Patriots receiver Michael Floyd (14) delivers a key block downfield to spring teammate Julian Edelman on a 77-yard touchdown pass play during the third quarter Sunday. (Alan Diaz / Associated Press)
Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three scores Sunday at Miami, and the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by beating the Dolphins, 35-14.
New England took a 20-0 lead in the first half, and turned away Miami’s comeback bid with the help of a 77-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Julian Edelman and a 69-yard fumble return by linebacker Shea McClellin.
The Patriots (14-2), who were already assured of a first-round bye, became the ninth team since 1972 to go undefeated on the road during the regular season.
The Dolphins (10-6), beaten for only the second time in the past 11 games, had already earned an AFC wild-card berth and will play their first postseason game since 2008 next weekend at Pittsburgh.
Brady completed 25 of 33 passes with no turnovers. Edelman had a career-high 151 yards on eight catches. Miami’s Matt Moore, subbing again for injured starter Ryan Tannehill, completed 24 of 34 passes for 205 yards.
Tony Romo threw his first touchdown pass in nearly 14 months and playoff-bound Dallas played it safe in a 27-13 loss at Philadelphia.
The Cowboys (13-3) locked up the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs when the Eagles (7-9) beat the Giants on Dec. 22. So Dak Prescott played only two series and Ezekiel Elliott watched from the sideline.
Carson Wentz tossed two scoring passes to Zach Ertz to help Philadelphia finish with a two-game winning streak.
Prescott completed four of eight passes for 37 yards before giving way to Romo, who hadn’t played in a regular-season game since Thanksgiving 2015 when he broke his left collarbone for the second time in less than three months. Romo broke a bone in his back in the third preseason game against Seattle in August, paving the way for Prescott to have one of the best years by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
Romo, completed three of four passes for 29 yards, overthrew Terrance Williams on a deep pass on his first play. His first completion was a 16-yarder to Williams on third and 12. After Dez Bryant drew a pass interference penalty on a deep pass at the Eagles 3, Romo connected with Williams for his first TD pass since Nov. 22, 2015 against Miami.
DaQuan Jones recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Tennessee never trailed in beating visiting Houston to finish with their first winning season since 2011.
The Titans (9-7) also ended a five-game skid to the two-time AFC South champs, who had beaten Tennessee eight of the previous nine games in this series. With their six-win improvement from going 3-13 in 2015, the Titans matched the biggest one-year turnaround in franchise history, previously set in 1967 and 1974.
Matt Cassel also threw for a touchdown in his first start this season in place of an injured Marcus Mariota, and Derrick Henry ran for a TD. Rishard Matthews caught nine passes for 114 yards, and Pro Bowl lineman Jurrell Casey had two of Tennessee’s four sacks.
The Texans (9-7) had little at stake except sweeping the AFC South for the first time in franchise history. Hosting a wild-card game next weekend, the Texans deactivated six starters before kickoff and had just one starter still in on defense by midway through the third quarter. Undrafted rookie Joel Heath had two of the Texans’ four sacks.
Sam Bradford concluded his first season with Minnesota with three first-half touchdown passes, helping the Vikings to a 38-10 victory over bumbling Chicago in Minneapolis.
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