Redskins NFC East champs...Broncos, Pats, Niners earn first-round byesUNDATED (AP) - At one point this season, the Washington Redskins were 3-6, going nowhere fast and coach Mike Shanahan was openly pointing toward next season. Today the Redskins are NFC East champions for the first time since 1999.
The Redskins won their seventh straight game and the NFC East title by beating Dallas 28-18 behind rookie Robert Griffin III. RG3, wearing a heavy black brace on his mildly sprained right knee, ran 10 yards for a touchdown to give the Redskins the lead.
Griffin isn't the only outstanding Washington rookie. Alfred Morris, a sixth-round draft pick, ran 33 times for 200 yards and three TDs. Morris became the Redskins' all-time single-season rushing leader with 1,613 yards.
In other action on the final day of the NFL regular season:
-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.
- 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 Saturday night at Lambeau Field 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 pass attempts.
- 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. The Falcons are No. 1 seed in the NFC.
- Ben Roethlisberger 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.
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