After loss, Patriots now face fight to earn playoff bye

The Pats’ hopes for a bye week in the AFC playoffs took a hit with their 30-24 overtime loss to the Broncos Sunday night, but they are not wiped out.

Since the Broncos and Bengals play each other on Monday Night Football on Dec. 28, one of those teams will probably finish with at least three defeats (barring an unlikely tie).

The Patriots sit atop the conference standings at 10-1, with Denver and Cincinnati at 9-2, meaning there’s a chance that a team with a 13-3 record plays on wild...

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