Seattle's cornerback breaks ankle

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TAMPA, Fla. - Seattle's Kelly Herndon broke his left ankle during the first half of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the Seahawks without both of their starting cornerbacks.

Herndon was injured making the tackle on Tampa Bay's Joey Galloway during a leaping 44-yard reception late in the first quarter. Seattle already was playing without Marcus Trufant, who has a sprained ankle.

PLAYOFFS: The New York Giants completed a rollercoaster ride to the playoffs Sunday, earning the final NFC wild card berth when St. Louis, Houston and Carolina posted victories.

The Giants (8-8) will play at Philadelphia, which won the NFC East title when Dallas lost to Detroit.

New York virtually assured itself of back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 1989-90 when it defeated the Washington Redskins 34-28 on Saturday night. The win was only the Giants' second in their final eight games.

The playoff appearance was guaranteed when Houston defeated Cleveland 14-6 and Carolina knocked off New Orleans 31-21. The results assured New York it would beat Green Bay had they finished tied.

COLTS: Peyton Manning moved into seventh in career touchdown passes when he connected with an unfamiliar target - defensive tackle Dan Klecko - early in the second quarter.

Manning's 2-yard scoring throw, his 30th of the season, capped a drive that lasted 10:09 and gave the Colts a 7-3 lead. It was his 274th career touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Joe Montana (273). Former Colts quarterback John Unitas is sixth in NFL history with 290.

INACTIVE: Chicago starting cornerback Charles Tillman and Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings were inactive for Sunday night's game.

Tillman missed his second consecutive game because of a sore back, while Jennings was nursing an ankle injury.

Ruvell Martin started for Jennings, who had 45 receptions and 632 yards as a rookie. Chicago's Ricky Manning Jr. started for Tillman.

RECORD-BREAKER: Detroit's Mike Furrey had 11 catches in the season finale Sunday to finish with 98, the most ever by a non-rookie after a season when he had no catches.

Furrey's 10-yard reception in the third quarter of the Lions' 39-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys was his sixth of the game, giving him the record that he extended. Furrey is a fourth-year player who started 11 games as a defensive back for St. Louis last season.

Lionel Taylor had 92 catches for Denver in the AFL in 1960, the previous mark for the most catches by a non-rookie after a season with zero. Arizona's Anquan Boldin had 101 catches as a rookie in 2003, the most catches by any player with none the previous season.


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