Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the NFL-topped Philadelphia Eagles clinched their ticket to the playoffs with a 48-22 victory over the fading New York Giants on Sunday.
Hurts improved his MVP credentials by throwing for 217 yards, hitting DaVonta Smith on a 41-yard fourth-down TD offense and AJ Brown on a 33-yarder as the Eagles (12-1) scored on their first three possessions. The third-year quarterback also ran for 77 yards, highlighted by a 10-yard TD scamper late in the third quarter.
Miles Sanders ran for 144 yards and scored on runs of three and 40 yards as the Eagles handed the Giants their worst loss under first-year coach Brian Daboll. Philadelphia secured their second consecutive postseason appearance and fifth in six seasons.
Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor threw touchdown passes for the Giants (7-5-1). They have one win in their last six games (1-4-1) and their hopes for their first playoff berth since 2016 are dwindling with four games remaining.
Houston Texans 23–27 Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott scored the deciding touchdown with 41 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys avoided a major upset against the hapless Houston Texans.
Houston (1-11-1) looked able to end a seven-game losing streak after Dak Prescott threw an interception in the Dallas 10 with 5:37 left and the Texans leading by three. But the Cowboys (10-3) froze against an impromptu Texans charge, cramming backup quarterback Jeff Driskel on a fourth down run to give Prescott another chance starting just outside his own goal line.
The star quarterback delivered the second time, starting with a 21-yard completion for Dalton Schultz from the two-yard line first down. Another 18-year-old from Schultz put Dallas in fourth place in Houston. After Michael Gallup’s attempted TD catch barely aborted, Elliott scored on third to cap off the 98-yard, 11-play drive.
New York Jets 12–20 Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score on back-to-back possessions and the Buffalo Bills held on through wet, chilly and windy conditions to beat a broken Mike White and the AFC East rival New York Jets.
The AFC-leading Bills (10-3) won their fourth straight since a two-game skid, including a 20-17 loss at the Jets. The Jets (7-6) have lost four of six in a slump that has left their playoff chances shaky. New York, which has not qualified for the postseason since 2010, entered the week as the AFC’s seventh seed, beating New England and the Los Angeles Chargers. New York was undone by briefly sidelining White twice with injuries to his ribs. As a precaution, coach Robert Saleh said White was sent to the hospital after the game to be evaluated.
Cleveland Browns 10–23 Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow shrugged off a sloppy start by throwing two touchdown passes and the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Cleveland Browns, ending a five-game skid against their Ohio rival.
The Bengals (9-4) have won five in a row and nine of 11. They remain tied for the AFC North lead with Baltimore. Burrow picked up his first win in five starts against the Browns (5-8), whose playoff hopes are now all but non-existent.
Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson was sharper than his debut with the team last week, throwing his first touchdown pass in 707 days. But Watson also threw a fourth-quarter interception and couldn’t reach Donovan Peoples-Jones on a late fourth goal of six that would have made it a one-score game. He turned the ball over again downs on the Browns’ final drive when he threw incomplete to Amari Cooper.
Minnesota Vikings 23-34 Detroit Lions
Jared Goff threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns, leading the burgeoning Detroit Lions to victory over the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings (10-3) needed a win or a draw to clinch the division title. Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards, including a franchise-record 223 to Justin Jefferson with 11 catches. But Dalvin Cook ran just 23 yards on 15 carries and Minnesota couldn’t stop Goff. Detroit (6-7) has won five of six, their best stretch since their last postseason appearance in 2016.
Jacksonville Jaguars 36-22 Tennessee Titans
Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high 368 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score and the Jacksonville Jaguars routed the Tennessee Titans for their first Music City win since 2013.
The Jaguars (5-8) had four sacks and turned four turnovers into 20 points three for 17 points in the first half. The Jaguars scored 29 consecutive points winning two of their last three. The Titans (7-6) lost their third consecutive game to tie their longest slip since coach Mike Vrabel’s opening season in 2018.
Baltimore Ravens 16-14 Pittsburgh Steelers
JK Dobbins ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on his return from a knee injury, helping the Baltimore Ravens overcome the loss of backup quarterback Tyler Huntley.
Huntley filled in for injured star Lamar Jackson, but suffered a concussion in the second half. He was replaced by undrafted rookie free agent Anthony Brown. Justin Tucker kicked three field goals to help Baltimore (9-4) end a four-game losing streak to the Steelers, who also lost their quarterback, Kenny Pickett, to a concussion.