By: Ian Logue
Well, for now we know at least one portion of the Patriots’ postseason.
As it stands right now the league announced the dates of the Divisional playoff games, and the Patriots will get the nationally televised spot with an 8:15pm ET game at Gillette Stadium on January 11th.
The only question now will obviously be who they’ll play, and it’s narrowed down to between three opponents. They’ll either get a visit from the Colts, Bengals, or the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Colts earned the 4th seed in the AFC and will face the Chiefs (the 5th seed) at Lucas Oil Stadium next Saturday at 4:35pm. The other AFC match-up will take place next Sunday between the San Diego Chargers (the #6 seed) who will visit the Cincinnati Bengals (the 3rd seed) at 1:05pm.
Both New England and Denver have the Bye and will be idle next week, and the Patriots will face the higher seeded team that advances, while the Broncos will play the lower-seeded team.
Should the Patriots advance, every fan in New England will likely be cheering on Denver’s opponent, who if they were to beat Peyton Manning’s team at Sports Authority Field could set up an AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium.
But first things first. The Patriots need to get the job done in the Divisional round. This is what Brady said after Sunday’s win is what they’ve worked all season for, but it won’t matter unless they continue playing well.
“Yeah, you play hard to put yourself in a position and we’re how now in this position and it’s a good spot to be in,” said Brady. “But we have to go out there and take advantage of it. Anything can happen if you don’t go out there and give it your best. We’re going to try and be at our best in a few weeks.”