Nearly every AFC team still in playoff picture

With just two weeks left in the regular season, no AFC team has clinched a playoff berth and all but three still have a chance to make the postseason.

Updated: December 18, 2002, 10:11 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Forget the age-old rhetorical query, at least for now, about how long it takes to plummet from the NFL penthouse to the league outhouse.

In their ignoble 24-7 loss here Monday night, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots answered this much more germane question: How long does it take to go from playing for a first-place tie in the division to perhaps being out of the postseason tournament entirely.

The answer: Three hours and 10 minutes of prime-time ...

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