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Colin Kaepernick was 21 for 34 for 310 yards and two touchdowns in San Francisco’s 23-20 win over Arizona.

Postgame blitz


Drew Brees, Saints, was 24 for 31 for 381 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans’ 42-17 win over Tampa Bay to earn a wild-card berth. Brees eclipsed 5,000 yards passing in a season for an unprecedented fourth time, finishing with 5,162 yards to go with 39 touchdowns.

Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 25 for 28 for 266 yards and four touchdowns before sitting out the second half of Denver’s 34-14 win over Oakland. He finished the season with NFL records of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 25 for 39 for 318 yards and two touchdowns – including a 48-yard scoring pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute to lift Green Bay to the NFC North title with a 33-28 win over Chicago.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals, was 28 for 49 for 407 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s 23-20 loss to San Francisco.

Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 22 for 33 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in San Diego’s 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City to earn the AFC’s No. 5 seed.

Chad Henne, Jaguars, was 30 for 51 for 331 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s 30-10 loss to Indianapolis.


LeGarrette Blount, Patriots, had 24 carries for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns, and also had two long kickoff returns in New England’s 34-20 win over Buffalo.

Ryan Mathews, Chargers, had 24 carries for 144 yards in the Chargers’ 27-24 overtime win against Kansas City.

Chris Johnson, Titans, had 27 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s 16-10 win over Houston.

Matt Asiata, Vikings, had 14 carries for 115 yards in Minnesota’s 14-13 win over Detroit.

Matt Forte, Bears, had 22 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns and also had 47 yards receiving and a scoring catch.

C.J. Spiller, Bills, had 19 carries for 105 yards.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 23 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 27-9 win over St. Louis.


Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, had six receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts, had 11 receptions for 155 yards.

Golden Tate, Seahawks, had eight receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown.

Jerrel Jernigan, Giants, had six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown, and also ran twice for 57 yards and a TD in New York’s 20-6 win over Washington.

Special teams

Phil Dawson, 49ers, had three field goals, including the game-winner from 40 yards as time expired.

Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, kicked four field goals.

Rob Bironas, Titans, had three field goals, including a season-best 55-yarder.


Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals, had two of Cincinnati’s four interceptions, returning the second 21 yards for a touchdown in a 34-17 win over Baltimore.

Malcolm Smith, Seahawks, returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown.

Greg Hardy, Panthers, had four of Carolina’s nine sacks – both team records – in Carolina’s 21-20 win over Atlanta.

– Associated Press