UNDATED (AP) – Four teams clinched NFL playoff berths yesterday. The New England Patriots clinched their fourth straight AFC East title by beating Miami 23-16 and 11-1 Houston set a franchise record for victories by beating Tennessee 24-10 and Denver knocked off Tampa Bay 31-23 in a victory that clinched the AFC West for the Broncos and also clinched the NFC South for Atlanta, which won last Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)- Romeo Crennel (kreh-NEL’) said all along that the best thing for his Kansas City Chiefs to do to cope with the murder-suicide of teammate Jovan Belcher would be to play a football game. Crennel’s Chiefs went out and snapped their eight-game losing streak by beating Carolina 27-21 at Arrowhead Stadium, the site of Belcher’s suicide on Saturday.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Third-string Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch threw for 278 yards and directed the Steelers on their final drive to set up Shaun Suisham’s (SWEES’-hihmz) game-winning 42-yard field goal at the final gun of their 23-20 win in Baltimore. The 7-5 Steelers stayed in the wild-card hunt and prevented the 9-3 Ravens from clinching a playoff berth.
NEW YORK (AP) – The official BCS standings were released and to no one’s surprise, it’s top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame playing SEC champion and defending national champ Alabama in the Jan. 7 national championship. That game will be played Jan. 7 in Miami.
MIAMI (AP) – Northern Illinois out of the Mid-American Conference has busted the BCS, and is heading to the Orange Bowl to play ACC champion Florida State. Dave Doeren will not coach the Huskies in the Orange Bowl after being hired Saturday as the new coach at North Carolina State.