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Jets' Ryan safe, Browns fire Chudzinski

Rex Ryan is staying put as Jets coach.

Rob Chudzinski was not so fortunate in Cleveland.

Owner Woody Johnson announced after New York's 20-7 victory Sunday in Miami that Ryan, top, who has one year left on his contract, will return for a sixth season.

"Everyone in the locker room was ecstatic," Jets QB Geno Smith said of the team's reaction. "It felt as if you won the Super Bowl."

Meanwhile, the Browns fired Chudzinski, bottom, just hours after a loss in Pittsburgh and less than a year after the Ohio native and lifelong Browns fan was hired for his dream position. Cleveland was 4-5 after a win over Baltimore on Nov. 3 but never won again.

Florio: Blown call helps Chargers

According to Mike Florio on NBC's prime-time postgame show, the Chargers should have been called for a penalty on Chiefs K Ryan Succop's missed 41-yard field goal near the end of regulation in a tie game. A new rule this year stated that teams can only line up six players on one side of the center, but video showed seven Chargers lined up to the right of center — a 5-yard penalty on the play would have given Succop another chance. The Chargers went on to win in overtime and clinch the last AFC playoff spot.

Gonzalez farewell: Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez had four catches for 56 yards and was honored at halftime in his final game. Gonzalez said of his farewell game: "Honestly, it went exactly as I thought it would go except for the winning part. … My career has turned out to be something more than I ever thought and more than I ever dreamed." His 15,127 yards, 1,325 catches and 111 receiving touchdowns are all records for tight ends.

BENGALS: Andy Dalton's 33rd touchdown pass surpassed Carson Palmer's club record of 32 from 2005. With 4,296 yards, Dalton also broke Palmer's club record for yards passing in a season (4,131 in 2007).

BROWNS: Josh Gordon finished with 1,646 yards receiving, becoming the first Cleveland player ever to lead the NFL.

COLTS: Starting CB Vontae Davis (groin), DL Aubrayo Franklin (knee) and LB Bjoern Werner (ankle) left in the first half. Coach Chuck Pagano said all three would be evaluated further.

DOLPHINS: Former LB-DE Kim Bokamper, WR O.J. McDuffie, RB Mercury Morris and G Keith Sims were inducted into the team's Walk of Fame.

GIANTS: QB Eli Manning left against the Redskins after spraining his left ankle late in the first half of his 150th consecutive start.

VIKINGS: Rookie returner Cordarrelle Patterson wasn't ready for the opening kickoff, slapping the goalpost and trying to fire up fans behind him when the ball sailed in the end zone. Chase Ford caught it for a touchback.

Number of the day

2,006 Points for Colts K Adam Vinatieri, making him the seventh player to surpass 2,000 and putting him fifth all-time; he passed George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004) Sunday

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NFL news and notes 12/29/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 12:20am]
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    College

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    Nba

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