O'Brien says Savage will start Saturday against Bengals (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage (3) passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars after starter Brock Osweiler was pulled during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Tom Savage will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Bill O’Brien announced the decision on Monday, a day after Savage took over in the second quarter when Brock Osweiler was benched against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Savage threw for 260 yards to help Houston rally from a 13-point deficit for a 21-20 win in his first regular-season action since 2014.

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Quinn likes how inexperienced Falcons keep contributing (Yahoo Sports)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (81) celebrates his touchdown against San Francisco 49ers with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Coach Dan Quinn appreciates how the Atlanta Falcons are positioned atop the NFC South, holding a one-game lead over Tampa Bay with two games left in the regular season. Now if the Falcons could just stop getting key players hurt, but Quinn is hardly despondent. ”I know we’re judged by what happens on Sundays, but honestly I thought the game from yesterday was won during the week,” Quinn said Monday.

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Red-letter day: Elliott, Cowboys bounce back, top Bucs 26-20 (Yahoo Sports)

Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott (4) is congratulated on his touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliott (21) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach Jason Garrett, right, watches, , Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Ezekiel Elliott ran faster after he crossed the goal line than he did looking for a hole to get in the end zone from the 2-yard line. Dallas’ rookie sensation and NFL rushing leader had his eyes on an oversized Salvation Army red kettle in front of the stands. Elliott rushed for a career-high 159 yards and that short score and the Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

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Brady leads Patriots to 16-3 win over Broncos (Yahoo Sports)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field after their win against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Tom Brady brought a power run game and a sturdier offensive line with him to the Mile High City this time. Brady overcame both a slow start and another dazzling performance by Denver’s defense in New England’s grinding 16-3 win Sunday that secured a first-round bye in the playoffs. It also dealt a crushing blow to the Broncos’ playoff hopes.

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