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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:

TEAMRECORDDIV.AFCREMAINING SCHEDULE
Chiefs11-24-09-1LAC, at Sea., Oak.
Patriots9-43-16-3at Pit., Buf., NYJ
Texans9-43-27-3at NYJ, at Phi., Jax.
Steelers7-5-13-1-14-5-1NE, at NO, Cin.
Chargers10-32-27-2at KC, Bal., at Den.
Ravens7-62-36-4TB, at LAC, Cle.
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IN THE HUNT
Colts7-63-26-5Dal., NYG, at Ten.
Dolphins7-64-16-4at Min., Jax., at Buf.
Titans7-63-25-6at NYG, Was., Ind.
Broncos6-72-24-5Cle., at Oak., LAC
Browns5-7-12-1-13-5-1at Den., Cin., at Bal.
Bengals5-81-33-6Oak., at Cle., at Pit.

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