NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots' position greatly improves with win over Titans


The New England Patriots extended their win streak to six games Sunday with a 36-13 triumph over the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

It was an important victory for the Patriots on several fronts.

For starters, they have reclaimed first place in the AFC East over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots have a 8-4 record, putting them a half-game ahead of the 7-4 Bills. These teams will play for the first time this season in Week 13 when the Bills host the Patriots in Buffalo on "Monday Night Football". They will play again in New England in Week 16.

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Sunday's win also moved the Patriots ahead of the Titans in the AFC standings. Both teams are 8-4 but the Patriots now own the head-to-head tiebreaker as a result of Sunday's victory.

The Patriots currently are the No. 2 seed in the AFC behind the Baltimore Ravens, who beat the Cleveland Browns 16-10 on Sunday night to maintain the No. 1 seed.

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Here's an updated look at the AFC playoff picture after the Week 12 games. This article will be updated through Monday night.

In a Playoff Spot

1. Baltimore Ravens, 8-3 (AFC North leader)

2. New England Patriots, 8-4 (AFC East leader)

3. Tennessee Titans, 8-4 (AFC South leader)

4. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-4 (AFC West leader)

5. Cincinnati Bengals, 7-4 (First wild card)

6. Buffalo Bills, 7-4 (Second wild card)

7. Los Angeles Chargers, 6-5 (Third wild card)

On the Bubble

8. Denver Broncos, 6-5

9. Las Vegas Raiders, 6-5


10. Indianapolis Colts, 6-6

11. Cleveland Browns, 6-6

12. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-5-1