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article imagePatriots big winners, Packers big losers in NFL's Week 15

By Oliver VanDervoort     Dec 19, 2011 in Sports
The 1972 Miami Dolphins can rest easy after the Green Bay Packers were handed their first loss of the season. Meanwhile New England put a bit of a hitch in Tebow mania.
The Green Bay Packers came into the game as one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Aaron Rodger's offense had scored over 40 points five times this season and hadn't scored less than 24 points in any game this season. Against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Packers were held scoreless in the first half for the first time since their last game of the 2010 season and finished with a season low 14 points. For their part, the Chiefs won their first game under interim head coach Romeo Crennel. New starting quarterback Kyle Orton threw for almost 300 yards and the Chiefs offense looked like a different animal against Green Bay.
While the Packers are still arguably the class of the NFC, the New England Patriots are looking like the team to beat in the AFC. After starting off slow against the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow, New England eventually snapped Denver's six game winning streak while keeping their own six game streak going with a 41-23 win.
In the Wild Card races, the Detroit Lions put themselves in the driver's seat for a playoff spot with a come from behind 28-27 win over the Oakland Raiders. Oakland has now lost three in a row and is seeing its own playoff hopes flicker as they are now just 7-7. The Tennessee Titans took a huge hit to their own playoffs hopes by losing to the Indianapolis Colts 27-13. It was the first win of the season for the Colts who were led to victory by quarterback Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky last started a game for the 2008 Detroit Lions. That Lions team finished 0-16.
The reeling Chicago Bears lost their fourth straight, probably falling out of the NFC Wild Card chase to the suddenly hot Seattle Seahawks. The Bears have not won since their starting quarterback, Jay Cutler went down with injury.
With just one Wild Card spot left in the AFC (the Ravens and Steelers have already claimed the AFC North title and one Wild Card spot) the New York Jets came out and laid an egg. What is looking like a two team race between the Bengals and the Jets was fueled by a Bengals victory over St. Louis while the Jets lost 45-19 to the 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles.
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