Colts on verge of playoffs after beating Browns

Sun Dec 7, 2014 6:03pm EST
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(Reuters) - The Indianapolis Colts scored with seconds to play to avoid an upset as they beat the Cleveland Browns 25-24 to move a step closer to locking up top spot in the AFC South on Sunday.

Quarterback Andrew Luck found T.Y. Hilton for a one-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left to play for the victory as Indianapolis improved to 9-4.

Their top divisional rival, the Houston Texans, also won, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-13 to remain two games behind.

“We struggled early,” said Luck whose team fell behind by 14 points early in the third quarter.

The game-winner was Hilton's second touchdown of the game as he earlier caught a 42-yard pass from Luck, who had 294 yards passing but was intercepted twice.

The competitive AFC North got even tighter when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21 on the road.

The Bengals (8-4-1) still lead the division, but the Steelers (8-5) and Baltimore Ravens (8-5) are just a half-game behind.

The Steelers scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a 94-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who caught the ball at the 50-yard line and ran it home.

The Ravens stayed in the playoff picture with a 28-13 road win over the Miami Dolphins, who scored only three points after the first quarter.   Continued...

Dec 7, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) scrambles during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports