Patriots celebrate in style
A review of Sunday's action in the NFL as the New England Patriots celebrated their AFC East title in style.
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The New England Patriots celebrated their AFC East title by trouncing the Baltimore Ravens 41-7.
LeGarrette Blount scored twice as the Patriots, whose title was confirmed by Miami's defeat earlier in the day, inflicted on the Ravens their worst defeat since 1997.
The Ravens dropped into a tie for the last AFC wildcard spot, along with Miami and the San Diego Diego Chargers, who beat the Oakland Raiders 26-13 to stay in the play-off mix.
The Seahawks missed out on the opportunity to clinch the NFC West as they lost 17-10 to the Arizona Cardinals.
Carson Palmer found Michael Floyd with a TD pass late on to give the Cardinals a victory which kept them in the play-off hunt, as well as ending the Seahawks' 14-game home winning streak.
And it was a similar story for the Chicago Bears, who could have wrapped up the NFC North with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles but instead crashed to a 54-11 defeat.
Nick Foles threw for two touchdowns and LeSean McCoy ran for a pair for the Eagles, who, like their opponents, will face a title decider in the final week of the season.
The Eagles take on Dallas, while the Bears face the Green Bay Packers, who lost 38-31 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Detroit Lions dropped out of post-season contention as they lost 23-20 to the San Francisco Giants thanks to Josh Brown's 45-yard field goal in overtime.
Peyton Manning set a new NFL single-season record for touchdown passes as he moved on to 51 in the Denver Broncos' 37-13 victory over the Houston Texans.
Manning threw for four touchdowns and 400 yards for the Broncos to catch and pass Tom Brady's mark of 50, set in 2007. Brady had beaten Manning's previous mark of 49 from 2004 to establish the record.
Manning tied the record with a 20-yard pass to Eric Decker in the fourth quarter, and then followed it with a 25-yard pass to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining in the game.
The 37-year-old, two years removed from career-threatening neck surgery, finished the game on a career-high 5,211 passing yards for the season, 266 shy of the single-season record set by New Orleans' Drew Brees in 2011.
The defeat for Houston extends their franchise-record losing streak to 13 games, all after they won their opening two.
Cam Newton found Domenik Hixon with a 14-yard touchdown pass 23 seconds from time as the Carolina Panthers punched their ticket to the post-season with a 17-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
In a match-up between two teams seeking a win to take them to the play-offs, Newton led the Panthers 65 yards down the field in 32 seconds to score the winning touchdown.
Prior to the drive, Newton had been held to 116 passing yards by the Saints, who have lost five of their last six on the road.
The Cincinnati Bengals booked their play-off place with a 42-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings, coupled with Miami's loss in Buffalo.
Andy Dalton tossed four touchdown passes and linebacker Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a score as the Bengals booked a third straight play-off appearance.
Miami were blown out 19-0 by Buffalo, who held the Dolphins to just 103 yards of offence and six first downs. Kyle Williams had two sacks in a suffocating defensive performance.
Fred Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals.
Tony Romo's 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on fourth down with 68 seconds left secured a dramatic 24-23 victory for the Dallas Cowboys over the Washington Redskins.
The Cowboys came back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to ensure next week's meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles will be a straight fight for the NFC East crown.
It was a seventh straight loss for the Redskins.
The Indianapolis Colts cruised to a 23-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs as Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs will have to hope this game does not serve as a preview for a potential play-off meeting between these two teams as Alex Smith lost a fumble and was intercepted twice while throwing for 153 yards.
The New York Jets signed off in front of their home fans with a 24-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns, with rookie quarterback Geno Smith throwing two touchdown passes to David Nelson and running for another score on the ground.
The St Louis Rams also finished their home slate with a win, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-13 as Zac Stacy rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams sacked Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon seven times, with Robert Quinn claimed three of them to move on to 18 for the campaign, breaking the franchise record set by Kevin Carter in the 1999 Super Bowl winning season. The Rams wore throwback jerseys from that season in this game.
The Tennessee Titans snapped a three-game skid with a 20-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nate Washington's 30-yard reception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted the Titans to a much-needed win as they came back from a 10-point deficit in the second half.