Robert Griffin III ran for a touchdown and fellow rookie Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards and three scores on Sunday night as the Washington Redskins won their first division title in 13 years by beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-18.
The Redskins are 10-6 and will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, having won seven straight since their bye week. Washington is the first NFL team to rally from 3-6 and make the post-season since the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996.
The Redskins would have been out of the post-season with a loss. Instead, the Cowboys will miss the playoffs for the third straight year. Dallas finished 8-8, stumbling in a do-or-die, end-of-regular-season game for the third time in five years.
COLTS 28, TEXANS 16
In Indianapolis, Indiana, the Indianapolis Colts made Chuck Pagano a winner in his return to the sideline.
Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns and Deji Karim swung the game with a 101-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, giving the Colts victory over Houston. It was Pagano’s first game back as coach since starting treatment for leukemia on Sept. 26.
Indianapolis (11-5) heads into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and on a roll. The Colts will open the post-season next weekend against the Baltimore Ravens.
Slumping Houston (12-4) will not know their playoff seed until later Sunday. The Texans lost three of their past four games, and J.J. Watt failed to break Michael Strahan’s single-season sacks record.
The game turned on two big plays: Karim’s kickoff return, which wiped out a 16-14 Houston lead, and Luck’s 70-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton.
BENGALS 23, RAVENS 17
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight AFC North title, and they will open the playoffs at home against Indianapolis, who defeated Houston on Sunday.
The opponent for the Bengals (10-6) was to be determined later.
The Ravens let quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice play only two series. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green sat out the second half.
BRONCOS 38, CHIEFS 3
In Denver, Colorado, Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lift Denver into the No. 1 seed for the AFC playoffs.
Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards, 41 short of his career high. He finished with 37 touchdown passes, and none will be more memorable than the last two — circus catches by Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas that turned the game into a blowout.
Denver (13-3) won their 11th straight and leaped past Houston for the top seed after the Texans lost to Indianapolis 28-16 earlier in the day.
The Chiefs gained only 119 yards all day and finished their season 2-14. They will get the top pick in April’s draft.
VIKINGS 37, PACKERS 34
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Adrian Peterson came within nine yards of Eric Dickerson’s rushing record, finishing with 199 yards and powering Minnesota into the playoffs.
The result forced a rematch with the Packers next weekend in a wild-card game — this time at Lambeau Field.
Peterson rushed for 36 yards on the last drive, plenty for rookie Blair Walsh’s 29-yard field goal as time expired to put the Vikings (10-6) in the postseason. The Packers (11-5) fell to the NFC’s No. 3 seed.
Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no turnovers, connecting with Jordy Nelson from two yards to tie the game with 2 minutes, 54 seconds remaining. Christian Ponder threw for three scores, including one to Peterson.