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Lynne Sladky, Associated Press
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) stands on the sideline during the final minutes of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 19-17.

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.