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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: A general view as fireworks are set off prior to the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

While the Patriots’ attention now turns to the playoffs, the end of the NFL’s regular season means their opponents for next year are now set. The NFL uses a predetermined scheduling format which factors into account conferences, divisions, and the previous year’s division standings.

That format has remained largely unchanged since 2002. Teams facing divisional opponents twice, one other entire division from their own conference (AFC North for the Patriots in 2022), the remaining teams in their conference who finished in the same spot in their respective divisions, one entire division from the other conference (NFC North), and for the newly-added 17th game, one team from the other conference that finished in the same spot in its respective division (NFC West). The opposing divisions rotate yearly.

Now that the season is over and the standings are finalized, we know the full slate of opponents for the Patriots in 2022. Here’s a look at who they’ll play (and where) next season…

The next step is to learn the order of the games, as well as start time and primetime spots. That will come when the NFL releases the league schedule, which is expected to happen in May.

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