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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Patriots playoff scenarios

By Mike Reiss

The following are the Patriots' playoff scenarios for this week:

New England clinches a first-round bye with:
1)    NE win + HOU loss or tie OR
2)    NE win + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
3)    NE tie + HOU loss OR
4)    NE tie + PIT loss + BAL loss

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1)    NE win + HOU loss or tie + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie