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.