FOXBORO -- The Patriots will play their regular-season finale on a dreary December day in Foxboro. The temperature is above freezing at 40 degrees, so rain is falling instead of snow, but weather.com reports the precipitation will be unrelenting. Wind, currently blowing at seven miles per hour, is expected to taper off and shouldn't be much of a factor.
Two hours before kickoff, a dozen or so Bills players are out on the turf getting acclimated to the conditions. All but one are wearing long sleeves and long pants, and the guy throwing to receivers is keeping his hands tucked in the warmer at his waist every second he's not throwing. Bills quarterback Thad Lewis has not yet made an appearance.
Only two New England players -- center Ryan Wendell and linebacker Chris White -- came out as early as the Bills. White was originally selected by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft.
The Patriots would improve to 12-4 and earn a first-round playoff bye with a win. Buffalo, which did not qualify for the postseason, would finish the year 7-9 on a three-game winning streak with a victory.