John Terry scored twice following David Luiz's thunderbolt as Chelsea beat Fulham to move above Arsenal into third place in the Premier League.
Manchester City will meet Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on 11 May after ending Chelsea's quest for a fifth triumph in seven attempts.
Paolo Di Canio's reign as Sunderland manager began with a defeat at Chelsea that leaves The Black Cats deep in the fight to stay in the Premier League.
Chelsea will face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals after Demba Ba's instinctive winner was enough to sink Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a setback as Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert scored to earn struggling Southampton victory.
Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea who moved into third place with a win over West Ham.
Chelsea recovered from two goals down to draw with Manchester United and earn a replay following a wildly fluctuating FA Cup quarter-final.
Benitez's week-to-forget ended on a high as his Chelsea side produced a commanding display to defeat West Brom.
Chelsea will face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals after comfortably seeing off Championship side Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
Spectacular goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez saw Manchester City overcome Chelsea and move 12 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Holders Chelsea earned a fifth-round trip to Middlesbrough with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Brentford in their FA Cup replay.
Frank Lampard moved to within four goals of becoming Chelsea's all-time leading scorer to help his side record back-to-back Premier League home wins for the first time since October.
Moussa Sissoko scored twice on his home debut as Newcastle came back to beat Chelsea in a rousing game.
Substitute Adam Le Fondre scored a late double as Reading fought back from two behind against Chelsea to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Swansea City reached their first major English cup final in their 100-year history when they held off Chelsea in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
Chelsea held off London rivals Arsenal to claim their first home win of 2013 at the fourth attempt.
Chelsea's poor home record under Rafael Benitez continues as Southampton battle back from 2-0 down to snatch a point.
Jon Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty as Chelsea thumped Stoke to end the Potters' 17-game home unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Two defensive errors help Swansea seal a 2-0 victory at Chelsea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.
Demba Ba scored twice on his Chelsea debut as the FA Cup holders came from behind against Southampton to ease into the fourth round at St Mary's Stadium.