Bedard: Patriots’ AFC East reign is over, The Path is still alive, plus other NFL observations from Week 14

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Well, it's over.

For the first time in 12 years, the Patriots (6-7) will not end the season as AFC East champions. The Bills' 26-15 victory over the Steelers eliminated the Patriots from the division chase for the first time since 2008, although the Bills (10-3) still have a little work left to eliminate the Dolphins (8-5) from division contention.

For the Patriots, this ends an amazing run that will likely never been matched as long as the salary cap is still around.