The Patriots don't know who they'll play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but they do know what time they'll be playing.
The NFL announced today the postseason schedule going forward, and it has the Patriots hosting either the Texans, Ravens, or Colts on Sunday, January 13 at 4:30 pm.
In the Wild Card Round next week, the third-seeded Texans will host the sixth-seeded Bengals at 4:30 pm on Saturday, pitting two teams against one another that seem to be heading into opposite directions. The Texans fell to the Colts on Sunday. It was their second loss in the last three weeks (which opened up the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a bye week in the playoffs for the Patriots), while the Bengals have won three in a row.
The other matchup in the AFC has the fifth-seeded Colts traveling to Baltimore to play the fourth-seeded Ravens at 1 pm on Sunday. Indianapolis is coming off of an emotional win Sunday, coach Chuck Pagano's first game back since taking an indefinite leave on Sept. 26 to begin chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. But Sunday's Wild Card game will be especially charged since Pagano has a history with Baltimore. He spent four seasons with the Ravens, coaching their secondary for three seasons and then serving as the team's defensive coordinator last year.
The Patriots will play at home against the highest seed that advances out of the AFC's Wild Card Round, while No. 1 seed Denver will get the lower seed.
If the Patriots are to advance to the AFC Championship Game, they'll play that one on Sunday, January 20 at 6:30 pm.
On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
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