Colts and Patriots Become First Teams to Clinch

By Vincent Frank

By virtue of their wins on Sunday afternoon, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots clinched their divisions.

Indianapolis took out its closest competition in the AFC South by defeating the Houston Texans in an ugly game. Quarterback Andrew Luck completed just 18-of-34 for less than 200 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the 17-10 win. Indianapolis now sets its sights on a first-round bye in the AFC Playoffs. At 10-4 on the season, it is one game behind New England.

Speaking of the Patriots, they were much more impressive than their AFC counterparts. Avenging a Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Tom Brady and Co. pretty much put an end to the Dolphins playoffs hopes with a 41-13 victory.

Brady put up 287 yards with two scores and an interception, while Rob Gronkowski tallied 96 yards and a score on three receptions.

The Patriots now sit at 11-3 on the season and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Denver Broncos for home-field in the AFC Playoffs. This is the Patriots sixth consecutive AFC East title.

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