Per Mike Reiss: Patriots executive director of media relations Stacey James said the team will officially learn the date of its first playoff game on Jan. 1. That is because the television networks have a significant say in the decision and want to see the matchups before making the call. ======== I believe that the networks typically like to make the higher interest match-up the late or night game (quasi-primetime). Do you think the Pats will be playing in the Saturday or Sunday late game regardless of the match-up? I'm just hoping that they get the Sunday game as I may have to work on Saturday. I'll do everything in my power to get out of it but it would just be a lot easier for me if the game is scheduled for Sunday.