 for 126 yards and two interceptions against Buffalo. James White had a touchdown run for New England, which moved ahead of Houston for the No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs and a first-round bye.
– Drew Brees capped a 326-yard passing performance with 2-yard touchdown to Michael Thomas with 1:25 left as New Orleans beat the Steelers, 31-28 to clinch the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Alvin Kamara gained 105 yards from scrimmage and ran for two touchdowns as the Saints improved to 13-2. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns for the 8-6-1 Steelers, who fell a half-game behind the AFC North-leading Ravens and out of playoff position.
– Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns and Chris Carson ran for two others as the Seahawks beat the Chiefs, 38-31 to clinch an NFC wild-card berth. Carson rushed for 116 yards and Wilson threw a 2-yard pass to Ed Dickson with 7:31 left to give Seattle a 31-21 lead. Kansas City fell to 11-4 and failed to clinch either the AFC West or a first-round bye despite Patrick Mahomes , who was 23 of 40 for 273 yards and three TDs.
– Philadelphia blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter before Jake Elliott’s 35-yard field goal as time expired sent the Eagles past the Texans, 32-30. Nick Foles threw for a franchise-record 471 yards and four touchdowns to help the Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive and drop Houston behind the Patriots for AFC seeding. Zach Ertz was Foles’ busiest target with 12 receptions for 110 yards and two TDs as the Eagles improved to 8-7.
– The Colts’ playoff hopes stayed alive when Andrew Luck hit Chester Rogers for a 1-yard TD with 55 seconds to complete their comeback in a 28-27 win over the Giants. Luck was 31 of 47 for 357 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, with T.Y. Hilton catching seven passes for 138 yards. The 9-6 Colts have won eight of their last nine and will win the AFC South with a victory over the Titans next Sunday and a loss by the Texans.
– C.J. Anderson rushed for 167 yards and the 12-3 Rams bounced back from a pair of losses to beat the Cardinals 31-9. Anderson rushed for a 4-yard touchdown and had other runs of 46 and 27 yards, five days after signing with Los Angeles. Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 32-yarder in perhaps his final home game with the Cardinals.
– Blake Bortles came off the bench late in the third quarter and took the Jaguars 51 yards for a go-ahead field goal as the Jaguars beat the Dolphins, 17-7. Telvin Smith Sr. intercepted Ryan Tannehill on the next series and scored on a 33-yard return. The 7-8 Dolphins will miss the postseason for the 15th time in the past 17 years.
– Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes and the Browns won for the fifth time in six games by downing the Bengals, 26-18. Mayfield’s 24 TD passes are the third most in NFL history by a rookie, two off the record held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. Cleveland improved to 5-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams and is 7-7-1 overall, but they were eliminated from the AFC playoff picture.
– The Falcons dealt the Panthers their seventh straight loss as Matt Ryan threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta’s 24-10 victory at Carolina. Ryan found Calvin Ridley for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the second half for the go-ahead score.