For the third straight week, the New England Patriots can assure themselves of a trip to the postseason with a victory. While they’ve squandered that opportunity each of the last two weeks, losing to Houston and Kansas City, enough other results went favorably that the Patriots can also clinch with a tie in their game against Cincinnati, Sunday.Since the AFL/NFL merger, New England has never had a game end in a tie.AFCCLINCHED:Baltimore Ravens – playoff berthKansas City Chiefs – AFC West DivisionRAVENS (11-2) vs. N.Y. Jets (5-8), Thursday, 8:20 p.m.Baltimore clinches AFC North division title with:1. BAL win or tie OR2. PIT loss or tieBaltimore clinches a first-round bye with:1. BAL win + NE loss OR2. BAL win + KC loss or tie OR3. BAL tie + KC lossBaltimore clinches No. 1 seed in AFC playoffs with:1. BAL win + NE loss + KC loss or tieBuffalo Bills (9-4) at Pittsburgh (8-5), Sunday, 8:20 p.m.Buffalo clinches playoff berth with:1. BUF winNew England Patriots (10-3) at Cincinnati (1-12), Sunday, 1 p.m.New England clinches playoff berth with:NE win or tieNFCCLINCHED:New Orleans Saints – NFC South DivisionGreen Bay Packers (10-3) vs. Chicago (7-6), Sunday, 1 p.m.Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:1) GB win + LAR loss or tie OR2) GB tie + LAR lossSan Francisco 49ers (11-2) vs. Atlanta (4-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.San Francisco clinches playoff berth with:1) SF win or tie OR2) LAR loss or tie OR3) MIN loss + GB lossSeattle Seahawks (10-3) at Carolina (5-8), Sunday, 1 p.m.Seattle clinches playoff berth with:1) SEA win + LAR loss or tie OR2) SEA win + MIN loss OR3) SEA win + GB loss + MIN tie OR4) SEA tie + LAR loss

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