How the Patriots can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs this weekend

It’s not impossible for the Patriots to lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs this weekend.
It’s not impossible for the Patriots to lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs this weekend. –Patrick Semansky/AP

The New England Patriots have already locked up a spot in the upcoming NFL playoffs and secured the AFC East crown for a record-tying seventh straight year. But their regular-season work isn’t done yet.

Up next, the Patriots can secure a first-round bye during Week 15 if results go their way.

Here are two scenarios that would ensure the Patriots can rest during wild card weekend:

•Patriots win AND Denver Broncos lose.

OR

•Patriots win AND Cincinnati Bengals lose AND Broncos tie.

CLICK HERE for a full look at the current NFL playoff picture.

The Patriots host the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Elsewhere, the Broncos face the Pittsburgh Steelers; and the Bengals play the San Francisco 49ers.

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