Led by a limping Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers put forth a pathetic effort on Monday Night Football, falling to the San Francisco 49ers 20-3. The Patriots clinched the AFC East with their win over Tebow, while losses by the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens this week allowed New England to emerge from week 15 with sole possession of first place in the AFC. The Pats play Miami and Buffalo to close the season, both games they should win, meaning they have a great shot to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
If the Pats’ secondary can even play at level of a decent college team, Tom Brady could win his 4th Superbowl this year as New England’s offense looks almost unstoppable. The Patriots are looking to avenge two strait painful first game exits from the playoffs this year – so home field advantage and a first round bye might be just the thing they need to get back to their winning ways in the postseason.