How the week 14 games can reshape the entire AFC playoff picture

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

They did it just last season.

But the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC is very likely to go through Baltimore.

The 9-4 Chiefs, meanwhile, lead the 8-5 Houston Texans by game for the No. 3 seed, and that matters too. They do have a head-to-head win over the Patriots, after all. "It's a good thing, but we have three more games and things to accomplish still".

While it's unknown if this was a one-play kind of aggravation or a cumulative effect of the beating Brady took behind a sluggish offensive line, there was one play in the first half that really seemed to stick out, as Kansas City linebacker Reggie Ragland appeared to drive his helmet squarely into Brady's elbow on a followthrough to take No. 12 down to the turf. But on fourth-and-3 deep in Chiefs territory in the final minutes, a pass to Julian Edelman in the end zone was broken up by cornerback Bashaud Breeland on a great play. If they do not have the first seed come playoff time, they still have a bye week and a home playoff game before the AFC Championship, assuming Baltimore makes it that far. But the defense played well and quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a few plays.

They won their ninth straight with a 24-17 victory in Buffalo.

That was by far the Ravens' toughest remaining challenge. The Ravens have at least a two-game lead. The Ravens have the tiebreaker over the Patriots, and the Patriots have it over the Bills. New England hosts Kansas City on Sunday, which is huge opportunity to see how well they match up against a playoff team in the AFC, but there is another game this weekend that could shake up the playoff picture in the AFC.

New England is responsible for the most wins in the National Football League during that span while Kansas City ranks third, checking in just behind Seattle (74).

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