Patriots capture No. 2 seed in AFC following win, Houston loss


The Ravens still hold the final spot in the playoffs due to their superior record in the conference.

With the loss, the Ravens now lead the AFC North and the Indianapolis Colts are in the sixth and final playoff spot, with the Titans right behind them due to a superior conference record.

The Chiefs could have clinched the NFC West division with a triumph but could not overcome the hostile Seattle environment.

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The AFC North doesn't have a victor, and the runner-up won't be going to the playoffs. Pittsburgh has upcoming games against New England and the New Orleans Saints (11-2), while Baltimore's remaining schedule is significantly easier. Other teams were met with coal as stocking stuffers. The victor is in the playoffs and the loser will be eliminated.

The race for the division is still on as the Colts can steal the AFC South from the Texans.

Despite their nationally televised fourth quarter collapse at home on Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) are still in the driver's seat for the top seed in the AFC.

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If both the Ravens and Steelers lose on Sunday, the Ravens would still win the division, but if the Ravens lose and the Steelers win, the Steelers would overtake the Ravens and win the division. On the ensuing drive, the Steelers marched down the field, but a JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble sealed their fate and knocked them to the bottom of the AFC playoff picture.

Seattle Seahawks 9-6, Clinched wild card spot.

Indianapolis Colts 9-6, wild card. Philadelphia can only earn the No.6 seed. But it would also create a scenario where the victor of the Week 17 AFC South showdown between the 8-6 Indianapolis Colts, assuming they beat the New York Giants (5-9) at home Sunday, and Tennessee Titans (9-6) grabs the final wild card, bouncing Pittsburgh altogether from the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

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