Disputed TD Wins Division for Steelers

Tennessee loses steam as playoffs approach
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2008 5:19 PM CST
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws a pass as Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse (90) pressures him.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched another AFC North title with a controversial touchdown in the final minute today, USA Today reports:

  • Santonio Holmes snagged the 4-yard pass with 43 seconds left, securing Pittsburgh's 13-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens. A review showed that Holmes had possession of the ball with both feet down.
  • Houston upset the Tennessee Titans 13-12 thanks to receiver Andre Johnson, who collected a career-high 207 yards and a TD in the Texans’ fourth consecutive win.

  • Facing a loss that could have crippled their playoff hopes, the Jets returned a fumble with less than 2 minutes left and defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-27. New York is now tied with New England and Miami.
  • The Indianapolis Colts missed a slew of tackles and lost two fumbles, but still beat the hapless Detroit Lions, 31-21. The Lions are 0-14 and ticking.
  • The Atlanta Falcons recovered from a blocked punt with less than 3 minutes in regulation and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in OT, 13-10. Jason Elam kicked a 34-yard field goal to clinch it.
  • Olindo Mare nailed a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have now lost eight straight.
  • The playoffs are out of the picture for the Green Bay Packers after a 20-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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