NFL roundup

Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins catches a pass against the defense of Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys for a first down in the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Game notebook: New England jumped ahead of Houston, which lost to Indianapolis earlier in the day, for the second seed in the AFC playoffs. Denver finished as the top seed. ... Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in 48 straight games. ... Gronkowski finished with two receptions for 42 yards. ... Miami WR Davone Bess missed his third straight game with a back injury.


49ers 27, Cardinals 13

Colin Kaepernick tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree as host San Francisco secured its second consecutive NFC West title.

Kaepernick threw for 276 yards, with Crabtree accounting for 172 of them on eight receptions. Frank Gore set a franchise record with his 51st rushing touchdown for the 49ers (11-4-1), who could seize the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs should Green Bay fall to Minnesota on Sunday.

Acquired off waivers earlier this month, Brian Hoyer made his first career start and found a familiar target in Michael Floyd. The rookie wideout had a season-best eight catches for 166 yards with a touchdown for the Cardinals (5-11), who have dropped 11 of their last 12 overall - and seven straight on the road.

With Arizona nursing a 6-0 lead midway into the second quarter, Kaepernick moved around in the pocket and fired a strike over the shoulder to Crabtree, who coasted into the end zone.

The pair hooked up again in the third quarter as Crabtree beat cornerback Patrick Peterson on a 7-yard scoring strike to give San Francisco a 17-6 advantage.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Crabtree ventured over the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career. With 1,105 yards, Crabtree became the first 49ers WR to accomplish the feat since Terrell Owens in 2003. ... San Francisco TE Vernon Davis was active after clearing the league's concussion protocol, but was limited to one catch for five yards. ... Gore shared the previous rushing record with Roger Craig and Joe Perry.


Broncos 38, Chiefs 3

Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns as host Denver sewed up the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with its 11th consecutive victory.

Manning threw a pair of scoring passes to Eric Decker in the final 5:32 of the first half to stake the Broncos (13-3) to a 21-3 lead en route to claiming the top seed, which was made possible when Houston lost at Indianapolis earlier in the day.

Demaryius Thomas had seven receptions for 122 yards and a score to cap Manning's ninth three-TD game and give Denver its longest winning streak since the 1998 club won 13 straight on its way to a second straight Super Bowl championship.

The Chiefs (2-14) grabbed the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL draft with another woeful offensive performance. Brady Quinn threw for 49 yards on 7-of-16 passing and the league's lowest-scoring team mustered only eight first downs and 119 total yards to end the season on a four-game losing streak.

Manning connected on 23 of 29 passes and compiled a 144.8 passer rating in throwing for over 300 yards for the ninth time. He wound up with 37 TDs, 11 interceptions and 4,664 yards to surpass Jay Cutler's (4,526) single-season franchise record.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Thomas had his seventh 100-yard game - one shy of the team record - and Decker had seven catches for 76 yards and the two scores. They became the first Denver teammates to eclipse 1,000 yards since Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie in 2004. ... Kansas City was limited to 13 points or fewer for the 10th time and scored only 23 points combined during its four-game skid. ... LB Von Miller had one of Denver's four sacks to give him 18.5 on the season.


Buccaneers 22, Falcons 17

Rookie Doug Martin rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown as Tampa Bay snapped a five-game losing streak and handed NFC South champion Atlanta its only home loss of the season.