OAKLAND, Calif. — Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes and sealed Indianapolis's 31-26 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday with a 27-yard keeper in a game that turned out to have little playoff meaning.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes and sealed Indianapolis's 31-26 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday with a 27-yard keeper in a game that turned out to have little playoff meaning.

The Colts (9-6) allowed Jacoby Ford to return the opening kick for a TD, overcame a pair of interceptions by Manning in the second half and survived four field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, including two from more than 50 yards, to move within a win of clinching the AFC South title for their ninth straight playoff berth.

But when Jacksonville lost earlier, the Colts knew that no matter what happened in this game they could clinch the division with a win at home next week against the Titans or a Jaguars loss at Houston. The Raiders (7-8) were eliminated earlier when the Chiefs beat the Titans.

Patriots 34, Bills 3

At Orchard Park, N.Y., the New England Patriots clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs thanks to Tom Brady's three touchdown passes in a rout over a familiar pushover, the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots (13-2) rolled to their seventh straight victory in winning the AFC East division and beating the Bills (4-11) for the 15th game in a row dating to 2003. New England is 20-1 in its past 21 meetings against Buffalo.

Two of Brady's TD passes went to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski. Alge Crumpler and Danny Woodhead also scored for the Patriots, who forced seven turnovers.

Rams 25, 49ers 17

At St. Louis, Sam Bradford set an NFL record for completions in a rookie season and his first touchdown pass in four games to put St. Louis to earn a playoff berth next week.

The Rams (7-8) need to win at Seattle (6-9) next week to clinch the NFC West and secure their first playoff berth since 2004.

Troy Smith was benched in the fourth quarter of a loss that eliminated the 49ers (5-10) from playoff consideration in the weak NFC West. Smith passed for 356 yards in the 49ers' overtime victory over the Rams last month, but did not play the last two games.

Ted Ginn Jr. scored on a 78-yard punt return for San Francisco, his fourth career touchdown return.

Buccaneers 38, Seahawks 15

At Tampa, Fla., Josh Freeman threw for 237 yards and a career-best five touchdowns to help Tampa Bay keep its playoff hopes alive.

Kellen Winslow and rookie Mike Williams each had a pair of TD receptions for the Bucs (9-6), who guaranteed themselves a winning record after going 3-13 a year ago in their first season under coach Raheem Morris.

Ravens 20, Browns 10

At Cleveland, Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, Baltimore's defense bottled up Cleveland's Peyton Hillis, and the Ravens clinched their third straight playoff appearance.

Ed Reed intercepted rookie Colt McCoy twice as the Ravens (11-4) stayed in contention for the AFC North title. They remain tied with Pittsburgh for the division lead with one game left.

Bengals 34, Chargers 20

At Cincinnati, Carson Palmer threw four touchdown passes during a near-perfect performance in the swirling snow, ending the Chargers' run of four straight AFC West titles.

The Chargers (8-7) froze up in their coldest game in nearly three years, repeatedly self-destructing on a raw, windy evening. The loss gave the division title to Kansas City, which beat Tennessee 34-14 earlier in the day.

Bears 38, Jets 34

At Chicago, Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes, Matt Forte ran for 113 yards and Chicago closed in on a first-round bye.

The Jets (10-5) lost for third time in four games, but clinched their second straight postseason trip under coach Rex Ryan when Jacksonville lost 20-17 in overtime to Washington.

The win was the seventh in eight games for the Bears (11-4), who blew an early 10-point lead and regrouped in the second half after being picked apart by Mark Sanchez early. Now, they're in good position to lock up that bye, a scenario that seemed unlikely at best when they stumbled into their bye-week break.

Packers 45, Giants 17

At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers threw for 404 yards and four touchdowns in his return from a concussion to lead Green Bay.

The loss leaves the Giants (9-6) clinging to fading playoff hopes and wondering if there was a hangover effect from the previous week's collapse against Philadelphia. New York's turnover issues continued, as the Giants lost two fumbles and Eli Manning threw four interceptions. John Kuhn ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a score for the Packers (9-6), who need to beat the Bears in the next weekend to make the playoffs.

Chiefs 34, Titans 14

At Kansas City, Mo., Matt Cassel threw three touchdown passes and Eric Berry returned an interception 54 yards for another score for Kansas City, which clinched the AFC West title after San Diego lost to Cincinnati.

Cassel hit 12 of his first 13 passes for the Chiefs (10-5), including touchdown tosses to Jamaal Charles on their first two possessions.

Redskins 20, Jaguars 17, OT

At Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin Barnes intercepted David Garrard's second pass in overtime, setting up Graham Gano's 31-yard field goal.

Rex Grossman had a touchdown pass early, and Ryan Torain added a 1-yard plunge on fourth down late as the Redskins (6-9) ended a four-game losing streak.

Lions 34, Dolphins 27

At Miami, Detroit took advantage of two interceptions to score 17 points in the final 4:37. With the comeback, the Lions (5-10) have won three consecutive games for the first time since 2007. The Dolphins (7-8), eliminated from the playoff race last week, finished 1-7 at home to match a franchise low.

Trailing 24-14 with five minutes to go, the Lions forced a punt, and on the first play Jahvid Best turned a short pass from Shaun Hill into a 53-yard touchdown.

Broncos 24, Texans 23

At Denver, Tim Tebow scored on a 6-yard scramble with three minutes left in his first home start to cap Denver's comeback from a 17-0 halftime deficit.

Matt Schaub was driving the Texans for a go-ahead score when Syd'Quan Thompson picked off a pass deflected by Justin Bannan at the Broncos 27 with just over a minute remaining. The pass was intended for a wide-open Owen Daniels.