New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the second half against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The AFC playoff schedule came out shortly after the conclusion of Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season. Here’s everything you need to know.

Patriots fans can look ahead to the divisional round after New England once again locked up home-field advantage. They face one of three possible opponents on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8:15 p.m.
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on CBS (and, of course, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

Should they win the Divisional Playoff, the Patriots would then host the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. But let’s take it one game at a time and focus on next week.

Being the No. 1 seed, the Patriots obviously can’t play the No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round. But if the sixth-seeded Buffalo Bills pull off the upset in Sunday’s Wild Card matchup, the AFC East foes would return to Foxboro for a third clash with the Pats. If the Jags take care of business, then the Patriots would take on the winner of Chiefs-Titans in Kansas City.

Full AFC Playoff Schedule

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, Wild Card Round:
Sat., Jan. 6, 4:35 p.m. ET on ESPN

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars, Wild Card Round:
Sun., Jan 7, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS

TBD at New England Patriots, Divisional Round:
Sat., Jan. 13, 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS

TBD at Pittsburgh Steelers, Divisional Round:
Sun., Jan. 14, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS

AFC Playoff Schedule: Patriots await Chiefs, Titans, or Bills for Divisional Playoff

Brandin Cooks celebrates with Patriots teammates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31, 2017. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In light of their potential opponents, the Patriots’ Divisional Playoff game will almost certainly be framed as a layup. To be fair, it usually is. But despite that, the Chiefs already won in Foxboro this season. And while the Bills aren’t exactly a big threat, it’s hard for any NFL team to go 3-0 against another team in a single season. The Titans … well, the Titans might have the lowest odds of them all.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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