The New England Patriots and Houston Texans have wrapped up AFC division titles by winning on Saturday. Meanwhile, the defending NFC champions were eliminated from postseason contention.
The Pats locked down their 11th consecutive AFC East title by rallying for a 24-17 win over Buffalo. The Bills led 17-16 until Rex Burkhead ran in from the Buffalo 1 with 5:11 remaining. Tom Brady found Julian Edelman for the 2-point conversion to make it a seven-point game.
Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown as the 12-3 Patriots dropped the Bills to 10-5. The 42-year-old Brady also sneaked for a third-down conversion to set up another score and threw a downfield block on another scoring drive.
Ka’imi Fairburn snapped a fourth-quarter tie with his third field goal to help the Texans earn a 23-20 victory at Tampa for their fourth AFC South crown in five years.
The 49ers killed the Rams’ playoff chances as Jimmy Garoppolo converted a pair of conversions on third-and-16 to set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning, 33-yard field goal with no time left, giving San Francisco a 34-31 win over Los Angeles.
Garoppolo finished 16 for 27 for 248 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as the Niners kept control of the NFC West lead and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Garoppolo hit Emmanuel Sanders behind a blown coverage for 46 yards to set up the winning kick.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SUNDAY
|N-Y Giants||at||Washington||1 p.m.|
|New Orleans||at||Tennessee||1 p.m.|
|Pittsburgh||at||N-Y Jets||1 p.m.|
|Oakland||at||L.A. Chargers||4:05 p.m.|
|Kansas City||at||Chicago||8:20 p.m.|