Bills down Dolphins; Patriots clinch AFC East

The New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East division title.

New England came into Sunday's games needing just a win over the Baltimore Ravens or a loss by the Miami Dolphins to clinch their fifth consecutive division title and 10th in 11 tries - and the Dolphins have obliged by dropping an ugly 19-0 decision in Buffalo against the Bills.

The Playoff picture is far from settled, however, as the Patriots now concentrate on seeding. The only thing that winning the division title guarantees is a home playoff game in the Wild Card round - the ultimate goal in playoff positioning is to gain a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

And though that scenario likely died for New England on the turf at Sun Life Stadium in Miami last Sunday, they still have the opportunity to secure the second seed in the American Football Conference with a win over Baltimore late Sunday afternoon and a win over the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium next Sunday.

The picture is still very muddled to that end, with the Patriots yet to kickoff in Baltimore, but will be much more clear this evening.