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

AP, LANDOVER, Maryland

Cutler’s 19-yard run on third down helped Chicago run out the clock late in the fourth quarter.

GIANTS 42, EAGLES 7

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, there will be no Super Bowl repeat for the Giants. Not even a playoff berth, despite Eli Manning’s career-high five touchdown passes.

The Giants (9-7) playoff hopes ended minutes after routing the Eagles. Chicago’s win over Detroit ended New York’s long-shot playoff chances.

Eagles coach Andy Reid is out after 14 years at Philadelphia, three people familiar with the decision said.

The loss means that it will be seven straight seasons that the Super Bowl champions have failed to win a playoff game the following year.

Philadelphia closed the season 4-12.

STEELERS 24, BROWNS 10

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ben Roethlisberger threw three short touchdown passes, and Pittsburgh avoided their first losing season in nearly a decade.

Antonio Brown, Leonard Pope and Plaxico Burress scored for the Steelers (8-8). Pittsburgh’s top-ranked defense forced four turnovers as the Steelers won for just the second time in the past six weeks, a slide that knocked them out of the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Cleveland’s third-string quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis, passed for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first NFL start. However, the Browns (5-11) dropped their third straight in what is likely coach Pat Shurmur’s final game.

BILLS 28, JETS 9

In Orchard Park, New York, C.J. Spiller scored on a 66-yard catch and run in helping underachieving Buffalo, while Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had two more turnovers.

Safety Bryan Scott also returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown for the Bills (6-10), who snapped a three-game skid. Both AFC East rivals had already been eliminated from playoff contention.

The Bills finished last in the AFC East for a fifth straight season amid speculation about coach Chan Gailey’s job security.

Sanchez may have started his final game for the Jets (6-10), who closed the season with three consecutive losses amid all sorts of turmoil.

TITANS 38, JAGUARS 20

In Nashville, Tennessee, Tennessee became the first NFL team with two players scoring twice on returns in closing out the season with two wins in their final three games.

Darius Reynaud scored on two punt returns and rookie linebacker Zach Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

The Titans finished 6-10 and await owner Bud Adams’ decision on whether to keep coach Mike Munchak, who has two years left on his contract.

The Jaguars (2-14) wrapped up their worst season with their 12th loss in 13 games, and now owner Shad Khan has to decide on the futures of general manager Gene Smith and first-year coach Mike Mularkey.

PANTHERS 44, SAINTS 38

In New Orleans, Louisiana, Drew Brees made more NFL history, but so did the Saints’ porous defense in a loss to Carolina.

DeAngelo Williams rushed for 210 yards, including touchdown runs of 54 and 12 yards, for Carolina (7-9), who closed the season with four straight wins. His 65-yard gain set up the first of three one-yard scoring runs by Mike Tolbert.

Brees passed for 396 yards, giving him 5,177 this season. That makes him the first player to eclipse 5,000 yards three times. His four touchdown passes gave him 43 in 2012, and he is the first player with 40 touchdown passes in consecutive seasons.

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