Patriots sink Dolphins to stay on course for perfect season

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS secured a record 15th successive victory in the NFL with a 28-7 success against Miami Dolphins.

They eclipsed Miami’s record of 14 straight wins in 1972. Another win on Saturday at the New York Giants would seal the first undefeated season since then.

Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and is one short of Peyton Manning’s NFL record of 49 set in 2004.

Jacksonville had booked a place in the AFC play-offs on Sunday when they defeated Oakland 49-11. That signified the Raiders’ worst result of the season so far.

Fred Taylor’s 62-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars’ opening play set the tone for a commanding performance which earned their sixth win in seven games.

The Giants ensured their play-off place with a 38-21 win over Buffalo.

Cleveland are still struggling for a play-off spot after they went down 19-14 to Cincinnati, who have nothing left to play for this season.

Two consecutive interceptions from Derek Anderson’s throwing set up the Bengals’ touchdowns late in the first half, as he threw four in total in the match.

Donovan McNabb passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns as Philadelphia upset New Orleans 38-23, damaging the home team’s chances of reaching the play-offs.

Chicago thumped Green Bay 35-7 to end the Packers’ chances of home field advantage in the play-offs.

Brian Urlacher returned an 85-yard interception for a touchdown and Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards as the Bears won in snowy conditions.

Indianapolis beat the Houston Texans 38-15 for their sixth win in a row and Detroit ended a six-game losing streak with a 25-20 win over Kansas City.

In the weekend’s opening game, Pittsburgh beat struggling St Louis 41-24 to stay top of the AFC North but at the cost of losing the league’s leading running back, Willie Parker, to a broken right leg.

In the Christmas Eve match, the San Diego Chargers rolled to their fifth consecutive victory with a 23-3 home win over the Denver Broncos.

Quarterback Philip Rivers threw one touchdown pass and Nate Kaeding kicked three field goals as the Chargers improved to 10-5.

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