What Patriots fans need to know about wild card weekend

Ryan Hannable
January 05, 2019 - 9:28 am

The Patriots obviously are not playing this weekend because they are the No. 2 seed in the AFC and have earned a first-round bye, but the games still impact them in a big way.

It's pretty simple when it comes to their next opponent. They will host the highest remaining seed next Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:05 p.m.

This means if the Texans (No. 3) beat the Colts (No. 6), then Houston would travel to Gillette Stadium next Sunday. But if the Colts win, then the Patriots would host the winner of the Chargers (No. 5)-Ravens (No. 4) game. The Colts-Texans game will be played Saturday afternoon at 4:35 p.m., while the Chargers-Ravens game will be played Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

Looking ahead, if the Chiefs were to get knocked off in the divisional round and the Patriots were to win, they would then host the AFC championship game. So, their best-case scenario is likely for the Texans to win (Patriots have won eight straight matchups against them), so then the winner of the Chargers-Ravens game would go to Arrowhead Stadium next week. One of those teams probably has a better chance of winning than the Colts would.

Enjoy the games.

Wild card weekend schedule

Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4:35 p.m.: Colts at Texans, ESPN/ABC
Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8:15 p.m.: Seahawks at Cowboys,  FOX
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1:05 p.m.: Chargers at Ravens, CBS
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4:40 p.m.: Eagles at Bears, NBC

Related: Colin Cowherd: Tom Brady being No. 1 in NFL jersey sales 'should not be taking place'