After an eventful day of football across the National Football League, the NFL playoff matchups are officially set. Unfortunately for the Patriots, they are involved in the first week of games and will play in the Wild Card round for the first time since 2009 after a disastrous loss to the Dolphins.
Here’s how the schedule looks for next Saturday-Sunday, with start times and TV networks.
Bills at Texans, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC
Titans at Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBS
Vikings at Saints, 1:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Seahawks at Eagles, 4:40 p.m. ET, NBC
The Patriots last played in the Wild Card round in the 2009 season, which ended with a 33-14 loss to the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Overall under Bill Belichick, they’re 3-3 in Wild Card games with zero Super Bowl appearances. They haven’t been tested in this fashion in over a decade, so it’s anyone’s guess how this version of the Patriots handles having to play without a bye week.
If the Pats pull off a win over the Titans, they would visit the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. K.C. overtook the No. 2 seed on Sunday after beating the Chargers and getting help from the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins.