Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE, US PRESSWIRE
December 24, 2011
The Patriots have already won the AFC East and earned at least the No. 2 seed, and therefore a first-round bye and a home game in the playoffs. If they beat the Buffalo Bills (6-9) on Sunday, they'd win the AFC and guarantee home field until the Super Bowl. If they lose, they'd still by the No. 1 seed if both the Ravens and Steelers lost or tied.