Pats clinch AFC East title by beating Miami 23-16

Updated: December 3, 2012, 6:41 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Savoring victory in the visitors' locker room, the New England Patriots wore division champion caps and T-shirts. Lately they get new ones every year.

With a quarter of the regular season still to go, the Patriots clinched their fourth consecutive AFC East title Sunday by beating familiar foil Miami 23-16.

The Patriots (9-3) improved to 5-0 in the division this year and defeated the Dolphins for the fifth time in a row. They won their 12th consecutive December game, and they're ...

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