Patriots Not Mathematically Eliminated From Top AFC Seed

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- With yesterday's 17-10 setback in Pittsburgh, Patriots sit 9-5--two games in front of the Dolphins in the division--but now in the third seed in the AFC.

If that holds, New England will have to play Wild Card weekend--something the team's never had to do in any of its eight trips to the Super Bowl under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Pats should win their final two games of the regular season. They're hosting the Bills and Jets, who are a combined 9-19. They've already beaten both.

Bill, what's your team have to do after back-to-back road losses?

"We're gonna get back to work and get ready for Buffalo, that's exactly what we're gonna do," he said.

Rob Gronkowski, worried about your group at all?

"I mean, every year is different, every team's different every year," Gronk said. "We just gotta stick together. We gotta keep on grinding, we gotta keep on working, and we gotta keep moving forward."

Chiefs and Texans currently sit in the top two spots in the conference, but the Patriots haven't been mathematically eliminated from landing the top seed. Chargers also have 11 wins.

Kansas City still has to visit Seattle, then host Oakland. Houston has a trip to Philadelphia, then a home date with Jacksonville. Los Angeles will welcome in Baltimore, then wrap up in Denver.

WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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