NFL Week 15 round-up: Minnesota Vikings crowned NFC North winners

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum

A review of the action in week 15 as Minnesota wrapped up the NFC North title thanks to a 34-7 victory over Cincinnati.

NFL fixtures and results (December 14-18)

Thursday December 14

  • Denver 25-13 Indianapolis

Saturday December 16

  • Chicago 10-20 Detroit
  • Los Angeles Chargers 13-30 Kansas City

Sunday December 17

  • Miami 16-24 Buffalo
  • Green Bay 24-31 Carolina
  • Baltimore 27-10 Cleveland
  • Houston 7-45 Jacksonville
  • Cincinnati 7-34 Minnesota
  • New York Jets 19-31 New Orleans
  • Philadelphia 34-29 New York Giants
  • Arizona 15-20 Washington
  • Los Angeles Rams 42-7 Seattle
  • New England 27-24 Pittsburgh
  • Tennessee 23-25 San Francisco
  • Dallas 20-17 Oakland

Monday December 18

  • Atlanta 24-21 Tampa Bay

Monday round-up

Patrick Murray was wide of the mark with his last-ditch field goal attempt as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Atlanta Falcons 24-21.

His 54-yard attempt was just to the right of the uprights after Jameis Winston threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns for the Buccaneers.

It was Atlanta's ground game which was the difference - Devonta Freeman had 126 yards rushing, capping his performance with a 32-yard touchdown run late in the fourth.

Sunday round-up

The Minnesota Vikings powered to the NFC North title with a 34-7 victory over the injury-hit Cincinnati Bengals that keeps them on course for a possible first-round bye in the play-offs.

Mike Zimmer's men won the division crown for the second time in three years as they bid to be the first team ever to reach a Super Bowl in their home ground.

The Vikings were expertly marshalled by quarterback Case Keenum, who threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, while Teddy Bridgewater made his long-awaited return from injury late in the game.

The return of Aaron Rodgers from collarbone surgery could not prevent the Green Bay Packers from slipping to a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Rodgers was intercepted on three occasions for the first time since 2009 but also threw for three touchdowns to turning a 31-17 deficit into the chance to draw level, only for Geronimo Allison to fumble at a critical stage.

The Jacksonville Jaguars thumped the Houston Texans 45-7 to end their decade-long wait for play-off qualification.

Quarterback Blake Bortles was outstanding as the Jaguars eased home with a quality all-round performance, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns.

The Philadelphia Eagles secured a first-round bye after dispatching the New York Giants 34-29 that maintains their ambition as finishing as NFC top seeds.

The Giants had a late chance to snatch victory only for Eli Manning's pass to elude tight end Evan Engram.

A Dan Bailey field goal from 19 yards with less than two minutes left on the clock was the difference as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders 20-17.

The Cowboys were 10-0 up at the half, but Oakland pulled it back with a Michael Crabtree touchdown and Giorgio Tavecchio field goal.

Dak Prescott rushed into the end zone to put the Cowboys 17-10 up before Crabtree got his second to tie things up with 10 minutes left to play, but the Cowboys tacked on a field goal to go 7-6 in the season.

Kansas City were convincing winners over the Chargers
Kansas City were convincing winners over the Chargers

Saturday round-up

The Kansas City Chiefs moved back to the top of the AFC West with a 30-13 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Kansas had won just one of their last five games, allowing the Chargers to move above them in a tight division, but Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns on Saturday night while Kareem Hunt rushed for another to secure a much-needed win.

Hunt, who also caught a touchdown pass, ran for 155 yards while Tyreek Hill had five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Philip Rivers was intercepted three times as the Chargers saw their four-match winning run come to an end.

Kansas improved to 8-6, while Los Angeles could be joined on 7-7 by the Oakland Raiders, who host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Detroit Lions remained in wildcard contention with a 20-10 victory against the Chicago Bears.

Matthew Stafford threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns to improve his side's record to 8-6 in the battle for an NFC wildcard place.

Brock Osweiler helped Denver claim victory at the Colts
Brock Osweiler helped Denver claim victory at the Colts

Thursday round-up

Brock Osweiler engineered three touchdowns and powered the Denver Broncos to a 25-13 comeback win against the Indianapolis Colts.

The quarterback was brought into the game when Trevor Siemian injured his shoulder in the first quarter, and brought his side back from a 10-point deficit.

He completed 12 of 17 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and also ran for an 18-yard touchdown.

The game marked a second victory in five days for the Broncos following an eight-game losing streak.

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