Three NFC division titles were decided today.
Jason Witten almost cost the Dallas Cowboys a shot at clinching
the NFC East before grabbing the go-ahead touchdown pass in the
final minute of a 28-27 win at Detroit. The Lions led 27-21 until
Witten hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo with 18
seconds remaining. It came one possession after Witten lost a
fumble on the Detroit 1, late in the final period.
Witten finished with career highs of 15 receptions and 138
Marion Barber ran for two touchdowns and grabbed an eight-yard
scoring pass from Romo, who was 35-of-44 for 302 yards and no
The 12-and-1 Cowboys sent the 6-and-7 Lions to their fifth
Kevin Jones had a pair of touchdown runs for the Lions, who led
27-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Green Bay Packers also claimed a division championship,
wrapping up the NFC North with an easy 38-7 rout of Oakland. Ryan
Grant and Will Blackmon had the key plays while the Packers were
improving to 11-and-2. Grant rushed for a career-high 156 yards and
two touchdowns as the Packers bounced back from last Thursday's
loss to Dallas. Blackmon returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown
while the Packers were outscoring the Raiders 24-0 in the second
half. Blackmon also recovered a muffed punt in the end zone late in
the third quarter.
Brett Favre put up nice numbers despite his sore left
shoulder and right elbow, passing for 266 yards and two scores. He
hooked up with Greg Jennings for an 80-yard touchdown.
Seattle is the NFC West champ for the fourth straight year,
wrapping up the crown with a 42-21 rout of Arizona. Matt Hasselbeck
had four touchdown passes for the Seahawks, who jumped out to a
24-0 lead by the second quarter of their fifth consecutive victory.
The Seahawks had five sacks and five interceptions against Kurt
Warner, with Patrick Kerney recording his third three-sack game in
Seattle is 9-and-4 after dropping the Cardinals to 6-and-7, one
game out of an NFC playoff berth.