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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Where do Patriots stand after loss to Steelers?

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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Where do Patriots stand after loss to Steelers?

The New England Patriots have lost back-to-back games in December for the first time since 2002 following their disappointing 17-10 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Pats enter Week 16 as the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, one game behind the Houston Texans. They still have a pretty good chance to earn the No. 2 seed -- all the Patriots need is one Texans loss combined with wins over the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets at Gillette Stadium to end the regular season. 

Where do the Patriots stand in this week's NFL power rankings? Well, most experts have the Pats outside the top five after they peaked as high as No. 2 on some lists following their win against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago. New England isn't instilling the same fear into opponents that we usually see at this time of the season, but it's still hard to go against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick when it matters most.

Here's a roundup of expert NFL power rankings for Week 16.

ProFootballTalk: No. 8
Bleacher Report: No. 6
ESPN: No. 7
NFL.com: No. 6
Sports Illustrated: No. 6
CBS Sports: No. 6
Sporting News: No. 8

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Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

We've already seen some pretty great footage from inside the New England Patriots' locker room following their AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But the Patriots' videographers caught the rarest of scenes: Bill Belichick doling out warm embraces like candy bars.

The team released its official "behind the scenes" video Tuesday of the visiting locker room celebration at Arrowhead Stadium, and it's worth a full watch.

The best part comes just 20 seconds in: Belichick standing at the door of the locker room, gleefully (by his standards) giving bear hugs to every Patriots player and coach as they walk in.

This is completely normal behavior after you've won the AFC title game as a road underdog, but it's an emotional side of the grizzled head coach that fans rarely see.

Belichick kept an even keel in a postgame speech to his players, however, congratulating them on a terrific win but reminding them that their Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Los Angeles Rams "will be tougher than this one -- but that's the way it's supposed to be when you're going all the way through."

Hey, the man speaks from experience.

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