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News from around the web includes: The New England Patriots defeat the Tennessee Titans 40-28 in the season finale. The Patriots will start their bid for Super Bowl XLI, Patriot starting safety Rodney Harrison hurts his leg and Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams killed in drive-by shooting.

A quick look at a few of the items in Today's Newswire:

-- The New England Patriots foiled the Tennessee Titan's attempt to become the first team in NFL history to start the season 0-5 and still make the playoffs. New England knocked out the Titans with a 40-28 victory. Starting quarterback Tom Brady went 15-for-24 for 225 with one touchdown and no picks. He ended the game with a rating of 107.1.

-- The New England Patriots begin their quest to reach Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007. Next Sunday, the Patriots will play the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in the first round of the playoffs. The Jets gained the 5th seed by defeating the hapless Raiders coupled with the San Francisco 49ers beating the Denver Broncos. The Bronco's defeat opened the door for the Kansas City Chiefs to make the playoffs as the 6th seed.

-- Patriot starting safety Rodney Harrison walked off the field under his own power after being blocked in the leg during the second quarter against the Titans. Harrison's injury was the second during this season. He previously suffered a broken right shoulder blade during the an earlier game against the Indianapolis Colts.

-- Tragedy hit the Denver Broncos hours after being eliminated from the playoffs by the San Francisco 49ers. Cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting early Monday morning when his white stretch Hummer was riddled with bullets.

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