Carr's injury puts damper on Raiders' 33-25 win over Colts (Yahoo Sports)

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, left, watches as quarterback Derek Carr, bottom, is tended to by trainers during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injured right leg , putting a serious damper on the Oakland Raiders’ 33-25 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Oakland clinched its first playoff berth since 2002 last week and can win the AFC West and earn a first-round bye by winning next week in Denver or if Kansas City loses one of its final two games. The third-year quarterback has led a resurgence in Oakland with 28 TD passes and seven fourth-quarter comebacks this season.


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Titans QB Marcus Mariota out for season with broken leg (Yahoo Sports)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota leaves the field on a cart after he was injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

If the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs, they won’t have quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota broke his right leg in a 38-17 loss at Jacksonville on Saturday, a crushing setback for a team that had so many things go right while winning three in a row and seven of 10 previously. With the Titans (8-7) trailing 25-10 late in the third quarter, Mariota was carted off the field with an air cast on his fractured fibula.


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Patriots close in on AFC top seed with 41-3 win over Jets (Yahoo Sports)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount gets a lift from teammates including Joe Thuney, left, and Shaq Mason, right, to celebrate his touchdown run against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Patriots gave away home-field advantage in the playoffs last season with back-to-back losses to the Jets and Dolphins. This time, New England wants to control its own fate. Tom Brady passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns , and the Patriots moved a step closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 41-3 win over the New York Jets on Saturday.


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Christmas gift: Browns get first win, beat Chargers 20-17 (Yahoo Sports)

Cleveland Browns running back George Atkinson (25) celebrates after the Browns defeated the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

On the verge of infamy and more embarrassment, the Browns triumphed. Two losses from an imperfect season, the Browns survived a last-second field goal attempt and got their first victory of the season after 14 losses on Saturday by beating the San Diego Chargers 20-17. San Diego’s Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Browns (1-14) their first win in 377 days.


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Rodgers, Nelson shred Vikings as surging Packers win 38-25 (Yahoo Sports)

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers scrambles away from Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Barr during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns, Jordy Nelson shredded Minnesota’s secondary for 154 yards and two scores, and the resurgent Green Bay Packers beat the Vikings 38-25 on Saturday. The Packers’ fifth straight win set up a winner-take-all showdown next week with Detroit for the NFC North title, while extinguishing the Vikings’ faint postseason hopes. Green Bay (9-6) built a 28-13 lead at halftime, with Rodgers accounting for all four scores in the half.


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