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Patriots’ chances for playoff bye slim

FOXBOROUGH — It wasn’t just the game the Patriots lost against the 49ers Sunday night — they also likely lost the No. 2 playoff seed in the AFC and the extra week of rest and preparation that comes with it.

The Patriots will likely be the third seed, behind Houston and Denver, with the fourth, fifth, and sixth seeds still up in the air.

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