@TSFSports Week 16 NFL recap and commentary: Cam Newton and the Panthers rally late to punch their postseason ticket

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Saints Panthers Football Cam Newton, Cameron Jordan, Tyrunn Walker

Cam Newton led the Panthers on another late game-winning drive against the Saints.

The Carolina Panthers are headed to the playoffs and one win away from clinching the NFC South crown. Cam Newton led the home team on a final drive — covering 65 yards in 32 seconds. Newton connected with wide receiver Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Panthers a 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints.

It was Newton’s fourth game-winning drive of the season.

Buffalo Bills 19, Miami Dolphins 0 – Everything was in place for the Dolphins (8-7) to possibly clinch a playoff berth, but the Bills — minus quarterback E.J. Manuel had other plans. The Bills (6-9) ended Miami’s three game winning streak and held the visitors to 103 yards of total offense.

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Tannehill 10 27 82 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Miller 3 8 2.7 0
Dan. Thomas 9 6 0.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Hartline 2 53 26.5 0
M. Wallace 4 38 9.5 0
BUFFALO BILLS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Lewis 15 25 193 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
F. Jackson 19 111 5.8 1
C. Spiller 20 77 3.8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Woods 3 70 23.3 0
S. Chandler 2 31 15.5 0

Cincinnati Bengals 42 – Minnesota Vikings 14 – Andy Dalton hooked up with A.J. Green on two of his four touchdown passes as the Bengals (10-5) clinched a playoff berth for the third straight season when the Dolphins lost. Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings (4-10-1) lineup, but the offense failed to come anywhere close to last week’s 48-point outburst.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Cassel 13 27 114 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Patterson 3 54 18 1
A. Peterson 11 45 4.1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wright 1 36 36 1
G. Jennings 4 27 6.8 0
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Dalton 27 38 366 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Green-Ellis 12 24 2 1
G. Bernard 13 20 1.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Green 7 97 13.9 2
M. Jones 6 85 14.2 0

Denver Broncos 37, Houston Texans 13 – Peyton Manning set an NFL record with his 51st touchdown pass of the season as the Broncos (12-3) exploded after a slow start. The Texans (2-13) dropped their franchise-record 13th straight game.

DENVER BRONCOS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Manning 32 51 400 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Moreno 11 76 6.9 0
M. Ball 4 32 8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Decker 10 131 13.1 2
D. Thomas 8 123 15.4 1
HOUSTON TEXANS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Schaub 18 37 176 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Karim 8 30 3.8 0
D. Johnson 12 29 2.4 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Griffin 5 66 13.2 0
A. Johnson 4 63 15.8 0

Tennessee Titans 20 – Jacksonville Jaguars 16 – The Titans (6-9) ended a three-game losing streak with a late defensive stop. The Jaguars (4-11) failed to hold on to a 10-point lead in the second half of a game which both teams combined for seven fourth down attempts

TENNESSEE TITANS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Fitzpatrick 17 26 181 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
S. Greene 19 91 4.8 1
C. Johnson 22 90 4.1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Washington 6 117 19.5 1
D. Walker 4 35 8.8 0
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Henne 24 34 237 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Jones-Drew 13 45 3.5 0
D. Robinson 1 11 11 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Brown 5 71 14.2 1
M. Lewis 4 50 12.5 1

NY Jets 24, Cleveland Browns 13 – Geno Smith played one of his better games of the season with two touchdown passes and a rushing score to push the Jets record to (7-8). Jason Campbell threw two picks as the Browns (4-11) dropped their sixth in a row.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Campbell 18 39 178 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
E. Baker 17 64 3.8 1
J. Gordon 1 22 22 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Gordon 6 97 16.2 0
J. Cooper 4 26 6.5 0
NEW YORK JETS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
G. Smith 20 36 214 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Ivory 20 109 5.4 0
B. Powell 7 54 7.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Kerley 5 70 14 0
K. Winslow 3 35 11.7 0

Carolina Panthers 17, New Orleans Saints 13 - The Panthers (11-4) defense was relentless against Drew Brees — intercepting him twice and tallying six sacks. Carolina can clinch the NFC South with a win over the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday. The Saints (10-5) need a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coupled with a Panthers loss next week to win the division.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 30 44 281 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Ingram 13 83 6.4 0
K. Robinson 6 18 3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Graham 5 73 14.6 1
M. Colston 5 63 12.6 0
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Newton 13 22 181 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
De. Williams 12 67 5.6 1
T. Ginn 1 7 7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Ginn 2 66 33 0
S. Smith 1 44 44 0

Indianapolis Colts 23, Kansas City Chiefs 7 – Donald Brown caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another as the Colts (10-5) stunned the host Chiefs (11-4). Kansas City was never able to get their offense going. Quarterback Alex Smith was picked off twice and lost a fumble.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Luck 26 37 241 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Brown 10 79 7.9 1
T. Richardson 16 43 2.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Whalen 7 80 11.4 0
T. Hilton 5 52 10.4 0
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Smith 16 29 153 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Charles 13 106 8.2 1
A. Smith 6 47 7.8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Bowe 5 46 9.2 0
J. Charles 5 38 7.6 0

Dallas Cowboys 24, DC 23 – There was no late game miscues by Tony Romo this week. His 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray gave the Cowboys (8-7) the lead for good. DC (3-12) held a nine point lead heading in the 4th quarter only to allow ten unanswered points. The loss was DC’s seventh in a row.

DALLAS COWBOYS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Romo 17 27 226 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Murray 22 96 4.4 1
T. Romo 1 -1 -1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Williams 4 84 21 0
D. Bryant 4 73 18.2 1
WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
K. Cousins 21 36 197 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Morris 24 88 3.7 1
K. Cousins 2 10 5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Garcon 11 144 13.1 1
A. Robinson 1 14 14 0

St. Louis Rams 23 ,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 – The Rams (7-8) matched the win total from last season with great performances from rookies Stedman Bailey, Alec Ogletree and Zac Stacey. Robert Quinn recorded three of the Rams seven sacks, breaking the team record set by Kevin Greene in 1999. The Buccaneers (4-11) could only manage 170 yards of total offense.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Glennon 16 26 158 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Rainey 20 37 1.8 1
E. Page 1 19 19 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Jackson 5 98 19.6 0
T. Wright 4 27 6.8 0
ST. LOUIS RAMS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
K. Clemens 16 20 158 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Z. Stacy 33 104 3.2 1
S. Bailey 1 27 27 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Bailey 3 44 14.7 0
J. Cook 2 27 13.5 0

NY Giants 23 – Detroit Lions 20 (overtime) – The Lions (7-8) fifth loss in their last six games cost them a trip to the playoffs and quite possibly head coach Jim Schwartz his job. The Giants (6-9) hung tough despite turnovers late in the 4th quarter and in overtime to win it on a 45-yard Josh Brown field goal.

NEW YORK GIANTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
E. Manning 23 42 256 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 16 40 2.5 0
B. Pascoe 1 2 2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jernigan 6 80 13.3 1
B. Myers 4 53 13.2 0
DETROIT LIONS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Stafford 25 42 222 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Bell 20 91 4.6 1
R. Bush 12 34 2.8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Bell 10 63 6.3 0
J. Fauria 3 43 14.3 0

Arizona Cardinals 17, Seattle Seahawks 10 – Carson Palmer fought through a four interception performance to connect with Michael Floyd on a 31-yard strike with 2:13 remaining to give the Cardinals (10-5) a huge win. The Seahawks (12-3) lost at home for the first time in nearly two seasons.

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Palmer 13 25 178 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Ellington 15 64 4.3 0
R. Mendenhall 21 63 3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Golden 1 63 63 0
M. Floyd 1 31 31 1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Wilson 11 27 108 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Lynch 18 71 3.9 0
R. Wilson 2 32 16 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Kearse 3 38 12.7 0
G. Tate 2 34 17 0

San Diego Chargers 26, Oakland Raiders 13 – The Chargers (8-7) are still very much alive in the playoff race, but need help from other teams to make the postseason. Phillip Rivers connected with Keenan Allen for his only touchdown pass. The Raiders (4-11)committed 12 turnovers, including a critical taunting penalty which set up the Chargers go-ahead score.

OAKLAND RAIDERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. McGloin 20 36 206 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Jennings 10 45 4.5 0
D. McFadden 4 8 2 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Holmes 5 71 14.2 0
M. Rivera 2 43 21.5 0
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Rivers 19 29 201 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Mathews 25 99 4 1
D. Woodhead 8 52 6.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Royal 4 54 13.5 0
A. Gates 3 42 14 0

Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Green Bay Packers 31 – The Steelers (7-8) have worked their way from an 0-4 start to the doorstep of the postseason with another character win. The Packers (7-7-1) squandered a chance at the NFC North lead with a tough loss at home. Eddie Lacy had his first two touchdown game as a pro.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
B. Roethlisberger 16 28 167 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Bell 26 124 4.8 1
B. Roethlisberger 1 13 13 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 6 105 17.5 0
D. Paulson 1 30 30 0
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Flynn 21 39 232 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
E. Lacy 15 84 5.6 2
J. Starks 10 47 4.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jones 9 84 9.3 0
J. Boykin 5 54 10.8 1

New England Patriots 41, Baltimore Ravens 7 – The Ravens (8-7) are clinging to life after a humiliating loss to the Patriots (11-4) in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship. New England locked up their fifth consecutive AFC East crown.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Brady 14 26 172 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Blount 16 76 4.8 2
S. Ridley 15 54 3.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Edelman 7 77 11 0
D. Amendola 2 45 22.5 0
BALTIMORE RAVENS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Flacco 22 38 260 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Rice 11 40 3.6 0
T. Taylor 3 39 13 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Smith 3 69 23 0
M. Brown 4 51 12.8 0

Philadelphia Eagles 54, Chicago Bears 11 – The Eagles (9-6) flexed their offensive muscle in a meaningless game from their standpoint. The Bears (8-7) blew an opportunity to win the NFC North as both the Lions and Packers lost. The Eagles victory sets up a winner-take-all meeting with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East championship.

CHICAGO BEARS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Cutler 20 35 222 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Forte 9 29 3.2 0
M. Bush 7 20 2.9 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Bennett 5 85 17 0
A. Jeffery 6 76 12.7 0
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
N. Foles 21 25 230 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. McCoy 18 133 7.4 2
B. Brown 9 115 12.8 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Celek 3 58 19.3 1
R. Cooper 3 53 17.7 1

Monday Night Football:

Atlanta Falcons (4-10) at San Francisco 49ers (10-4)

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