Drew Brees Closing In on Passing Yards Record

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Drew Brees threw for 412 yards in the New Orleans Saints' 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. 

That puts him 304 yards away from tying the record Dan Marino set in 1984.

"I'm aware that we're close," Brees said of Marino's record. "I just know if we keep doing what we're doing, all of that stuff will take care of itself."

Brees will have two games to break the record. He is the first player in NFL history to record seven straight 350 passing yards in a game.

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Peyton Manning Won't Play This Season

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  Peyton Manning is officially out for the remainder of the NFL season.

Indianapolis Colts Team Vice Chairman Bill Polian announced that although Manning has been throwing to teammates at team facilities, he will not play this season.

"It was determined by the doctors that there was no chance he (Manning) would play this year," Polian said, referring to a Thursday meeting. "His rehabilitation has not come far enough to make it prudent for him to step on the field in game action. He may practice in some very scripted and circumscribed circumstances if he wishes. That's entirely up to him."

Manning has been recovering from neck surgery all season.

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Chargers Stay in the Playoff Hunt

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- It must be December, because Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are winning.

Sunday, the Chargers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 34-14, and the win improved Rivers record to 25-2 as the Chargers starting quarterback in December.

With both the Broncos and Raiders losing Sunday, the Chargers find themselves one game out of first in the AFC West.

"It was good to win a big game like this at home against a good team," Rivers said. "It was a rough six-game stretch, but we hung tight together and fought our way back to .500 with two to play and we're still alive."

With the win, Rivers became one of only three quarterbacks in NFL history to record four-straight 4,000- yard seasons. 

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Colts Win Their First Game

Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Put one on the board for the Indianapolis Colts. After starting the season 0-13, the Colts finally pulled off a 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans.

More amazing, the winning quarterback, Dan Orlovsky, was part of the 2008 Detroit Lions, the only team to ever go 0-16. 

Orlovsky was winless in his previous nine starts. After the game, he poked fun at himself saying, "I think in my career, I've learned not to take them (wins) for granted."

The win was the Colts first in 14 years without Peyton Manning as the starter.

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Chiefs (6-8) upset Packers (13-1), 19-14

National Football League(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Green Bay Packers (13-1) run at perfection is over.  The Packers came into Arrowhead Stadium on a 19-game winning streak dating back to last season.  When they left, it was on a one-game losing streak after the Chiefs (6-8) did the impossible and handed Green Bay a 19-14 loss.

The win comes in interim head coach Romeo Crennel's first game after Todd Haley was let go last week. 

"They decided that they were going to play very hard and they were not going to come here and give up," said Crennel.  "They have some fight left in them and they aren't going to give up and we're going to try and finish this season strong."

For the Packers it's back to the drawing board after their offense struggled to put up points all game long.

"I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.  "The goal was to get home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That's what we discussed."

They'll look to start a new winning streak on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bears.

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Patriots (11-3) shut down Broncos (8-6), 41-23

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The New England Patriots (11-3) took care of the Denver Broncos (8-6), 41-23 on Sunday.  With the win they clinched the AFC East and also put a stop to Tim Tebow's late game heroics.

The Patriots trailed 16-7 early but found a way to fight back and take the lead for good in the second half.

"Faught back, made plenty of plays to win in all three phases of the game," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.  "Proud of the way the they responded to the challenge, stepped up and played good football today.

This is now the Patriots ninth division title since 2000.

Despite the loss by Denver, they still lead the AFC West by a game with two games left.  Tim Tebow's record as a starter is now (7-2).

"We still know that there is a lot of improvement that we can continue to make," said Tebow.  "It's disappointing we came away with the loss but I know there is a lot of things we can build on."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/18/11

JupiterImages/ YORK) -- NFL: The San Diego Chargers (7-7) whooped the Baltimore Ravens (10-4), 34-14.

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-8) upset the Green Bay Packers (13-1), 19-14.

The Washington Redskins (5-9) downed the New York Giants (7-7), 23-10.

The New Orleans Saints (11-3) ko'ed the Minnesota Vikings (2-12), 42-20.

The Seattle Seahawks (7-7) crushed the Chicago Bears (7-7), 38-14.

The Carolina Panthers (5-9) popped the Houston Texans (10-4), 28-13.

The Miami Dolphins (5-9) slipped by the Buffalo Bills (5-9), 30-23.

The Cincinnati Bengals (8-5) edged the St. Louis Rams (2-12), 20-13.

The Indianapolis Colts (1-13) flattened the Tennesse Titans (7-7), 27-13.

The Detriot Lions (9-5) sliced the Oakland Raiders (7-7), 28-27.

The Arizona Cardinals (7-7) beat the Cleveland Browns (4-10) in overtime, 20-17.

The New England Patriots (11-3) rocked the Denver Broncos (8-6), 41-23.

The Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) pounded the New York Jets (8-6), 45-19.

NHL:  The Chicago Blackhawks (21-8-4) doubled up the Calgary Flames (14-15-4), 4-2.

The St. Louis Blues (19-9-4) downed the Columbus Blue Jackets (9-20-4), 6-4.

The Florida Panthers (18-9-6) sliced the Carolina Hurricanes (10-18-6) in overtime, 3-2.

NCAA Top 25 Men's Basketball:  Oral Roberts (8-4) topped (8) Xavier (8-1), 64-42.

(9) Connecticut (9-1) blew out Holy Cross (4-7), 77-40.

(10) Missouri (11-0) ran past William & Mary (2-9), 94-56.



Latos Traded To The Reds In a 5-Player Deal

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Reds are going all out on the 2012 season. Cincinnati has acquired starting pitcher Matt Latos from the San Diego Padres in exchange for first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger.

Latos went 9-14 last season with a 3.47 ERA. He struck out 185 hitters in over 194.1 innings of work. ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden says the trade is a risky one for the Reds.

“He has [had] some shoulder problems in the past,” Bowden said of Latos. “In fact, two years ago, he had to get shut down in August and September because his arm was tired.”

The 23 year old will join a rotation that includes Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey.

It will be interesting to see how Latos adjusts, going from pitcher friendly Petco Park to home run haven Great American Ballpark.

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NFL Week 15 Preview: Steelers (10-3) @ 49ers (10-3)

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) travel to the City by the Bay Monday night to take on the San Francisco 49ers (10-3) in Week 15 of NFL action.

The black and goal will be without their all-pro linebacker, James Harrison. He will be serving a one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy during last week's victory.

The 49ers come into the contest ranked fifth overall in defense and seventh overall in rushing offense.

“They are capable of running the football on anyone. They are capable of stopping the run. They are number one in the league in stopping the run," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said.

The Steelers enter the showdown with the league's second-ranked defense, having given up only 198 points during the season.

Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Cowboys Defeat Buccaneers, 31-15

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Crisis averted in Cowboys nation--at least for now.

Dallas made short work of Tampa Bay Saturday night, scoring 28 first-half points, en-route to a 31-15 victory over the hapless Buccaneers. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made his presence felt in the Sunshine state, tossing 249 yards and three touchdowns along with one rushing T-D.

“We really needed to get back on track and this was an important game,” Romo said. “Really, the playoffs started for us and that’s the way we approached it. The guys came out with great energy and it was a great week of practice. We just had to go forward and I thought the guys did that.”

The victory snaps Dallas' two-game losing streak as they improve to 8-6 on the season.

Up next for the Cowboys is a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles followed by a season ending showdown on the road against the New York Giants.

With the loss, the Bucs fell to 4-10 for the season, placing third-year head coach Raheem Morris squarely on the hot seat.

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