UNDATED (AP) -- The NFC South just got a little more interesting following today's results out of Charlotte and St. Louis. The Carolina Panthers were winners while the New Orleans Saints lost, leaving the two teams tied for the division lead heading into their matchup next Sunday in Carolina.
The Panthers bounced back from last Sunday's loss at New Orleans as Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown in a 30-20 triumph over the New York Jets. Newton completed 16 of his 24 passes, including a 72-yard scoring strike to DeAngelo Williams.
Williams ran for 81 yards and had 87 receiving yards as the Panthers won for the ninth time in 10 games. Captain Munnerlyn had two sacks and returned an interception for a score.
Meanwhile, Kellen Clemens threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes to set the tone in the Rams' 27-16 victory over the Saints. Zac Stacy added a 40-yard scoring run while the Rangers were building a 27-3 lead.
The Saints didn't get into the end zone until Drew Brees (breez) threw for a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter. Brees passed for 393 yards but had two interceptions.
Kansas City has become the fourth NFL team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games, clinching an AFC berth by destroying Oakland 56-31. Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith led the Chiefs' assault while the Kansas City defense caused Matt McGloin to throw four interceptions and lose a fumble. Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns and gained 215 yards from scrimmage. Smith was 17 of 20 for 287 yards and five touchdowns as the Chiefs improved to 11-3, tying them with Denver for first place in the AFC West.
The NFC East and North races are just as cloudy as ever following Green Bay's 37-36 comeback win at Dallas. The outcome keeps the Packers within a half-game of Chicago for the NFC North lead and leaves the Cowboys one game behind Philadelphia atop the NFC East.
The Packers improved to 7-6-1 by scoring two touchdowns in the final 4:17. Matt Flynn hit James Jones for a three-yard TD pass before Eddie Lacy's one-yard scoring run put the Packers ahead for the first time all afternoon. Flynn threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, while Lacy had 141 yards on the ground.
Tony Romo passed for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two big interceptions for the Cowboys, who led 29-17 before falling to 7-7.
The Seattle Seahawks have continued their march to the NFL postseason with an impressive 23-0 win over the Giants. The Seahawks defense led the way with five interceptions of Eli Manning passes. Offensively, Russell Wilson passed for a TD and Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting 2-yard run as the Seahawks upped their record to 12-2 with their team-record sixth road win.
The win means Seattle is closer to clinching home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
The loss dropped the Giants to 5-9 and assures the New York team of its first losing season since 2004.
The Dolphins kept their playoff hopes alive with a 24-20 win over the Patriots in Miami. A fourth-down pass from Tom Brady was intercepted by reserve safety Michael Thomas in the end zone with two seconds left secure the Miami victory. The outcome gives 8-6 Dolphins a three-game winning streak and snaps a streak of seven straight wins for the Patriots over the Dolphins.
New England is 10-4.
The Eagles' five-game winning streak is over following a 48-20 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl) had a big day, passing for 382 yards and two touchdowns and running for a third while the Vikes played without injured running back Adrian Peterson. Matt Asiata (as-ee-AH'-tah) rushed for the first three touchdowns of his career, and Greg Jennings caught a career-high 11 passes for 163 yards for the 4-9-1 Vikings.
The Eagles dropped to 8-6 despite quarterback Nick Foles, who passed for 428 yards and three scores.
The Bears improved their playoff hopes with a tight, 38-31 win over the Browns in Cleveland. Jay Cutler shook off some early rustiness and threw three touchdown passes in his first start since Nov. 10. Cutler finished 22 of 31 for 265 yards as the Bears improved to 8-6.
The Browns got two defensive touchdowns but fell to 4-10, their sixth consecutive 10-loss season.
Arizona blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter before beating Tennessee 37-34 on Jay Feely's 41-yard field goal with 10:18 left in overtime. Feely's kick came after Antoine Cason intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick at the Arizona 30 on the first possession of OT.