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Patriots await LA-LV outcome to determine playoff fate

New England's Wild Card Weekend schedule is at the mercy of the winner of Sunday night's Chargers-Raiders game.


We know this: the Patriots are in the playoffs. What we don't know (yet) is where, when, and whom exactly they'll play during Wild Card Weekend. All that will be determined once the Chargers and Raiders finish dueling on Sunday Night Football.

Quite simply, should the Chargers win in Vegas, the Patriots become the fifth seed in the AFC and travel to fourth-seeded Cincinnati. A Raider win at home drops New England to the sixth spot and forces a trip to Buffalo for a third meeting in a month against the Bills.

The NFL will release the entire Wild Card Weekend schedule at or near the conclusion of the Chargers-Raiders game. For the first time in league history, there will be three days of Wild Card playoff football, as a Monday night game has been included in this year's schedule.

UPDATE: The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the L.A. Chargers in overtime. The Patriots will now travel to Buffalo to face the Bills on Wild Card Weekend on Saturday, January 15 at 8:15 PM.

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