'Skins masters of own demise

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Nothing is simple for the Washington Redskins this year.

They have been masters of their own demise all season but Sunday they took themselves to new lows.

All the Redskins needed to tie Tampa Bay and force overtime was an extra point. Easy enough, right?

Instead, the game ended with kicker Graham Gano flat on his back staring up into the sky. The ball? He never got his foot on it after Nick Sundberg's slightly high snap on the wet field went through holder Hunter Smith's hands.

The botched extra-point attempt came with nine seconds to play and preserved the Bucs 17-16 win.

The Redskins had pulled to within a point on Santana Moss' six-yard TD catch and it ruined Ryan Torain's return from injury. Washington rediscovered its running game, with Torain dashing for 173 yards.

It was also the fifth time this season Josh Freeman has won a game with a fourth-quarter comeback. He hit Kellen Winslow for a 41-yard scoring pass with 3:47 to play.

There had been speculation that Mike Shanahan might replace Donovan McNabb if he struggled but the Skins' offence out-gained the Bucs and McNabb threw for 228 yards, finishing with a 100.7 rating and, most importantly, no interceptions.

Jaguars 38 Raiders 31

Maurice Jones-Drew scored on a 30-yard run with less than two minutes remaining as Jacksonville downed Oakland.

Jones-Drew scored on the first play from scrimmage after Oakland tied it on Darren McFadden's 36-yard scoring romp. Jones-Drew ran for 101 yards in the game -- Rashad Jennings actually led the Jags with 109 yards on five carries -- and David Garrard threw for 159 yards and three touchdowns.

McFadden rushed 16 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 86 yards and a score. Jason Campbell shredded the Jags for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions.

Steelers 23 Bengals 7

Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley both returned interceptions for touchdowns as Pittsburgh overcame a slow start to knock off Cincinnati.

Polamalu picked off Carson Palmer and returned it 45 yards for the TD with less than five minutes left in the first half then Woodley stepped in front of a pass intended for Chad Ochocinco and ran it back 14 yards in the fourth to ice it for the Steelers. Shaun Suisham kicked three field goals for Pittsburgh's only other point.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 258 yards and ran for 23 more while Palmer threw for 178 yards with one touchdown and three picks.

Bills 13 Browns 6

David Nelson's touchdown catch in the second quarter proved to be the difference as Buffalo won a snoozer over Cleveland.

Nelson's 11-yard reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick capped a 14-play, 89-yard drive for the Bills. Rian Lindell kicked a pair of short field goals for Buffalo's only other points.

Cleveland quarterback Jake Delhomme was held to just 86 yards passing and was intercepted once. Peyton Hillis rumbled for 108 yards to become the first Browns back to run for 1,000 yards since Jamal Lewis in 2008 but he fumbled three times.

Phil Dawson's two field goals were the only points the Browns could manage.

Lions 7 Packers 3

Green Bay didn't just lose to Detroit, the Packers also lost their All-Pro quarterback when Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a concussion in the first half.

Rodgers, who was seven of 11 for 46 yards before getting hurt, watched the entire second half from the sidelines. His replacement, Matt Flynn, threw for 177 yards and one pick.

Lions quarterback Drew Stanton managed just 117 yards passing but pulled it out when he found Will Heller for a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Falcons 31 Panthers 10

Atlanta hung on to the top seed in the NFC as Michael Turner ran for three touchdowns in an easy win over Carolina.

The Falcons, now 11-2, have now won seven straight and lead the NFC South by a game over New Orleans, winners over St. Louis Sunday.

Matt Ryan passed for 227 yards, including a four-yard touchdown to Tony Gonzalez, while Turner cruised to 112 yards on the ground. Jonathan Stewart ran for 133 yards while Jimmy Clausen passed for just 107 yards in the losing cause.

49ers 40 Seahawks 21

San Francisco built up a 30-7 advantage before halftime then hung on for the win over Seattle.

Vernon Davis, Josh Morgan and Brian Westbrook all caught touchdown passes from Alex Smith in the first half then Dashon Goldson returned an interception 39 yards in the third quarter to put it away. Smith finished with 255 yards passing while Anthony Dixon had a team-high 60 yards on the ground. Former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed booted four field goals.

Matt Hasselbeck threw for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns but was also picked off four times.

Chargers 31 Chiefs 0

San Diego's Malcolm Floyd caught a pair of touchdowns and Brodie Croyle, starting for injured Matt Cassel, had a miserable day for Kansas City.

Floyd was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Philip Rivers, who threw for 226 yards. Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews both rushed for touchdowns and combined for 131 yards on the ground.

Croyle, starting after Cassel had an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday, completed seven of 17 passes for 40 yards and was sacked four times.

Saints 31 Rams 13

The veteran with the Super Bowl ring schooled the hot-shot rookie as New Orleans crushed St. Louis.

Drew Brees was 25 of 40 for 221 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to Marques Colston, to lead the Saints. Lance Moore caught a 31-yard touchdown from Brees in the third quarter and Malcolm Jenkins returned one of his two interceptions 96 yards for a score.

Sam Bradford, probably the NFL's rookie of the year, completed 18 of 32 passes for 231 yards and two picks and ran one yard for a touchdown. Steven Jackson chipped in with 96 yards rushing.

Patriots 36 Bears 7

New England turned in a dominating first-half performance against Chicago to clinch a playoff berth, overcoming snowy and blustery conditions to build a 33-0 lead before the break.

Tom Brady passed for 369 yards and two touchdowns, first-half strikes to Rob Gronkowski and Deion Branch, and Gary Guyton picked up a fumble and ran it 35 yards for a score to put the Pats in total command. Danny Woodhead ran three yards for a touchdown in the second and Shayne Graham booted two of his three field goals before the break.

Cutler was held to 152 yards passing and Matt Forte led the Bears with just 25 yards rushing. Chicago's only points came on a one-yard run by Chester Taylor in the fourth.

Dolphins 10 Jets 6

Brandon Marshall scored the game's only touchdown in the second quarter to lead Miami to the upset road win over New York.

With the Dolphins nursing a 3-0 lead on Dan Carpenter's 47-yard field goal, Marshall hauled in a six-yard pass from Chad Henne for what would be the winning points. Henne threw for just 55 yards and Ronnie Brown was held to a team-high 55 yards on the ground.

Nick Folk kicked two field goals for the Jets, who lost even though Mark Sanchez passed for 216 yards.

Cardinals 43 Broncos 13

Tim Hightower had a pair of late touchdown runs but kicker Jay Feely held the key to Arizona's win over Denver.

Feely kicked four of his five field goals in the first three quarters and surprised the Broncos with a five-yard touchdown on a fake kick. Hightower added 148 yards rushing and scored twice in the fourth quarter while Darnell Dockett recovered teammate Daryl Washington's fumble in the end zone following an interception.

Rookie Cards quarterback John Skelton passed for 146 yards.

Kyle Orton threw for 166 yards and was picked off three times.


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