The win also clinched their spot to the playoffs for the second time in three years, this after failing in their first shot to do so. That resulted in a shutout loss to the Indianapolis Colts, which was their first such defeat in 15 years. They got the victory despite getting out-gained by the Buccaneers, 383-232, as they sent Tampa Bay to their third straight loss. This one clinches the Buccaneers' fifth season of at least 10 losses in the past six years. They were eliminated from playoff contention last week.
Prescott completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts, including a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to rookie Michael Gallup. They had to hold off a Tampa Bay comeback attempt after Mike Evans had a touchdown reception in the final two minutes, but the Bucs could not play spoiler on the road. The Cowboys will visit the New York Giants next week to end the regular season.
The New England Patriots may have taken a less smooth rout than usual, but they are also once again back where they usually are this time of the year. The Patriots took care of the Buffalo Bills at home, 24-12, to clinch their 10th consecutive AFC East Title. With Tom Brady struggling a bit, Sony Michel took over on the ground with 116 yards rushing and a touchdown, as the Pats stayed perfect at Gillette Stadium this season at 7-0. Brady was held to just 126 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, but the Pats have now won the division in every season but two with Brady as their starter.
The win snaps a mild two-game losing streak for New England, who currently holds the two-seed in the AFC Playoff picture. The Patriots' 10th victory also makes them the first team in NFL history to reach the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons. It was also their fifth straight win over the Bills, as well as their 26th series sweep of their division rivals.
Brady's yardage total was his lowest since throwing for just 123 in 2003, which was a loss against the Bills. Although, he did do enough to join Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees with at least 10 seasons of 4,000 passing yards. Manning had 14 of those, Brees has 12, and Rivers has 10. Meanwhile, Michel's efforts was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. The Patriots will end the regular season at home against the New York Jets.