Who’s Next? Looking at the New England Patriots’ Potential Playoff Opponents

January 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Now we get to play.
It doesn't make sense to plan the NFL playoffs before the final game of the regular season is finished. After all, that's how you get yourself into false assumptions. Like thinking the Chiefs would secure the AFC's third seed. Or that a 7-9 team couldn't possibly make the tournament.
But now the field is set, and Patriots fans can decide who to root for, and who to root against.
In the wild card round, the Jets face the Colts in Indianapolis, while the Ravens travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Of the four teams, only the Jets, Ravens and Chiefs can make it to Foxboro for the divisional round; the Pats were dealt a lucky hand when the Colts got the third seed, making another Manning vs. Brady match-up impossible until an AFC championship meeting.
New England's schedule, marked with victories over Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York and Indianapolis, shows the team can handle any challenge from the AFC, with Kansas City providing a lone unknown...

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