Indianapolis 28, Houston 16
The Colts did the Bengals a huge favor by knocking of the slumping Texans. Andrew Luck completed just 14 of 28 passes but threw for two scores. Houston now needs a loss by Denver or New England to still have a first round bye; barring those unlikely events, the Texans will face the Bengals next weekend.
Carolina 44, New Orleans 38
Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams each ran for two touchdowns to lead the Panthers. Drew Brees threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. Brees can now look forward to being reunited next year $40 million man Sean Payton.
New York Giants 42, Philadelphia 7
The Andy Reid era has ended, and apparently the Eagle players were ready to shove him out the door. Philadelphia put up little resistance against a motivated Giant squad, as Eli Manning threw for five touchdowns. Despite the impressive win New York was still eliminated from postseason contention thanks to Chicago’s win over Detroit.
Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 10
Ben Roethlisberger tossed three touchdown passes to help the Steelers avoid a losing season. The optimism of the Browns’ three game winning streak is but a distant memory, and the housecleaning in Cleveland will likely begin tomorrow.