UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Redskins finished a miraculous run to the playoffs by winning the NFC East with their seventh straight victory, 28-18 over Dallas. That means the Redskins will be home for the playoffs when they open the postseason next Sunday against Seattle. It's the first NFC East title for the Redskins since 1999.
Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Washington Redskins the lead for good. Rookie running back Alfred Morris ran 33 times for 200 yards, and three TDs.
Tony Romo threw interceptions on each of Dallas' first two possessions before connecting with Jason Witten for a 9-yard touchdown pass on the team's third drive. Romo threw a rally-killing third interception with three minutes left in the game that led to the third touchdown of the night for Morris.
The Redskins started the season 3-4 before winning their final seven games. They are the first team to start 3-6 and make the playoffs since the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars.
The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC runs through the Mile High City. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos wrapped up home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs with a 38-3 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs. Manning tossed a pair of touchdown passes to give him 37 for his new team, which closed the regular season on an 11-game win streak. The Broncos have a week off before starting the playoffs.
So much for the Patriots' problems. Rebounding from a rare slump, Tom Brady and Co. earned a first-round playoff bye with a 28-0 win over the Miami Dolphins after two mediocre performances. That's the Patriots' first shutout since 2009. Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns as New England used a ball-control offense and a defense that racked up a season-high seven sacks.
San Francisco is NFC West champion. Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards and finished with a career-high 172 receiving yards, leading the 49ers to a 27-13 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. The Niners also secured the first-round bye in the playoffs.
Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) threw for a career-best 276 yards and two TDs as the Niners did their part to control the postseason picture.
Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record with 199 yards on the ground in powering the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs, 37-34 over Green Bay. These teams will meet again next Saturday night in a wild-card game at Lambeau Field. Peterson rushed for 36 yards on the last drive to set up rookie Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal as time expired to put the Vikings (10-6) in the postseason. The Packers (11-5) fell to the NFC's No. 3 seed.
Peterson finished with 2,096 yards, the seventh NFL rusher to top 2,000 yards in a season. Dickerson holds the all-time mark with 2,105.
Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:39 left gave Seattle a 20-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. Seattle finished with an 8-0 home mark, the only unbeaten home team in the NFL.
Seattle (11-5) entered the day with hopes of still winning the NFC West and getting a home playoff game, but those dreams were dashed when San Francisco beat Arizona 27-13 to clinch the division. Seattle will be the No. 5 seed in the NFC and face NFC East champion Washington in the opening round next Sunday.
The Chicago Bears gave themselves a chance to sneak into the NFC playoffs, but were eliminated when Minnesota won later in the day. Jay Cutler threw for 257 yards and a touchdown as the Bears outlasted the Lions 26-24 in Detroit to keep their postseason hopes alive. Cutler also helped Chicago ice the victory with a late scramble for a first down before the Bears ran out the clock.
Detroit's Matthew Stafford went 24 of 42 for 272 with three touchdowns, one interception and a costly fumble as the Lions suffered their eighth straight loss to finish 4-12. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season.
The Bears' victory eliminated the defending Super Bowl champs. The New York Giants clobbered Philadelphia 42-7 in what three people told The Associated Press was Andy Reid's final game as the Eagles' head coach. Eli Manning threw for 208 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, four coming in the first half. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 107 yards and a TD, and David Wilson added 75 yards on the ground while grabbing a scoring pass.
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