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AFC playoff picture: Patriots 1 win away from homefield advantage throughout playoffs

Ryan Hannable
December 26, 2017 - 11:29 am

With just one week left in the regular season, the AFC playoff picture is rounding into shape with just the two wild card spots up for grabs.

Here's how it looks heading into Week 17.

1. Patriots (12-3)
Remaining schedule: vs. Jets (5-10)

2. Steelers (12-3)
Remaining schedule: vs. Browns (0-15)

3. Jaguars (10-5)
Remaining schedule: at Titans (8-7)

4. Chiefs (9-6)
Remaining schedule: at Broncos (5-10)

5. Ravens (9-6)
Remaining schedule: vs. Bengals (6-9)

6. Titans (8-7)
Remaining schedule: vs. Jaguars (10-5)

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7. Chargers (8-7)
Remaining schedule: vs. Raiders (6-9)

8. Bills (8-7)
Remaining schedule: at Dolphins (6-9)


The No. 1 and 2 seeds are set with the Patriots and Steelers, just the order needs to be finalized. With a win over the Jets, the Patriots get the No. 1 seed and homefield advanatage, so they have the inside track. Pittsburgh would need a win and a Patriots loss. If both teams lose, New England would get homefield advantage.

Jacksonville is locked into the No. 3 seed as winners of the AFC South and Kansas City is locked into the No. 4 seed as winners of the AFC West.

As for the wild card spots, the Ravens and Titans have the advantage as with wins they are in. Baltimore would get in with a Bills loss and Tennessee would get in with losses by the Chargers and Bills. Buffalo would need a win and a Baltimore loss, or a win and losses by the Chargers and Titans. The Chargers need the most help, but they get in with a win and a loss by the Titans combined with a Ravens win. They also get in with a win and losses by the Bills and Titans.

Relating to the Patriots, if they are the No. 1 seed, they would host the winner of the No. 4 and 5 game, or if the No. 6 seed beats the No. 3 seed, in the divisional round.

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