Titans seal NFL play-offs bye with victory

The Tennessee Titans have secured the number one seed in the AFC with a hard-fought 28-25 NFL victory over the Houston Texans.

The win took Tennessee’s record to 12-5 and ensured they will receive a bye next week and enjoy home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of 32 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns, the final score to Julio Jones effectively sealing the win after the Texans had threatened to come back from 21-0 behind.

The Green Bay Packers had already clinched the number one seed in the NFC and faced a Detroit side knowing that a defeat could help secure the top draft pick for next season, but it was the Lions that came out 37-30 winners.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 14 of 18 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before he sat out the remainder of the game.

Detroit’s win means the top draft pick will go to the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14) despite their 26-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts, who were denied a spot in the post-season.

Chris Boswell kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 16-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens which will secure a play-off place unless the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers play out a tie in the final game of the regular season.

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt matched the NFL’s official single-season sack record of 22.5 — to tie Michael Strahan, who set the record in 2001 for the New York Giants — when he got to Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the final minute of the first half.

The Cleveland Browns ended their season with a 21-16 win over AFC North winners the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Washington Football Team beat the New York Giants 22-7 and the Minnesota Vikings eased to a 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos are looking for a new head coach to lead them out of a six-year play-off drought after they fired Vic Fangio — who went 19-30 over three years, including a losing 7-10 this season.

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