The Latest on Week 17 of the NFL’s regular season (all times Eastern):
Referee Walt Coleman is officiating the final regular-season game of his 30-year career at the Patriots-Jets game.
Appropriately, it’s in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
New Englanders remember Coleman from the snowy 2002 playoff game against Oakland in which he cited the then-obscure “Tuck Rule” to overturn a fumble call and keep the Patriots alive.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lost the ball, but because he had not tucked the ball back into his body it was considered to be in the act of throwing and thus an incomplete pass. A fumble would have essentially clinched the game for the Raiders. Instead, Adam Vinatieri tied it with a field goal and kicked another in sudden death to win it.
The game is looked upon as the start of the Patriots’ dynasty.
AP freelancer Ken Powtak reporting from Foxborough, Mass.
Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer has been escorted off the field after being knocked woozy by a hit from Bills tight end Logan Thomas.
McTyer was tracking Bills running back Chris Ivory running up the middle of the field, when Thomas leaned his shoulder and bowled him over near the goal line on Buffalo’s opening possession.
McTyer was on the field and was slow getting up before being immediately escorted up the tunnel.
The Dolphins announced McTyer was being evaluated for a concussion.
McTyer was starting in place of Xavien Howard, who missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury.
— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.
The Buffalo Bills have honored retiring defensive tackle Kyle Williams before their season finale against the Miami Dolphins.
One last time.#ThankYouKyle #GoBills pic.twitter.com/qjRPRYqEiH
Williams was the final Bills player out of the tunnel and was then greeted by his wife, Jill, and five children at the 35-yard line. He pumped his fist while running out on the field to a large cheer from the fans.
Williams on Friday announced this will be his final game and that he is retiring after 13 seasons, all with the Bills. As he’s done all year, Williams was among the first players on the field and spent time sitting on the Bills bench.
He is Buffalo’s longest-tenured active player and holds Bills records among defensive tackles with 183 games played and entered the game with 48½ sacks.
Before the Bills took the field, the team aired on the stadium video scoreboards a variety of interviews of players congratulating Williams, followed by a note which read, “Thank you, Kyle Williams.”
— John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York
There are plenty of playoff implications heading into the final day of the NFL’s regular season on Sunday.
Already in the playoffs, the Texans need a win over the Jaguars to clinch the AFC South.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs need a win over Oakland to clinch the AFC West and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
The Patriots need a win over the New York Jets to secure a first-round bye and would clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win and losses by Kansas City and the Chargers. If Houston wins and the Patriots lose or tie the Texans would receive a first-round bye.
Baltimore would clinch the AFC North with a win over Cleveland and would clinch the division and a first-round bye with a victory and losses by New England and Houston.
The Chargers need a win over Denver and a loss by Kansas City to clinch the AFC West and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
The Colts will earn a playoff berth with a win over Tennessee. They would win the AFC South with a victory and a loss by Houston. The Titans would win the AFC South with a win and a loss by Houston. They could secure a first-round bye with a victory and losses by Houston, New England and Baltimore.
The Steelers would clinch the AFC North with a win over Cincinnati and a loss or tie by the Ravens.
In the NFC, the Rams need a win or tie over San Francisco or a loss or tie by Chicago to secure a bye in the first round.
The Bears would get a first-round bye with a win and a loss by the Rams.
The Vikings would clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie against Chicago or a loss or tie by the Eagles at Washington.
The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles need a win and a loss by the Vikings to earn a playoff berth.
Source: The Associated Press