New York won three of its final four games and earned a wild-card home game next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons (10-6).
CHIEFS 7, BRONCOS 3
DENVER (AP) - Tim Tebow fell short in his latest comeback bid, yet his Denver Broncos are still going to the playoffs.
After congratulating their former starting quarterback, the Broncos celebrated the end to their six-year playoff drought once San Diego beat Oakland 38-26 later Sunday.
RAVENS 24, BENGALS 16
Baltimore (12-4) will get a first-round bye followed by a playoff game at home, where the Ravens are 8-0 this season.
With Paul Brown Stadium packed with Bengals fans for the first time all season, Rice made the biggest plays on a blustery afternoon. He had a career-best 70-yard touchdown run on the fourth play.
Rice also broke a 51-yard touchdown run with 5:41 to go and finished with 191 yards on 24 carries.
CHARGERS 38, RAIDERS 26
The Raiders (8-8) went into the final day of the season needing to win and get help to end an eight-year playoff drought. They got the assistance they needed when Denver (8-8) lost 7-3 at home to Kansas City but were unable to do their part by beating the Chargers (8-8). The Broncos won the division based on record versus common opponents.
STEELERS 13, BROWNS 9
Mendenhall hurt his right knee in the first quarter on a short run and didn't return. His status for the postseason is unknown.
PATRIOTS 49, BILLS 21
The Patriots (13-3) finished the season with eight straight wins. But for the second straight game, they fell behind early. They beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 after trailing 17-0 at halftime then rallied after the Bills (6-10) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, drawing boos from the home fans.
JAGUARS 19, COLTS 13
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Indianapolis locked up the top pick in April's NFL draft, setting the stage to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Jaguars (5-11) became the first AFC South opponent to sweep Indianapolis (2-14) since 2002 and gave outgoing owner Wayne Weaver a victory in his final game.
TITANS 23, TEXANS 22
Rookie starter T.J. Yates left the game after one series with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Jake Delhomme. Kubiak said Yates could have returned if necessary.
The Texans pulled within a point late in the game on a 5-yard TD pass by Delhomme, but failed on a 2-point conversion that would have won it.
DOLPHINS 19, JETS 17
The Jets (8-8) came into the game needing a win along with losses by three other teams to reach the playoffs. Instead, they finished the season with three consecutive defeats, a big step backward for a team that reached the AFC title game each of the past two years.
The Dolphins (6-10) completed their third consecutive losing season, their longest such stretch since the 1960s.
SAINTS 45, PANTHERS 17
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees threw for 389 yards and five touchdowns, and New Orleans set a slew of NFL and club records.
Brees, who was 28 of 35, finished with a record 468 completions this season, breaking Peyton Manning's 2010 mark of 450. He finished the season completing 71.6 percent of his passes, breaking his own 2009 NFL record 70.6 completion percentage.
PACKERS 45, LIONS 41
FALCONS 42, BUCCANEERS 24
CARDINALS 23, SEAHAWKS 20, OT
Arizona (8-8) finished the season 7-2 after a six-game losing streak left it 1-6. Seattle (7-9) had rallied to tie the game after trailing 20-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 149 yards after one reception for 2 yards in the first half. John Skelton completed 22 of 40 for 271 yards and a touchdown with one interception for Arizona.
BEARS 17, VIKINGS 13
Allen finished the season with 22 sacks, behind Michael Strahan's NFL mark of 22 1/2 for the Giants in 2001.
EAGLES 34, REDSKINS 10
49ERS 34, RAMS 27