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Bucs, Rams, Chiefs and Cardinals clinch NFL playoff berths

MINNEAPOLIS: Alexander Mattison #25 of the Minnesota Vikings falls into the tip zone for a dashing landing in opposition to Jalen Ramsey #5 and Jordan Fuller #4 of the Los Angeles Rams within the 3rd quarter at US Financial institution Stadium on December 26, 2021. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Tom Brady and reigning Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay clinched an NFL playoff berth on Sunday through defeating Carolina 32-6, securing the Buccaneers’ first department name since 2007. The Los Angeles Rams, Kansas Town Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals additionally sealed post-season spots due to Sunday’s effects whilst New England overlooked a possibility to clinch with a 33-21 house loss to Buffalo.

Brady, the 44-year-old quarterback who has received a checklist seven Tremendous Bowl titles, finished 18-of-30 passes for 182 yards and a landing whilst Ke’shawn Vaughn and Ronald Jones each and every ran for touchdowns to spark the Bucs. Tampa Bay captured the NFC South department crown and reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the primary time since shooting the 2003 Tremendous Bowl.

“I’m now not taking the rest without any consideration,” Brady mentioned. “Successful the department is difficult to do. We’ve earned it. We’re 11-4. It’s now not the best checklist on the planet but it surely’s not at all the worst both. “We’ve misplaced some difficult video games. I feel we’ve discovered from each and every of the ones losses. The whole lot is forward people.” Brady is within the playoffs for the nineteenth time in his profession and for a thirteenth consecutive season. The Rams additionally reached 11-4 and boosted their NFC West-division result in a sport over Arizona with a 30-23 victory at Minnesota.

“Punched a price ticket to the playoffs, however we all know that’s now not the tip function,” Rams trainer Sean McVay mentioned. Matthew Stafford threw for 197 yards and a landing however was once intercepted thrice through Vikings defenders. Sony Michel ran a career-high 27 occasions for a season-best 131 yards and a Rams landing and Brandon Powell scored on a 61-yard punt go back for Los Angeles. Minnesota’s defeat allowed Arizona (10-5) to clinch a playoff berth as smartly in spite of a Saturday loss to Indianapolis.

The Inexperienced Bay Packers, with an NFL-best 12-3 checklist, and Dallas Cowboys had already clinched NFC playoff berths, that means 5 of 7 NFC post-season spots are claimed with Philadelphia and San Francisco, each 8-7, the groups to overcome for the others. Las Vegas’ 17-13 victory over Denver intended the Dallas Cowboys had been confident of the NFC East name earlier than they hosted Washington on Sunday evening. However the Cowboys put an exclamation level at the night time with a 56-14 triumph that featured 4 landing passes through quarterback Dak Prescott.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns as Kansas Town secured a 6th consecutive AFC West department crown through routing Pittsburgh 36-10, the host Chiefs successful their 8th sport in a row to transform the primary AFC staff to safe a playoff berth. New England didn’t transform the primary AFC playoff staff as Buffalo’s Josh Allen finished 30-of-47 passes for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns to ignite the Expenses, who overtook the Patriots to guide the AFC East at 9-6.

Bengals rout Ravens

In some other showdown to come to a decision a department lead, Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow finished 37-of-46 passes for a club-record 525 yards and 4 touchdowns to energy the Bengals over visiting Baltimore 41-21. Burrow’s 299 passing yards within the first part, when the Bengals seized a 31-14 lead, had been probably the most through any NFL quarterback in any part all season.

Houston’s Davis Generators threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and Rex Burkhead ran 22 occasions for 149 yards and two touchdowns to guide the host Texans in a 41-29 disenchanted of the Los Angeles Chargers, who fell to 8-7. Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns to guide the Eagles over the visiting New York Giants 34-10. Chicago’s Nick Foles threw a 15-yard landing go to Jimmy Graham and a two-point conversion toss to Damiere Byrd within the ultimate seconds to boost the Bears to a 25-24 victory at Seattle. — AFP

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