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December 30, 2013

Packers and Chargers in, Ravens and Dolphins out

NORMAN — Aaron Rodgers, returning hero. Along with Randall Cobb.

In his first game back from a broken left collarbone, Rodgers threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Cobb on fourth-and-8 with 38 seconds left to give the Green Bay Packers a 33-28 victory at Chicago and the NFC North title on Sunday.

Rodgers had been out since getting injured in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 4, and Cobb missed the previous 10 games with a knee problem. Still, the Packers (8-7-1) edged the archrival Bears (8-8) for the division crown by winning three of their last four games.

“It’s big. Obviously, he is the best quarterback in the league,” said Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who caught 10 passes for 161 yards. “To be gone for that many weeks and to play as well as he did — it was great to have him back.”

Green Bay will host San Francisco in a first-round playoff game next weekend.

San Diego also finished off a rally to get into the postseason, beating short-handed Kansas City 27-24 in overtime.

Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a 41-yard field goal to win it with 4 seconds left in regulation. Pittsburgh would have gotten the playoff spot over San Diego had Succop connected.

The Chiefs (11-5) are the AFC’s fifth seed and will play at the Colts (11-5), winners of the AFC South. Indianapolis, which beat Jacksonville 30-10, won 23-7 in Kansas City last weekend.

San Diego travels to AFC North winner Cincinnati (11-5).

The defending NFL champion Ravens will stay home. The Bengals beat Baltimore 34-17, ensuring the Ravens (8-8) were eliminated once Pittsburgh (8-8) defeated Cleveland 20-7.

AFC West champion Denver (13-3), the highest-scoring team in NFL history, earned the No. 1 seed in the conference by romping at Oakland 34-14. New England (12-4), the AFC East winner, will be the second seed and also have a bye next weekend. The Patriots beat Buffalo 34-20.

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