Aaron Rodgers throws 3 TD passes as Packers clinch NFL North title

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Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to James Jones as Green Bay clinched its second straight NFC North title by beating the fading Bears, 21-13, yesterday in Chicago.

After starting 2-3, the Packers are 10-4. They will host a playoff game and are in the running for the NFC's No. 2 seed. The Bears have lost five of six after a 7-1 start.

 

Texans 29, Colts 17

The host Texans (12-2) clinched their second consecutive AFC South title and kept Indianapolis (9-5) from clinching a playoff spot. The Colts had won three in a row. Andre Johnson had 151 receiving yards and a TD for Houston.

 

Vikings 36, Rams 22

Adrian Peterson ran for a season-best 212 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, as Minnesota (8-6) overpowered the host Rams (6-7-1).

Peterson has 1,812 yards rushing, 294 shy of breaking the NFL's single-season record of 2,105 by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. Peterson is less than a year removed from a serious knee injury.

 

Broncos 34, Ravens 17

Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards as Denver (11-3) extended its winning streak to nine. Baltimore (9-5) has lost three straight, including two in a row at home for the first time since 2007.

 

Seahawks 50, Bills 17

Russell Wilson ran for three TDs and threw for one as Seattle (9-5) rolled in Toronto. A week after a 58-0 rout of Arizona, the Seahawks became only the third NFL team with at least 50 points in back-to-back games. Buffalo (5-9) will miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season.

 

Saints 41, Bucs 0

Drew Brees had four TD passes as the host Saints (6-8) recorded their first shutout in 17 years. Josh Freeman threw four interceptions for the Bucs (6-8).

 

Cardinals 38, Lions 10

Host Arizona (5-9) picked off Matthew Stafford three times, returning two for TDs, and broke a nine-game skid while handing Detroit (4-10) its sixth straight loss.

 

Dolphins 24, Jaguars 3

Reggie Bush ran for 104 yards as host Miami (6-8) dropped the Jaguars to 2-12, tied with the Chiefs for the league's worst record.

 

Panthers 31, Chargers 7

Mike Tolbert scored twice against his former team as Carolina (5-9) won consecutive games for the first time since last December. The host Chargers (5-9) will have their first losing season since 2003.

 

Raiders 15, Chiefs 0

Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals as host Oakland (4-10) blanked Kansas City (2-12) to snap a six-game losing streak.

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