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Patriots, Broncos, Falcons, Texans clinch playoffs, Ravens do n…

Patriots, Broncos, Falcons, Texans clinch playoffs, Ravens do not

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 2, 2012
Heading into Sunday, five NFL teams had a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Four of them succeeded. The Patriots, Broncos and Falcons all clinched their divisions on Sunday, while the Texans clinched a spot in the AFC playoffs. But the Ravens, who would…
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  • Right Now The Patriots Own the Tie Breaker

    Right Now The Patriots Own the Tie Breaker

    patriotsgab.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Patriots have the second seed for right now because they own the tiebreaker currently over the Ravens and Broncos. This doesn’t mean anything until the Ravens and Broncos play each other and that could very well change everything but for this one w
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  • Patriots Grind Out A Win Vs Miami

    Patriots Grind Out A Win Vs Miami

    The Patriots win wasn’t the prettiest win but it is a win that gives the Patriots the AFC East Title. The Patriots won their fourth AFC East Title in a row and now are guaranteed a playoff spot. The Patriots offense wasn’t very sharp in anyway in thi
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  • Megatron Makes It Look Easy: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    Megatron Makes It Look Easy: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 2, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the silky-smooth Calvin Johnson to Mark Sanchez getting his hopes up. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Report: Dolphins fear Jake Long suffered torn triceps in Sunday…

    Report: Dolphins fear Jake Long suffered torn triceps in Sunday’s loss to Patriots

    The Miami Dolphins fear that left tackle Jake Long suffered a season-ending triceps injury during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the New England Patriots, Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reports. Long was injured in the first quarter on Sunday and was observ…
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  • Patriots clinch AFC East in Miami

    Patriots clinch AFC East in Miami

    It wasn’t the prettiest Patriots performance that you’ll ever see, but the result was still pretty good for the Patriots. They wrapped up the AFC East with a 23-16 win over the Dolphins that featured almost no offensive fireworks in the second half. T
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  • Chiefs get second win, a moment’s relief

    Chiefs get second win, a moment’s relief

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Nothing that happened on the field is going to comfort the Chiefs. But for a moment, this will help. A day after one of their own committed murder and then suicide, the Chiefs held on for a 27-21 win over the Panthers. The Chiefs played a clean game fro…
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  • Patriots-Dolphins halftime notes

    Patriots-Dolphins halftime notes

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    MIAMI -- The New England Patriots are leading the Miami Dolphins, 17-10, at halftime. Here are some notes at intermission: Miami is putting forth a game effort. But penalties, mistakes and turnovers have provided too many opportunities for the Patriots.…
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  • Chiefs take early lead on Panthers

    Chiefs take early lead on Panthers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    On an emotional day, the Chiefs are playing football as they haven’t often this year. They just took a 7-0 lead over the Panthers on a 2-yard touchdown run by Peyton Hillis, marking  the first opening-drive touchdown of the season for the Chiefs Brady
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  • Brian Waters negotiated a return to Patriots, but can’t return …

    Brian Waters negotiated a return to Patriots, but can’t return now

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Throughout the offseason, training camp and the preseason, it was never clear whether veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters, who is under contract to the Patriots, would play this season. But now it’s clear: He won’t. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports th
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  • Patriots-Dolphins inactives

    Patriots-Dolphins inactives

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    MIAMI -- Here are the players you won’t see in Sunday's AFC East showdown between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins: Patriots (8-3) DE Chandler Jones TE Rob Gronkowski G Logan Mankins RB James Develin S Derrick Martin OL Mitch Petrus TE Visant
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  • Chiefs players, coaches try to make sense of the impossible

    Chiefs players, coaches try to make sense of the impossible

    yahoo.com Dec 2, 2012
    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn thought he was in for another ordinary Saturday at the Truman Complex, the Chiefs' practice facility. He was made aware of a very different series of circumstances when he arrived at the complex Saturday mornin…
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  • Quinn: Chiefs players wondering if they could have helped

    Quinn: Chiefs players wondering if they could have helped

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn, sadly, has experience dealing with situations like this. That doesn’t make the aftermath of Jovan Belcher’s suicide after killing his girlfriend any easier for him and his teammates to deal with. Quinn was a member of t
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  • Sunday morning one-liners

    Sunday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    A suggestion that the Bills look to throw deep against the Jaguars this week. It will be a busy day for the Dolphins pass defense. The Patriots added OL Mitch Petrus to the injury report with an illness. DE Muhammad Wilkerson has given the Jets somethin…
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  • Pictures From the Jets-Patriots Thanksgiving Game

    Pictures From the Jets-Patriots Thanksgiving Game

    patriotsgab.com Dec 2, 2012
    Edleman had two scores on the night Edleman catching the fumble and returning it for a touchdown Mayo getting a sack Ridley Gets into the Endzone QB Tom Brady WR Lloyd gets a catch Safety Steven Gregory Welker Grabbing A TD Pass Coaches meeting at mid f…
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  • Video - Patriots Win 10th AFC East Title In Past 12 Years 02:56

    Patriots Win 10th AFC East Title In Past 12 Years

    Dec 2
    Mike Reiss and James Walker break down the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Dolphins.
  • Video - Patriots Clinch AFC East 00:46

    Patriots Clinch AFC East

    Dec 2
    Wes Welker had 103 receiving yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots over the Dolphins 23-16.
  • Video - Patriots postgame press conference 04:23

    Patriots postgame press conference

    Dec 2
    Patriots react following game with Dolphins
  • Video - Patriots vs. Dolphins highlights 02:46

    Patriots vs. Dolphins highlights

    Dec 2
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his least efficient game of the year, but the Patriots took advantage of Miami's mistakes Sunday to win 23-16 and clinch their fourth consecutive AFC East title.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Backs against wall, Batch, Steelers prove they're not quite don…

    Dec 2
    BALTIMORE -- We probably should have seen this one coming. The aging Charlie Batch has looked like he was on his last legs for years now. Just like the aging Pittsburgh Steelers. But they both refuse to go away. At least quietly.
  • Don Banks: Surprisingly, the race is on in NFC West, North; more Snaps

    Dec 2
    BALTIMORE -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a tragedy-marred Week 13 in the NFL, but one that treated us to multiple fantastic finishes...
  • Kansas City Chiefs take first step toward healing after Jovan Belcher trag…

    Dec 2
    Kansas City Chiefs take first step toward healing after Jovan Belcher tragedy.