NFL roundup: Barnes' interception sets up winning field goal for Redskins in OT

December 26, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Washington 20, Jacksonville 17 (OT)

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Kevin Barnes' interception in overtime set up Graham Gano's 31-yard game-winning field goal, as the Washington Redskins hurt the Jacksonville Jaguars' playoff hopes with a 20-17 victory. Rex Grossman completed 19-of-39 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Redskins (6-9), who snapped a four-game skid. Ryan Torain carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score. David Garrard connected on 22-of-38 passes for 299 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for the Jaguars (8-7), who came into play Sunday tied atop the AFC South with the Colts. Jacksonville had a chance to win the division last weekend, but lost to Indianapolis, 34-24. The Colts, who hold the tiebreaker over the Jags, are currently in action against the Raiders. Jacksonville was without starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew (knee), who saw his streak of 45 straight games played come to an end.

New England 34, Buffalo 3

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Although the calendar may read December 26, it's Groundhog Day for the Buffalo Bills whenever they're pitted against the New England Patriots. Tom Brady added to his MVP resume with three touchdown passes, and the Patriots locked up not only the AFC East crown for the seventh time in the past eight seasons, but also the conference's top seed with a 34-3 victory over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. New England (13-2) has won 15 straight over the Bills since a 31-0 drubbing at Buffalo during the first week of the 2003 campaign. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl that season and now find themselves in an enviable position in their quest to return to the big game as the conference's representative this year. Brady finished with only 140 yards on 15-of-27 efficiency, while rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of eight-yard touchdown passes in the Patriots' seventh straight win since a loss in Cleveland on November 7. New England forced seven turnovers on Sunday, five of which were committed by Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick completed 18-of-37 throws for 251 yards with three interceptions. He also fumbled twice. Fred Jackson had 81 yards on 13 carries for the Bills (4-11).

Detroit 34, Miami 27

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - DeAndre Levy's interception return for a touchdown with 2:11 to play gave the Detroit Lions a 34-27 win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Shaun Hill went 14-for-26 with 222 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions (5-10), who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes to win their third game in a row. Brandon Pettigrew and Jahvid Best each caught a score for Detroit, which was coming off a win at Tampa Bay last week which saw the team break a 26-game losing skid on the road. Chad Henne threw for 278 yards and a touchdown on 29-of-44 passing, but his two picks in the final quarter accounted for 10 points as the Dolphins (7-8), finished their home schedule with a mark of just 1-7. Brandon Marshall caught 10 balls for 102 yards and Davone Bess finished the game with six catches for 41 yards and a score for Miami, which has dropped its past two games and three of four.

St. Louis 25, San Francisco 17

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford threw for 292 yards with a touchdown and has the Rams on the cusp of the postseason in his rookie campaign, as St. Louis defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 25-17, in a pivotal NFC West clash. The Rams (7-8) simply need to win in Seattle next week to capture the division title and make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Seahawks, currently 6-8, are in action later Sunday in Tampa Bay. Josh Brown made all three of his field goal attempts, and Steven Jackson rushed for a touchdown in the key victory. The 49ers (5-10) were still alive for the division crown coming in and opted to start Troy Smith at quarterback. Smith was intercepted once and threw for just 153 yards, most coming on a 60-yard TD to Michael Crabtree, and was benched early in the fourth quarter. Ted Ginn returned a punt for a touchdown in the loss.

Kansas City 34, Tennessee 14

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