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TDs for TE: Pats' Gronkowski sets record

Rob Gronkowski got his record, and the New England Patriots' bend-but-don't-break defense almost broke.

Gronkowski set the NFL single-season mark for touchdown catches by a tight end, and Jerod Mayo's interception of a tipped pass with 22 seconds to play yesterday preserved the visiting Patriots' fifth straight win, 34-27, over the Redskins.

Gronkowski, who had six catches for 160 yards, snagged his 14th and 15th scoring receptions, moving him past Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis. Gates had 13 in 2004, and Davis matched that total in 2009.

Tom Brady threw for 357 yards with three TDs and survived an interception in the end zone as the Pats (10-3) won at Washington for the first time in franchise history. The 'Skins (4-9) have lost eight of nine.

Brady (294) also moved ahead of Warren Moon into sole possession of sixth place for most TD passes in NFL history and reached the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth time in his career. With the Pats leading by seven in the fourth, Brady had a chance to extend the lead, but he was picked off in the end zone by Josh Wilson with 6:30 left. Afterward, Brady was involved in a heated exchange on the sideline with an assistant coach.

Packers 46, Raiders 16

Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards and two TDs in less than three full quarters' work as host Green Bay improved to 13-0. The biggest concern for the Packers was an apparent left knee injury to wide receiver Greg Jennings in the third quarter. Oakland is 7-6.

Falcons 31, Panthers 23

Matt Ryan threw two fourth-quarter TD passes to rookie Julio Jones and visiting Atlanta (8-5) erased a 23-7 halftime deficit. Ryan threw for 320 yards and tied a career high with four TDs. Carolina is 4-8.

Lions 34, Vikings 28

Backup QB Joe Webb fumbled deep in Lions territory in the final seconds, and host Detroit (8-5) escaped with a win. Matthew Stafford threw for two scores in the first quarter to give Detroit one of its three-touchdown leads. The Vikes are 2-11.

Ravens 24, Colts 10

Terrell Suggs had three sacks and forced three fumbles as host Baltimore (10-3) dropped Indianapolis to 0-13. Indy was held to 167 yards -- 53 through three quarters. Baltimore has won four straight and is 7-0 at home.

Chargers 37, Bills 10

Philip Rivers threw three TDs, two to Antonio Gates, as host San Diego (6-7) kept its playoff hopes alive. Buffalo (5-8) lost its sixth straight and was eliminated from playoff contention for the 12th straight year.

Cardinals 21, 49ers 19

John Skelton threw for 282 yards and three TDs for host Arizona (6-7). The 49ers are 10-3.

Eagles 26, Dolphins 10

Visiting Philadelphia (5-8) forced three turnovers while scoring four times during a nine-minute span in the second quarter and totaled nine sacks. The Dolphins are 4-9.

Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14

Maurice Jones-Drew scored four times, setting the franchise record for career touchdowns for host Jacksonville (4-9). Tampa Bay is 4-9. -- AP


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