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record for wins in a sea­son. The Tex­ans re­main tied with At­lanta for the best record in the NFL with their sixth straight win. The Tex­ans forced six turnovers and had six sacks of Jake Locker.

Pa­tri­ots 23, Dol­phins 16: Tom Brady was sacked four times and threw an in­ter­cep­tion, but vis­it­ing New Eng­land (9-3) took ad­van­tage of mis­takes by Mi­ami (5-7) and clinched its fourth con­sec­u­tive AFC East ti­tle. A botched punt, rough­ing-the-punter penalty and fum­ble by Mi­ami led to 17 New Eng­land points, and an­other penalty negated a Dol­phins TD. Brady fin­ished 24 for 40 for 238 yards.

Pack­ers 23, Vik­ings 14: James Starks had Green Bay’s first rush­ing touch­down in al­most two months, Mor­gan Bur­nett in­ter­cepted Chris­tian Pon­der twice and the Pack­ers (8-4) beat vis­it­ing Min­nesota de­spite Adrian Peter­son’s 210 rush­ing yards. Pon­der’s in­ter­cep­tions — one in the end zone and the other around the Green Bay 10 — were turned into field goals by the Pack­ers.

Ben­gals 20, Charg­ers 13: QB Andy Dal­ton scored on a 6-yard touch­down run with 4:11 left for the go-ahead score as vis­it­ing Cincin­nati (7-5) de­feated San Diego (4-8) for its fourth straight win. The Ben­gals re­mained tied with Pitts­burgh in the race for the AFC’s sec­ond wild-card berth.

Browns 20, Raiders 17: Bran­don Wee­den threw for a ca­reer-high 364 yards and a touch­down as Cleve­land (48) beat Oak­land (3-9) to snap a 12-game road los­ing streak. The Browns last won on the road on Sept. 18, 2011, beat­ing Indianapolis 27-19.

Bills 34, Jaguars 18: Ryan Fitz­patrick di­rected five straight scor­ing drives in help­ing Buf­falo (5-7) beat vis­it­ing Jack­sonville (2-10) and keep alive its slim play­off hopes. KANSAS CIT , MO. — Romeo Cren­nel stood in the mid­dle of the Kansas City Chiefs’ locker room Sun­day, the emo­tion threat­en­ing to over­come the good-na­tured coach.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was at his side, of­fer­ing sup­port. Mem­bers of the team hugged each other, the mud smear­ing with tears on their cheeks. And over along the wall stood the empty locker that once be­longed to Jo­van Belcher, his jersey still hang­ing from a hook.

Just one day af­ter the line­backer killed his girl­friend and then turned the gun on him­self, the Chiefs banded to­gether to play their finest game of the sea­son, an in­spired 27-21 vic­tory over the Carolina Pan­thers that ended an eight-game los­ing streak sud­denly ren­dered triv­ial.

“As far as play­ing the game, I thought that was the best for us to do, be­cause that’s what we do,” Cren­nel said. “We’re foot­ball play­ers and foot­ball coaches and that’s what we do. We play on Sun­day.”

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, Belcher shot his girl­friend mul­ti­ple times early Satur­day at a res­i­dence near Ar­row­head Sta­dium, then sped to the team’s prac­tice fa­cil­ity and turn the gun on him­self as Cren­nel and gen­eral man­ager Scott Pioli watched in the park­ing lot.

Pioli walked through the press box be­fore the game and said he was do­ing “OK.”

“It’s been an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult 24 hours for our fam­ily and our en­tire or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Hunt said. “We have so many

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Mem­bers of the ansas City Chiefs and Carolina an­thers gather on the eld at Ar­row­head Sta­dium to pray af­ter the game on Sun­day, a day af­ter Chiefs line­backer Jo­van Belcher killed him­self and his girl­friend.

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