NFL Week 17 Capsules

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PANTHERS AT SAINTS

1 p.m. Fox-Ch. 54

RECORDS: Carolina 6-9, New Orleans 12-3

SERIES RECORD: Panthers lead 17-16

LAST MEETING: Saints beat Panthers 30-27, Oct. 9

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Panthers have won four of five games. … Panthers QB Cam Newton has 34 total TDs (20 passing, 14 rushing), most by rookie in NFL history. … Newton’s 14 TDs rushing are most in a season by a QB. … Saints QB Drew Brees has NFL single-season record 5,087 yards passing and enters season finale 190 yards ahead of New England’s Tom Brady. … Brees has passed for 300 or more yards in 12 games, most in a season, and in six in a row, which is tied for most all-time. … WR Marques Colston, now in sixth season, has 998 yards and seeks a team-record fifth 1,000-yard season.

JETS AT DOLPHINS

1 p.m. CBS-Ch. 12

RECORDS: New York Jets 8-7, Miami 5-10

SERIES RECORD: Jets lead 46-43-1

LAST MEETING: Jets beat Dolphins 24-6, Oct. 17

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Mark Sanchez 2-3 against Dolphins, but has seven TDs vs. one interception in those games. … Jason Taylor, who plans to retire after season, has 16½ sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered against Jets. He has faced them 25 times. … Shonn Greene needs 1 yard rushing for first 1,000-yard season. … Dolphins rank second to Green Bay with 38 completions of 25 yards or more. … Reggie Bush’s average of 5.0 yards per rush is highest for a 1,000-yard runner this year. … Dolphins rank third in run defense. They haven’t finished that high since 1979.

COLTS AT JAGUARS

1 p.m.

RECORDS: Indianapolis 2-13, Jacksonville 4-11

SERIES RECORD: Colts lead 15-6

LAST MEETING: Jaguars beat Colts 17-3, Nov. 13

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: After seemingly having No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft wrapped up earlier this month, a win in Jacksonville could land the Colts the No. 2 spot and diminish chances of drafting Stanford QB Andrew Luck. … Maurice Jones-Drew leads NFL with 1,437 yards rushing, 128 more than Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy. Jones-Drew needs 136 yards to surpass Fred Taylor’s franchise record (1,572) set in 2003. Taylor texted Jones-Drew last week, telling him to get it done. … Game will be final one for outgoing owner Wayne Weaver. He sold franchise for $760 million to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.


REDSKINS AT EAGLES

1 p.m.

RECORDS: Washington 5-10, Philadelphia 7-8

SERIES RECORD: Redskins lead 80-68-5

LAST MEETING: Eagles beat Redskins 20-13, Oct. 16

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Eagles will finish 5-1 against NFC East with victory. … In past three games, Eagles have held opponents to 36 points, 683 total net yards, 12 for 45 (26.7 percent) on third downs and 1 for 6 on fourth downs. Their 16 sacks are their highest three-game total since also posting 16 in first three games of 2006 season. … QB Rex Grossman (2,895 yards) needs 299 yards passing to set a single-season career high. … LB London Fletcher leads NFL with 163 tackles but wasn’t named to Pro Bowl. … Washington has committed at least one turnover in 29 consecutive games, longest active NFL streak.


BEARS AT VIKINGS

1 p.m.

RECORDS: Chicago 7-8, Minnesota 3-12

SERIES RECORD: Vikings lead 52-47-2

LAST MEETING: Bears beat Vikings 39-10, Oct. 16

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Bears have won four in a row in series, their longest since six in a row from 1983-86 and longest overall in this rivalry since Vikings won four straight over 1997 and 1998 seasons. … In 10 games against Vikings, WR/KR/PR Devin Hester has nine of his 30 career TDs, five receiving and four returning. He scored twice in last meeting. … Vikings QB Christian Ponder expected to play after being knocked out of last game with concussion. RB Adrian Peterson is having surgery to repair tears in ACL and MCL in left knee. … Vikings trying to avoid matching worst finish in their 51-year history, 3-13 in 1984.


LIONS AT PACKERS

1 p.m.

RECORDS: Detroit 10-5, Green Bay 14-1

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 92-65-7

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Lions 27-15, Nov. 24

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers have clinched home-field advantage in NFC. … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two TDs in Thanksgiving Day victory at Detroit. … Detroit has won four games after trailing by 13-plus points, most in NFL history. … Lions and former Georgia QB Matthew Stafford has passed for 4,518 yards and team-record 36 TDs, becoming second-youngest QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000-plus yards and 30-plus TDs in season, after Dan Marino. … Since start of 2008 season WR Calvin Johnson has 44 TD catches, most in NFL.


49ERS AT RAMS

1 p.m.

RECORDS: San Francisco 12-3, St. Louis 2-13

SERIES RECORD: Tied 61-61-2

LAST MEETING: 49ers beat Rams 26-0, Dec. 4

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: 49ers have won six of seven in series, two by shutout. … If Jim Harbaugh wins finale, 13-win season would be one shy of George Seifert’s franchise record rookie year of 14-2 in 1989. … Rams offense has scored 15 touchdowns, and has been shut out twice in past four games. … Rams defense is worst in NFL against run, with opponents totaling 2,317 yards, 158 shy of franchise worst in 2008. … A sixth 49ers road win would match team’s total from 2008-2010. 49ers were 14-50 on road previous eight seasons, including 1-7 last season under former coach Mike Singletary.


TITANS AT TEXANS

1 p.m.

RECORDS: Tennessee 8-7, Houston 10-5

SERIES RECORD: Titans lead 13-6

LAST MEETING: Texans beat Titans 41-7, Oct. 23

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Titans seeking 400th win in franchise history. … Titans can earn first winning record since 2008 (13-3). … K Rob Bironas set NFL record last week by kicking field goal of 40 yards or longer in ninth consecutive game. … RB Chris Johnson needs 14 yards rushing to reach 1,000 for fourth season in a row. … Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expects to work from press box after missing two games after kidney and gall bladder surgery. … WR Andre Johnson (left hamstring) expected to see limited action after missing three games. … Texans 5-0 in regular-season finales under Gary Kubiak.


BILLS AT PATRIOTS

1 p.m.

RECORDS: Buffalo 6-9, New England 12-3

SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead 61-41-1

LAST MEETING: Bills beat Patriots 34-31, Sept. 25

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: In first meeting in Week 3, Tom Brady threw four interceptions and Bills won on last play on Rian Lindell’s 28-yard field goal. That broke Patriots’ 15-game winning streak over Bills. … Patriots lead AFC with plus-14 turnover differential. Bills third at plus-4. … Bills snapped seven-game losing streak in last game, in which they returned a punt, an interception and a fumble for touchdowns. … Former Clemson star C.J. Spiller rushed for 111 yards against Denver, first 100-yard rushing performance of his two-year career. He has rushed for three touchdowns in his past four games.


CHIEFS AT BRONCOS

4:15 p.m. CBS-Ch. 12

RECORDS: Kansas City 6-9, Denver 8-7

SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead 55-48

LAST MEETING: Broncos won 17-10, Nov. 13

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Romeo Crennel 0-2 lifetime against Denver; John Fox 3-0 in his career against Kansas City. … Kyle Orton started 33 games with Broncos before being released Nov. 22, passing for 8,263 yards with 49 TDs, 27 interceptions and 86.4 passer rating. In two starts with KC, Orton averaging 299.5 yards passing. … With win, Broncos reach playoffs for first time since 2005. … Tebow 7-3 as starter with 16 TDs. … Broncos averaging NFL-best 161.1 yards on ground. … RB Willis McGahee (1,054) last week became second player in history to record 1,000-yard seasons for three teams (Denver, Buffalo, Baltimore).


CHARGERS AT RAIDERS

4:15 p.m.

RECORDS: San Diego 7-8, Oakland 8-7

SERIES RECORD: Raiders lead 58-44-2

LAST MEETING: Raiders beat Chargers 24-17, Nov. 10

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Raiders have won past three meetings between AFC West rivals after losing previous 13. … Oakland can win division with win and Denver loss; or make wild-card with win, Cincinnati loss, and either Tennessee loss or Jets win. … San Diego trying to avoid first losing season since 2003. … QB Philip Rivers needs 186 yards passing to become fifth player with back-to-back 4,500-yard seasons. … Chargers have allowed opponents to convert 48.4 percent of third downs, worst rate in the league. … Raiders have won 10 of 12 division games but 0-2 at home against AFC West teams this season.


SEAHAWKS AT CARDINALS

4:15 p.m.

RECORDS: Seattle 7-8, Arizona 7-8

SERIES RECORD: Cardinals lead 13-12

LAST MEETING: Seahawks beat Cardinals 13-10, Sept. 25

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Seattle has beaten Arizona three times in a row. … Seahawks have allowed 10 touchdowns in second half, second-fewest in NFL. … RB Marshawn Lynch has scored TDs in past 11 games, a franchise record. … With victory, Seattle would have its best regular-season record (8-8) since 2007. … Arizona’s defense has allowed 10 TDs in opponents’ 103 possessions over past eight games. … Loss at Cincinnati was Cardinals’ fourth by seven or fewer points. … In past eight games, Arizona has been outscored 94-30 in first half but has outscored opponents 116-51 in second half and OT.


RAVENS AT BENGALS

4:15 p.m.

RECORDS: Baltimore 11-4, Cincinnati 9-6

SERIES RECORD: Ravens lead 17-14

LAST MEETING: Ravens beat Bengals 31-24, Nov. 20

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: With win, Ravens can clinch third AFC North title (2003, 2006) and go 6-0 in division for first time. … Bengals can clinch wild card and third playoff appearance in past 21 years with win. … A win would give Ravens 12 regular-season victories for second consecutive season and third time in team history. … Baltimore has 47 sacks, most in AFC; Cincinnati has 44. … QB Andy Dalton has thrown 20 TD passes. Only other rookies with more were Peyton Manning (26) and Charley Conerly (22). … A.J. Green, a former Georgia standout, leads NFL rookies with 63 catches and 1,031 yards, a club rookie record.


STEELERS AT BROWNS

4:15 p.m.

RECORDS: Pittsburgh 11-4, Cleveland 4-11

SERIES RECORD: Pittsburgh leads 63-56

LAST MEETING: Steelers beat Browns 14-3, Dec. 8

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Steelers can win division title for fourth time in five years with win and Baltimore loss at Cincinnati. … Steelers can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with win and losses by Ravens and New England Patriots. … Steelers have won 15 of past 16 vs. Browns. … Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall needs 110 yards rushing for third consecutive 1,000-yard season. … Browns have lost five in a row and eight of nine. … Browns 0-5 in division and 3-20 in past three seasons. … QB Seneca Wallace expected to make third consecutive start in place of the injured Colt McCoy.


COWBOYS AT GIANTS

8:20 p.m. NBC-Ch. 26

RECORDS: Dallas 8-7, New York Giants 8-7

SERIES RECORD: Cowboys lead 56-41-2

LAST MEETING: Giants beat Cowboys 37-34, Dec. 11

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Winner takes NFC East title and gets conference’s No. 4 seed and first-round home game vs. either Atlanta or Detroit. … Will be first time NFC East winner has less than 10 wins since division created in 1970. The lone exception was strike-shortened 1982 season, when teams played nine games and division champ won eight. … Giants QB Eli Manning has won four of past five games vs. Dallas. He has franchise-record 4,587 yards passing this season and his 14 fourth-quarter TDs are tied for most in league history.

– Associated Press


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