(WNFL) - The Seattle Seahawks took another step closer towards securing the NFC's top playoff seed with Sunday's dominating 23-0 victory over the New York Giants. Seattle (12-2) now holds a two-game advantage on its closest competition in the conference with two to play, and both matchups will take place at Century-Link Field, where the club has won 14 straight. New Orleans, which had been one game back of the Seahawks, was dealt a 27-16 loss at St. Louis that also dropped the Saints into a first-place tie with Carolina after the Panthers downed the New York Jets, 30-20.
After tying for the NFL's worst record a season ago, the Kansas City Chiefs are now officially in the playoffs. Jamaal Charles racked up 195 receiving yards and scored five total touchdowns in a record-setting individual performance that carried the Chiefs to a 56-31 triumph over the turnover-prone Oakland Raiders, with the win also placing Kansas City (11-3) in a tie with Denver for first place in the AFC West. The Philadelphia Eagles remained a game atop the NFC East despite a 48-30 loss to a Minnesota Vikings team playing without reigning league MVP Adrian Peterson. That's because the Green Bay Packers were able to rally from a 23- point halftime deficit to record a wild 37-36 win over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Packers scored touchdowns on five straight second-half drives, with Eddie Lacy's 1-yard run with 1:31 left capping the comeback. The Miami Dolphins prevented the New England Patriots from clinching the AFC East title with a 24-20 come-from-behind win at Sun Life Stadium, with quarterback Ryan Tannehill throwing the go-ahead touchdown pass to Marcus Thigpen with 1:15 remaining. The victory put the Dolphins a half-game ahead of Baltimore, which faces Detroit on the road Monday, for the conference's second wild card berth. The Patriots can still clinch a playoff spot if the Ravens lose to the Lions. The Chicago Bears moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North with Sunday's 38-31 decision over Cleveland, with Jay Cutler throwing for three touchdowns in his return from a four-game absence caused by a high ankle sprain. The Bears currently lead Detroit by a half-game in the division, though the Lions hold a tiebreaker edge on Chicago by virtue of a series sweep. The Pittsburgh Steelers held off the AFC-North rival Cincinnati Bengals, 30-20, from a windy Heinz field on Sunday night. Antonio Brown had a receiving touchdown and returned a punt for a score for the Steelers, who kept their slim playoff hopes alive. The Bengals will have to wait at least another week to determine their playoff fate. Cincinnati had a chance to claim the AFC North crown with a win or tie and Baltimore loss at Detroit tonight. The Bengals also had a chance to claim at least a playoff birth with a win and a Miami loss, but the Dolphins held on for a 24-20 win over the New England Patriots earlier on Sunday.