Robert Griffin III’s return boosts Redskins past Eagles

Ravens clinch North; Colts nail down berth

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes as offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod blocks Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (R) and defensive tackle Marcus Spears rushes in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Drew Brees tossed three TD passes as the Saints dealt Dallas a crucial defeat. (REUTERS)

Robert Griffin III showed he can win games without using his legs. One more victory puts the Washington Redskins in the playoffs.

Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20, on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Redskins (9-6) are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years. Washington can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday. The Redskins haven’t won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007. They could still back into the postseason with a loss.

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‘‘We’re already onto the next one,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘You don’t celebrate wins at this point of the season.’’

Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles (4-11) fell short in what could’ve been Andy Reid’s last game coaching the team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year.

A sprained right knee forced Griffin to miss last week’s win at Cleveland. The rookie had a season-low 4 yards rushing but made several big throws, finishing 16 of 24 for 198 yards with an interception.

Ravens 33, Giants 14

Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns and host Baltimore crushed New York to capture its second straight AFC North crown.

Baltimore (10-5) scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards.

The defeat eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) from contention in the NFC East and damaged their chances for a wild-card berth.

Colts 20, Chiefs 13

Andrew Luck finished with 205 yards passing to break Cam Newton’s year-old rookie record of 4,051 yards in a season and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to rally Indianapolis (10-5) past Kansas City (2-13).

The win clinches a playoff berth for the Colts, who went 2-14 a year ago.

Broncos 34, Browns 12

Host Denver won its 10th straight as Peyton Manning threw three TD passes for the 72d time in a rout of Cleveland (5-10).

Denver (12-3) pulled into a tie for first in the AFC with Houston and could win the top seed with a win next week and a Houston loss.