NFL Roundup: Bengals 13, Steelers 10
12/26/2012, 5:09 p.m.
Josh Brown booted a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to propel Cincinnati over Pittsburgh, qualifying the Bengals for the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Earlier in the quarter, Brown missed a 56-yarder but got a second chance when Reggie Nelson intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it to the Pittsburgh 46 with 14 seconds left. Andy Dalton connected with A.J. Green for 21 yards on the next play, setting up Brown's game-winner.
Dalton went 24 of 41 for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals (9-6), who ended a five-game losing skid to Pittsburgh (7-8).
Bears 28, Cardinals 13
Chicago's defense scored two touchdowns, and the Bears defeated Arizona to maintain their playoff hopes.
Charles Tillman brought back an interception for a touchdown, the third pick he has returned for a score this season and the eighth overall by the Bears, one short of the league record. In addition, Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another score.
Brandon Marshall had six receptions for 68 yards and a TD, and in the process he broke the Bears franchise record for receiving yards in a season.
Patriots 23, Jaguars 16
Tom Brady fought through a shaky start by throwing two touchdown passes, and the Patriots held on to beat the Jaguars.
In the first quarter, Brady threw two interceptions, the second one helping Jacksonville (2-13) build a 10-0 lead.
For the fourth straight week, the Jaguars faded in the third quarter, leading to their 11th loss in the last 12 games and established a franchise record for losses in a season.
Brady played a significant role in the Jaguars latest defeat. After a rough start, he found his rhythm and picked apart Jacksonville's defense.
Broncos 34, Browns 12
The Broncos won its 10th consecutive game as Peyton Manning passed for three touchdowns for the 72nd time in his career in a win over the Browns.
Houston was beaten by Minnesota, which means Denver (12-3) is now tied with the Texans for first place in the AFC.
Manning finished the game 30-for-43 for 339 yards, Von Miller had two sacks for the Broncos, the second of which knocked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden out of the game with a right shoulder injury. On the season, Miller has 17 and a half sacks, breaking Elvis Dumervil's franchise record.