Despite Seattle's 30-10 victory yesterday over the visiting Detroit Lions, the Seahawks were eliminated from playoff contention when Houston defeated Pittsburgh later in the day.

The Seahawks (9-7) needed the Steelers to defeat the Oilers, which would have given Seattle a wild-card berth.

Detroit (6-10) was tied with the Seahawks 10-10 at halftime but Seattle shut down the Lions' run-and-shoot offense in the last two quarters. Seattle had five sacks, four in the second half.

Derrick Fenner rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns for the winners, including the game's last touchdown on a nine-yard sweep with 4:43 to play. Norm Johnson kicked three field goals for the Seahawks.

Detroit's Barry Sanders was held to 23 yards on nine carries but won the NFL rushing title with 1,304 yards. He started the day 16 yards behind Buffalo's Thurman Thomas, but Thomas didn't gain a yard yesterday.

Dolphins 23, Colts 17: In Miami, Sammie Smith and defensive end Jeff Cross each had a hand in two scores as the Dolphins clinched the home-field advantage in next weekend's playoff game.

"It's always good to win; it gives you momentum," quarterback Dan Marino said. "But the big thing is that we get to play at home."

The Dolphins, second to Buffalo in the AFC East with a 12-4 record, will play the second-place team in the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Colts, eliminated from playoff contention last weekend, finished 7-9, their worst since 1986. It was the first losing season as an NFL coach for Ron Meyer.

Jets 16, Buccaneers 14: Blair Thomas scored his first rushing touchdown as a pro and Pat Leahy kicked three field goals before 46,543 in Tampa.

The Jets ended 6-10 in Bruce Coslet's first season as coach. Tampa Bay, also 6-10, lost eight of its last 10 games, including two of three under interim coach Richard Williamson, whose bid to replace Ray Perkins permanently likely ended.

Leahy kicked field goals of 21 and 32 yards and Thomas scored on a 5-yard run after Ron Stallworth recovered a fumble at Tampa Bay's 35, giving the Jets a 13-7 halftime lead. Leahy added a 25-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the third period.

Broncos 22, Packers 13: In Denver, Sammy Winder rushed 80 yards in his swan song, John Elway threw a touchdown pass and Bobby Humphrey ran for a touchdown.

Elway threw a quick slant pass to Mark Jackson late in the third period for a 15-yard touchdown. It was only the third time the two teams had met in regular season play since Elway became the Denver starter. It was his first touchdown pass ever against the Packers.

David Treadwell kicked field goals of 22 and 31 yards in the first half to match the scoring of Green Bay's Chris Jacke who had first-half field goals of 37 and 24 yards.

Denver's other touchdown was scored on Humphrey's five-yard run, whick broke a 6-6 tie early in the third quarter.

Winder, who earlier announced he would retire, was a sentimental starter ahead of Humphrey. Winder responded with 17 yards on his first three carries.

The nine-year veteran, second on the Broncos' all-time rushing list, finished with 80 yards on 15 carries and brought the Denver crowd to its feet with a 19-yard run midway through the fourth quarter when the game appeared safe for the Broncos.