NFL Week 17 round-up: Buffalo back in the play-offs as Baltimore implode

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Buffalo have at last made it back to the play-offs
Buffalo have at last made it back to the play-offs

A review of the action in week 17 as the Buffalo Bills finally ended their lengthy wait to make it back to the play-offs.

NFL fixtures and results

Sunday December 31

  • Washington 10-18 New York Giants
  • New York Jets 6-26 New England
  • Chicago 10-23 Minnesota
  • Green Bay 11-35 Detroit
  • Houston 13-22 Indianapolis
  • Cleveland 24-28 Pittsburgh
  • Dallas 6-0 Philadelphia
  • San Francisco 34-13 Los Angeles Rams
  • Oakland 10-30 Los Angeles Chargers
  • Kansas City 27-24 Denver
  • Jacksonville 10-15 Tennessee
  • New Orleans 24-31 Tampa Bay
  • Buffalo 22-16 Miami
  • Arizona 26-24 Seattle
  • Carolina 10-22 Atlanta
  • Cincinnati 31-27 Baltimore

The Buffalo Bills saw off a late charge from the Miami Dolphins to book their place in the play-offs for the first time since 1999.

Buffalo's 22-16 victory against their AFC East rivals would not have been enough for the New York state side to break their drought - but they got help from the Cincinnati Bengals who beat the Baltimore Ravens.

Tyrod Taylor threw for 204 yards and created the opening touchdown with a 26-yard pass to Nick O'Leary in the first quarter. A pair of field goals and a rushing touchdown then had the Bills 19-0 up in the third.

But the Dolphins rallied with two touchdowns in the final quarter - one on the ground and one in the air - as they finished the season 6-10.

The Bengals edged a tight encounter with the Ravens, with Andy Dalton finding Tyler Boyd with a 49-yard pass with 44 seconds left on the clock to give them a 31-27 win and push the Ravens out of the post-season.

The Tennessee Titans also clinched a play-off spot as they saw off the Jacksonville Jaguars 15-10, while the Cleveland Browns went 0-16 for the season after losing 28-24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Matthew Stafford finished with 323 yards and three touchdowns as the Detroit Lions saw off the Green Bay Packers 35-11, while the Indianapolis Colts put 15 points on the board in the second half as they beat the Houston Texans 22-13.

The Minnesota Vikings continued their strong form with a 23-10 win over the Chicago Bears, while the New England Patriots clinched top seed with a 26-6 win over the New York Jets.

Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions as the Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants 18-10, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 6-0 and the Atlanta Falcons saw off the Carolina Panthers 22-10.

There were wins too for the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24 against the Denver Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers beat the LA Rams 34-13 and the LA Chargers had a 30-10 win against the Oakland Raiders.

The Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-24 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw off the New Orleans Saints 31-24.

Wild Card play-off round

Saturday January 6

  • Tennessee at Kansas City
  • Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams

Sunday January 7

  • Buffalo at Jacksonville
  • Carolina at New Orleans

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