The Miami Dolphins got the big win their season needed by booking their playoff spot with a dramatic late win over the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions join Miami in the playoffs, who have clinched a division title for the first time in nearly 30 years, while the Cleveland Browns are also close after an impressive win over the Houston Texans. The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers prevailed in the finals to keep their wild card hopes alive, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the best teams in the league after four straight victories.And in a surprisingly entertaining game in Denver, the New England Patriots made a huge dent in the Broncos’ playoff hopes with a field goal that gave Bill Belichick’s team a 26-23 victory – just the fourth win of the season for the six times Super Bowl winners. Jason Sanders made a field goal as time expired to give the Miami Dolphins a 22-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the win their season needed and a win that also sealed their playoff spot. It’s the first time the Dolphins have beaten a team with a winning record this season, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led the winning streak into a big game absent from his season – and they’re second in the league with 11 wins and four losses in the season. AFC playoff ranking just behind the Baltimore Ravens, who they face next week.The return of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth quarter was impressive, but the Cowboys’ defense late in the game will be a concern, as will the prospect of a playoff exit on the road.They have been dominant at home, winning all seven games, but are just 3-5 in away games. The last time the Lions won a division was the old NFC Central in 1993. Their 29-year wait for another division was the third longest in NFL history, and at 11-4, they are still in the running for first place.Detroit, the only NFC team never to appear in the Super Bowl, is now guaranteed at least one home playoff game where its long-suffering fans hope to propel them to their first playoff victory in 2011 encouraging them for 32 years. a big turning point for the team. “It’s special,” Campbell said after the game. “It’s something you can’t always do. It’s always special to win a division. I don’t care how many of them you get because of the work that goes into them. But to do something that didn’t exist.” “It hasn’t been done for 30 years, because a team is something special.”Receiver Amari Cooper said it “seemed a little easy” when he recorded a team-high 265 receiving yards in the Cleveland Browns’ 36-22 win over the Houston Texans. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl winner and MVP in 2013, brought an offensive spark to a team that already had an exceptional defense, and his connection with Cooper will make Cleveland a threat.“To be completely honest, I would credit Joe for the most part,” Cooper said after his record-breaking day. “He has an incredible sense of the game. He has an incredible arm. The best way to explain it is that we are a good set.At 10-5, the Browns aren’t there yet but can punch their ticket to the playoffs by beating the New York Jets on Thursday – and Flacco, 38, could play a key role as the team’s fourth starting quarterback. Cleveland this year. their surprising X factor.