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AFC playoff picture: Patriots' stunning loss makes No. 1 seed tough goal

AFC playoff picture: Patriots' stunning loss makes No. 1 seed tough goal

The New England Patriots need a miracle to earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Miami Dolphins stunned the Patriots on Sunday with a 34-33 Week 14 win after a game-winning 69-yard touchdown as time expired. The touchdown included multiple laterals and a long final run by Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake.

The Patriots' loss, combined with the Kansas City Chiefs earning a come-from-behind overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens, puts New England (9-4) two games behind KC (11-2) for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff race. The Patriots own the tiebreaker over the Chiefs as a result of their Week 6 head-to-head win, but it's unlikely Kansas City loses twice over its final three games. 

It's quite possible the Chiefs lose to the Los Angeles Chargers at home next week. Traveling to Seattle to take on a Seahawks team still battling for a playoff berth could be tough, too. A season-finale at home against the struggling Raiders should be an easy win. So, while it's not a lock the Chiefs go 2-1 or 3-0 to end the regular season, they will be favored in each of these remaining matchups. 

The Patriots also need to take care of their own business down the stretch. They have a tough Week 15 game on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England must beat the Steelers, as well as the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets at home to put themselves in position to secure the top seed.

The Pats were helped by the Houston Texans losing to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Texans dropped to 9-4 atop the AFC South, but the Patriots still are ahead of them for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye as a result of their Week 1 win at Gillette Stadium. 

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Chiefs vs. Ravens live stream: watch NFL Week 14 game online

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Chiefs vs. Ravens live stream: watch NFL Week 14 game online

The Kansas City Chiefs enter Week 14 of the 2018 NFL season with the AFC’s top seed at 10-2, but they have a tough test at home Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens have won three consecutive games led by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the New England Patriots are hoping he makes it four straight victories.

That’s because the Chiefs are one game ahead of the Patriots for the top seed in the conference. The Patriots only need to finish the season with the same record as the Chiefs because New England holds the tiebreaker over Kansas City as a result of its Week 6 win at Gillette Stadium. 

The Patriots play the Miami Dolphins on the road Sunday, and a victory for New England claims the AFC East crown. Rooting for the Ravens is a tough one for Patriots fans given these teams’ tense playoff history, but New England needs at least one KC loss to earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Here’s how to watch Chiefs vs. Ravens online.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: CBS All-Access

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Does Chiefs' reported Kelvin Benjamin signing impact AFC playoff race?

Does Chiefs' reported Kelvin Benjamin signing impact AFC playoff race?

In reporting the Chiefs' apparent signing of free agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter noted Kansas City has added "another weapon for the stretch run."

But how much can Benjamin really bring to the AFC's current leader?

The 27-year-old wideout, whom the Buffalo Bills surprisingly released earlier this week, is signing a one-year contract with the Chiefs through the end of the season, according to Schefter.

In theory, Benjamin's addition gives Kansas City a big, physical red zone threat and another offensive option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes to work with in the wake of Kareem Hunt's release.

In reality, though, the former first-round pick hasn't been much of a threat to anyone. Benjamin tallied just 23 catches on 62 targets in 12 games for Buffalo, good for the worst catch rate (37.1 percent) in the NFL among qualified pass-catchers.

Only three of those catches came in the red zone, as Benjamin has just one touchdown on the season and four total TDs over his last two campaigns.

Benjamin obviously could benefit from having Mahomes throwing him passes. But teams like the New England Patriots -- who sit just one game behind Kansas City in the AFC standings with four games to play -- shouldn't be too concerned about Benjamin giving the Chiefs any significant edge down the stretch.

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