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How Sunday's other games impacted the Bills' playoff chances

Here is a look at other Sunday games that impacted the Bills' playoff chances:

Los Angeles Rams 27, Tennessee Titans 23

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Those MVP rumbles for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley got a bit louder on Sunday.

Gurley became the first player in 31 years to rush for more than 100 yards and have more than 150 yards receiving yards while scoring two touchdowns as Los Angeles clinched the NFC West title with a 27-23 win over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.

Gurley ran 21 times for 115 yards while catching 10 passes for 158 yards and touchdowns of 3 and 80 yards. The last player to pull off the 100-150 double was Herschel Walker of the Dallas Cowboys in 1986.

Quarterback Jared Goff completed 22 of 38 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns for the Rams, including the game-winning 14-yarder to Cooper Kupp with 11:51 left in the game.

Los Angeles (11-4) clinched its first division title since 2003 and its first playoff berth since 2004. Tennessee (8-7) lost its third straight game, officially sealing the AFC South title for Jacksonville. The Titans can still wrap up a playoff spot next week by beating Jacksonville.

Here are the standings in the AFC (the Pittsburgh Steelers play Monday night and can clinch a first-round bye with a victory; the Patriots clinched a first-round bye Sunday after Jacksonville lost):

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Los Angeles Chargers 14, New York Jets 7

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Los Angeles Chargers did their part, so their unlikely postseason bid remains intact.

Bidding to become only the second team since the 1970 merger to make the playoffs after an 0-4 start, the Chargers beat the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Though the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the AFC West title on Sunday, the Chargers (8-7) remain alive for a wild-card spot because the Titans lost to the Rams.

The Jets drove to the Chargers' 17-yard line with 3:11 to play, with an assist from Joey Bosa's questionable roughing-the-passer penalty, but Bryce Petty's fourth-and-7 pass to Robby Anderson fell incomplete.

Kansas City Chiefs 29, Miami Dolphins 13

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quarterback Alex Smith surpassed the 4,000-yard passing mark for the first time in his 12-year career as the Chiefs clinched back-to-back AFC West titles for the first time in franchise history with a 29-13 win over the Miami Dolphins at Arrowhead Stadium.

Smith delivered again for the Chiefs' offense in the best season of his career, completing 25 of 39 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown.

Kansas City (9-6) took its first lead thanks to a Dolphins turnover on their first drive of the game. Linebacker Derrick Johnson jarred the ball loose from wide receiver Jarvis Landry after a short gain, and cornerback Marcus Peters grabbed it along the sideline. That set up the Chiefs with a short field, and kicker Harrison Butker hit a 31-yard field goal to put Kansas City up 3-0.

The loss eliminates the Dolphins (6-9) from contention. Miami hosts the Bills in the regular season finale.

San Francisco 49ers 44, Jacksonville Jaguars 33

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns, leading the San Francisco 49ers to their fourth straight victory, a 44-33 win against the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars (10-5) clinched their first-ever AFC South crown with around six minutes left in the first quarter when the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-23. The Jaguars' division title is their first since 1999 when they won the AFC Central. They'll host a playoff game for the first time since 2000, and they still have a chance of earning a first-round bye.

The 49ers set a season-high for points scored and the Jaguars a season-high for points allowed.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles completed 32 of 50 passes for 382 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions, including a 50-yard pick-six by 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson.

Cornerbacks K'Waun Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon also had interceptions for the 49ers (5-10), who are 4-0 since Garoppolo became the starter.

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