New England Patriots can clinch home-field with unlikely scenario in Week 16
By Nick Ziegler
In Week 16, the New England Patriots will be hosting the Buffalo Bills with an outside chance to clinch home-field throughout the postseason.
The New England Patriots were able to notch a huge win in Week 15 against the Pittsburgh Steelers to get the inside track to home-field in the AFC. With two games left to go, the AFC playoffs will go through New England if they are able to defeat the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets the next two weeks.
Since the Patriots won, there is an outside chance of them being able to secure home-field in the postseason with a win on Sunday. Of course, the Patriots will have to handle their business against a division rival that is playing for their own playoff lives in the Buffalo Bills.
While the Patriots should be able to defeat the Bills, strange things can always happen against a division opponent like we saw against Miami.
Where things get tricky for clinching home-field in Week 16 is because of the two teams that still have hope to get the No.1 seed. For the Steelers, they will be playing the Houston Texans, who are coming off a blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. While the Steelers will be without Antonio Brown for that game, they still have enough firepower on their offense to handle the Texans with ease.
Of the three teams that still have a chance, the Jaguars will have arguably the toughest game. Going against the 49ers, the Jaguars will be seeing Jimmy Garoppolo. As a starter for the 49ers, Garoppolo has played quite well and the team is undefeated with him under center.
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Even though it might be far-fetched, it is certainly possible for the Patriots to have home-field clinched after Week 16. However, the most important thing for them will be to handle their business this week against a team that needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.