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|Colts Unbeaten No More - Week 16 NFL Roundup
|UNDATED (AP) -- There will be no undefeated teams in the NFL this season.
The Indianapolis Colts pulled Peyton Manning and a handful of other starters with a 15-10 lead and 5:36 left in the third quarter. The New York Jets took advantage to rally for a 29-15 victory that ended the NFL's longest regular-season winning streak at 23.
The Colts, who already had sewn up the top seed in the AFC and home-field advantage in the playoffs, had always said it was more important to go into the playoffs healthy than to pursue an undefeated season.
After Manning left, Marques Douglas returned a fumble from Manning's replacement, Curtis Painter, 1 yard for a score. The Jets sealed it with a 43-yard field goal and Thomas Jones' 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Before Manning departed for the day, he became the fourth QB to throw for 50,000 career yards. Manning joins Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway in the 50,000 club.
Indy coach Jim Caldwell's decision to rest his starters definitely helped the Jets. The New Yorkers control their playoff destiny and will make the playoffs with a victory over Cincinnati next Sunday in the Meadowlands.
In other Week 16 results:
The Dallas Cowboys are in the playoffs. The Cowboys clinched a playoff berth by blanking Washington 17-0. The Cowboys can win the NFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory over Philadelphia next week at Cowboys Stadium. Tony Romo completed 25 of 38 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown.
Philadelphia booted Denver 30-27 on David Akers' 28-yard field goal with four seconds left.
The New Orleans Saints, who won their first 13 games, now are riding a two-game losing streak. Connor Barth booted a 47-yard field goal on the only possession of overtime to give lowly Tampa Bay a 20-17 victory over the Saints.
The Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC North champs for only the second time in 19 years after grinding out a 17-10 triumph over Kansas City. Carson Palmer hit Chad Ochocinco with a six-yard TD pass with 2:03 left.
Kurt Warner threw for 196 of his 313 yards in the second quarter and the Arizona Cardinals beat St. Louis for the seventh straight time, 31-10.
New England clinched the AFC East with a 35-7 rout of Jacksonville. Tom Brady completed 23 of 26 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Randy Moss.
Green Bay clinched a playoff spot with a 48-10 thrashing of Seattle. Aaron Rodgers threw for 237 yards and a TD before being lifted late in the game.
Defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh kept its faint playoff hopes alive by beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 on Jeff Reed's 38-yard field goal with 5:25 left. The Ravens also are 8-and-7 but own the tiebreaker against the Steelers and will earn a playoff berth with a victory over Oakland next week.
Frank Gore scored on a 1-yard run and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, and the San Francisco 49ers moved within one win of avoiding a seventh straight losing season by beating the Detroit Lions, 20-6.
Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens is the sixth player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes. But that was the Bills' only bright spot in a 31-3 drubbing to Atlanta.
The New York Giants laid a huge egg in their final game at Giants Stadium. Matt Moore threw for three TDs and Carolina routed the G-men 41-9 and the Giants were eliminated from the playoff hunt following their seventh loss in 10 games.
Matt Schaub threw for two touchdowns and the 8-and-7 Houston Texans held on for a 27-20 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Jerome Harrison set a team record with 39 carries while running for 148 yards in Cleveland's 23-9 win against Oakland.
Monday night's game has the playoff-bound Minnesota Vikings visiting Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears, who will miss the playoffs for the third straight season.
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