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San Francisco, Denver and the New York Giants are in the postseason dash to the Super Bowl. Eleven teams know their seasons are over next week.

Everyone else - 14 teams in all - are still seeking the seven remaining playoff spots.

In Sunday's games, no team clinched a berth and only one team - Washington - was eliminated.

Houston could have wrapped up the AFC Central Division crown and a playoff berth Sunday with a victory at Cincinnati. Instead, the Bengals matched the club scoring record with a 61-7 victory.

Cincinnati Coach Sam Wyche wanted more.

"Our only real regret there is that Lee Johnson missed that extra point (after a fourth-quarter touchdown)," Wyche said. "I must say it can't happen to a nicer team."

As it was, Wyche had Jim Breech kick a 30-yard field goal with 21 seconds left.

"We don't like this team," Wyche said of the Oilers. "We don't like their people. When you get a chance to do it (run up the score), you do it. I wish today this was a five-quarter game."

Houston Coach Jerry Glanville refused to criticize the Bengals or Wyche.

"They played excellent. They did a great job. There are no excuses," Glanville said. "It's our job to stop them."

On Saturday, the New York Giants blanked Dallas 15-0 and Denver defeated Phoenix 37-0.

Tonight, Philadelphia will be at New Orleans.

Bengals 61, Oilers 7

Boomer Esiason threw four touchdown passes against Houston (9-6).

Cincinnati (8-7) scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game and safety David Fulcher had three interceptions and recovered a fumble. Warren Moon completed nine of 20 passes for 96 yards for Houston, which still can win the division with a victory over Cleveland on Saturday night.

Esiason threw scoring passes of 22 and 35 yards to Eddie Brown and five yards to Rodney Holman in the first half, and teamed with Eddie McGee on a 74-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. In one stretch, Esiason completed 11 consecutive passes and finished with 20 of 27 for 326.

"They were trying to embarrass us and run up the score," Oilers cornerback Cris Dishman said. "It's their style of play. Yeah, we're bitter. We're really bitter. The guy (Wyche) could have run the ball. Instead, he kept throwing the ball."

Seahawks 23, Raiders 17

Dave Krieg completed 25 of 34 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns as Seattle dealt a severe blow to the Raiders' playoff hopes. Both the Seahawks (7-8) and the Raiders (8-7) remain mathematically alive - although longshots - for the playoffs.

The Raiders drove to the Seattle 15, but Steve Beuerlein's fourth-down pass with 11 yards to go sailed over Mervyn Fernandez's head at the Seattle 5 with 1:28 remaining.

Seattle's game-winning score was a 13-yard TD pass from Krieg to John L. Williams, who finished with 12 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Rams 38, Jets 14

Jim Everett threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (10-5) remained in position for a wild-card berth by downing the Jets.

Los Angeles dominated the Jets (4-11) in every department, with Everett throwing two touchdown passes and Greg Bell running for two TDs.

The Jets scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass play from Tony Eason, making his debut for New York, to JoJo Townsell in the first quarter. But the Rams scored 21 points in the second period.

49ers 21, Bills 10

Roger Craig rushed for 105 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as San Francisco (13-2) beat turnover-prone Buffalo, the Bills' fourth loss in five games and fourth straight on the road. Buffalo (8-7) missed a chance to clinch its second consecutive AFC East title, but the Bills can still do it by beting the Jets Saturday.

The Bills set up a 21-point San Francisco burst in the second half by giving the ball away in their own territory on three straight possessions. They committed all five of their turnovers in the second half.

Steelers 28, Patriots 10

Tim Worley ran for 104 yards and a touchdown, Louis Lipps scored on a 58-yard reverse and Pittsburgh's defense dominated for the second straight week.

Merril Hoge ran for two short-range touchdowns as the Steelers (8-7) won for the fourth time in five games to maintain an outside shot at their first playoff berth in five years.

Chargers 20, Chiefs 13

Billy Joe Tolliver threw two touchdown passes and Marion Butts rushed for 176 yards on a club-record 39 carries as San Diego damaged Kansas City's playoff hopes. The loss was the first in five weeks for Kansas City, (7-7-1), which was unable to hold a 13-0 lead.

The Chargers (5-10) lost their previous four games by a total of 15 points.

Kansas City drove to the Chargers' 19 with 19 seconds left, but Roy Bennett intercepted Steve DeBerg's pass in the end zone.

Browns 23, Vikings 17

Mike Pagel threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to linebacker Van Waiters on a fake field goal with 5:30 left in overtime to boost Cleveland (8-6-1) over Minnesota (9-6).

Chris Bahr kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Browns with 24 seconds in regulation to force the overtime.

The victory snapped Cleveland's four-game winless streak and put the Browns in position to win the division title at Houston.

Bernie Kosar emerged from a five-week slump and threw two second-half touchdown passes for the Browns, then hit Reggie Langhorne with a 39-yarder to to set up the winning play, which came on third down.

Packers 40, Bears 28

Don Majkowski passed for a touchdown and ran for two others, and Keith Woodside had a 68-yard touchdown run as Green Bay kept its playoff hopes alive.

The victory guaranteed the Packers' first winning season since 1978. The need a victory over Dallas and a loss by Minnesota next week to win the division.

"We're definitely a contender now," Majkowski said. "We have to keep our fingers crossed and see what happens. Hopefully, we'll get a little help."

The Bears (6-9) lost for the fifth straight time, their first losing streak of that length in 11 years.

Colts 42, Dophins 13

Jack Trudeau passed for a career-high four touchdowns and Eric Dickerson had a career-high nine pass receptions and ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns for Indianapolis.

The Colts (8-7), who will get at least a wild card berth with a victory at New Orleans, led 14-13 at halftime and put the game out of reach with third-quarter touchdowns by Dickerson on a one-yard run and James Pruitt on a five-yard reception.

Redskins 31, Falcons 30

Mark Rypien sparked three touchdown drives in the third quarter as Washington edged Atlanta.

Rypien connected with Art Monk on a 60-yard scoring play, set up Earnest Byner's 1-yard touchdown run with a 68-yard completion to Ricky Sanders to the Atlanta 1, then ran nine yards for a TD.

It was the fourth straight victory for Washington (9-6), whose playoff hopes ended when the Rams beat the Jets. Atlanta (3-12) lost its sixth consecutive game.

Lions 33, Buccaneers 7

Detroit (6-9) won its fourth straight game, the Lions' longest winning streak since the start of the 1980 season.

Rookie Barry Sanders rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown, breaking the Lions' rookie record with 1,312 yards this season. The previous mark was 1,308 by Billy Sims in 1980.

Bob Gagliano threw first-quarter touchdown passes of two yards to Richard Johnson and 55 yards to Jason Phillips.

Tampa Bay is 6-10.