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The road to the playoffs in the AFC

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.

The Patriots currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the race for playoff spots in the AFC. They currently hold the tiebreaker over Houston by virtue of their Week 1 victory over the Texans 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 Chargers are also tied at 9-3, 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 10-2 4-0 8-1 Bal., LAC, at Sea., Oak.
Patriots 9-3 3-0 6-2 at Mia., at Pit., Buf., NYJ
Texans 9-3 3-1 7-2 Ind., at NYJ, at Phi., Jax.
Steelers 7-4-1 3-1-1 4-4-1 at Oak., NE, at NO, Cin.
Chargers 9-3 2-2 6-2 Cin., at KC, Bal., at Den.
Ravens 7-5 2-3 6-3 at KC, TB, at LAC, Cle.
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Colts 6-6 2-2 5-5 at Hou., Dal., NYG, at Ten.
Dolphins 6-6 3-1 5-4 NE, at Min., Jax., at Buf.
Broncos 6-6 2-2 4-5 at SF, Cle., at Oak., LAC
Titans 6-6 2-2 4-6 Jax., at NYG, Was., Ind.
Bengals 5-7 1-3 3-5 at LAC, Oak., at Cle., at Pit.
Browns 4-7-1 2-1-1 3-5-1 Car., at Den., Cin., at Bal.

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