NFL roundup: Robert Griffin III returns to lead Redskins

Robert Griffin III showed he can win games without using his legs. One more victory puts the Washington Redskins in the playoffs.

Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20, on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Redskins (9-6) are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years. Washington can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday. The Redskins haven’t won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007. They could still back into the postseason with a loss.


‘‘We’re already onto the next one,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘You don’t celebrate wins at this point of the season.’’

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Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles (4-11) fell short in what could’ve been Andy Reid’s last game coaching the team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year.

A sprained right knee forced Griffin to miss last week’s win at Cleveland. The rookie had a season-low 4 yards rushing but made several big throws, finishing 16 of 24 for 198 yards with an interception.

Ravens 33, Giants 14

Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns and host Baltimore crushed New York to capture its second straight AFC North crown.

Baltimore (10-5) scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards.


The defeat eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) from contention in the NFC East and damaged their chances for a wild-card berth.

Colts 20, Chiefs 13

Andrew Luck finished with 205 yards passing to break Cam Newton’s year-old rookie record of 4,051 yards in a season and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to rally Indianapolis (10-5) past Kansas City (2-13).

The win clinches a playoff berth for the Colts, who went 2-14 a year ago.

Broncos 34, Browns 12

Host Denver won its 10th straight as Peyton Manning threw three TD passes for the 72d time in a rout of Cleveland (5-10).

Denver (12-3) pulled into a tie for first in the AFC with Houston and could win the top seed with a win next week and a Houston loss.

Saints 34, Cowboys 31


Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime as visiting New Orleans (7-8) damaged Dallas’s playoff hopes.

The Saints’ playoff hopes ended with Minnesota’s victory against Houston. The Cowboys (8-7), who forced OT with two TDs in the final 3:35, can win the NFC East by beating Washington next week.

Chargers 27, Jets 17

Visiting San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, tying the team record, and ruining the New York quarterback’s first start in place of Mark Sanchez.

Kendall Reyes finished with 3½ sacks for the Chargers (6-9), who finished one off the NFL mark set by several teams, last by the Giants in 2007.

Packers 55, Titans 7

Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Ryan Grant scored twice, and Green Bay (11-4) scored more than 50 points for the first time since 2005 with a rout of visiting Tennessee (5-10).

Bears 28, Cardinals 13

Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score and Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another TD, helping Chicago (9-6) beat Arizona (5-10) and keep its playoff hopes alive.

Rams 28, Buccaneers 13

Sam Bradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes, rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored his fourth TD of the season, and visiting St. Louis (7-7-1) intercepted Josh Freeman four times in a win over Tampa Bay (6-9).

Panthers 17, Raiders 6

Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a TD and ran for 60 yards and another score, and Carolina (6-9) limited Oakland (4-11) to 189 total yards and 12 first downs to earn the win in Charlotte, N.C.