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Despite a loss to Ravens, the Bengals are in the playoffs

In despite of losing to Baltimore by 24 to 16 on Sunday, the Bengals managed to make it to the postseason as they clinched the last AFC wild card spot. Cincinnati got the team’s third pass to the playoffs in 21 years, and even though this is quite a significant achievement for the franchise, the players are already focused on what is coming, as they know that they will have a tough challenge when they face the Texans at the playoffs since Houston already defeated them during the regular season. In despite of losing five of their last 8 games, the Bengals managed to make it to the playoffs thanks to the last-minute collapse from the Jets.

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Broncos get division title

With 3 teams head to head concerning their records, it was tough to predict who was going to win the AFC West. The Broncos, the Chargers and the Raiders all finished with eight victories and eight losses, but it was Denver who clinched the division title thanks to their record versus San Diego and Oakland, (which allowed them to win the tiebreaker). Denver started the season with a poor 2-5 record with Kyle Orton calling the plays, but when head coach John Fox gave Tim Tebow the chance of becoming the starter for the team, the young quarterback turned the team into a winning one, taking the Broncos to the playoffs, where they will be playing the Steelers on January 8.

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Lesnar retires after loss at UFC 141

After two straight losses, with the last one coming at UFC 141 against Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar decided he will no longer be headlining any UFC bouts and announced that he will be retiring from professional fighting, and now Dana White and the Ultimate Fighting Championship have a tough challenge on finding a man that can be as profitable as Lesnar in order to soften the impact that Lesnar’s retirement is going to have concerning ticket sales for future UFC main events.

Even though Overeem was a legend at Strikeforce and made a few fans after his victory at UFC 141, he still doesn’t have the cult following Lesnar had, but White is hoping Alistair will become just as popular in the near future, though for that to happen, Overeem will have to face Junior Dos Santos first, and that is a fight we can expect to see in 2012.

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