Patriots beat Miami, secure home playoff advantage (AFP)

Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns Sunday and the New England Patriots secured home-field advantage throughout the NFL’s American Conference playoffs by defeating host Miami 35-14. Brady, seeking a fifth Super Bowl crown at age 39, completed 25 of 33 passes as New England finished an NFL-best 14-2 and thanks to a first-round bye ensured two home wins would put them into next month’s NFL championship spectacle at Houston. The last day of the regular season saw all 32 clubs playing with two playoff spots and post-season pairings to be decided after later games.