Update on the latest in the NFL

Jason Witten almost cost the Dallas Cowboys a
shot at clinching the NFC East this afternoon. But the Cowboys'
tight end eventually was part of the go-ahead touchdown in a 28-27
win at Detroit.
The Lions led 27-21 until Witten hauled in a 16-yard touchdown
pass from Tony Romo with 18 seconds remaining. It came one
possession after Witten lost a fumble on the Detroit 1 late in the
final period.
Witten finished with career highs of 15 receptions and 138
yards.
Marion Barber ran for two touchdowns and grabbed an eight-yard
scoring pass from Romo, who was 35-of-44 for 302 yards and no
interceptions.
At 12-and-1, the Cowboys wrapped up a division title while
sending the 6-and-7 Lions to their fifth consecutive loss.
Kevin Jones had a pair of touchdown runs for the Lions, who led
27-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
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The Green Bay Packers also claimed a division championship,
wrapping up the NFC North with an easy 38-7 rout of Oakland. Ryan
Grant and Will Blackmon had the key plays while the Packers were
improving to 11-and-2. Grant rushed for a career-high 156 yards and
two touchdowns as the Packers bounced back from last Thursday's
loss to Dallas. Blackmon returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown
while the Packers were outscoring the Raiders 24-0 in the second
half. Blackmon also recovered a muffed punt in the end zone late in
the third quarter.
Brett Favre (fahrv) put up nice numbers despite his sore left
shoulder and right elbow, passing for 266 yards and two scores.
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San Diego is on the verge of claiming another AFC West title
following a big fourth-quarter comeback in a 23-17 overtime shocker
at Tennessee. LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 16-yard run with 7:29
left in OT to finish with 146 yards on 26 carries. The Chargers
trailed 17-3 until Tomlinson grabbed a seven-yard touchdown pass
from Philip Rivers with 7:29 left in the fourth period. Rivers tied
the game by hitting Antonio Gates for a seven-yard TD with only two
seconds remaining in regulation.
The 8-and-5 Chargers will take the division crown if the Broncos
lose to Kansas City today.
LenDale White ran for 113 yards, including a seven-yard scoring
burst that gave the Titans a two-touchdown lead. But Tennessee
dropped to 7-and-6.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants also took a major
step toward playoff football.
Fred Taylor ran for 132 yards and a long touchdown in the
Jaguars' 37-6 mauling Carolina. Taylor provided the longest run
from scrimmage this season, an 80-yard touchdown in the final
period.
David Garrard threw for two touchdowns, and Clint Ingram
returned an interception 39 yards for a score.
The Giants are 9-and-4 after Plaxico Burress grabbed seven
passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 16-13 win at
Philadelphia. Big Blue trailed throughout until Burress scored on a
20-yard reception from Eli Manning, who passed for 219 yards and no
interceptions.
The 5-and-8 Eagles had a chance to force overtime, but David
Akers missed a 57-yard field-goal try with one second left.
Bryant Westbrook ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, but he also
lost a fumble that set up the Giants' go-ahead TD.
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Tampa Bay could have clinched the NFC South today. Instead, they
ended a four-game winning streak by falling to Sage Rosenfels and
the Houston Texans 28-14.
Rosenfels passed for 209 yards and three TD's for the 6-and-7
Texans. Andre Davis ran back the second-half kickoff 97 yards for a
touchdown that put Houston ahead 21-7.
The Bucs will be division winners if New Orleans falls to
Atlanta tomorrow night.
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Miami remains on target to become the NFL's first winless team
since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, falling to 0-and-13 with a
38-17 setback at Buffalo. Rookie Trent Edwards threw for four
touchdowns, two each to Lee Evans and Robert Royal. The Bills also
produced a pair of 100-yard rushers in the game, with Fred Jackson
finishing with 115 and Marshawn Lynch added 107.
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Carson Palmer threw for 189 yards and Rudi Johnson ran for
another 92 in Cincinnati's 19-10 win over St. Louis. Johnson opened
the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter
before Shayne Graham hit four field goals for the 5-and-8 Bengals.
Brock Berlin made his first NFL start for the 3-and-10 Rams,
completing 17-of-28 for 153 yards, no touchdowns and one
interception.
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Five games are going on right now, including the New England
Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers at Foxboro. The Patriots are
12-and-0 as they try to become the NFL's first unbeaten team since
the 1972 Dolphins.
Cleveland has an important game against the New York Jets at the
Meadowlands. The Browns entered the game 7-and-5, a half-game ahead
of the Titans and Bills in the battle for the final AFC wild-card
berth.
Seattle can claim the NFC West title with a win at Arizona.
San Francisco is hosting the Minnesota Vikings, who can take
control of the final NFC wild-card berth with a win.
And Denver is battling Kansas City.
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The night game has Indianapolis at Baltimore.

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