MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – NFL scores and results from the games that took place on Sunday, January 1. Green Bay, Kansas City and New England were among the teams securing victories on New Year’s Day. Next week the NFL playoffs begin.
NFL SCORES: PACKERS 31, LIONS 24
DETROIT — Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, including three in the second half, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 31-24 to clinch the NFC North title.
Rodgers, who completed 27 for 39 passes for 300 yards without an interception and ran 10 times for 42 yards, threw two TD passes to Davante Adams and another to Geronimo Allison in the second half.
Matthew Stafford passed for 347 yards on 26 for 41 completed attempts with two scores and one interception for Detroit.
The Lions, who fell behind early in the second quarter, led 14-10 at half time but Rodgers took over after the break to lead the Packers (10-6) to sixth straight victory.
Green Bay was winning the NFC North division for the fifth time in the last six years and has been seeded fourth entering the playoffs.
The Packers will take on the fifth-seeded New York Giants in an NFC wild-card game at home on Sunday.
Despite the defeat, Detroit (9-7) will be in the playoffs and will travel to face the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
The Lions have dropped their last three games.
NFL SCORES: CHIEFS 37, CHARGERS 27
SAN DIEGO — The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the second and third quarters en route to securing a 37-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers and the Chiefs clinched the AFC West title.
The win also means Kansas (12-4), which took the division title after Oakland’s loss at Denver, earned a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs.
Alex Smith completed 21 of 28 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and ran for another score for the Chiefs.
Charcandrick West caught touchdown passes and finished with 116 all-purpose yards for Kansas City, which scored 17 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third to structure the win.
Philip Rivers passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns but was also intercepted twice, which the Chiefs took advantage of to build the on the total.
It was the first time since 2003 when they went 13-3, Kansas City finished a single season with at least 12 wins since going 13-3 in 2003.
San Diego fired head coach Mike McCoy after the defeat.
The Chargers went 5-11 this season.
NFL SCORES: PATRIOTS 35, DOLPHINS 14
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Veteran quarterback Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three scores and the New England Patriots hammered the Miami Dolphins 35-14 to clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC in the NFL playoffs.
Brady, who completed 25 for 33 passes without an interception, threw scoring passes to Martellus Bennett and Michael Floyd in the first quarter as New England went on to take a 20-0 lead in the first half.
Miami scored 14 points to cut the gap to six but Brady supplied a 77-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman to stop the Dolphins’ comeback run in the third quarter.
Matt Moore started again for Miami (10-6) and he went 24 for 34 on completed passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Jarvis Landry caught nine of his 12 targets for 76 yards and a TD for the Dolphins, who had already gained an AFC wild-card berth in this year’s NFL playoffs.
NFL SCORES: NFL PLAYOFFS PLACE BOOKED
January 1, 2017
PATRIOTS 35, DOLPHINS 14
PACKERS 31, LIONS 24
CHIEFS 37, CHARGERS 27
BRONCOS 24, RAIDERS 6
FALCONS 38, SAINTS 32
JETS 30, BILLS 10
TITANS 24, TEXANS 17
EAGLES 27, COWBOYS 13
BUCCANEERS 17, PANTHERS 16
VIKINGS 38, BEARS 10
COLTS 24, JAGUARS 20
BENGALS 27, RAVENS 10
CARDINALS 44, RAMS 6
SEAHAWKS 25, 49ERS 23
STEELERS 27, BROWNS 24