Patriots 34, Steelers 13 – Anthony Smith won’t ever flap his gums about pseudo-guarantees ever again, not after he got burned three times on touchdown passes by Tom Brady — twice to Randy Moss and once on the trick flea flicker from Brady to Moss, back to Brady, and then to Jabar Gaffney. Tom Brady is now four TD passes short of Peyton Manning’s current season record.
Vikings 27, 49ers 7 – Chester Taylor nailed the longest run for a TD this year with an 84-yard score on which he broke several tackles. Here’s how bad it was for the awful Niners: they lost Trent Dilfer to a head injury before the half. Purple Jesus had only 33 yards rushing, but Taylor’s performance made up for it.
Broncos 41, Chiefs 7 – Four TD passes from Jay Cutler and one rushing TD from Travis Henry (along with 156 yards rushing from Selvin Young) made up the domination. The Chiefs had only 159 yards of total offense.
Seahawks 42, Cardinals 21 – God has also forsaken Kurt Warner, allowing five of his passes to be picked off and letting him be sacked five times. Matt Hasselbeck got Seattle a fifth straight NFC West crown with four touchdown passes.
Browns 24, Jets 18 – The game was seriously offensively challenged for the first half, and the Jets were in a position late to make it interesting after closing to within three in the fourth quarter. Then, Eric Mangini decided to kick a field goal, and then onside kicked with all three timeouts and plenty of time left on the clock — which allowed the Browns to close it out with a Jamal Lewis TD run.
Colts 44, Ravens 20 – Peyton Manning locks up a playoff spot for the Colts with four touchdown passes (two to Anthony Gonzalez, one to Reggie Wayne, and one to Joseph Addai, who rushed for two more TDs.) The Ravens were awful — coughing up turnovers and were down 44-7 until garbage time TDs late.
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