NFL Sunday: Titans Clinch AFC South

Kerry Collins threw two touchdowns, and Chris Johnson ran for 136 yards and a score as the Tennessee Titans routed the Cleveland Browns 28-9 Sunday to clinch the American Football Conference South and a second consecutive playoff berth with the franchise's best record through 13 games, 12-1.

The Titans have won 15 of their last 16 games, and are the first team to secure a postseason berth this year. They maintained at least a two-game lead with three to play for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, clinched a first-round bye, and celebrated by dumping a cooler of Gatorade on coach Jeff Fisher with a minute left in the game.

Ravens 24, Redskins 10

At Baltimore, Ed Reed set up a touchdown with an interception and scored on a 22-yard fumble return to help Baltimore beat Washington for its seventh win in eight games.

Baltimore (9-4) also enhanced its stature in the wild-card race and remained one game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Baltimore hosts the Steelers next Sunday.

Cardinals 34, Rams 10

At Glendale, Arizona, Kurt Warner threw for 279 yards, the defense scored twice and Arizona clinched its first division title in 33 years by beating the woeful St. Louis to claim the National Football Conference West.

The Cardinals, long the league's doormat franchise with just one winning season in the last 24 years, earned their first playoff berth since 1998 and first divisional title since they won the NFC East in 1975. As NFC West champions, they will host a playoff game for the first time since, as the Chicago Cardinals, they defeated Philadelphia to win the NFL title in 1947.

Eagles 20, Giants 14

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Brian Westbrook ran 30 yards for a touchdown, caught another 40-yarder from Donovan McNabb, and Philadelphia's defense limited the New York Giants to 211 yards and end the Super Bowl champions' seven-game winning streak.

The Giants still clinched the NFC East when Dallas lost to Pittsburgh.

Vikings 20, Lions 16

At Detroit, the Lions had chances to win, as they did in a two-point loss at Minnesota, but couldn't make enough plays, just as they have failed to throughout a miserable season.

At this point, Detroit is expected to finish the season as the first 0-16 team in league history, with games remaining at Indianapolis, against New Orleans and at Green Bay. The Lions are the fourth team to start 0-13 or worse since 1976, when Tampa Bay infamously finished 0-14 as an expansion team.

Steelers 20, Cowboys 13

At Pittsburgh, Deshea Townsend scored on a 25-yard interception return with 1:40 remaining as Pittsburgh scored its only two touchdowns 24 seconds apart to rally from a 10-point deficit.

Pittsburgh was stopped on fourth down at the Dallas 1 early in the fourth quarter while falling behind 13-3, but came back to tie it at 13 on Ben Roethlisberger's 6-yard pass to Heath Miller with 2:04 left. Roethlisberger found Nate Washington three times for 51 yards on a 67-yard drive after the Cowboys (8-5) twice stalled.

Broncos 24, Chiefs 17

At Denver, Jay Cutler guided the Broncos on a tiebreaking 95-yard touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter and Denver's defense stuffed quarterback Tyler Thigpen on fourth-and-goal.

The Broncos (8-5) snapped a three-game skid at home and put themselves on the cusp of ending a three-year playoff drought. They lead second-place San Diego by three games in the middling AFC West.

Dolphins 16, Bills 3

At Toronto, Miami took advantage of an indifferent Bills "home" crowd, an inept Buffalo offense and the cozy indoors of the Rogers Centre to stay firmly in playoff contention. Chad Pennington completed 23 passes, including his final 11 attempts, and hit Anthony Fasano for a 20-yard touchdown as the Dolphins (8-5) won for the sixth time in seven games.

49ers 24, Jets 14

At San Francisco, Shaun Hill passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Jets' porous secondary, and San Francisco sent the AFC East-leading Jets to their second straight embarrassing loss.

Joe Nedney kicked a 32-yard tiebreaking field goal early in the fourth quarter and Bryant Johnson made a diving 3-yard TD catch with 6:05 left for the suddenly solid 49ers (5-8), who have won three of four.

Patriots 24, Seahawks 21

At Seattle, Matt Cassel calmly stared down blitzes for completions with his team's playoff chances in the balance. Then Sammy Morris leaped into the end zone from 1 yard on fourth down with 2:44 remaining.

One week after flopping with four turnovers in a home loss to Pittsburgh that put New England on the outside rail of the AFC playoff race, Cassel was 26-of-44 for 268 yards and a touchdown, with no turnovers.

Saints 29, Falcons 25

At New Orleans, Pierre Thomas rushed for 102 yards and scored two touchdowns, and New Orleans kept alive it slim playoff hopes with a win over Atlanta.

Thomas scored his first touchdown on a 7-yard screen early in the fourth quarter. He also scored the winning touchdown on a 5-yard toss sweep, a score he set up with his 88-yard kickoff return after Matt Ryan's 12-yard scramble had given the Falcons a 25-22 lead.

Bears 23, Jaguars 10

At Chicago, Danieal Manning set the tone for a strong defensive effort with an early interception, and Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen caught touchdown passes.

Robbie Gould kicked three field goals and the Bears (7-6) rebounded from a 34-14 loss at Minnesota last week to remain a game behind the Vikings in the NFC North and needing help to make the playoffs. They got some from the Jaguars (4-9), who have dropped four in a row and six of seven.

Colts 35, Bengals 3

At Indianapolis, Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns, Dominic Rhodes ran for one and cornerback Kelvin Hayden's interception return produced another.

It was a stark contrast from the past month, when Indy became just the third team in league history to win five consecutive games by six points or fewer. No. 6 had a completely different look.

Texans 24, Packers 21

At Green Bay, Wisconsin, quarterback Matt Schaub returned from a knee injury to set up Kris Brown's 40-yard field goal on the final play of the game as Houston beat Grren Bay.

The Texans won despite committing four turnovers, perhaps the byproduct of a warm-weather team playing in temperatures that hovered around 3 degrees at kickoff. Still, the Texans (6-7) managed their second victory in six days after beating Jacksonville on Monday night.

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