Updated AFC playoff image after Bills’ top runners-up in snowy end


The AFC playoff picture has the Bills clinched and in control of the No. 1 seed with their win over the Dolphins, who have yet to hold off their division rivals.

It was anyone’s game on Saturday night as the Bills and Dolphins faced off in Buffalo.

Buffalo had the advantage at halftime. Miami took the lead in the third quarter. But in the end, Josh Allen and the Bills were too much for the Dolphins to hold back. Tyler Bass’ 25-yard field goal on the kill sealed it for the home side and their snowy fans.

The result? The Bills are officially heading to the playoffs for the fourth straight year. As for the Dolphins, they must continue to manage.

AFC East standings update after Bills beat Dolphins

  1. Buffalo Bills (11-3)
  2. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
  3. New England Patriots (7-6)
  4. New York Jets (7-6)

The match result was never going to overturn the AFC East standings. This does not mean that there was no impact.

The Bills clinched their playoff berth while eliminating the Patriots and Jets in the hunt for the division title.

The Dolphins have opened the door for New England and New York to leapfrog them in the standings, but their strong showing also suggests that’s not likely to happen. Playing like they did on Saturday, they should be able to finish the campaign well with games against the Packers, Patriots and Jets to come.

Still, it could get nerve-wracking. The Jets will face the Lions and the Patriots will face the Raiders on Sunday. If both AFC East teams win, the Dolphins could find themselves bottom of the division and out of one of the wild cards by the end of this weekend.

Updated AFC playoff picture with Bills win over Dolphins

  1. Buffalo Bills (11-3)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)
  4. Tennessee Titans (7-6)
  5. Baltimore Ravens (9-5)
  6. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
  7. New England Patriots (7-6)

Excluded:

  • Los Angeles Chargers (7-6)
  • New York Jets (7-6)

Buffalo’s pursuit of the No. 1 seed stayed on course with the win. The Chiefs still need to win to move to 11-3, but they’re up against the Texans 1-11-1, so it’s more likely than not they’ll get there. It’s going to stay tight at the top of the standings.

Down below, the Dolphins control their own destiny, so they can’t let this heartbreaking loss bring them down for too long.


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