Patriots playoff scenarios

December, 20, 2011
The New England Patriots (11-3) clinched the AFC East Sunday with a 41-23 victory over the Denver Broncos. But the division was in the bag weeks ago. New England is seeking bigger things, like a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

With only two games remaining, here are the Week 16 playoff scenarios for the Patriots via ESPN Stats and Information:

New England clinches a first-round bye if...

1) NE win + HOU loss or tie

2) NE win + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

3) NE tie + HOU loss

4) NE tie + PIT loss + BAL loss

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout playoffs if...

1) NE win + HOU loss or tie + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

For those wondering about the New York Jets (8-6), they cannot clinch this week. The Jets have to win their final two games to get the final wild card in the AFC.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter



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