You hate to have to root for other teams to help you out, but after all the help the Patriots have gotten this year in close games, you'll take it as you can get it. Late in the game with a 24-20 lead, Miami was able to hold off New England's last ditch effort.
Regardless of what happens in the KC vs. OAK game, Denver has control of it's playoff destiny. Win out and the West/#1 seed is theirs.
Sure it was disappointing to come out flat against SD, but all is right in the NFL world as the Pats finally gave one away after so many close calls. Thank you kindly for that pick in the endzone Mr. Brady!
Broncos magic number to clinch West: 2 (any combo of KC losses/DEN wins)
Broncos magic number to clinch #1 in AFC: 2 (any combo of NE losses/DEN wins)
The Patriots are now in danger of losing all positioning in the AFC as a Cincinnati win would give them control of the #2 seed.