Patriots, Bengals win division titles, Colts beaten

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The Colts, unbeaten in 14 starts this year and 23 regular season games in total, finally crashed to a 29-15 loss at home on the regular season's penultimate weekend.

The Jets scored 19 consecutive points after the Colts had taken a 15-10 lead and pulled quarterback Peyton Manning and several other starters.

"Our guys played great. We found a way to win," Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters. "We were just going to line up and play, whoever was out there."

Colts coach Jim Caldwell downplayed the loss.

"A perfect season has never been one of our goals," said Caldwell, adding that the playoffs were more important.

In other NFL action, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys advanced to the post-season and defending Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh kept their slim playoff hopes alive.

But the playoff-bound New Orleans Saints joined the Colts in posting a surprising home loss, falling to Tampa Bay 20-17.

"It's the time of year we really need to start playing good football and I think today was one of our best 60 minutes that we have played all year," Brady told reporters after completing 23 of 26 passes for 267 yards.


Cincinnati (10-5) needed a six-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco with 2:03 left to claim the AFC North championship with a 17-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs (3-12).

The win was an emotional one for the Bengals, after wide receiver Chris Henry was buried during the week following his death in a fall from a pickup truck.

A 38-yard field goal by Jeff Reed with 5:25 remaining ensured champions Pittsburgh (8-7) will take their playoff hopes into the final round as the Steelers knocked off the error-prone Baltimore Ravens (8-7) 23-20. Both teams remain in the picture for an AFC wildcard into the playoffs.

Houston (8-7) also kept its slender playoff hopes alive by outlasting the Miami Dolphins 27-20 in Miami.

Green Bay (10-5) earned a playoff spot thanks to a 48-10 rout of the Seattle Seahawks (5-10) in Wisconsin and the New York Giants' 41-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers (7-8).

New Orleans (13-2) stumbled for the second week in a row when Connor Barth kicked a 47-yard field goal in overtime to give visiting Tampa Bay just their third for the season.

The Saints, who won their first 13, can still claim the NFC's top seeding and the home-field playoff advantage by defeating the Panthers at Charlotte next Sunday.

The Eagles, who along with the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals clinched NFC playoff berths before the weekend, held onto their lead in the NFC East with a 30-27 win over the Denver Broncos (8-7), courtesy of a 28-yard field goal by David Akers with four seconds to play.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Ian Ransom)