Eagles, Steelers clinch division titles
LOS ANGELES – Agence France-Presse
The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East divisional crown with a roller coaster NFL victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 10 but saw quarterback Carson Wentz exit early with a knee injury.
Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before limping off in the third quarter as the Eagles held on to claim a pulsating 43-35 victory at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
But the gloss was taken off the win by Wentz’s injury, which US media reported could be a season-ending torn ligament.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson refused to speculate on the severity of the injury.
“We will find out more tomorrow,” he said. “You’re speculating he is going to be out, but I just don’t know yet.”
The Eagles improved to 11-2 and clinched the NFC East title for the first time since 2013.
The Rams meanwhile remain on top of the NFC West at 9-5, one game ahead of the Seattle Seahawks (8-5) who fell 30-24 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Steelers clinched the AFC North division title in dramatic style, edging the Baltimore Ravens 39-38 on Chris Boswell’s field goal with 42 seconds left in the game.
The Steelers improved to 11-2 with their eighth straight win after trailing by 11 points going into the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a career-high 44 passes on a career-high 66 attempts for 506 yards. He became the first NFL quarterback with three career 500-yard games.
Elsewhere on Dec. 10, the Dallas Cowboys stayed alive in their quest for a wildcard berth with a 30-10 win over the New York Giants.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott finished with a career-high 332 yards as Dallas improved to 7-6 in the NFC East to stay in the postseason chase.
The Carolina Panthers jolted the Minnesota Vikings 34-21 after a three-touchdown rushing display from Jonathan Stewart.
The Panthers boosted their playoff hopes as they improved to 9-4. The Vikings slipped to 10-3 but remain atop the NFC North.
In Cleveland, the Browns looked poised to score their first victory of the season after leading 21-7 against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter.
But two Packers touchdowns sent the game into overtime and Green Bay emerged with a 27-21 win.
In Buffalo, the Bills overcame blizzard-like conditions to beat the Indianapolis Colts 13-17 in overtime in a game played with thick snow blanketing the field.