Washington sweeps Dallas

The Associated Press

Pittsburgh and Kansas City clinched NFL division championships on Sunday and except for old pal Norv Turner, the Dallas Cowboys might have been in the playoffs, too.

Turner, offensive coordinator for two Dallas Super Bowl champions, coached Washington to a 24-17 victory and a season's sweep of the Cowboys.

Pittsburgh extended the league's longest winning streak to six games, defeating Houston 21-7 and clinching the AFC Central title. Kansas City got a season-high 124 yards from 35-year-old Marcus Allen and wrapped up the AFC West with a 29-23 victory over Oakland.

Buffalo played a night game at San Francisco. Chicago plays at Detroit on Monday night.

Broncos 31

Jaguars 23

John Elway compensated for Denver's poor special teams play, passing for four touchdowns as the Broncos improved their playoff hopes. Denver (7-6) is tied with Indianapolis and Miami for the final two AFC wild-card slots.

Chargers 31

Browns 13

Rookie Aaron Hayden rushed 32 times for 127 yards and his first two NFL touchdowns as San Diego kept its faint playoff hopes alive.

Seahawks 26 Eagles 14

Seattle used a career-best four field goals by Todd Peterson to beat Philadelphia, which lost for just the second time in nine games. The Seahawks have won four of the last five.

Panthers 13

Colts 10

Carolina won its sixth game and fourth straight at home, using a face mask penalty by Derwin Gray to set up John Kasay's 38-yard winning field goal. The Panthers sacked Jim Harbaugh knocking him from the game with a sprained knee.

Packers 24

Bengals 10

Brett Favre threw three touchdowns and completed 31 of 43 passes for 339 yards, his fifth 300-yard game this year and 10th of his career.

Dolphins 21

Falcons 20

Marino threw a 21-yard TD pass to Irving Fryar with 11 seconds left, and Miami rallied with two touchdowns in the last eight minutes to end a three-game losing streak.

Vikings 31

Buccaneers 17

Minnesota's defense had eight sacks to overpower Tampa Bay. Quarterback Trent Dilfer absorbed six sacks before being ejected for fighting with tackle John Randle. The Vikings got a 66-yard TD run from Amp Lee, the longest of his career.

Rams 23

Jets 20

Stymied for most of the day, Isaac Bruce broke free for a pair of touchdown catches to lead St. Louis. Bruce, the league's leading receiver in passing yardage, wasn't a factor for nearly three quarters. But he caught touchdowns of 1 and 11 yards from backup quarterback Mark Rypien and finished with six receptions for 69 yards.

Saints 31

Patriots 17

New Orleans used three big scoring plays to move closer to the playoffs in a season that began with five losses. The Saints have won five of their last six.

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