- Associated Press - Sunday, January 1, 2012

New England owns home-field advantage in the AFC and the New York Jets won’t be going to a third straight conference title game.

The Patriots (13-3) have earned the right to stay at home throughout the AFC playoffs after a 49-21 victory over Buffalo, which led 21-0. The Jets (8-8) finished a late-season collapse with a 19-17 loss at Miami to fall out of contention.

San Francisco (13-3) will be the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind Green Bay thanks to a 34-27 win at St. Louis. New Orleans (13-3) is seeded third after a 45-17 win over Carolina.

Tennessee (9-7) stayed alive in the AFC wild-card chase by edging Houston 23-22 when the Texans, No. 3 in the AFC, missed a 2-point conversion with 14 seconds to go. The Titans needed help in late games: Cincinnati losing to Baltimore, Denver and Oakland both winning.

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