The Denver Broncos also lost, but because the Oakland Raiders lost, too, the Broncos will host a playoff game next weekend against the Steelers. Tim Tebow went 6-for-22 through the air for 60 yards and an interception. He ran the ball six times for 16 yards. Marcus Thomas started at defensive tackle and made three tackles, including one for a loss.
Aaron Hernandez caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown for the New England Patriots. Brandon Spikes returned from injury and made three tackles. Gerard Warren was active and didn't record a statistic. Jermaine Cunningham was placed on injured reserve weeks ago with a leg injury.
Rex Grossman went 22-for-45 for 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Washington Redskins. Jabar Gaffney caught four of those passes for 28 yards. Rookie Maurice Hurt started at left guard in the loss.
Major Wright has continued to play well since getting a starting position this season for the Chicago Bears. Wright started at free safety and was second on the team with nine tackles and one pass defended.
The Oakland Raiders would've made the playoffs with a win, but they were eliminated with a loss to the San Diego Chargers. Cooper Carlisle started at right guard for the Raiders, making his 117th career start. Louis Murphy started at wide receiver and had five catches for 72 yards and one carry for 27 yards. Jarvis Moss made two tackles. Lito Sheppard started at cornerback and made five tackles.
The Pittsburgh Steelers started three Gators on their offensive line Sunday. Marcus Gilbert started at right tackle and started in 13 of the 14 games he played in during his rookie year. Max Starks started at left tackle, making his 80th career start. Maurkice Pouncey started at center, making the 30th start of his two-year NFL career.