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Playoff outlook: Win over Chiefs keeps Bills in wild-card position, though Ravens keep pace

After beating the Chiefs last weekend, the Bills remain tied for the final AFC playoff spot at 6-5, although the Ravens currently own the tiebreaker due to their record against conference opponents.

The Bills and Ravens entered Week 12 tied for the second wild-card spot and both teams won their games. That lifted the Ravens to 5-3 against the AFC while the Bills are 4-3. Conference record is the second tiebreaker for non-division teams, after head-to-head.

The Bills would have had sole possession of the last wild card spot if the Ravens lost to the Texans on Monday Night Football, but a successful fake punt and a late interception from Houston's Tom Savage helped the Ravens to a 23-16 win.

The Bills face the Patriots next week and have all AFC teams on the schedule the rest of the way. If they beat the Colts and Dolphins twice, they could lose to the Patriots both times and still finish 9-7, which could be good enough to get into the playoffs. The Ravens face a hungry NFC team in the Lions (6-5) next week and then have all AFC opponents the rest of the season – at Steelers, at Browns, vs. Colts and vs. Bengals.

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