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Where the Bills stand in the AFC playoff picture after Week 16

Josh Allen (17). Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots, December 26, 2021 at Gillette Stadium. Photo by David Le

Josh Allen compiled 379 total yards and passed for three touchdowns while Isaiah McKenzie caught a career-high 11 passes for 125 yards and a score to lead the Bills to a 33-21 victory over the New England Patriots in a game that had major ramifications in the race for the AFC East title.

The Bills (9-6) have the same record as the Patriots but move into first place by virtue of division winning percentage. The Bills can guarantee a second straight AFC East title by winning their final two games of the season against the Falcons and Jets.

Buffalo's odds to make the playoffs for the third straight year and fourth time in five seasons increase to 97 percent, according to The New York Times playoff machine. Their odds also benefitted from the Los Angeles Chargers' loss at Houston. Buffalo can clinch a playoff spot next week with a win and a Baltimore loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Buffalo only has a one-percent chance to claim the No. 1 overall seed and a first-round bye, according to The Times.

New England could have clinched the division with a win over Buffalo coupled with a Miami loss at New Orleans on Monday. Bill Belichick had been 3-0 as coach of the Patriots in December and January games in which the winner took the division lead.

The Patriots close the season with games against the Jaguars and Dolphins.

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