The Cleveland Browns are back in the playoffs, qualifying for the first time since 2002 on Sunday by surviving a late rally from Pittsburgh for a 24-22 victory over the Steelers, who rested quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and several other starters.
The Browns (11-5) nearly blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but stopped Pittsburgh’s two-point conversion attempt and then recovered a sidekick with 1:22 to play.
A week of Covid-19 outages ended in celebration when the Browns ended what had been the longest posts Theon drought in the NFL. His reward: another game against the AFC North champions Steelers in Pittsburgh next weekend.
Nick Chubb had a touchdown run, Baker Mayfield threw a TD pass and the Browns held on as Mason Rudolph brought back the Steelers (12-4), who had the luxury of seating their best players after taking over the division. Last week.
The victory completes a grueling turnaround for the Browns and their passionate fan base, who endured nearly two decades of dysfunction since the team’s Last playoff visit, 197 losses, 14 double-digit losing s Theons and seven coaches.
Baltimore Ravens 38-3 Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for at l Thet 1,000 yards in multiple s Theons as he led the Ravens to their third consecutive spot in the AFC playoffs.
The Ravens (11-5) enter the posts Theon as wild cards in a five-game winning streak, while Cincinnati ends the s Theon 4-11-1.
Jackson rushed for 97 yards on 11 carries to give him 1,005 yards for the s Theon. He also made 10 of 18 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns and one interception before being retired late in the third quarter. The Ravens finished with 404 rushing yards, the fourth-most by a team since 1950.
Dallas Cowboys 19-23 New York Giants
The New York Giants won. Now they wait. Rookie Xavier McKinney intercepted Dallas’s Andy Dalton in the end zone with 1:15 remaining, giving the Giants a 23-19 victory over the Cowboys and a chance for an unprecedented playoff spot of six. Victories.
New York’s posts Theon chances depend on the Philadelphia Eagles, who play Washington on Sunday night. Washington would claim the NFC East with a win or a draw. Otherwise, the Giants will take it away for the first time since 2011.
Miami Dolphins 26-56 Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills made an emphatic stamp on their breakout s Theon with a 56-26 loss to Miami in a game that the Dolphins could have secured a playoff spot with a win.
Miami’s posts Theon hopes now rest on whether the 1-14 Jacksonville Jaguars can upset the Indianapolis Colts later in the day. With a win or a draw, the Colts would clinch a playoff spot and eliminate Miami. The Dolphins (10-6) did not get the results they needed to secure their third place in the playoffs in 18 years after Cleveland beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore beat Cincinnati.
Nothing went right for the Dolphins in what turned out to be a total meltdown in all three phases. Rookie Tua Tagovailoa finished 35-of-58 for 361 and three interceptions, and didn’t count on Ryan Fitzpatrick to rescue him the way veteran backup did as he led Miami to a 26-25 Last-second victory in Las Vegas late in Last week. Fitzpatrick did not travel with the team after testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.
Atlanta Falcons 27-44 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were headed for the playoffs, clinch the fifth seed in the NFC with a 44-27 late-regular-s Theon win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The victory, which means the Bucs (11-5) will face the NFC East champions on the road in the club’s first posts Theon game in 13 years, may have come at a high cost.
Star catcher Mike Evans was brought into the locker room with a left knee injury late in the first quarter and did not return.
New York Jets 14-28 New England Patriots
Cam Newton had three touchdown passes and caught another, and the New England Patriots rallied to beat the New York Jets.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for New England (7-9), which posted its 10th straight win over the Jets (2-14) but will not play in the posts Theon for the first time since the 2008 s Theon.
It marked Newton’s first game with multiple touchdown passes this s Theon. He finished 21 of 30 for 242 yards. He also ran 11 times for 79 yards. New England trailed 14-7 early in the third quarter, but outscored the Jets 21-0 the rest of the way in what was likely Adam Gase’s Last game as New York coach.
Sam Arnold, whose future with the Jets is also uncertain, completed 23 of 34 passes for 266 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in the second half.
Minnesota Vikings 37–35 Detroit Lions
Kirk Cousins threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another touchdown to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 37-35 s Theon-ending victory over host Detroit Lions.
Alexander Mattison rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries and also caught three passes for 50 yards and another touchdown. Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 133 yards and set the NFL rookie record with 1,400 receiving yards on the s Theon.
The Vikings (7-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention Last weekend, snapped a three-game losing streak. The Lions (5-11) ended their s Theon with a four-game streak.
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