AFC playoff picture: Patriots take No. 2 seed after Texans lose to Eagles


The New England Patriots are back in the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture with their AFC East-clinching win over the Buffalo Bills combined with the Houston Texans' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The Patriots and Texans both sit at 10-5 in the AFC standings, but New England owns the tiebreaker as a result of its Week 1 win over Houston. The Texans' loss drops them to the No. 3 seed. They still lead the AFC South, but only by one game over the Tennessee Titans.

The Pats control their own destiny in the race for a top two seed. New England will secure a first-round bye if it beats the rival New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in the Week 17 regular season finale. Houston must beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17 and have the Patriots lose to the Jets in order to claim the No. 2 seed.  

The No. 1 seed still is in play for the Patriots. They would earn the top seed with a win over the Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs losing in Seattle to the Seahawks on Sunday night and again at home in Week 17 against the Oakland Raiders. 

Here's an updated look at the AFC playoff picture after the 1 p.m. ET games Sunday.

*1. Chiefs 11-3
*2. Patriots 10-5
3. Texans 10-5
4. Steelers 8-5-1
*5. Chargers 11-4
6. Ravens 9-6
*Clinched postseason berth

Colts 8-6
Titans 9-6
Dolphins 7-8

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