UNDATED (WTVB) - So much was at stake on the final day of the NFL's regular season that it might have been one of the league's best finales. It finished in dramatic fashion as the Philadelphia Eagles held off the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22, to win the NFC East. Kyle Orton hit Dez Bryant with a 32-yard TD pass with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter, but Cary Williams knocked away Dallas' two-point conversion attempt. Brandon Boykin sealed the outcome when he picked off Orton. The third-seeded Eagles move on to host the New Orleans Saints next Saturday night. Drew Brees fired four touchdown passes in the first half and added a rushing score in the second and the Saints secured a playoff berth with a 42-17 thumping of Tampa Bay.
Also in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers won the North on a late bomb, as Aaron Rodgers found a wide-open Randall Cobb on 4th-and-8 for a 48-yard touchdown and 33-28 victory over the Chicago Bears. Green Bay earned the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs and will host the San Francisco 49ers in the wild card round next Sunday afternoon in the 4-5 matchup. No. 1 seeds ended up with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, who were among the best teams in their conferences all season. Peyton Manning set the NFL's single-season passing yards record and the Broncos became the first team in league history to score 600 points in a 34-14 win over Oakland that locked up the AFC's top seed for home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Seahawks won the NFC West and earned the NFC's No. 1 seed by beating St. Louis 27-9. The Rams also got some good news, as they ended up with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after Washington's loss earlier on Sunday. The Rams will receive the Redskins' pick to complete the Robert Griffin III trade. Also Sunday, the Houston Texans ensured they would have the No. 1 pick after falling to 2-14 with a loss to Tennessee. The San Diego Chargers earned an improbable playoff berth, rallying for a 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime to nail down the AFC's final wild card spot. The Chargers were only in position to get a berth after losses by Miami and Baltimore earlier in the day kept them alive. They will play AFC North-champion Cincinnati next Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs, who rested 19 starters, will play at AFC South-champion Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. In Atlanta, Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and the Carolina Panthers won the NFC South with a 21-20 victory over the Falcons. The Panthers secured a first-round bye in the playoffs with their 11th win in 12 games. The New York Jets knocked the Miami Dolphins out of playoff contention with a win, then announced head coach Rex Ryan would be back next season despite widespread rumors about his job security. Farther north, the AFC East-champion New England Patriots beat Buffalo but settled for the No. 2 seed in the conference.
The Cleveland Browns fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night, saying they didn't see enough improvement in his one season as coach. The Browns announced Chudzinski was out just hours after a season-ending 20-7 loss to Pittsburgh dropped them to 4-12.