Pats awaiting outcome of wild card weekend
FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Patriots are getting ready for the playoffs, and no matter who ends up in Foxboro a week from Sunday -- they'll be a familiar foe.
The Patriots are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the NFL's wild card weekend so they can find out who they'll match-up against in the divisional round.
The bad news is it makes game-planning nearly impossible at this point. The good news is the Pats have already played all three possible opponents.
A Pats/Ravens game will add a touch of revenge. Baltimore beat the Patriots back in week three when Justin Tucker kicked a field goal as time expired, handing the pats a 31-30 loss and a losing record for first time since 2003.
All of that was long forgotten by week 11, when the Colts came to Foxboro.
The Pats scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams, and tied their franchise record for points by decimating Indy 59-24.
Three weeks later, the Patriots, rose to the challenge against a much-hyped Texans team. The hype and the Houston defense both crumbled quickly as the Pats cruised to a 42-14 win.
Houston is the highest seed of the three, so the Pats could know as soon as Saturday night if they'll face them again.
"We’ll work on everybody. After the Houston game, we'll either be full speed ahead on Houston or we'll put that in the drawer and wait and see what happens in the next game. We have to be prepared for all three of them so that's what we'll do," said Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach.
"I’m sure we'll watch a little film on each team, and the teams that we might play and see what we might go up against. But we played most of those teams, so we should be all right," said Aaron Hernandez, Patriots tight end.
Whichever team comes to Foxboro in two weeks will be facing both a tough Patriots team and a bit of history; the Pats are 10-2 at home in the playoffs under Bill Belichick.