The 2017 NFL regular season is finally over, which means the playoff matchups are fin ally set. Since the New England Patriots finished with the best record in the AFC, they will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which is great news for the team and their fans.
AFC Divisional Playoff Game
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Saturday, Jan 13 at 8:15 ET
As the defending champions and once again the best team in the conference, Patriots odds for the Playoffs have them as the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
Thanks to their victory over the New York Jets, the Patriots won’t start their title defense until January 13, when they host the lowest remaining seed in the AFC at Gillette Stadium. The game is currently scheduled to begin at 8:15 PM. ET.
The three potential teams that the Patriots could face in the Divisional Round of the playoffs are:
Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
The Chiefs handed the Patriots their first loss of the season on opening night, and the Patriots would love to get some payback. While some fans might be wary about playing the Chiefs again, they have to remember that the Patriots hardly ever lose to the same team twice in a season, and the Chiefs aren’t playing as well as they did at the beginning of the season.
Tennessee Titans (9-7)
The Titans were able to sneak into the playoffs thanks to their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in their last game of the season. In order for the Titans to get a shot at the Patriots, they will have to defeat the Chiefs at home on Saturday.
The Titans and Patriots didn’t play this season, but they aren’t considered a threat to the Patriots who lost only three games this season compared to Tennessee’s seven.
Buffalo Bills (9-7)
The Bengals did both the Patriots and Bills a favor on Sunday by defeating the Baltimore Ravens. The win for Cincinnati gave the Bills the final playoff spot in the AFC and eliminated the Ravens, who are one of the few teams that have defeated the Patriots at home during the postseason.
The Patriots beat the Bills twice already this season and won’t be worried if they had to play them again.
The AFC Championship Game is scheduled to be played on January 21, and if the Patriots defeat their Divisional Round opponents, they will host the game at Gillette Stadium. It is scheduled to start at 3 PM. ET.
The Potential opponents the Patriots will play in the conference championship are:
Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
The Patriots defeated the Steelers at Heinz Field to secure home field advantage in the playoffs, and they have owned the Steelers in the playoffs since Tom Brady became their starter. If they have to play the Steelers again, they will go into the game with a lot of confidence since it will be on their home field this time.
If Pittsburgh has a healthy Antonio Brown in the lineup, it will be a tough contest, but the Patriots should be able to get the win.
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)
The Jaguars would likely have to defeat the Steelers to play the Patriots in the conference championship, but they are a very solid team, especially on defense and can cause problems for Brady if they get to him early.
The Super Bowl will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4. It is scheduled to begin at 6:05 PM.
If the Patriots make it this far, they will be favored to defeat the NFC’s representative.
Wild Card Playoffs
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Patriots Playoffs: Ranking ‘Tomato Can Level’ Of Potential Opponents https://t.co/lLSI2FO99c— Boston Informer (@boston_informer) January 3, 2018