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When the Patriots’ schedule was released in May, one game was left without a date and time. The team’s Week 15 meeting with the Colts in Indianapolis was left as ‘TBD’ for the league to flex.

With both teams in the hunt for their respective divisions, as well as wild card spots, the NFL is putting this matchup in prime time. As first revealed by Colts owner Jim Irsay on Twitter, that game will take place Saturday Dec. 18 at 8:20 p.m..

It will be the ninth time since 2000 that the Patriots and Colts meet on the national stage in the regular season. In a season that has reminded many fans of the ‘good old days,’ seeing these two teams meet in a meaningful night game will add another level of nostalgia.

The local call of the game can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pregame coverage will begin at 5:30.

For the Patriots, the Saturday game won’t carry the usual burden of a short week with their bye in Week 14. The Colts will be coming off of a Sunday afternoon game against the Texans.

This will be the 38th time in franchise history the Patriots play on Saturday in the regular season, and the 8th time in the Bill Belichick era. They’re 18-19-1 in those games, and 8-0 under Belichick. Their last Saturday game came in 2019, when they beat the Bills 24-17. The last time they played a Saturday regular season game on the road was 2007, when they beat the Giants in Week 17 to secure the NFL’s only undefeated 16-game regular season.

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