Patriots win AFC East again
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are kings of the AFC East as usual.
With a 4123 victory over Tim Tebow cheap oakleys and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Patriots wrapped up their ninth division crown in the 11 seasons Brady has been the starting quarterback.
“Never gets old,” defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said. “You work so hard the whole year to get to just one step. That just one of them. To come out division champs, that awesome.”
Baltimore and Pittsburgh also secure playoff berths before they even took the field because of losses by others in the AFC. But the Ravens (104) later lost to the San Diego Chargers, meaning the Steelers (103) could take control of the AFC North with a win Monday night at San Francisco.
The Patriots (113) are in prime position to gain a firstround playoff bye or homefield advantage in the AFC, especially after South division winner Houston (104) lost to Carolina.
Four of the six playoff spots are set in the AFC, and the New York Jets (86) hold a tiebreaker edge over the Cincinnati Bengals (86) for the final wildcard spot but there are plenty of teams still in the hunt. In the West, Tebow Broncos (86) lead the way, but everyone else Oakland (77), San Diego (77) and Kansas City (68) is still alive.
In the NFC, Green Bay (131) finally lost falling 1914 to the Chiefs but need one more victory to clinch homefield advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
“I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “The goal was to get homefield advantage and win the Super Bowl. That what we discussed.”
The 49ers (103) already have won the West and are battling New Orleans (113), which leads the South, for the other firstround bye. The Saints have a twogame division lead over Atlanta and play the Falcons in New Orleans on Dec. 26.
The NFC East is still a bit muddled as Dallas (86) grabbed back the lead when it beat Tampa Bay on Saturday night and the Giants lost to Washington on Sunday. The Giants (77) can still win the division if they sweep their final two games, against the Jets and Cowboys. Philadelphia (68), which routed the Jets 4519, also can win the division but only if the Eagles win at Dallas and at home against Washington, and the Giants to lose to the Jets before beating the Cowboys.
“It feels good to still have a chance to even be considered fake oakleys outlet in the playoff race,” Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said. “We been through a lot, but we resilient.”
Matthew Stafford threw a 6yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson with 39 seconds remaining to cap a 98yard scoring drive as Detroit (95) rallied from 13 points down fake oakleys late in the fourth quarter at Oakland (77).
The win wasn sealed until Ndamukong Suh blocked Sebastian Janikowski 65yard fieldgoal attempt on the final play. Suh threw his helmet cheap oakleys outlet in celebration after providing a perfect exclamation in his return from a twogame suspension.