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)

Matt Forte rushed for a touchdown and totaled 124 yards from scrimmage while Earl Bennett caught five passes for 109 yards and a score for the Bears (10-6), who need the Green Bay Packers to beat the Minnesota Vikings later Sunday in order to clinch a wild card spot.

Calvin Johnson made five catches for 72 yards to finish 36 yards shy of 2,000 on the season. Matthew Stafford passed for 272 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted once and lost two fumbles for the Lions (4-12).

Chicago jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the second quarter but allowed Detroit to march 80 yards in 1:37 and cut it to 20-10 on Stafford's 25-yard touchdown pass to Kris Durham with 17 seconds left in the half.

The Lions pulled to within 26-24 on Stafford's 9-yard touchdown to Brian Robiske with 6:59 left but the Bears' defense held on the next drive and the offense put together one final series to eat the rest of the clock. Cutler scrambled for a key first down at midfield to help seal the win.


Panthers 44, Saints 38

DeAngelo Williams rushed for a season-high 210 yards and two touchdowns and Mike Tolbert scored on three 1-yard runs as visiting Carolina ended the season with its first four-game win streak since 2008.

Cam Newton passed for 248 yards for the Panthers, who racked up season highs for points and total yards (530). The Saints surpassed a dubious NFL record by allowing 7,042 total yards this season.

Drew Brees passed for 396 yards and four touchdowns - becoming the first player in NFL history with three 5,000-yard seasons and the first with more than 15,000 passing yards in a three-year span - and Lance Moore (four catches, 121 yards) and Jimmy Graham (nine catches, 115 yards) put up big numbers.

As has been the case all season, though, the Saints' defense didn't do enough. After Brees' second touchdown pass - a 19-yard strike to Jimmy Graham - gave New Orleans a 24-13 lead with 10:49 left in the third quarter, the Panthers reeled off 28 consecutive points to take control.

Williams scored on runs of 54 and 12 yards and also set up another score with a season-long 65-yard scamper in his only 100-yard game of the season.


Colts 28, Texans 16

Rookie Andrew Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes and host Indianapolis rode a wave of emotion in coach Chuck Pagano's return to the sideline to derail Houston's bid for a No. 1 overall seed and possibly a first-round bye.

Deji Karim returned a kickoff 101 yards as the Colts (11-5), despite having nothing to play for, turned in an inspired effort in Pagano's first game back since undergoing three months of treatment for leukemia.

Luck's 70-yard scoring pass to fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton with 11:22 to play opened a 12-point lead and supplied the dagger for the Texans (12-4), who lost three of their final four and fell to 0-11 all-time in Indianapolis.

Matt Schaub threw for 276 yards and two interceptions for Houston, which could drop to the No. 3 seed if Denver and New England win later Sunday. The Colts were already locked into the No. 5 seed and are staring at a potential playoff matchup next week at Baltimore - the team from which they hired away Pagano in the offseason to be their head coach.

Pagano received a standing ovation and video tribute from the fans at Lucas Oil Field prior to kickoff and his players responded by going 75 yards on the opening drive, capped by Luck's 1-yard pass to Coby Fleener. The Colts briefly relinquished the lead in the third quarter as Houston scored 10 straight points, but Karim's burst up the middle untouched on the ensuing kickoff return to put Indianapolis ahead to stay.


Titans 38, Jaguars 20