BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mathematically, there were still eleven AFC teams in the hunt for the playoffs this morning. But the numbers are dwindling and could continue to do so for the rest of the day.
The Denver Broncos' 23-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs has eliminated them from the playoffs. Kansas City, a possible playoff opponent for Buffalo, has clinched the AFC West.
The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders both sit at 6-7 with late games on tap; losses from both of them lead to a clinching scenario for the Bills as well.
The New England Patriots took care of the Cincinnati Bengals 34-13 to maintain a lead over the Bills in the AFC East. New England has also clinched a playoff spot with the win.
The AFC South race became clearer with the Houston Texans' 24-21 win over the Tennessee Titans; the race between the two is something to keep an eye on as the season comes to a close.
If the season ended today, the Bills would be the fifth seed playing against Houston. Buffalo's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, owns the tiebreaker over Tennessee and would also qualify as sixth seed.
The Bills have a chance to lock up a playoff berth tonight with a win over Pittsburgh. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m.