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NFL two-minute drill

A quick-hitting look around the league in Week 17

January 02, 2011|By Athan Atsales

at New England 38, Miami 7: The Patriots came into the game with nothing to play for, but with the Dolphins in town, they also had nothing to play against.

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at N.Y. Jets 38, Buffalo 7: It took 17 weeks for Joe McKnight to live up to his potential as a member of the Jets. USC fans never got to experience that.

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at Baltimore 13, Cincinnati 7: The Bengals seemed better minus receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. Imagine if Carson Palmer isn't around next year, either?

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Pittsburgh 41, at Cleveland 9: Steelers might have blown the chance to keep Eric Mangini coaching in their division by handing Browns their fourth consecutive loss.

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Oakland 31, at Kansas City 10: Congratulations, Raiders, on becoming the first team in NFL history to finish unbeaten in its division and not qualify for the playoffs.

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at Atlanta 31, Carolina 10: Dismissed Coach John Fox can leave with the satisfaction of knowing he helped Panthers earn the top pick in the 2011 draft in convincing fashion.

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at Detroit 20, Minnesota 13: The Lions finished the season with four consecutive wins. That's four times better than Brett Favre's last consecutive-game starting streak.

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Tampa Bay 23, at New Orleans 13: Buccaneers would give up all their wins against teams with a winning record (one) if they could be switched to the NFC West.

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at Houston 34, Jacksonville 17: The Jaguars without Maurice Jones-Drew and David Garrard are not even average; i.e., two times worse than the Texans.

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at Indianapolis 23, Tennessee 20: Titans' Jeff Fisher is the longest-tenured coach with a team in the NFL, so he has become accustomed to losing to the Colts.

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San Diego 33, at Denver 28: Bet the Broncos could have turned to Tim Tebow sooner and still finished with the worst record in the franchise's 51 years.

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at Green Bay 10, Chicago 3: Victory earns the Packers a shot at the Eagles' Michael Vick, the guy they made a starter by knocking out Kevin Kolb in the season opener.

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Dallas 14, at Philadelphia 13: Cowboys fans must feel terrific about their first-stringers taking until the last minute to pull one point past a slew of Eagles backups.

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N.Y. Giants 17, at Washington 14: With only six wins to cheer, frustrated Redskins fans resort to chanting "Green Bay won!" after Giants beat them for the sixth straight time.

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at San Francisco 38, Arizona 7: Alex Smith finally looked like a quarterback who could be taken with top pick in the draft. Question is, did the free agent fool any other teams?

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at Seattle 16, St. Louis 6: Now that the Seahawks have qualified for the playoffs, they've set a new goal — just two more wins and they can be a .500 team.

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