New York Jets and the NFL Playoff Picture

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets rushes for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Jets control their own Playoff destiny after their win yesterday was coupled with losses by the Bengals, Titans, and Raiders. New York now sits at 8-5, a game ahead of those other three teams for the six seed.

The Jets trail the 10-3 Steelers for the fifth seed by two games and the 10-3 Patriots for the AFC East division lead by two games. New England can clinch the division title with either one win in its final three games or one Jets loss in their final three games.

If the season ended today, the Jets would play the third seeded Patriots in Foxborough in the first round of the NFL Playoffs, another shot to beat the bitter rival that swept them in the regular season. The Pats are tied with division leaders Houston and Baltimore for the conference's best record, but New England would finish with the third seed due to tiebreakers.

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