Ravens stumble, Texans, Broncos clinch spots

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Ravens stumble, Texans, Broncos clinch spots

With another AFC East title clinched -- their 10th in the past 12 years after a 23-16 victory over the Dolphins -- it's time for the Patriots to look ahead to bigger goals, such as their playoff seeding.

The Patriots (9-3) currently have the No. 2 spot in the AFC. The team at No. 3, the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 on Sunday. The Steelers (7-5) were playing without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and behind No. 3 quarterback Charlie Batch, ended a two-game losing streak.

Despite identical records, and the Ravens' 31-30 victory over New England back in Week 3, Baltimore is now behind the Pats in the AFC because of the three-way tie at 9-3 with the Denver Broncos.

The three-way tie means that head-to-head is no longer the first tiebreaker. In the event of a three-way tie, conference record becomes the tiebreaker and the Patriots (8-1 in the AFC) have a leg up on the Broncos (6-2) and Ravens (8-2).

The team with the top spot in the AFC, the Houston Texans (11-1), come into Foxborough next Monday night to face the Patriots. Houston had an easy time with the Tennessee Titans, winning 24-10 and clinching a playoff spot.

Houston will try to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They are tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the best record in the NFL as they head into Gillette Stadium for a "Monday Night Football" matchup with the Patriots.

Just behind the Ravens, also at 9-3, are the Denver Broncos, who clinched the AFC West title behind Peyton Manning with a 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Patriots defeated Broncos 31-21 in Week 5.

Antoine Walker congratulates Paul Pierce on his 'great career'

Antoine Walker congratulates Paul Pierce on his 'great career'

Paul Pierce played his final NBA game on Sunday night, marking the end to his 19-year career.

After the game, Pierce's former Celtics teammate, Antoine Walker, congratulated him on a "great career" saying, "HALL OF FAME NEXT"

Pierce and Walker were teammates for six seasons with the Green Team. 

Do the Red Sox have a leadership problem without David Ortiz?

Do the Red Sox have a leadership problem without David Ortiz?

Lou Merloni, Evan Drellich, and Jared Carrabis discuss if the Red Sox now have a leadership problem in their clubhouse without the veteran presence of David Ortiz.