Pats can lock up playoff spot on Sunday

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Pats can lock up playoff spot on Sunday

There's little doubt New England is bound for the playoffs. They can officially punch their ticket to the postseason this Sunday. If the Pats take out Washington down at FedEx Field and the Chiefs upset the Jets, the AFC East title belongs to the Patriots. If they do clinch, this will be the ninth time in 11 seasons that they qualify for the playoffs. More amazingly, the Patriots have finished alone or tied for first place in the AFC East every year since 2001. They've been eliminated from playoff contention by tiebreakers (in 2002 and 2008) but the Patriots haven't finished out of first place in the division - record-wise - since 2000.

Countdown to camp: Austin Czarnik

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Countdown to camp: Austin Czarnik

From now until the beginning of training camp, Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is profiling players who will be on, or have a chance to be on, the 2016-17 Bruins. Today: Austin Czarnik.

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