GREEN BAY, Wis. — Limping Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, a former Dutchtown star, gashed Detroit’s defense for 100 yards and the Green Bay Packers claimed a fourth straight NFC North title with 30-20 victory Sunday.
Maligned by a left calf injury, Rodgers will appreciate a week off after the win, as the Packers (12-4) earned a bye. Detroit (11-5) will start the postseason at Dallas next week.
Rodgers was carted to the locker room after tossing his first score to Cobb late in the second quarter.
He hobbled back on to the field in the third quarter with the game tied at 14. He led Green Bay on a seven-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard score to Cobb with 3:33 left in the quarter. The Packers didn’t look back from there.
Seahawks 20, Rams 6: In Seattle, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 9-yard run with 12:07 remaining, Bruce Irvin returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and Seattle wrapped up home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs with a win over St. Louis.
The two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Seattle (12-4) capped a six-game win streak to end the regular season. That earned the Seahawks a second straight NFC West title and the ninth division title in franchise history.
Broncos 47, Raiders 14: In Denver, C.J. Anderson ran for three touchdowns, and Denver earned a first-round bye and the AFC’s No. 2 seed with a rout of Oakland.
Peyton Manning guided the Broncos (12-4) to a tie for the best record in the NFL for the third consecutive season since his arrival in Denver. That’s something he accomplished just twice in his 13 years in Indianapolis before missing all of 2011 because of spinal fusion surgery.
Manning, who completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards, failed to throw a TD pass for the second time in four weeks.
Steelers 27, Bengals 17: In Pittsburgh, Antonio Brown returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and added a clinching 63-yard scoring grab with 2:50 to go as the Steelers won the AFC North.
Pittsburgh (11-5) earned its first division title since 2010 by sweeping the season series from the Bengals (10-5-1). The Steelers are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and will host Baltimore in the wild-card round Saturday night. The Bengals are the No. 5 seed and will play at AFC South champion Indianapolis on Sunday.
Brown had 212 all-purpose yards, including the late dazzling catch and run to the end zone.
The victory came at a potentially high cost. Running back Le’Veon Bell left in the third quarter with a hyperextended right knee after a collision with Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson.
RAVENS 20, BROWNS 10: In Baltimore, the Ravens earned a spot in the postseason Sunday, rallying to defeat Cleveland while getting an assist halfway across the country.
Down 10-3 in the fourth, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.
Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken clinched it.
Chiefs 19, Chargers 7: In Kansas City, Missouri, the Chiefs rolled and eliminated San Diego from contention but failed to get the help they needed to qualify for the playoffs.
Baltimore and Houston both needed to lose in games happening at the same time, and both rallied in the second half for wins.
Justin Houston had four sacks for the Chiefs (9-7) to break Derrick Thomas’ franchise record with 22 in the season.
Philip Rivers had 291 yards passing for the Chargers (9-7), going over 4,000 yards in a season for the sixth time in his career.
Texans 23, Jaguars 17: In Houston, J.J. Watt had three sacks and a safety and Andre Johnson had 134 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Texans (9-7) had a shot at making the playoffs, but Baltimore beat Cleveland to claim the final AFC wild-card spot.
Johnson gave Houston a 21-17 lead with an 8-yard reception early in the fourth. Watt made it 23-17 when he sacked Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety.
Cowboys 44, Redskins 17: In Landover, Maryland., DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant broke franchise records as the Cowboys prepped for the playoffs.
The result was impressive but meaningless for postseason purposes unless at least one game played later in the day ended in a tie. Win or lose against Washington (4-12), NFC East champion Dallas (12-4) would get a first-round bye with losses by both Arizona and Seattle.
Murray rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries, passing Emmitt Smith for the team single-season mark. Murray’s 1,845 yards bettered Smith’s 1,773 from 1995.
Bryant caught scoring passes of 65 and 23 yards to give him 16 touchdown receptions on the season, breaking Terrell Owens’ team record of 15 set in 2007.
Colts 27, Titans 10: In Nashville, Andrew Luck threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the second half.
The Colts (11-5) bounced back from their worst performance this season by nearly matching at halftime what they did offensively in the loss at Dallas. They wound up outgaining the Titans 378-192.
Bills 17, Patriots 9: In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Kyle Orton threw for one touchdown, Anthony Dixon ran for another and the Bills finished their first winning season in 10 years with a win over the going-through-the-motions Patriots.
With the top seed in the AFC playoffs already clinched, the Patriots used quarterback Tom Brady for only the first half and held out tight end Rob Gronkowski and five other starters.
Jets 37, Dolphins 24: In Miami Gardens, Florida, Geno Smith had his best game in a rocky season, throwing for a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns in what might be Rex Ryan’s final game as Jets coach.
Smith’s performance more than negated a 97-yard run by Lamar Miller, the longest play from scrimmage in Dolphins history.
The Jets rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit.
Eagles 34, Giants 26: In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and Philadelphia’s special teams scored their seventh TD of this otherwise frustrating season in what could have been Tom Coughlin’s final game as New York’s coach.
Rookie Odell Beckham Jr., a former LSU standout, had 12 catches for a career-best 185 yards, including a 63-yard fourth-quarter touchdown.
Vikings 13, Bears 9: In Minneapolis, Teddy Bridgewater threw the go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen in the third quarter, putting one more blemish on a forgettable year for the Bears.
Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, Audie Cole had 11 tackles in his first start of the season, and the Vikings (7-9) ended coach Mike Zimmer’s first year on a winning note.
Jay Cutler returned from a one-game benching with 172 yards on 23-for-36 passing without a fumble or an interception.