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Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 30 at 7:02 PM


Denver earns home-field advantage...Pats, Niners also earn first-round byes

UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Broncos have earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC by routing Kansas City 38-3 behind two TD passes from Peyton Manning. He threw 37 touchdowns in his first season as Broncos quarterback. The Broncos head into the playoffs following their bye week on an 11-game winning streak.

In other action on the final day of the NFL regular season:

— New England is No. 2 seed in the AFC and also gets a first-round bye following their 28-0 victory over Miami. That's the Patriots' first shutout since 2009. Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns.

— San Francisco clinched the NFC West with a 27-13 win over Arizona. Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards and finished with a career-high 172 receiving yards. The Niners get a first-round bye.

__Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:39 left gave Seattle a 20-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. Seattle finished with an 8-0 home mark, the only unbeaten home team in the NFL.

__ Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, finishing with 199 yards and powering the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs, 37-34 over Green Bay. The teams meet next week in the first round of the playoffs.

— The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants routed Philadelphia 42-7 in what may have been Andy Reid's final game as Eagles coach. They lost their final eight games.

— The Giants were eliminated from the playoff chase when the Chicago Bears outlasted Detroit 26-24. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford finished the year throwing an NFL-record 727 passes.

— The Houston Texans will limp into the playoffs having lost three of their last four games, including their 28-16 setback at Indianapolis. Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns and Deji Karim scored on a 101-yard kickoff return to help Colts coach Chuck Pagano win in his first game back since starting treatment for leukemia back in September.

— Cincinnati beat Baltimore 23-17 on Carlos Dunlap's 14-yard interception return for a touchdown with 6:06 left. The Ravens will host Indianapolis next weekend.

— Doug Martin rushed for 141 yards and Josh Freeman threw a scoring pass to Mike Williams as Tampa Bay beat Atlanta 22-17 to end up 7-9 in their first season under coach Greg Schiano (shee-AH'-noh). The Falcons are No. 1 seed in the NFC.

— Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lis-bur-gur) threw three TD passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers avoided their first losing season in nearly a decade with a 24-10 victory over Cleveland. The Steelers finished 8-8.

— Tennessee became the first team in NFL history with two players scoring twice on returns in a game as the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-20. Darius Reynaud scored on two punt returns and rookie linebacker Zach Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

— C.J. Spiller caught a 66-yard scoring pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryan Scott returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown as Buffalo beat the New York Jets 28-9 to leave both teams 6-10.

__ DeAngelo Williams ran for 210 yards and two TDs in Carolina's 44-38 win over New Orleans. The Saints finished 7-9, their first losing season since 2007.

— Micheal Spurlock returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and San Diego beat the Oakland Raiders 24-21 in what's expected to be Norv Turner's final game as Chargers coach.

— It's win or go home tonight in Landover, Maryland, where the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys. The winner is NFC East champion and will play Seattle next weekend in the first round of the playoffs.


Clippers eye 17th straight win

UNDATED (AP) — Just 15 teams in NBA history have had a winning streak as long as 17 games, the last being the Houston Rockets' 22-game run in 2007-08. The Los Angeles Clippers will look to join that group when they complete a home-and-home series with the visiting Utah Jazz later tonight.

The Clippers stretched their team-record winning streak by turning a 19-point, third-quarter deficit into a 116-114 win over the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Friday. Chris Paul scored L.A.'s final seven points that night and finished with 29 as the Clippers improved to a league-best 24-6.


Rockets' No. 1 turns down D-League assignment

HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets first-round pick Royce White has refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate, yet another setback to his return to the court.

White was the 16th overall pick in the June draft. He has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.


Canada beats U.S.

UFA, Russia (AP) — The United States has fallen to 1-2 in the junior ice hockey world championships by falling to unbeaten Canada 2-1.

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent Hopkins and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome (STROH'-mee) scored for the Canadians, who sit atop Group B a 3-0.

The Americans need to beat Slovakia on Monday in Group B to move on.

Finland beat Switzerland 5-4, the Czech Republic doubled up Latvia 4-2 and Slovakia downed Germany 2-1 in overtime.


Golfer breaks leg while skiing

MADRID (AP) — Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has broken his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months.

Jimenez said in a statement that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing Saturday.