Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 11/7/14
Thank you Mr. SuishamCSNNE.comSo you were thinking the Patriots would still be the third seed in the NFL's playoff race because of their head-to-head loss to the Ravens? Me too. We were both wrong. The Patriots - 23-16 winners over Miami on Sunday- and the Ravens - 23-20 losers to Pittsburgh are both 9-3. But because the Broncos are also 9-3, the three-way tie means that head-to-head is no longer the first tiebreaker. In the event of a three-way tie, conference record becomes the tiebreaker used and the Patriots (8-1 in the AFC) have a leg up on the Broncos (6-2) and Ravens (8-2). Well, that's a nice surprise.After the Charlie Batch led Pittsburgh Steelers shocked the league by beating the Ravens at home (The Ravens had it coming after winning so many games they should've lost) the Patriots finally got a big break.I had no idea that that was how it worked, I thought that the Pats needed Baltimore to lose one more. I guess there is an advantage to losing to two teams in the NFC West ...
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