Seahawks blast Cards, grab NFC West edge

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's defense was stifling as usual and its offense had a record-breaking eruption against a defense that's supposed to be one of the NFL's best.

That team from the Pacific Northwest sure looked a lot like the Super Bowl champs of last season in its 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

"I think it feels better than last year," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said.

Cowboys rip Colts to wrap up NFC East

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tony Romo helped dump a bucket on Jason Garrett and playfully shoved him the same way the Dallas coach often does to his players.

The Cowboys had long since known their four-year playoff drought was over Sunday when they finally got to celebrate in the final seconds of a dominating 42-7 win over Indianapolis that clinched the NFC East title. (MORE)

Winston cleared in student code hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof." Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar decision a year ago when he decided not to criminally charge Winston, citing a lack of evidence. (MORE)

Patriots beat Jets 17-16 to clinch bye

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs.

The only question left is whether the AFC's road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. (MORE)

Packers beat Bucs to clinch playoff spot

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nothing Aaron Rodgers does as a quarterback surprises the Packers.

The NFL's top-rated passer shrugged off the flu and played most of Sunday with a strained left calf, leading Green Bay to a 20-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - clinching at least a wild-card playoff berth. (MORE)

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