The Seattle Seahawks secured a playoff place in Week 16 of the NFL Season, Matthew Crist takes a look at all the action from a busy weekend of US sports...
"On Saturday night the Baltimore Ravens put themselves in prime playoff position with an upset win over the Los Angeles Chargers as Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards and had the longest touchdown pass of his career."
Seahawks flying high
The Seattle Seahawks clinched an NFC Wild Card spot with a 38-31 victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night as Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and Chris Carson rushed for two more in an impressive win.
Wilson completed 18 of 29 passes for 271 yards while also rushing for 57 yards on eight attempts, including a 26-yard charge in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks built what proved to be an insurmountable lead.
Carson also impressed for the hosts, rushing for 116 yards and becoming the first Seattle running back to reach 1,000 yards in a season since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 with the Seahawks now priced at 3231/1 on the Exchange to win the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
In New Orleans Drew Brees threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas with 1:25 on the clock to give the Saints a 31-28 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers which clinched the top seed in the NFC as well as home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
The result means that the Steelers are now an outside bet for a playoff place after the heart-breaking defeat but also means the New Orleans Saints are as short as 3.9 on the exchange market to be crowned Super Bowl champions in February.
The New England Patriots secured their tenth straight AFC East title with a convincing 24-12 win over the Buffalo Bills with Rookie running back Sony Michel rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown while veteran QB Tom Brady finished 13-of-24, passing for 126 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Foles makes history
Dallas continued their recent good form with a 27-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thanks to their first defensive touchdown of the season to clinch the NFC East, though the win was marred by an injury to defensive end Tyrone Crawford.
Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal in the dying seconds to give the Eagles a crucial win over Houston in Philadelphia and preserve the defending champions' playoff hopes as Nick Foles completed 35 of 49 attempts for a team-record 471 yards and four touchdowns in his second consecutive start as stand-in for the injured Carson Wentz.
On Saturday night the Baltimore Ravens put themselves in prime playoff position with an upset win over the Los Angeles Chargers as Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards and had the longest touchdown pass of his career, though despite going down 22-10 the Chargers can still be backed at 16.015/1 on the Exchange to win the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Also on Saturday the Tennessee Titans kept their playoff hopes alive by rallying to beat Washington 25-16 as Blaine Gabbert threw a two-yard touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt with 4:30 left in the game.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw his 24th touchdown pass of the season as Cleveland maintained their late playoff charge with a 26-18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals while Nick Chubb exceeded 100 rushing yards for the fourth time this season.
The Indianapolis Colts remain in the thick of the playoff race as Andrew Luck threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Chester Rogers with 55 seconds left to seal a 28-27 victory over the visiting New York Giants.
Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 28 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota who beat the Lions 27-9, a victory which moves them closer to a wild-card playoff berth while C.J. Anderson rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown and Jared Goff threw for 216 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams ended a two-game losing run with a 31-9 win over Arizona.
Sunday also saw wins for the Bears over the 49ers, the Jaguars over the Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers finally defeated the Jets in overtime in a 44-38 shootout.
Late night Curry
There may have been a lot going on in the NFL but Sunday also saw plenty of excitement in the NBA too with a number of key results as the Atlanta Hawks squeezed past the Detroit Pistons in a thriller, eventually emerging 98-95 victors.
Also on Sunday the Boston Celtics crushed the Charlotte Hornets 119-103, a win which means they can now be backed at 13.5 on the Exchange for the NBA Championship and the Sacramento Kings complete a 19-point comeback to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-117.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were beaten 114-112 at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves while the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Los Angeles Lakers to snap a five-game losing streak and Stephen Curry scored with 0.5 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 129-127 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, confirming them as 1.75/7 favourites for the NBA Championship.