NFL Roundup: Cowboys trip up late as Packers rally


ARLINGTON, Texas — Eddie Lacy’s 1-yard touchdown run with 1:31 to play completed an epic Green Bay comeback as the Packers got past the Dallas Cowboys, 37-36.

Trailing by 23 points to start the second half, Green Bay scored touchdowns on its first five possessions of the final 30 minutes, while Tony Romo had another meltdown in the fourth quarter. The rally matched the biggest comeback in Green Bay history. With the victory, Green Bay (7-6-1) has managed to stay alive in the chase for the NFC North crown thanks to consecutive wins despite signal-caller Aaron Rodgers still on the sideline as he recovers from a fractured collarbone.

Former Seattle Seahawk Matt Flynn, Rodgers’ replacement under center, threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns with an interception on 26-of-39 passing, with Lacy finishing the game with 141 yards on 21 carries and a score while adding four catches for 30 yards.

Atlanta 27, Washington 26

ATLANTA — Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins nearly overcame a seven-turnover nightmare, but Desmond Trufant tipped away a potential go-ahead two-point conversion in the waning seconds to give the Atlanta Falcons a 27-26 victory at the Georgia Dome.

With the Redskins trailing 27-20, Cousins led a crisp two-minute drill that ended in a 3-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 18 seconds remaining.

Chicago 38, Cleveland 31

CLEVELAND — Jay Cutler had three touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, to lead the Chicago Bears to a crucial 38-31 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Cutler returned under center after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain, with Josh McCown filling in admirably during his absence. Cutler finished the game 22-for-31 for 265 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Matt Forte had 24 carries for 127 yards for Chicago, which has won three of the last four meetings with Cleveland.

Indianapolis 25, Houston 3

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the Indianapolis Colts cruised to a triumph over the reeling Houston Texans on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Luck completed 19-of-32 passes for 180 yards with an interception, while Trent Richardson racked up 102 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown for the AFC South champion Colts (9-5), who bounced back from an ugly 42-28 loss last week at Cincinnati.

Buffalo 27, Jacksonville 20

JACKSONVILLE — E.J. Manuel completed 17-of-24 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for another touchdown to lead the Buffalo Bills in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Miami 24, New England 20

MIAMI — Michael Thomas twice thwarted the New England Patriots’ bid for a fourth consecutive come-from-behind win. The Miami safety broke up a would-be touchdown catch before picking off New England quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone with two seconds remaining to seal a 24-20 win at Sun Life Stadium that currently puts the Dolphins in possession of the final playoff spot in the AFC.

Minnesota 48, Philadelphia 30

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota was without running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, but Matt Asiata ran for three touchdowns in the Vikings’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matt Cassel completed 26-of-35 passes for 382 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Vikings (4-9-1), who put the brakes on Philadelphia’s five-game winning streak. Peterson (foot) and Gerhart (hamstring) were inactive for Minnesota.

San Francisco 33, Tampa Bay 14

TAMPA — The San Francisco 49ers moved closer to a playoff berth with a convincing win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday from Raymond James Stadium.

With a win against Atlanta next week, San Francisco (10-4) will punch its ticket to the postseason. Colin Kaepernick threw for 203 yards with two touchdowns on 19-of-29 passing and also rushed for 39 yards on seven attempts. Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree each hauled in a touchdown on five receptions.

Carolina 30, NY Jets 20

CHARLOTTE —Cam Newton threw for 273 yards with a touchdown as the Carolina Panthers moved one step closer towards clinching a playoff berth with a 30-20 win over the New York Jets.

Newton completed 16- of-24 throws, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Williams. Williams carried 15 times for 81 yards in the triumph, and Carolina (10-4) improved to 9-1 in its last 10 tilts.

Kansas City 56, Oakland 31

OAKLAND — Jamaal Charles racked up 195 receiving yards and five total touchdowns in a record-setting performance that carried the Kansas City Chiefs to a wild win over the Oakland Raiders and a secured spot in the AFC Playoffs.

Four of Charles’ eight catches went for touchdowns and he added a score on the ground, becoming the first player in NFL history to record four TD receptions and run in another.

St. Louis 27, New Orleans 16

ST. LOUIS —Zac Stacy posted a game-high 133 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries as St. Louis jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and held on to beat New Orleans in Week 15 action.

Kellen Clemens was an effective 14-of-20 for 158 yards with TD strikes to Cory Harkey and Lance Kendricks for the Rams (6-8), who snapped a two-game slide and beat their Sunday foes for the fourth time in the last six meetings.

Arizona 37, Tennessee 34 (OT)

NASHVILLE — Jay Feely drilled a 41-yard field goal with 10:18 left in overtime to lift the Arizona Cardinals to a 37-34 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at LP Field.

Pittsburgh 30, Cincinnati 20

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown had a receiving touchdown and returned a punt for a score to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the Cincinnati Bengals at a windy Heinz Field on Sunday night.

Ben Roethlisberger was extremely efficient despite battling winds with gusts of up to 30 mph, completing 20-of-25 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Steelers (6-8), who won for the first time since Week 12 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown and also caught five passes for 50 yards in the win.

Andy Dalton was 25-for-44 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Marvin Jones caught five passes for 48 yards and a score and Tyler Eifert hauled in three balls for 33 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals (9-5), who will have to wait at least another week to determine their playoff fate.

 

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