The New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers Sunday night, seeking to improve their record to 12-2. The Pats, who have already clinched a playoff spot, will be going for more than just another win when Green Bay comes to town.
In addition to their sixth straight win, they'll also be looking to clinch the AFC East and a first-round bye in the playoffs, something they can do with a win coupled with a New York Jets' loss.
Complete playoff scenarios for the Patriots on Sunday:
New England clinches AFC East division and a first-round bye:
1) NE win + NYJ loss or tie
2) NE tie + NYJ loss
The Jets are at the 10-3 Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon; the Steelers clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie, and wins the AFC North with a win and a Ravens loss. The Jacksonville Jaguars can clinch the AFC South with a win, while the Jets can secure a playoff spot in a wide variety of ways, the easiest being a win along with a Dolphins loss, a Colts loss or tie and a Chiefs loss.
The Patriots are 4-4 all-time against the Packers, with the most famous meeting being super Bowl XXXI, a 35-21 Green Bay win. Since then, they've played three times, with the Packers winning two of the games. Their last matchup came in 2006, when the Patriots crushed the Packers 35-0 at Lambeau Field. New England is 3-2 against Green Bay at home.