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The road to Super Bowl 51 in the AFC officially goes through New England.
The Patriots made relatively easy work of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon, clinching the No. 1 seed, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC postseason.
New England will get a deserved rest during wild-card weekend before their divisional round game, which will take place Saturday, January 14 at 8:15 p.m. ET. Here’s a rundown of potential opponents and scenarios for that matchup:
In the AFC wild-card round, the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Miami Dolphins, and the Houston Texans will host either the Oakland Raiders. Should both of the home teams win that matchup, New England would host the Texans (the lowest remaining seed) in the divisional round.
They, of course, met back in Week 3, with rookie Jacoby Brissett leading the Pats to an easy 27-0 victory at Gillette Stadium.
This one is pretty simple. If the Dolphins beat the Steelers next weekend, we’ll get New England vs. Miami for the third time this season.
The Pats have had the Dolphins’ number this season, winning both matchups. When they played in Foxboro back in Week 2, the Pats jumped out to a big lead with Jimmy Garoppolo under center and ultimately held on for the 31-24 victory after he got hurt.
Oakland would play against New England in the divisional round should they beat the Texans and the Steelers beat the Dolphins.
The Pats haven’t played the Raiders this season, though one thing is mostly sure. No matter who the Patriots face in the divisional round, it’ll likely be against a team that is down to its backup quarterback (pending Ryan Tannehill’s status).
If the Steelers and Texans win, the Patriots play the Texans.
If the Steelers and Raiders win, the Patriots play the Raiders.
If the Dolphins win, the Patriots play the Dolphins.
Patriots can’t play the Steelers until the AFC championship.