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Rivers, Tomlinson injured

January 01, 2007|From the Associated Press

Philip Rivers hobbled off the field in the third quarter, his day's work finished and the San Diego Chargers on their way to owning the AFC's top seeding in the playoffs.

Rivers threw two touchdown passes after injuring his right foot, and LaDainian Tomlinson also limped off after wrapping up his first NFL rushing title in leading the Chargers to a 27-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at San Diego.

The Chargers (14-2) clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They'd already earned a first-round bye, which will give Rivers and Tomlinson time to heal. Their exact injuries weren't disclosed.

San Diego heads into the playoffs with a 10-game winning streak and its first perfect home record since 1963. The Chargers' 14 wins and eight home victories are club records.

Tomlinson ran for 66 yards, giving him 1,815 and the league rushing title. He beat Larry Johnson of the division rival Kansas City Chiefs, who had 1,789.

San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer won his 200th regular-season game, joining Don Shula, George Halas, Tom Landry and Curly Lambeau in that exclusive club. Each of those coaches won multiple Super Bowls or NFL titles.

Now Schottenheimer will try to do something about his unsightly 5-12 playoff record as he tries to get to his first Super Bowl.

Dennis Green might have coached his last game for Arizona (5-11). He is 16-32 in three seasons.

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Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 17 -- Jeff Garcia played only one series before putting on a knit cap and going to the sideline for good.

Thanks to the Detroit Lions, Garcia and the rest of Philadelphia's starters rested up for the playoffs while the backups finished a remarkable late-season run with a victory at Philadelphia.

The Eagles (10-6) clinched the NFC East title less than five minutes into the game when Dallas lost to the Detroit Lions. Coach Andy Reid pulled his starters to keep them healthy for next Sunday's first-round matchup against the New York Giants.

A.J. Feeley threw for a career-best 321 yards and three touchdowns to help the Eagles win their fifth consecutive game without Donovan McNabb. The Falcons (7-9) played almost the entire second half without Michael Vick, who sprained his right ankle on the first play of the third quarter.

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Indianapolis 27, Miami 22 -- Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and watched his maligned defense limit Miami to five field goals before giving up a late touchdown at Indianapolis.

The Colts (12-4) will now play host to Kansas City in a wild-card game next weekend after blowing a chance to earn either of the AFC's top two seedings by losing four times in the last six weeks.

Miami (6-10) closed the season with three straight losses.

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Green Bay 26, Chicago 7 -- Brett Favre showed he still has life in his right arm, passing for 285 yards to lead the Packers (8-8) at Chicago.

Favre completed 19 of 40 passes with a touchdown and interception in what may have been his last game. Rex Grossman of Chicago (13-3) was two for 12 with three interceptions and a zero passer rating in the first half. And the debate over whether he or Brian Griese should start is back on.

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Baltimore 19, Buffalo 7 -- Using a stellar performance from the defense and an efficient effort from the offense, the Ravens won at Baltimore to earn the No. 2 seeding in the AFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Chris McAlister returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and the Ravens yielded only 39 yards rushing to put a pretty bow on the finest regular season in franchise history. Baltimore (13-3) will begin the playoffs with nine wins in its last 10 games. Buffalo (7-9) fell short in its bid to finish .500.

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New England 40, Tennessee 23 -- Corey Dillon ran for two touchdowns and Tom Brady threw for a touchdown, as New England stopped the Titans' magical run at Nashville.

The Titans (8-8) had won six straight games. But the Patriots (12-4) wanted momentum for themselves before hosting a wild-card game next weekend, so Coach Bill Belichick played Brady for three quarters.

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Seattle 23, Tampa Bay 7 -- Shaun Alexander ran for one touchdown and Matt Hasselbeck threw for a second at Tampa, Fla., bolstering the confidence of the defending NFC champion Seahawks (9-7) heading into the postseason.

Former Seattle receiver Joey Galloway was one of the lone bright spots for the Buccaneers (4-12), finishing with eight receptions for 118 yards and scoring Tampa Bay's only touchdown.

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Carolina 31, New Orleans 21 -- The Saints (10-6) chose to play for a healthy playoff roster rather than an inconsequential victory. The result was a loss to Carolina (8-8) at New Orleans as Jake Delhomme and the Panthers' starters pulled away against the Saints' reserves.

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Houston 14, Cleveland 6 -- The Texans (6-10) were outgained 306 to 177 yards, but got the win over Cleveland (4-12) thanks to several costly errors by the Browns.

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St. Louis 41, Minnesota 21 -- Steven Jackson had a career-high four touchdowns and 166 yards rushing, helping the Rams (8-8) finish the year with a win over the woeful Vikings (6-10) at Minneapolis.

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