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Seahawks do part — hope for Ravens’ loss

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SEATTLE — Trent Dilfer worked his magic for the Seattle Seahawks. Now, they have to hope from help from the Minnesota Vikings.

Dilfer passed for two touchdowns and Shaun Alexander scored on a 44-yard run as Seattle kept its playoff hopes alive by beating Kansas City 21-18 on Sunday

The Seahawks can get into the playoffs as an AFC wild-card team on Monday night if the Baltimore Ravens lose at home to the Vikings. The Seahawks (9-7) would have made the postseason if the Raiders had beaten the Jets, but New York won 24-22 at Oakland.

Dilfer, replacing the injured Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback for the second straight week, had TD passes of 12 and 18 yards to Darrell Jackson in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead at halftime.

It was Dilfer's 15th consecutive victory as a starter, including 4-0 this season, when he mainly was Hasselbeck's backup.

Kansas City's Priest Holmes had 117 yards rushing to win the NFL rushing title with 1,555 yards, finishing 50 ahead of Curtis Martin of the Jets. Holmes also had 22 more yards than Marshall Faulk to finish with the most yards from scrimmage as the Chiefs finished 6-10.

RAMS 31, FALCONS 13: At St. Louis, Marshall Faulk became the first player in NFL history with four straight 2,000-yard seasons, and Kurt Warner finished with more than 4,800 passing yards as St. Louis beat Atlanta.

Ricky Proehl caught two of Warner's three touchdown passes as the Rams (14-2) set a franchise record for victories. The NFC West champions, trying to reach the Super Bowl for the second time in three years, have a first-round playoff bye.

The Rams, who also surpassed 500 points for the third straight season, had to win to secure home-field advantage. They pulled away from a 17-6 halftime lead on a 3-yard scoring run by Faulk and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Warner to Proehl in the third quarter.

St. Louis sacked Falcons rookie Michael Vick seven times in his second career start.

DOLPHINS 34, BILLS 7: At Miami, Lamar Smith rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown as Miami clinched a home game in the first round of the AFC playoffs by beating Buffalo.

The game began shortly after New England won the AFC East by drubbing Carolina 38-6, which dashed the Dolphins' hopes of winning the division.

Miami (11-5), which clinched a playoff berth a week ago, will play Baltimore or the New York Jets in the opening round.

The Bills (3-13), out of the race since October, finished with their worst record since going 2-14 in 1985.

PATRIOTS 38, PANTHERS 6: At Charlotte, N.C., New England clinched the AFC East and gave Carolina an ignominious spot in NFL history as the first team to lose 15 straight games in the same season.

It was the Patriots' first division title since 1997, and they will have a bye in the first round next weekend.

The Panthers (1-15) committed six turnovers, two for touchdowns on interception returns of 46 yards by Ty Law and 76 yards by Otis Smith.

While the Patriots (11-5) head into the playoffs, the focus in Carolina now shifts off the losing and on to George Seifert, who could be ousted.

PACKERS 34, GIANTS 25: At East Rutherford, N.J., the Packers got what they wanted — the right to open the playoffs next week against San Francisco in Green Bay. And the Giants' Michael Strahan got the NFL single-season sacks record, a late present from Brett Favre.

Before lying down and letting Strahan fall on him with 2:42 left, Favre threw two touchdown passes and Ahman Green scored on runs of 25 and 1 yard. Strahan finished with 22 1/2 sacks, a half more than Mark Gastineau's record in 1984.

New York (7-9) missed the playoffs one year after playing in the Super Bowl.

LIONS 15, COWBOYS 10: At Pontiac, Mich., a record for Emmitt Smith and a rare victory for Detroit brightened the last NFL game at the Silverdome.

The Dallas star became the first running back to reach 1,000 yards in 11 straight seasons. He broke the record he shared with Barry Sanders on a 13-yard run on his 13th carry late in the third quarter.

Smith ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries to finish his season with 1,021 and increase his career total to 16,187, behind only Walter Payton's record of 16,726.

Ty Detmer threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Johnnie Morton with 5:37 left for the game-winner. The Lions (2-14) matched the worst record in franchise history.

BEARS 33, JAGUARS 13: At Chicago, Chicago's defense carried the Bears to their first NFC Central title since 1990 and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Bears (13-3) intercepted three passes and sacked Mark Brunell four times, and Anthony Thomas rushed for 160 yards as Chicago clinched the division a year after it finished 5-11.

Jacksonville finished 6-10.

49ERS 38, SAINTS 0: At New Orleans, Jeff Garcia threw four touchdown passes for the second time this season against New Orleans and completed 14 of 21 passes for 263 yards.

San Francisco (12-4), which recorded its third shutout in the last six games, had a chance to get a home game in the first round of the playoffs until a 27-21 upset loss to Dallas last Sunday. Green Bay's 34-25 victory over the New York Giants meant the 49ers will visit Lambeau Field next weekend.

The Saints (7-9) finished the season with four straight losses. They gave up an average of 40 points in those games.

STEELERS 28, BROWNS 7: At Pittsburgh, Troy Edwards scored on a 32-yard fumble return to start the second half for Pittsburgh.

Many of the starters for the Steelers (13-3) played only a half, and some didn't play at all due to injuries.

But they didn't want to go into the AFC playoffs with consecutive losses to Cincinnati and Cleveland (7-9), although they had already gained home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

BENGALS 23, TITANS 21: At Nashville, Tenn., Neil Rackers kicked three field goals, including the game-winner with 20 seconds left, for Cincinnati.

The Bengals (6-10) finished as they started, with a two-game winning streak and ended up with the most wins in a season since 1997. They also ended a seven-game losing skid to Tennessee (7-9).

REDSKINS 20, CARDINALS 17: At Landover, Md., Stephen Davis broke his own franchise season rushing record and scored the winning touchdown with 3:11 left as Washington beat Arizona.

The Redskins finished 8-8 after starting 0-5 under new coach Marty Schottenheimer — just as they did under first-year coach Joe Gibbs in 1981. Arizona finished 7-9, its 12th sub-.500 season in 14 years in Arizona.

COLTS 29, BRONCOS 10: At Indianapolis, Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns, Dominic Rhodes rushed for 141 yards and Indianapolis forced four turnovers and allowed a season-low points total.

Manning completed 16 of 30 passes for 191 yards, and Rhodes ran for more than 100 yards for the fifth time this season for the Colts (6-10). He finished the season with 1,104 yards, the first undrafted rookie to rush for more than 1,000.

EAGLES 17, BUCS 13: At Tampa, Fla., first-round playoff opponents Philadelphia and Tampa Bay rested most of their starters as the Eagles came back to win.

Third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley threw two touchdown passes to Dameane Douglas within a 26-second span of the fourth quarter to bring Philadelphia back from a 13-3 deficit.

The Eagles (11-5) and Bucs (9-7) will meet again next Saturday in Philadelphia in a rematch of the NFC wild-card game that the Eagles won 21-3 last season.