NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-4) vs. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-5)
Saturday Jan. 16, 2016 at 4:35 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (66,829)
The New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Divisional Playoff game on Sat., Jan. 16, at Gillette Stadium. The Chiefs advanced to the second round of the playoffs after a 30-0 victory at Houston last Saturday. This week’s game will be the first postseason meeting between the two teams. Kansas City holds a 17-13-3 edge in 33 regular-season meetings.
The Patriots will try to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season, joining Oakland (5; 1973-77) as the second team to reach five straight conference championship games.
The Patriots finished the 2015 regular season with a 12-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the conference. The Patriots won their seventh straight AFC East Title in 2015 (2009- 2015) to match the Los Angeles Rams (1973-1979) for the most consecutive division titles in NFL history. The Patriots won at least 12 games for the sixth straight season, second only to the seven by Indianapolis (2000-2009). The Patriots earned a first round bye for the 11th time since the current playoff format was instituted, the most in the NFL.
WHERE TO WATCH
- Tavern on Broadway turns the volume all the way up on their flat screens and has an amazing football munchies menu.
- Nikolas Pizza runs a great deal. A large one topping pizza, a dozen wings and 60oz pitcher of beer or sangria for $21.95. Full volume on the tv’s and the direct tv package.
TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties with Dan Fouts as the color analyst. Evan Washburn will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Mark Wolff and directed by Bob Fishman.
NATIONAL RADIO: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience on Westwood One. Dan Miller and Tony Boselli will call the game with Ross Tucker with Ross Tucker providing sideline analysis.
LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for thePatriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. Produced by Marc Cappello.
PATS AIM FOR 5TH STRAIGHT AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The New England Patriots are seeking a berth in their fifth consecutive conference championship game, which would tie the Oakland Raiders for most in NFL history.
The Patriots and Chiefs will meet in the postseason for the first time. The last two regular season meetings between the two have been played on Monday Night Football, with the Patriots taking a 34-3 win at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 21, 2011, and falling 41-14, at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 29, 2014.
Kansas City holds a 17-13-3 edge against New England, including an 11-3- 1 advantage in games played in Kansas City and a 5-1 record at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are 6-10-2 in games played at New England, including 0-3 at Gillette Stadium.
The two teams played twice a year from 1960 until the 1970 merger and two of the original American Football League teams.