Miami, Baltimore reach playoffs as New England falls short

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Chad Pennington walked off the field where he spent his first eight NFL seasons, surrounded by cameras and jubilant teammates after leading the Miami Dolphins to an improbable AFC East title.

On the New York Jets' sideline, a disappointed Brett Favre jogged off the field and into the locker room, maybe for the last time in a storied career.

Pennington, cut in the off-season by the Jets to make room for Favre, threw two touchdown passes in leading the Dolphins to a division title with a 24-17 victory Sunday.

Miami's win kept New England out of the playoffs. The Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 13-0 but needed the Jets to win.

Baltimore (11-5) could have qualified for the postseason if Buffalo beat New England, but the Patriots' victory meant the Ravens took the field knowing they had to win to get into the playoffs.

Le'Ron McClain ran for two touchdowns in the first half, and the Ravens routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-7 to earn the final AFC wild-card berth.

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oldenuff2nobetter 12/28/08 - 09:51 pm
Hurray for Chad Pennington.

Hurray for Chad Pennington. He should be the AFL's MVP. I bet the Jets wish they had kept him. Go Dolphins!

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