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

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

profootballtalk.com ajc.com ESPN.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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  • Broncos attack, shut down Doug Martin

    Broncos attack, shut down Doug Martin

    tampabay.com Dec 2, 2012
    DENVER -- A week after being held to his lowest per-carry average of the season (2.4 yards) against the Falcons, Bucs rookie RB Doug Martin had another uninspiring performance today here at Mile High. Martin rushed for 56 yards on 18 carries (3.1 yards …
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  • Manning, Broncos beat Bucs to clinch AFC West

    Manning, Broncos beat Bucs to clinch AFC West

    Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns, including one to defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, to help the Denver Broncos wrap up the AFC West with a 31-23 victory Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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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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  • Crennel on win: “It takes our minds off our misery”

    Crennel on win: “It takes our minds off our misery”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Beating the Panthers will be a temporary relief for the Chiefs. But it was all they could do today. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel didn’t want to delve too deeply into the events of Saturday - when linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then h
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  • Quinn, Chiefs top Panthers in wake of tragedy

    Quinn, Chiefs top Panthers in wake of tragedy

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    Against the backdrop an unthinkable tragedy, the Kansas City Chiefs gave themselves a reason to be proud Sunday -- and perhaps the impetus to let the healing begin.
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  • Chiefs show unusual strength, earn second win of the season one…

    Chiefs show unusual strength, earn second win of the season one day after Belcher tragedy

    yahoo.com Dec 2, 2012
    Setting aside for a moment the events surrounding the obvious and tragic incidents that weighed heavy on the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend -- and that's in no way meant to minimize them -- the team's 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers can be see…
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  • Halftime thoughts: Buccaneers-Broncos

    Halftime thoughts: Buccaneers-Broncos

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    If you’re not watching the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, you might want to get to a television quickly. The Bucs are in position to pull off an upset that could mark a key turning point for a team with a first-year head coach
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  • Chiefs get second win, a moment’s relief

    Chiefs get second win, a moment’s relief

    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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  • Chiefs owner Hunt: 'So many people are hurting'

    Chiefs owner Hunt: 'So many people are hurting'

    CNNSI.com Dec 2, 2012
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt offered sympathy Sunday to the families affected by the murder-suicide involving one of his players, calling it "an incredibly difficult 24 hours for our family."
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  • Week 13 late inactives

    Week 13 late inactives

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    We’re back to a full slate of games in the late afternoon slot this week, which is a good place to be in the football season. The teams playing in those games have handed in their lists of inactive players, which we’ve compiled right here. Buccaneers
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  • Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall headline late game NFL inac…

    Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall headline late game NFL inactive lists

    yahoo.com Dec 2, 2012
    Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden will miss a fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury. McFadden was injured in a Nov. 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but still leads the Raiders with 455 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. In add…
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  • Wrap-up: Chiefs 27, Panthers 21

    Wrap-up: Chiefs 27, Panthers 21

    Thoughts on the Carolina Panthers' 27-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday: What it means: The Panthers fall to 3-9, and this one isn’t going to help coach Ron Rivera’s job security. Carolina lost to a team that had won only one game this seaso
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  • Halftime thoughts: Panthers-Chiefs

    Halftime thoughts: Panthers-Chiefs

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Carolina Panthers have a decent chance at their first two-game winning streak since Weeks 15 and 16 of last season. At halftime, they trail the Kansas City Chiefs, 17-14. Kansas City scored a touchdown on the final play of the second quarter. But th…
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  • Report: Mike Sullivan on BC's radar

    Report: Mike Sullivan on BC's radar

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    We’ve known that New Orleans assistants Aaron Kromer and Pete Carmichael were on the radar for the head-coaching job at Boston College. But, apparently, they aren’t the only NFC South coaches being linked to the job. ESPN’s Adam Schefter just report
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  • Man falls out of Panthers stadium during college game

    Man falls out of Panthers stadium during college game

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Panthers arrived in Kansas City yesterday for another team’s tragedy, but had one unfolding in their stadium last night. A fan at the ACC Championship Game fell from a fourth-floor ramp in Bank of America Stadium and suffered life-threatening injuri
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Panthers-Chiefs Recap 01:45

    Sunday Blitz: Panthers-Chiefs Recap

    Dec 2
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Chiefs' 27-21 win over the Panthers
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Buccaneers-Broncos Recap 01:38

    Sunday Blitz: Buccaneers-Broncos Recap

    Dec 2
    Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Broncos' 31-23 win over the Buccaneers
  • Video - Buccaneers postgame press conference 02:09

    Buccaneers postgame press conference

    Dec 2
    Buccaneers react following game with Broncos
  • Video - Broncos Clinch AFC West 00:31

    Broncos Clinch AFC West

    Dec 2
    Peyton Manning threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos over the Buccaneers 31-23.

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.