NFL Today

Dec 28, 2009 - 3:36 AM Minnesota (11-3) at Chicago (5-9), 8:30 p.m. EST. Brett Favre and the Vikings are still in the race for the top seed in the NFC, while the rival Bears are looking to play spoiler.



STARS=

Passing=

-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 23 of 26 for 267 yards and four touchdowns as New England clinched the AFC East with a 35-7 win over Jacksonville.

-Kurt Warner, Cardinals completed 24 of 38 for 313 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's 31-10 win over St. Louis.

-Donovan McNabb, Eagles, finished 19 for 35 for 295 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia's 30-27 win over Denver.

-Chad Henne, Dolphins, was 35 for 55 for 322 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 27-20 loss to Houston.

-Matt Schaub, Texans, was 20 of 31 for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 27-20 win over Miami.



Rushing=

-Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, had a career-high 206 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in Carolina's 41-9 win over the New York Giants 41-9. Stewart also broke 1,000 yards rushing for the season.

-Jerome Harrison, Browns, had 39 carries for 148 yards in Cleveland's 23-9 win over Oakland.

-Ray Rice, Ravens, had 30 carries for 141 yards in Baltimore's 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

-Cedric Benson, Bengals, finished with 29 carries for 133 yards in Cincinnati's 17-10 win over Kansas. Benson set a team record with his sixth 100-yard game.

-Carnell Williams, Buccaneers, had 24 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 20-17 overtime win over New Orleans.



Receiving=

-Roddy White, Falcons, had eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta's 31-3 win over Buffalo.

-Wes Welker, Patriots, had 13 catches for 138 yards in New England's 35-7 win over Jacksonville. He leads the NFL with 122 catches.

-Brent Celek, Eagles, finished with four catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's 30-27 win over Denver.

-Anquan Boldin, Cardinals, had eight catches for 116 yards in Arizona's 31-10 win over St. Louis.

-Greg Jennings, Packers, finished with four catches for 111 yards as Green Bay clinched a playoff spot with a 48-10 win over Seattle.



Special Teams=

-Brad Smith, Jets, returned the second-half kickoff 106 yards in New York's 29-15 win over Indianapolis. It was the longest return in Jets history and tied for the second-longest in NFL history with three others. Only Ellis Hobbs' 108-yard kickoff return against the Jets in 2007 was longer.

-Micheal Spurlock, Buccaneers, returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 20-17 win over New Orleans.

-Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders, kicked a 61-yard field goal in Oakland's 23-9 loss to Cleveland. It is the fourth-longest in league history. Janikowski's kick has only been bettered by New Orleans' Tom Dempsey (1970) and Denver's Jason Elam (1998), who share the record of 63 yards and Tampa Bay's Matt Bryant (2006), who hit from 62 yards.



Defense=

-Lawrence Sidbury, Falcons, returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta's 31-3 win over Buffalo.

-Marques Douglas, Jets, scored a touchdown on a 1-yard fumble return in New York's 29-15 win over Indianapolis.

-Aaron Schobel, Bills, had three sacks in Buffalo's 31-3 loss to Atlanta.



STREAKS=

The New York Jets ended the Colts' pursuit of perfection and their NFL-record 23-game winning streak with a 29-15 victory. ... The Cardinals (10-5) reached 10 regular-season wins for the first time since 1976, 12 years before the franchise moved from St. Louis to Arizona. ... With consecutive wins over Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Oakland, the Browns (4-11) have their first three-game winning streak since 2007 and only their third since 1999. ... Detroit lost its fifth straight game and 20th in a row on the road.



IN THE PLAYOFFS=

New England is back in the playoffs after a performance worthy of the team of the decade, a 35-7 rout of Jacksonville on Sunday. The Patriots won the AFC East for the seventh time in nine years after missing the playoffs last season. Also returning to the postseason after a one-year absence is Green Bay, which secured an NFC wild-card berth with a 48-10 victory over Seattle. Cincinnati clinched the AFC North with its 17-10 win over Kansas City. The Bengals are in the playoffs for only the second time in the past 19 years.



MILESTONES=

The Colts' Peyton Manning was 14 of 21 for 192 yards, playing long enough to join Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway as the only members of the 50,000-yard club. ... The Cardinals' Kurt Warner joined Fran Tarkenton as the only players in NFL history to throw 100 TD passes for two teams. Warner had 102 with St. Louis in his rise from nowhere to league MVP and two Super Bowls. ... Darren Sharper of the Saints set an NFL record for interception return yards in a season with 376 with his ninth interception in New Orleans' 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay. ... The Eagles have set a franchise record for most points in a season, surpassing the 416 they scored last year. They have 429 points, an average of 28.6 per game. ... With his sack of Rams rookie Keith Null with 1:52 to play, Adrian Wilson became the 10th player in NFL history to have 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in a career. He got his 23rd interception earlier in the game.



STATS=

Ben Roethlisberger became the first Steelers quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. The Steelers have two 1,000-yard receivers (Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward), a 1,000-yard rusher (Rashard Mendenhall) and a 4,000-yard passer for the first time. ... Terrell Owens became the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions. He reached the milestone with an 8-yard pass from Brian Brohm in the second quarter. ... The Texans' Andre Johnson joined Marvin Harrison in 2001-02 as the only players with consecutive 1,500-yard receiving seasons. ... Frank Gore became the first Niners player to reach 1,000 yards rushing four times in a career.



SIDELINED=

Steve Smith's season is over for the Carolina Panthers. The Miami Dolphins are hoping Ricky Williams isn't done as well. Smith broke his left arm in the Panthers' 41-9 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. Carolina coach John Fox said the star wide receiver broke his radius and would have surgery Monday. Williams played only one snap after leaving the Dolphins' 27-20 loss to Houston when he injured his right shoulder on a carry in the third quarter. He returned to make a catch for 3 yards with 3 minutes left in the game, then again went to the sideline. ... Cincinnati rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga broke his left ankle late in the first quarter of the Bengals' 17-10 win over Kansas City, a blow to one of the league's stingiest defenses.



SPEAKING=

"To win this game, no matter how ugly, makes you closer as a team. Winning makes everything feel better - a broken leg, a broken heart." - Bengals defensive lineman Tank Johnson said after a 17-10 win over the Chiefs clinched the AFC North for Cincinnati, five days after the team buried teammate Chris Henry.

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"I don't blame them a bit, man. I probably would have booed, too. I don't blame them. They pay to come see us win games, and we didn't get it done." - Colts center Jeff Saturday, on the fans at Lucas Oil Stadium booing after the team took out some of its starters in the second half of a 29-15 loss to the Jets.






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