New England defense keys win over Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Logan Ryan had two interceptions, LeGarrette Blount scored twice and the playoff-bound New England Patriots breezed past Baltimore 41-7 Sunday, ending the Ravens’ four-game winning streak and diminishing the postseason hopes of the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Patriots (11-4) were assured their fifth straight AFC East title before the game started when Miami lost at Buffalo. It’s the 11th division crown for New England coach Bill Belichick, tied with Don Shula for most since the 1970 merger.

The loss eliminated the Ravens (8-7) from contention in the AFC North and dropped them into a tie with Miami and San Diego for the final AFC wild-card slot. Baltimore closes the regular season at Cincinnati, which displaced the Ravens as division champs.

EAGLES 54, BEARS 11: In Philadelphia, Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and Philadelphia routed Chicago in a matchup of first-place teams with opposite stakes.

Chicago’s loss sets up two winner-take-all games for NFC division crowns next week.

BENGALS 42, VIKINGS 14: In Cincinnati, Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as Cincinnati’s defense set up another fast start. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes.

The Bengals (10-5) remained perfect at home and clinched an unprecedented third straight playoff appearance when Miami lost at Buffalo.

COLTS 23, CHIEFS 7: In Kansas City, Mo., Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards and a touchdown, Donald Brown ran 51 yards for another score in a potential preview of an AFC wild-card game.

The Colts (10-5), who have already wrapped up the AFC South, took advantage of four turnovers by the Chiefs (11-4) to win for the fifth time in their last six tries against Kansas City.

BILLS 19, DOLPHINS 0: In Orchard Park, N.Y., the Dolphins had a three-game winning streak snapped and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. With the loss, Miami (8-7) needs help from other teams.

Former LSU standout Kyle Williams had two of Buffalo’s season-best seven sacks.

Fred Jackson had 111 yards rushing and scored on a 9-yard run, while the Bills limited the Dolphins to a season-low 103 yards and six first downs.

STEELERS 38, PACKERS 31: In Green Bay, Wisc., Le’Veon Bell scored a 1-yard touchdown with 1:28 left, and Pittsburgh withstood Green Bay’s last throw into the end zone, dealing the Packers’ playoff hopes a blow.

Bell soon scored five plays after scrambling Packers quarterback and former LSU standout Matt Flynn fumbled while being tackled by safety Troy Polamalu. The Steelers (7-8) recovered at the Green Bay 17.

Micah Hyde returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards and the Packers (7-7-1) moved through the snow to the Pittsburgh 1. After a penalty, Flynn’s pass was incomplete on the final play.

CHARGERS 26, RAIDERS 13: In San Diego, Philip Rivers threw a go-ahead, 4-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen in the third quarter, and San Diego Chargers remained alive in the playoff race.

The Chargers (8-7), who have won three straight games for the first time this season, need more help to end a three-year playoff drought. They have to beat Kansas City at home next Sunday and have Miami and Baltimore both lose.

GIANTS 23, LIONS 20, OT: In Detroit, Josh Brown’s 45-yard field goal on the third drive of overtime lifted the New York Giants over Detroit and eliminated the Lions from postseason contention.

Detroit (7-8) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Embattled Lions coach Jim Schwartz chose to play for overtime by running out the clock with 23 seconds and two timeouts left from the Detroit 25. When the crowd reacted with a chorus of boos, Schwartz turned his head toward the stands and appeared to angrily shout back at the fans.

COWBOYS 24, REDSKINS 23: In Landover, Md., Tony Romo recovered from a bad interception and rallied the Cowboys from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit. He found DeMarco Murray for a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:08 remaining.

The victory ended a two-game Dallas skid — as well as a five-game December losing streak — and sets up a winner-take-all regular season finale for the NFC East title next week, when the Cowboys (8-7) host Philadelphia.

The Redskins (3-12) lost their seventh straight.

JETS 24, BROWNS 13: In East Rutherford, N.J., Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes to David Nelson and ran for another score.

Smith had his first game with at least two touchdown passes since October, with no turnovers or sacks. The rookie was 20 of 36 for 214 yards and also ran for 48 yards and a 17-yard touchdown run.

TITANS 20, JAGUARS 16: In Jacksonville, Fla., Nate Washington scored on a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter and Tennessee got a much-needed defensive stop late to end a three-game losing streak.

Tennessee (6-9) overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and won for just the third time since September.

Washington finished with six catches for 117 yards.

The Jaguars (4-11) were in position to take the lead after that, but Ropati Pitoitua stuffed Maurice Jones-Drew on a fourth-and-1 play at the Tennessee 20 with 5:21 remaining.