Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to throw a pass under pressure from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Michael Ainsworth
December 28, 2014

STARS

Passing

-Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 27 for 36 for 331 yards and four touchdown passes in Atlanta's 38-32 win over New Orleans.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 25for 33 for 276 yards and three touchdowns in New England's 35-14 win over Miami. Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions, the best touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history. Brady has 51 games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history. Brady increased his total to 61,582 to surpass Hall of Famer Dan Marino for fourth place on the NFL's career list.

-Landry Jones, Steelers, was 24 for 37 for 277 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime win over Cleveland.

-Sam Bradford, Vikings, finished 25 for 33 for 250 yards and three touchdowns and an interception. Bradford completed 395 of 552 passes for a 71.6 percent completion rate this season, the highest single-season mark in NFL history, surpassing Drew Brees' mark of 71.2 percent in 2011.

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Rushing

-Isaiah Crowell, Browns, had 19 carries for a career-high 152 yards in Cleveland's 27-24 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

-Jordan Howard, Bears, had 23 carries for 135 yards in Chicago's 38-10 loss to Minnesota.

-Corey Grant, Jaguars, had 18 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville's 24-20 loss to Indianapolis.

-Bilal Powell, Jets, had 22 carries for 122 yards in New York's 30-10 win over Buffalo.

-Rex Burkhead, Bengals, had 27 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati's 27-10 win over Baltimore.

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Receiving

-Michael Thomas, Saints, had 10 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 38-32 loss to Atlanta.

-Julian Edelman, Patriots, had eight catches for 151 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown, in New England's 35-14 win over Miami.

-Zach Ertz, Eagles, had 13 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's 27-13 win over Dallas.

-DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, finished with seven receptions for 123 yards in Houston's 24-17 loss to Tennessee.

-Kyle Rudolph, Vikings, had 11 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 38-10 win over Chicago.

-Dennis Pitta, Ravens, had 11 catches for 91 yards in Baltimore's 27-10 loss to Cincinnati.

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Special Teams

-Tyreek Hill, Chiefs, returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown in Kansas City's 37-27 win over San Diego.

-Doug Middleton, Jets, recovered a kickoff in the end zone for a touchdown in New York's 30-10 win over Buffalo.

-Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Seattle's 25-23 win over San Francisco.

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Defense

-Justin Bethel and Markus Golden, Cardinals. Bethel returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown and Golden had 2+ sacks and a forced fumble in Arizona's 44-6 win over Los Angeles.

-DaQuan Jones and Jurrell Casey, Titans. Jones recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Casey had two sacks in Tennessee's 24-17 win over Houston.

-Brent Grimes and Lavonte David, Buccaneers. Grimes returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and David had two sacks in Tampa Bay's 17-16 win over Carolina.

-Jahleel Addae, Chargers, returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in San Diego's 37-27 loss to Kansas City.

-Everson Griffen, Vikings, returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown in Minnesota's 38-10 win over Chicago.

-Joel Heath, Texans, had two sacks in Houston's 24-17 loss to Tennessee.

-Malik Jackson, Jaguars, had two sacks in Jacksonville's 24-20 loss to Indianapolis.

-Bobby Wagner, Seahawks, had two sacks in Seattle's 25-23 win over San Francisco.

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ROUGH DAY FOR COACHES

Three more teams are dealing with coaching changes after Sunday's games. The San Diego Chargers fired coach Mike McCoy. He was 27-37 in four seasons, with the Chargers having lost 23 of their past 32 games. They've also lost 13 of their past 14 AFC West games going back to late in the 2014 season. Also in the AFC West, Gary Kubiak informed his players in an emotional postgame locker room after the Broncos' 24-6 win over the Raiders that he's stepping away for health reasons. And the San Francisco 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke in the latest overhaul for a franchise that has fallen from perennial Super Bowl contender to the bottom of the standings in three seasons.

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STREAKS & STATS

Bills running back Reggie Bush finished the season with 12 carries for minus-3 yards, becoming the first NFL running back to have negative yards rushing with 10 or more carries. He had no carries against the Jets. ... The Chicago Bears (3-13) finished the season with a 38-10 loss to the Vikings. It was their most losses in a season since 1969. ... The 49ers lost the Seahawks 25-23. The defeat capped a an awful season for the 49ers (2-14), who matched the franchise record for losses in a season previously reached in 1978, `79 and 2004. ... The Rams ended their return season in LA with a seven-game losing streak and a 4-12 record. ... The Bucs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 17-16 win over Carolina to finish with their first winning record since 2010. ... The Titans beat the Texans 24-17 to finish 9-7, their first winning season since 2011. With their six-win improvement from going 3-13 in 2015, the Titans matched the biggest one-year turnaround in franchise history, previously set in 1967 and 1974. ... New Orleans' Drew Brees passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta. Brees has 5,208 passing yards this season, the fourth-highest single-season passing total in NFL history. Brees, who also had 5,000 passing yards in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, has five of the NFL's nine all-time 5,000-yard passing seasons and is the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons. Brees' 471 completions this season also set an NFL record. ... Atlanta's Matt Ryan completed 373 of 534 passes (69.9 percent) for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history. ... Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 17-16 win over Carolina. Winston, who passed for 4,042 yards as a rookie last season, finished this season with a career-high 4,090 passing yards. He is the first player in NFL history to have at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. Winston has 50 touchdown passes and is the fifth player in league history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons.

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MILESTONES

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates tied Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdown catches in NFL history by a tight end with 111 after a 2-yard TD catch in San Diego's 37-27 loss to Kansas City. ... Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott finished the regular season with a 104.9 passer rating and surpassed Robert Griffin III (102.4 in 2012) for the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. ... Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the league with 1,631 rushing yards. Elliott, who has the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history, would be the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the league in rushing yards and the first since Edgerrin James (1,553 yards) in 1999. ... Colts running back Frank Gore added to his stellar season by running 16 times for 62 yards, giving him 1,026 this season. He became the fourth player in league history to rush for 1,000 yards at age 33 or older and the oldest since 35-year-old John Riggins did it in 1984. Gore is 33. Gore also joins Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders as the only players in NFL history with nine or more 1,000-yard seasons. He ended the Colts' eight-year drought without a 1,000-yard rusher. Joseph Addai was the most recent Colts' player to achieve it in 2007. .. Jordan Howard, the lone bright spot for the Bears, rushed for 135 yards on 23 carries to break Matt Forte's franchise rookie record and finish with 1,313 yards for the season. ... New England became the ninth team since 1972 to go undefeated on the road during the regular season after its 35-14 win over Miami. ... The Bengals' Andy Dalton topped 4,000 yards passing for the second time in his career, finishing with 4,206. The other time was 2013, when he set a club record with 4,293 yards. ... Baltimore's Justin Tucker had a 30-yard field goal, his 38th of the season, matching his club record. Only two kickers have made 40 field goals in a season: David Akers and Neil Rackers. ... Baltimore's Joe Flacco finished with 4,276 yards, topping Vinny Testaverde's club record of 4,177 yards in 1996.

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SIDELINED

Houston quarterback Tom Savage was sidelined with a concussion in a 24-17 loss at Tennessee, forcing Brock Osweiler back onto the field for the AFC South champions. Savage started the regular-season finale, left in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion and was cleared. He took the final snap of the first half, and O'Brien told team radio that Savage would play in the second half. But Savage was diagnosed with a concussion after being re-evaluated at halftime. ... QB Matt McGloin left Oakland's 24-6 loss at Denver because of a left shoulder injury. The Raiders also lost safety Nate Allen, who left the game and was evaluated for a concussion. ... Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders hurt his foot in the first quarter and didn't return. More concerning, special teamer Zaire Anderson was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field after being injured on punt coverage in the third quarter. Team officials said Anderson was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and has movement in his arms and legs. ... Arizona running back David Johnson ended his season finale on the sideline and with a brace on his left knee. ... Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal and New Orleans Saints receiver Willie Snead both left with possible concussions after a collision in the fourth quarter.

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SPEAKING

''You don't come out and lose and like that. That right there was just disgusting, it was despicable. ... That right there, it's not football.'' - Redskins cornerback Josh Norman after his team was eliminated from the playoffs with a 19-10 loss to the Giants.

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''You just don't want it to end, but to be in position to say goodbye to the fans and the teammates the way they did, I can't ask for anything more. I was extremely nervous, like more than usual for some reason. I guess for obvious reasons.'' - Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said after playing his last game.

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