The Patriots, though, had one of the league's better run games this season with first-round pick and rookie running back Sony Michel, who had 931 yards and would have cleared 1,000 easily had he not missed three games with a sprained knee.
"Gosh, we know the run they've had, it seems like forever that they're always in these games and games beyond", Rivers said after the win over the Ravens.
The Colts, who opened the season 1-5, continued an impressive run by winning their fifth straight and for the 10th time in 11 games. They did it behind Mahomes, who broke out with one of the best seasons in National Football League history for a first-year starter with 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. The ensuing two-point conversion - kicker Sebastian Janikowski was injured attempting a 57-yard field goal at the end of the first half - pulled the Seahawks within two.
- Nick Foles, Eagles, hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining to lift Philadelphia past the Chicago Bears 16-15.
The Chargers built a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter before Jackson threw two touchdown passes to make it close. He connected from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards. They had to survive after Tarik Cohen, an All-Pro punt returner, took back the kickoff following Philly's go-ahead score 35 yards.
- Michael Bennett and Tim Jernigan, Eagles.
Kenny Moore II, Colts, had a sack and an interception in Indianapolis' 21-7 victory at Houston.
"I have to focus on defense - I'm not playing Tom by any means - but is it special to go to New England to go against a Hall of Fame coach and arguably the best quarterback ever to play, and get another shot at them?" Rivers' only win against New England came in 2008 against Matt Cassel.
After 256 games during the NFL season, 12 teams have officially been declared to have the right to move on for a chance to play in Atlanta during the first Sunday of February in the annual gambling, eating and commercial fest known as the Super Bowl - where 44 championship rings have been handed out to FSU football alumni before.