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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Eyes on possible wild-card foes

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots could still earn a No. 1 or No. 2 playoff seed, but in addition to winning their remaining two games, they will need help from others to do so.

Because of this, possible wild-card opponents are now on the radar a bit more so than they were before Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

We can scratch the Jets off the list, as they have been eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Titans on Monday night.

Here is the current picture:

Division leaders
1. Texans (12-2) -- vs. Vikings; at Colts
2. Broncos (11-3) -- vs. Browns, vs. Chiefs
3. Patriots (10-4) -- at Jaguars, vs. Dolphins
4. Ravens (9-5) -- vs. Giants, at Bengals

Wild cards
5. Colts (9-5) -- at Chiefs, vs. Texans
6. Bengals (8-6) -- at Steelers, vs. Ravens

Also in the hunt
Steelers (7-7) -- vs. Bengals, vs. Browns
Dolphins (6-8) -- vs. Bills, at Patriots