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Playoff scenarios after early games

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Kickoff is drawing near at Gillette Stadium, and the Patriots now know that they will have to beat the Bills in order to secure a top-two seed in the AFC, as both the Colts and Bengals won their earlier games.

Below is a look at three playoff scenarios still in play for the Patriots.

They are the first seed in the AFC with a win and a Broncos LOSS.

They are the second seed with a win and a Broncos WIN.

They are the fourth seed with a LOSS.

Here are the latest playoff standings:

Division winners

1. z - Denver: 12-3 (clinched top-two seed)

2. z - New England: 11-4

3. z - Cincinnati: 11-5

4. z - Indianapolis: 11-5

Wild-card standings

5. x - Kansas City: 11-4 (locked into the five seed)

6. San Diego: 8-7

Still in the hunt

7. Pittsburgh: 8-8