American Football - Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games

Dec 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Football League game

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Bengals 34, Ravens 17

The Cincinnati Bengals completed their first undefeated season at home since 1988 with a win over the Baltimore Ravens and knocked the defending Super Bowl champions out of the AFC playoff chase in the process.

Quarterback Andy Dalton overcame a career-high four interceptions by throwing for 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns plus running for the go-ahead touchdown in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as the Bengals finished the regular season 11-5.

The Bengals, champions of the AFC North, outscored Baltimore 17-0 in the fourth quarter after the Ravens (8-8) had come back from a 17-6 halftime deficit to tie the score.

Baltimore will miss the postseason for the first time in six seasons under the leadership of head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Ravens became the 15th Super Bowl champion to fail to reach the playoffs the following season.

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Panthers 21, Falcons 20

The Carolina Panthers head to the playoffs as NFC South champions after a narrow road win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Panthers pummeled Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan for nine sacks and captured their first division title since 2008.

With the win, the Panthers (12-4) clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. Quarterback Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes.

The Falcons finish at 4-12, one year after hosting the NFC Championship game. The loss also marked the end of the illustrious 17-year career for Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez.

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Jets 20, Dolphins 7

The playoff drought continues for the Miami Dolphins after their home loss against the New York Jets.

After needing only one win in their last two games to make the postseason for the first time since 2008, the Dolphins came up dry offensively.

Their home loss to the Jets following a shutout defeat at Buffalo a week earlier left the Dolphins with an 8-8 record -- not good enough to earn the AFC's last playoff spot.

The Jets, who also finished 8-8 but were never in the running for a playoff berth, scored 20 unanswered points after Miami opened the scoring on wide receiver Mike Wallace's five-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

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Steelers 20, Browns 7

The Pittsburgh Steelers kept their playoff hopes with a comfortable home win over the Cleveland Browns to finish the regular season with an 8-8 record.

The Steelers won their third straight game and also beat the Browns for the 10th consecutive time in Pittsburgh in their attempt to become just the second team in the NFL history - the 1992 San Diego Chargers were the other - to make the playoffs of the 185 teams who have started a season with four losses.

The Browns lost their final seven games to finish 4-12.

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Colts 30, Jaguars 10

With their third consecutive victory, the Indianapolis Colts carry momentum into the postseason thanks to an emphatic home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Quarterback Andrew Luck did not turn the ball over and emerging wide receiver T.Y. Hilton set career highs with 11 catches for 155 yards.

Indianapolis, (11-5) is in the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 seasons, while Jacksonville (4-12) concluded its sixth straight non-winning season.

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Giants 20, Redskins 6

Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan scored two touchdowns and the New York Giants, last season's Super Bowl champions, ended a poor campaign by beating the Washington Redskins.

An ugly finale featured 11 turnovers in wet conditions as the Giants lost quarterback Eli Manning and starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to sprained ankles in the second quarter.

The Giants finished the season 7-9, while the Redskins were 3-13.

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Titans 16, Texans 10

The Houston Texans lost their 14th straight game, this time at the Tennessee Titans.

Houston (2-14) lost every game after starting the season with two wins, giving it the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Titans (7-9) won their last two games.

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Vikings 14, Lions 13

The Minnesota Vikings won a game of two halves against the Detroit Lions.

Minnesota dominated the stats in the first half and held on at home to end the season 5-10-1, while the Lions went 7-9.