Cowboys rip Colts to wrap up NFC East

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tony Romo helped dump a bucket on Jason Garrett and playfully shoved him the same way the Dallas coach often does to his players.

The Cowboys had long since known their four-year playoff drought was over Sunday when they finally got to celebrate in the final seconds of a dominating 42-7 win over Indianapolis that clinched the NFC East title.

A special moment made perfect sense for the quarterback with a history of crushing late-season failures and a coach who kept getting Dallas to meaningful finales but couldn't shake questions about his future because he couldn't break through with a postseason trip.

Winston cleared in student code hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof." Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar decision a year ago when he decided not to criminally charge Winston, citing a lack of evidence. (MORE)

Patriots beat Jets 17-16 to clinch bye

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs.

The only question left is whether the AFC's road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. (MORE)

Packers beat Bucs to clinch playoff spot

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nothing Aaron Rodgers does as a quarterback surprises the Packers.

The NFL's top-rated passer shrugged off the flu and played most of Sunday with a strained left calf, leading Green Bay to a 20-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - clinching at least a wild-card playoff berth. (MORE)

Steelers win, lock up postseason berth

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers spent two years rebuilding themselves on the fly, a necessary process that frequently looked more erratic than inspiring.

Consider the project nearly complete. The surging Steelers are heading back to January. (MORE)

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