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In Case You Missed It: Playoff Bye Week

Just in case case you missed it, we give you a recap of everything that happened this week in New England as the Patriots enjoy the bye week and get ready for their first playoff game next Saturday.

Following Sunday's win, LeGarrette Blount was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 189-yard and 2 TD performance in the rain to close out the season.  But Blount wasn't the only player to receive an honor this week.  Logan Mankins, Devin McCourty and Aqib Talib were among players selected to the 2013 AP All-Pro Team.  During their locker room interviews, both Talib and McCourty said it was a great honor to be among the names listed on this year's team.  All three players were selected to the second team.

With the win on Sunday the Patriots secured a first round bye in the playoffs which meant that they get to sit at home this weekend while eight other teams fight to play another day.  On Sunday the playoff schedule was announced and it was revealed that the Patriots will be playing on Saturday, January 11 at 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS.  Rob Ninkovich, who appeared on the NFL Network, discussed with Steve Wyche how important it is to earn a first round bye.

As the Patriots await to know which team they will be playing, the NFL Network took a look back at New England's 2013 season.  Meanwhile, Jackie Brittain and PFW's Andy Hart broke down the possible playoff scenarios for New England.  Though no official injury reports were posted from practice this week, the team did make two roster moves involving an injured player.  WR Josh Boyce was placed on the Injured Reserve and WR Austin Collie was re-signed to take his place on the 53-man roster. 

Below you will find complete coverage from
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Analysis: Bills-Patriots
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Thoughts from the FFChamps
After Further Review:  Bills-Patriots
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Ask PFW: Bye-in into New Year's
Final Regular Season PFW NFL Power Rankings
Year-end thoughts
Inside the Numbers: Regular Season Recap
REPORT:  Patriots sign WR Greg Orton to the practice squad
REPORT:  Patriots sign OL R.J. Mattes and LB Taylor Reed to the practice squad; release OL R.J. Dill
VIDEO:  Blount breaks ground
VIDEO:  Plays by Pics: Bills at Patriots
VIDEO:  Jones and others prep for bye week
VIDEO:  McCourty and More
VIDEO:  Mulligan, Hightower and more
VIDEO:  Wrapping up the bye
VIDEO:  PFW TV - 1/1/2014
VIDEO:  Playoff preview: What if the Colts?
VIDEO:  Playoff preview: What if the Bengals
AUDIO:  Bill Belichick on WEEI - 12/30/2013
AUDIO:  Rob Ninkovich on WEEI - 12/30/2013
AUDIO:  Kyle Arrington on WEEI - 12/30/2013
AUDIO:  Tom Brady on WEEI - 12/30/2013
AUDIO:  Velano 12/30: One game season from here on out
AUDIO:  Jones 12/30: Mistakes have to be eliminated
AUDIO:  Amendola 12/30: We have a lot of tough guys
AUDIO:  McCourty 1/1: We don't believe in over-preparing
AUDIO:  Talib 1/1: We can get a lot better
AUDIO:  Slater 1/1: All of us have to step up our game
AUDIO:  Ryan 1/2: Focused on getting better
AUDIO:  Mulligan 1/2: Hulk Hogan belt was a Christmas gift
AUDIO:  Talib 1/3: The snow brings me back to being a kid
AUDIO:  Gregory 1/3: Bye has helped correct our mistakes
AUDIO:  McCourty 1/3: All-Pro team is a great honor to me Radio:  PFW In Progress - 1/1/2014 Radio:  PFW In Progress - 12/31/2013 Radio:  PFW In Progress - 1/2/2014 Radio:  Football Nation - 1/2/2014 Radio:  Patriots Playbook - 1/2/2014

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