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Carlos Osorio, Associated Press
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) hugs teammate wide receiver Calvin Johnson during the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. The Lions clinched a playoff spot with a 38-10 win.

The Detroit Lions have made the NFL playoffs for the first time in 12 years, earning an NFC wild-card berth by beating San Diego 38-10, knocking the Chargers from contention Saturday.

New England, which already owns the AFC East title, grabbed a first-round bye with a 27-24 comeback victory against Miami. The Patriots (12-3) will have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if they beat Buffalo next week.

The New York Giants beat the local rival Jets 29-14 to tie Dallas at 8-7 atop the NFC East. The Cowboys, who lost 20-7 to Philadelphia, visit the Giants next Sunday night, with the winner taking the division, the loser going home.

Denver's 40-14 loss at Buffalo dropped it into a tie atop the AFC West with Oakland, which beat Kansas City 16-13 in overtime.