Slipping, sliding, frantic finishes in snowy NFL
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wintry wonderland of games featured in National Football League action on Sunday with snow impacting several contests, while the Denver Broncos reached the playoffs and the Indianapolis Colts claimed the AFC South title.
Snow buried yard-markings, cut visibility and inspired the building of snowmen on the sidelines in four contests played in conditions that set up a slew of sensational scoring plays and a series of breath-taking comebacks.
In more conventional settings, the Broncos (11-2) charged past the Tennessee Titans (5-8) 51-28 to clinch a playoff berth and hand the Colts the AFC South division title.
Indianapolis (8-5) claimed their crown despite losing 42-28 to the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (9-4).
The San Francisco 49ers denied their NFC West rivals the Seattle Seahawks a division-clinching victory by beating the visitors 19-17.
Frank Gore burst through Seattle's line for a 51-yard run to set up a game-winning, 22-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 26 seconds left.
It was Dawson's fourth field goal of the game and improved the 49ers to 9-4 while dropping the Seahawks to 11-2.
The teams' two young quarterbacks dueled to a standoff. Continued...