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In what is easily this week's most anticipated game, both the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos control their playoff destinies. New England currently sits on top of the AFC East while Denver is on top in the AFC West.
For New England (10-3):
Home-field advantage: Need to have the top record in the league since if all three (Houston, Baltimore and NE) end up at 13-3, Baltimore will carry the tiebreaker over Houston and NE based on strength of victory.
First-round bye: Again, if all three end up at 13-3, then Baltimore will be No. 1, NE No. 2 and Houston No. 3. NE will need a better record than Baltimore or the same as Houston to get a first-round bye.
Division title: Need one more victory this season to wrap up division title.
For Denver (8-5):
Home-field advantage: If the Broncos win out they will need to have the Texans lose out along with no other team having a better record. NE, Baltimore and Pittsburgh will need to lose two of three each.
First-round bye: Basically the same as above, but if the Texans win one then Denver would be the No. 2 seed.
Division: Two wins and the division is locked up. They hold tiebreakers over all division foes unless they lose the next three games.
Wild Card: Would need to lose two games to not win division, and then would need a few teams to lose to qualify as a wild card.