SUNDAY OCTOBER 5
Miami 31, GREEN BAY 7
Pittsburgh 42, CLEVELAND 6 - Terry Bradshaw and his Steeler teammates mauled the Browns, scoring the first three times they had the ball. Cleveland has lost its first three games of the season for the first time in 26 years in the NFL. Bradshaw completed 7-of-8 passes for 151 yards, then left with a cut on his throwing hand.
LOS ANGELES 24, Baltimore 13 - James Harris passed for two TDs as the Rams, lethargic through the first three quarters, scored twice in the final period to come from behind. Harris picked the Colt secondary apart, hitting 16 of 22 passes for 294 yards. Colts QB Bert Jones completed 14 of 25 for 155 yards.
San Francisco 20, KANSAS CITY 3 - Norm Snead, capitalizing on fumbles and penalties, threw a 24-yard TD pass to TE Tom Mitchell and RB Larry Schreiver ran five yards for another TD to help the 49ers win their first game. The Chiefs were penalized 11 times for 124 yards and fumbled four times, losing three.
MINNESOTA 28, Chicago 3 - Fran Tarkenton threw three TD passes and Chuck Foreman ran for another TD to power the unbeaten Vikings. The Vikings won their sixth consecutive victory over the Bears dating back to 1972. Vikings DE Jim Marshall started his 211th straight NFL game to set a league record held by Oakland's Jim Otto.
Cincinnati 21, HOUSTON 19 - Cincinnati's Ken Anderson threw fourth-quarter TD strikes of 16 and six yards, thwarting a dazzling kick return performance by Houston's Billy Johnson, to rally the Bengals. The Oilers missed scoring chances from the Cincinnati one four times midway through the fourth.
NY JETS 36, New England 7 - Joe Namath threw four TD passes, two apiece to Rich Caster and Jerome Barkum, ruining the return of Pats' QB Jim Plunkett. Namath threw  for 218 yards, before giving way to J.J. Jones. Plunkett, who had missed two games with a separated shoulder, was 8-of-21 for 135 yards and three  interceptions.
ATLANTA 14, New Orleans 7 - Jim Mitchell carried a fumble 50 yards to complete a fluke 77-yard TD play to give Atlants only its second regular season victory in its last 12 games. The play started when Steve Bartkowski completed a 15-yard pass to Ken Burrow, who then fumbled it forward. Mitchell scooped it up on the run.
BUFFALO 38, Denver 14 - FB Jim Braxton scored three TDs and rushed for 102 yards and O.J. Simpson exploded
for 138 yards to lead Buffalo. Simpson raised his three-game rushing total to 538 yards and his career output to 6,844, fifth best in the NFL. The Bills scored 10 points in the first period and 14 each in the second and third.
Oakland 6, SAN DIEGO 0 - George Blanda kicked FGs of 35 and 29 yards to keep Oakland perfect. QB Kenny Stabler sat out the first half with a sore knee. Chargers QB Dan Fouts was sacked five times, twice by Otis Sistrunk. He completed only 3 of 13 passes for 29 yards and was intercepted twice.
PHILADELPHIA 26, Washington 10 - Second-year WR Charlie Smith scored his first pro TD and the Eagles forced six turnovers to gain the upset. Smith brought Philadelphia from behind and started a 17-point outburst by the Eagles in the second half when he caught a 27-yard TD pass from QB Roman Gabriel.
ST. LOUIS 26, NY Giants 14 - Terry Metcalf scored on an 18-yard TD run up the middle and Jim Otis scored on a 10-yard draw in a 16-point second-quarter blitz to give the Cardinals the win. Otis and Metcalf cracked the hundred-yard mark for the Cardinals. Card QB Jim Hart completed eight of 20 passes for 125 yards and a TD.
MONDAY OCTOBER 6
Dallas 36, DETROIT 10 - Charles Young bolted over for a one-yard TD that put Dallas ahead, then made a juggling fingertip catch of a 42-yard TD pass that triggered a Roger Staubach aerial show which led the Cowboys to the Monday Night win. The Lions suffered their first defeat, tarnishing the debut of the Pontiac Silverdome.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Buffalo            3  0 0 1.000 110  49 Dallas             3  0 0 1.000  91  48
Miami              2  1 0  .667  73  52 Washington         2  1 0  .667 100  42
NY Jets            2  1 0  .667  80  73 St. Louis          2  1 0  .667  80  71
Baltimore          1  2 0  .333  68  62 NY Giants          1  2 0  .333  50  89
New England        0  3 0  .000  21  65 Philadelphia       1  2 0  .333  53  48
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Cincinnati         3  0 0 1.000  66  36 Minnesota          3  0 0 1.000  97  30
Pittsburgh         2  1 0  .667 100  36 Detroit            2  1 0  .667  57  66
Houston            2  1 0  .667  59  38 Chicago            1  2 0  .333  25  76
Cleveland          0  3 0  .000  33 108 GREEN BAY          0  3 0  .000  36  84
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            3  0 0 1.000  68  41 Los Angeles        2  1 0  .667  54  45
Denver             2  1 0  .667  74  84 San Francisco      1  2 0  .333  51  53
Kansas City        0  3 0  .000  60  87 Atlanta            1  2 0  .333  48  47
San Diego          0  3 0  .000  17  76 New Orleans        0  3 0  .000  10  76
1975 PLAYOFFS - AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Divisional - Dec 27 - PITTSBURGH (12-2) 28, Baltimore (10-4) 10 - Franco Harris blasted Baltimore's Cinderella hopes Saturday by running for 153 yards and one TD. Harris scored Pittsburgh's first TD in the first period and set up Teny Bradshaw's two-yard plunge with 6:11 left to play. Baltimore made it close, moving down to the Steeler three with 2:25 remaining, when Jack Ham deflected a pass and Andy Russell returned it 93 yards for a TD.
Divisional - Dec 28 - OAKLAND (11-3) 31, Cincinnati (11-3) 28 - Ken Stabler's third TD pass of the game, a two-yard toss to reserve TE Dave Casper early in the fourth, stood up as the winning score but Oakland's defense had to stop a Cincinnati threat with three minutes to go to. Down 31-14, Ken Anderson threw a 25-yard TD pass to Charlie Joiner and 14 yards to Isaac Curtis to leave the Bengals only three points short of a tie.
Conference - Jan 4 - PITTSBURGH (13-2) 16, Oakland (12-3) 10 - Terry Bradshaw sent the Steelers to their second consecutive Super Bowl, throwing 20 yards to John Stallworth for the clinching TD in the fourth. The TD came three plays after LB Jack Lambert recovered a playoff record third fumble of the game. The third period featured five consecutive turnovers in the freezing 15-degree temperature.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Divisional - Dec 27 - LOS ANGELES (12-2) 35, St. Louis (11-3) 23 - Reserve QB Ron Jaworski ran for one TD and
threw a long bomb for another and Jack Youngblood and Bill Simpson returned intercepted passes 47 and 65 yards for TDs for the Rams. The favored Rams, with their stalwart defense and injury-riddled offense, rode Lawrence McCutcheori's record-setting 202 yards to the win as they scored 28 points in the first 20 minutes.
Divisional - Dec 28 - Dallas (10-4) 17, MINNESOTA (12-2) 14 - Roger Staubach's desperation 50-yard TD pass to Drew Pearson with 24 seconds left lifted Dallas to a shocking win. The TD capped an 85-yard drive in eight plays and wiped out a Minnesota lead built on Brent McClanahan's 1-yard TD run with 5:11 to go. Dallas Tarkenton Sr., father of Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton, suffered a heart attack and died while watching his son's team play.
Conference - January 4 - Dallas (11-4) 37, LOS ANGELES (13-2) 7 - Roger Staubach threw four TD passes, three
to Preston Pearson, to propel the upstart, wildcard Cowboys into Super Bowl. Staubach hit Pearson on scoring plays covering 18, 15 and 19 yards which sent the Cowboys to the Super Bowl for the third time. It is the first time any NFL wild card team made the final game. The Rams were held to an incredibly low 24 yards rushing
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21
Detroit 30, Green Bay 16 at Milwaukee
ST. LOUIS 23, Atlanta 20 - Jim Bakken kicked a 25-yard FG goal as the clock ran out to spoil the pro debut of Atlanta QB Steve Bartkowski. Cardinals QB Jim Hart tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Earl Thomas with four minutes left to tie the game at 20-20. Bartkowski, the top draft pick, finished with 8-for-16 for 81 yards.
Baltimore 35, CHICAGO 7 - Colts QB Bert Jones threw TD passes of 4 and 7 yards to Glenn Doughty, and his running helped set up all three Baltimore TDs in their 21-point second quarter in the debut of their new coach, Ted Marchibroda and ruined the debut of new Bears coach Jack Pardee. Colts RB Don McCauley ran for two TDs.
CINCINNATI 24, Cleveland 17 - The Bengals jumped off to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead, but then had to fight off a
last-half rally by the Browns, who trailed 24-3 late in the third quarter, but scored two TDs within 48 seconds.
Cleveland blew two opportunities to tie when QB Mike Phipps kept fumbling the center snap on the Bengals 1.
Houston 7, NEW ENGLAND 0 - SS Willie Germany scampered 48 yards with a first quarter fumble recovery for the only points of the game. Germany's TD came after Mack Herron fumbled at his own 46 yard line. The Patriots never got closer than the Houston 19 and the Oilers could penetrate no further than the New England 42.
DENVER 37, Kansas City 33 - WR Bill Van Heusen grabbed a Charley Johnson pass for a TD with 1:49 left, part of a two-TD rally for Denver. After Kansas City's Jan Stenerud kicked his fourth FG, the Broncos trailed 33-24. Otis Armstrong fumbled at the Chiefs 2, but Jack Dolbin picked up the ball and scored to cut the KC lead to two.
NY Giants 23, PHILADELPHIA 14 - Ron Johnson scored on two short TD runs to help the Giants overcome three blocked kicks and hand the Eagles their eighth straight opening game loss. After the Eagles had crept to
within two with less than a minute to play, Giants QB Craig Morton hit WR Ray Rhodes with a 50-yard TD pass.
DALLAS 18, Los Angeles 7 - Toni Fritsch kicked four FGs and an awesome Dallas defense intercepted Los Angeles QB James Harris three times to shock the favored Rams. Dallas CB Mel Renfro intercepted two
passes for a defense that was so tough Los Angeles couldn't get out of its end of the field until late in the fourth.
BUFFALO 42, NY Jets 14 - O.J. Simpson rushed for 173 yards and scored two TDs, while QB Joe Ferguson
tossed TD passes to Jim Braxton and Paul Seymour and scored once himself. DE Pat Toomay returned an interception 44 yards for Buffalo's sixth TD. Jets QB Joe Namath was intercepted four times.
WASHINGTON 41, New Orleans 3 - Billy Kilmer tossed four TD passes, two of them to Charlie Taylor, to provide George Allen with his 10th opening game victory without a loss. The Redskins, one of five pro teams that went out on strike last week, showed no signs of rust from their two-day layoff as Kilmer completed 14-of-26 for 199 yards.
MINNESOTA 27, San Francisco 17 - Brent McClanahan and Chuck Foreman scored fourth-quarter TDs to lead the defending NFC Champions. San Francisco's Dave Washington recovered a blocked punt attempt by Minnesota rookie Neil Clabo and ran 15 yards for a 49er TD with only 24 seconds remaining in the game.
Pittsburgh 37, SAN DIEGO 0 - Terry Bradshaw threw two TD passes and Roy Gerela kicked three FGs as the
Steelers opening the defense of their Super Bowl title. The Steeler defense intercepted three San Diego passes
and sacked three Charger QBs four times. They did not allow the Chargers beyond the Pittsburgh 40.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20
Oakland 31, MIAMI 21 - Oakland's Ken Stabler shredded Miami's makeshift defense to set up a pair of TDs by Pete Banaszak, and Harold Hart added another score with a 102-yard kickoff return. It was the first opening game
triumph in six NFL seasons for the Raiders and snapped the Dolphins' 31-game winning streak at home.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Baltimore          1  0 0 1.000  35   7 Dallas             1  0 0 1.000  18   7
Buffalo            1  0 0 1.000  42  14 St. Louis          1  0 0 1.000  23  20
Miami              0  1 0  .000  21  31 Washington         1  0 0 1.000  41   3
New England        0  1 0  .000   0   7 NY Giants          1  0 0 1.000  23  14
NY Jets            0  1 0  .000  14  42 Philadelphia       0  1 0  .000  14  23
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Pittsburgh         1  0 0 1.000  37   0 Minnesota          1  0 0 1.000  27  17
Cincinnati         1  0 0 1.000  24  17 Detroit            1  0 0 1.000  30  16
Houston            1  0 0 1.000   7   0 Chicago            0  1 0  .000   7  35
Cleveland          0  1 0  .000  17  24 GREEN BAY          0  1 0  .000  16  30
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            1  0 0 1.000  31  21 Los Angeles        0  1 0  .000   7  18
Denver             1  0 0 1.000  37  33 San Francisco      0  1 0  .000  17  27
Kansas City        0  1 0  .000  33  37 Atlanta            0  1 0  .000  20  23
San Diego          0  1 0  .000   0  37 New Orleans        0  1 0  .000   3  41
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28
Cincinnati 21, NEW ORLEANS 0 - Ken Anderson threw for three TDs and led Cincinnati to an easy win. Anderson hit Isaac Curtis for two TDs, including a 52-yard bomb on the Bengals' second possession. Saints QB Archie Manning, who broke his arm in a preseason game, was ineffective was relieved by Bobby Scott in the fourth.
Buffalo 30, PITTSBURGH 21 - O. J. Simpson rushed for 227 yards, including an 88-yard TD burst, to direct the Bills to the upset. Simpson's 227 yards fell 23 short of the NFL single game record of 250 yards he gained
in 1973. Joe Ferguson added two TD passes and DT Mike Kadish lumbered 26 yards for another TD.
Miami 22, NEW ENGLAND 14 - The Dolphins spotted New England two TDs but then combined a stout defense
and the second-half running of Don Nottingham for the win. Held to a mere 15 yards in the first half, Nottingham broke loose in the final two periods and finished with 120 yards and a TD.
Detroit 17, ATLANTA 14 - Altie Taylor slashed over from one yard out with 1:20 remaining  to cap a 35-yard drive that included a critical fourth-down gamble on which Greg Landry fired a 14-yard pass to Ray Jarvis at the Atlanta 20. The victory was the eighth straight for Detroit over Atlanta, which has never beaten the Lions.
Minnesota 42, CLEVELAND 10 - Fran Tarkenton passed for two TDs and ran for another as the Vikings romped. The Vikings gave an indication of things to come by taking the opening kickoff and marching 60 yards in seven
plays for their first TD. Cleveland's only TD came late when Willie Miller threw a 26-yard TD to Reggie Rucker.
WASHINGTON 49, NY Giants 13 - The veteran Washington defense, led by Diron Talbert, sacked New York QBs eight times. Talbert had three sacks of Giants' QB Craig Morton and assisted on three others as the Redskins scored four times a little more than seven minutes of the second period to trigger the rout.
CHICAGO 15, Philadelphia 13 - Bob Thomas kicked a 26-yard FG, his third of the game, with eight seconds to play
to give the Bears their 10th straight victory over Philadelphia. Thomas got his chance after the Bears used 13 plays to move the ball from their own 30 deep into Philadephia territory behind QB Gary Huff, who got the start.
NY Jets 30, KANSAS CITY 24 - Joe Namath threw a 9-yard TD pass to Rich Caster and RB John Riggins added two short TD runs to give the Jets their first win. Riggins gained 145 yards rushing, while Carl Garrett, who ran for another 135 yards, also scored from the 1 in the first period. Chiefs QB Len Dawson was 20-of-32 for 233 yards.
HOUSTON 33, San Diego 17 - Dan Pastorini stunned San Diego with a four-yard TD pass to John Sawyer on fourth down and Curley Gulp returned a fumble 38 yards for another score to lead the Oilers. The Chargers took a 7-3 first-quarter lead on Don Wood's four-yard run for San Diego's first TD of the season.
Oakland 31, BALTIMORE 20 - Neal Colzie set up three TDs with punt returns to spark Oakland's comeback
and also intercepted a fourth-quarter pass. The Colts, winless at home since 1973, led 10-0 before the heavily-favored Raiders took charge and scored TDs in each of the last three quarters.
DALLAS 37, St. Louis 31 (OT) - A three-yard TD toss from Roger Staubach to Billy Joe DuPree at 7:53 of OT climaxed a wild day of big plays. The issue was finally settled by a pass interception by Lee Roy Jordan five minutes into the sudden death and a 37-yard scoring drive. The Cardinals rallied from 14 down in the fourth.
Los Angeles 23, SAN FRANCISCO 14 - Tom Dempsey booted three FGs, including a 51-yarder for the lead early in the fourth, and Larry McCutcheon grabbed a 22-yard TD pass with less than three minutes left for the Rams' first win.  Monte Jackson ran six yards with a blocked punt for Los Angeles' other score.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29
DENVER 23, Green Bay 13
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Buffalo            2  0 0 1.000  72  35 Dallas             2  0 0 1.000  55  38
Baltimore          1  1 0 1.000  55  38 Washington         2  0 0 1.000  90  16
Miami              1  1 0  .500  42  45 St. Louis          1  1 0  .500  54  57
NY Jets            1  1 0  .500  44  66 NY Giants          1  1 0  .500  36  63
New England        0  2 0  .000  14  29 Philadelphia       0  2 0  .000  27  38
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Houston            2  0 0 1.000  40  17 Minnesota          2  0 0 1.000  69  27
Cincinnati         2  0 0 1.000  45  17 Detroit            2  0 0 1.000  47  30
Pittsburgh         1  1 0  .000  58  30 Chicago            1  1 0  .500  22  48
Cleveland          0  2 0  .000  27  66 GREEN BAY          0  2 0  .500  29  53
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            2  0 0 1.000  62  41 Los Angeles        1  1 0  .500  30  32
Denver             2  0 0 1.000  60  46 San Francisco      0  2 0  .000  31  50
Kansas City        0  2 0  .000  57  67 Atlanta            0  2 0  .000  34  40
San Diego          0  2 0  .000  17  70 New Orleans        0  2 0  .000   3  62
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12
NEW ORLEANS 20, Green Bay 19
Houston 40, CLEVELAND 10 - Dan Pastorini threw to Mack Alston for three TDs, Billy Johnson returned the second half kickoff 81 yards for a score and Skip Butler kicked four FGs Sunday as the Oilers romped. The Browns led twice early, but Pastorini connected on two short TD passes to Alston in a 17-point second period.
Los Angeles 13, SAN DIEGO 10 (OT) - Tom Dempsey kicked a 22-yard FG to give the Rams their third straight victory and the Chargers' fourth straight loss. After regulation, the Rams moved from their own 14-yard line to
the Chargers five, mainly on the running of Lawrence McCutcheon, Cullen Bryant, and Jim Bertelsen.
MIAMI 24, Philadelphia 16 - Bob Griese hit Nat Moore for one second half TD and former Eagle Norm Bulaich crashed up the middle for another to give the Miami the win. After a see-saw first half which ended with the Dolphins ahead 10-9, Griese and the Dolphin offense took charge with two scoring drives.
DETROIT 27, Chicago 7 - QB Bill Munson, getting his first start of the year, fired three TD passes as the Lions breezed. Four players, three of them Bears, had to be helped off the field with apparently serious injuries. Chicago averted a shutout when Gary Huff passed eight yards to Bob Grim on the last play of the game.
Atlanta 17, SAN FRANCISCO 3 - Rookie QB Steve Bartkowski, playing before the home fans for the first time, lead Atlanta to the all their points before leaving with an elbow injury late in the third. Bartkowski threw a 9-yard TD pass to TE Jim Mitchell for one TD, while RB Haskel Stanback ran 26 yards for Atlanta's second TD.
Dallas 13, NY GIANTS 7 - Roger Staubach hit Jean Fugett with a four-yard TD pass four plays after a Mark
Washington interception to give Dallas the win and spoiling the Giants' return to New York City after a two-year absence. The Giants had played the 1973 and 1974 season in New Haven, CN, and are now in Shea Stadium.
PITTSBURGH 20, Denver 9 - Lynn Swann made two acrobatic TD catches on passes from Terry Bradshaw to key a first-half surge that helped the Steelers win. Swann made a leaping grab of a 43-yard pass from Bradshaw to give Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead. On the first play of the 2nd quarter, Bradshaw lofted a nine-yard TD pass to Swann.
MINNESOTA 29, NY Jets 21 - Joe Blahak blocked a Greg Gant punt out of the end zone for a safety midway
through the final quarter and Chuck Foreman scored his third TD minutes later to rally the unbeaten Vikings. Foreman gained a total of 201 yards, 96 rushing and 105 receiving, while Fran Tarkenton threw for 244 yards.
Buffalo 38, BALTIMORE 31 - Jim Braxton scored three TDs, the last a tiebreaker with 6:04 to play, and O.J. Simpson rushed for 159 yards, leading the Bills to a 4-0 start despite a four-TD performance, two rushing, by the Colts' Lydell Mitchell. Braxton scored twice on short runs and caught one of two TD passes by Joe Ferguson.
KANSAS CITY 42, Oakland 10 - Mike Livingston threw three TD passes and scored once as the Chiefs, fired up by early key pass interceptions, deal the Raiders their worst defeat since 1961. Livingston, who missed two games because of a shoulder injury, hit Walter White with a 48-yard pass, touching off a three-TD opening period.
CINCINNATI 27, New England 10 - Ken Anderson engineered two TD drive in the closing minutes of the third
quarter to help the Bengals remain unbeaten. New England's rushing game kept them in the contest throught the. first half, as Mac Herron reached the 100-yard rushing plateau for the first time in his career with 119 yards.
MONDAY OCTOBER 13
WASHINGTON 27, St. Louis 17 - Washington's third-string QB and ball-holder on FG attempts, Joe Theismann, 
shocked St. Louis with a 30-yard TD pass to John Pergine on a fake play and rookie Mike Thomas bulled his way for 100 yards and two TDs. The Cards' Terry Metcalf ran 93 yards with the second-half KO to tie the score 10-10.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Buffalo            4  0 0 1.000 148  80 Dallas             4  0 0 1.000 104  55
Miami              3  1 0  .750  97  68 Washington         3  1 0  .750 127  59
NY Jets            2  2 0  .500 101 102 St. Louis          2  2 0  .500  97  98
Baltimore          1  3 0  .250  99 100 NY Giants          1  3 0  .250  57 102
New England        0  4 0  .000  31  92 Philadelphia       1  3 0  .250  69  72
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Cincinnati         4  0 0 1.000  93  46 Minnesota          4  0 0 1.000 126  51
Pittsburgh         3  1 0  .750 120  45 Detroit            3  1 0  .750  84  73
Houston            3  1 0  .750  99  48 Chicago            1  3 0  .250  32 103
Cleveland          0  4 0  .000  43 148 GREEN BAY          0  4 0  .000  55 104
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            3  1 0  .750  78  83 Los Angeles        3  1 0  .750  67  55
Denver             2  2 0  .500  83 104 Atlanta            2  2 0  .500  65  50
Kansas City        1  3 0  .250 102  97 San Francisco      1  3 0  .250  54  70
San Diego          0  4 0  .000  27  89 New Orleans        1  3 0  .250  30  95
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19
Green Bay 19, DALLAS 17
DENVER 16, Cleveland 15 - Jim Turner kicked a 53-yard FG as time expired, lifting the Broncos. Turner's kick, the longest of his 12-year career, culminated a fourth-quarter rally that offset a brilliant kicking display by Cleveland's Don Cockroft, who booted a record five FGs to stake the Browns to a 15-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh 34, CHICAGO 3 - QB Terry Bradshaw led Pittsburgh on three methodical, second-half TD drives,
running one in himself, and Pittsburgh's defense throttled Chicago's passing attack. Chicago QB Gary Huff was held to 46 yards passing, most of it in the final seconds.
HOUSTON 13, Washington 10 - Dan Pastorini's pinpoint passes moved Houston to two second-half TDs and a
defense aroused by the ejection of LB Robert Brazile stymied the Redskins. Oiler S Zeke Moore intercepted a pass to thwart one late Redskin drive, and Mark Mosley's 47-yard FG attempt for a tie with 3:13 left was wide right.
MINNESOTA 25, Detroit 19 - Fran Tarkenton tossed two TD passes, Chuck Foreman rushed for 107 yards and Fred Cox booted three FGs to help Minnesota up its division lead to two games over the Lions. Tarkenton connected on TD passes to TE Stu Voigt and RB Ed Marinaro to give him 10 scoring passes for the season.
LOS ANGELES 22, Atlanta 7 - James Harris fired two TD strikes and Tom Dempsey kicked three FGs as the Rams took advantage of six Atlanta turnovers, five of them in the first half. Harris, who passed for three TDs in the first four Los Angeles starts, hit TE Bob Klein and WR Harold Jackson for scores.
Miami 43, NY JETS 0 - Bob Griese, cashing in on a wave of New York turnovers, passed for three TDs and ran
for one to lead the Dolphins to an easy win. Jets' QB Joe Namath, playing perhaps the worst game of his career, was intercepted six times, three of them by cornerback Curtis Johnson.
NEW ENGLAND 21, Baltimore 10 - Second-year pro Andy Johnson, who entered the game with minus two yards rushing for his career, ran for 124 yards and two TDs and 66 yards to give New England its first win. The victory snapped New England's losing string at seven, dating to last Nov. 24 when New England beat the Colts 24-17.
Kansas City 12, SAN DIEGO 10 - QB Mike Livingston nailed TE Walter White with a 60-yard TD pass and Jan
Stenerud booted two FGs to lead the Chiefs to their second win under coach Paul Wiggin. Livingston completed 14 of 23 passes for 224 yards. The Chiefs' defense sacked Charger QBs five times, four by DE Wilbur Young.
SAN FRANCISCO 35, New Orleans 21 - A blocked punt and a recovered fumble opened the door for two first-quarter San Francisco TDs, both on passes from Norm Snead to Gene Washington within a space of 55 seconds. A 60-yard TD pass from Snead to Tom Mitchell gave the Niners a 28-0 lead in the second quarter.
CINCINNATI 14, Oakland 10 - Rookie Marvin Cobb intercepted a Ken Stabler pass and returned it 52 yards for a TD late in the third quarter to break a 7-7 tie and lead the unbeaten Bengals, in a steady rain, to its best start
in its eight-year history. The Raiders pulled to within 14-10 on George Blanda's 30-yard FG with 7:08 left.
ST. LOUIS 31, Philadelphia 20 - Jim Otis scored on TD runs of one and five yards and finished with 116 yards in his finest pro performance. He outrushed his more heralded teammate, Terry Metcalf, who had 81 yards. The Eagles' only lead came when Roman Gabriel hit Charles Smith with an 11-yard TD pass in the 2nd quarter.
MONDAY OCTOBER 20
NY Giants 17, BUFFALO 14 - George Hunt kicked a 37-yard FG with six seconds left to give the Giants the upset, handing Buffalo its first loss and spoiling the 29th 100-yard game of O.J. Simpson's career. The  winning drive at the Giants' 37 with 1:02 left in the game after two Bills' FG attempts just minutes earlier had failed.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Buffalo            4  1 0  .800 162  97 Dallas             4  1 0  .800 121  74
Miami              4  1 0  .800 140  68 Washington         3  2 0  .600 137  72
NY Jets            2  3 0  .400 101 145 St. Louis          3  2 0  .600 128 118
Baltimore          1  4 0  .200 109 121 NY Giants          2  3 0  .400  74 116
New England        1  4 0  .200  52 102 Philadelphia       1  4 0  .200  89 103
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Cincinnati         5  0 0 1.000 107  56 Minnesota          5  0 0 1.000 151  70
Pittsburgh         4  1 0  .800 154  48 Detroit            3  2 0  .600 103 108
Houston            4  1 0  .800 112  58 Chicago            1  4 0  .200  35 137
Cleveland          0  5 0  .000  58 164 GREEN BAY          1  4 0  .200  74 121
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            3  2 0  .600  88  97 Los Angeles        4  1 0  .800  89  62
Denver             3  2 0  .600  99 119 Atlanta            2  3 0  .400  72  72
Kansas City        2  3 0  .400 114 107 San Francisco      2  3 0  .400  89  91
San Diego          0  5 0  .000  37 101 New Orleans        1  4 0  .200  51 130
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1
NY GIANTS 35, San Diego 24 - Craig Morton threw for two TDs and Joe Dawkins provided two more on the ground to keep the Chargers winless. Morton fired a 24-yard TD pass to Ray Rhodes and a 47-yarder to Bob Tucker after the teams had battled to a 14-14 deadlock through the first 20 minutes of the game
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2
Minnesota 28, GREEN BAY 17
Buffalo 24, NY JETS 23 - Joe Ferguson teamed with O.J. Simpson on a 64-yard TD pass after a controversial
call by New York coach Charley Winner to rally the Bills. Ferguson's third TD pass came after Winner decided to pass up a FG attempt at the Buffalo 20 and John Riggins was stopped on a fourth-and-one.
NEW ORLEANS 23, Atlanta 7 - QB Archie Manning hit rookie WR Larry Burton with a 71-yard TD bomb as the usually punchless Saints rolled. It was the first victory for interim Coach Ernie Hefferle, elevated from the ranks after John North was fired earlier in the week. Rich Szaro kicked three Saint FGs.
Oakland 42, DENVER 17 - Ken Stabler fired two second-half TD passes and reserve RB Pete Banaszak ran for two more scores to power Oakland. The Raiders, who trailed 17-7 early in the third quarter, exploded for five touchdowns in a span of 15 minutes to complete the rout
Miami 46, CHICAGO 13 - Bob Griese riddled the Chicago Bears' pass defense with 12 completions for 288 yards, including three TDs, to lead the Dolphins to their sixth straight win. Walter Payton scored Chicago's only TD on a four-yard run. It was only the fifth TD of the season for the Bears, who suffered their fifth straight loss.
Detroit 28, SAN FRANCISCO 17 - The Lions, held to 62 yards in total offense in the first half, erupted for 21 points
in a 7:30 span of the third with third-string QB Joe Reed throwing for a pair of TDs. The Lions, who lost QBs Bill Munson and Greg Landry last week to injuries, were behind 10-0 when they took the third-period kickoff.
Houston 17, KANSAS CITY 13 - The Oilers rode Dan Pastorini's two-TD aerial show and a late game interception to the win. The Chiefs were on the Houston 5 with less than five minutes remaining when Bob Adkins drifted in front of Mike Livingston's pass at the four and sped 70 yards all the way to the Chiefs' 26.
BALTIMORE 21, Cleveland 7 - Bert Jones passed for two TDs for the Colts' first victory at home since 1973 and their first ever in Baltimore over the Browns. With a 3-4 record, the Colts have altready topped their 1974 victory total. Jones passed for 137 of his 153 yards as the Colts rolled up a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Pittsburgh 30, CINCINNATI 24 - S Mike Wagner choked off a late Cincinnati rally with two interceptions, returning one 65 yards to set up a TD as the Steelers knocked the Bengals from the undefeated ranks. Cincinnati, trailing 23-3 entering the final quarter, had closed to within 23-17 with seven minutes left.
WASHINGTON 30, Dallas 24 (OT) - Bill Kilmer lunged over from the one with 6:34 elapsed in OT to create a
three-way tie in the NFC East. Ken Houston's interception and a punch thrown by Roger Staubach got the winning
Washington drive. Dallas' Tony Fritsch missed a 38-yard FG with nine seconds left in a hectic fourth quarter.
ST. LOUIS 24, New England 17 - Terry Metcalf bolted for two fourth-quarter TDs, while he scored his first TD on a 69-yard punt return. New England had a 17-7 lead early in the third as Ray Hamilton rambled 23 yards with a fumble to score. In the final minute, the Pats reached the St. Louis 20 before Pete Barnes intercepted a pass.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 3
Los Angeles 42, PHILADELPHIA 3 - James Harris demolished Philadelphia's secondary with three TD passes and his defensive teammates mangled the Eagles' aerial game. Harris connected on scoring bombs of 54 and 30 yards to Harold Jackson in the second period, then hit Jack Snow with a 42-yarder in the third.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              6  1 0  .857 221 111 Washington         5  2 0  .714 190 103
Buffalo            5  2 0  .714 216 155 Dallas             5  2 0  .714 165 121
Baltimore          3  4 0  .429 175 156 St. Louis          5  2 0  .714 172 148
NY Jets            2  5 0  .286 152 214 NY Giants          3  4 0  .429 122 160
New England        2  5 0  .286  93 142 Philadelphia       1  6 0  .143 109 165
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh         6  1 0  .857 200  85 Minnesota          7  0 0 1.000 192  96
Cincinnati         6  1 0  .857 152 100 Detroit            4  3 0  .571 139 149
Houston            6  1 0  .857 153  79 Chicago            1  6 0  .143  57 196
Cleveland          0  7 0  .000  72 208 GREEN BAY          1  6 0  .143 104 165
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            5  2 0  .714 155 114 Los Angeles        6  1 0  .857 172  79
Denver             3  4 0  .429 129 187 Atlanta            2  5 0  .286  93 116
Kansas City        3  4 0  .429 153 137 San Francisco      2  5 0  .286 122 143
San Diego          0  7 0  .000  61 161 New Orleans        2  5 0  .286  88 175
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25
St. Louis 20, NY GIANTS 13 - Cardinals HB Terry Metcalf fired a 51-yard TD pass to Mel Gray for the first of his two TDs and Jim Bakken kicked his ninth and 10th FGs without a miss. The Giants' Jim Steinke blocked a punt to give the Giants possession on the St. Louis 36 with 41 seconds left, but Norm Thompson intercepted at the five.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 26
Pittsburgh 16, Green Bay 13 at Milwaukee
Cincinnati 21, ATLANTA 14 - The unbeaten Bengals capitalized on a fumble recovery late in the game with QB Ken Anderson scoring from three yards out with only 2:04 left. The Falcons were forced to play without starting
QB Steve Bartkowski, who suffered a dislocated elbow on a 17-yard TD pass to Jim Mitchell in the first quarter.
Baltimore 45, NY JETS 28 - Rookie Marshall Johnson made his first two pro pass receptions good for TDs of 15 and 68 yards from Bert Jones and Jackie Wallace had a clinching 38-yard interception return for a TD as the Colts snapped a four-game skid. The Colts turned two Carl Garrett fumbles into scores in the first 5:30 of the game.
Dallas 20, PHILADELPHIA 17 - Toni Fritsch's 42-yard FG as time ran out carried the Cowboys to a comeback win. The Cowboys trailed 17-10 when QB Roger Staubach threw a 21-yard TD pass to Drew Pearson with 1:04 left. The Eagles took the ensuing KO and lost 10 yards in three plays, punting the ball away to the Dallas 40-yard line.
Washington 23, CLEVELAND 7 - Bill Kilmer threw a pair of TD passes and Mike Thomas rushed for 124 yards to spark the Redskins. The victory was the first for Washington in the regular season against Cleveland since 1962 after 12 straight losses. Cleveland QB Brian Sipe, making his first start this season, hit on 11-of-20 for 117 yards.
KANSAS CITY 26, Denver 13 - Jan Stenerud kicked four FGs and Mike Livingston startled Denver with an eight-yard TD run on a quarterback keeper in the fourth. Stenerud's 23-yarder with 10:13 left put the Chiefs ahead, 12-6. Charley Johnson was Denver's QB in the first half, but Steve Ramsey replaced him at the start of the second half.
HOUSTON 24, Detroit 8 - Billy Johnson ripped 52 yards for one TD and caught a 27-yard pass from Dan Pastorini
for another helping the Oilers to their fifth triumph in six games. Detroit moved the ball well enough to gain 341 yards, but lost QB Bill Munson with a strained knee and backup Greg Landry to a twisted knee.
Miami 35, BUFFALO 30 - Don Nottingham scored three TDs, the final one with 1:25 remaining, to propel the Dolphins into sole leadership in the AFC East. S Jake Scott set the stage for the game-winning TD by intercepting QB Joe Ferguson at the Buffalo 22. The Dolphins won their eleventh straight over the Bills since November 1969.
OAKLAND 25, San Diego 0 - Pete Banaszak ran for a pair of TDs and Ken Stabler added a 45-yard bomb to Cliff
Branch in a game, marred by numerous penalties and an exciting fight midway through the fourth. There were nearly 11,000 "no shows." The Chargers suffered their sixth straight loss and were shut out for the third time.
LOS ANGELES 38, New Orleans 14 - CB Bill Simpson recovered two fumbles to set up a pair of first-half short TD blasts by Cullen Bryant as the Rams reeled off their fifth victory in a row. Rams RB John Cappelletti, the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner who has complained this season of not playing enough, scored his first pro TD.
NEW ENGLAND 24, San Francisco 16 - Rookie QB Steve Gro gan, replacing a re-injured Jim Plunkett, threw two TD passes and directed the Patriots to another TD. Grogan threw TD passes of 11 yards to Andy Johnson and 8 yards to Randy Vataha. 49ers QB Norm Snead became the fifth NFL QB to throw for 30,000 yards in a career.
MONDAY OCTOBER 27
Minnesota 13, CHICAGO 9 - Fra Tarkenton baffled Chicago's pass defense with a 97-yard drive in the 2nd period, capped by a 45-yard TD pass to Jim Lash, and Fred Cox boomed two FGs to give keep Minnesota perfect and a three-game lead in the NFC Central. The Bears did scored a TD in the first quarter for the first time this season.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              5  1 0  .833 175  98 Dallas             5  1 0  .833 141  91
Buffalo            4  2 0  .667 192 132 Washington         4  2 0  .667 160  79
NY Jets            2  4 0  .333 129 190 St. Louis          4  2 0  .667 148 131
Baltimore          2  4 0  .333 154 149 NY Giants          2  4 0  .333  87 136
New England        2  4 0  .333  76 118 Philadelphia       1  5 0  .167 106 123
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Cincinnati         6  0 0 1.000 128  70 Minnesota          6  0 0 1.000 164  79
Pittsburgh         5  1 0  .833 170  61 Detroit            3  3 0  .500 111 132
Houston            5  1 0  .833 136  66 Chicago            1  5 0  .167  44 150
Cleveland          0  6 0  .000  65 187 GREEN BAY          1  5 0  .167  87 137
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            4  2 0  .667 113  97 Los Angeles        5  1 0  .833 127  76
Denver             3  3 0  .500 112 145 Atlanta            2  4 0  .333  86  93
Kansas City        3  3 0  .500 140 120 San Francisco      2  4 0  .333 105 115
San Diego          0  6 0  .000  37 126 New Orleans        1  5 0  .167  65 168
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9
CHICAGO 27, Green Bay 14
Cincinnati 17, DENVER 16 - Ed Williams and Boobie Clark each scored on 1-yard runs as the Bengals stayed tied for the AFC Central lead. Cincinnati also scored on a 45-yard FG by Dave Green, who missed two kicks in the fourth. Denver took a 13-7 halftime lead on a 1-yard run by Floyd Little and a 10-yard TD pass from Steve Ramsey.
MINNESOTA 38, Atlanta 0 - Minnesota's veteran defense forced eight Atlanta turnovers and Chuck Foreman scored three TDs as the undefeated Vikings rolled. Foreman carried 26 times for 102 yards. Jim Marshall set an NFL record when he stripped Kim McQuilken of the ball and recovered it for his 26th career recovery.
DETROIT 21, Cleveland 10 - QB Joe Reed and Ray Jarvis combined on a brilliant 62-yard pass to set up a TD on
the first play of the game and the Lions handed the Browns their eighth consecutive loss. Jarvis also caught a 21-yard TD pass. Ben Davis intercepted a Will Cureton pass and returned it 67 yards for the clinching TD.
PITTSBURGH 24, Houston 17 - Terry Bradshaw threw his third TD of the game, a 21-yarder to John Stallworth with 38 seconds left for the win. Bradshaw's winning pass capped a 78-yard, six-play drive that began after Houston's
Fred Willis plunged one yard for a touchdown, knotting the score 17-17 with 2:18 to play.
New England 33, SAN DIEGO 19 - The Patriots, ignited by CB Bob Howard's 44-yard TD run with an interception, 
built a 23-6 halftime lead. Pats QB Steve Grogan completed 17-of-28 passes for 244 yards and a TD. John Smith of the Patriots and the Chargers' Ray Wersching each kicked four FGs, tying the NFL record of eight in a game.
OAKLAND 48, New Orleans 10 - The Raiders scored seven TDs, including two on long passes from Ken Stabler
to Morris Bradshaw, as they toyed with the inept Saints. Clarence Davis also scored twice. The Raiders' defense limited the Saints to 66 net yards and six first downs through three quarters, and led 41-3 at that point.
St. Louis 24, PHILADELPHIA 23 - Jim Bakken kicked a 30-yard FG with three seconds left as the Cards rallied for 10 points in the last quarter. Bakken moved into fourth place among the all-time NFL scorers with 1,133 points. Trailing 23-14, the Cardinals were given new life when the Eagles' Larry Marshall ran a punt back but fumbled.
Baltimore 42, BUFFALO 35 - Bert Jones threw two TD passes - one an 89-yard bomb then ran 19 yards for another TD early in the fourth to give the Colts a come-from-behind win. Jones threw for 306 yards and rushed for 59 yards. The Colts, down 21-0 and 28-7 in the second quarter, closed the score to 28-21 at the end of the half.
Washington 21, NY GIANTS 13 - QB Randy Johnson, who replaced an injured Billy Kilmer, marched Washington to two fourth-quarter TDs. Kilmer suffered a possible dislocation of his right shoulder when he was sacked by Jack Gregory late in the first half. Rookie Mike Thomas ran for 123 yards to lead the Redskins.
San Francisco 24, LOS ANGELES 23 - Rookie Steve Mike-Mayer kicked a 54-yard FG with 38 seconds left as the 49ers broke a streak of 10 straight regular season losses to Los Angeles. The Rams scored with 90 seconds
left on a 1-yard plunge by Jim Bertelsen. However, Tom Dempsey missed the XP and the Rams led by only two.
MIAMI 27, NY Jets 7 - Norm Bulaich scored on a 59-yard pass play and Freddie Solomon on a 50-yard punt return within one minute in the third period to break a 7-7 deadlock, as the Dolphins moved two games ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East. The Dolphins added another TD in the fourth on a seven-yard pass from Bob Griese to Bulaich.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 10
Kansas City 34, DALLAS 31 - Ed Podolak ran for two TDs in a 43-second span late in the second period, then caught a decisive five-yard TD pass from Mike Livingston in the fourth. The game was marred by blunders on both sides. In the end, it was Dallas' fifth fumble, by Robert Newhouse, that paved the way for Podolak's third TD.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              7  1 0  .875 248 118 Washington         6  2 0  .750 211 116
Buffalo            5  3 0  .625 251 197 St. Louis          6  2 0  .750 196 171
Baltimore          4  4 0  .500 217 191 Dallas             5  3 0  .625 196 155
New England        3  5 0  .375 126 161 NY Giants          3  5 0  .375 135 181
NY Jets            2  6 0  .250 159 241 Philadelphia       1  7 0  .125 132 189
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh         7  1 0  .875 224 102 Minnesota          8  0 0 1.000 230  96
Cincinnati         7  1 0  .875 169 116 Detroit            5  3 0  .625 160 159
Houston            6  2 0  .750 170 103 Chicago            2  6 0  .250  84 210
Cleveland          0  8 0  .000  82 229 GREEN BAY          1  7 0  .125 118 192
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland            6  2 0  .750 203 134 Los Angeles        6  2 0  .750 195 103
Kansas City        4  4 0  .500 187 168 San Francisco      3  5 0  .375 146 166
Denver             3  5 0  .375 145 204 Atlanta            2  6 0  .250  93 154
San Diego          0  8 0  .000  80 194 New Orleans        2  6 0  .250  98 223
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16
DETROIT 13, Green Bay 10
OAKLAND 38, Cleveland 17 - Ken Stabler threw four TD passes to hand the Browns their ninth straight loss.
Stabler broke a 17-17 tie with his third TD pass of the game when he connected with Fred Biletnikoff in the third to send Oakland on the way to its seventh victory in nine games.
SAN FRANCISCO 31, Chicago 3 - Delvin Williams ran for 106 yards and Steve Spurrier directed a near flawless
offense. Spurrier threw 18 yards to Gene Washington for the 49ers' initial TD. A 33-yard FG by Bob Thomas in the second quarter prevented the Bears from being shut out, but they suffered their seventh loss in nine games.
Dallas 34, NEW ENGLAND 31 - Dallas QB Roger Staubach riddled the New England defense for three long-scoring passes Sunday, two to Drew Pearson. The Cowboys had gone ahead 34-17 in the final quarter, but the Patriots added 14 late points to make the game look close.
PITTSBURGH 28, Kansas City 3 - Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw threw a 42-yard go-ahead TD pass to Lynn Swann with seven seconds left before halftime then guided three second-half TD drives. Franco Harris of the Steelers ran for 119 yards. He and John Henry Johnson now share the Steeler record of 15 games with over 100 yards.
Denver 27, SAN DIEGO 17 - The Broncos, after stopping San Diego on the one, marched 99 yards for the tie-breaking TD in the fourth. Jim Turner added a 46-yard FG. Steve Ramsey hurled TD passes to Haven Moses
arid Riley Odoms, while the Chargers suffered their ninth loss of the year.
HOUSTON 20, Miami 19 - Ronnie Coleman broke five tackles on a seven-yard TD run with 1:11 left and Skip Butler's XP lifted the Oilers to the upset. Houston's Bubba Smith blocked a pair of Garo Yepremian's XP tries. The Oilers' winning drive started at their 11 with 6:13 left and only a penalty against the Dolphins kept the march going.
Los Angeles 16, ATLANTA 7 - James Harris passed for one TD and more than 200 yards, over half of it to Ron Jessie for the Rams' seventh victory in the last eight games. It was the fifth straight defeat for the Falcons, who dropped two apparent first-half TD passes while absorbing their 14th defeat in their last 17 games.
BALTIMORE 52, NY Jets 19 - Bert Jones riddled the Jets for 277 yards and three TD passes, one a club-record 90-yarder to Roger Carr, to spark the Colts to their fourth straight win. It is the first time Baltimore has been above .500 since 1971. Jones completed 16 of 22 attempts before leaving the game with sore ribs.
ST. LOUIS 20, Washington 17 - Cardinals K Jim Bakken booted a 37-yard FG in overtime in the battle for first
place in the NFC East. The Cardinals put the game into sudden-death overtime on a six-yard touchdown pass from Jim Hart to Mel Gray which knotted the score at 17-17 with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia 13, NY GIANTS 10 - Horst Muhlmann's 30-yard FG with 28 seconds left to end a five-game losing streak for the Eagles, who have been beaten three times this season in the final seconds. Roman Gabriel threw the 199th TD pass of his career, hitting WR Charles Smith on a 15-yard pass for the Eagles' first score.
Minnesota 20, NEW ORLEANS 7 - Fran Tarkenton threw three TD passes to lead the Vikings to their ninth straight victory. Tarkenton, who completed 25 of 39 passes for 300 yards, hit John Gilliam for scoring strikes of 33 and 13 yards and threw to Ed Marinaro for a four-yard TD. Minnesota lost the ball five times on turnovers.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 17
CINCINNATI 33, Buffalo 24 - Ken Anderson passed for a team record 447 yards to spark the Bengals, as he completed 30 of 46 passes and threw for two TDs. Anderson's brilliant passing overshadowed the running of
Buffalo's O.J. Simpson, who ran for 197 yards on just 17 carries. Cincinnati never punted in the game.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              7  2 0  .778 267 138 St. Louis          7  2 0  .778 216 188
Buffalo            6  3 0  .667 275 230 Dallas             6  3 0  .667 230 186
Baltimore          5  4 0  .556 269 210 Washington         6  3 0  .667 228 136
New England        3  6 0  .333 157 195 NY Giants          3  6 0  .333 145 194
NY Jets            2  7 0  .222 178 293 Philadelphia       2  7 0  .222 145 199
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh         8  1 0  .889 252 105 Minnesota          9  0 0 1.000 250 103
Cincinnati         8  1 0  .889 202 140 Detroit            6  3 0  .667 173 169
Houston            7  2 0  .778 190 122 Chicago            2  7 0  .222  87 241
Cleveland          0  9 0  .000  99 267 GREEN BAY          1  8 0  .111 128 205
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION 
Oakland            7  2 0  .778 241 151 Los Angeles        7  2 0  .778 211 110
Kansas City        4  5 0  .444 190 196 San Francisco      4  5 0  .444 177 169
Denver             4  5 0  .444 172 221 Atlanta            2  7 0  .222 100 170
San Diego          0  9 0  .000  97 221 New Orleans        2  7 0  .222 105 243
Oakland 26, WASHINGTON 23 (OT) - George Blanda, after missing a FG in the closing seconds of regulation, booted a 27-yarder at 7:13 into overtime to give the Raiders the win. Ken Stabler moved Oakland 48 yards in eight plays to set up the winning score. It was Washington's third OT of the season and second in two weeks.
San Francisco 16, NEW ORLEANS 6 - Steve Spurrier fired a TD pass to Gene Washington and Larry Schreiber
ran for another score to lead the 49ers. Schreiber's scoring run came early in the game and was set up by Skip Vanderbundt's interception of New Orleans QB Archie Manning's second pass of the game.
DALLAS 27, Philadelphia 17 - Preston Pearson, picked up by Dallas on waivers at the beginning of the season, ran for one TD and set up two more scores with screen-pass receptions to lead the Cowboys on a day they chose
to honor former all-pro defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Pearson caught four passes for 109 yards.
St. Louis 37, NY JETS 6 - Terry Metcalf ran for two TDs and Jim Hart passed to Mel Gray for two more to ruin Ken Shipp's debut as the Jets' head coach. Shipp took over Wednesday when Charley Winner was fired. Hart left the game in the third period after he completed 11 of 13 passes for 242 yards.
MINNESOTA 28, San Diego 13 - Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton set a NFL record for pass completions and Chuck Foreman rushed for three TDs. Tarkenton completed pass No. 2,831 to erase the previous mark set by John Unitas. Foreman rushed for more than 100 yards for the fifth straight week, netting 127 yards in 33 carries.
ATLANTA 35, Denver 21 - Steve Bartkowski, returning to action for the first time in nearly a month, shook off a bad start and threw two TD passes for Atlanta. Bartkowski was intercepted three times in the first period and gave the Broncos a TD with a fumble. The victory, Atlanta's third in 10 games, broke a five-game losing streak.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 24
Pittsburgh 32, HOUSTON 9 - Terry Bradshaw rallied the Steelers to two quick TDs within 87 seconds in the second quarter then relied on his team's "Steel Curtain Defense" to take a one-game lead in the AFC Central.
Franco Harris ran for two TDs and 149 rushing yards to spark the Steelers' offense.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              7  3 0  .700 284 171 St. Louis          8  2 0  .800 253 194
Buffalo            7  3 0  .700 310 261 Dallas             7  3 0  .700 257 203
Baltimore          6  4 0  .600 302 227 Washington         6  4 0  .600 251 162
New England        3  7 0  .300 188 240 NY Giants          3  7 0  .300 159 234
NY Jets            2  8 0  .200 184 330 Philadelphia       2  8 0  .200 162 226
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh         9  1 0  .900 284 114 Minnesota         10  0 0 1.000 278 116
Cincinnati         8  2 0  .800 225 175 Detroit            6  4 0  .600 194 193
Houston            7  3 0  .700 199 154 Chicago            2  8 0  .200  97 279
Cleveland          1  9 0  .100 134 290 GREEN BAY          2  8 0  .200 168 219
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION 
Oakland            8  2 0  .800 267 174 Los Angeles        8  2 0  .800 249 120
Kansas City        5  5 0  .500 214 217 San Francisco      5  5 0  .500 193 175
Denver             4  6 0  .400 193 256 Atlanta            3  7 0  .300 135 191
San Diego          0 10 0  .000 110 249 New Orleans        2  8 0  .200 111 259
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27
Los Angeles 20, DETROIT 0 - James Harris threw for three TDs, connecting with Harold Jackson twice, and the Rams clinched their third straight NFC West title. An overnight snowfall kept 11,086 from showing up and a few of who did come brought snowballs to throw. The Detroit loss clinched the NFC Central Division title for Minnesota.
Buffalo 32, ST. LOUIS 14 - Jim Braxton ran for 160 yards and three TDs and the Bills capitalized on seven St. Louis turnovers for the win. Braxton ran in twice from one yard out and also scored from the five. Simpson added a TD, his 18th of the season, on a three-yard run, and John Leypoldt kicked a pair of FGs for the Bills.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30
GREEN BAY 28, Chicago 7
OAKLAND 37, Atlanta 34 (OT) - George Blanda booted an 18-yard FG with three seconds left in regulation to create a 34-34 tie, then kicked a 36-yard FG on the final play of OT to give Oakland its fourth straight AFC West title. Ken Stabler threw four TD passes. The Falcons' Nick Mike-Mayer missed on a 45-yard FG in overtime.
CINCINNATI 23, Houston 19 - John Reaves, subbing for injured Ken Anderson, threw TD passes of 34 and 17 yards to Chip Myers, overcoming a steady downpour. Reaves, making his first start since 1972, completed 13 of 23 passes for 162 yards. One of the smallest crowds in Cincinnati's 8-year history, 46,128, braved the rain.
BALTIMORE 28, Kansas City 14 - Lydell Mitchell ran 70 yards for a TD and Bert Jones connected on 11 straight
passes, leading the Colts to their sixth straight win. A 42-yard interception return by Jackie Wallace gave the Colts a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. The victory assured them of their first winning season since 1971.
WASHINGTON 31, Minnesota 30 - Bill Kilmer completed a miracle drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Frank Grant and Mark Moseley booted the game-winning XP with 40 seconds left to knock Minnesota from the ranks of the
unbeaten. The Redskins blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt by Minnesota's Fred Cox with five seconds left.
Pittsburgh 20, NY JETS 7 - Terry Bradshaw threw for two TDs and Pittsburgh intercepted four Joe Namath passes for the Steelers' ninth win in a row. The Jets suffered their eighth straight loss. CB Mel Blount made
two of the four interceptions to give him 10 for the season, tying a Pittsburgh club record held by three others.
DALLAS 14, NY Giants 3 - Dallas rode Roger Staubach's first period bombardment of the Giants into a first place
tie. Staubach nailed WR Jean Fugett with a 54-yard TD pass on Dallas' first possession. Staubach threw a 62-yard TD to Golden Richards. Dallas greeted former QB Craig Morton with three interceptions and four sacks.
DENVER 13, San Diego 10 (OT) - Jim Turner, whose 23-yard FG attempt was deflected as the fourth quarter ended, booted a 25-yard FG in OT as the Broncos overcame six interceptions. The Broncos had a chance to
win the game in regulation when Billy Thompson intercepted a Jess Freitas pass, his 12th straight incompletion.
PHILADELPHIA 27, San Francisco 17 - Eagles QB Mike Boryla, regaining the starting assignment he lost at the beginning of the season, threw for three TDs. Boryla put the game out of reach with 9:39 left on a 42-yard TD pass to Charlie Smith. Boryla was replaced by veteran Roman Gabriel during the Eagles' opening day loss.
CLEVELAND 17, New Orleans 16 - Greg Pruitt capped a 97-yard Cleveland march in the waning moments with an eight-yard TD run to give the Browns a two-game winning streak. Cleveland spotted the Saints 10-0 and 16-3 leads before roaring back with two fourth quarter TDs. The difference in the final score was a missed extra point.
MONDAY DECEMBER 1
MIAMI 20, New England 7 - Earl Morrall, playing his 20th NFL season, completed his first 13 passes, a team record, for 123 yards and a TD, but suffered a slight knee strain in the third quarter. Don Strock went the rest of the way for Miami. Bob Griese was knocked out for the season last week with torn tendons in his right big toe.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              8  3 0  .727 304 178 St. Louis          8  3 0  .727 267 226
Buffalo            8  3 0  .727 342 275 Dallas             8  3 0  .727 271 206
Baltimore          7  4 0  .636 330 241 Washington         7  4 0  .636 282 192
New England        3  8 0  .273 195 260 NY Giants          3  8 0  .273 162 248
NY Jets            2  9 0  .182 191 350 Philadelphia       3  8 0  .273 189 243
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh        10  1 0  .909 304 121 X-Minnesota       10  1 0  .909 308 147
Cincinnati         9  2 0  .818 245 182 Detroit            6  5 0  .545 194 213
Houston            7  4 0  .636 218 177 GREEN BAY          3  8 0  .273 196 226
Cleveland          2  9 0  .182 151 306 Chicago            2  9 0  .182 104 307
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION 
X-Oakland          9  2 0  .818 304 208 X-Los Angeles      9  2 0  .818 269 120
Kansas City        5  6 0  .455 228 245 San Francisco      5  6 0  .455 210 202
Denver             5  6 0  .455 206 266 Atlanta            3  8 0  .273 169 228
San Diego          0 11 0  .000 120 262 New Orleans        2  9 0  .182 127 276
X-Clinched Division Title
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7
MINNESOTA 24, Green Bay 3
MIAMI 31, Buffalo 21 - Don Strock, a third-string QB making his first NFL start, passed for two TDs and ran for another to keep Miami on top of the AFC East. Strock built a 21-0 halftime lead but then the Dolphins had to hold off a furious Buffalo rally in the second half. It was Miami's 12th consecutive win over Buffalo.
Baltimore 21, NY GIANTS 0  - Lydell Mitchell rushed for 119 yards to become the first Baltimore RB to gain 1,000 yards in a single season in leading the Colts to their seventh straight victory. He also scored the only TD the Colts needed on a nine-yard run just 3:29 into the game. The Giants suck to their fourth consecutive loss.
Cincinnati 31, PHILADELPHIA 0 - Rookie CB Marvin Cobb intercepted two passes and the Bengals turned them and two other first half mistakes by Philadelphia into 24 points. The Bengals rolled up 484 total yards, including 223 yards passing for Ken Anderson, who hit 20-of-35 passes before leaving the game at the end of the third.
CHICAGO 25, Detroit 21 - Roland Harper bolted 27 yards for a TD with 4:22 left to lift the Bears to the upset. Harper's run came after the Lions had scored twice in a 69-second span on TD passes of 15 and 59 yards from
Joe Reed to Marlin Briscoe to take a 21-19 lead. The win eliminated the Lions' slim hopes for a playoff berth.
PITTSBURGH 31, Cleveland 17 - Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann combined for two third-period TDs and Franco
Harris broke the 1,000-yard mark as Pittsburgh clinched a playoff berth for the fourth straight year. It was the third time in his four-year career that Harris rushed for 1,000 yards, becoming only the seventh NFL player to do so.
Houston 27, SAN FRANCISCO 13 - Willie Rodgers and Ronnie Coleman ran for fourth-quarter TDs, Coleman's coming after a 76-yard punt return by Billy Johnson, to give the Oilers the win. It came too late to keep the Oilers in the race for the AFC wild card berth. When Cincinnati beat Philadelphia earlier, that eliminated Houston.
San Diego 28, KANSAS CITY 20  - The Chargers recorded their first win as rookie Rickey Young scored two TDs in the come-from-behind triumph. The second score tied the game at 20-20 and Ray Wersching's XP put San Diego ahead for good. Six minutes later, the Chargers added an insurance TD on QB Dan Fouts' nine-yard run.
NY Jets 30, NEW ENGLAND 28 - John Riggins ran for 154 yards and two TDs, and Pat Leahy kicked three FGs as the Jets halted a club-record eight-game skid. Carl Garrett also ran for a four-yard TD to give interim coach Ken Shipp his first victory. Pats QB Steve Grogan threw two TD passes to Randy Vataha and scored from a yard out
ST. LOUIS 31, Dallas 17 - Jim Hart threw three TD passes, including tosses of six and 49 yards to Mel Gray, to lead the Cardinals into first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys, held to a 23-yard Toni Fritsch FG in the first half, scored two second half TDs, both aided by pass interference calls on the Cardinals' Norm Thompson.
Los Angeles 14, NEW ORLEANS 7 - DE Jack Youngblood tackled Archie Manning in the end zone for a safety and reserve LB Jim Peterson ran 67 yards for a TD with a fumble recovery to lead the Rams. Tom Dempsey kicked FGs of 47 and 37 yards in the second half for the only points scored by the Rams' offense.
Washington 30, ATLANTA 27 - Mark Moseley kicked a 39-yard FG with only two seconds left, after the Falcons had tied the score with only 61 seconds left on a 44-yard FG by Nick Mike-Mayer. Billy Kilmer passed for 320 yards and three TDs, and completed 5-of-6 passes in a last-minute drive from the Redskin 23 to the Falcon 22.
MONDAY DECEMBER 8
OAKLAND 17, Denver 10 - Harold Hart and Pete Banaszak scored short yardage TDs and George Blanda added an 18-yard FG with 2:21 left, while the Oakland defense sacked Denver quarterbacks 10 times in the Raiders' seventh straight win. Denver QB John Hufnagel started his first game as a pro, and was sacked six time.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami              9  3 0  .750 335 199 St. Louis          9  3 0  .750 298 243
Baltimore          8  4 0  .667 351 241 Dallas             8  4 0  .667 288 237
Buffalo            8  4 0  .667 363 306 Washington         8  4 0  .667 312 219
New England        3  9 0  .250 223 290 NY Giants          3  9 0  .250 162 269
NY Jets            3  9 0  .250 221 378 Philadelphia       3  9 0  .250 189 274
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Y-Pittsburgh      11  1 0  .917 335 138 X-Minnesota       11  1 0  .917 332 150
Cincinnati        10  2 0  .833 276 182 Detroit            6  6 0  .500 215 238
Houston            8  4 0  .667 245 190 GREEN BAY          3  9 0  .250 199 250
Cleveland          2 10 0  .167 168 337 Chicago            3  9 0  .250 129 328
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION 
X-Oakland         10  2 0  .833 321 218 X-Los Angeles     10  2 0  .833 283 127
Kansas City        5  7 0  .417 248 273 San Francisco      5  7 0  .417 223 229
Denver             5  7 0  .417 216 283 Atlanta            3  9 0  .250 186 258
San Diego          1 11 0  .083 148 282 New Orleans        2 10 0  .167 134 290
X-Clinched Division Title               Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
SATURDAY DECEMBER 13
DALLAS 31, Washington 10 - Roger Staubach, who has a history of bad performances against the Redskins, completed only two of  10 passes in the opening half, but a rib injury almost put him out of the game late in the first half, came back to direct two long scoring drives in the second half to put the game out of reach.
PITTSBURGH 35, Cincinnati 14 - Franco Harris rushed for 118 yards and two TDs and Terry Bradshaw passed for one TD and ran for a TD to lead the Steelers to their second straight AFC Central title and home-field advantage on the playoffs. The Steeler defense scored one TD, set up another and sacked Ken Anderson four times.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 14
LOS ANGELES 22, Green Bay 5
Buffalo 34, NEW ENGLAND 14 - O.J. Simpson ran for 185 yards and his 21st TD of the season and Jim. Braxton
plunged for a pair of TDs. Simpson, the seven-year veteran, went over the 8,000-yard mark in career rushing with a brilliant 63-yard scoring jaunt in the third period. The TD drew him within one of Gale Sayers' NFL mark of 22.
Houston 27, OAKLAND 26 - Dan Pastorini's two-yard TD pass to TE Mack Alston with no time left tied the score and Skip Butler kicked the XP as the Oilers snapped Oakland's win streak at seven. The Oilers appeared doomed with 16 seconds left when Skip Thomas intercepted a pass by Pastorini but there were offsetting penalties.
CLEVELAND 40, Kansas City 14 - Greg Pruitt turned in his best game in three years as a pro by rushing for 214 yards and scoring three TDs. The Browns stopped the Chiefs cold in the first three periods. Pruitt's 1,030 yards made him the third Cleveland player to break the 1,000-yard barrier and the first since Leroy Kelly in 1968.
BALTIMORE 10, Miami 7 (OT) - Toni Linhart kicked a 31-yard FG in dense fog 12:44 into OT to give the Colts into a commanding position for the AFC East championship. The Colts launched their winning drive from their own four-yard line. The loss put the Dolphins in the position of being out of the playoff picture for the first time since 1969.
DENVER 25, Philadelphia 10 - Denver RB Floyd Little, playing at home for the final time in his brilliant nine-year career, raced 66 yards with a third quarter pass and ran for another TD in the closing minutes. Little was carried off the field by jubilant fans at the end of the game. Four Eagles turnovers in the final period sealed the win.
NY GIANTS 28, New Orleans 14 - Third-period TDs by Rondy Colbert on a 65-yard punt return and Doug Kotar on a 46-yard run snapped the Giants' five-game losing streak. The Saints have dropped six in a row. The game attracted 40,150 fans with 20,031 no shows.
ATLANTA 31, San Francisco 9 - Steve Bartkowski fired two TD passes to Alfred Jenkins and Atlanta produced two other TDs from unorthodox pass plays. Bartkowski completed seven passes to Jenkins for 147 yards. The Falcons snapped a two-game losing streak and extended the 49ers losing string to three games.
St. Louis 34, CHICAGO 20 - Jim Otis Jones for 147 yards and two TDs as St. Louis clinched the NFC East. With Terry Metcalf sidelined, Otis assumed the bulk of the running chores, setting up two TDs by Steve Jones. The Cardinals held Chicago scoreless until the fourth quarter when Bob Avellini hit Bob Grim on a 24-yard TD pass.
DETROIT 17, Minnesota 10 - The Lions stunned Minnesota with two TDs within 37 seconds of the first quarter and then held on to hand the listless Vikings their second defeat. Minnesota could have been guaranteed the home field advantage for the NFC title game by winning here and at Buffalo next Sunday.
MONDAY DECEMBER 15
SAN DIEGO 24, NY Jets 16 - Short TD runs by Tony Baker, Ricky Young and Bo Matthews carried the Chargers over the Jets, who played most of the first half without Joe Namath, benched for staying out too late Sunday night. Young picked up 111 yards on 21 carries for his second straight 100-yard game.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Baltimore          9  4 0  .692 361 248 Y-St. Louis       10  3 0  .769 332 263
Miami              9  4 0  .692 342 209 Dallas             9  4 0  .692 319 247
Buffalo            9  4 0  .692 397 320 Washington         8  5 0  .615 322 250
New England        3 10 0  .231 237 324 NY Giants          4  9 0  .308 190 283
NY Jets            3 10 0  .231 237 402 Philadelphia       3 10 0  .231 199 299
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
X-Pittsburgh      12  1 0  .923 370 152 X-Minnesota       11  2 0  .846 342 167
Cincinnati        10  3 0  .769 290 217 Detroit            7  6 0  .538 232 248
Houston            9  4 0  .692 272 216 GREEN BAY          3 10 0  .231 204 272
Cleveland          3 10 0  .231 208 351 Chicago            3 10 0  .231 149 362
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION 
X-Oakland         10  3 0  .769 347 245 X-Los Angeles     11  2 0  .846 305 132
Denver             6  7 0  .462 241 293 San Francisco      5  8 0  .385 232 260
Kansas City        5  8 0  .385 262 313 Atlanta            4  9 0  .308 217 267
San Diego          2 11 0  .154 172 298 New Orleans        2 11 0  .154 148 318
X-Clinched Division Title               Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
SATURDAY DECEMBER 20
Minnesota 35, BUFFALO 13 - Chuck Foreman, pelted with snowballs, scored four TDs, two of them on passes from Fran Tarkenton that set a new record. Tarkenton's two TD passes gave him a career total of 291, breaking John Unitas' record. O. J. Simpson scored both Buffalo TDs, giving him 23 that cracked Gale Sayers' mark of 22.
MIAMI 14, Denver 13 - Veteran QB Earl Morrall kept the Dolphins' playoff hopes alive, coming off the bench to engineer a last-minute TD drive. Barry Hill preserved the win by blocking a 35-yard FG attempt by Bronco Jim Turner with no time left.  With 1:14 to play, Norm Bulaich scored from two yards out, tying the score at 13..
SUNDAY DECEMBER 21
GREEN BAY 22, Atlanta 13
LOS ANGELES 10, Pittsburgh 3 - The Rams won with QB James Harris out with a sore arm and with only three RBs playing due to injuries. Ron Jaworski, Harris' backup, surprised the Steelers with a five-yard QB draw for a TD with 9:42 to go to break a 3-3 deadlock. The Steelers failed to score a TD for the first time this season.
Dallas 31, NY JETS 21 - Clint Longley, making his first pro start in place of injured Roger Staubach, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Drew Pearson in the third period to snap a tie. The Jets ended with their worst record in their 15-year history. The only bright spot was RB John Riggins, who became the first Jet ever to surpass the 1,000 mark.
HOUSTON 21, Cleveland 10 - Dan Pastorini's passing in the first half, including a 76-yard TD to Ken Burrough, propelled the Oilers to their best season since 1962. Cleveland finished their worst season in the team's history. Houston led 21-0 at the halft. Cleveland finally scored on a 42-yard FG by Don Cockroft to start the second half.
BALTIMORE 34, New England 21 - Lydell Mitchell's 11-yard TD run put Baltimore ahead with 8:19 remaining
and Nelson Munsey scored on a 30-yard interception return 66 seconds later, as the Colts won their ninth straight and the AFC East. Patriots rookie Alien Carter ran 99 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.
OAKLAND 28, Kansas City 20 - George Blanda sent Oakland ahead with the 2,000th point of his career on a second-period XP and Pete Banaszak ran for three TDs. The 48-year-old''s four XPs raised his career scoring total to 2,002. Blanda also made his first appearance of the season at quarterback.
Philadelphia 26, WASHINGTON 3 - Joe Lavender and Frank LeMaster returned two of seven Philadelphia interceptions for second half TDs to key the upset. Washington's Charlie Taylor caught an 11-yard Joe Theismann toss for his 634th lifetime catch to give him one more than previous record holder Don Maynard.
NY Giants 26, SAN FRANCISCO 23 - Larry Watkins scored from the one after the 49ers were called for pass interference during the fourth quarter, giving the Giants their second straight win. George Hunt's conversion attempt after the go-ahead TD was blocked, but the points were all the Giants needed.
CINCINNATI 47, San Diego 17 - The Bengals scored three quick TDs before the Chargers could run a play from
scrimmage to earn the AFC's wild card berth and finished with their best-ever record. San Diego fumbled away its first two KO returns. Cincinnati QB Ken Anderson set club records of 228 completions and 21 TDs in a season.
Chicago 42, NEW ORLEANS 17 - Rookie QB Bob Avellini ran for one TD and passed to Greg Latta for three more to lead the Bears in a battle of doormats. New Orleans finished 2-12, its worst in the nine frustrating years since the Saints were formed. The game was played before 33,371 fans, the smallest crowd in Saints history.
St. Louis 24, DETROIT 13 - The Cardinals rode record-setting performances by Terry Metcalf and Jim Otis into
the playoffs. Metcalf got the NFL's all-purpose total yardage record by gaining 127 yards, for a total yardage of 2,462. Otis needed only 65 yards to set a new club record and got 69 for a total of 1,076 and the NFC rushing title.
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                    NFC EASTERN DIVISION
X-Baltimore       10  4 0  .714 395 269 X-St. Louis       11  3 0  .786 356 276
Miami             10  4 0  .714 357 222 Y-Dallas          10  4 0  .714 350 268
Buffalo            9  5 0  .643 420 355 Washington         8  6 0  .571 325 276
New England        3 11 0  .214 258 358 NY Giants          5  9 0  .357 216 306
NY Jets            3 11 0  .214 258 433 Philadelphia       4 10 0  .286 225 302
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                    NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
X-Pittsburgh      12  2 0  .857 373 162 X-Minnesota       12  2 0  .857 377 180
Y-Cincinnati      11  3 0  .786 340 246 Detroit            7  7 0  .500 245 262
Houston           10  4 0  .714 293 226 Chicago            4 10 0  .286 191 379
Cleveland          3 11 0  .214 218 372 GREEN BAY          4 10 0  .286 226 285
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                    NFC WESTERN DIVISION 
X-Oakland         11  3 0  .786 375 255 X-Los Angeles     12  2 0  .857 312 135
Denver             6  8 0  .429 254 307 San Francisco      5  9 0  .357 255 286
Kansas City        5  9 0  .357 282 341 Atlanta            4 10 0  .286 240 289
San Diego          2 12 0  .143 189 345 New Orleans        2 12 0  .143 165 360
X-Clinched Division Title               Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
SUPER BOWL 10 (January 18, 1976 at Miami)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (14-2) 21, DALLAS COWBOYS (12-4) 17 - The Steelers won the Super Bowl for the second year in a row on Terry Bradshaw's 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and an aggressive defense that snuffed out a late rally by the Cowboys with an end-zone interception on the final play of the game. In the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh ran on fourth down and gave up the ball on the Cowboys' 39 with 1:22 to play. Roger Staubach ran and passed for two first downs but his last desperation pass was picked off by Glen Edwards. Dallas's scoring was the result of two touchdown passes by Staubach, one to Drew Pearson for 29 yards and the other to Percy Howard for 34 yards. Toni Fritsch had a 36-yard field goal. The Steelers scored on two touchdown passes by Bradshaw, one to Randy Grossman for seven yards and the long bomb to Swann. Roy Gerela had 36- and 18-yard field goals. Reggie Harrison blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety. Swann set a Super Bowl record by gaining 161 yards on his four receptions.
Cleveland Browns (3-11)
Head Coach: Forrest Gregg
Passing Leader: Mike Phipps (1749)
Rushing Leader: Greg Pruitt (1067)
Receiving Leader: Reggie Rucker (60-770)
1975 The Year in Football
Washington Redskins (8-6)
Head Coach: George Allen
Passing Leader: Billy Kilmer (2440)
Rushing Leader: Mike Thomas (919)
Receiving Leader: Charley Taylor (53-744)
Pittsburgh Steelers (12-2)
Head Coach: Chuck Noll
Passing Leader: Terry Bradshaw (2055)
Rushing Leader: Franco Harris (1246)
Receiving Leader: Lynn Swann (49-781)
Los Angeles Rams (12-2)
Head Coach: Chuck Knox
Passing Leader: James Harris (2148)
Rushing Leader: Lawrence McCutcheon (911)
Receiving Leader: Harold Jackson (43-786)
Chicago Bears (4-10)
Head Coach: Jack Pardee
Passing Leader: Gary Huff (1083)
Rushing Leader: Walter Payton (679)
Receiving Leader: Bo Rather (39-685)
Philadelphia Eagles (4-10)
Head Coach: Mike McCormack
Passing Leader: Roman Gabriel (1644)
Rushing Leader: Tom Sullivan (632)
Receiving Leader: Charle Young (49-659)
St. Louis Cardinals (11-3)
Head Coach: Don Coryell
Passing Leader: Jim Hart (2507)
Rushing Leader: Jim Otis (1076)
Receiving Leader: Mel Gray (48-926)
New York Giants (5-9)
Head Coach: Bill Arnsbarger
Passing Leader: Craig Morton (2359)
Rushing Leader: Joe Dawkins (438)
Receiving Leader: Walker Gillette (43-600)
Baltimore Colts (10-4)
Head Coach: Ted Marchibroda
Passing Leader: Bert Jones (2483)
Rushing Leader: Lydell Mitchell (1193)
Rec. Leader: Lydell Mitchell (60-544)
Detroit Lions (7-7)
Head Coach: Rick Forzano
Passing Leader: Joe Reed (1181)
Rushing Leader: Dexter Bussey (696)
Receiving Leader: Charlie Sanders (37-486)
San Francisco 49ers (5-9)
Head Coach: Dick Nolan
Passing Leader: Norm Snead (1337)
Rushing Leader: Del Williams (631)
Receiving Leader: Gene Washington (44-735)
Green Bay Packers (4-10)
Head Coach: Bart Starr
Passing Leader: John Hadl (2095)
Rushing Leader: John Brockington (434)
Receiving Leader: Ken Payne (58-766)
Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
Head Coach: Tom Landry
Passing Leader: Roger Staubach (2666)
Rushing Leader: Robert Newhouse (930)
Receiving Leader: Drew Pearson (46-822)
Houston Oilers (10-4)
Head Coach: Bum Phillips
Passing Leader: Dan Pastorini (2053)
Rushing Leader: Ronnie Coleman (790)
Receiving Leader: Ken Burrough (53-1063)
New York Jets (3-11)
Head Coach: Charley Winner (2-7) and Ken Shipp (1-4)
Passing Leader: Joe Namath (2286)
Rushing Leader: John Riggins (1005)
Receiving Leader: Rich Caster (47-820)
Buffalo Bills (8-6)
Head Coach: Lou Saban
Passing Leader: Joe Ferguson (2426)
Rushing Leader: O.J. Simpson (1817)
Receiving Leader: Bob Chandler (55-746)
New England Patriots (3-11)
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks
Passing Leader: Steve Grogan (1976)
Rushing Leader: Sam Cunningham (666)
Receiving Leader: Randy Vataha (46-720)
San Diego Chargers (2-12)
Head Coach: Tommy Prothro
Passing Leader: Dan Fouts (1396)
Rushing Leader: Rickey Young (577)
Receiving Leader: Pat Curran (45-619)
Kansas City Chiefs (5-9)
Head Coach: Paul Wiggin
Passing Leader: Mike Livingston (1245)
Rushing Leader: Woody Green (611)
Receiving Leader: Ed Podolak (37-332)
Oakland Raiders (11-3)
Head Coach: John Madden
Passing Leader: Ken Stabler (2296)
Rushing Leader: Pete Banaszak (672)
Receiving Leader: Cliff Branch (51-893)
Denver Broncos (6-8)
Head Coach: John Ralston
Passing Leader: Steve Ramsey (1562)
Rushing Leader: John Keyworth (725)
Receiving Leader: John Keyworth (42-314)
Minnesota Vikings (12-2)
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Passing Leader: Fran Tarkenton (2994)
Rushing Leader: Chuck Foreman (1070)
Receiving Leader: Chuck Foreman (73-691)
Atlanta Falcons (4-10)
Head Coach: Marion Campbell
Passing Leader: Steve Bartkowski (1662)
Rushing Leader: Dave Hampton (1002)
Receiving Leader: Alfred Jenkins (37-767)
Miami Dolphins (10-4)
Head Coach: Don Shula
Passing Leader: Bob Griese (1693)
Rushing Leader: Mercury Morris (875)
Receiving Leader: Nat Moore (40-705)
New Orleans Saints (2-12)
Head Coach: John North (1-5)/Ernie Hefferle (1-7)
Passing Leader: Archie Manning (1683)
Rushing Leader: Mike Strachan (668)
Receiving Leader: Alvin Maxson (41-234)
Cincinnati Bengals (11-3)
Head Coach: Paul Brown
Passing Leader: Ken Anderson (3169)
Rushing Leader: Boobie Clark (594)
Receiving Leader: Isaac Curtis (44-934)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23
Green Bay 40, NY Giants 14 at Milwaukee
LOS ANGELES 38, Chicago 10 - Lawrence McCutcheon sprinted 43 yards for a TD with just 6:14 gone and the Rams moved closer to their third straight NFC West title. McCutcheon, held to a career low 23 yards at Atlanta last
weekend, played just a little more than a half against the Bears and picked up 114 yards on 15 carries.
Baltimore 33, MIAMI 17 - Don McCauley scored on three 1-yard plunges, as the Colts rallied from a 14-2 deficit to upset Miami. A 32-yard run by Lydell Mitchell in the fourth sealed the Colts' fifth straight victory. The Dolphins finished with 41-year-old Earl Morrall at quarterback after Bob Griese suffered an injury to his right toe.
Cleveland 35, CINCINNATI 23  - Greg Pruitt scored two TDs, one on a pass from Mike Phipps who had his best day as a pro quarterback, to lead the Browns to their first win. Pruitt ran two yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage after Billy Lefear returned the opening kickoff 92 yards to the Bengals' two but suffered a broken leg.
BUFFALO 45, New England 31 - O.J. Simpson scored four TDs, a career high, and carried the Bills to the win. 
Two of the TDs came on runs of two and one yards, and the other two from three yards out on passes from Joe Ferguson. New England QB Steve Grogan completed 25 of 46 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns.
KANSAS CITY 24, Detroit 21 (OT) - Jan Stenerud's 26-yard FG with 6:44 gone in OT gave the Chiefs the win. The long battle was forced into OT when Errol Mann booted a 44-yard FG for Detroit on the final play of regulation. Woody Green set up Stenerud's chance to win the game with a 42-yard scamper.