The 2012 NFL season started under the cloud of a lockout and replacement referees but ended with new stars shining and established players reaching new heights.
Olindo Mare kicked four field goals Sunday and the Chicago Bears posted a 26-24 victory over Detroit, but still fell out of NFC playoff contention.
Miami hands Charlotte 16th straight loss ... Manning, Rodgers lead NFL Pro Bowl picks ... Cowboys' Brent indicted for manslaughter ... Mariners sign Ibanez to one-year contract ... Sports news from United Press International.
Quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers headed the list of NFL Pro Bowl selections revealed Wednesday.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan hurled four TD passes Saturday and the Falcons claimed the top seed in the NFC with a 31-18 victory over Detroit.
Andrew Luck connected with Donnie Avery for a 14-yard scoring pass on the game's last play Sunday, rallying the Indianapolis Colts over Detroit 35-33.
Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Randall Cobb on a go-ahead TD pass in the fourth quarter Sunday and the Green Bay Packers rallied for a 24-20 win over Detroit.
Adrian Peterson reeled off 171 rushing yards and scored on a long, game-clinching run Sunday, powering the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-24 win over Detroit.
Jason Hanson kicked a regulation-time field goal to forge a tie then added an overtime game-winner Sunday, lifting the Detroit Lions over Philadelphia 26-23.
Quarterback Kellen Moore's 1-yard touchdown run with 10:20 to play Thursday brought Detroit a wild 38-32 exhibition victory over Buffalo.