New England Patriots

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

If you’re a New England football fan and you’ve been yearning for something to do on Saturdays, you’re in luck. The Patriots-Bills game in Week 16 has officially been set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m., as the team announced on Tuesday.

Perhaps you’ve spent your football life just forcing activities into those barren Saturday hours that have traditionally been completely devoid of football. What to do when there’s virtually no sporting events, no Bruins matinee? Probably lots of apple picking and cider donuts. A nice brunch, perhaps.

Well you won’t have to worry about that now when Dec. 21 rolls around. You can settle in on your couch and get ready for the holidays while also enjoying some good old-fashioned footballin’. No more insufferable Boston College fans claiming they have legitimate sports programs. No more relying on the basketballs and hockeys of the world. No more pretending to enjoy your kids’ morning cartoons.

Makes you wonder what the hell those poor bastards in Alabama and Mississippi do with their Saturdays with no NFL to watch. They at least don’t have to deal with snow and annoying wind chills so they’ve got that going for them.

But forget the other 44 states. This is for the New England football fans. Dec. 21 will bring all kinds of joy for those who have spent so much time scanning the wasteland that is NFL Saturdays. Finally, some actual football for us to watch.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at