MIAMI, Fla. (Sporting Alert) — Results, box scores and records and playoffs news from Week 17 in the NFL on Sunday, Dec. 28.
The Baltimore Ravens secured a place in the playoffs from the AFC after rallying to beat the Cleveland Browns, 20-10 at M&T Bank Stadium.
“We had to handle our business, and we did,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said after the team rallied from being down 10-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
Joe Flacco went 22-of-36 on completed passes and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the win for the Ravens, who were without left tackle Eugene Monroe, who missed out with an ankle injury.
Baltimore (10-6) was booking a playoff slot for the sixth time in seven seasons and earned their spot after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers in the other game of interest.
The Ravens needed the Chargers to lose their game on Sunday in Kansas City to get the AFC Wild Card berth and the Chiefs went on the pick up a 19-7 home victory.
That victory, however, wasn’t enough for the Chiefs to get a postseason spot, as they needed lots of help from other games, which didn’t go according to their plans.
The Carolina Panthers, meanwhile, hammered the Atlanta Falcons, 34-3 to become the first team to repeat as champions in the NFC South.
Sunday’s victory was the fourth in a row for Cam Newton and the Panthers (7-8-1), who secured their playoff spot.
Defending champions Seattle Seahawks clinch the NFC West crown, following a 20-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Russell Wilson went 17 of 25 passes for 239 yards and an interception, while running back Marshawn Lynch had 14 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Seattle (12-4) earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs for the second successive season.
Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions, 30-20 to clinch the NFC North title for the fourth season in a row and earned a playoff first-round bye.
A beat-up Aaron Rodgers, who limped around with a left calf injury, went 17 of 22 for 226 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy in the win for the Packers (12-4).
Elsewhere, Peyton Manning threw 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards without a touchdown or an interception as the Denver Broncos (12-4) rout the Oakland Raiders, 47-14, to win the AFC West division and earned the No. 2 seed from the conference and a first-round bye.
In other news, around the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh have mutually agreed to end their relationship although he still had one year left on his five-year contract.
The 49ers (8-8) failed to make the playoff this season, but ended the campaign with a 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals (11-5).
WEEK 17 IN THE NFL ON DEC. 28
Seattle Seahawks 20 (12-4, St. Louis Rams 6 (6-10)
Dallas Cowboys 44 (12-4), Washington Redskins 17 (4-12)
Green Bay Packers 30 (12-4), Detroit Lions 20 (11-5)
Denver Broncos 47 (12-4), Oakland Raiders 14,
Indianapolis Colts 27 (11-5), Tennessee Titans 10 (2-14)
San Francisco 49ers 20 (8-8), Arizona Cardinals 17 (11-5)
Baltimore Ravens 20 (10-6), Cleveland Browns 10 (7-9)
Philadelphia Eagles 34 (10-6), New York Giants 26 (6-10)
Houston Texans 23 (9-7), Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (3-13)
Kansas City Chiefs 19 (9-7), San Diego Chargers 7 (9-7)
Buffalo Bills 17 (9-7), New England Patriots 9 (12-4)
Minnesota Vikings 13 (7-9), Chicago Bears 9 (5-11)
New Orleans Saints 23 (7-9), Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 (2-14)
Carolina Panthers 34 (7-8-1), Atlanta Falcons 3 (6-10)
New York Jets 37 (4-12), Miami Dolphins 24 (8-8)