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Patriots Clinch Playoff Berth, Road To No. 1 Seed Is Favorable

With three weeks left in the regular season, here's what stands between the Patriots, a 14-2 record and the No. 1 seed (and with it, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs): Matt Flynn, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chad Henne.

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Those are the (likely) starting quarterbacks of New England's final three opponents, the Packers, Bills and Dolphins, respectively. Two of those games, it should be noted -- Green Bay and Miami -- are in New England, where Tom Brady hasn't lost in the regular season since 2006. (We say "likely" only because Aaron Rodgers' status is not yet known; the Packers QB suffered his second concussion of the season Sunday at Detroit.)

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The Packers are 3-4 on the road in 2010, while the Patriots are 6-0 at Gillette Stadium, the site of their Week 15 matchup Sunday night. New England then travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills, a team it haven't lost to since 2003 (14 straight wins), before returning home for the season finale to play the Dolphins -- a team from Miami, in New England, in January. 

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It's the NFL, so nothing is ever certain, and just when you think you have it figured out, you're reminded you have no idea what's happening. But you've got to like the Patriots' odds. 

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