Nfl Report

December 22, 2008|By From Sun news services

Home, sweet home

The AFC playoffs will run through Nashville, Tenn. The Titans clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs by pounding the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-14, in a showdown of the AFC's best teams. Kerry Collins threw for a touchdown, Chris Johnson and LenDale White ran for a score apiece, and the Titans improved to an NFL-best 13-2 with their 15th win in 17 games.

AFC: Where they stand

North: : Steelers, 11-4*

East: : Dolphins and Patriots, 10-5

South: : Titans, 13-2*

West: : Broncos, 8-7

Wild cards: : Colts, 11-4*; Ravens, 10-5; Jets, 9-6

*clinched playoff spot

Giants NFC's top seed

The NFC road to the Super Bowl will run through the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Derrick Ward rushed for a career-best 215 yards and set up Brandon Jacobs' winning 2-yard touchdown run with 9:57 left in overtime, and the Super Bowl champion New York Giants clinched the NFC's No. 1 seed for the postseason with a 34-28 comeback victory over the Carolina Panthers.

NFC: Where they stand

North: : Vikings, 9-6

East: : Giants, 12-3*

South: : Carolina, 11-4*

West: : Cardinals, 8-7*

Wild cards: : Falcons, 10-5*; Cowboys, 9-6; Buccaneers, 9-6; Bears, 8-6; Eagles, 8-6-1.

*clinched playoff spot

Of note

10,000-yard club: : Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis became the 24th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 career yards. Lewis came in needing 63 yards and went over the milestone on an 8-yard burst in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished with 76 yards on 16 carries. The 29-year-old played seven seasons with the Ravens, for whom he gained 7,801 yards before signing as a free agent with the Browns in 2007. He gained 1,304 yards last season, his best since 2003, when he rushed for 2,066 for the Ravens.

1,000-catch club: : Isaac Bruce reached a pair of milestones and helped the San Francisco 49ers in an improbable comeback. Bruce became the fifth player to reach 1,000 catches on a 3-yard touchdown grab with 4:12 to go and passed Tim Brown for second on the career receiving yards list on the 49ers' go-ahead drive in a 17-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

0-15 club: : The Detroit Lions became the first 0-15 team ever when they were routed, 42-7, by the New Orleans Saints. The Lions will try to avoid a perfectly awful season in the finale at Green Bay, where they haven't won since 1991.

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