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Patriots postseason tracker

Despite losing in Miami, the Patriots still hold the No. 2 spot in the AFC playoff race.

Six teams in each conference – four division winners and two wild cards – make the playoffs. The two division winners with the best records in each conference earn first-round byes.

Despite the stunning last-second loss in Miami, the Patriots maintained a hold of the No. 2 spot in the race for playoff spots in the AFC thanks to Houston's loss to Indianapolis. They currently hold the tiebreaker over the Texans by virtue of their Week 1 victory in Foxborough. They also hold the tiebreaker over Kansas City thanks to a Week 6 win, so should the Patriots finish tied with either team they would have the edge. While the 10-3 Chargers have a better record than New England, they currently sit in second place behind the Chiefs in the AFC West and would therefore be a wild card if the playoffs began today. If the Chargers win out and finish tied at 13-3 with the Chiefs, Kansas City would win the AFC West based on division record.

Here's a look at the current postseason picture in the AFC:

Chiefs 11-2 4-0 9-1 LAC, at Sea., Oak.
Patriots 9-4 3-1 6-3 at Pit., Buf., NYJ
Texans 9-4 3-2 7-3 at NYJ, at Phi., Jax.
Steelers 7-5-1 3-1-1 4-5-1 NE, at NO, Cin.
Chargers 10-3 2-2 7-2 at KC, Bal., at Den.
Ravens 7-6 2-3 6-4 TB, at LAC, Cle.
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Colts 7-6 3-2 6-5 Dal., NYG, at Ten.
Dolphins 7-6 4-1 6-4 at Min., Jax., at Buf.
Titans 7-6 3-2 5-6 at NYG, Was., Ind.
Broncos 6-7 2-2 4-5 Cle., at Oak., LAC
Browns 5-7-1 2-1-1 3-5-1 at Den., Cin., at Bal.
Bengals 5-8 1-3 3-6 Oak., at Cle., at Pit.

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