“Looking back to 5-6, we talked at that time that if we lost another game we’d be out,” Gibbs said. “Trying to win five straight is a tough deal, but our guys seemed to understand what it would take. We went back to the basics.” Just as it did against the Eagles, Washington relied heavily on its running game behind Portis and a strong defense to turn things around after losing three straight to fall to 5-6. “The basics start with playing smart football, not turning it over and also running the football and playing solid defense,” quarterback Mark Brunell said. “That’s how you win. We’ve been doing those things. The first part of the year we weren’t.” Bucs 27, Saints 13 Tampa Bay wideout Joey Galloway caught his ninth and 10th touchdown passes to set a franchise season record, and the Bucs clinched their first NFC South division title in three years. Panthers 44, Falcons 11 DeShaun Foster rushed for 165 yards and Jake Delhomme threw for two touchdowns as Carolina clinched a playoff spot. With only two victories in their final eight games, the Falcons missed the playoffs after going to the NFC championship game last season. Chiefs 37, Bengals 3 Kansas City runner Larry Johnson ran for 201 yards and a career-high three scores on 21 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game, and broke the Chief’s single-season rushing record. Colts 17, Cardinals 13 The Indianapolis defense had a late goal-line stand after Jim Sorgi threw two touchdown passes to give coach Tony Dungy a victory three days after he returned to the team following his oldest son’s funeral in Tampa. Dolphins 28, Patriots 26 Miami (9-7) won its sixth straight game, its longest winning streak in 13 seasons. The Patriots staged a late comeback in which Doug Flutie converted the NFL’s first successful drop kick in 64 years, according to the Web site for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Then backup quarterback Matt Cassel cut the lead to 28-26 with a 4-yard pass to Benjamin Watson with no time left. But Cassel’s pass for a 2-point conversion fell incomplete. Packers 23, Seahawks 17 Brett Favre threw his first touchdown pass in five games to lead Green Bay (4-12) by the Seahawks. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Shaun Alexander stole the show, setting an NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 28. He also clinched the NFL rushing title. 49ers 20, Texans 17 (OT ) Mike Adams lateraled his second interception to Ben Emanuel for a 35-yard return in overtime, Joe Nedney kicked a 33-yard field goal with 3:52 left and San Francisco earned consecutive victories for the first time in more than two years. Browns 20, Ravens 16 Dennis Northcutt’s 62-yard punt return helped the Browns win their sixth game under first-year coach Romeo Crennel. Vikings 34, Bears 10 Minnesota’s Brad Johnson passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings (9-7) past the NFC North champion Bears (11-5), who sat many regulars. Jets 30, Bills 26 Justin Miller returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 5:58 remaining to lead N.Y. Jaguars 40, Titans 13 Jacksonville scored 27 points in the first half and routed Tennessee for its eighth win in the last nine games. Rams 20, Cowboys 10 St. Louis running backs Aveion Cason and Arlen Harris ran for their first touchdowns since 2003, and Jeff Wilkins added two field goals as St. Louis ended a four-game losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Going back to the basics put Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins back in the playoffs. Clinton Portis ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Redskins to a hard-fought 31-20 victory over the woeful Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Washington (10-6) clinched the NFL’s final playoff spot and its first postseason berth since 1999 with its fifth straight win. The victory also eliminated Dallas from contention.