Patriots seal division crown

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 22:20 GMT

Wes Welker was in impressive form as the New England Patriots clinched another AFC East title with a 23-16 victory at the Miami Dolphins.

Wes Welker: Scored touchdown in second quarter
Wes Welker: Scored touchdown in second quarter

Welker had 12 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown to help ensure the Patriots won their division for the fourth time in a row - and 10th in the last 12 years.

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley went in on the ground in the opening quarter and quarterback Tom Brady found Welker on seven-yard touchdown catch in the second.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill took it into the end zone himself from two yards to reduce his side's deficit to 17-10 at half-time.

New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski traded a pair of field goals with his opposite number Dan Carpenter in the only scoring action of the second half as the Patriots closed out the victory - despite Brady being sacked four times.

With the division title in the bag with four weeks of the regular season remaining, the 9-3 Patriots will have their eye on pushing on towards top seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the play-offs.

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