GAME TIME: 4:30 p.m. EST
TV NETWORK: CBS
TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos and Scott Zolak
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 3-1
LAST MEETING: Patriots 42, Texans 12 at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 10, 2012
New England has qualified for the playoffs 20 times in its 53-year history. The Pats have won 15 division crowns, including 10 in the last 12 seasons, and have qualified as a Wild Card team on four occasions (1976, 1985, 1994, and 1998). The Patriots also qualified for the playoffs in 1982 as part of a 16-team tournament following a players strike.
The Patriots have compiled a 23-16 record in their 39 playoff games and their .589 playoff winning percentage is the third best in NFL history among teams that have played at least 10 playoff games.
The Patriots are 13-3 at home in the playoffs in their history.
The Patriots have compiled a 9-6 all-time record in divisional playoff games, including 6-2 at home and 4-1 at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots have an all-time record of 82-47-1 (.635) against AFC South teams, the only division in which the Patriots have winning records against each team. They are 23-16-1 against Tennessee, 47-29 against Indianapolis, 9-1 against Jacksonville and 3-1 against Houston.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Bill Belichick (17) needs one more postseason victory to move ahead of Joe Gibbs for sole possession of third place all-time in postseason wins. Tom Landry (20) is in first place, followed by Don Shula (19).
Tom Brady (16) needs one more postseason victory to break a tie with Joe Montana (16) for most playoff wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history.
Brady has played in 22 playoff games with the Patriots and needs to play in one more to break a tie with Tedy Bruschi for most playoff games by a Patriots player.
Brady (39) needs seven more postseason touchdowns passes to move past Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44) for the all-time lead.
Brady (5,285) needs 571 postseason yards to set the all-time NFL record for most postseason yards. Brett Favre (5,855), Joe Montana (5,772) and Peyton Manning (5,679) are currently ahead of Brady.
Brady (5) needs to play in one more Super Bowl to match DL Mike Lodish, who played in six (four with Buffalo and two with Denver).
Deion Branch (54) needs five receptions in the postseason to pass Troy Brown (58) for the most career playoff receptions in franchise history. Wes Welker (53) needs six more receptions to pass Brown.
Welker (438) needs 257 postseason receiving yards to move past Troy Brown (694) into second place all-time on the franchise list of postseason receiving yards, behind Branch (836).