Teams continue their push to the playoffs
(AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are back in a virtual tie for first place in the NFC East.
The Seattle Seahawks did the Cowboys a favor by holding the Eagles to just 139 total yards in a 24-14 victory in Philadelphia. Russell Wilson tied the game with a 26-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter before tossing second-half TD passes to Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin. Wilson ran for 48 yards and was 22 of 37 for 263 yards and no interceptions.
Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 10 of 20 passes for just 96 yards and one interception. Most of his yardage came on a 35-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz in the third period.
The win keeps the Seahawks one game out of first place in the NFC West at 9-4. The Eagles also are 9-4.
Also in the NFL:
— Arizona kept its one-game lead over Seattle in the NFC West by rallying for a 17-14 win over Kansas City. Drew Stanton’s 26-yard pass to Jaron Brown with 3:26 left gave the Cards a 10-3 record. Kerwynn Williams rushed for 100 yards two days after being elevated from the Cardinals’ practice squad. The 7-6 Chiefs were shut out in the second half after Jamaal Charles scored two first-half touchdowns on a 63-yard run and 18-yard pass from Alex Smith.
— Oakland damaged San Francisco’s playoff chances and improved to 2-11 as Derek Carr tossed three scoring passes in the Raiders’ 24-13 win over the 49ers. Carr completed 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards and completely outplayed counterpart Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nik), who threw a TD pass but was just 18 of 33 for 174 yards and two interceptions. The Niners are two games out of the second wild-card spot with three games remaining.
— Buffalo ended Peyton Manning’s streak of 51 games with at least one touchdown pass, but the Bills allowed C.J. Anderson to reach the end zone three times in Denver’s 24-17 victory. Anderson’s final TD put Denver ahead 21-3 in the third quarter. The Broncos improved to 10-3 despite three turnovers that included two interceptions by Manning, who was just 14 of 20 for 173 yards. Kyle Orton threw for a TD and ran for another, but he was picked off twice as the Bills dropped to 7-6.
— New England clinched its 12th straight 10-win season by scoring 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat San Diego 23-14. Stephen Gostkowski hit 38-yard field goal with 10:34 left to put the Patriots ahead to stay before Tom Brady threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman. Brady threw for 317 yards and two TDs in the Patriots’ eighth victory in nine games. The 8-5 Chargers had just 53 rushing yards while Philip Rivers threw for another 189.
— Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) threw three touchdown passes, including a 94-yarder in the fourth quarter, as the Steelers manhandled the Bengals in Cincinnati, 42-21. The outcome gives the Steelers an 8-5 record and drops the AFC North-leading Bengals to 8-4-1. The key to the game was the last quarter as Pittsburgh scored 25 points in the final 15 minutes of play. Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell scored three second-half touchdowns, ran for 185 yards and caught six passes for 50 yards.
— While the Steelers were beating up on the Bengals, the Ravens were defeating the Dolphins in Miami, 28-13. Like Pittsburgh, Baltimore is now 8-5 on the season after overcoming a 10-point deficit with consecutive touchdown drives of 97 and 75 yards. Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and ran for another while completing 25 of his 33 passes for 269 yards. The victory leaves the 8-5 Ravens in a virtual tie with the Steelers and others in the AFC wild-card race and drops the Dolphins to 7-6.
— Cleveland was less than a minute away from improving to 8-5 in the AFC Central, but a 1-yard touchdown pass by Andrew Luck with 32 seconds left gave the Colts a 25-24 win over the Browns. The 9-4 Colts trailed 21-7 in the third quarter and stormed back behind Luck, who finished 24 of 53 for 294 yards. The loss dropped the Browns to 7-6 and significantly hurt their playoff chances.
— Matthew Stafford threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns as Detroit hammered Tampa Bay 34-17 to keep the pressure on Green Bay in the NFC North. Calvin Johnson had eight catches for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Lions, who snapped a nine-game losing streak in December and improved to 9-4. The Lions will own a share of the division lead if the Packers lose to Atlanta.
— Cam Newton passed for three touchdowns and the Panthers ended a six-game losing streak with a 41-10 rout of the Saints. The game was marred by a scrum after the Saints didn’t like Newton’s celebration after he rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. Jonathan Stewart added a 69-yard touchdown as the Panthers improved to 4-8-1.The 5-8 Saints have lost four straight home games and will lose their share of first place in the weak NFC South if the Falcons beat Green Bay on Monday.
— Arian Foster ran for 127 yards as the Houston Texans stopped Jacksonville 27-13 and improved to 7-6 to keep their playoff hopes alive. J.J. Watt finished with three sacks, recorded five quarterback hits and helped the Texans hold the Jaguars to just 76 total yards in the second half.
— The Rams have back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1945 following a 24-0 rout of Washington. Jared Cook caught two touchdown passes, Tavon Austin returned a punt 78 yards for a score and the defense allowed 206 total yards as the Rams improved to 5-7. Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a neck injury on his sixth sack, forcing Robert Griffin III to finish the game in his first appearance since getting benched two weeks ago.
— The Giants snapped a seven game losing skid as Eli Manning threw for 260 yards and a touchdown in a 36-7 rout of Tennessee. New York’s Odell Beckham Jr. set a team rookie record with his fourth game with 100 yards receiving this season. Andre Williams ran for a season-high 131 yards, including a 50-yard TD. The Titans have lost seven straight and are 2-11 on the year.
— Jarius Wright took a screen pass from Teddy Bridgewater and turned it into an 87-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Minnesota Vikings a 30-24 victory over the Jets. Bridgewater finished 19 of 27 for 309 yards and two touchdowns to help the Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive.