Pats, Ravens, Seahawks simply need win to reach playoffs
New England reached the postseason in 16 of coach Bill Belichick’s first 19 seasons. The Patriots, a game ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East, have several ways to get in with a tie this week.
The Ravens (10-2) have the edge on New England for the AFC’s top seed because of a win over the Patriots. Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with a victory at Buffalo and wraps up the AFC North with a win and a Pittsburgh loss or tie.
Baltimore and New England each have a far-fetched scenario to get in with a loss.
The Bills (9-3), who have won three straight games, need help to get in this week if they win.
The Seahawks and San Francisco are tied for the NFC West lead at 10-2. Both will qualify with victories because Seattle is playing the two-time defending division champion Los Angeles Rams. If the Rams lose, the 49ers are in with a win or tie at New Orleans.
The NFC South champion Saints (10-2) are the only team to clinch so far.