By virtue of the Steelers' 23-20 last-second win in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, the Patriots find themselves tied with the Ravens and Broncos for the No. 2 seed in the AFC, a spot that would earn them a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the second round of the AFC playoffs.
Technically, the Patriots have the advantage in a three-way tie right now and are the No. 2 seed according to NFL.com since the Patriots are 8-1 in the AFC while Baltimore is 8-2 and the Broncos are 6-2.
Houston is the No. 1 seed in the AFC with an 11-1 record, having beaten Tennessee on Sunday. The Patriots play the Texans next Monday night at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots lost to the Ravens and beat the Broncos. The Ravens have a huge game with the Broncos in Baltimore on Dec. 16 that could determine who winds up with the No. 2 seed.
The Patriots won their fourth straight AFC East title with a 23-16 road win on Sunday over the Dolphins and improved to 9-3. The Ravens fell to 9-3, and the Broncos won their seventh straight to improve to 9-3, holding off Tampa Bay in Denver. If the Broncos win that game on Dec. 16 and the three teams finished tied, then conference record will be key. If the Ravens and Patriots win out, and Houston finishes as the No. 1 seed, the Ravens will take the No. 2 seed as a result of their wins over the Patriots and Broncos.
There also is a fierce race for the two wild cards, as the Colts stand at No. 5 in the conference with an 8-4 record. The Steelers are 7-5, tied with the Bengals. But the Steelers hold the No. 6 spot by virtue of their win Oct. 21 in Cincinnati.
Here is the seeding after Sunday's action: 1. Houston, 2. New England, 3. Baltimore, 4. Denver, 5. Indianapolis, 6. Pittsburgh, 7. Cincinnati. The top six teams make the AFC playoffs.
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Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
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A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
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