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|12.31.12 at 10:20 am ET|
FOXBORO — By virtue of their 28-0 win over the Dolphins on Sunday at Gillette Stadium and the Texans’ loss in Indianapolis, the Patriots earned the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and the right to watch the first round of the playoffs on television.
The Patriots will play one of three teams in their AFC divisional game at Gillette on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m.
If the No. 3 Texans beat the No. 6 Bengals in Houston next Saturday, the Patriots will have a rematch with the Texans. If the Bengals win, then the Patriots will face the winner of the No. 4 Ravens-No. 5 Colts next Sunday in Baltimore.
The Patriots beat the Texans, 42-14, on Monday night football on Dec. 10. The Patriots beat the Colts, 59-28, on Nov. 18. Both of those wins came at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots lost to the Ravens, 31-30, on a last-second field goal in Baltimore on Sept. 23.
During his conference call on Monday, Bill Belichick was asked if the fact that the Patriots played Baltimore much earlier than Houston and Indianapolis changes their planning.
“There’s certainly a lot more information on Baltimore since we played them than there is on, say, Houston since we played them,” Belichick said. “And Indianapolis would fall somewhere in the middle. Again, as we talked about last week, we have people in our organization who are always kind of the advance people, whether it’s scouts or coaches that are moving ahead. The coaching staff is always focused on the current opponent or the current situation. Even in training camp, it’s the same thing where we’re working on things in training camp, but we still have people who are advancing our early season opponents and so forth.
“It’s still kind of the same thing. We have people working on those things and at some point they will come into play for the coaching staff and the players, but at some point it will also just be a preparation until we know who we actually are going to be matched up with next week. So it’s little bit of both there, but definitely Baltimore, of the three teams that we could play next, is the one that we ‘ there’s a lot more information since the time we played them and that definitely needs to be analyzed.”
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