AFC playoff update: Patriots, Bengals clinch divisions

As Week 16 continues to unfold, we’ll update you on the latest playoff-race positioning. With the early games now complete, here are the latest scenarios in the AFC:

Those results set the four division winners in the AFC, as the Colts already had clinched homefield advantage throughout the conference playoffs and the Chargers had clinched the No. 2 seed.

The chase for the AFC wild-card seeds remains a lot less clear.

Because of the Steelers’ 23-20 victory over the Ravens, as both teams are now 8-7, and the losses by the Jaguars (7-8) and Dolphins (7-8), no other AFC teams can clinch the remaining two wild-card seeds in Week 16. The Jets (7-7), however, could be eliminated from the current group of seven teams that are still alive in the AFC playoff picture with a loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Here’s the latest look on the overall playoff picture and seeding.

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