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Eagles secure title in NFC East

AMERICAN FOOTBALL Philadelphia (10-1) scored 20 second-half points and limited the Giants (5-6) to 47 yards in the final half to clinch the divisional title


Philadelphia won a fourth consecutive NFC East title as Brian Westbrook scored two touchdowns Sunday and the Eagles' defense made life miserable for Eli Manning in a 27-6 victory over New York.

The Eagles clinched the NFC East title and a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive year. The Eagles are the third team since the 16-game schedule began in 1978 to win a division title by the 11th game, joining the Bears in 1985 and the 49ers in 1997. Chicago won the Super Bowl after the 1985 season.

The Eagles have reached the conference final the past three years, but they lost the title game each time.

David Akers kicked field goals of 47 and 42 yards early in the second half to give Philadelphia a 13-7 lead, then Westbrook iced the game with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 34-yard touchdown on a screen pass.

Manning, starting only his second game, finished 6-of-21 for 148 yards and two critical interceptions. He also was sacked five times and had trouble figuring where the Eagles were coming from.

Bengals 58, Browns 48

In Cincinnati, Kelly Holcomb threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns -- and lost -- as Cincinnati and Cleveland played the most remarkable game in their intrastate rivalry, the second-highest scoring game in NFL history.

The 106 combined points were the most in an NFL game since the Redskins beat the Giants 72-41 on Nov. 27, 1966, for the league record. The most since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 was 99 -- Seattle beat Kansas City 51-48 in overtime on Nov. 27, 1983.

Chargers 34, Chiefs 31

In Kansas City, Missuori, Nate Kaeding converted a tiebreaking 43-yard field goal with 2:24 left. Kaeding's kick gave the Chargers (8-3) their first win in Kansas City in their last eight tries and followed Donnie Edwards' interception of Trent Green's pass on the Chiefs 32.

Kansas City (3-8) seems headed for its worst season since 1988.

Raiders 25, Broncos 24

In Denver, Kerry Collins threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Raiders to an upset in the snow. Collins hit Jerry Porter for three of the scores, including the winner on fourth-and-goal from the 5 with 1:49 remaining.

After Oakland took the lead, Jake Plummer drove the Broncos (7-4) 49 yards to the Raiders 25 to set up Jason Elam's field goal attempt. But the snap was high, Elam kicked the lace-side of the ball and Langston Walker blocked the kick to preserve the win for Oakland (4-7), which will surely count this as a major highlight of a difficult year.

The Broncos lost at home for the second time in three games. The loss puts them one game behind the Chargers in the AFC West with a game at San Diego coming next week.

Steelers 16, Redskins 7

In Pittsburgh, Antwaan Randle El and Jerome Bettis gave the Steelers just enough offense to keep their longest winning streak in 28 years going. The Steelers' nine-game winning streak is their longest since they won their final nine in 1976. They are 10-1 for the first time since 1975, the second of their four Super Bowl championship seasons.

The Redskins (3-8), headed for one of the lowest-scoring seasons in NFL history, were held to 156 yards.

Vikings 27, Jaguars 16

In Minneapolis, Randy Moss made a noticeable impact in his return for the Vikings (7-4). He caught a go-ahead touchdown pass in the third quarter, then Kevin Williams returned Byron Leftwich's fumble 77 yards for the clinching score after rookie Kenechi Udeze sacked Leftwich from behind.

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