Chad Finn

That was one of the most thrilling Patriots wins in years

OK, it wasn’t quite the equal of the Super Bowl comeback, but Sunday’s win in Pittsburgh was close.

Pittsburgh, PA 12-17-17: SECOND OF POSSIBLE COMBO PIX.......After Patriots defensive back Eric Rowe (25, on ground) lunged in front of Steelers wide reciever Eli Rogers (17, right) and tipped the ball high in the air, when it came down his teammate Duron Harmon (30, far left) caught it for the game clinching interception in the end zone. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for an NFL regular season football game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

PATRIOTS 27, STEELERS 24

In a wild finish, Patriots knock off Steelers, clinch AFC East

Duron Harmon intercepted Ben Roethlisberger’s final pass attempt in the end zone to seal the New England win.

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Burkhead was injured on a collision in the third quarter Sunday in Pittsburgh.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nepittpre6A_spts.jpg Boos? Brady tells Steelers fans to bring them on

The Patriots quarterback responded as he hit the field before Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.

New York Rangers' Brady Skjei (76) defends against Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Michael Dwyer/AP

For Bruins’ offense, it’s a case of help wanted

The team’s scoring production has come from far too few sources.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/894380256.jpg Steelers lose top receiver Antonio Brown to leg injury

The receiver has hurt when he collided with two Patriots players in the end zone.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/334ff861e9aa40049348caf9d294c71f-334ff861e9aa40049348caf9d294c71f-0.jpg Ryan Shazier makes appearance at Heinz Field

The injured Steelers linebacker was shown in a suite at the Patriots-Steelers game.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 13: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden on December 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Less has been more for Kyrie Irving

The All-Star guard is enjoying one of his finest seasons despite averaging just 32.1 minutes per game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_PatriotsPractice_05.jpg Chris Hogan won’t play in Patriots-Steelers game

The Patriots receiver has been battling a shoulder injury since October.

NFL ROUNDUP

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Todd Gurley ran for 152 yards and scored four total TDs in LA’s takedown in Seattle.

NFL NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/894353172.jpg Panthers announce owner Jerry Richardson will sell team

The franchise’s only owner is under investigation by the league for inappropriate workplace conduct.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Bobby McCain #28 of the Miami Dolphins attempts to defend LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter on December 17, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

BILLS 24, DOLPHINS 16

Bills remain in playoff race by defeating Dolphins

LeSean McCoy (two TDs) surpassed 10,000 career yards rushing for Buffalo (8-6), which is looking to end a 17-year postseason drought.

RAVENS 27, BROWNS 10

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Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score.

JAGUARS 45, TEXANS 7

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/894349716.jpg Jaguars thump Texans for first playoff berth since 2007

Blake Bortles threw three TD passes as Jacksonville won for the seventh time in eight games.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_ChristmasatFenwayPark_sports054.jpg Red Sox proceed with caution on free agents

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes made by the organization.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: NBA Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recognized during a game between the UNLV Rebels and the Rice Owls during day one of the Main Event basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on November 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Sam Wasson/Getty Images

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on and off the court

His new book covers much more than his 38,387 points, six MVPs, and six NBA championships.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_jack_parker.jpg The reach and influence of Jack Parker

USA Hockey honored the depth and breadth of Parker’s work by inducting him into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/kpd_20161017.jpg This Detroit café keeps feather bowling rolling

Feather bowling is a blend of bocce, curling, and horseshoes.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/843877108.jpg Manny Machado should be the Red Sox’ primary target

He’s the game changer Boston’s lineup needs — though he’s likely headed for a record-setting contract.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d3e0ad4f1575476c844be06fc8ed6233-d3e0ad4f1575476c844be06fc8ed6233-0.jpg Which NFL coaches will be coming and going this year?

We count a whopping 14 potential head coaching openings, and three potential GM openings.

College basketball | BC 84, Central Connecticut 65

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Bowman scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to their fourth straight win Sunday.

Longmeadow's Joseph Cardaropoli tries to get around Brockton's goalie, David Isaac in Division 1 State Championship soccer, at Worcester State University. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Boston Globe 2017 Fall All-Scholastics teams

See a sport-by-sport rundown of the players of the year and top performers from the recently completed season.