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Despite Jaw-Dropping Loss, Patriots Remain In Position For No. 2 Seed

BOSTON (CBS) – It was a terrible day for the Patriots in Miami, losing with no time left on a 69-yard Dolphins touchdown. But believe it or not, it wasn't all bad news.

Despite the jaw-dropping loss, the Patriots are sitting in the No. 2 position in the AFC playoff race for the time being.

That's because the Indianapolis Colts knocked off the Houston Texans, 24-21. That leaves the Patriots and Texans both with 9-4 records, with New England holding the tiebreaker thanks to a Week 1 win.

The Patriots almost got a bit more help from the Chiefs, but Kansas City instead increased its stranglehold on the No. 1 seed with a 27-24 overtime win over the Ravens.

The Chiefs can go 2-1 to end the year and finish with the top seed.

New England will need to quickly bounce back from Sunday's difficult loss. The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh for a game that could have major implications in the playoff picture.

The Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a portion of Sunday's game versus the Raiders, though he returned late in the fourth quarter. Oakland earned a dramatic win over the Steelers, who missed a field goal that would have forced overtime.

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