NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots Still Have Inside Track To AFC’s No. 1 Seed After Win


FOXBORO, Mass — The New England Patriots’ chances of having home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs are looking pretty good.

New England moved to 11-2 with its 30-23 win over the rival Baltimore Ravens on Monday at Gillette Stadium. So what does that mean for AFC playoff seeding? And where do the Ravens now stand? Let’s take a look.

Division Leaders
East: New England Patriots (11-2)
West: Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)
North: Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
South: Houston Texans (7-6)

Wild Card Teams
Oakland Raiders (10-3), Denver Broncos (8-5)

In The Hunt
Miami Dolphins (8-5), Baltimore Ravens (7-6), Tennessee Titans (7-6), Indianapolis Colts (6-7), Buffalo Bills (6-7)

The Patriots had a chance to clinch the AFC East and a playoff bye this weekend, but wins by the Dolphins and Steelers delayed the inevitable a little while longer.

So while they didn’t clinch anything, they still remain a game ahead of the Chiefs and Raiders for the No. 1 overall seed.

The Ravens, meanwhile, have some work to do if they want to make the playoffs. They now are a game behind the Steelers in the AFC North and the Broncos for the final wild-card spot.

Division Leaders
East: Dallas Cowboys (11-2)
West: Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1)
North: Detroit Lions (9-4)
South: Atlanta Falcons (7-5)

Wild Card Teams
New York Giants (9-4), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)

In the Hunt
Washington Redskins (7-5-1), Minnesota Vikings (7-6), Green Bay Packers (7-6), Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)

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