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Lamar Jackson’s outstanding performance secures top AFC seed for Ravens, propels dominant win over Dolphins

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(AP) — In what may have been his final bid for the MVP award, Lamar Jackson threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns, finishing with a perfect passer rating and helping the Baltimore Ravens clinch the top seed in the AFC with a 56-19 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. caught two TDs for the Ravens, who won their sixth straight game and also wrapped up their first title since 2019, Jackson’s first MVP season. Now (13-3) can rest Jackson — and anyone else it chooses — in the regular-season finale against . (11-5) is also postseason bound, but now the winner of next weekend’s Dolphins-Bills game will take the . And now the Dolphins face a potentially significant injury. Linebacker — with his team down 30 points — had to be carted off with 3:05 remaining after hurting his knee. Serenaded with periodic “MVP!” chants from the home crowd, Jackson went 18 of 21 passing. Jackson also had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 against Miami in 2019. He joins (against Detroit) as the only quarterbacks with two perfect ratings against the same team, with a minimum of 20 attempts. <49ERS 27>, LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — bounced back from the worst game of his career to throw two touchdown passes, and San Francisco clinched the top seed in the by beating .’s stunning home loss to , combined with ’s defeat at on Saturday, allowed the <49ers> (12-4) to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage. (4-12) wasn’t much of an obstacle for the , whose only concern could be the status of . Their do-it-all running back left the game in the third quarter with a right calf injury after gaining 91 scrimmage yards on 18 touches. also got touchdown catches from and and a rushing TD from . , coming off throwing four interceptions in a humbling home loss to , was 22 of 28 for 230 yards to reach 4,280 and break ’s franchise record of 4,278 set in 2000. was intercepted twice and has an -worst 19 picks this season., KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — was a career-best 6 for 6 on field-goal attempts and rallied past to win the for the eighth straight season. had 245 yards passing and a touchdown for (10-6), which also secured the AFC’s No. 3 seed and at least one home playoff game. ran 18 times for 130 yards while had five catches for 127 yards. (8-8) led by 10 early but found themselves trailing 25-17 when hit the last of his field goals — a 46-yarder through blustery wind — with 2:59 remaining in the game.With one last chance, hit to convert a long fourth down and get into territory, but back-to-back sacks by and gave the eight on the day and ended the ’ comeback hopes. held the scoreless on their final seven possessions. converted from 54, 43, 27, 24, 48 and 46 yards, accounting for the game’s final 18 points. , (AP) — ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 32 seconds remaining, threw three TD passes, and rallied from a 15-point deficit to stun . (11-5) could have won the with wins against and the next week. Now, can win the division with a win next week at , and has locked up the top seed in the conference., who threw three touchdown passes, was picked off in the end zone on a desperate heave to end the game. finished 25 of 31 for 232 yards and got stronger as the game progressed, overcoming a 99-yard pick-6 by early in the second quarter. rushed for 128 yards on 26 carries for the (4-12). defensive coordinator got his biggest win yet as ’s coach. , ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — ran for two touchdowns, cornerback returned one of his two interceptions for a score, and beat , setting up a showdown at next weekend for the title.The three-time division champion (10-6) have already defeated the (11-5) this season, and blew a chance at clinching the division title by getting blown out at . won its fourth straight and fifth in six games. The gave up ’s 98-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown and settled for a touchdown and two field goals off three takeaways inside the 30. concluded the opening drive of the third quarter with his second rushing TD — his 15th of the season — and the held on from there. (4-12) are in jeopardy of finishing with their fewest wins in coach ’s tenure. threw three picks and receiver lost a fumble., TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and moved into a tie atop the by halting ’s four-game winning streak. tossed TD passes of 4 yards to and 22 yards to in the first half. The ’ defense did its part to keep the (8-8) from clinching their third consecutive division title by intercepting twice and forcing a pair of fumbles. can still repeat as champion by winning at division rival next week. The (8-8) close with a division game at home against . completed 24 of 32 passes and outshined , who went 22 of 33 for 309 yards with two late TD passes. He was sacked twice and didn’t get the into the end zone until the fourth quarter., EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — ran for 87 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, and beat , clinching a playoff berth hours later when lost to . threw for 317 yards and a touchdown but also had his first two interceptions in the last five games as the (9-7) held on to win their third straight and sixth of seven. scored on a 94-yard punt return to get (5-11) within a point with 3:27 to play. After an encroachment penalty on the extra point attempt, coach elected to go for a 2-point conversion — but missed a wide-open .Later, a 31-yard run by allowed to attempt a game-winning 54-yard field goal, but it was short. threw for 319 yards and a touchdown in his first start since replacing ., the NFL’s second-leading rusher coming in, scored on runs of 4, 2 and 28 yards., 23 (AP) — Najee Harris rushed for a season-high 122 yards and bullied his way into the end zone for a pair of touchdowns, and beat to keep its playoff hopes alive.Using a punishing running attack that faced little resistance from , the (9-7) ensured that coach would finish a 17th straight season with a record of .500 or better. (8-8) had their two-game win streak snapped and while they weren’t eliminated from the postseason, they will need a victory and a lot of help in Week 18. averaged 4.5 yards per carry and reached the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 17 of last season against . added another 75 yards rushing and scored on a 18-yard run in the first quarter. finished with 202 yards rushing and a season-high 468 total yards. It became the sixth straight opponent to rush for at least 135 yards against the . was 18 of 24 for 274 yards and hit the big throws when needed for the . had seven catches for 131 yards., JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — scored twice, including a 62-yard TD that was his longest…

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