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After losses, Patriots’ playoff picture looks a bit different

The Patriots have lost back-to-back games just five times with Tom Brady.
The Patriots have lost back-to-back games just five times with Tom Brady.(Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

While there’s still a month’s worth of football to be played, the playoff picture for the Patriots looks a bit different after two straight losses.

Instead of possibly clinching the AFC East with a win over Philadelphia Eagles (and a New York Jets’ loss to the Giants), the Patriots were upset at home by the Eagles, and the Jets eked out a 3-point victory.

Now, after suffering back-to-back losses for the fifth time in Tom Brady’s career, New England sits in the No. 3 spot in the AFC playoff race at 10-2, behind the Cincinnati Bengals (10-2) and the Denver Broncos (10-2).

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The hobbled Patriots open the final quarter of their season with an AFC matchup against Houston on Sunday, Dec. 13 before facing the Titans on Dec. 20 followed by two AFC East rivals to close out the season — the Jets Dec. 27 and the Dolphins Jan. 3.

The Bengals face Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Denver, and Baltimore to close out the season.

The Broncos’ remaining schedule includes Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and San Diego.