Titans Win, Jets Lose, So Wildcard Comes Down to Bengals or Titans, and the Raiders Can Only Win the AFC West Now

The New York Jets continued their implosion, losing the third straight game to slam the door shut on the season, even before the result in Houston went final. Mark Sanchez threw three more costly interceptions, and the Dolphins went on a lengthy 21 play drive occupying most of the third quarter to take the lead for good. The offseason talk in New York will be interesting, as Mark Sanchez continued to struggle, and the offensive line needs work. Santonio Holmes also finished the game sulking on the bench, as the Jets went down to score a touchdown to make the final 19-17 Miami.

Meanwhile, the Titans won, but it wasn’t without drama. Tennessee played a lackluster game with the Texans resting starters like Johnathan Joseph and Arian Foster right away, and removing other starters throughout the game. Tennessee was up 23-16 late after a touchdown pass to Nate Washington, and had a chance to run out the clock when Ahmard Hall fumbled. Jake Delhomme took the Texans down to score with no timeouts and 13 seconds left. Houston, having nothing to play for, and not wanting overtime went for 2 points to win. A false start and a bad snap ended the game, 23-22 Tennessee.

The net result in the AFC Wildcard is this. Oakland cannot qualify as a wildcard team. They now must win and have the Broncos lose. Cincinnati becomes even more likely to make the playoffs. The Bengals are in with a win, or with a loss by either Denver or Oakland. Tennessee needs Cincinnati to lose, and both Oakland and Denver to win to get the #6 seed.

In other games, the Patriots scored 49 straight points after falling behind 21-0, and are the AFC #1 seed. San Francisco is the NFC #2 seed and New Orleans is the #3 seed. The only early game still pending is Detroit and Green Bay, where the Packers currently lead 38-34 with 8 minutes left.

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