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NFL: Redskins beat Cowboys 28-18 to take division title

AP, LANDOVER, Maryland

49ERS 27, CARDINALS 13

In San Francisco, California, Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and seven yards as the 49ers won a second straight NFC West title.

Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-best 276 yards and two touchdowns as the Niners (11-4-1) earned a No. 2 seed thanks to Green Bay’s loss to Minnesota.

Frank Gore ran for a two-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter for his franchise-best 51st touchdown rushing.

Brian Hoyer went 19 of 34 for 225 yards and a late touchdown toss in his first career NFL start as Arizona’s fourth quarterback. The Cardinals (5-11) lost for the 11th time in their past 12 games in what might have been Ken Whisenhunt’s final game as coach.

SEAHAWKS 20, RAMS 13

In Seattle, Washington, Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his one-yard touchdown run with 1:39 left allowed Seattle to finish as the only unbeaten team at home.

Seattle (11-5) entered the day with hopes of still winning the NFC West and getting a home playoff game, but those dreams were dashed when San Francisco beat Arizona. Seattle will be the No. 5 seed and face the NFC East winner — Washington or Dallas — next weekend.

The Rams (7-8-1) sacked Wilson six times, but could not come up with their first winning record since 2003.

PATRIOTS 28, DOLPHINS 0

In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and New England earned a playoff bye.

Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns as the Patriots used a ball-control offense and a defense that racked up a season-high seven sacks.

Now, seeded second in the AFC, they have an extra week to savor the win and prepare for their post-season opener.

The Patriots (12-4) led 21-0 at halftime on Brady’s nine-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker and Ridley’s runs of one and two yards, capping drives lasting 14 and 13 plays. They ended the scoring on Brady’s 23-yard scoring pass to Rob Gronkowski, who missed the previous five games after breaking his left forearm.

The Dolphins (7-9) finished with a losing record for the fourth straight season.

BUCCANEERS 22, FALCONS 17

In Atlanta, Georgia, the Falcons could not follow through with their plan to gain momentum for the playoffs as Josh Freeman threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Doug Martin ran for 141 yards.

The Falcons (13-3) had little to play for as they already have home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs.

Coach Mike Smith said he wanted to “finish the regular season the right way,” and he stayed with his starters through the game.

The danger to Smith’s strategy was losing a top starter to an injury. Defensive end John Abraham, Atlanta’s best pass rusher, left with an apparent left ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Cornerback Dunta Robinson suffered a head injury in the first quarter and did not return.

BEARS 26, LIONS 24

In Detroit, Michigan, Jay Cutler threw for 257 yards and a touchdown and helped seal the game with a late scramble.

Chicago (10-6) needed a Minnesota loss to Green Bay to reach the post-season.

The Lions (4-12) lost their past eight games and turned the ball over four times in the finale. Calvin Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the first player with 2,000 yards receiving in a season.

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