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NFL Week 14: Patriots maul Bears, clinch playoffs

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Patriots 36, Bears 7
QB Tom Brady, 27-40, 369 yds., 2 TD
Brady and friends decimated another of the NFL’s top defenses yesterday, swirling around the vaunted Bears for 33 unanswered first-half points in a Windy City snowstorm. New England (11-2), which clinched its eighth playoff spot in 10 seasons, had two receivers haul in eight passes apiece for more than 100 yards. Deion Branch finished with 151 receiving yards and a score while Wes Welker added another 115 yards against the Bears. Jay Cutler (12-26, 152 yds., 2 INT, FUM) committed three of Chicago’s four turnovers, and the Bears (9-4) dropped their first game in five weeks.

Chargers 31, Chiefs 0
QB Philip Rivers, 18-24, 226 yds., 2 TD, INT
San Diego (7-6) jumped to a 21-0 lead and landed one crucial step closer to the AFC West crown in a crowded wild-card race. The Bolts combined for 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns and notched four sacks on defense. Clearly missing quarterback Matt Cassel, who underwent an emergency appendectomy last Wednesday, Kansas City (8-5) threw for a brutal 48 yards.

Jaguars 38, Raiders 31
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, 23 att., ?101 yds., TD
Deji Karim’s 65-yard kick return set up Jacksonville (8-5) for Jones-Drew’s game-winning touchdown with 1:42 remaining — 21 seconds after Darren McFadden scored his third touchdown to tie the game at 31. Oakland (6-7) turned out a 476-yard offensive performance, but the defense squandered a 17-7 halftime lead.

Bills 13, Browns 6
RB Fred Jackson, 29 att., 112 yds
Buffalo (3-10) dominated defensively, forcing four Browns fumbles and intercepting Jake Delhomme (12-20, 86 yds., INT) before securing the win on Rian Lindell’s 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Cleveland (5-8) managed only two first-half field goals behind Peyton Hillis’ 108-yard rushing performance.

Falcons 31, Panthers 10
RB Michael Turner, 28 att., 112 yds., 3 TD
Matt Ryan passed for 227 yards and an early touchdown to Tony Gonzalez, helping Atlanta (11-2) set the tone after Panthers back Jonathan Stewart fumbled the opening kickoff. Carolina (1-12) avoided a shutout on Mike Goodson’s 13-yard run to cap the Panthers’ first second-half possession.

Steelers 23, Bengals 7
OLB LaMarr Woodley, 5 tackles, ?2 sacks, INT, TD
Taking exception to the Bengals’ opening-drive touchdown, the Pittsburgh defense clamped down on Cincinnati (2-11) with three sacks and three interceptions, including two returned for the Steelers’ only touchdowns. The Steelers (10-3) added three Shaun Suisham field goals to deliver the Bengals’ 10th-straight loss.

Buccaneers 17, Redskins 16
QB Josh Freeman, 15-25, 266 yds., TD
Tampa Bay (8-5) recovered from a 10-3 halftime deficit with two Connor Barth field goals and tight end Kellen Winslow’s 41-yard catch and run for the lead. Donovan McNabb led Washington (5-8) to a touchdown on the following drive, but kicker Graham Gano botched the game-tying extra point.

Lions 7, Packers 3
QB Drew Stanton, 10-22, 117 yds., TD, 2 INT; 4 att., 44 yds.
Rebounding from three scoreless quarters, Detroit (3-10) took its first fourth-quarter drive 80 yards for the game’s only touchdown, a 13-yard strike to tight end Will Heller. Green Bay (8-5) looked to backup quarterback Matt Flynn (15-26, 177 yds., INT) after losing Aaron Rodgers (concussion) in the second quarter.

Other Week 14 score

Colts 30, Titans 28, Thursday
Lions 7, Packers 3
Buccaneers 17, Redskins 16
Cardinals 43, Broncos 13
49ers 40, Seahawks 21
Saints 31, Rams 13
Philadelphia at Dallas, late

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