Even though the Patriots suffered a 26-20 OT loss to the Jets, the scenario remains the same. The Patriots still control their destiny for the #1 seed. The dilemma though is balancing going for a win while keeping their key players rested. The Patriots already have clinched a first round bye and they could theoretically punt the game against Miami. With the amount of attrition suffered against the Jets, the Patriots are awfully thin everywhere on the offense along with key defenders battling injuries.
These are the clinching scenarios:
- #1 Seed if the Patriots win or Bengals and Broncos lose at least 1 game.
- #2 Seed if Patriots lose and Broncos/Bengals win out