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  • Colts ride rookie Luck into playoffs

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The expectations placed upon Andrew Luck almost seemed unfair.
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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The expectations placed upon Andrew Luck almost seemed unfair.
    Being the heir to Peyton Manning in Indianapolis is heady stuff for a rookie taking the reins of a franchise that won two games last season.
    Now, after guiding the Colts back to the playoffs — and breaking Cam Newton's single-season passing record for a first-year player — it's safe to say Luck exceeded just about all of them.
    Luck threw for 205 yards Sunday, and his 7-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne on third-and-goal late in the fourth quarter gave the Colts a 20-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. That put them into the playoffs without worrying about anybody else.
    "Would we have done it without him?" Colts interim coach Bruce Arians asked. "No."
    Luck broke Newton's record of 4,051 yards passing in the second quarter. But it was extending his own rookie record for fourth-quarter comebacks to seven was more important.
    The Chiefs had rallied behind Jamaal Charles' 226 yards rushing to tie the game 13-13 heading into the fourth quarter. The Colts' defense stuffed quarterback Brady Quinn on fourth-and-inches to give Luck a chance.
    Redskins 27, Eagles 20
    At Philadelphia, counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years.
    Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat Philadelphia for their sixth straight win.
    The Redskins (9-6) can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday.
    Saints 34, Cowboys 31, OT
    At Arlington, Texas, Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime, and New Orleans damaged Dallas' playoff hopes.
    Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and led a drive to the winning kick. The Saints lucked out before the winning kick when a fumble by Marques Colston rolled forward about 20 yards to the Dallas 2. Jimmy Graham recovered.
    The Cowboys lost despite rallying for two touchdowns in the final 3:35 of regulation.
    Bengals 13, Steelers 10
    At Pittsburgh, Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to put Cincinnati in the playoffs and eliminate Pittsburgh from postseason contention.
    Brown missed a 56-yarder earlier in the quarter, but earned a second chance when Reggie Nelson picked off Ben Roethlisberger and returned it to the Pittsburgh 46 with 14 seconds remaining. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for 21 yards on the next play, setting up Brown's game-winner to put the Bengals in the playoffs for consecutive years for the first times since 1981-82.
    Vikings 23, Texans 6
    At Houston, Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the 2,000-yard mark, yet helping Minnesota keep its playoff hopes alive.
    Christian Ponder threw a touchdown pass, Toby Gerhart added a score and Blair Walsh kicked three field goals.
    The loss kept the Texans (12-3) from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
    Ravens 33, Giants 14
    At Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as Baltimore won the AFC North.
    The Ravens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime and cruised to the finish behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limited New York (8-7) to 186 yards.
    Broncos 34, Browns 12
    At Denver, Denver won its 10th straight game as Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for the 72nd time of his career.
    Denver (12-3) pulled into a tie for first place in the AFC with Houston, which fell 23-6 to the Vikings.
    Manning finished with 339 yards on 30-for-43 passing.
    Bears 28, Cardinals 13
    At Glendale, Ariz., Chicago's defense scored two touchdowns to keep the Bears' playoff hopes alive.
    Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score, the third pick he's brought back for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall by Chicago, one shy of the NFL record. Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another Bears score.
    Packers 55, Titans 7
    At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Ryan Grant scored twice and Randall Cobb set a single-season franchise record for net yardage.
    The Packers (11-4) moved up to the No. 2 seed with Seattle's victory over San Francisco. Green Bay finishes the regular season next Sunday at Minnesota, and a victory would give the Packers a first-round bye.
    Patriots 23, Jaguars 16
    At Jacksonville, Fla., Tom Brady overcame a rough start by throwing two touchdown passes for playoff-bound New England.
    Brady threw two interceptions in the first quarter, the second helping the Jaguars (2-13) build a 10-0 lead.
    Chargers 27, Jets 17
    At East Rutherford, N.J., San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining the quarterback's first NFL start, and Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes for the Chargers.
    McElroy, the third-stringer who was starting for the benched Mark Sanchez, moved the offense for the Jets (6-9) early but faced pressure all game.
    Panthers 17, Raiders 6
    At Charlotte, N.C., Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score as Carolina won for the fourth time in its last five games.
    The Panthers (6-9) held the Raiders to 189 total yards and 12 first downs in a game featuring several shoving matches, plenty of heated exchanges and six unnecessary roughness penalties — including one that sidelined Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer for the day.
    Rams 28, Buccaneers 13
    At Tampa, Fla., Sam Bradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes and rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored his fourth TD of the season.
    Bradford connected with Lance Kendricks on an 80-yard scoring play on the first play of the third quarter.
    Dolphins 24, Bills 10
    At Miami, Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run.
    Six minutes after they won, the Dolphins (7-8) were eliminated from playoff contention when Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh.
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