3 NFL TEAMS CLINCH DIVISIONS; NE, MIAMI STAY PERFECT: For a handful of NFL teams, Sunday was a chance to clinch. For some it was a cinch, while others had to do it in a pinch.
Both Green Bay and Seattle wrapped up division titles with relative ease. The Packers clinched the NFC North with a 38-7 romp over the Raiders, while the Seahawks grabbed their 4th-straight NFC West crown with a 42-21 defrocking of the Cardinals.While they didn’t devoir an AFC South title yet, the Colts did clinch a playoff spot with a 44-20 thrashing of the Ravens.
Dallas need a little more effort to claim the NFC East, as the Cowboys came from behind for a last-minute one-point win over Detroit. So much for Jon Kitna’s 10-6 prophecy.
The Lions QB wasn’t the only one off with his predictions. After Pittsburgh’s Anthony Smith guaranteed victory against AFC East champs New England, the Pats made the Steeler eat his words (and the turf) in a 34-13 shellacking.More importantly, the pursuit of perfection everyone’s keeping a eye on continues. Yes, Miami now falls to 0-13 after getting stampeded by Buffalo.
It has now been a full calendar year since the Dolphins had a taste of triumph. The Fish’s last league victory came on December 10, 2006, in a 21-0 shutout of…New England?!But one football streak did come to an end this weekend. Northwest Missouri State took care of Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II semifinals. (Yes, there are actual playoffs in college football. What a novel concept.)
The 34-16 loss snapped a 40-game winning streak for the Lakers, who had won the last two Division II titles. Ironically, Northwest Missouri was on the losing end of both championship matches with GVSU.At least Grand Valley’s basketball team still has a big win this season for the school to gloat over.