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The AFC playoff picture through Week 14

Mark Sanchez lies face down on the turf

Mark Sanchez lies face down on the turf after the Jets failed to gain a first down with under a minute left in the game. (Dec. 12, 2010) Photo Credit: David Pokress

It's been three days since sure-handed Jets receiver Santonio Holmes opted to drop a wide-open touchdown pass in Sunday's loss to Miami. Final score of that game? 10-6. Dagger.

One play, one game? Maybe, maybe now. That loss, coupled with Baltimore's win, dropped the Jets to the No. 6 seed. But, they're still two games up in the wild-card race, give or take a crazy tiebreaker scenario, with three games to play.

So here's our weekly look at the playoff picture in the AFC with three weeks left for the nine teams at .500 or better, plus remaining schedule information. As luck would have it, the Jets currently have the hardest strength of schedule remaining, and it went up from last week.

1. New England Patriots 11-2
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 10-3
3. Kansas City Chiefs 8-5
4. Jacksonville Jaguars 8-5
5. Baltimore Ravens 9-4
6. New York Jets 9-4
7. San Diego Chargers 7-6
8. Indianapolis Colts 7-6
9. Miami Dolphins 7-6
 

Key games coming up in Week 15

Jets at Steelers
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
 

Remaining schedules for each team

New England

Dec. 19: vs. Green Bay (8-5)
Dec. 26: at Buffalo (3-10)
Jan. 2: vs. Miami (7-6)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 18-21 (.462)

Steelers

Dec. 19: vs. Jets (9-4)
Dec. 23: vs. Carolina (1-12)
Jan. 2: at Cleveland (5-8)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 15-24 (.385)

Kansas City

Dec. 19: at St. Louis (6-7)
Dec. 26: vs. Tennessee (5-8)
Jan. 2: vs. Oakland (6-7)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 17-22 (.436)

Jacksonville

Dec. 19: at Indianapolis (7-6)
Dec. 26: vs. Washington (5-8)
Jan. 2: at Houston (5-8)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 17-22 (.436)

Baltimore

Dec. 19: vs. New Orleans (10-3)
Dec. 26: at Cleveland (5-8)
Jan. 2: vs. Cincinnati (2-11)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 17-22 (.436)

Jets

Dec. 19: at Pittsburgh (10-3)
Dec. 26: at Chicago (9-4)
Jan. 2: vs. Buffalo (3-10)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 22-17 (.564)

San Diego

Dec. 16: vs. San Francisco (5-8)
Dec. 26: at Cincinnati (2-11)
Jan. 2: at Denver (3-10)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 10-29 (.256)

Indianapolis

Dec. 19: vs. Jacksonville (8-5)
Dec. 26: at Oakland (6-7)
Jan. 2: vs. Tennessee (5-8)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 19-20 (.487)

Miami

Dec. 19: vs. Buffalo (3-10)
Dec. 26: vs. Detroit (3-10)
Jan. 2: at New England (11-2)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 17-22 (.436)

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