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Bills fall short to Patriots in Foxborough, 24-17 (full coverage)

Close, but not quite good enough.

The Bills gave the Patriots all they could handle, but wound up losing a game that took them out of the running for a first AFC East championship since 1995.

The Bills are locked in as the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs, although they still don’t know their opponent.

Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson, rear, tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman after he caught a pass in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

They had a last-gasp drive that ended with a fourth-down in-completion of a 15-yard Josh Allen throw in the end zone to Cole Beasley.

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With an AFC playoff berth in their back pocket, the Bills take to the road this week for a matchup with the Patriots in New England. The division title is still in play for Buffalo with two regular season games remaining.

This weeks Bills and Patriots game will be nationally televised on NFL Network. Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner, and Peter Schrager will call the game. It will also be televised on WKBW in Buffalo.

 AFC EAST TITLE IN PLAY

It will take a lot, but it starts with a Buffalo victory in New England this weekend. If the Bills do that, all they have to do is beat the Jets at home in the regular season finale, and root for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins to knock off New England in their Week 17 matchup.

That would mean an AFC East title for Buffalo, its first since 1995. Already, this is the latest into a season the AFC East has been up for grabs since 2008. The Patriots have won 10 straight division titles.

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