The Patriots can control their playoff destiny with a win over the Bills.
The New England Patriots is guaranteed an opening-round bye by virtue of its hard-fought 27-24 comeback triumph over a game Miami team last Saturday in Foxborough, but would be seeded second if it loses this week and either Baltimore or Pittsburgh comes out on top in their Week 17 bouts.
The Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, have gone in an entirely opposite direction since that breakthrough result back in September, which halted a string of 15 straight losses to the Pats. Buffalo was 3-0 and had high hopes of making a playoff run following that outing, but a disastrous seven-game losing streak marred by several devastating injuries from Nov. 6-Dec. 18 ensured that the annual also-rans would miss out on a postseason trip for a 13th year in a row.
Game time: Sunday, January 1st, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Announcers: Don Criqui and Randy Cross