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Pro Football: AFC Update

December 23, 2014

The New England Patriots are the AFC top seed for the sixth time in their history, all since 2003 and with greats Tom Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their head coach.

The combination of New England’s (17-16) win at the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals’ (37-28) Monday night win at home vs the Denver Broncos, clinched the top seed and home advantage in any AFC playoff game, for New England.

The “NFL gift package” also includes a wild card round bye and there will be one other recipient in the AFC, almost certainly to be the Broncos, who figure to be the “two seed.”

Denver will be a two touchdown favorite in its home game vs the Oakland Raiders in its bid to get their quarterback Peyton Manning a home divisional round game for the third time in his three seasons as Broncos’ “QB.” That home divisional round game and wild card round bye goes to the top two seeded teams.

The wild card round bye is “also available” (cue the New York City Transit Authority “voice” whose tone and delivery is great emphasizing “ALSO AVAILABLE,” pertaining to certain subway route options) to the Broncos if the Pittsburgh Steelers win at home vs the Cincinnati Bengals in the season’s final regular season. That game, with not all that much at stake since both the Bengals and Steelers have clinched playoff berths was moved to a night game by NBC Sports, one of 4 network “tails” that wags the NFL/dog.

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