Oakland Raiders can end 14-year playoff drought this weekend
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates with defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The Raiders won 38-24. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
NEW YORK (AP) The Oakland Raiders can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 this weekend, while the Patriots and Seahawks can also punch their ticket to the postseason.
The Raiders (10-2) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) Thursday night and can end their 14-year postseason drought with a:
-win plus a Miami loss or tie against Arizona.
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-win plus a Denver loss at Tennessee.
-tie plus a Miami loss plus a Baltimore loss at New England.
-tie plus a Miami loss plus a Pittsburgh loss or tie at Buffalo.
The Patriots (10-2) can win the AFC East or even a first-round bye when they host the Ravens on Monday night.
They clinch their division with a win plus a loss or tie by Miami or a tie plus a loss by the Dolphins. They'll secure a first-round bye with a win, a Miami loss or tie and a loss or tie by Pittsburgh.
Dallas (11-1), already in the playoffs, clinches the NFC East with a win over the Giants (8-4) on Sunday night. The Cowboys would clinch a first-round bye with a win and a Detroit loss.
They'd also get a bye with a tie or a win plus a loss by Seattle.
The Seahawks (8-3-1) would win the NFC West with a win at Green Bay (6-6) plus an Arizona loss or tie. Seattle would also win its division with a tie and an Arizona loss.
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