For the first time in six seasons, the New England Patriots failed to qualify for the postseason.
While New England defeated the Buffalo Bills, 13-0, Sunday to finish the 2008 campaign with an 11-5 mark, it wasn't enough to secure one of the six AFC playoff berths.
The Dolphins defeated the Jets, 24-17, to share the AFC East title with the Patriots and Miami earned the No. 3 playoff seed by virtue of a tie-breaker over New England.
The Ravens defeated the Jaguars, 27-7, to clinch the final wild card berth in the division, also earning the spot over the Patriots by virtue of a tie-breaker.