Carson Wentz had a Sunday to forget as the Philadelphia Eagles were beaten 17-9 in an NFC battle with the Seattle Seahawks, while Frank Gore moved third on the all-time NFL rushing list.
The injury-hit Eagles really needed a win to put pressure on NFC East leaders the Dallas Cowboys, but fell to 5-6 after quarterback Wentz and the Philadelphia offense failed to fire in Week 12.
Second-placed Seattle are 9-2 in the NFC West after improving their perfect record on the road to 6-0, Rashaad Penny playing a huge part in their fourth consecutive win.
Gore moved past Barry Sanders on the list of the leading rushers in a 20-3 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the Denver Broncos.
Wil Lutz's last-gasp field goal snatched a 34-31 win for the New Orleans Saints over the Carolina Panthers, while Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was benched in a 16-10 success against the Cincinnati Bengals.
There were also victories for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.
WENTZ UNABLE TO GET EAGLES SOARING
Eagles signal caller Wentz's critics were out in force again after he was 33 of 45 for 256 yards, with one touchdown.
There were also two interceptions and a couple of lost fumbles for the 26-year-old, who was also reportedly checked out for a hand injury.
Wentz threw a TD pass to Zach Ertz in the final minute, but the damage had already been done.
Seattle running back Rashaad Penny ran for a career-best 129 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, while MVP contender Russell Wilson was sacked six times but was 13 of 25 for 200 yards, with one TD and one pick.
GORE THE MERRIER
Star running back Gore moved beyond Hall of Famer Sanders' tally of 15,269 yards with a seven-yard dart in the fourth quarter of a victory for the Bills.
Gore made 65 yards in 15 carries and took his career total to an astonishing 15,289 yards.
Buffalo are 8-3 in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots, while the struggling Broncos are 3-8 at the foot of the AFC West.
LUTZ SEALS DRAMATIC SAINTS WIN
Lutz stepped up as time expired to give the Saints a four-game lead over the Panthers at the top of the NFC South
Joey Slye missed a field goal at the other end from 28 yards out with two minutes to play, but Lutz held his nerve with a 33-yard kick.
Two attempts from Christian McCaffrey were in vain as Drew Brees completed 30 of 39 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a captivating contest.
MORE PAIN FOR RUDOLPH
Rudolph was fined $50,000 for his part in an ugly brawl late in a defeat to the Browns last week.
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and hit him on the head with it as things got out of hand in Week 11.
Steelers quarterback Rudolph escaped a ban, but he was sidelined during the clash with the sorry Bengals when Devlin Hodges replaced him during the third quarter.
Hodges wasted no time in making an impact, picking out James Washington for a 79-yard catch-and-run touchdown as the Bengals suffered yet another loss to go 0-11.
|Kittle feeling ´fabulous´ despite ankle issue ahead of NFC Championship Game|
|Police issue arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. on simple battery charge|
|NFL Championship Games Bullet Points: Five must-know stats previewing each game|
|Cardinals WR Fitzgerald to return for 17th NFL season|
|Panthers LB Kuechly announces shock retirement from NFL|
|Shurmur joins Broncos as offensive co-ordinator after Giants sacking|
|Former Chargers star Gates retires from NFL|
|Joe Burrow revels in fulfilment of childhood dream|
|Browns officially hire Stefanski as head coach|
|John DeFilippo out as Jacksonville Jaguars OC|
|It feels like 2012 - Pete Carroll vows it´s just the start for beaten Seattle Seahawks|
|Texans QB Watson stands by coach O´Brien after stunning collapse|
|He carried us on offense – Rodgers lauds Adams|
|Packers hold off Seahawks to reach NFC Championship Game|
|Saints coach Payton expects Brees to play in 2020|
|Kelce: Mahomes proved he´s the NFL´s best QB in Chiefs comeback|
|Chiefs through to AFC title game after scoring 41 unanswered points in incredible comeback|
|Pats WR Julian Edelman arrested for jumping on car|
|Record-breaking Derrick Henry hails collective effort in Titans´ triumph|
|Harbough backs Jackson to rebound after Ravens stunned by Titans|
|Titans take down Super Bowl favourites Ravens in NFL boilover|
|49ers´ Sherman slams critics: In big games, I show up|
|Brady: No timetable on decision about future plans|
|49ers march towards Super Bowl after vanquishing Vikings in NFL playoffs|
|Lamar Jackson wants to be ´the Tom Brady´ of his era, thinks about Super Bowl every day|
|Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper ´obvious ones´ for Cowboys to re-sign|
|Thielen hoping to face 49ers despite ankle injury|
|Eagles part with coaches Groh and Walch|
|NFL Divisional Round Bullet Points: Three must-know stats previewing every game|
|Logan Paul ´serious´ about boxing match with NFL receiver Antonio Brown|
|Aaron Rodgers wants second Super Bowl ring|
|Panthers coach Rhule refuses to comment on Newton´s status|
|Giants confirm appointment of Judge as head coach|
|McCarthy ´jumped up and hugged´ Jones after Cowboys hiring|
|Larry David told Jets to draft Lamar Jackson... and was laughed at|
|Tom Brady: I know I still have more to prove|
|Ravens RB Ingram misses practice due to calf injury|
|Giants to appoint Joe Judge as head coach with Panthers set to hire Matt Rhule|
|New contract or bust for Eagles star Jenkins: I won´t be back under the same deal|
|Adama Traore approached by NFL teams – Saiss|
|Phillips out as Rams defensive coordinator|
|Patriots great Tom Brady to ´explore opportunities´ in free agency|
|Tua Tagovailoa declares for 2020 NFL Draft|
|Mike McCarthy reportedly replaces Jason Garrett as Cowboys coach|
|Proud Carson Wentz going to be ´just fine´ after playoff injury|
|Riley & McCarthy among Cowboys contenders after Garrett firing|
|That´s what greatness looks like - Russell Wilson leads praise of ´special´ DK Metcalf|
|Pederson: Different game if Wentz didn´t get hurt against Seahawks|
|Seahawks power past Eagles in NFL playoffs|
|Brees not drawn on future after Saints´ playoff exit|
|Cowboys part ways with Jason Garrett after missing NFL playoffs|
|Eagles QB Wentz ruled out of Seahawks showdown with head injury|
|Cousins gets statement win at last, much to the delight of Zimmer|
|McCown in for Eagles as Wentz leaves Seahawks game|
|Rudolph slays Saints as Vikings march on in NFL playoffs|
|Belichick still unwilling to discuss Brady: Nobody has thought about the future|
|What´s next for Tom Brady after Patriots loss?|
|Playing with Brady a blessing – Dorsett|
|Hard to imagine Brady not being with Patriots – McCourty|
|Beaten Patriots coach Belichick angered by Brady question|
|Antonio Brown only wants to play with Brady in 2020|
|Tom Brady: Retirement? Pretty unlikely|
|End of New England dynasty? Titans stun Brady´s Patriots in NFL playoffs|
|Watson leads Texans past Bills in thrilling OT wild-card win|
|Vikings back Zimmer and Spielman ahead of NFL playoffs|
|Lamar Jackson on the Browns interviewing Greg Roman: They need to chill out|
|Sherman hits back at critics following All-Pro selection|
|Eagles wait over injured duo Ertz and Johnson, Agholor ruled out|
|NFL Wild Card Round Bullet Points: Three must-know stats previewing every game|
|Dalvin Cook: There was nothing that was going to hold me out from the playoffs|