A brutal performance by Saints quarterback Drew Brees turned into an acceptable one in the fourth quarter Sunday as he marched his team downfield for two touchdowns in a defeat of Tampa Bay.
Brees actually had his team moving at times before the stretch drive, but threw three interceptions to kill momentum. All of them were picked off deep in Buccaneers territory, including the first, which was snagged in the end zone.
He finished 24 of 38 for 281 yards and a 36-yard scoring strike to Marques Colston with 1:57 remaining to give New Orleans the victory. Brees was 14 of 22 for 184 yards in the second half.
Bears RB Matt Forte sets multiple milestones in season finale
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Bears running back Matt Forte caught a 10-yard pass from Jay Cutler late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Minnesota. It was his 102nd reception of the season, surpassing Arizona's Larry Centers for the most catches by a running back in a season in NFL history.
Forte took 17 carries for 51 yards. He also caught eight of 12 targets for 23 yards in a 13-9 defeat. He cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season. He became the second player in league history with at least 250 rushes and 100 receptions in a season. His 2014 campaign ends with 266 carries, 1,038 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He also turned 130 targets into 102 catches for 808 yards and four touchdowns.
After often playing second fiddle to rookie Bishop Sankey this season, Titans running back Shonn Greene operated as the feature back in the Week 17 loss to the Colts. Green ran 11 times for a season-high 94 yards, including a 52-yard gain in which he trucked Colts safety Mike Adams.
Sankey rushed four times for 18 yards and was targeted once without a catch. Sankey finishes the year with just 569 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Greene is signed for one more year, while Sankey is under contract through 2017.
Cowboys' Tony Romo throws two touchdown passes in win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo continued his impressive season during the Cowboys’ 44-17 win over the Redskins Sunday.
Romo completed 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 299 passing yards. Romo connected with Dez Bryant on two touchdown passes from 65 and 23 yards. He also threw one interception which was his first since Nov. 27.
In 2014, Romo finished with 34 touchdown passes and 3,705 passing yards and only nine interceptions.
Buccaneers QB McCown fine for a half in Sunday loss
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown might have posted strong numbers Sunday against New Orleans if given the chance. But he did little but hand the ball off after an impressive first half.
McCown was 12 of 20 for 106 yards and a 6-yard touchdown strike to rookie wide receiver Mike Evans through two quarters. But he threw just three passes after intermission, completing two for nine yards. He also had an interception in the game.
Texans' J.J. Watt only player to reach two 20-plus sack seasons
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took down Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Jaguars in Week 17. With that sack Watt became the only player in NFL history with two seasons of 20-plus sacks. Watt led the team with six total tackles, including three sacks and four tackles for loss.
He finishes the season with 20 1/2 sacks, one interception, two defensive touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.