The New England Patriots can punch their ticket to the NFL playoffs in Sunday's Week 14 showdown versus the Kandas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots will secure a spot simply with a victory, but there are a few other (and more unlikely) ways for them to get in.
Here's how the Patriots can clinch at least a wild card berth this weekend, according to the league.
New England clinches playoff berth with:
NE win OR
NE tie + PIT loss OR
NE tie + HOU loss or tie OR
NE tie + TEN loss or tie OR
HOU loss + IND loss or tie + OAK-TEN tie
The Patriots could have clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Houston Texans in Week 13, but they lost 28-22 at NRG Stadium.
The loss not only delayed New England's inevitable playoff spot clinching, but also knocked the defending Super Bowl champions out of the AFC's No. 1 seed. The Patriots' loss, combined with the Baltimore Ravens' win over the San Francisco 49ers, vaulted the AFC North team into the No. 1 seed. Baltimore and New England have identical 10-2 records entering Week 14, but the Ravens own the head-to-head tiebreaker as a result of their Week 9 win against the Patriots.
The Patriots have won the AFC East title in 10 consecutive seasons, but clinching the division likely will be harder this year compared to recent seasons. New England has only a one-game lead over the Bills in the division race, and these rivals play one more time in Week 16 at Gillette Stadium.
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