Patriots closing in on AFC East title

NEW YORK (AP) After beating the Ravens on Monday night, the Patriots are closing in on their nearly annual AFC East title.

The Patriots (11-2) can clinch the division with a win or Miami loss and can clinch a bye with some additional help.

The Chiefs (10-3) also can secure a playoff berth with a victory on Sunday or a Denver loss and a loss by either the Ravens or Steelers.

The Raiders (10-3) can end their lengthy playoff drought with a win or a Dolphins loss combined with other games.

In the NFC, the only team to clinch a postseason spot thus far is the Dallas Cowboys (11-2). The Cowboys secure the NFC East title and a first-round bye with a win and a Giants loss.

The Lions (9-4) can clinch the NFC North with a win and a Packers loss.

The Seahawks (8-4-1) can take the NFC West with a win Thursday night against the Rams.

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