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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Broncos Nab Home Field As Steelers, Bills Stumble

NEW YORK -- Denver gets to stay home for the playoffs. Pittsburgh and Buffalo should have stayed there on Sunday.


The streaking Broncos won their ninth straight game and clinched home field throughout the AFC playoffs with a 34-7 battering of Seattle. And the victory, combined with Pittsburgh's loss at Baltimore and Buffalo's overtime defeat at Indianapolis, means a first-round playoff bye for Denver and home games for the remainder of the postseason.


Pittsburgh was all set to clinch a tie for a third straight AFC Central title until a couple of old pals spoiled the party.


The Ravens stung the Steelers 31-17 as Vinny Testaverde racked up 259 yards and became the first quarterback to throw for three touchdowns against the Steelers (4-9) this season. Bam Morris, playing for the first time against his former team, carried 28 times for 100 yards -- the first running back to gain that many yards against the Steelers this season. And when Pittsburgh (9-4) threatened to come back in the fourth quarter, ex-Steeler Eric Green caught a three-yard TD pass from Testaverde to seal the victory.


Denver (12-1) beat Seattle (5-8) as John Elway threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Vaughn Hebron set up two scores with long kickoff returns.


Colts 13, Bills 10, OT. Cary Blanchard kicked a 49-yard field goal 8:14 into overtime as Indianapolis (7-6) jolted Buffalo (9-4). The victory kept the Colts in the race for an AFC wild-card spot. Blanchard also kicked a 25-yarder that tied the game in the fourth quarter.


Panthers 24, Bucs 0. Carolina (9-4) won its fourth straight and ended a three-game Tampa Bay (4-9) winning streak. The Panthers kept Trent Dilfer on the run, sacking him five times and knocking him down 13 times. There were two interceptions and a fumble that Shawn King turned into a 13-yard touchdown.


Packers 28, Bears 17. Antonio Freeman set career highs with 10 receptions for 156 yards as Green Bay (10-3) beat Chicago. The Bears (5-8) have not won a December road games during the regular season since 1987.


Eagles 24, Giants 0. Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak as Ty Detmer threw for three touchdowns and 284 yards. The win moved the Eagles (8-5) into a first-place tie in the NFC East and eliminated the Giants (5-8) from playoff contention.


Vikings 41, Cardinals 17. Brad Johnson threw for a career-high four touchdowns and the Vikings (7-6) stayed in the playoff hunt by drilling Arizona (6-7). Johnson finished 19-for-26 for 238 yards.


Jaguars 30, Bengals 27. Mark Brunell threw for 356 yards and Mike Hollis kicked a team-record five field goals as Jacksonville (6-7) overcame Cincinatti (5-8).


Oilers 35, Jets 10. Rookie Eddie George ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and Houston (7-6) stayed in the playoff hunt by battering the Jets, who dropped to 1-12.


Rams 26, Saints 10. Harold Green scored two touchdowns and Chip Lohmiller kicked four field goals to lead St. Louis (4-9) past New Orleans (2-11).


Raiders 17, Dolphins 7. Oakland's defense forced Dan Marino into three interceptions and a fumble and beat Miami (6-7). Tim Brown caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Jeff Hostetler, Derrick Fenner ran 6 yards for a touchdown and Cole Ford added a 38-yard field goal for the Raiders (6-7).


Patriots 45, Chargers 7. Drew Bledsoe matched his career-high with four touchdown passes for New England (9-4) against San Diego (7-6). Two of his scoring passes came in a run of 31 straight points set up by five Chargers turnovers.