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Going into Sunday, the New England Patriots were two games up in the AFC East but were stuck with the third seed in the AFC playoffs.
Well, everything that could go their way did go their way.
First the Texans lost, which vaulted the Patriots into the second seed.
Then they took the field in Denver while back east the Jets took the field in Philadelphia.
New England dominated the Broncos 41-23 despite a sluggish start in which Denver outscored New England 16-7 in the first 18 minutes of the game.
After that, the Patriots would outscore the Broncos 38-7, and not even the exalted Tim Tebow could revive the Broncos.
At the same time in Philadelphia, the Eagles throttled the Jets 45-19, which clinched the AFC East title for the Patriots.
Then, on Sunday night, they got to see the Ravens fall back into their annoying little habit of losing on the road to inferior competition as they lost to the Chargers 34-14.
Just like that, New England is 11-3 with two games left, and they're in first place in the AFC.
Oh, and New England's next two games? At home against Miami and Buffalo.
Talk about a good position to be in going into the playoffs.