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AFC East Report: Week 12; Bills snap their three-game losing streak

Take a look at what happened in the division this week.

Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chief Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

After two winless weeks for all AFC East teams not named New England Patriots, the division finally was able to celebrate another victory – one that came at the expense of the 9-2 Patriots' chances to clinch the AFC East next week. Before getting ahead of ourselves, though, let's take a look at this week's AFC East report:

2. Buffalo Bills (6-5)

Week 12: win (16-10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City MO)

After two straight blowout losses, the Bills were able to add to their win column again on Sunday by defeating the Chiefs on the road. The team did so by playing its most complete game since October and relying on a mistake-limiting offense, a stout defense and solid play in the kicking game. And while especially the offense was far from perfect it did enough to help the team leave Kansas City with a 16-10 victory.

The game started as a defensive affair that saw only two first downs on its first six drives – both by Buffalo. And it was the team's offense, which had Tyrod Taylor (19/29, 183 yds, 1 TD) back as the starting quarterback, that scored the game's first points when Taylor connected with Zay Jones (3/33 yds, 1 TD) for an 11-yard touchdown. The Bills defense, meanwhile, continued to shut down the Chiefs' offense.

After another three-and-out by the home team, Buffalo was able to add to its lead on a Steven Hauschka (3/4) field goal. On the Bills' next series, however, a field goal attempt sailed wide right and set up Kansas City's first scoring drive of the day. However, Buffalo responded to the Chiefs' field goal by kicking one of its own when Hauschka made a 56-yarder late in the second quarter.

Coming out of the locker room up 13-3, the Bills defense had its worst series of the day and allowed Kansas City to march right down the field to cut the lead to three points. It grew to six again when Hauschka kicked his third field goal on Buffalo's subsequent possession. The game then returned to the defensively dominated contest it was early on and saw six straight drives end with punts.

The seventh one ended with Buffalo's defense stopping Kansas City on fourth down with another big defensive play coming on the next Chiefs' possession: Rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White undercut a route, intercepted a pass and iced the game in the Bills' favor. The team will therefore head into its week 13 game against the Patriots with a 6-5 record.

To watch highlights of the game, click here.

3. Miami Dolphins (4-7)

Week 12: loss (35-17 against the New England Patriots, in Foxboro MA)

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To watch highlights of the game, click here.

4. New York Jets (4-7)

Week 12: loss (35-27 against the Carolina Panthers, in East Rutherford NJ)

After losing five of their last six games, the Jets were in desperate need for a victory in order to improve their standing in the AFC playoff race. However, the team failed to do that against the visiting Panthers and instead fell to 4-7 after a 35-27 defeat. Even though New York was competitive for most of the game and had its fair share of chances to win, the team failed to do so and as a result now finds itself as the 11th seed at the moment.

New York began on defense and had to watch Carolina take a 3-0 lead on the game's opening drive. New York initially responded in style and tied the game before the defense allowed the Panthers to drive down the field – 86 yards in eight plays – and take a 9-3 lead. At that point in the game, New York's offense struggled to get things going – at least until the two-minute warning came along.

Down 12-3, the unit produced a six-play drive that ended with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown (19/36, 307 yds, 3 TDs) to Robby Anderson (6/146, 2 TDs). The Jets therefore headed into the locker room down only two points – a deficit that would get erased 10 minutes into the second half: McCown and Anderson connected for a 54-yard touchdown pass and helped their team take a 17-12 lead late in the third period.

Unfortunately for New York, it was short-lived as the team's defense gave up another long touchdown drive (sans a successful two-point try) to the visiting team. Gang Green was able to retake the lead on its next possession, though, and went up 20-18. And after the defense forced a quick three-and-out, Todd Bowles' squad was in a position to increase its lead. However, the team fell apart instead.

Only two plays after Carolina's punt, McCown was sacked, lost the football and saw the Panthers recover and return it for a touchdown. Four plays from scrimmage later, it was the Jets' turn to punt – and the team allowed Carolina to return the kick 60 yards for another touchdown. A touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse (7/105 yds, 1 TD) cut the deficit to five points but after another Panthers field goal, the game was effectively over.

To watch highlights of the game, click here.