FOXBOROUGH - Now it’s all up to the Jets and Bills to rescue the other AFC contenders’ Super Bowl chances. The Chiefs, Colts, Titans, Broncos, Bengals, Ravens, and Dolphins all are depending on you, New York and Buffalo, to do something in the next two weeks to keep New England from claiming home-field advantage in the playoffs. Because lately, only the Patriots have been able to do much of anything at Gillette Stadium.
Their 27-13 taming of the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday was a franchise-record 10th in succession and 12th of the regular season, also a team record. The Patriots have not lost since Sept. 28 at Washington and, worse if you’re a prospective playoff opponent, they haven’t lost at home since the Jets beat them last Dec. 22, a run of 10 games, including exhibitions. The win improved the Patriots’ home record to 7-0 this season.