Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, recapping Sunday's 23-16 victory over the Dolphins that clinched the AFC East title for New England.

In the NFL’s high-rent district, Sunday marked the end of one journey and the start of another.

For the Patriots, winning the AFC East title -- which they wrapped up with a 23-16 win over the Dolphins in South Florida -- is the first goal on a to-do list they hope ends with a happy trip to New Orleans in two months.



By virtue of the Steelers' 23-20 last-second win in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, the Patriots find themselves tied with the Ravens and Broncos for the No. 2 seed in the AFC, a spot that would earn them a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the second round of the AFC playoffs. 

Technically, the Patriots have the advantage in a three-way tie right now and are the No. 2 seed according to NFL.com since the Patriots are 8-1 in the AFC while Baltimore is 8-2 and the Broncos are 6-2.

In a compelling show of support for Wes Welker, Tom Brady said the Patriots wouldn't be AFC East champions, winners of six straight games and 9-3 on the season without the star slot receiver. On Sunday, Welker caught 12 passes on 18 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 23-16 win over the Dolphins. Welker set an NFL record with the 16th 10-catch game of his career in which he went over 100 yards. It also marked his 17th double-digit receiving game of his career, tying Jerry Rice for the all-time lead.

Vince Wilfork summed up the relatively low-key approach the Patriots took after their 23-16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida clinched their fourth straight AFC East title and their ninth in 10 years. Wilfork was asked about how the Patriots celebrated yet another "hat and T-shirt" moment that comes with every significant championship the team earns.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was spotted by several reporters wearing a walking boot and using crutches after Sunday's win over the Dolphins. Edelman, who left the game in the fourth quarter and was announced as "questionable" to return, finished the game with one catch for 13 yards. It is the latest injury in a rough season for Edelman, who has been slowed by a hand injury, as well as a concussion he suffered in the late stages of last Thursday's win over the Jets.

Bill Belichick and the Patriots celebrated the fact that the team won the AFC East for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons with Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins, but after the victory, the coach was quick to remind folks that there’s still a lot of football left to play.

Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez combined for 20 catches and 200 yards receiving, and Stevan Ridley ran for a touchdown, as the Patriots beat the Dolphins, 23-16, Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. The win clinches New England's fourth straight AFC East title and their 10th in 12 seasons and their 12th straight winning season. 

After missing Thanksgiving night, starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer will return against the Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, cornerback Derrick Martin and fullback James Develin are the gameday inactives for the Patriots. 

Those four players are added to the trio of Logan Mankins (ankle), Chandler Jones (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (forearm) who were ruled out on Friday. 

Through the first half of the season, there was much speculation that the Patriots and Brian Waters would work out a deal for his return. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the two sides had the framework of a deal in place that would bring back the 35-year-old offensive lineman back. But that window officially closed on Friday and he will not be returning this season.