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NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots Clinch No. 1 Seed In AFC

By defeating the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots wrapped up the regular season with a 13-3 record and clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC. This means that the outcomes of the Steelers vs. Browns and Ravens vs. Bengals matchups will determine whether the Ravens or Steelers get the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. The other team will take the No. 5 seed.

The Jets were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday with a 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins that dropped them to 8-8. That helps the Bengals, who are fighting for the No. 6 seed (which they would clinch by beating the Ravens). The current playoff seeding looks like this.

1. Patriots
2. Ravens

3. Texans vs. 6. Bengals
4. Broncos vs. 5. Steelers

The Titans, who finished their regular-season at 9-7 with a win over the Texans Sunday, and Oakland Raiders are also in the playoff hunt.

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