#NFL News and Notes - January 3, 2011

Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 10

The Falcons dismantled the Panthers to secure the NFC South and homefield advantage in the NFC Playoffs...Two injuries on defense could put a damper on the regular season finale.

Outgoing Panthers head coach John Fox was emotional after Sunday's game...Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh enjoyed his time with the Panthers in 2001.

Baltimore Ravens 13, Cincinnati Bengals 7

A lackluster win over the Bengals has the Ravens limping into the playoffs...Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff tied an NFL record on Sunday.

The Bengals' regular season finale was a microcosm for the entire season...Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis may have maxed out what he can do in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh Steelers 41, Cleveland Browns 9

With their win on Sunday, the Steelers clinched the AFC North and will get a week to rest for the playoffs...The Steelers finished the regular season with one of the best run defenses in NFL history.

Browns head coach Eric Mangini will meet with Mike Holmgren this morning....Browns quarterback Colt McCoy's finish to the season hasn't dampened the team's confidence in him.

Detroit Lions 20, Minnesota Vikings 13

The Detroit Lions finished their season with a four-game winning streak...Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson showed he can be a #1 receiver in a pinch.

Vikings rookie quarterback Joe Webb struggled in his second NFL start...Barring a breakdown in talks, Leslie Frazier will be the next permanent head coach of the Vikings.

Oakland Raiders 31, Kansas City Chiefs 10

Oakland became the first team since the 1970 merger to go undefeated within its division and miss the playoffs...Changing head coaches is not the answer for the Raiders.

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley wants his team to immediately move on from yesterday's drubbing...Speaking of moving on, Charlie Weis insists his departure from the team won't be a distraction in the playoffs.

New England Patriots 38, Miami Dolphins 7

New England stomped an overmatched opponent to finish the season 14-2 and enter the playoffs with momentum...Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was an all-purpose weapon on Sunday.

Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall says the offense hasn't been on the same page all season...Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland face uncertain futures.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23, New Orleans Saints 13

Head coach Raheem Morris' 10-win challenge was accomplished, but it wasn't enough to get the Buccaneers into the playoffs...Cornerback Ronde Barber may have played his last game with the Buccaneers.

The Saints' regular season ended on a sour note...The defending champs are confident they can win on the road in January.

New York Jets 38, Buffalo Bills 7

Despite resting several key starters, the Jets thumped the Bills in their final game at the Meadowlands this season...Jets head coach Rex Ryan predicted a Super Bowl win for the Jets.

Six turnovers lead to a humiliating performance by the Bills...The Bills will have the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

San Diego Chargers 33, Denver Broncos 28

The Chargers closed out their disappointing season with a win over the Broncos...Chargers first-round running back Ryan Mathews' breakout game included a bout with fumblitis.

Broncos first-round quarterback Tim Tebow led a fourth-quarter rally that came up a bit short...Broncos cornerback and free agent-to-be Champ Bailey loves it in Denver, but wants to go where he can win.

Green Bay Packers 10, Chicago Bears 3

A second half comeback secured a playoff berth for the Packers...Signed off the street on October 31, Packers linebacker Erik Walden had a monster game on Sunday.

The Bears couldn't keep their divisional rival out of the playoffs...Playing for nothing more than pride, the Bears' defense rebounded from a tough outing.

Houston Texans 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 17

The Texans closed out their regular season on a high note, but there will be some fallout after a disappointing year...Texans running back Arian Foster's breakout season includes an NFL rushing title.

Another poor finish to a regular season could jeopardize Jack Del Rio's job security...Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Wednesday.

Indianapolis Colts 23, Tennessee Titans 20

Adam Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal as time expired clinched the three-seed in the AFC Playoffs for the Colts...The Jets are a familiar post-season foe for the Colts.

The Titans fumbled away a win in Indianapolis...Titans running back Chris Johnson feels he left a lot of yards on the field this season.

Dallas Cowboys 14, Philadelphia Eagles 13

All signs points to Jason Garrett being named head coach...Several Cowboys are unlikely to return next season.

Kevin Kolb and the Eagles' b-team lost to the Cowboys in the final minute...The Eagles will be tested by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers next Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers 38, Arizona Cardinals 7

Quarterback Alex Smith played well, and interim head coach Jim Tomsula got a Gatorade bath at the end of the 49ers' 38-7 blowout of the Cardinals...49ers rookie linebacker NaVorro Bowman had eight tackles starting in place of injured Pro Bowler Patrick Willis.

After two straight NFC West titles, the Cardinals finished 2010 in last place...To get out of the basement, the Cardinals need to spend more money.

New York Giants 17, Washington Redskins 14

Despite missing the playoffs for a second straight season, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will return in 2011...Giants center Rich Seubert suffered a serious right knee injury on Sunday.

Quarterback Rex Grossman turned the ball over three times as the Redskins dropped their sixth home game of the season...Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan reflected on his first season with the franchise.

Seattle Seahawks 16, St. Louis Rams 6

With their 16-6 win on Sunday night, the Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to win a division in a non-strike year with a sub.-500 record...The Seahawks don't need to apologize for their presence in the playoffs.

Under the lights, the 2010 Rams looked too much like the teams that went 6-42 between 2007-09...Rams running back Steven Jackson had a surprisingly light workload in last night's loss.

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