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NFL Week 17: Patriots fail to earn top seed; Steelers nab playoff spot

NFL Week 17: Patriots fail to earn top seed; Steelers nab playoff spot

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Tom Brady was sacked twice and knocked down at least half a dozen times Sunday, and the New England Patriots missed a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs when they lost to Miami, 20-10.

Brady watched New England's final offensive series from the sideline. With the Patriots eager to protect his health, he threw a season-low 21 passes, but even so was lucky to make it through the game in one piece.

New England (12-4) still has a first-round bye, but the Denver Broncos earned the top seeding in the AFC playoffs with a 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The Dolphins (6-10) wrapped up a disappointing season and are...

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