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NFL: Pittsburgh rally to beat Ravens 13-9

TWO TO GOAfter Detroit’s 31-21 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, the Lions are only a couple games away from the NFL’s first ever perfect season — all losses


Santonio Holmes caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 43 seconds left as the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched their second consecutive American Football Conference North crown by beating the Baltimore Ravens 13-9 on Sunday.

The Steelers (11-3) trailed 9-6 before moving 92 yards in 13 plays to take their only lead and score the game’s lone touchdown.

Roethlisberger went 7-for-11 for 89 yards on the drive.

Last week, Pittsburgh used a 17-point fourth quarter to rally past Dallas 20-13. The Steelers have won five straight, and this was their first win in Baltimore since 2002. It also earned the Steelers a first-round bye.

Matt Stover kicked three field goals for the Ravens (9-5), who remain in the wild-card hunt despite being eliminated from the AFC North race.


At Irving, Texas, DeMarcus Ware added three sacks to his league-leading total and Dallas took down Eli Manning eight times on the way to a crucial victory over New York in a game where all eyes were otherwise on Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and Jason Witten.

The Giants (11-3) locked up the National Football Conference East title when Dallas lost last Sunday.


At Indianapolis, despite a litany of missed tackles and two lost fumbles, Peyton Manning kept Indiana (10-4) on track for a playoff run and kept the Detroit (0-14) on track for a winless year.

The Lions, seemingly on their way to the first 0-16 season in NFL history, were victimized in the fourth quarter by Manning and the Colts.


At Houston, Andre Johnson atoned for one of the worst games of his career in Houston’s first meeting with Tennessee this season with a career-high 207 yards and a touchdown to lead the Texans to their fourth consecutive win.

Kris Brown kicked two field goals for Houston.


At Charlotte, North Carolina, the Panthers finished off a perfect regular season at home with a dominating performance to clinch at least a tie for the NFC South title and moving closer to their first playoff berth in three years.

Four days after it was announced that Jerry Richardson needs a heart transplant, he checked out of the hospital and was in his familiar spot in his end zone suite, watching Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams power Carolina (11-3).


At Glendale, Arizona, Tarvaris Jackson got another shot at starting quarterback, and boy did he make the most of it. Playing in place of injured Gus Frerotte, Jackson threw for four touchdowns as the Vikings stayed alone atop the NFC North.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 165 yards on 28 carries, his franchise record ninth 100-yard game of the season for the Vikings (9-5), who won their fourth in a row. They can clinch the division title with another victory or loss by Chicago.


At Miami, the Dolphins had possession for less than 22 minutes but held the opposition without a touchdown for the third game in a row and helped its playoff chances.

The 49ers ran 79 plays to 42 for the Dolphins, but Miami tight ends scored the only touchdowns on first-half passes from Chad Pennington. He threw a 61-yarder to David Martin and a 19-yarder to rookie Joey Haynos, making the first reception of his career.


At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Abram Elam sacked J.P. Losman and Shaun Ellis picked up the fumble and rumbled 11 yards into the end zone with 1:54 left for the go-ahead score.

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