Patriots playoff seeding scenarios

The Patriots can end up as anything from the No. 1 to the No. 4 seed for the AFC playoffs following Sunday’s Week 17 action. Here’s a look at the scenarios:

Patriots get No. 1 seed if: Patriots win, Texans and Broncos lose.

Patriots get No. 2 seed if: Patriots win, either Texans or Broncos lose and the other wins

Patriots get No. 3 seed if: Patriots, Texans and Broncos all win, or all three plus the Ravens lose

Patriots get No. 4 seed if: Patriots lose, Ravens win


  • The Colts and Bengals are locked in as the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively.
  • The top two seeds in the AFC get first-round byes.
  • In the wild card round of the playoffs, the No. 3 seed plays No. 6 and No. 4 plays No. 5.

For complete NFL playoff scenarios, click here.


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