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Giants, Cowboys, Redskins win in tight NFC East

Monday - 12/10/2012, 5:21am  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - Winning was required to keep pace in the NFC East playoff race.

Losing was all that was needed in the AFC North.

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants beat New Orleans with an offensive eruption fueled by David Wilson's record-setting performance. That 52-27 romp kept the Giants one game in front of Washington, which rallied to beat Baltimore 31-28 in overtime despite a knee injury to outstanding rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Dallas also remained a game behind New York with a comeback 20-19 victory at Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh completed the futility for AFC North contenders, falling at home to San Diego, 34-24.

Baltimore (9-4) kept its two-game lead in the division, but has jeopardized getting a bye for the playoffs if it wins the AFC North.

Also, NFC West leader San Francisco beat Miami 27-13, while runner-up Seattle set a franchise record for points in a 58-0 rout of Arizona.

Green Bay's 27-20 victory over Detroit, along with Chicago losing 21-14 at Minnesota, means the Packers take the NFC North with a win at Soldier Field next Sunday.

Indianapolis took a stronger hold on the top AFC wild card with a comeback 27-23 victory over Tennessee.

NFC South winner Atlanta blew a chance to clinch a first-round bye as it fell at Carolina, 30-20.

Also, it was Philadelphia 23, Tampa Bay 21; St. Louis 15, Buffalo 12; the New York Jets 17, Jacksonville 10; and Cleveland 30, Kansas City 7.

Monday night's matchup has two division leaders, with AFC South front-runner Houston (11-1) at AFC East champion New England (9-3).

The action began Thursday night when AFC West winner Denver (10-3) defeated Oakland (3-10), 26-13.

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REDSKINS 31, RAVENS 28 OT

At Landover, Md., with Griffin sidelined with a sprained right knee, the Redskins (7-6) rallied behind backup Kirk Cousins to tie the game in the final minute of regulation. Kai Forbath kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime for the Skins' fourth consecutive victory.

Griffin was hurt at the end of a 13-yard scramble on the tying drive with the Redskins trailing 28-20. He left for one play, returned for four, then was no longer able to continue.

Cousins stepped in and hit Pierre Garcon for an 11-yard touchdown pass, then ran in the 2-point conversion with 29 seconds to play.

"He's ice. Like they used to say about Larry Bird, he got ice water in his veins. That's the best thing you can say about Kirk," receiver Joshua Morgan said. "He was coming like nothing was even going on."

Griffin was able to joke about his injury after the game.

"I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course," Griffin said with a laugh. "It hurt really bad."

The Ravens (9-4) lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2009.

"We've had a tough run here," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, whose team had won after each of its previous 15 losses.

COWBOYS 20, BENGALS 19

At Cincinnati, the grieving Cowboys rallied for a win on Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal as time ran out. Dallas (7-6) overcame a nine-point deficit in the closing minutes behind Tony Romo, who held his hand over his heart during a moment of silence to honor teammate Jerry Brown before the kickoff.

Brown died in an auto accident early Saturday. Dallas defensive lineman Josh Brent, who was driving, remained in jail in Irving, Texas, charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The Cowboys (7-6) learned about Brown's death on their flight to Cincinnati on Saturday.

"It's a hard, hard situation we're in," Romo said. "There's no playbook for this sort of thing in life."

The Bengals (7-6) had won four straight.

CHARGERS 34, STEELERS 24

At Pittsburgh, Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, two to Danario Alexander, and San Diego won for the first time in 15 regular-season visits to Pittsburgh.

The Chargers (5-8), who snapped a four-game losing streak, dominated from the outset. They never let Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger get comfortable in his first game in nearly a month.

Roethlisberger completed 22 of 42 passes for 285 yards and three second-half touchdowns. But he also threw an interception and had a botched screen pass turn into an easy San Diego score as Pittsburgh (7-6) hardly played like a team ready for a postseason run.

GIANTS 52, SAINTS 27

At East Rutherford, N.J., rookie Wilson was unstoppable. He returned a kickoff 97 yards for one touchdown, ran for two more scores and piled up 327 all-purpose yards. He is the first NFL player with 200 yards on kickoff returns and 100 yards rushing in a game.

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