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The Patriots (13-3) rallied to beat Buffalo 49-21, and finished the season with eight straight wins. … Houston will head into its first postseason on a three-game losing streak. … Arizona (8-8) finished the season 7-2 after a six-game losing streak left it 1-6.


Rashard Mendenhall was hurt on the final play of the first quarter, when he went down after a 5-yard gain and immediately grabbed his right knee. Mendenhall walked slowly to the sideline, slapping hands with some teammates on his way to the bench. He didn’t return. After the game, Mendenhall left the stadium on crutches. … Denver lost two offensive starters in the first half of its 7-3 loss to Kansas City when right guard Chris Kuper broke his left leg and fullback Spencer Larsen hurt a knee.


NFL active sacks leader Jason Taylor, played his final game after 15 seasons. His Dolphins teammates carried him off the field after their 19-17 win over the Jets.


“It’s obviously a little bittersweet right now. We would have loved to have won that game to have a little momentum going into the playoffs. But I think it’s still a special thing what we accomplished, to come back and win the AFC West is very special.” _ Tim Tebow said after the Broncos made the playoffs despite losing to Kansas City 7-3.