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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kelly Tosses Bills Into Playoffs, Again

COMBINED REPORTS


BUFFALO, New York -- Jim Kelly threw a pair of four-yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 20-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and a wild-card playoff berth Sunday.


The Bills (10-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and advanced to the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years.


The Chiefs (9-7) took their third straight loss and were eliminated from the playoffs.


"We are out there busting our butts. You hear everyone saying how lousy we're playing. When you hear so many negative things, it ticks you off," said Kelly, who completed 20-of-29 passes for 279 yards.


In Jacksonville, the Jaguars, in their second year in the league, made the playoffs with a miracle 19-17 win when Morten Andersen of the Atlanta Falcons, one of the most reliable kickers in NFL history, missed a 30-yard field goal with four seconds left.


Jacksonville, which would have been out of the postseason if Andersen made the kick, got four field goals from Mike Hollis.


In Baltimore, Steve McNair threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Eddie George added a short scoring run as the Houston Oilers put away their first non-losing season in three years with a 24-21 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.


The Oilers (8-8) who improved one game over last season, posted their best record since going 12-4 in 1993.


The Ravens finished 4-12 in their first season in Baltimore.


At Carolina, Carolina Panthers safety Chad Cota's interception in the end zone with 29 seconds remaining preserved an 18-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and clinched the NFC West title. Pittsburgh (10-6) had already wrapped up the AFC Central Division.


In San Diego, John Carney kicked three field goals and Stan Humphries hit Charlie Jones with a nine-yard touchdown pass as the San Diego Chargers managed a .500 season with a 16-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in the season finale for both teams.


The Chargers (8-8), who will not be in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, snapped a three-game losing streak and gained a split of the season series with Denver. Denver has wrapped up the AFC's best record and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.


In Green Bay, Brett Favre threw three scoring passes to set a team record and Dorsey Levens scored two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and avenged one of their three losses this season with a 38-10 thumping of the Minnesota Vikings.


The Packers' 13-3 finish is their best since going 12-2 in 1966, the year they won Super Bowl I. Favre's three scoring passes gave him 39 on the season.


Packer defensive end Reggie White said: "The road to the Super Bowl comes through Green Bay now."


At Tampa Bay, Trent Dilfer threw two touchdowns and Errict Rhett ran for another to lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) to a 34-19 victory over the Chicago Bears (7-9).


In Philadelphia, defensive end Mike Mamula scored his first NFL touchdown and Gary Anderson kicked three of his five field goals in the first half as the Philadelphia Eagles tuned up for the playoffs with a 29-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.


In Cincinnati, Indianapolis clinched a playoff berth, but Jeff Blake and Tony McGee hooked up on a nine-yard touchdown pass to snap a fourth-quarter tie as the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Colts, 31-24. Indianapolis (9-7) clinched a wild card spot next weekend when the Kansas City Chiefs dropped a 20-9 decision to Buffalo earlier this afternoon.


At the Jets, Karim Abdul-Jabbar ran for 152 yards and a touchdown to become Miami's first 1,000-yard rusher in 18 years and Dan Marino threw for three scores as the Dolphins edged mistake-prone New York, 31-28, in coach Rich Kotite's last game as Jets coach.


Kotite ended his miserable two-year tenure with the Jets with a 4-28 record and on Friday said he would quit after this game. The Jets finished with the NFL's worst record for the second season in a row. The Jets are the fifth NFL team ever to finish 1-15.


In Oakland, Gino Torretta's 39-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway 68 seconds into the second half put Seattle ahead for good as the Seahawks rallied past the Oakland Raiders, 28-21, in the season finale for both teams.


In Washington, Gus Frerotte threw for a career-high 346 yards and Terry Allen added three short touchdown runs as the Washington Redskins routed the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys, 37-10, in the final game at RFK Stadium.


?Jonah Ray joyously ran off the field, clutching a handful of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium sod after the last National Football League game was played there.


"I just wanted a piece of RFK,'' said the 14-year-old, one of thousands of fans who overwhelmed police and flooded the turf at the end of the Redskins' victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.


By the time the scene was clear at the 35-year-old stadium, the rectangular playing surface had been shredded, with huge chunks missing. At least four arrests were made, according to Washington police.


The Redskins are moving out of the 53,000-seat stadium, known as D.C. Stadium when it was built in 1961 and now the smallest in the NFL, into a 78,600-seat state-of-the-art facility eight kilometers away in Landover, Maryland.


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