Two teams will be celebrating the Christmas holiday with division titles, as the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons clinched the AFC and NFC South divisions respectively on Saturday night. The Texans used a close 12-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals late Christmas Eve to secure the division for a second consecutive season. The Bengals missed a field goal as time expired, as Tom Savage threw for 176 yards in his first career start. The Falcons took care of the Panthers 33-16 earlier in the day, and clinched the division with the Buccanneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints in the evening. The division title is their first since 2012, the third with Matt Ryan under center, and the first under Dan Quinn.
Carr, Mariota Suffer Broken Legs
It was a not-so great Christmas eve for a couple of quarterbacks who suffered season-ending leg injuries on Saturday. First, Tennesee Titans quarterback, Marcus Mariota, suffered a fractured right fibula during a 38-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The injury occurred on a third-quarter sack from Sheldon Day, as Mariota was carted off the field. Matt Cassel took over the rest of the way, and will start tthe final game of the season, as the Titans were eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, one team that will enter the playoffs without their starting QB is the Oakland Raiders, who lost Derek Carr to a similar injury in a 33-25 win over the Colts. Carr suffered a broken right fibula when he was sacked in the fourth quarter of the game. He will undergo surgery on Sunday. Matt McGloin took over the rest of the game, and looks to be the starter for the 12-3 Raiders heading into the playoffs.
Browns Earn First Win of Season
There will not be another 0-16 team in the NFL, as the Cleveland Browns used a Christmas miracle to hold off the San Diego Chargers, 20-17, on Saturday. The Chargers missed a rushed field goal attempt as time expired to give the Browns their first win of the season in their 15th game. Josh Lambo's 45-yard attempt was rushed due to the Chargers having no timeouts, as the Browns get their first win in 377 days. It snaps a 17-game losing streak dating back to last season. But in the end, all that matters is that they will not join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to lose all 16 games.