The San Francisco 49ers blew a 28- point lead before pulling out a 41-34 victory at New England in a matchup of National Football League division leaders, ending the Patriots’ seven-game winning streak to seal a playoff spot.
The Houston Texans defeated the Chicago Bears 13-6 in a showdown of one-loss teams in the National Football League, while New York’s Giants and Jets both lost by at least 18 points for the first time in 29 years.
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart will miss the rest of the National Football League season with a fractured collarbone, leaving the team with third stringer T.J. Yates at starter as it seeks to make the playoffs for the first time.
Tom Coughlin will return as coach of the New York Giants and Leslie Frazier passed his audition with the Minnesota Vikings. The fate of some of their National Football League colleagues isn’t so secure.