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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:

Chiefs10-24-08-1Bal., LAC, at Sea., Oak.
Patriots9-33-06-2at Mia., at Pit., Buf., NYJ
Texans9-33-17-2Ind., at NYJ, at Phi., Jax.
Steelers7-4-13-1-14-4-1at Oak., NE, at NO, Cin.
Chargers9-32-26-2Cin., at KC, Bal., at Den.
Ravens7-52-36-3at KC, TB, at LAC, Cle.
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Colts6-62-25-5at Hou., Dal., NYG, at Ten.
Dolphins6-63-15-4NE, at Min., Jax., at Buf.
Broncos6-62-24-5at SF, Cle., at Oak., LAC
Titans6-62-24-6Jax., at NYG, Was., Ind.
Bengals5-71-33-5at LAC, Oak., at Cle., at Pit.
Browns4-7-12-1-13-5-1Car., at Den., Cin., at Bal.

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